Song Lyric Sunday – 10 October 2021 – And You and I

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

If someone were to condemn me to being able to listen to only one song ever again, this is the song I’d choose. I think it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  There is lots of information below but, because I’ve probably gone a bit over the top, and the video is over 12 minutes long, I have put the bulk at the bottom so you can get to the song quicker and only read the blurb if you are really, really interested!

The song is “And You And I” by “Yes” and is in four movements:

  1. “Cord of Life”
  2. “Eclipse”
  3. “The Preacher, The Teacher”
  4. “Apocalypse”

They are explained here. It may help to understand the work. (It may  not!)

The version that I think is best is from Symphonic Live which was recorded with the European Festival Orchestra in November 2001. This recording is enhanced greatly by the animators who superimposed the most inspired artwork of “You” and “I” helping one another in moments of despair and desolation. Unfortunately I can find no information about the source!

I hope you enjoy the experience!

Yes are an English progressive rock band who formed in London in 1968.  They played their first show at a youth camp in East MerseaEssex on 4 August that year and were initially fairly laid back about their playing.  However, having witnessed an early King Crimson gig in 1969 they realised they needed to become more technically proficient and they started rehearsing in earnest. They have not looked back since and are considered as progressive rock pioneers. 

The band initially consisted of singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford. Anderson suggested that they call the new band Life. Squire suggested that it be called World. Banks responded, simply, “yes”, and that was how the band were named.

“Yes” has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full-time members. They manage to create amazing sounds, true to the original studio recordings even though they normally play, as their original set up, with only five members. They have added extra players as required and have often performed with full orchestras. 

“And You and I” appeared on their album Close To The Edge, released in 1972.

For the Symphonic Live version the band comprised:

Jon Anderson – vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion

Jon is a very spiritual man who is described as not having a bad bone in his body. He describes himself as having a normal singing/speaking voice naturally above the tenor range. He is often described as a countertenor. He has perfect pitch and interprets the whole song not only in his voice but in his movements.

Steve Howe – guitars, lap steel guitar, backing vocals

His vast experience shows in the way he moves from one instrument to another. He seems to have an almost symbiotic relationship with them and sometimes talks to them whilst playing.  

Chris Squire – bass guitar, backing vocals, harmonica, percussion

Chris is well known for his melodic and lyrical playing and perfected his harmonica playing on the way to and from school. 

Alan White – drums, backing vocals, keyboards

Alan is surrounded by more equipment than seems possible for one man to play.  He produces the same effect, only better, than other rock groups obtain with three percussionists.

Additional musicians

Tom Brislin – keyboards, backing vocals, percussion – brought in as Rick Wakeman was unable to play due to a clash of bookings.  Any keyboard player performing with “Yes” has to be a master of his art. They are often playing three keyboards at once.  Try that with just two hands!

European Festival Orchestra

Wilhelm Keitel – conductor

Here are some other versions:

The original recording with an initial prompt to all of “OK” – Sound only.

Rainbow Theatre London from 1972. Just 5 of them.  Showing the magnificent hair and typical cape of Rick Wakeman, a truly gifted composer and player.

and on the 1991 Union Tour with a line-up of seven and some great sartorial elegances!

Yes – And You And I

A man conceived a moment’s answer to the dreams
Staying the flowers daily, sensing all the themes
As a foundation left to create the spiral aim
A movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Changed only for a sight the sound, the space agreed
Between the picture of time behind the face of need
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotions revealed the ocean maid
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth
Cords are broken, locked inside the mother earth
They won’t hide, oh, they won’t tell you
Watching the world, watching all of the world
Watching us go by

And you and I climb over the sea to the valley
And you and I reached out for reasons to call

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotions revealed as the ocean maid
As a movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Sad preacher nailed upon the coloured door of time
Insane teacher be there reminded of the rhyme
There’ll be no mutant enemy we shall certify
Political ends, as sad remains, will die
Reach out as forward tastes begin to enter you

I listened hard but could not see
Life tempo change out and inside me
The preacher trained in all to lose his name
The teacher travels, asking to be shown the same
In the end we’ll agree, we’ll accept, we’ll immortalize
That the truth of man maturing in his eyes
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
As a moment regained and regarded both the same
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
A clearer future, morning, evening, nights with you

And you and I climb, crossing the shapes of the morning
And you and I reach over the sun for the river
And you and I climb, clearer towards the movement
And you and I called over valleys of endless seas

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jon Anderson / Chris Squire / Steve Howe / Bill Bruford

Song Lyric Sunday – 3 October 2021 – I Gotta Feeling

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song where somebody is having sex, or talking, or hinting about having it. If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Now, come on Jim, you ought to know better than this.  You know very well that many of us have high blood pressure and cannot afford to get over excited.  However, I’ll do my best to remain calm.

My very first thought was The Beatles “Why Don’t You Do It In The Road” which Paul McCartney wrote after seeing two monkeys copulating in the street while on retreat in Rishikesh, India, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He marvelled in the simplicity of this natural scenario when compared to the emotional turmoil of human relationships. You can listen to that song here.

That is not the song on offer this week.  Instead, I am presenting the Black Eyed Peas singing I Gotta Feeling. It is not a song I’m familiar with, but it seems to fit the prompt.

The video features guest appearances by Katy PerryDavid GuettaKid Cudi, members of the indie rock band Gossip, the designer duo Dean and Dan Catenof Dsquared and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Ongina.

To be perfectly honest, I am unsettled by this video. To my mind it is blatantly sexist and I can’t help but feel that the majority of ladies/girls featured are being exploited for their sexiness, albeit many, if not the majority, will be willing participants in the venture.  I just don’t know.  Perhaps I’m getting old and grumpy!

Anyway, the music is quite good.  I hope you enjoy it.

I Gotta Feeling

Black Eyed Peas

I got a feeling
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

A feeling
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

A feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

A feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

Tonight’s the night, let’s live it up
I got my money, let’s spend it up (fee-)
Go out and smash it, like “Oh my God”
Jump out that sofa, let’s kick it, off (fee-)

I know that we’ll have a ball
If we get down and go out, and just lose it all
I feel, stressed out, I wanna let it go
Let’s go way out, spaced out, and losin’ all control

Fill up my cup, mazel tov
Look at her dancin’, just take it, off (fee-)
Let’s paint the town, we’ll shut it down
Let’s burn the roof, and then we’ll do it again

Let’s do it, let’s do it, let’s do it, let’s do it
And do it, and do it, let’s live it up
And do it, and do it, and do it, do it, do it
Let’s do it, let’s do it, let’s do it

‘Cause I gotta feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

A feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

Tonight’s the night (hey), let’s live it up (let’s live it up)
I got my money (I’m paid), let’s spend it up (let’s spend it up)
Go out and smash it (smash it), like “Oh my God” (like “Oh my God!”)
Jump out that sofa (come on), let’s kick it, off (fee-)

Fill up my cup (drink), mazel tov (l’chaim)
Look at her dancing (move it, move it), just take it, off (fee-)
Let’s paint the town (paint the town), we’ll shut it down (shut it down)
Let’s burn the roof (ooh-woo), and then we’ll do it again

Let’s do it, let’s do it, let’s do it, (Let’s do it) let’s do it
And do it (do it), and do it, let’s live it up
And do it (do it), and do it (and do it)
And do it, do it, do it (and do it)
Let’s do it (and do it), let’s do it (and do it)
Let’s do it (hey), do it (hey), do it (hey), do it

Here we come, here we go, we gotta rock
Easy come, easy go, now we on top
Feel the shot, body rock, rock it, don’t stop
Round and round, up and down, around the clock
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (do it)
Friday, Saturday, Saturday to Sunday (do it)
Get, get, get, get, get with us, you know what we say, say
Party every day, p-p-p-party every day

And I’m feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night

A feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night (woo-hoo)

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jaime Gomez / David Guetta / Stacy Ferguson / William Adams / Frederic Jean Riesterer / Allan Apll Pineda

I Gotta Feeling lyrics © Emi April Music Inc., Bmg Platinum Songs Us, Bmg Platinum Songs, Bmg Gold Songs, Bmg Sapphire Songs, I Am Composing Llc, What A Publishing Limited, Apl De Ap Publishing Llc, Headphone Junkie Publishing, Tab Magnetic Publishing

Song Lyric Sunday – 26 September 2021 – Talking Loud and Clear

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Other, That, or This.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

I was living in Germany in 1969 when Kraftwerk was formed in Düsseldorf. They were widely considered as pioneers of electronic music.

By 1978, when Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) were formed in Wirral, Mersyside, I was very familiar with electronic music and was again living in Germany. This has absolutely nothing to do with my choice of song today but it did resurrect a few memories!

The song I’ve chosen for your delectation is Talking Loud And Clear by OMD. I have used Matthew Rudd’s review as a basis for my blurb!

The song was released in the summer of 1984 from the album Junk Culture. It was, essentially, an electro ballad and allowed Andy McCluskey to deliver his softest and most understated vocal yet, in contradiction to the title and general theme of the song.

The songs introduction allows a new instrument or track to be introduced at the end of each bar. There are a few synth effects with a bass drum to start with, then a simple electronic melody track, a harmony of which is then added. The drums and bassline then kick in, and that bassline provides the eventual vocal melody for McCluskey. Finally, we get the strident brass section before the singer, after a minute, finally begins to almost whisper a song about talking loud and clear!

The lyrics hint at a couple totally in tune with each other, happy to say what they think even though they may not need to talk aloud to achieve total harmony.

There is a lovely oboe interlude between verses and after the final lyrics the track carries on for more than a minute with oboe and trumpets before fading away.

The video is slightly peculiar and I have no idea what it is trying to achieve.

The original release video – Make of it what you will!

In this video, with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2009, Andy McCluskey forgets the lyrics but manages to carry it through with aplomb!

Talking Loud and Clear

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Talking loud and clear
Saying just what I feel
Lying in the grass
With the sun on our backs
It doesn’t really matter
What we do or what we say
With every little movement
We give ourselves away

Opposite and opposite
Decisions are reversed
Facing one another
With words that couldn’t hurt
With every little word
You’re getting closer to me
Talking loud and clear
Saying just what we feel today

Talking loud and clear
Saying just what we feel
Lying in the grass
We’ve got time on our hands
Body next to body
With silence all around
We understand each other
But didn’t make a sound

Promises and promises
Of vows we shall return
Facing one another
I thought my heart would burn
You turn to move away
But then get closer to me
Talking loud and clear
Saying just what we feel today

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Martin Handsley Cooper / Paul David Humphreys / Andrew Mc Cluskey

Talking Loud and Clear lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

Song Lyric Sunday – 19 September 2021 – Sweet About Me

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I’ve chosen a song by Gabriella Cilmi. You may well have never heard of her! I hadn’t until I started looking for a song to offer this week.

Her surname is of Albanian origin although the family trace their descent to Pallagorio, Italy.  She was born in Dandenong, a Melbourne suburb and moved to London, with her family, at the age of 15.

Her first album, Lessons to Be Learned takes its title from a line in the song that I’m offering this week, Sweet About Me.

This song was the most played song in the United Kingdom during 2009 and Gabriella was only 16 when this was recorded. I do hope that you enjoy it.

Lyrics

You, watching me
Hanging by a string this time
Don’t, easily
The climax of the perfect life
And you, watching me
Hanging by a string this time
Don’t, easily
My smile’s worth a hundred lies

And if there’s lessons to be learned
I’d rather get my jamming words in first, so
I’ll tell you something that I’ve found
That the world’s a better place
When it’s upside down, boy

And if there’s lessons to be learned
I’d rather get my jamming words in first, so
Oh when you’re playing with desire
Don’t come running to my place
When it burns like fire, boy

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah
Sweet about me

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah
Sweet about me

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah
Sweet about me

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah

Blue, blue, blue waves, they crash
As time goes by so hard to catch
Too, too smooth, ain’t all that
Why don’t you ride on my side of the tracks

And if there’s lessons to be learned
I’d rather get my jamming words in first, so
I’ll tell you something that I’ve found
That the world’s a better place
When it’s upside down, boy

And if there’s lessons to be learned
I’d rather get my jamming words in first, though
When you’re playing with desire
Don’t come running to my place
When it burns like fire, boy

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah
Sweet about me

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah
Sweet about me

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah
Sweet about me

Ooh, nothing sweet about me, yeah

Ooh, and I oh I ooh
Doo la da da da, la da da da da, la da da da ooh

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Gabriella Cilmi / Nick Coler / Miranda Cooper / Brian Higgins / Timothy Larcombe / Tim Powell

Sweet About Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Song Lyric Sunday – 12 September 2021 – Starlings

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

For my SLS on 22 August I offered Elbow’s “One Day Like This“. A comment from Geoff Le Pard reminded me of another Elbow song, Starlings, which is my choice for today.

Incidentally, Geoff’s new book, “The Art of Spirit Capture” is released on 17th October. Details can be found here.

Any song that seeks to oust the Prime Minister (albeit it was Gordon Brown at the time the song was written), and all who luncheon with him, and can use lyrics such as “So yes I guess I’m asking you To back a horse that’s good for glue And nothing else” has got to be a winner for me!

One of the best tracks from “A Seldom Seen Kid“, this song deals with unrequited love and how it makes one feel – from “stubborn, selfish and too old” to the magnificently written :

The violets explode inside me
when I meet your eyes
Then I’m spinning and I’m diving
Like a cloud of starlings

He sees this girl as the perfect woman, and only has eyes for her, even though throughout the song he tries his very, very best to hide and deflect his feelings :

“You are the only thing in any room you’re ever in”

Such a beautifully simple yet powerful line.

The girl clearly isn’t interested in him though, not in any way, so the “love” is completely and utterly unrequited. Even though he’s completely true to her, and even though he feels he needs her so much :

“But find a man that’s truer than,
Find a man that needs you more than, I”

A superb Elbow track.

The first video is the original release version and shows magnificent pictures of starling murmurations. The music mirrors the movement, but beware (especially if you are wearing earphones) as the exploding forms of birds is told by the brass section and at 1:15, and later – you may jump!

The second video is a live performance which shows admirably how much the singers and musicians enjoy performing this song and also shows some of the private asides that occur between the artists during their daily work.

Starlings

Elbow

How dare the Premier ignore my invitations?
He’ll have to go
So, too, the bunch he luncheons with
It’s second on my list of things to do

At the top is stopping by
Your place of work and acting like
I haven’t dreamed of you and I
And marriage in an orange grove
You are the only thing in any room you’re ever in
I’m stubborn, selfish and too old

I sat you down and told you how
The truest love that’s ever found
Is for oneself
You pulled apart my theory
With a weary and disinterested sigh

So yes I guess I’m asking you
To back a horse that’s good for glue
And nothing else
But find a man that’s truer than
Find a man that needs you more than I

Sit with me a while
And let me listen to you talk about
Your dreams and your obsessions
I’ll be quiet and confessional

The violets explode inside me
When I meet your eyes
Then I’m spinning and I’m diving
Like a cloud of starlings

Darling is this love?

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Guy Edward John Garvey / Craig Lee Potter / Richard Barry Jupp / Mark Potter / Peter James Turner

Starlings lyrics © Salvation Music Ltd

Song Lyric Sunday – 5 September 2021 – Piano Man

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Carnival, Festival, Gala, or Jamboree.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Today, I’m featuring Billy Joel and his signature song Piano Man.

Piano Man is a semi-autobiographical tune and is one of Billy Joel’s most famous. It tends to make us feel nostalgic, as if we were sitting in that very bar listening to the great man.

Billy Joel wrote ‘Piano Man’ for the album of the same name, released in 1973. He was just 24 when he wrote it.

The song is a fictionalised version of Billy’s own experience as a piano-lounge singer which he did for six months in 1972–73 at the Executive Room bar in the Wilshire district of Losaway.

As he needed work to pay the bills, but couldn’t use his well-known name, he worked at the bar as a piano player under the name ‘Bill Martin’ (his full name is William Martin Joel).

It was a gig I did for about six months just to pay rent. I was living in LA and trying to get out of a bad record contract I’d signed. I worked under an assumed name, the Piano Stylings of Bill Martin, and just bulls–ted my way through it. I have no idea why that song became so popular. It’s like a karaoke favorite. The melody is not very good and very repetitious, while the lyrics are like limericks. I was shocked and embarrassed when it became a hit. But my songs are like my kids and I look at that song and think: ‘My kid did pretty well.'”

Some Facts about the song:

  • The verses of the song are sung from the point of view of a bar piano player, who focuses mainly on other people at the bar, who arrive at 9 o’clock on a Saturday. These include:
  • An old man, John the bartender, the waitress, businessmen, and bar regulars like ‘real estate novelist’ Paul and US Navy sailor, Davy.
  • Most of the characters have broken or unfulfilled dreams, and the pianist’s job is to help them “forget about life for a while”.
  • The pianist makes money when guests “sit at the bar, and put bread in my jar, and say, ‘Man, what are you doin’ here?”.
  • The chorus comes from the bar patrons themselves, who say, “Sing us a song, / You’re the piano man; / Sing us a song tonight. / Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody, / And you’ve got us feeling all right.”
  • Billy has said that all of the characters depicted in the song were based on real people.
  • “John at the bar” was actually the bartender who worked during his shift at the piano bar.
  • “Paul is a real estate novelist” is about a real estate agent named Paul who would sit at the bar working on what he believed would be the next great American novel.
  • “The waitress is practicing politics” refers to Joel’s first wife Elizabeth Weber, and who worked at The Executive Room as a waitress.
  • “Davy” was inspired by David Heintz. His daughter Lisa told Songfacts: “He met Billy Joel in a pub in Spain in 1972 while he was in the Navy. He married while he was in the navy, had three children. He passed away in 2003 of ALS. It really hurts when I hear this song played on the radio and they leave this part out.”
  • Believe it or not, but it was never a hit in the UK at all!
  • In the US, it reached number 25 in the US, and number 10 in Canada.
  • It wasn’t until the success of his 1977 album The Stranger that the song began getting played more on radio and became one of his signature songs.
  • Today, it remains popular, and ranks as his #1 song on iTunes and Spotify.

Piano Man

Piano Man

Billy Joel

It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There’s an old man sitting next to me
Makin’ love to his tonic and gin

He says, “Son, can you play me a memory
I’m not really sure how it goes
But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man’s clothes”

La la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright

Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he’s quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there’s someplace that he’d rather be
He says, “Bill, I believe this is killing me”
As the smile ran away from his face
“Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he’s talkin’ with Davy, who’s still in the Navy
And probably will be for life

And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinkin’ alone

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling alright

It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
‘Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been comin’ to see
To forget about life for a while
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say, “Man, what are you doin’ here?”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling alright

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Billy JoelPiano Man lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday – 29 August 2021 – Don’t Get Me Wrong

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Fraud, Hypocrite, Phony, Pretender, Snob

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I am cheating slightly by transposing one of the prompt words into the group just because I like them, and because I can! The song I’ve chosen is from Get Close, the 4th album recorded by The Pretenders, and released in 1986. It became one of their greatest hits and was written, and sung, by Chrissie Hynde.

So, here, for your pleasure, and mine, is The Pretenders with Don’t Get Me Wrong.

ArtistThe Pretenders

AlbumGet Close

Released1986

Lyrics

Don’t get me wrong
If I’m looking kind of dazzled
I see neon lights
Whenever you walk by

Don’t get me wrong
If you say hello and I take a ride
Upon a sea where the mystic moon
Is playing havoc with the tide
Don’t get me wrong

Don’t get me wrong
If I’m acting so distracted
I’m thinking about the fireworks

That go off when you smile
Don’t get me wrong
If I split like light refracted
I’m only off to wander

Across a moonlit mile

Once in a while
Two people meet
Seemingly for no reason
They just pass on the street
Suddenly, thunder showers everywhere

Who can explain the thunder and rain
But there’s something in the air

Don’t get me wrong

If I come and go like fashion
I might be great tomorrow
But hopeless yesterday
Don’t get me wrong
If I fall in the mode of fashion
It might be unbelievable
But let’s not say so long
It might just be fantastic
Don’t get me wrong

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Hynde Christine Ellen

Don’t Get Me Wrong lyrics © Hynde House Of Hits, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Song Lyric Sunday – 22 August 2021 – Sports Songs

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a Sports Song. 

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

The song I’ve chosen isn’t really a sports song. The reason I’ve chosen it is twofold. Firstly it featured in the Closing ceremony at the 2012 Olympics, and secondly it is, in my opinion, a really great song.

There are lots of ideas about the meaning of the lyrics. Why, oh why, do we always have to find the “meaning” of something? Can we not just accept that something is good, or beautiful, or helpful, or just makes us say WOW! This song is all of those things.

Also, the world should be proud of the Olympic Games, and of the all the athletes who strive to compete, who give their best efforts over many years, even when they know that they have no hope of winning, or even gaining a medal. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland should also be proud for hosting The Games in 2012, and for providing such a magnificent Opening and Closing Ceremony.

So, sit back for a few minutes and enjoy, together with all the amazing athletes, officials, and thousands of volunteers (one of whom will be reading this – well done Geoff), Elbow, singing One Day Like This.

and an alternative version because the Olympic Committee keep stealing the version I want.

One Day Like This

Elbow

Drinking in the morning sun
Blinking in the morning sun
Shaking off a heavy one
Heavy like a loaded gun

What made me behave that way?
Using words I never say
I can only think it must be love
Oh, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day

Someone tell me how I feel
In silly wrong, but vivid right
Oh, kiss me like a final meal
Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight

‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with you half awake
Oh, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day

When my face is chamois creased
If you think I wink, I did
Laugh politely at repeats
Yeah, kiss me when my lips are thin

‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with you half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Well, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day

So, throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right, for life
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right for life

‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
(One Day Like This a year would see me right) And only now I see the light
(Throw those curtains wide) ‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
(One Day Like This a year would see me right) And only now I see the light

Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right (For life)
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right (For life)
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right (For life)
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like Thiss a year would see me right (For life)

Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right
So, throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One Day Like This a year would see me right

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Guy Edward John Garvey / Craig Lee Potter / Richard Barry Jupp / Mark Potter / Peter James Turner

One Day Like This lyrics © Salvation Music Ltd

Song Lyric Sunday – 15 August 2021 – Fade to Grey

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I discovered that the New Wave music I had chosen to offer you was best described by people other than me. Fade to Grey was written over an extended period by Chris Payne, Bill Curry, and Midge Ure. The following videos tell you all you need to know, and more. If you like music, and have the time and the inclination, I promise that you will be educated and interested if you watch them all. If you are short of time then just watch the first, or the last, video. They are both excellent!

Fade to Grey

Visage

One man on a lonely platform
One case sitting by his side
Two eyes staring cold and silent
Shows fear as he turns to hide

Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)

Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)

Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)

Feel the rain like an English summer
Hear the notes from a distant song
Stepping out from a back shop poster
Wishing life wouldn’t be so long
(Devenir gris)

Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
(Devenir gris)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
(Devenir gris)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
(Devenir gris)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Ure James / Payne Christopher John / Currie William

Fade to Grey lyrics © Mood Music Ltd., Hot Food Music Ltd.

Song Lyric Sunday – 8 August 2021 – Livin’ on a Prayer

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Fate, Fortune, or Luck.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Livin’ on a Prayer was released on 31 October 1986 as the second single from Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” album.

The song tells us of Tommy, an unemployed dock worker who is “down on his luck”. He’s having a hard time earning enough to survive and is supported by his partner, Gina. She “works the diner all day” supporting him. But the overall implication is that she is a low-paid worker, and her income is insufficient to support them both.  Sadly a familiar story to so many people now!

Read more at: https://www.songmeaningsandfacts.com/bon-jovis-livin-on-a-prayer-lyrics-meaning/

Here are two versions for your delight.  The original official music video:

and a cover version by Sershen&Zaritskaya which I think is excellent:

I hope you enjoy them both.

Livin’ on a Prayer

Bon Jovi

Once upon a time not so long ago

Tommy used to work on the docks, union’s been on strike
He’s down on his luck, it’s tough, so tough
Gina works the diner all day working for her man
She brings home her pay, for love, for love

She says, we’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love
We’ll give it a shot

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Tommy’s got his six-string in hock
Now he’s holding in what he used to make it talk
So tough, it’s tough
Gina dreams of running away
When she cries in the night, Tommy whispers
Baby, it’s okay, someday

We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love
We’ll give it a shot

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Livin’ on a prayer

Oh, we’ve got to hold on, ready or not
You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got
Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Jon Bon Jovi / Desmond Child / Richard S. Sambora

Livin’ on a Prayer lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group