Song Lyric Sunday – 20 September 2020 – Canadian music

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us Canadian Music this week rather than a choice of words to be included in the title or lyrics.

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.

When I first saw this prompt I immediately thought that I would find some music from one of the three Aboriginal groups,  Indians (more commonly referred to as First Nations), Inuit or Métis.  There is plenty of marvellous music to choose from and, surely, there is nothing more Canadian than that.  Then I thought perhaps that would be doing an injustice?  Would I be offending those who may not consider themselves to be Canadian, or who feel that their people will never be constrained by false borders dreamed up by outsiders.  Rather than risk offence I changed tack and decided to go with a song released on April 17 2020 by a young Canadian singer songwriter who first gained prominence at the age of only 13.

This song is about someone in a relationship who couldn’t care less for the other person and then 6 months later decides to crawl back. It’s the feeling of knowing how much they meant to you, but this time not letting them back in. (and she is only 17 now!)    I hope you enjoy:

You Broke Me First by Tate McRae

you broke me first

Tate McRae

Maybe you don’t like talking too much about yourself
But you shoulda told me that you were thinkin’ ’bout someone else
You’re drunk at a party or maybe it’s just that your car broke down
Your phone’s been off for a couple months, so you’re calling me now

I know you, you’re like this
When shit don’t go your way you needed me to fix it
And like me, I did
But I ran out of every reason

Now suddenly you’re asking for it back
Could you tell me, where’d you get the nerve?
Yeah, you could say you miss all that we had
But I don’t really care how bad it hurts
When you broke me first
You broke me first

Took a while, was in denial when I first heard
That you moved on quicker than I could’ve ever, you know that hurt
Swear for a while I would stare at my phone just to see your name
But now that it’s there, I don’t really know what to say

I know you, you’re like this
When shit don’t go your way you needed me to fix it
And like me, I did
But I ran out of every reason

Now suddenly you’re asking for it back
Could you tell me, where’d you get the nerve?
Yeah, you could say you miss all that we had
But I don’t really care how bad it hurts
When you broke me first
You broke me first

What did you think would happen?
What did you think would happen?
I’ll never let you have it
What did you think would happen?

Now suddenly you’re asking for it back
Could you tell me, where’d you get the nerve?
Yeah, you could say you miss all that we had
But I don’t really care how bad it hurts
When you broke me first
You broke me first
(You broke me first)
You broke me first, ah

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Tate McRae / Blake Harnage / Victoria Zaro

you broke me first lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Song Lyric Sunday – 13 September 2020 – Contrasts

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us Contrasts this week.

I have oodles of contrasts in the lyrics: Hot and cold, yes and no, in and out, up and down, wrong and right, stay and go. I reckon that’s enough to be going on with.

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 is Hot n Cold a song by American singer Katy Perry. The song was written by Perry, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin and produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco for her second studio album, One of the Boys (2008). The track was released as the album’s second single on September 9, 2008. The lyrics address an unstable romantic relationship caused by a partner’s mood swings.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

Hot N Cold

Katy Perry

You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes
Yeah you, PMS
Like a bitch
I would know

And you over think
Always speak
Cryptically

I should know
That you’re no good for me

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
(You) You don’t really want to stay, no
(You) But you don’t really want to go-o
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down

We used to be
Just like twins
So in sync
The same energy
Now’s a dead battery
Used to laugh bout nothing
Now you’re plain boring

I should know that
You’re not gonna change

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
(You) You don’t really want to stay, no
(You) But you don’t really want to go-o
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down

Someone call the doctor
Got a case of a love bi-polar
Stuck on a roller coaster
Can’t get off this ride

You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
(You) You don’t really want to stay, no
(You) But you don’t really want to go-o
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down, down.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Katy Perry / Lukasz Gottwald / Max Martin

Hot N Cold lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Song Lyric Sunday – 6 September 2020 – Yanamamo

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us Musical/Opera this week rather than a choice of words to be included in the title or lyrics.

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’m opting for a not so familiar song this week, from a musical that is normally performed by schoolchildren. I was lucky enough to attend a performance, probably 25 years ago now. It was very moving. The children had obviously spent a huge amount of time in learning, rehearsing, and performing the 90 minute work. Afterwards I bought a cassette tape (remember those) of the performance and played it often in the car whilst travelling to and from work.

Peter Anthony Rose MBE (music) and Anne Conlon MBE (words) are British writers best known for their environmental musicals for children. They were both teachers in Lancashire, England, for the majority of their creative achievements and most of their works have been written specially for St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington. At the time Peter Rose was their head of music. They wrote with a view to expanding the children’s knowledge of the world and the environment, perhaps hoping that their seeds would fall on fertile minds and help to make the world a better place.

In 1988 the US-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF) funded the musical Yanomamo, by Rose and Conlon, to convey what is happening to the people and their natural environment in the Amazon rainforest. It tells of Yanomami tribesmen/ tribeswomen living in the Amazon and has been performed by many drama groups around the world. Sadly, lessons were not learned and the Yanomami continue to endure massacres, disease, and a loss of more and more of their environment. What appeared to be a positive awakening of their plight was very short lived. The rest of the world calls it progress!

Yanomamo is a 90-minute work for chorus, soloists, narrator and stage band, and the original production, performed by the choir and musicians of St Augustine’s RC High School, was narrated by Sir David Attenborough and premiered at the Royal Institute, London, before appearing at the Edinburgh Festival. They later performed Yanomamo in America, narrated by Sting, which production was recorded for television and later broadcast (on Easter Sunday, 1989) on Channel 4 under the title of Song of the Forest. The TV version was commercially released by WWF. Since its publication the musical has seen performances by thousands of children throughout the world.

The lyrics are on the video which, unfortunately, is not very good quality. I hope you enjoy “Song of the Forest”

Song Lyric Sunday – August 30 2020 – My California

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Today Jim has given us the task of choosing a song that has one or more of the the words Cruel, Evil, Horrible, Monster, or Wicked in the title, or lyrics. I like monsters, so have chosen a song called My California by Beth Hart. She normally dedicates this song to her husband and, when she finishes the song, he often comes on stage and gives her a kiss and a hug!

Beth is married to her road manager Scott Guetzkow, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her manager is David Wolff. She has had a troubled life and has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction and bi-polar disorder, but has been sober for a number of years using religion and practicing transcendental meditation.

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.

First I offer you a recording from the performance “Live at The Royal Albert Hall” from 4 May 2018. The venue really is magnificent and all artists are thrilled to perform there. You may get carried away and watch the whole performance – I did!

Now here is the original recording from the album My California which was the fifth studio album by Beth Hart, released in 2010. 

My California

Beth Hart

Calling California is there anybody home
Hello California won’t you please pick up the phone
I wanna say I love you but I’m a million miles away
And I am thinking of you I miss you and LA

For you and you alone I’ll lay my monsters down
And we’ll watch the sun come up over California
For you and you alone I’ll find my way back home
And I’ll love you like the sun loves California
You’re my California

I have made you suffer left you waiting in the rain
While I was chasing demons in the deserts of my pain
You know me better than the poison in my veins
So my love remember when God forgets my name

For you and you alone I’ll lay my monsters down
And I’ll watch the sun come up over California
For you and you alone I’ll find my way back home
And I’ll love you like the sun loves California
My California

I wanna feel the ocean breeze
Let the waves wash over me
I’ll leave my winters in the sand
Hey California, California

For you and you alone I’ll lay my monsters down
And we’ll watch the sun come up over California
For you and you alone I’ll find my way back home
And I’ll love you like the sun loves California
California, you’re my California

My California, you’re my California

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Rune Westberg / Beth Hart

My California lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday – August 23 2020 – Heaven Knows there are plenty of mentions of Below

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Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week Jim asks us for a song with a title, or lyrics, containing one of the following words: Above /Below /Between.

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 reckon I’ve got a real corker of a song for you. Not only that, but I also have an exclusive clip of what Jim has been doing during lockdown. You may be surprised to hear that he’s been doing some pretty serious dance classes and I have installed a secret camera in the dance studio to catch Jim in action. First though, here is The Pretty Reckless with Heaven Knows. The song is from their second studio album, Going To Hell, released in 2014.

Heaven Knows – Isle of Wight festival 2014

Here is the official video

Unfortunately, Jim got to my post and deleted the footage of him dancing. Instead he inserted a recording of his dance instructor

Heaven Knows

The Pretty Reckless

Jimmy’s in the back with a pocket of high
If you listen close
You can hear him cry
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Sing it
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below

Judy’s in the front seat picking up trash
Living on the dough
Gotta make that cash
Won’t be pretty
Won’t be sweet
She’s just in here on her feet

Sing it
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Go
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Sing
Tell her so
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

I’ve got what it takes, man
I see every day
I’ve got a better wise man
I know that I worth

One, two, three and four
The devil’s knocking at your door
Caught in the eye of a dead man’s wife
Show you life with your head up high
Now you’re on your knees
With your head down low
Big mental, she wear it to go
Tell her it’s good
Tell her okay
Don’t do a God thing they say

Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

I’ve got a better wise man
I know that I worth
I’ve got what it takes, man
I see every day

Jenna’s in the back with a pocket of high
If you listen close
You can hear the crying
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below

Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ben Phillips / Taylor Momsen

Heaven Knows lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday – August 16 2020 – Clear or Cloudy – and now for something completely different!

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. I am almost certain that my choice today will count amongst the latter!

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.

Most people, even if they couldn’t say exactly who Sting was, would recognise some of his music. Some will be familiar with his early work with The Police  where he was the lead vocalist, bass guitarist, and main songwriter. The band sold over 75 million records, making them one of the best selling bands of all time.

Sting has also had a hugely successful solo career, and has written and performed in a musical, The Last Ship, inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences and the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear where he grew up.

Not content with this, he has also collaborated with various artists and musicians on multiple projects, worked on films, sung at President Obama’s inauguration and had his brain scanned whilst performing his music!

In October 2006, he released an album entitled Songs from the Labyrinth featuring the music of John Dowland (an Elizabethan-era composer) and accompaniment from Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov. Sting’s interpretation of this English Renaissance composer and his cooperation with Edin Karamazov brought recognition in classical music.

Here he is singing………..

Clear or Cloudy

The lyrics are a little olde worlde, I suspect it is to help Sting in his enunciation? You may have noted that he is reading the music as he sings. It is obviously a little complicated!

Cleare or cloudie sweet as April showring, 
Smooth or frowning so is hir face to mee, 
Pleasd or smiling like milde May all flowring, 
When skies blew silke and medowes carpets bee, 
Hir speeches notes of that night bird that singeth, 
Who thought all sweet yet jarring notes outringeth. 

Hir grace like June, when earth and trees bee trimde, 
In best attire of compleat beauties height, 
Hir love againe like sommers daies bee dimde, 
With little cloudes of doubtfull constant faith, 
Hir trust hir doubt, like raine and heat in Skies, 
Gently thundring, she lightning to mine eies. 

Sweet sommer spring that breatheth life and growing, 
In weedes as into herbs and flowers, 
And sees of service divers sorts in sowing, 
Some haply seeming and some being yours, 
Raine on your herbs and flowers that truly serve, 
And let your weeds lack dew and duly starve.

and here singing Come Again

and for anyone who is interested in the derivatives of the Lute, here is a very good introduction.

STOP PRESS

As a late addition I found this alternative version of the song. Quite an interesting comparison.

Song Lyric Sunday – August 9 2020 – A song with a harmonica

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs.

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 had this week’s post all sorted with multiple choices of songs, there are so many to choose from!  Then, on Saturday morning I was listening to BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, which includes a section where well known people are asked for their ‘Inheritance Tracks’, that is a song that they have inherited, and a song that they would pass on to future generations. It was the turn of Tony Hadley who was the lead singer of Spandau Ballet. The song he would pass on is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The song he inherited is now my choice for this week, My Boy Lollipop, recorded in 1964 by Millie Small.

Millie was a very bubbly character and gained international success after this record became a hit when she was only 17. She undertook a world tour but was probably encouraged to spend too much time on the road and suffered ill health for a time. By 1968 her popularity in the UK began to decline but as reggae emerged in 1969 she returned to recording for a brief period before her recording career ended and she stepped away from music.  She later lived in Singapore and New Zealand before returning to London, where she concentrated on writing, painting and raising her daughter.

When My Boy Lollipop was re-released in 1987 to mark Island Records’ 25th anniversary, she gave a rare interview to Thames TV, where she revealed she had, at one point, been penniless and sleeping rough in London.  Millie died on 5 May 2020 from a stroke.

We never get to see just who is playing harmonica on this song. Millie always insisted that it was Rod Stewart but he has always denied it.   It was almost certainly either Pete Hogman or Jimmy Powell, both of The Five Dimensions. Pete Hogman and Five Dimensions guitarist Kenny White both maintain it was Pete Hogman, while Jimmy Powell asserts that it was he who played this solo. We shall never know!

My Boy Lollipop

Millie Small

My boy lollipop
You make my heart go giddy up
You are as sweet as candy
You’re my sugar dandy
Ho, ho, my boy lollipop
Never ever leave me
Because it would grieve me
My heart told me so

I love ya, I love ya, I love ya so
But I wanted you to know
I need ya, I need ya, I need ya so
And I’ll never let you go

My boy lollipop
You make my heart go giddy up
You set my world on fire
You are my one desire
My boy lollipop

I love ya, I love ya, I love ya so
But I wanted you to know
I need ya, I need ya, I need ya so
And I’ll never let you go

My boy lollipop
You make my heart go giddy up
You set my world on fire
You are my one desire
Oh, my boy lollipop
Oh, my boy lollipop
My boy lollipop

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Johnny Roberts / Morris Levy

My Boy Lollipop lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Harmonicas have been used in music for many years. Often they were used to tune guitars prior to pitch pipes or auto tuning. Every young man used to imagine they could easily play one. Many tried, and they were a popular Christmas present which parents often quickly regretted.

You may notice that I said young men – I always imagined it was a boy thing rather than a girl thing. I know, I know, it’s the 21st century. Equal opportunities, sexist comments and all that. So I googled lady harmonica players and boy………………..was I wrong. Here’s just one example, which will lead to many more if you get carried away. I hope you enjoy this tremendous virtuosity.

 

Song Lyric Sunday – August 2 2020 Gather Round

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs.

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 offer a song from The Kinks‘ concept album Schoolboys in Disgrace, recorded in 1975.  The album was considered by critics to be the last album in what they dubbed the group’s “theatrical” period.  It is rooted in 1950s rock and roll, and also includes elements of doo-wop, hard rock, and arena rock.

When I went to school we didn’t have graduations, last assemblies, celebrations of class of 1959, or 1964, high school proms, or anything like that. Apparently such items are a thing now in the UK! Yet another thing we’ve copied from the USA.

This album is apparently quite a popular one to play on these occasions, and this track, in particular, is amongst the most played to commemorate a graduation party or even a funeral of a young person. Who knew?

I do hope that you enjoy it.

The Last Assembly

The Kinks

As I walked to the last assembly,
There were tears in the back of my eyes,
And I saw all my friends all around me,
They were there to wish me goodbye.

As I stood in a line with my comrades,
I felt such a feeling of pride,
And I forgot all the grief and the hatred inside,
As we sang for the very last time.

Gather ’round, gather ’round,
Everybody gather ’round.
Come and join our last assembly,
Let us smile, wipe away all the frowns.

Gather ’round, gather ’round,
Everybody gather ’round.
As we stood at the last assembly,
All my friends came to wish me goodbye.

Gather ’round, gather ’round,
Gather ’round, gather ’round,
Everybody gather ’round.
As I stand at the last assembly,
I just can’t keep the tears from my eyes.

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Raymond Douglas Davies

The Last Assembly lyrics © Sony/atv Tunes Llc Obo Davray Music Ltd.

 

Song Lyric Sunday – July 26th 2020 – The Same, and something completely Different

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs.

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 undecided this week about what I was going to offer. I prefer to use a song title that actually contains the prompt word, but not one that would immediately spring to mind. So, having found nothing that took my fancy, I asked my good friend Google what I could use and came up with STEEL – The Same.

Next I like to research a little so that I can offer a bit of background about the artist and/or the song. Now, I don’t know whether I’m just getting old, or I was overtired, or Google has taken a dislike to me, but I could not find anything. Zilch, not a sausage, not a jot nor a tittle. So here it is, unadorned with any information. The only saving grace is that the lyrics are on the video. Enjoy!

In the words of Monty Python,

“And now for something completely different.”

The Magic Flute

Keep an eye out for the strip tease!

 

 

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday – July 19th 2020 –I Like Pie, I Like Cake

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Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs.

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’m offering an obscure old-time rhythm and blues band the Four Clefs. If you have heard of them it is probably for a few of their singles from the World War II era that still resonate with modern fans, including the song for the troops “V Day Stomp” which was written by band vocalist and singer-songwriter John Green (also known as Johnny Green) in 1944.

 

Today I’m offering Pie AND Cake, and I’m sure that there will not be many who can resist.

Without further ado here is I Like Pie, I Like Cake from the album Those Dirty Blues Volume 3.

Drums & Vocals – William Chapman, Piano & Background Vocals – James Marshall, Guitar & Background Vocals – Johnny Green, Background Vocals – Melvin Chapman. Recorded In Chicago July 22nd 1941.

and as a bonus here is a suggestion for restaurant owners on how they could comply with social distancing:

Four Clefs

I like pie
I like cake
I like anything you make
I like your crackers too
Crumbled up in chicken stew
When I see your jelly roll
Then I lose all my self-control
But of all these things I like you best of all
I like pie
I like cake
I like anything you make
I like your crackers too
Crumbled up in chicken stew
When I see your jelly roll
Then I lose all my self-control
But of all these things I like you best of all

Source: Musixmatch