Song Lyric Sunday 20/10/2019 – Lean /Sit /Stand

song-lyric-sundayThank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some 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 not going to sit on the fence. I am leaning towards STAND with the song Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police.

Sting, the lead singer of the The Police, attended St Cuthbert’s Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. As a young man he visited nightclubs, such as Club A’Gogo, to see all the groups he could, including Cream and Manfred Mann, who influenced his music.  After working as  a bus conductor, a building labourer and a tax officer, he attended Northern Counties College of Education (now Northumbria University) from 1971 to 1974 and qualified as a teacher.  He taught at St Paul’s First School in Cramlington for two years.

At night he performed jazz with The Phoenix Jazzmen, Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit. It was whilst playing with the Phoenix Jazzmen, wearing a black and yellow hooped sweater, that he gained the name Sting.

He no doubt experienced situations, whilst teaching, that mirror the words in the song. It must be incredibly difficult for all young teachers to manage situations in schools where the hormones of youth are working overtime. The reference to Nabokov, at the end of the song, refers to the novel he was most famous for, Lolita!

Without further ado here is Don’t Stand So Close To Me. I hope you enjoy it!

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

The Police

Young teacher the subject
Of schoolgirl fantasy
She wants him so badly
Knows what she wants to be
Inside her there’s no room
This girl’s an open page
Book marking she’s so close now
This girl is half his age

Don’t stand so close to me
Her friends are so jealous
You know how bad girls get
Sometimes it’s not so easy
To be the teacher’s pet
Temptation, frustration
So bad it makes him cry
Wet bus stop, she’s waiting
His car is warm and dry

Don’t stand so close to me
Loose talk in the classroom
To hurt they try and try
Strong words in the staffroom
The accusations fly
It’s no use
He sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabakov

Don’t stand so close to me

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Gordon Sumner

Don’t Stand So Close to Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Twittering Tales #158 – 15 October 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

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The Wall of Love

I was worried when the old fella next door didn’t show. We normally chatted every day.

His wife suffered with crippling arthritis for many years and rarely ventured out.

They said she’d been dead for weeks. He lay down beside her under their special wall. A testament to their love.

 

(280 characters)

Song Lyric Sunday 13/10/2019 – Drifter /Loner /Vagabond

song-lyric-sundayThank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some not so familiar, songs. This week we have a brand new badge, designed at great expense by Jim, who has sweated day and night to bring it to us. So, this week, it is a double thank you Jim.

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 would not be at all surprised if Jim chooses Iron Maiden this week, although I could be totally wrong, and, having seen his latest post, I find that I AM WRONG!

I am not a great expert on this group and would not even attempt to enlighten you about their history, their many successes, or their 39 albums. You can read all about this HERE if you wish.

All of the group members are very talented but Paul Dickinson, the lead singer, is talented in so many ways outside his career in music.  Most notably, he undertook a career as a commercial pilot for Astraeus Airlines, which led to a number of media-reported ventures such as captaining Iron Maiden’s converted charter aeroplane, Ed Force One, during their world tours. Following Astraeus’ closure, he created his own aircraft maintenance and pilot training company in 2012, Cardiff Aviation. Dickinson presented his own radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2002 to 2010, and has also hosted television documentaries, authored novels and film scripts, created a successful beer with Robinsons Brewery and competed at fencing internationally.

I’m including 2 versions of “Drifter” from the “Killers” album released in 1981. The first is  recorded live at a pre release concert at the Marquee in April 1980. This shows just why small venue concerts were so good to be able to experience, before money making moguls took over, and the venues, and audiences, expanded to silly sizes.

FOR SOME OBSCURE REASON YOU WILL NEED TO CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW

Drifter

Iron Maiden

Rock away!

Look out now, baby won’t you take me away
Sittin’ here sayin’ its gonna be a new day
Gotta get my song and I can’t go wrong
Gotta keep on roaming, gotta sing my song

What you feeling when you hold me tight?
I’m gonna cuddle up with you tonight
Gonna get you feeling so secure
Listen child, don’t you see there’s a cure?
Anywhere, got to get you away
Feels so good, think it’s gonna be a new day
I’m gonna get my song and I can’t go wrong
I’m gonna keep on roaming gonna sing my song

What you feeling when you hold me tight?
I’m gonna cuddle up with you tonight
Gonna get you feeling so secure
Listen child, don’t you see there’s a cure?, ooh yea
Anywhere, got to get you away
Feels so good, think it’s gonna be a new day
I’m gonna get my song and I can’t go wrong
I’m gonna keep on roaming gonna sing my song
I wanna Rock n’ Roll, yeah!

Gonna sing my song, yeah, and it won’t take long
Gonna sing my song, yeah, I want you to sing
I want you to sing it, sing it, sing it, sing it along
I want you to sing it, sing it, sing it, sing it along
I want you to sing it, sing it, sing it, sing it along
I want you to sing it, sing it, sing it, sing it along

‘Cause I’m a drifter!
Drifting alon-o-o-o-o-ong…
Yeah!

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Smith

Drifter lyrics © Imagem London Ltd., Nu Shooz Orchestra LLC, Imagem London Limited, UNIVERSAL MUSIC-Z TUNES OBO IMAGEM LONDON LTD.

The second version is from 2005 recorded Live At a stadium concert in Ullevi, Sweden

https://youtu.be/KdxnrLrnz0M

 

Twittering Tales #157 – 8 October 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

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Photo by noelsch at Pixabay.com

The crime had remained unsolved for 40 years.

Someone had stolen the largest ballpen, as verified in the Guinness Book of World Records.

They’d left the shaft and ink sleeve propped against the Eiffel tower.

Now the giant ball had been found. Hidden in plain sight all these years!

(279 characters)

Song Lyric Sunday 06/10/2019 – Bus /Truck /Lorry

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some 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, for a complete change, I searched for a song that I had never heard before, that was outside of my normal choice of music, but one that fitted the bill for the prompt.

I came up with a song from Joe Nichols seventh studio album, It’s All Good,  released in November 2011.

The song tells a sad tale of a man who has lost his ride home, his chance of a romantic trip on a boat, and his girlfriend. All in all he’s having a pretty bad day, and it doesn’t look as though it’s going to get any better!

 

 

No Truck, No Boat, No Girl

Joe Nichols

Sun-burned and wonderin’, how I wound up here
Edge of a dock, one flip flop, half of a six-pack of beer
Seems like yesterday I was sittin’ on top of the world
And I watched it all just drive away
No truck, no boat, no girl.

Layin’ out there on that water, is where we ought to be
Instead I’m stuck with no ride home and no you here with me
Seems like yesterday I was sittin’ on top of the world
All it takes is one mistake,
No truck, no boat, no girl.

If I could I’d drive a line and catch a bite to eat
Put my zip-code in my tackle box there behind the seat

The water’s turnin’ smooth as glass, the sun is goin’ down
A red seagull’s blowin’ by makin’ one last lap around
Seems like yesterday I was sittin’ on top of the world
I’m just bobbin’ in the wake
No truck, no boat, no girl.

Seems like yesterday I was sittin’ on top of the world
Man ain’t meant to live this way
No truck, no boat, no girl.
Some things just can’t be replaced
No truck, no boat, no girl.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Adam Wright / Jay Knowles

No Truck, No Boat, No Girl lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Peermusic Publishing, Words & Music A Div Of Big Deal Music LLC

Song Lyric Sunday 29/09/2019 – Train song

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some 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 really wanted to go with End Of The Line by The Traveling Wilburys, purely because it is one of my favourite songs. However, there is no mention of a train anywhere so, instead, I am going to offer you a song by Cat Stevens, or is it Yusuf Islam, or Steve Adams, or Steven Demetre Georgiou, or Yusuf? He’s been known by all of these, but, whichever you choose, you will find a Gentle Man.

He first recorded the song in 1971, as Cat Stevens, and I’m adding a second, later recording, by Yusuf Islam. They are equally as good, as relevant, and as hopeful, as each other. The words are on the videos. I do hope you enjoy them.

 

 

 

 

Twittering Tales #155 – 24 September 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

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Lucky

He’d been a loser all his life.

At school they gave him the nickname “lucky” because anything that could go wrong, always did.

He decided he’d had enough.  He would end it all by jumping under a train.

His phoned pinged with the latest news headline.

“Rail strike halts all trains!”

(278 characters)

 

Song Lyric Sunday 22/09/2019 – Sung by the world famous singer Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some not so familiar, tunes.

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.

Well, what a choice this week. Clothing /Hat /Pants /Scarf /Shirt /Shoes /Tie. My head was spinning, along with the vinyl, and I came up with so many choices, but finally chose that well known singer whose name appears in the title.

Yes, that really is her name, and she has an older brother called Rowland Constantine O’Malley Armstrong.

As children they were known as Rollo, and Dido.

The song lyrics describe a single woman returning from holiday to the drudgery of everyday life. She reminisces about a romantic encounter she had while away. The music video represents the song’s plot, with surreal and symbolic images of a beach city and the lovers in a house, playing dominos, sitting in the street, and at a party, mixed with images of Dido alone, and a truck unloading sand in the street. It was directed by Alex De Rakoff and Dido’s love interest was portrayed by Erik Fellows.

I hope you enjoy Sand in My Shoes.

Sand in My Shoes

Dido

Two weeks away feels like the whole world should have changed,
But I’m home now, and things still look the same
I think I’ll leave it ’til tomorrow to unpack,
Try to forget for one night that I’m back in my flat
On the road where the cars never stop going through the night,
To a life where I can’t watch the sun set
I don’t have time
I don’t have time

I’ve still got sand in my shoes,
And I can’t shake the thought of you
I should get on, forget you
But why would I want to?
I know we said goodbye,
Anything else would have been confused
But I want to see you again

Tomorrow’s back to work and down to sanitation,
Run a bath and then clear up the mess I made before I left here
Try to remind myself that I was happy here,
Before I knew that I could get on a plane and fly away,
From the road where the cars never stop going through the night,
To a life where I can watch the sun set,
And take my time
Take all my time

I’ve still got sand in my shoes,
And I can’t shake the thought of you
I should get on, forget you
But why would I want to?
I know we said goodbye,
Anything else would have been confused
But I want to see you again

I want to see you again

I want to see you again

Two weeks away,
All it takes,
To change and turn me around, 
I’ve fallen
I walked away,
And never said,
That I wanted to see you,
Again

I’ve still got sand in my shoes,
And I can’t shake the thought of you
I should get on, forget you
But why would I want to?
I know we said goodbye,
Anything else would have been confused
But I want to see you again

I’ve still got sand in my shoes,
And I can’t shake the thought of you
I should get on, forget you
But why would I want to?
I know we said goodbye,
Anything else would have been confused
But I want to see you again

I want to see you again
I want to see you again

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Richard W Nowels / Dido Armstrong / Rollo Armstrong

Sand in My Shoes lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Spirit Music Group

 

A bonus track of White Flag

Twittering Tales #154 – 17 September 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

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The Legacy

Sad! Now that Granddad has gone there are none of his generation left.

Oh look, there’s that old trunk. I thought he’d got rid of that years ago.

I haven’t seen that for years, not since Grandma left him.

Better see what’s inside. You never know, he may have left us a nice surprise!

(280 characters)

Song Lyric Sunday 15/09/2019 – House of Four Doors – The Moody Blues

img_1345-3Facebook has just reminded me that it is 55 years to the day since I left home to start my army career. It has nothing to do with SLS, apart from the fact that a lot of my musical influences stem from that time.

Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some 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 Jim has given us the following to work with: Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

My immediate thoughts turned to:

Another Brick in The Wall by Pink Floyd

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

Up on the roof by dozens of singers,

and then I thought of “Madness” who seemed to make a habit of singing about houses, for example House of Fun, Our House, and, although the title doesn’t fit in with the theme, Kitchen Floor. Whatever can they be singing about here?

I’m not going for any of these. Instead I have chosen a Moody Blues song from In Search of the Lost Chord, their 1968 concept album based around a broad theme of quest and discovery.

On this album they played all instruments themselves (approximately 33). Indian instruments such as the sitar (played by guitarist Justin Hayward), the tambura (played by keyboardist Mike Pinder) and the tabla (played by drummer and percussionist Graeme Edge) can be heard on several tracks (notably “Departure”, “Visions of Paradise” and “Om”). Other unconventional (for the Moodies) instruments were also used, notably the oboe (played by percussionist/flute player Ray Thomas) and the cello (played by bassist John Lodge, who tuned it as a bass guitar). The mellotron, played by Pinder, produced many string and horn embellishments. (Thank you wikipedia)

I think that this album shows off their amazing musical talents more than any of their other work does. The video is also typical of all their performances in front of a camera. They always seem very awkward, as if they would much prefer to be unseen, but just get on making music.

See what you think.

House of Four Doors

The Moody Blues

Mystery spread it’s cloak
Across the sky
We’d lost our way
Shadows fell from trees
They knew why
Then through the leaves a light broke through
A path lost for years lead us through

House of four doors
I could live there forever
House of four doors
Would it be there forever?

Loneliness, the face of pilgrims eyes was known
As the door opened wide

Beauty they had found before my eyes to see
To the next door we came

Love of music showed in everything we heard
Through the third door where are we?

Enter in all ye who seek to find within
As the plaque said on the last door

Walking through that door
Outside we came nowhere at all
Perhaps the answers here
Not there anymore

Then in our hearts the light broke through
A path lost for years is there in view

House of four doors
You’ll be lost now forever
House of four doors
Rest of life’s life forever

House of four doors
You’ll be lost now forever
House of four doors

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: John Lodge

House of Four Doors lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc