Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone :O) Well I don’t know what happened to that week, do you? So, here we are again, it’s time for Song Lyric Sunday; if you haven’t joined in before why not have a go this week, it’s fun! The brainchild of the lovely Helen Vahdati; we are prompted each week to come up with a song that, for us, best encapsulates the word for the day which, this week, is ‘games’. 

Happy Sunday everyone :O) Well I don’t know what happened to that week, do you? So, here we are again, it’s time for Song Lyric Sunday; if you haven’t joined in before why not have a go this week, it’s fun! The brainchild of the lovely Helen Vahdati; we are prompted each week to come up with a song that, for us, best encapsulates the word for the day which, this week, is ‘games‘.

If you’d like to play along, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

So here’s mine for this week and it’s Wicked Games which was written and performed by Chris Isaak:

This song opens with a guitar riff which is both haunting and sublime; it is the relaxing sound of a summer night laying in a hammock looking at the stars combined with notes of heartbreak and loss.

Issak’s voice is, at first, deep, soft and caressing; he is speaking intimately to someone he is falling deeply in love with.  It then soars through the octaves and you start to hear his pain; he knows that the object of his affection will hurt him and he is desperate not to fall further.

He gives us the impression that he is helpless, cannot control his feelings and so he blames the focus of his attention, accusing them of playing ‘wicked games’ and then almost of cruelty with the line:

“What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way”.

As the song moves on you can feel him being torn between his desire and the pain that he knows he will, inevitably suffer. He wants to fall in love but a voice is telling him that, if he does, his heart will be broken. The very last line suggests that whether he falls or not it will make no difference as ‘nobody loves no-one’.

This is one of my favourite songs so I really hope that you enjoy it, here are the lyrics if you want to sing along:

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you.

No, I don’t want to fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don’t want to fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you, with you (this girl is only gonna break your heart)

What a wicked game you play to make me feel this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you.
What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to make me dream of you

And I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you.

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d love somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you,

No, I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I… (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
(this girl is only gonna break your heart)

Nobody loves no one.

 

Have a great Sunday everyone :O)

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday

Have you seen this? Over at Helen Vahdati’s site? If you’re a lover of music and enjoy thinking about the meaning behind certain songs I think you’ll enjoy it :O) The subject for this week is songs with a metaphor in the title and I’ve chosen to go with Broken Crown by Mumford and Sons, firstly because I love, love, love the song and secondly because the lyrics fascinate me:

Have you seen this? Over at Helen Vahdati’s site? If you’re a lover of music and enjoy thinking about the meaning behind certain songs I think you’ll enjoy it :O) The subject for this week is songs with a metaphor in the title and I’ve chosen to go with Broken Crown by Mumford and Sons, firstly because I love, love, love the song and secondly because the lyrics fascinate me:

Touch my mouth and hold my tongue
I’ll never be your chosen one
I’ll be home safe and tucked away
Well you can’t tempt me if I don’t see the dayThe pull on my flesh was just too strong
Stifled the choice and the air in my lungs
Better not to breathe than to breathe a lie
‘Cause when I open my body I breathe a lie

I will not speak of your sin
There was a way out for him
The mirror shows not
Your values are all shot

But oh my heart was flawed I knew my weakness
So hold my hand consign me not to darkness

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I can take the road and I can fuck it all away
But in this twilight our choices seal our fate

[Songwriters: Benjamin Walter David Lovett / Edward James Milton Dwane / Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford / Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall]

At first glance, the lyrics appear to be about a man’s desperate struggle with religion and accepting God into his life. At the start of the song he appears to be angry with God, citing the pull of the flesh and the temptation of evil as being too strong for him to resist; he is determined to hide from the ‘light’ if you will. However, maybe as he feels the chance of redemption slipping away from him he beseeches:

“But oh my heart was flawed I knew my weakness
So hold my hand consign me not to darkness”

There is such desperation in those few words, he knows that he is weak but he is begging, almost in terror, not to be left alone in the dark…..

Sadly, almost immediately afterwards, he is defending his decision to reject God with even more anger than he had at the beginning and this is demonstrated with the use of profanity:

“I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away”

At this point he speaks of twilight which can be taken as a metaphor for the end of life and I think that this idea is reinforced by the very last line.

“In this twilight our choices seal our fate”

When you listen to the song you’ll notice that, after a big crescendo the music quietens and this line is sung with infinite sadness, with the acceptance of a mistake made by someone who still has too much pride to ask for the help that he so obviously needs…..

Which leads me on to, in my opinion, the more subtle metaphor which is that of Life. The struggle that the man is having is obviously an internal one; he is trapped in a struggle and knows that there are only 2 paths that he can take. On a intellectual level he knows that he needs help and he begs for it but he just doesn’t feel worthy of ‘saving’ so he continues on his path of self-destruction. I believe that he entered onto this path after a failed relationship with someone who destroyed his self-esteem and his belief in himself; he knows this and knows that he must keep away from them for the sake of his own sanity but he loves them and therefore lives in torment……

I don’t know if my interpretations are as the writers intended but I never tire of this song because of its musical and lyrical complexities.

I really hope that you enjoy it and, please, let me know what you think

Have a wonderful Sunday

Lisa x

img_1345

Song Lyric Sunday

I picked up on this over here at Lydia’s site and I really liked the concept so I thought I’d join in and wondered if you might like to as well. The idea is to come up with song lyrics which, for you, best match the theme – in this case ‘Let Go’. My choice, which may, at first glance, appear not to make one iota of sense is Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes….

I picked up on this over here at Lydia’s site and I really liked the concept so I thought I’d join in and wondered if you might like to as well. The idea is to come up with song lyrics which, for you, best match the theme – in this case ‘Let Go’. My choice, which may, at first glance, appear not to make one iota of sense is Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes….

If you don’t know the song, it has an insistent, underlying beat which, for me at least, lends the music a strange power; it’s very raw in its simplicity but, in contrast, the lyrics are deep and complex. Seven Nation Army has a special significance for me as, during an Antony Robbins conference that I was attending, someone spontaneously started humming the tune; after just a few seconds everyone in the auditorium had picked up on it – that was 12,000 people humming in unison! The whole point of being there that weekend was to ‘let go’ of the past and learn how to build a better future so perhaps that’s why the connection is there for me.

The lyrics describe a mental struggle and the conflicted emotions that arise from it; the over-riding message that I got from the song was that it’s author was desperate to find his place in the World. In the end he becomes overwhelmed by the desire to go home, forget the fame and work on the land until the ‘sweat drips out of every pore’ – he let’s go…………

I’m gonna fight ’em all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
They’re gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back
And I’m talking to myself at night
Because I can’t forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette
And the message coming from my eyes
Says leave it alone
Don’t want to hear about it
Every single one’s got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell
And if I catch it coming back my way
I’m gonna serve it to you
And that ain’t what you want to hear
But that’s what I’ll do
And the feeling coming from my bones
Says find a home
I’m going to Wichita
Far from this opera for evermore
I’m gonna work the straw
Make the sweat drip out of every pore
And I’m bleeding, and I’m bleeding, and I’m bleeding
Right before the lord
All the words are gonna bleed from me
And I will sing no more
And the stains coming from my blood
Tell me go back home
Songwriter: John Anthony White

 

Lydia has just kindly pointed out that this idea originated here with Helen https://helenswordsoflife.com/2018/05/26/song-lyric-sunday-theme-for-5-27-18/ so thanks also to her :O)

Have a great Sunday everyone

Lisa

x

If I Can’t Hear the Music

This is the power of music!

Have you   ever noticed how, when you hear a particular song or piece of music, your mood alters? It maybe that you have memories associated with it and hearing the song triggers those memories or it may just be that your mind and body respond to something in the rhythm or in the way that the music is arranged. Occasionally we will hear a piece of music that will bring tears to our eyes even though it’s the first time that we’ve heard it, sometimes we will hear something new and want to play it over and over again, sometimes we just want to get up and dance and sometimes we think ‘what a bloody racket’ and look for the off switch. So there is no doubt that music can have a powerful effect on us. If we acknowledge that then we can use it to our advantage; we can consciously alter our mood and our mental state.

For instance, the music played here is designed to relax the mind and heal the body; it has been tuned to the 432hz frequency which, according to some, puts us in touch with the world around us in a most fundamental way. If you listen with your eyes closed and with a beautiful mental picture you will find yourself relaxing in no time! When our bodies are relaxed, tension is released and, with it, muscle pain and discomfort.

Conversely, some music can boost our energy and this is especially useful when we exercise. Have a listen to the underlying beat on these two songs and see which one works better for you as a song to accompany you on a brisk walk.

‘Mony Mony’ by the incomparable Billy Idol plays at 135bpm (beats per minute) whilst the sublime ‘High Hopes’ by Pink Floyd plays at 77bpm. You will chose one over the other depending on your natural walking pace but music with more beats per minute may push you to up your pace.

If you want to change the mood again, have a look at these two videos. The first is the exquisite ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ performed by Sinead O’Connor; how many of you found you were welling up when you first heard it?

The second is the heart achingly beautiful theme from Schindler’s List written by John Williams. Many of us who watched this shocking and intensely moving film will be reminded of our emotions after hearing just a few bars.

This is the power of music!