Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Sunday one and all – I hope that the sun is shining on you wherever you are and that you’ve had a great week! As usual, for me and many others, today is all about discovering new music and catching up with blogging friends new and old. Thanks to the lovely Jim over at A Unique Title For Me, we have a prompt each week which gives us the inspiration we need to share our favourite tracks – this week it’s Mom/Mother/Flowers. If you’d like to join in and I hope you will as it’s ‘the more, the merrier’, here are some rules for you:

Happy Sunday one and all – I hope that the sun is shining on you wherever you are and that you’ve had a great week! As usual, for me and many others, today is all about discovering new music and catching up with blogging friends new and old. Thanks to the lovely Jim over at A Unique Title For Me, we have a prompt each week which gives us the inspiration we need to share our favourite tracks – this week it’s Mom/Mother/Flowers. If you’d like to join in and I hope you will as it’s ‘the more, the merrier’, here are some rules for you:

  • 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.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can 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 will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • 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.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

My initial thought was to use ‘flower’ as a prompt but then two songs sprung to mind which I just had to share with you – both are a little bit weird which is probably why I love them ;O)

Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb?
Mother, do you think they’ll like this song?
Mother, do you think they’ll try to break my balls?
Ooh, aah, mother, should I build the wall?

Mother, should I run for president?
Mother, should I trust the government?
Mother, will they put me in the firing line?
Ooh, aah, is it just a waste of time?

Hush now, baby, baby, don’t you cry
Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm

Ooh, babe, ooh, babe, ooh, babe
Of course mama’s gonna help build the wall

Mother, do you think she’s good enough for me?
Mother, do you think she’s dangerous to me?
Mother, will she tear your little boy apart?
Ooh, aah, mother, will she break my heart?

Hush now, baby, baby, don’t you cry
Mama’s gonna check out all your girlfriends for you
Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through
Mama’s gonna wait up ’til you get in
Mama will always find out where you’ve been
Mamma’s gonna keep baby healthy and clean

Ooh, babe, ooh, babe, ooh, babe
You’ll always be a baby to me

Mother, did it need to be so high?

This song is taken from the album The Wall which was, arguably,  the most innovative  of all time. It tells the story of a man who, in trying to deal with his mental health issues, builds a wall around himself and slowly descends into madness. I remember being fascinated with this album the first time I heard it and it holds a fascination for me still.

The second track I’ve chosen is Mama by Genesis.

 

I can’t see you mama
But I can hardly wait
Ooh to touch and to feel you mama
Oh I just can’t keep away
In the heat and the steam of the city
Oh its got me running and I just can’t brake
So say you’ll help me mama
Cos its getting so hard

Now I can’t keep you mama
But I know you’re always there
You listen, you teach me mama
And I know inside you care
So get down, down here beside me
Oh you ain’t going nowhere
No I won’t hurt you mama
But its getting so hard

Can’t you see me here mama
Mama mama mama please
Can’t you feel my heart
Can’t you feel my heart
Can’t you feel my heart oh
Now listen to me mama
Mama mama
You’re taking away my last chance
Don’t take it away
Can’t you feel my heart?

It’s hot, too hot for me mama
But I can hardly wait
My eyes they’re burning mama
And I can feel my body shake
Don’t stop, don’t stop me mama
Oh make the pain, make it go away
No I won’t hurt you mama
But its getting so hard

Now I can’t see you mama
But I know you’re always there
You taunt, you tease me mama
But I never never never can keep away
It’s the heat and the steam of the city
Oh got me running and I just can’t brake
So stay don’t leave me mama
Cos its getting so hard

I say that this song is weird simply because, to me,  it seems to be about a man with an Oedipus complex which I always thought was a strange subject . Saying that, it is an extremely powerful song and Phil Collins performance is intense, especially his devil laugh – you’ll get what I mean after you listen to it ;O)

Anyway, those are my choices for this week – I really hope that you like them and that you have a fantastic day!

Lisa xx

Song Lyric Sunday

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you all :O) It’s time to share our favourite tracks once again and to discover new music by connecting with other bloggers. Jim Adams brings us the prompt this week which is Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay and, I have to say, I found it incredibly difficult. However, I eventually remembered this wonderful song by Pink Floyd and, fortunately, the lyrics only deviate from the prompt a tiny bit ;O)

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you all :O) It’s time to share our favourite tracks once again and to discover new music by connecting with other bloggers. Jim Adams brings us the prompt this week which is Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay and, I have to say, I found it incredibly difficult. However, I eventually remembered this wonderful song by Pink Floyd and, fortunately, the lyrics only deviate from the prompt a tiny bit ;O)

Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun
Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut
There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before times took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
When friends surrounded
The nights of wonder
Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide
At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world
Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we’ve been so many times
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river
Forever and ever
Songwriters: Polly Annie Samson / David Jon Gilmour / Polly Anne Samson
High Hopes lyrics © Imagem Music Inc
I was at at my brother’s apartment when I first heard this song; we were chatting and music was playing softly in the background. The first few bars prompted me to interrupt the discussion and ask him what it was.
The song starts with the tolling of a bell and a melody which I found profoundly sad (although to be fair, in those days, I found sadness in many things). The lyrics speak of the loss of childhood and also of regret:
There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before times took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay
At the time, this was about 3 years ago, I could only focus on the regret in the words and the fact that death (time) had taken all my dreams away and that my husband’s life had been consumed by slow decay (cancer) and it resonated with me for that reason.
However, what I now find to be most profound is the message in the song, namely that looking at the horizon and always wanting what we dream may be there will take away any pleasure that we have in this moment. This achingly beautiful song is a poetic expansion of “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”.

Song Lyric Sunday: Listen

Good morning all you lovely folk out there in Wordpress land! Here we are again at the end of another week and it’s time for the fantastic Song Lyric Sunday created and brought to us by the lovely Helen. If you’d like to play along (you really should, it’s such fun!) here are some rules for you:

Good morning all you lovely folk out there in WordPress land! Here we are again at the end of another week and it’s time for the fantastic Song Lyric Sunday created and brought to us by the lovely Helen. If you’d like to play along (you really should, it’s such fun!) here are some rules for you:

  • 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

Here is my choice for this week; you can’t go wrong with Pink Floyd right?

Us and them
And after all we’re only ordinary men
Me and you
God only knows

It’s not what we would choose to do
Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
And the general sat
And the lines on the map
Moved from side to side
Black and blue

And who knows which is which and who is who
Up and down
And in the end it’s only round ‘n round
Haven’t you heard it’s a battle of words
The poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There’s room for you inside
 
“I mean, they’re not gonna kill ya, so if you give ’em a quick short, sharp, shock, they won’t do it again. Dig it? I mean he get off lightly, ’cause I would’ve given him a thrashing – I only hit him once! It was only a difference of opinion, but really…I mean good manners don’t cost nothing do they, eh?”
 
Down and out
It can’t be helped that there’s a lot of it about
With, without
And who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?
Out of the way

It’s a busy day
I’ve got things on my mind
For the want of the price
Of tea and a slice
The old man died
 
Songwriters: Roger Waters / Rick Wright
Us and Them lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
What can I say about this track? Well, it’s just sublime isn’t it? It’s the sort of song that should be listened to on a cold winters night, laying in front of a log fire where all you have to do is watch the flames as they dance before your eyes. 
 
I hope you enjoy it!
 
Have a wonderful Sunday one and all
 
Lisa x