Song Lyric Sunday: Cars

How on earth did it get to be Sunday again so quickly? Another week has just flown by and here we are again ready to put on our musical thinking caps for Song Lyric Sunday. If you love music and love meeting new blogger friends this is for you! The brainchild of the lovely Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time, SLS requires us to share our favourite songs in response to a one word prompt; this week it’s ‘Cars’.

How on earth did it get to be Sunday again so quickly? Another week has just flown by and here we are again ready to put on our musical thinking caps for Song Lyric Sunday. If you love music and love meeting new blogger friends this is for you! The brainchild of the lovely Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time, SLS requires us to share our favourite songs in response to a one word prompt; this week it’s ‘Cars’.

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

Little rebel that I am, I’ve decided to change things up just a little and share with you the song I most like to listen to while I am driving (in my car so not too far away from the prompt).

“Freebird”

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on now
‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.

But if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you cannot change.
And this bird you cannot change.
And this bird you cannot change.
Lord knows I can’t change.

Bye, bye, baby, it’s been a sweet love, yeah,
Though this feeling I can’t change.
But please don’t take it so badly,
‘Cause Lord knows I’m to blame.

But if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you’ll never change.
And the bird you cannot change.
And this bird you cannot change.
Lord knows, I can’t change.
Lord, help me, I can’t change.

Lord, I can’t change.
Won’t you fly high, free bird, yeah?

Songwriter(s): Allen Collins; Ronnie Van Zant
If you are someone who likes a song that just builds and builds to an earth shattering crescendo, this is for you. It starts off as a really beautiful ballad and ends in a truly awe inspiring guitar solo which absolutely blew my mind the first time that I heard it; think Stairway to Heaven or Sweet Child O’ Mine!
So, why is it my favourite driving song? Well, I love speed and, when I’m driving and listening to Free Bird, the longer that the song goes on, the harder my right foot presses down on the go pedal. The thrill of handling a car at speed and the excitement that this song generates is a heady mix! When I was back in the UK I drove a V8 convertible and the combination of this guitar solo and the sound of that engine could keep a smile on my face all day :O)
The roads where I live now are too narrow and winding for my preferred style of automobile but, with this song, I still have the same sense of freedom whizzing along in my little Fiat Abarth as I did with the V8, especially when I am driving around, what becomes, once a year, a Formula 1 track ;O)
I hope that you enjoy the song and your Sunday
Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Plan

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL???? Sorry that was a bit dramatic wasn’t it but it’s Song Lyric Sunday which is one of my favourite times of the week :O) Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time came up with the brilliant idea of giving us a single word prompt each week from which we have to come up with a song to play for you all. It really is great fun for music lovers and bloggers wanting to connect with others out in the bloggersphere so why not play along this week?

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL???? Sorry that was a bit dramatic wasn’t it but it’s Song Lyric Sunday which is one of my favourite times of the week :O) Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time came up with the brilliant idea of giving us a single word prompt each week from which we have to come up with a song to play for you all. It really is great fun for music lovers and bloggers wanting to connect with others out in the bloggersphere so why not play along this week?

Here are the rules and the prompt for this week is plan:

  • 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

This one was tricky and the song I’ve picked doesn’t have the word ‘plan’ in the lyrics anywhere but it represents my ‘plan’ for life, slightly obscure though it is. Here it is and I’ll explain a bit more after you’ve heard it:

 

And after the storm,
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
On my knees and out of luck,
I look up.

Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we lived for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew
I saw exactly what was true
But oh no more.
That’s why I hold,
That’s why I hold with all I have.
That’s why I hold.

And I won’t die alone and be left there.
Well I guess I’ll just go home,
Oh god knows where.
Because death is just so full and man so small.
Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

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

I came across this song when I first moved to France; I used to lay out on the terrace in the evening, with a glass of wine, and listen to music for hours; sometimes familiar tunes and sometimes I looked for something new. I’d been introduced to Mumford and Sons by a friend and had loved the songs I’d already heard so I downloaded one of their albums and listened to this: After the Storm….

I cried. Then I listened again. I cried some more but then I felt a spark of anger and then another of hope. Maybe ‘anger’ isn’t the right word, perhaps ‘defiance’ better sums up my feelings; emotionally I had been beaten down to my knees by the death of my husband but, at that moment, I did look up and shook my fist at whatever had been cruel enough to separate us. The lyrics disturbed something in me; I didn’t want to live the rest of my life shut off from the world, slowly decaying, falling apart so I said, out loud:

But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

I knew the feeling of trying desperately to hold on to my old life and feeling it slip through my fingers, I knew what it was like to be scared of the past and of the future and I was, and still am, terrified of dying alone. This song threw all of this at me and made me face many emotions that I had be suppressing for a long time but it also offered the lifeline of hope and made me think that, one day, I would be able to feel again. Feel the love that I had for my husband without the pain that now came with it:

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.

I had a feeling it would be a long road; two years on I am still on it but I’ve learned to think:

Get over your hill and see what you find there,

and one day I hope to reach a place that will offer:

………..grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

What this song gave me, after two years in free fall, was the first inkling of a plan…………

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone

Lisa

x

 

Song Lyric Sunday: Fear

Good morning fellow bloggers and Happy Sunday :O) I hope that this has been a great week for you and that next week will be even better! So, here we are again with Song Lyric Sunday, brought to you by the amazing Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time. I’m such a fan of this because I absolutely love music and I really hope that you’ll give it a try to; it’s a super way to make new blogging friends and beef up your playlists.

Good morning fellow bloggers and Happy Sunday :O) I hope that this has been a great week for you and that next week will be even better! So, here we are again with Song Lyric Sunday, brought to you by the amazing Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time. I’m such a fan of this because I absolutely love music and I really hope that you’ll give it a try to; it’s a super way to make new blogging friends and beef up your playlists.

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

The theme for this week is fear and, despite Helen’s reservations, this was an easy one for me as I can share one of my favourite songs which is by an absolute music legend:

 

“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”

She had an horror of rooms
she was tired
you can’t hide beat
When I looked in her eyes they were blue but nobody home

She could’ve been a killer
if she didn’t walk the way she do,
and she do
She opened strange doors
that we’d never close again

She began to wail jealousies scream
Waiting at the light know what I mean

[CHORUS (twice)]
Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared

She asked me to stay
and I stole her room
She asked for my love
and I gave her a dangerous mind
Now she’s stupid in the street
and she can’t socialise
Well I love the little girl
and I’ll love her till the day she dies

She wails
Jimmy’s guitar sound
jealousies scream
Waiting at the light know what I mean

[CHORUS (twice)]

[CHORUS (twice)]

Run, Run, Run [ad lib]

Written and performed by David Bowie
I was a fan of Bowie’s from the age of about 12 or 13 quite simply because he was doing things that other artists weren’t and that didn’t change over the years. He would change his look, his style and his music over and over again; he surprised, he shocked, sometimes he even disturbed but, above all, he entertained! There is no doubt in my mind that the man was a musical genius and a great lyricist. There is one line in this particular song which just captured the dark side of my imagination the moment that I heard it:
She asked me to stay
and I stole her room
She asked for my love
and I gave her a dangerous mind
Is it the confession of a psychopath or the story of a drug user’s descent into madness?
This song won’t be to everyone’s taste and just in case here’s my other favourite song of Bowie’s which is just sublime; his delivery is simple, passionate and full of emotion:

 

And just to go against all the rules this week I have to share this with you just because the lyrics are pure poetry; they’re shown on the video but here’s an except to show you what I mean:

Some people are marching together and some on their own
Quite alone
Others are running, the smaller ones crawl
But some sit in silence, they’re just older children
That’s all

 

Right that’s it, I ‘m going to stop now because otherwise I’ll be here all day!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone :O)

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Drive

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope that life is treating you well :O) Well, another week has rolled by with alarming speed and here we all are with another Song Lyric Sunday brought to us by the lovely Helen. If you’re a music lover why not join us and play along, it’s a great way of discovering new tunes and new blogging friends!

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope that life is treating you well :O) Well, another week has rolled by with alarming speed and here we all are with another Song Lyric Sunday brought to us by the lovely Helen. If you’re a music lover why not join us and play along, it’s a great way of discovering new tunes and new blogging friends!

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, the theme for this week is Drive and, I must admit I was torn between 2 tracks that I love so I’ve decided to be a rebel and share both of them with you

 

I had to escape , the city was sticky and cruel
Maybe I should have called you first
But I was dying to get to you
I was dreaming while I drove
The long straight road ahead
Uh-huh, yeah
Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide
This fever for you was just burning me up inside
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night
What in this world keeps us from falling apart?
No matter where I go
I hear the beating of our one heart
I think about you when the night is cold and dark
Uh-huh, yeah
No one can move me the way that you do
Nothing erases this feeling between me and you
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?

I drove all night to get to you

Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night
Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide
This fever for you was just burning me up inside
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Is that all right?
I drove all night
songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
I chose this song not for the lyrics (I know, I know it says Song Lyric Sunday but what can I tell you) which frankly I’ve always thought were a bit creepy, I means who rocks up at someone’s house in the middle of the night, without calling first and then wakes them up just because they were feeling randy? No, I chose it for the unbelievable vocal performance by Roy Orbison; I’m not sure how many octaves he straddles in the song (perhaps one of you knows) but it’s seriously impressive! I also picked it because it’s the  first upbeat song that sprang to mind upon hearing this week’s theme; I usually pick really sad songs…….
Anyway, moving on to my second choice which is Drive by The Cars:

 

 

Who’s gonna tell you when
It’s too late
Who’s gonna tell you things
Aren’t so great
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Who’s gonna pick you up
When you fall
Who’s gonna hang it up
When you call
Who’s gonna pay attention
To your dreams
Who’s gonna plug their ears
When you scream
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Who’s gonna hold you down
When you shake
Who’s gonna come around
When you break
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Oh you know you can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Songwriters: Ric Ocasek
My friends and I used to play this song when we were teenagers, there was always some poor soul among us who had just been dumped and we’d listen to it over and over, crying and generally feeling sorry for ourselves. This would happen pretty much every other week so I got fed up with it after a while and moved on to the next tragic ballad (Careless Whisper or something like that no doubt) and then I heard it again a few years ago and all these memories of childish heartbreak came flooding back…..
Hope you enjoyed my choices; I’m looking forward to hearing yours :O)
Lisa
x

Song Lyric Sunday: Drink

Good morning fellow bloggers, how are we all today? Hope you’re all set for a super Sunday :O) I still only have one fully functioning nostril and a small cactus appears to have wedged itself down my throat but the brain fog has lifted slightly so I’m here to join in with Song Lyric Sunday. Created by the lovely Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, it’s an opportunity for music lovers to come together and share their favourite songs. Each week Helen gives us a one word prompt and this week it’s drink.

Good morning fellow bloggers, how are we all today? Hope you’re all set for a super Sunday :O) I still only have one fully functioning nostril and a small cactus appears to have wedged itself down my throat but the brain fog has lifted slightly so I’m here to join in with Song Lyric Sunday. Created by the lovely Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, it’s an opportunity for music lovers to come together and share their favourite songs. Each week Helen gives us a one word prompt and this week it’s drink.

If you’d like to play along and I really think you should as it’s great fun, these 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

This week I’ve chosen Lilac Wine; I immediately thought of Elkie Brooks but then found this beautiful version by Jeff Buckley who sadly lost his life in a freak accident at the age of 31.

I lost myself on a cool damp night
I gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree
I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
And be what I want to be
I think more than I want to think
I do things I never should do
I drink much more that I ought to drink
Because it brings me back you
Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me, I cannot see clearly
Isn’t that she, coming to me nearly here?
Lilac wine is sweet and heady where’s my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where’s my love?
Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isn’t that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?
Lilac wine, I feel unready for my love
Feel unready for my love
Songwriters: James H. Shelton
Lilac Wine lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
I’ve always loved this song as it has that oh so appealing combination of sadness, darkness and drama. It builds slowly but steadily with a sultry undertone that draws the listener in from the very beginning.
It holds a deep meaning for me personally as a glass of red wine in the evening was something that my husband and I used to share. We’d take a bottle into the garden on warm summer nights and just sit and talk quietly about our day, our hopes and dreams. Sometimes we’d stay for an hour and sometimes it was three but it was our time to share thoughts and feelings.
He’s no longer with me but, each night, I raise a glass of red wine to him, my love. I drink much more than I ought to drink because it brings me back to him…………
Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Street

How was your week? Hope you had a good one whatever you’ve been up to :O) If you want a great way to start your day and you love music (who doesn’t!) why not join us playing Song Lyric Sunday? The brainchild of the lovely Helen who resides over at This thing called life one word at a time, we receive a one word prompt each week and, from that, we have to track down a suitable song and post a video link and lyrics. It’s great fun so why not give it a shot :O)

How was your week? Hope you had a good one whatever you’ve been up to :O) If you want a great way to start your day and you love music (who doesn’t!) why not join us playing Song Lyric Sunday? The brainchild of the lovely Helen who resides over at This thing called life one word at a time, we receive a one word prompt each week and, from that, we have to track down a suitable song and post a video link and lyrics. It’s great fun so why not give it a shot :O)

Here are all 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

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a huge Springsteen fan but as soon as I heard this song I absolutely loved it; the emotion in it is immediately evident and so raw. When you couple this with the heart-wrenching but sublime film Philadelphia, for which this was the theme tune, you cannot help but be moved. For anyone who doesn’t know the film, here’s a second video which will give you an indication of the superb acting by Tom Hanks in what must have been a most challenging part:

“Streets Of Philadelphia”

I was bruised and battered, I couldn’t tell what I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
I saw my reflection in a window, I didn’t know my own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin’ away
On the Streets of Philadelphia

I walked the avenue, ’til my legs felt like stone
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
At night I could hear the blood in my veins
Just as black and whispering as the rain
On the Streets of Philadelphia

Ain’t no angel gonna greet me
It’s just you and I my friend
And my clothes don’t fit me no more
I walked a thousand miles
Just to slip this skin

The night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake
I can feel myself fading away
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
Or will we leave each other alone like this
On the Streets of Philadelphia

Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen

I hope that you love this song as much as I do and I wish you all a very happy Sunday

Lisa x