Song Lyric Sunday

A very good morning to everyone out there in blogging land (I was just channeling my 1980’s radio DJ there!). It’s Sunday morning so it must be time for Song Lyric Sunday, the perfect way to discover new music and make new blogging friends.  As always I have to thank our tireless host, Jim Adams whose prompt for this week is Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell.

A very good morning to everyone out there in blogging land (I was just channeling my 1980’s radio DJ there!). It’s Sunday morning so it must be time for Song Lyric Sunday, the perfect way to discover new music and make new blogging friends.  As always I have to thank our tireless host, Jim Adams whose prompt for this week is Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell.

If you’d like to play along and why wouldn’t you,  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.

I have to be honest, this one was tricky for me as I have nothing in my music collection that contains any of the word prompts so I decided to pick a musician who was definitely cool and always radical and that’s David Bowie.

 

Do you remember a guy that’s been
In such an early song?
I’ve heard a rumor from Ground Control
Oh no, don’t say it’s true
They got a message from the Action Man
“I’m happy, hope you’re happy too
I’ve loved all I’ve needed, love
Sordid details following”
The shrieking of nothing is killing, just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair
But I’m hoping to kick but the planet it’s glowing
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie
Strung out in heaven’s high
Hitting an all-time low
Time and again I tell myself
I’ll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I’m stuck with a valuable friend
“I’m happy, hope you’re happy too”
One flash of light but no smoking pistol
I never done good things (I never done good things)
I never done bad things (I never done bad things)
I never did anything out of the blue, woh-o-oh
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie
Strung out in heaven’s high
Hitting an all-time low
My mother said, to get things done
You’d better not mess with Major Tom
My mother said, to get things done
You’d better not mess with Major Tom
My mother said, to get things done
You’d better not mess with Major Tom
My mother said, to get things done
You’d better not mess with Major Tom
Songwriters: David Bowie
Ashes to Ashes lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
I remember when I first saw this video, which was really cutting edge for its time, and I was absolutely blown away. I hadn’t seen or heard anything like it before and I believe it’s what started my lifelong interest in Bowie’s music. I can’t say that I like everything that he’s done but he wrote several songs that will never leave my all time top 20. He was so innovative and so completely committed to everything that he did that each song really was a performance in itself.
Even better than that, he was beautifully, wonderfully weird and I don’t believe that there ever was or ever will be anyone like him. His creativity was outstanding and he was the ultimate rock and roll chameleon, we never knew what to expect from his next and it was never what we expected! Anyway, I had so many of his songs to choose from that it was impossible to narrow it down to one so you have two bonus tracks to enjoy too. The first, Rock and Roll Suicide is an amazingly powerful track that starts with just a single guitar strumming and then builds and builds to a really powerful crescendo. The second I chose simply because I love the song and the video is jaw droppingly outrageous – classic Mr Bowie.

 

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy and I hope you have a great Sunday :O)

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday

Good morning everybody! Here we are again at the end of another week  (I do hope that you had a good one) and it’s time once again for Song Lyric Sunday. This week our host Jim Adams said that we would have a ‘plethora of songs to chose from’ with our prompt Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone but, I have to be honest I was pretty stumped

Good morning everybody! Here we are again at the end of another week  (I do hope that you had a good one) and it’s time once again for Song Lyric Sunday. This week our host Jim Adams said that we would have a ‘plethora of songs to chose from’ with our prompt Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone but, I have to be honest I was pretty stumped. I couldn’t think of a single track that I really like that would fit and, if I don’t like a track I really don’t want to share it with you guys. So, that left me with Rolling Stone’s tracks and, I have to admit I am not a huge Stones fan mainly because I don’t like Mick Jagger’s voice (sorry Mick). What track would you use for this prompt? Got one already? Then why not play along! 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.

After much thought, I came up with the only Rolling Stones track that I really like but sung by Guns and Roses (I hope that still counts):

Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul to waste
And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain
I rode a tank
Held a general’s rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made
I shouted out
Who killed the Kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me
Let me please introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what’s confusing you
Is just the nature of my game, mm yeah
Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
‘Cause I’m in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, mm yeah
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, mm yeah
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, mm mean it, get down
Oh yeah, get on down
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Tell me baby, what’s my name
Tell me honey, can ya guess my name
Tell me baby, what’s my name
I tell you one time, you’re to blame
Oh, right
What’s my name
Tell me, baby, what’s my name
Tell me, sweetie, what’s my name
Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Despite the subject matter – the devil demanding sympathy – or maybe because of it, I find this track really interesting and innovative; I’d love to know your thoughts.
Have a great Sunday one and all
Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Give/Giving

Morning :O) Did we all remember to put the clocks forward last night? Well done if you did; I forgot and what was a lie in until 7am became a ‘damn’ and ‘what the hell, I’m awake now’. So, here I am, at my keyboard at 7.30 am but ready to tackle another Song Lyric Sunday. The prompt this week, given to us as always by the lovely Helen, is give or giving; if you love music and want to meet some cool new blogging friends why not play along:

Morning :O) Did we all remember to put the clocks forward last night? Well done if you did; I forgot and what was a lie in until 7am became a ‘damn’ and ‘what the hell, I’m awake now’. So, here I am, at my keyboard at 7.30 am but ready to tackle another Song Lyric Sunday. The prompt this week, given to us as always by the lovely Helen, is give or giving; if you love music and want to meet some cool new blogging friends why not 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

 

I’m so tired, of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
For I’ve been a temptress too long
Just
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be, a woman
I just want to be a woman
From this time, unchained
We’re all looking at a different picture
Through this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom
Move over, and give us some room
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be, a woman
I just want to be a woman
So don’t you stop, being a man
Just take a little look from our side when you can
Sow a little tenderness
No matter if you cry
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be, a woman
It’s all I want to be is all woman
For this is the beginning of forever and ever
It’s time to move over
I’m so tired, of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
For I’ve been a temptress too long
Just
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
Songwriters: Adrian Francis Utley / Beth Gibbons / Geoffrey Paul Barrow / Isaac Lee Hayes
I first came across Portishead when I was in my Gothic (teenage angst) period; my wardrobe was divested of anything remotely resembling colour and I discovered the delights of black eyeliner and purple lipstick (shudders!). This particular song seemed beyond sophisticated to my young mind, it’s sexy and sultry and I loved it on first hearing. Actually, listening to it again this morning, it still sounds pretty sophisticated which means, either, I haven’t grown up or it’s a damn fine song – I’m happy with either quite frankly :O)
Anyway I hope you like it and have a wonderful Sunday :O)
Lisa
x

Song Lyric Sunday: Lost

A very happy Sunday to all my Wordpress friends, a day which always comes with the opportunity to make new friends thanks to SLS. The lovely Helen, who’s feeling poorly this week so please pay her a visit and wish her well, came up with the wonderful idea of sharing blogging and music; if you love both please play along..

A very happy Sunday to all my WordPress friends, a day which always comes with the opportunity to make new friends thanks to SLS. The lovely Helen, who’s feeling poorly this week so please pay her a visit and wish her well, came up with the wonderful idea of sharing blogging and music; if you love both please play along..

The theme for this week is ‘lost’ and, as always, 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

 

2 am, where do I begin
Crying off my face again
The silent sound of loneliness
Wants to follow me to bed
I’m a ghost of a girl
That I want to be most
I’m the shell of a girl
That I used to know well
Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again
Too afraid, to go inside
For the pain of one more loveless night
For the loneliness will stay with me
And hold me till I fall asleep
I’m a ghost of a girl
That I want to be most
I’m the shell of a girl
That I used to know well
Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again
Broken pieces of
A barely breathing story
Where there once was love
Now there’s only me
And the lonely
Dancing slowly in an empty room
Can the lonely take the place of you
I sing myself a quiet lullaby
Let you go and let the lonely in
To take my heart again
Songwriters: Christina Perri / David Hodges
the lonely lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
The word lost doesn’t appear anywhere in these lyrics but I chose the song because that was how I felt when I first heard it. It was shortly after I moved to France, I didn’t really know anyone and I was still weighed down by the grief of losing my husband. One night I was sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine and just looking out to sea when this track started playing; the opening bars were enough to make the tears start to fall, not that it took very much in those days…….
It’s very difficult to express how you feel when someone you love dies but the line:
“I’m the shell of a girl
That I used to know well”
summed it up. I was not the person that I had been; I no longer knew myself or was even sure that I wanted to.
The beautiful, beautiful melody overwhelmed me and tears flowed freely, coming without effort but then I heard the line that ripped a sob from my throat and literally brought me crashing to the floor:
“Where there once was love
Now there’s only me
And the lonely”
I played this song over and over and over. I cried so hard that my eyes burned and I could barely breathe as I tried to rid myself of the pain that had lodged in my chest. Even this morning, as I listened to it again, I could feel the tears but I no longer feel so broken that I can’t stop them falling. It has taken more than 4 years for me to finally start to find myself again and, perhaps more importantly, to start to like myself again. I still miss my husband and the love we shared, desperately, but I am no longer lost……..
Lisa
x

Song Lyric Sunday: Hide

Good morning all you lovely people out there and Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready to play along with Song Lyric Sunday. The lovely Helen came up with this brilliant idea which brings together music lovers for a lyrical orgy each and every Sunday. Why not join in with us? You’ll discover new songs and meet new bloggers so what have you got to lose :O

Good morning all you lovely people out there and Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready to play along with Song Lyric Sunday. The lovely Helen came up with this brilliant idea which brings together music lovers for a lyrical orgy each and every Sunday. Why not join in with us? You’ll discover new songs and meet new bloggers so what have you got to lose :O)

Each week there is a theme and today it’s hide/hidden/hiding. Here are some rules for you and then off we go…..

  • 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

 

Lips are turning blue
A kiss that can’t renew
I only dream of you
My beautiful
Tiptoe to your room
A starlight in the gloom
I only dream of you
And you never knew
Sing for absolution
I will be singing
Falling from your grace
There’s nowhere left to hide
In no one to confide
The truth runs deep inside
And will never die
Lips are turning blue
A kiss that can’t renew
I only dream of you
My beautiful
Sing for absolution
I will be singing
Falling from your grace
Sing for absolution
I will be singing
Falling from your grace
Our wrongs remain unrectified
And our souls won’t be exhumed
Songwriters: Matthew James Bellamy
It was my brother who first introduced me to Muse and I immediately became a huge fan. I’m fairly sure that we should have been somewhere but instead we spent about 30 minutes sitting in his car listening to track after track as I became increasingly enamored. Their music was nothing like I had ever heard before; it was rock but it also had a classical feel and I found it enormously powerful.
Anyway, that’s my choice for this week and I really hope that you enjoy it :O)
I really look forward to hearing your choices so please share them with me.
Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Find/Found

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope you’ve had a great week, hasn’t it just sped by? Seven days have whizzed past and here we all are again, ready to share our love of music and discover new and exciting tracks. This is courtesy of the lovely Helen; she’s celebrating a birthday today so why not pop over and wish her many happy returns, she’d love to hear from you….

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope you’ve had a great week, hasn’t it just sped by? Seven days have whizzed past and here we all are again, ready to share our love of music and discover new and exciting tracks. This is courtesy of the lovely Helen; she’s celebrating a birthday today so why not pop over and wish her many happy returns, she’d love to hear from you….

The theme for this week is find/found and, if you’d like to play along (please do, it’s so much fun) 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

I have to admit this was a bit of a tricky one but eventually I decided on this by Duran Duran

Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue
Thought I heard you talking softly.
I turned on the lights, the TV and the radio
Still I can’t escape the ghost of you

What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some’d say,
Where is the life that I recognize?
Gone away

But I won’t cry for yesterday, there’s an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Passion or coincidence once prompted you to say
“Pride will tear us both apart”
Well now pride’s gone out the window cross the rooftops, run away,
Left me in the vacuum of my heart.

What is happening to me?
Crazy, some’d say,
Where is my friend when I need you most?
Gone away

But I won’t cry for yesterday, there’s an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Feared today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk

(Just blown away)

And I don’t
But I won’t cry for yesterday, there’s an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Every world, is my world (I will learn to survive)
Any world, is my world (I will learn to survive)
Any world, is my world
Every world is my world

Writer/s: ANDY TAYLOR, FERNANDO GONZALES DE CANALES, JAIME MARTINEZ STINUS, JAVIER GURRUCHAGA IRIARTE, JOHN TAYLOR, LUIS ALBERTO DE CUENCA Y PRADO, NICK RHODES, ROGER TAYLOR, SIMON LE BON 

I have to confess that I was a huge fan of Duran Duran when I was a young teenager, mainly because they were all so pretty, but that wore off as I got older and I discovered the likes of Bowie (who was just as pretty but more edgy). However, I discovered this song after I lost my husband (I can’t remember when or where I heard it) and I love it because the lyrics mirror how I feel about my life now.

On the one hand “Where is the life that I recognize? Gone away” and on the other “as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world I will learn to survive”. The melody is not exactly sad, it’s a pop song after all, but I find that there is a sense of melancholy underlying that comes to the fore in certain moments. The lyrics are a little sad but I’ve read far more moving words in many other songs. However, all that being said, there is one point in this song where melody and lyrics come together and I just can’t stop the tears from falling:

“Where is my friend when I need you most? Gone away”

My husband was the best friend that I ever had and I never needed him more than when he died; a tragic irony.

Another Sunday starting with tears but, as the song says, I will learn to survive….

Lisa

x

Song Lyric Sunday: Search

After a few days off, spent in sunny England (yep you heard right; warm, sunny and no rain at all!) I’m back just in time for Song Lyric Sunday. Brought to us by the warm and sunny Helen , it’s our weekly chance to share great music and make new friends so why not play along?

After a few days off, spent in sunny England (yep you heard right; warm, sunny and no rain at all!) I’m back just in time for Song Lyric Sunday. Brought to us by the warm and sunny Helen , it’s our weekly chance to share great music and make new friends so why not 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

Normally I have no trouble thinking of a song but this was really, really tricky. The song I’ve come up with is a bit of a stretch but it’s beautiful and I love it so what the heck :O)

The wounds on your hands never seem to heal
I thought all I needed was to believe
Here am I, a lifetime away from you
The blood of Christ, or the beat of my heart
My love wears forbidden colours
My life believes
Senseless years thunder by
Millions are willing to give their lives for you
Does nothing live on?
Learning to cope with feelings aroused in me
My hands in the soil, buried inside of myself
My love wears forbidden colours
My life believes in you once again
I`ll go walking in circles
While doubting the very ground beneath me
Trying to show unquestioning faith in everything
Here am I, a lifetime away from you
The blood of Christ, or a change of heart
My love wears forbidden colours
My life believes
My love wears forbidden colours
My life believes in you once again
Songwriters: David Sylvian / Ryuichi Sakamoto
This song is from the film Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence which told the story of life, loss and friendship in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. I went to see it because David Bowie was playing one of the lead characters and I was, and still am, a huge fan. I didn’t really expect to like the film to be honest but it was incredible; brutal and violent in parts but also touching and very sad in others.
My choice today is the title song and it captures everything that made this film so special. For me it tells of a man who is desperately searching for the faith that he once had to carry him through a time of unimaginable suffering. The line:
“I`ll go walking in circles
While doubting the very ground beneath me”
has stayed with me ever since I first watched the film which was some 30 odd years ago. These words struck a chord with me, for their depth and beauty, and I have never forgotten them.
I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do and have a wonderful Sunday!
Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Picture/Photograph

Good morning Blogsville, how are we all today? Well I hope and enjoying your Sunday; wow! it’s come round fast this week hasn’t it? I can’t believe it’s time to dig around in our mental music vaults again but here we all are, thanks to the lovely Helen who had the brilliant idea of bringing bloggers together, each and every Sunday, with music. 

Good morning Blogsville, how are we all today? Well I hope and enjoying your Sunday; wow! it’s come round fast this week hasn’t it? I can’t believe it’s time to dig around in our mental music vaults again but here we all are, thanks to the lovely Helen who had the brilliant idea of bringing bloggers together, each and every Sunday, with music.

You can play along too if you’d like, it’s a great way of meeting new friends and finding out a little bit about them so why not have a go? Here are the 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

This one was tricky and I had to work hard to drag my mind away from Photograph of you by Flock of Seagulls but I managed and consequently I am able to share one of my favourite songs with you:

The working man’s day, we just piss it away
We sit out in the weather
Familiar he said, time soon breeds contempt
Wash your hands of it forever

Violence it ripped through the old dogwood fence
See the hope, see it unravel
The drunk brother said he could reason with them

While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied
While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied

The picture was left on the front porch
The back said I love you, don’t you ever think of me?
If my body goes then to hell with my soul
We don’t even know the difference

The dead folks in the clouds, for crying out loud

While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied
While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied

And why
Did we live so long?
Long
Long…

The house is not the same since we left it that day
Old friends seem to wander
Our parents’ hands
Cigarettes, wedding bands

While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied
While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied

And why
Did we live so long?
Long
Long…

While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied
While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied

While they lied at night, they lied at night
While they lied

Written by: Ben Bridwell, Rob Hampton, and Creighton Barrett

This song opens with a blast on the guitar and then, almost immediately, settles back into a slower and surprisingly sad melody. The lyrics speak of the break-up of a family and the bitterness and regret can be almost felt in both the music and the singer’s voice. The line that brought this track to mind:

“The picture was left on the front porch The back said I love you, don’t you ever think of me?”

is delivered with such sadness that, for me, it sets the tone for the whole song. I feel that the lyrics are written from the perspective of an older child who was aware that his parents marriage was coming to an end as the result of an affair (hence the picture left on the front porch). He speaks of loss and lies and the pain of living for far too long with a couple whose love has died.

I really love this group and, for me, this is one of their best songs so I really hope that you like it

Lisa

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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

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