SONG LYRIC SUNDAY – The big D word.

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was songs that feature the lyrics of either Past, Present, or Future. It’s all about Time.

Click on the link to see my post for last week:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that feature the lyrics of either Birth, Death, or Life.

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I think this time of year sparks thoughts of reflection on life and death. As the year draws to a close and before the time of festivity begins, we often look back and think about what we have achieved or failed to achieve. It also makes us consider our own mortality. Sometimes I look back at my life, almost like I’d been sold a ticket to a show from one of those showmen without scruple, and think about whether it was worth the ticket? We all get a different show, some of us experience a rollercoaster ride of excitement and perils, others get a quiet ride. Remember that you are in the driving seat of your life and you may face obstacles or have to overcome great challenges.

The challenge this week is to think of a song with lyrics about Birth, Life or Death and there were three songs that came to my mind.

Firstly, Season in the Sun, by Terry Jacks.

The song is an English-language adaptation of the 1961 song “Le Moribond” by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel[2] with lyrics rewritten in 1963 by American singer-poet Rod McKuen,[3] portraying a dying man’s farewell to his loved ones.

Goodbye to you, my trusted friend
We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we’ve climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABC’s
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees


Goodbye my friend, it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Pretty girls are everywhere
Think of me and I’ll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Goodbye Papa, please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along

Goodbye Papa it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
When you see them, I’ll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone
We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone

Goodbye Michelle, my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground

Goodbye Michelle, it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone

All our lives we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Jacques Brel / Rod Mckuen

Secondly, I thought of the song by The Who, My Generation, which contains the lyric “I hope I die before I get old”. I wonder if anyone has asked Pete Townshend if he has changed his mind now he is older?

My Generation

The Who

People try to put us d-down (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
And don’t try dig what we all s-s-say (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-generation (talkin’ ’bout my generation)

My generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don’t you all f-fade away (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
And don’t try d-dig what we all s-s-say (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m not trying to cause a big sensation (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-generation (talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby
My, my g-generation
My, my, my, my, my generation

People try to put us d-down (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we g-g-get around (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby
My, my, my, my, my generation (generation)

Talkin’ ’bout my generation (talkin’ about)
Talkin’ ’bout my generation (my generation)
Talkin’ ’bout my generation (my generation)
Talkin’ ’bout my generation (this is my generation, baby)

Talkin’ ’bout my generation (this is my generation)
Talkin’ ’bout my generation (generation)
Talkin’ ’bout my generation (this is my generation)
Talkin’ ’bout my generation (this is my generation)

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Peter Townshend

and thirdly and finally, Queen – Who wants to live forever.

Who Wants to Live Forever

Queen

There’s no time for us
There’s no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever
Oh ooo oh
There’s no chance for us
It’s all decided for us
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever
Ooh
Who dares to love forever
Oh oo woh, when love must die

But touch my tears with your lips
Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today

Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever
Forever is our today
Who waits forever anyway?

Source: MusixmatchSongwriters: Brian May / Michael KamenWho Wants to Live Forever lyrics © Queen Music Limited

This has been a thoughtful post and I hope you have enjoyed the music. I am off to cheer myself up with some gardening….

I have also included the following word prompts

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7 thoughts on “SONG LYRIC SUNDAY – The big D word.”

  1. The Season in the Sun song is about a man who is about to die and he says his goodbyes to his loved ones, which must be heartbreaking. Brel wrote his version while he was in a whorehouse in Tangiers, and the old man was dying of a broken heart, he was saying goodbye to his priest and his best friend and his wife Francoise, who cheated on him. He forgave her for cheating on him with his best friend, and he admitted that without her that he would have had a lonely life.
    Roger Daltrey sang the lead vocals in ‘My Generation’ with a stutter, which was very unusual. After recording two takes of the song normally, Kit Lambert suggested to Daltrey that he stutter to sound like a British kid on speed. Great selections today Kristian and you can never go wrong with Queen.

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