Song Lyric Sunday – Looking back, it was a very good year…

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was songs that feature wind instruments which include Brass instruments (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas) and Woodwind instruments (recorders, flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons) suggested by Maggie From Cave Walls. 

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 Past, Present, or Future. It’s all about Time.

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

Coincidentally enough, yesterday I reposted a song lyric/poem that I had written myself about this very subject, I must have had a premonition. Now, I don’t mean to obtrude, but here is the link:

It’s called “Before it’s time to say goodbye”. Now if anyone would like to write some music and post a recording of them singing it, then please let me know.

Time is one of those major concepts that spark off philosophical debates. It’s because Time for us is not in perpetuity but is finite. IF we had all the time in the world, would anything ever get done? Would inventions have been invented if time had not been limited? If people had not sought to make their mark upon this world that time will not easily Erase?

Well, on to the matter at hand. When I read the challenge I thought of this song that I felt met the criteria. This is a melancholic song written by Ervin Drake in 1961 and first recorded by Bob Shane and the Kingston Trio, but later recorded in 1965 by Frank Sinatra. It is Frankie boy’s version that is widely known and I have linked to it below:

When I was seventeen
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for small
Town girls and soft summer nights
We’d hide from the lights
On the village green
When I was seventeen

When I was twenty-one
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for city girls
Who lived up the stair
With all that perfumed hair
And it came undone
When I was twenty-one

When I was thirty-five
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for blue
Blooded girls of independent means
We’d ride in limousines
Their chauffeurs would drive
When I was thirty-five

But now the days are short
I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage
Wine from fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
It poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Drake Ervin M

There is something fragrant about reminiscing about the past. Perfume and fragrance trigger some powerful memories.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

I have also included the following word prompts:

A Poem/Song Lyric – Before It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Photo by Tookapic on Pexels.com

I have written this poem in response to the Word of the Day prompt HYMN and also the Ragtag Daily Prompt – Unaware. 

I started out writing a poem, but then I realised that it had a certain rhythm and so it could be a song lyric too. What do you think?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Before It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Sometimes you don’t know

What you had until it’s time to go

It’s one of those things, I don’t know why

You finally discover what you had,

When it’s time to say goodbye

***

Life is sad

Life is Cruel,

It’s not good or bad,

Change is renewal.

Embrace the future with a smile

Live the moment, because in a while

Time will fly,

It will be time to say goodbye.

***

When faced with the end

Of a relationship or a friend,

Look back on all the good times you had

 Shed a tear or two, then smile wide,

Life’s too short to remain so sad.

***

Sing a hymn,

say a prayer

be grateful you’re not

totally unaware,

Embrace the future with a smile

Live the moment, because in a while

Time will fly,

It will be time to say goodbye.

Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 29/November/2018

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/hymn/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/29/rdp-thursday-unaware/

Song Lyric Sunday – It’s going to get Windy…

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical suggested by Tales from the mind of Kristian (oh that’s me!).

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

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that feature wind instruments which include Brass instruments (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas) and Woodwind instruments (recorders, flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons) suggested by Maggie From Cave Walls.  

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

The weather today here in England is pretty awful, horrific in fact! It’s blowing a gale and the rain is so heavy, to coin an old English phrase, it’s coming down in stair rods!

It’s the perfect weather for me to sit and procrastinate, and while I avoid doing the laundry, I thought what better than to take part in this challenge and post some songs that have some wind in them.

Firstly a song that instantly came to mind was California Dreamin’, as when the weather is a foul as it currently is, to sit and dream of a warmer climate is what we Brits do (then complain bitterly of the heat when we get there, but we are a capricious lot!).

The song also contains a beautiful refrain on the flute and so it does the trick nicely.

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)

California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold)
He knows I’m gonna stay (knows I’m gonna stay)

California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray (and the sky is gray)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
If I didn’t tell her (if I didn’t tell her)
I could leave today (I could leave today)

California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: John Edmund Andrew Phillips / Michelle Gilliam Phillips

And another song that came to mind is Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty that has a marvelous Saxophone solo which pretty much elevates the song to a timeless classic.

Lyrics

Winding your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well, another crazy day
You’ll drink the night away
And forget about ev’rything

This city desert makes you feel so cold
It’s got so many people, but it’s got no soul
And it’s taken you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything

You used to think that it was so easy
You used to say that it was so easy
But you’re tryin’, you’re tryin’ now
Another year and then you’d be happy
Just one more year and then you’d be happy
But you’re cryin’, you’re cryin’ now

Way down the street there’s a light in his place
He opens the door, he’s got that look on his face
And he asks you where you’ve been
You tell him who you’ve seen
And you talk about anything

He’s got this dream about buying some land
He’s gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands
And then he’ll settle down
In some quiet little town
And forget about ev’rything

But you know he’ll always keep movin’
You know he’s never gonna stop movin’
‘Cause he’s rollin’, he’s the rolling stone
When you wake up, it’s a new mornin’
The sun is shinin’, it’s a new mornin’
You’re goin’, you’re goin’ home

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Gerry RaffertyBaker Street lyrics © Stage Three Music (catalogues) Limited

I hope you enjoy these tunes. Happy Sunday and Happy Halloween.

The Spooky thing is, having just switched on the radio, they’re playing my songs!

I’ve included the following word prompts:

Song Lyric Sunday – We are all islands, let’s dream about bridges.

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101.

Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars, as suggested by King Ben’s Grandma. 

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

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical suggested by Tales from the mind of Kristian (oh that’s me!) . I remember now suggesting this, but I can be so forgetful at times! This is a great challenge and I’d like to thank Jim Adams for hosting it and for including my suggestion for this week.

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

It made me thing quite deep and meaningfully about how we are all Islands being battered by the storms of life, occasionally we manage to build bridges with other Islands, but sometimes they are fragile and collapse and sometimes they endure.

My choice of song is called Island of Dreams, I may have posted this before but I do love it.

The Lyrics

I wandered the streets and the gay crowded places
Trying to forget you but somehow it seems
My thoughts ever stray to our last sweet embraces
Over the sea on the island of dreams

High in the sky is the bird on the wing
Please carry me with you
Far far away from the mad rushing crowd
Please carry me with you

Again I would wander where memories enfold me
There on the beautiful island of dreams

High in the sky is the bird on the wing
Please carry me with you
Far far away from the mad rushing crowd
Please carry me with you

Again I would wander where memories enfold me
There on the beautiful island of dreams
Far far away on the island of dreams

The Song was written by Tom Springfield who was the brother of Dusty Springfield who went on to have a famous solo career. The song was originally written and realeased in 1962 for the band that Tom and Dusty were in together called The Springfields, and here is a recording of them singing it.

Apart from the overly folksy sound, it’s still a great version and you could see that Dusty was bound to go far. Her voice is amazing.

Song Lyric Sunday – Calling all Aliens…

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars, as suggested by King Ben’s Grandma. 

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

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week is Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101.

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

I started think about communications and the media and I remembered that back in the late 70’s or early 80’s when I was a wee nipper, there had been a song released by the Carpenters (in 1977) that referenced something called “World Contact Day”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Contact_Day

Rather than communication with humans, this was an attempt to send out a massive communication from Earth to any life forces out in the universe in the hope of obtaining even the merest vestige of a response. Of course any response would have been put down as a Swindle of some kind.

I remember the song well because despite being a huge fan of the Carpenters, my mother found this song to be totally balmy (in the informal sense of the word) and even repugnant!

The Introduction to the song was a talking bit that was supposed to be a radio DJ and then someone with a very strange voice dials in trying to make contact with humans. Then, the gorgeous voice of Karen Carpenter rings out.

It is the most bizaare song.

Lyrics

All Hit Radio!
Alright, you’re listening to All Hit Radio
And it’s 53 degrees at 30 minutes past the hour
And right now on our all request line
I’ve got Mike Ledgerwood on the phone
Hey, babe, what would you like to hear?
We’ve been observing your Earth
Hey babe, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you too well
You’re gonna have to speak a little closer into the phone
Okay, babe? What would you like to hear again?
We are observing your Earth
Hey Mike, I’m sorry babe, but that’s not on our playlist
And by the way, you sound great over the phone
Anyway, if you’d give us your request
We’ll be glad to play it for ya, babe
So let’s hear it!
We are observing your Earth
Uh, listen Mike, I’m sorry babe but we can’t-
And we’d like to make
I’m sorry Mike, we there’s-
A contact (uh)
With you, baby

In your mind you have capacities, you know
To telepath messages through the vast unknown
Please close your eyes and concentrate
With every thought you think
Upon the recitation we’re about to sing

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft

You’ve been observing our Earth
And we’d like to make
A contact with you

We are your friends

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, ultra emissaries

We’ve been observing your Earth
And one night we’ll make
A contact with you

We are your friends

Calling occupants of interplanetary, quite extraordinary craft

And please come in peace, we beseech you
Only our love we will teach them
Our Earth may never survive
So do come, we beg you

Please, interstellar policeman
Oh won’t you give us a sign
Give us a sign
That we’ve reached you
Oh do

With your mind you have ability to form
And transmit thought energy far beyond the norm
You close your eyes, you concentrate
Together, that’s the way
To send the message we declare World Contact Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft

Ah ah ah ahhAh ah ah ahhAh ah ah ahh

Calling occupants
Calling occupants
Calling occupants of interplanetary, anti-adversary craft

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: John Woloschuk / Terry Draper

I hope you enjoy this song.

I have also included the following word prompts:

Song Lyrics Sunday – Let’s see what Spring is like on Jupiter or Mars?

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge and despite being one of my favourite challenges, I don’t always manage to take part, but I just wanted to squeeze this post in.

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

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars, as suggested by King Ben’s Grandma. 

There is something restful about listening to music about the heavens, the stars, the moon etc. It is ideal if you are struggling with life’s torments, to sit back and listen to some celestial music.

In the face of the stresses of life, I try to remain stoic, which can often come across as a cavalier attitude to life as I sit back on my recliner on holiday, but believe me, I am not unaffected by what is going on in the world around me, but just like to reflect.

Listening to these songs helps me maintain my composure.

Firstly, no lyrics, but my favourite piece of classical music is part of a suite called The Planets written by Gustav Holst, it is called Jupiter. It was written in 1916 and first performed in 1918. The middle section of the piece has been turned into a hymn/anthem, “I vow to thee my country” and also a Rugby anthem, but the lyrics do not mention the planets and so don’t count. The music is quite heavenly though.

And a bit more in-keeping with the rules, here is the song “Fly Me to the Moon“. originally titled “In Other Words“, it was written in 1954 by Bart HowardKaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon, but my favourite version is by Julie London also released in 1964.

“Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)”

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars

In other words: hold my hand
In other words: baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words: please, be true
In other words: I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words: please, be true
In other words, in other words: I love you

I hope you enjoy these songs. Happy Sunday.

I have also included the following word prompts in my post:

Song Lyric Sunday – No Sex please, I’m British, but a Picnic now….

It’s been a while since I’ve taken part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge but that was just because of a very busy schedule. It is one of my favourite challenges.

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

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is …ahem….you know….Thingy….that thing that us Brits don’t talk about much…. or at least we didn’t and now some do rather a lot but, here goes…. SEX. (Wow not struck by lightning after all!).

As an old fashioned kind of guy. It’s impossible to talk about Sex without a slight shiver or being cryptic about it, and I instantly thought of a song from yesteryear that I used to enjoy in my innocence because I thought it was all about going for a picnic. I never dreamed it was about sex! Who can blame me?

Billie Jo Spears – Blanket on the Ground

Written by Roger Bowling and performed by Billie Jo Spears in February 1975

Come and look out through the window
That big old moon is shining down
Tell me now, don’t it remind you
Of a blanket on the ground

Remember back when love first found us
We’d go slipping out of town
And we’d love beneath the moonlight
On a blanket on the ground

I’ll get the blanket from the bedroom
And we’ll go walking once again
To that spot down by the river
Where our sweet love first began
Just because we are married
Don’t mean we can’t slip around
So let’s walk out through the moonlight
And lay the blanket on the ground

Oh, remember how excited
We used to get when love was young
That old moon was our best buddy
We couldn’t wait for night to come

Now you know you still excite me
I know you love me like I am
Just once more I wish you’d love me
On the blanket on the ground

I’ll get the blanket from the bedroom
And we’ll go walking once again
To that spot down by the river
Where our sweet love first began
Just because we our married
Don’t mean we can’t slip around
So let’s walk out through the moonlight
And lay the blanket on the ground

Song Lyric Sunday – Life’s Wheel of Fortune.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is Fate, Fortune, Luck.

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

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/08/07/roll-the-dice/

I thought of a song that was in keeping with the theme, and considering people who know me already know that I love old songs, if I expose myself to any criticism of posting old music in preference to the latest hits, I think this becomes a moot point.

So here is a song from 1952, the wonderful Kay Starr singing Wheel of Fortune.

The wheel of fortune
Goes spinning around
Will the arrow point my way?
Will this be my day?

Oh, wheel of fortune
Please don’t pass me by
Let me know the magic of
A kiss and a sigh

While the wheel is spinning, spinning, spinning
I’ll not dream of winning, fortune or even fame
While the wheel is turning, turning, turning
I’ll be yearning, yearning
For love’s precious flame

Oh, wheel of fortune
I’m hoping somehow
If you ever smile on me
Please let it be now

While the wheel is spinning, spinning, spinning
I’ll not dream of winning, fortune or even fame
While the wheel is turning, turning, turning
I’ll be yearning, yearning
For love’s precious flame

Oh, wheel of fortune
I’m hoping sometime
If you ever smile on me
Please let it be now

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bennie Benjamin / George David Weiss

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/08/08/rdp-sunday-moot/

https://fivedotoh.com/2021/08/08/fowc-with-fandango-expose/

Song Lyric Sundays – Nice to meet you, Beautiful Stranger :-)

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive

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

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/07/31/seductive-words/

I had a thought on the theme and a song came to mind that was about meeting someone who instantly takes your eye, a complete stranger but one who you would happily have a dalliance but your own subconscious mind is screaming advice to you that it is dangerous and unwise.

The song is Beautiful Stranger, performed and co written by Madonna with William Orbit and was used for the Second Austin Powers film and released in May 1999. I remember when this came out I instantly loved the way it sounded modern and yet also faintly reminiscent of the 1960’s. I’ve loved this song since.

The Lyrics are:

Beautiful Stranger

Haven’t we met?
Some kind of beautiful stranger
You could be good for me
I’ve had the taste for danger

If I’m smart then I’ll run away
But I’m not so I guess I’ll stay Heaven forbid
I’ll take my chance on a beautiful stranger

I looked into your eyes
And my world came tumblin’ down
You’re the devil in disguise
That’s why I’m singing this song

To know you
Is to love you
You’re everywhere I go
And everybody knows

To love you
Is to be part of you
I paid for you with tears
And swallowed all my pride

Dara dara dara da da dara da
Beautiful stranger
Dara dara dara da da dara da
Beautiful stranger

If I’m smart then I’ll run away
But I’m not so I guess I’ll stay haven’t you heard?
I fell in love with a beautiful stranger

I looked into your face
My heart was dancing all over the place
I’d like to change my point of view
If I could just forget about you

To know you
Is to love you
You’re everywhere I go
And everybody knows

I looked into your eyes
And my world came tumbling down
You’re the devil in disguise
That’s why I’m singing this song to you

To know you
Is to love you
You’re everywhere I go
And everybody knows

I paid for you with tears
And swallowed all my pride

Dara dara dara da da dara da
Beautiful stranger
Dara dara dara da da dara da
Beautiful stranger

I hope you enjoyed this song.

I have also included the following word prompts:

Dalliance

Meeting

Advice.

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/your-daily-word-prompt-advice-ydwordprompt-august-1-2021/

Song Challenge from A guy called Bloke

Rory, who’s blog, A Guy Called Bloke, is definitely one to add if you aren’t already aware of it, has posted a challenge. (actually it’s the third one, but I’ve been a bit lax). Click on the link to take part.

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2021/07/18/song-challenge-3/

A song that you enjoy that isn’t in your own language?
Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc
A great workout/exercise/activity song?
Jump by The Pointer Sisters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyTVyCp7xrw

Although there’s something about they way they are dressed in the video that reminds me of when my Aunts used to get up and dance at a family wedding after a few glasses of wine!
A song that is almost hypnotic to listen to?
Albatross by Fleetwood Mac – (This probably works for the next question too) I find the repeating bass so hypnotic and relaxing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXeKi6ZkbOw&t=62s
A song about animals?
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgI4DdINQLQ
A really unusual song you love that isn’t well known by others?
Yma Sumac – Bo Mambo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhUBJZdL8BY

Hope you enjoyed that mix.