Song Lyric Sunday – Bears, Lions, Eagles, and Panthers thrown in for good measure.

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was songs that feature the lyrics of either Birth, Death, or Life.

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

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that feature Lion, Tiger, Bear, Eagle, Shark suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

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

I thought of a couple of songs that fit this theme.

Firstly, was an old song, and you know how much I love old songs, that was released in 1959. It comes from a time when life was very different and some things that were enjoyed referenced cultures in a way that some may find offensive nowadays. I happen to like this song very much and I would never set out to offend (well, not unless provoked), so I am sorry if you do find this song and its reference to Native American culture offensive.

The song is Running Bear, sung by Johnny Preston.

The Song was written by J P Richardson, also known as The Big Bopper, who provided the backing vocal but died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, before the release of this song about a year after his death.

On the bank of the river stood Running Bear, young Indian brave
On the other side of the river stood his lovely Indian maid
Little White Dove was her name, such a lovely sight to see
But their tribes fought with each other, so their love could never be

Running Bear loved Little White Dove
With a love big as the sky
Running Bear loved Little White Dove
With a love that couldn’t die

He couldn’t swim the raging river ’cause the river was too wide
He couldn’t reach the Little White Dove waiting on the other side
In the moonlight he could see her throwing kisses ‘cross the waves
Her little heart was beating faster waiting for her Indian brave

Running Bear loved Little White Dove
With a love big as the sky
Running Bear loved Little White Dove
With a love that couldn’t die

Running Bear dove in the water, Little White Dove did the same
And they swam out to each other through the swirling stream they came
As their hands touched and their lips met, the raging river pulled them down
Now they’ll always be together in their happy hunting ground

Running Bear loved Little White Dove
With a love big as the sky
Running Bear loved Little White Dove
With a love that couldn’t die

Songwriters: Richardson J P

The second song that came to mind, with some trepidation, is a song performed by Tony Christie and The All Seeing I and Written by Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp, it is called Walk Like a Panther. As well as the Agile Panther, it also mentions Lions and Eagles in the lyrics.

Why the trepidation on my part? Well, it only made it to number 10 in the UK charts and I’m not sure how well known it would be, but then you may enjoy being introduced to something different.

Marie has set up home
With a man who’s half my age
A halfwit in a leotard stands on my stage
The standards have fallen
My value has dropped
But don’t shed a tear
Some walk like they own the place
Whilst others creep in fear
Try if you can to walk like a man
But you don’t come near

You’ve got to fly like an eagle
Prowl like a lion in Africa
Leap like a salmon home from the sea
To keep up with me
You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight

The old hometown just looks the same
Like a derelict man who had died out of shame
Like a jumble sale left out in the rain
It’s not good, it’s not right
The standards have fallen
My value has dropped
But don’t shed a tear
Some walk like they own the place
Whilst others creep in fear
Try if you can to walk like a man
But you don’t come near

You’ve got to fly like an eagle
Prowl like a lion in Africa
Leap like a salmon home from the sea
To keep up with me
You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight

Where did you leave all self-respect?
You look like a reptile, your house is a wreck
Your existence an insult
Stains that are suspect cover your clothes
The standards have fallen
My value has dropped
But don’t shed a tear
Some walk like they own the place
Whilst others creep in fear
Try if you can to walk like a man
But you don’t come near

You’ve got to fly like an eagle
Prowl like a lion in Africa
Leap like a salmon home from the sea
To keep up with me
You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight

I hope you enjoyed that selection.

I have also included the following word prompts:

50 Word Thursdays – Skim Like a Swan

“You’d better hurry.”

Natasha Tarpley, The Harlem Charade

 

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith. See like below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/50-word-thursday-2019-12-sorry-im-late/

Now, you may be thinking that Thursday was a while ago, but it isn’t too late to have a go at this challenge, entries must be in by Wednesday before a new challenge goes out this Thursday.

Here is my story for the prompt:

 

He was proud of his student. At first, he was like the others, doubting their abilities and failing to push their limits.

It had taken a while to remove those doubts from the young man’s mind. Once he’d cleared his mind, only then did he become teachable.

He had to prove to the boy, that all things are possible. He could learn to run like the cheetah or fly like the eagle. It had taken many years, but he did not regret that huge donation of his time.

He watched his student take the lead in the Olympics Hurdles. He’d learned his lessons well. He could run the cheetah, soar over each hurdle like an eagle and even skim over the water like a Swan.

After the young man had passed the finishing line, he jogged over to his trainer. The old man had been a hard teacher so he was shocked to see tears in those eyes.

“Thank you for your lessons, Master.” He said, bowing respectfully.

His trainer did something he had never seen. He smiled as a tear fell from his left eye and said “You’d better Hurry or you’ll miss your award ceremony. Your first Gold.”

[200 Words]

 

I have also included the three things challenge prompts:

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/three-things-challenge-pl39/

Today’s prompt: limits, donation, eagle

and the Word of the Day: Teachable.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/03/25/teachable/