Song Lyric Sunday – Don’t be such an Oxymoron!

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the challenge is to select two songs and discuss some type of relevant association between them, compare and contrast.  Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/improving-comprehension/

Also, Fandango has chosen the word Oxymoron as his word of the day and so I thought of two songs that have titles that are both Oxymorons.

Firstly, by Simon and Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence.

Silence is, of course, the absence of sound and therefore how can it have any sound at all? However, we have all felt the intense pressure that can come about when there is a heavy silence in the room.

This song was originally written by Paul Simon in 1964 and recorded in October on their debut album which was a commercial failure, then two years later the song was included in their second album, remixed and it was a hit in 1966.

The Lyrics are:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silenceIn restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silenceAnd in the naked light, I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence”Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silenceAnd the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sound of silence.

In contrast, I wanted to fly the flag for another band from the 60’s, The Mamas and the Papas. They recorded a version of the Rodgers and Hart song, Glad to be Unhappy, another Oxymoron and another hit in the 60’s this time 1967.

It takes a lot of gumption to record a song from the classic era of musicals written by one of the top writing duos of the 1930’s, but then The Mamas and The Papas never lacked gumption and never failed in making beautiful music together.

The Lyrics:

Look at yourself, if you had a sense of humor
You would laugh to beat the band
Look at yourself, do you still believe the rumor
That romance is simply grand?
Since you took it right on the chin
You have lost that bright toothpaste grin
My mental state is all a-jumble
I sit around and sadly mumble
Fools rush in, so here I am
Very glad to be unhappy
I can’t win, but here I am
More than glad to be unhappy
Unrequited love’s a bore
And I’ve got it pretty bad
But for someone you adore
It’s a pleasure to be sad
Like a straying baby lamb
With no mammy and no pappy
I’m so unhappy
But oh, so glad

I hope you enjoyed these contrasting songs that are both hits of the 60’s and both oxymorons, well you’d be a bit of an oxymoron not to! 🙂

I have also included the following prompt words:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/05/23/rdp-sunday-gumption/

https://fivedotoh.com/2021/05/23/fowc-with-fandango-oxymoron/

Song Lyric Sunday – Up up and Away.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the challenge is Elevator Music. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/background-music/

I thought of this song by The 5th Dimension, Up, up and Away, which is really upbeat, uplifting and it may not be played in many elevators (or Lifts as I stubbornly still like to call them) but this song should be played in a lift, in fact it should be mandated by law!

The Song was written in 1967 by Jimmy Webb and recorded by The 5th Dimension.

Their version reached number 7 in the US charts and Number 1 in Australia and Canada, but it was a different version recorded by Johnny Mann Singers that charted in the UK reaching number 6.

[Verse 1]
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly (we can fly)

[Chorus]
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

[Verse 2]
The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly (we can fly)

[Chorus]
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

[Bridge]
Suspended under a twilight canopy
We’ll search the clouds for a star to guide us
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us
We’ll keep the moon beside us

Song Lyric Sunday – Do you know where Hell is?

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week is we have songs that are associated with Heaven and/or Hell in the title or the lyrics. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/05/08/states-of-being/

There is a song from a musical, called Paint Your Wagon, which mentions both Heaven and Hell. This is actually a great musical but you don’t see it mentioned much, I think it’s well overdue for a Broadway and West End revival.

The Song is called “I was born under a wandering star” and was sung by Lee Marvin. He certainly was no singer but his raspy voiced rendition is quite something!

I hope you enjoy it.

Wand’rin’ Star

I was born under a wandrin’ star
I was born under a wandrin’ star
Wheels are made for rollin’
Mules are made to pack
I’ve never seen a sight that didn’t look better looking back

I was born under a wandrin’ star

Mud can make you prisoner, and the plains can bake you dry
Snow can burn your eyes, but only people make you cry
Home is made for comin’ from, for dreams of goin’ to
Which with any luck will never come true

I was born under a wandrin’ star
I was born under a wandrin’ star

Do I know where hell is?
Hell is in hello
Heaven is goodbye for ever, it’s time for me to go

I was born under a wandrin’ star
A wandrin’ wandrin’ star

When I get to heaven tie me to a tree
Or I’ll begin to roam, and soon you know where I will be
I was born under a wandrin’ star
A wandrin’ wandrin’ star

Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe

Wand’rin’ Star lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Song Lyric Sunday – That lonely sound.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week is we have different ways of saying goodbye as the prompt, and the song that you chose must contain either Arrivederci, Bon-voyage, Ciao, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara or Shalom in the title or the lyrics. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/04/24/peace-out/

I thought I would share this hit written by James Dean (no not THAT one) and William Weatherspoon for that Soul singer, Jimmy Ruffin. In 1970 he sang “Farewell is a lonely sound” which reached number 8 in the UK charts but only 104 in the US.

I hope you like this song.

“Farewell Is A Lonely Sound”

(Farewell farewell my love, farewell farewell my love)

Farewell is a lonely sound
When told to someone you love
You know, you hurt inside as you wonder why
You must leave the one that you love

Saying goodbye to someone you love
Is so hard for any man
You say it’s just for a while, then you force a smile
And you hope she’ll understand

Then a tear appears in her eyes
As she tightly holds your hand
Then you let her know that it’s time to go
You must leave while you can

Oh but, farewell is a lonely sound
When told to someone you love
You know, you hurt inside as you wonder why
You must leave the one that you love

(Farewell farewell my love, farewell farewell my love)
I’m leaving darling, but I’ll be, back one day

Ooh every silent step you take
Each one hurts your heart
As you board the train, you feel the pain
That starts as you depart, yeah

You wipe your eyes so she can’t see
Cos a man should never cry
Now there’s just a trace of her crying face
As you wave to her goodbye, that’s why

Farewell is a lonely sound
When told to someone you love
You know, you hurt inside as you wonder why
You must leave the one that you love

I don’t wanna leave you baby, I don’t wanna say goodbye no, no
Oooh cos it hurts inside, and you wonder why
You must leave the one that you love

Baby baby, farewell is a lonely sound

Song Lyric Sunday – Look at me it’s a Song for Sandy.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge is to post a song with girls name in the title that begins with the letter S. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/desperately-seeking-susan/

This is the song that came into my mind, but I’m sure I will not be the only one.

Sandy – Written by: LOUIS ST. LOUIS, SCOTT SIMON (of Sha Na Na) and performed by John Travolta in the film Grease.

Stranded at the drivin', branded a fool
What will they say Monday at school?

Sandy, can't you see I'm in misery?
We made a start, now we're apart
There's nothing left for me

Love has flown, all alone I sit and wonder why yi-yi-yi
Oh why you left me, oh Sandy, oh Sandy

Baby, someday, when high school is done
Somehow, someway, our two worlds will be one
In heaven forever and ever we will be
Oh, please say you'll stay, oh, Sandy!

Sandy, my darlin'
You hurt me real bad
You know it's true
But, baby, you gotta believe me when I say
I'm helpless without you

Love has flown, all alone, I sit
I wonder why yi-yi-yi,
Oh why
You left me,
Oh Sandy
Sandy, Sandy
Why yi-yi-yi

Oh Sandy

Written by: LOUIS ST. LOUIS, SCOTT SIMON

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

I’ve just noticed that Padre of Padre’s Ramblings has also posted this one:

https://padresramblings.wordpress.com/2021/04/18/sandy/

So how about this one from the same great musical?

Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee
Lousy with virginity
Won't go to bed 'til I'm legally wed
I can't I'm Sandra Dee

Watch it! Hey I'm Doris Day
I was not brought up that way
Won't come across, even Rock Hudson lost
His heart to Doris Day

I don't drink (No)
Or swear (No)
I don't rat my hair (Ew)
I get ill from one cigarette
Keep your filthy paws
Off my silky draws
Would you pull that crap with Annette?

As for you Troy Donahue,
I know what you wanna do
You've got your crust
I'm no object of lust
I'm just plain Sandra Dee

Elvis, Elvis, let me be!
Keep that pelvis far from me!
Just keep your cool
Now your starting to drool
Hey Fongool, I'm Sandra Dee!

Written by: JIM JACOBS, WARREN CASEY

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Happy Sunday 😉

Song Lyric Sunday – Dreams

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge is to post a song with a single word title. Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/the-singularity/

After some pondering, I have chosen this song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by Fleetwood Mac.

Dreams – by Stevie Nicks, performed by Fleetwood Mac.

Now here you go again

You say you want your freedom

Well, who am I to keep you down?

It’s only right that you should

Play the way you feel it

But listen carefully to the sound

Of your loneliness

Like a heartbeat drives you mad

In the stillness of remembering

What you had

And what you lost…

And what you had…

And what you lost

(Oooooh)

Oh, thunder only happens when it’s raining

Players only love you when they’re playing

Say, women…they will come and they will go

When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know

You’ll know

Now here I go again, I see, the crystal visions

I keep my visions to myself

It’s only me

Who wants to wrap around your dreams and…

Have you any dreams you’d like to sell?

Dreams of loneliness…

Like a heartbeat drives you mad…

In the stillness of remembering

What you had

And what you lost…

What you had…

Ooh, what you lost

Thunder only happens when it’s raining

Players only love you when they’re playing

Women, they will come and they will go

When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know

Oh, thunder only happens when it’s raining

Players only love you when they’re playing

Say women, they will come and they will go

When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know

You’ll know

You will know

Oh, oh, oh you’ll know

Also another band covered this song very effectively was the Corrs and so I’ve included their version below for your enjoyment.

Song Lyrics Sunday: Apple Blossom White

The Challenge set by Jim Adams in his post linked below, is to find a song lyric that has something to do with a prompt. This week the Spring Blooming prompts of Blossoms/Cherry/Flower

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/cherry-blossom-festival/

Many of you who know me, know that I love old songs. I instantly thought of this one:

Cerezo rosa

Perez Prado

It’s cherry pink and apple blossom white
When your true lover comes your way
It’s cherry pink and apple blossom white
The poets say

The story goes that once a cherry tree
Beside an apple tree did grow

And there a boy once met his bride to be
Long long ago

The boy looked into her eyes, it was a sight to enthral
The breezes joined in their sighs, the blossoms started to fall
And as they gently caressed, the lovers looked up to find
The branches of the two trees were intertwined,

And that is why the poets always write
If there’s a new moon bright above
It’s cherry pink and apple blossom white
When you’re in love

And here is a version sung by Pat Boone. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this musical interlude 🙂

Song Lyric Sunday – Always and Forever

The Challenge set by Jim Adams in his post linked below, is to find a song lyric that has something to do with a prompt. This week we have the time related prompts of Endless/Eternity/Everlasting/Forever/Infinity/Omega,

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/omega-is-the-end-of-the-line/

I remembered a song that was popular for Weddings back in the 80’s and I went to many family weddings where this song was the Bridal couple’s dance. Sad that not all those marriages lasted Always and Forever…

Always and Forever –

Written by Rod Temperton.

Always and forever
Each moment with you
Is just like a dream to me
That somehow came true, yeah

And I know tomorrow
Will still be the same
‘Cause we got a life of love
That won’t ever change and

Everyday, love me your own special way
Melt all my heart away, with a smile
Take time to tell me, you really care
And we’ll share tomorrow together (Always forever love you)
Ooh baby, I’ll always love you, forever (Always forever love you)
Ever, ever, ever

There’ll always be sunshine
When I look at you, yeah
It’s something I can’t explain
Just the things that you do

And if you get lonely
Call me and take
A second to give to me
That magic you make and

Everyday, love me your own special way
Melt all my heart away, with a smile
Take time to tell me, you really care
And we’ll…

The song was performed by Luther Vandross, but I remember another version by the band, Heatwave.

Hope you enjoy this version.

Song Lyric Sunday: A glimpse of heaven.

The Challenge set by Jim Adams in his post linked below, is to find a song lyric that has something to do with a prompt. This week we have bouncing related prompts of Hop/Jump/Leap/Pounce/Spring

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/03/20/stretch-my-legs/

I thought of this song, that was written in 1971.

Strawbs – A glimpse of heaven

The hillside was a patchwork quilt
Neatly stitched with tidy hedge
And crumbling grey stone wall
The trees were bare, but Spring was near
To conjure up its endless strings
Of green magic handkerchieves

Could you only see what I’ve seen
You would surely know what I mean
I think I must have caught a glimpse of heaven.

A string of diamonds formed a stream
That tumbled down the daunting cliff
To sparkle bright on the beach.

New born lambs that sweetly played
Speckled eggs all newly laid
But for you I would have stayed
I think I must have caught a glimpse of heaven.

The Ragtag daily prompt it Lamb, so it also is included in this song.

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/03/21/rdp-sunday-lamb/

Spring is my favourite season and So I also wanted to share this song.

I'm as restless as a willow in a windstorm
I'm as jumpy as a puppet on a string
I'd say that I had Spring fever
But I know it isn't Spring

I am starry-eyed and vaguely discontented
Like a nightingale without a song to sing
Oh, why should I have Spring fever
When it isn't even Spring?

I keep wishing I were somewhere else
Walking down a strange new street
Hearing words that I have never heard
From a girl I've yet to meet

I'm as busy as a spider spinning daydreams
I'm as giddy as a baby on a swing
I haven't seen a crocus or a rosebud or a robin on the wing
But I feel so gay in a melancholy way
That it might as well be Spring

It might as well be Spring

Song Lyric Sunday: There’s that anguish, there’s that doubt.

The Challenge set by Jim Adams in his post linked below, is to find a song lyric that has something to do with a prompt. This week the prompts are: Anguish/Misery/Torment

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/03/13/excruciating/

I thought of this song that was written by Clifton Davies and originally intended to be sung by the Supremes but instead was recorded by the Jackson 5.

The most famous version though, at least to my mind, is the one sang by Gloria Gaynor.

NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE

I never can say goodbye
No, no, no, I
I never can say goodbye

Every time I think I’ve had enough
And start heading for the door
There’s a very strange vibration
Piercing me right to the core

It says, “Turn around, you fool
You know you love him more and more”
Tell me why is it so?
Don’t wanna let you go!

Hey, I never can say goodbye boy, ooh baby
I never can say goodbye, no, no, no, hey

I never can say goodbye
Oh, no, I
I never can say goodbye

I keep thinking that our problems
Soon are all gonna work out
But there’s that same unhappy feeling
And there’s that anguish, there’s that doubt

It’s that same old dizzy hang-up
I can’t do with you or without
Tell me why is it so?
I don’t wanna let you go!

Hey, I never can say goodbye boy, ooh baby
I never can say goodbye, no, no, no, oo

Hey, I never can say goodbye boy, ooh baby
I never can say goodbye, no no no, no no no

Hey, I never can say goodbye boy, no, no, no, baby
Hey, I never can say goodbye, no, no, no
Please don’t make me say good-bye

Hey, I never can say goodbye

The Word of the Day also happens to be Anguish…

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2021/03/14/anguish/