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 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 Lyrics Sunday – Breaking up and Making up.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week is to post a song about breaking up.

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

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/heartbreaker/

In doing my research I realised that there are probably as many songs about heartache and breaking up as there are about falling in love in the first place! That shows that it pretty much happens to everyone at some point.

I wanted to be particularly thorough with this subject and nobody did break up songs quite as well as Fleetwood Mac. Both “Go your Own Way” and “Dreams” were both about the break up of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Lindsey Buckingham wrote “Go your own way” and Stevie Nicks wrote “Dreams” and knowing that their ex partner would have to perform it with them! Revenge is bitter and sweet!. They must have been incandescent with rage when writing them.

Lyrics – Written by Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Released in 1977.

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

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
And what you had
Oh, 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, you’ll know

Lyrics – Written by Lindsey Buckingham. Released in 1976

Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel

If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you want to do

If I could
Baby, I’d give you my world
Open up
Everything’s waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day

You can go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way

But anyone who knows me, knows I like to finish on a positive note and so I chose this song performed by the Ronettes in 1964 ” The Best part of Breaking up is when you’re making up”.

Lyrics

Baby when we break up from a quarrel or a fight
I can’t wait to have you back and hold you oh so tight
Tell me why, I want to know oh oh
Tell me why is it so oh oh

That the best part of breaking up is when you’re making up
Best part of breaking up is when you’re making up
But after breaking up, be sure you’re making up with me

Everytime you leave, I get those teardrops in my eyes
But they seem to go away when you apologize
Tell me why, I want to know oh oh
Tell me why is it so oh oh

That the best part of breaking up is when you’re making up
Best part of breaking up is when you’re making up
But after breaking up, be sure you’re making up with me

C’mon baby, c’mon baby
Don’t say maybe
Well it makes no difference who was wrong
Just as long as I’ll be with you

Baby I’ll be lonely til you’re back where you should be
But baby I belong to you and you belong to me
Tell me why, I want to know oh oh
Tell me why is it so oh oh

That the best part of breaking up is when you’re making up
Best part of breaking up is when you’re making up
But after breaking up, be sure you’re making up with me
The best part of breaking up is when you know you’re making up with me

C’mon baby, c’mon baby
Don’t say maybe

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: P. Spector / P. Andreoli / V. Poncia Jr.

I hope you enjoyed my choice of music today, hopefully nobody can say I haven’t been thorough! 🙂

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://fivedotoh.com/2021/07/18/fowc-with-fandango-thorough/

Song Lyric Sundays – Breakfast in Bed, chance would be a fine thing!

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week is to post a song with the theme of mealtimes, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Supper.

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

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/06/26/time-to-eat/

We also have word prompts from Fandango – Terrible and Word of the Day is Controversy.

I remembered a song that came out in the 1980’s that my Mum and I would enjoy on the radio called “Breakfast in Bed”. This version was by the band UB40 and featured Chrissy Hynde (singer from the band ‘the Pretenders’).

The original song was written as a soul song by Eddie Hinton and Donnie Fritts and performed by Dusty Springfield in 1969. It interestingly contains the line “You don’t have to say you love me” which was a deliberate reference to Dusty’s huge hit song of that title. Some people would say to take a Soul song and add a reggae beat to it would be terrible but here is the controversy, UB40 did just that, and this was the version I knew best and still prefer!

Here is Dusty’s version:

and here are the lyrics:

You’ve been cryin’
Your face is a mess
Come in baby
You can dry the tears on my dress
She’s hurt you again
I can tell
Oh, I know that look so well

Don’t be shy
You’ve been here before
Pull your shoes off, lie down
And I will lock the door

And no-one has to know
You’ve come here again
Darling it will be
Like it’s always been before
Come on over here

Breakfast in bed
And a kiss or three
You don’t have to say you love me
Breakfast in bed
Nothing need be said
Ain’t no need

What’s your hurry?
Please don’t eat and run
You can let her wait, my darling
It’s been so long
Since I’ve had you here
You will come again
Darling it will be
Like it’s always been before
Hey child

Breakfast in bed
And a kiss or three
You don’t have to say you love me
Breakfast in bed
Nothing need be said

Breakfast in bed
And a kiss or three
You don’t have to say you love me
Breakfast in bed
Nothing need be said, yeah
You don’t have to.

And if you’d like some more controversy, well here is a link to my post of last week which is about brutality:

https://fivedotoh.com/2021/06/27/fowc-with-fandango-terrible/

Song Lyric Sunday – Brutality and Cruelty, History isn’t always resigned to the past.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week is to post a song with the theme of Brutal, Cruel, Frenzy, Savage, Violent.

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

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/06/19/mercilessly-barbaric/

For those of you who know my taste in music or who have read some of my posts will glean that I like music that could be considered old-fashioned. In choosing something that meets the challenge, I decided to choose music that tackle the theme of brutal injustice.

Firstly this song, that uses a vocal technique to evoke the struggling of people working in a forced labour gang. Sam Cooke’s song – Chain Gang.

This song was released in July 1960 and was written by Sam Cooke and Charles Cook Jr.

[Intro]
Hoh ah, hoh, I hear something saying
Hoh ah, hoh ah
Hoh ah, hoh ah

[Chorus]
Well don’t you know
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang

[Bridge]
All day long they’re saying, hoh ah
Hoh ah, hoh ah, hoh ah

[Chorus]
Well don’t you know
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang

[Verse 1]
All day long they work so hard till the sun is going down
Working on the highways and byways and wearing, wearing a frown
You hear they moaning their lives away

Then you hear somebody say;
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[Chorus]
Well don’t you know
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang

[Verse 2]
Can’t you hear them singing, mmm hoh ah
I’m going home one of these days
I’m going home, see my woman
Whom I love so dear
But meanwhile, I gotta work right here

[Chorus]
Well don’t you know
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang
That’s the sound of the men
Working on the chain, gang

[Outro]
All day long they’re singing, mm hoh ah
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard
Give me water, I’m thirsty, my, my work is so hard
Woah oh
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard

Secondly I thought of another powerful song about brutal injustice – Strange Fruit performed by Billie Holliday

This song was written by Abel Meeropol and recorded by Billie Holliday in 1939.

While these songs are from the past, its a shame that what they were written about has not been consigned to history.

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2021/06/20/rdp-sunday-glean/

https://fivedotoh.com/2021/06/20/fowc-with-fandango-tackle/

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