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:

Weird things to eat – My List.

My Blogging pal, Rory, who writes the blog A Guy Called Bloke has posted the question, what are the 5 weirdest things you have eaten.

Click below to see his post:

My Response is that growing up, I was not really introduced to exotic stuff, in fact, it would surprise you to hear the sort of things that in my family we thought of as exotic!

My mum wouldn’t eat Rice or Pasta, so if Marks and Spencers hadn’t done Spaghetti Bolognese ready meals, I’d have never known the joys of Italian food in my life. I now know the joys of real Italian food and have even attempted to make some myself.

Bearing that in mind, it was not without trepidation that I tried the following:

1) Norweigian Brown Cheese (Brunost) which is made from Whey rather than curds and tastes like a cross between Fudge and Cheese, it’s a savoury fudgy cheese…. Weird or What?

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

Now for my Vegetarian and Vegan friends, please look away for the next two.

2) Crocodile. I had this at an evening dinner party in the desert after watching the sunset over Uluru (it was an organised touristy thing but very nice), I didn’t like the taste of Crocodile, it tasted like Salty, Soapy Chicken…


3) Kangaroo. At the same event, I tried Kangaroo and LOVED it. This Agile animal is very much like Venison in taste and the meat is very lean, and consequently has to either be cooked quickly like the best beef steak or casseroled very slowly.


4) Ethiopian Cuisine – Now this was a really exotic experience for me (bearing in mind how unadventurous my culinary experiences had been) and I loved it. There are a few Ethiopian restaurants in London. The Queen of Sheba in Kentish Town is wonderful. The food is spiced but flavoursome and you eat it with rolled up giant pancakes (or its like pancakes), delicious,

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


5) Mole ( this is pronounced Molay, and is a Mexican sauce and NOT the burrowing animal), This is a very thick brown sauce, savoury and very complex tasting notes but made with chocolate. I have to say, I thought it was not very nice at all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_(sauce)

Please forgive me my friend, Irene, who writes the blog “My Slice of Mexico”, if you are reading this. By way of apology, I post a link to her blog below, her recipes always look really tasty.

https://mysliceofmexico.ca/

So that is my selection. Why not go over to Rory’s block and let him know yours? let me know too, in the comments.

I have included the following word prompts: