Month: August 2020

Song Lyric Sunday – I Can See Clearly Now

For Song Lyric Sunday, our host Jim Adams, prompted us with “ Clear, Dark and Light. There were so many songs to choose from we should have a great mix of songs to listen to and some pretty interesting backstories to read. My choice this week is “I Can See Clearly Now” written by Johnny Nash. I am including two videos, the original by Nash, and also Jimmy Cliff’s version which is more modern and was used in the movie Cool Runnings.

 

This is not a song about suicide, as has been hypothesized. It is a song of hope and courage for individuals who have experienced adversity in their lives but have overcome it.

This was the first reggae song to hit #1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks late in 1972. The next reggae(ish) song to hit the top spot was Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” in 1974, followed by “The Tide Is High” by Blondie in 1981.

Johnny Nash is a Texas singer/songwriter who recorded reggae-influenced music. In 1967 he went to Jamaica and recorded his song “Hold Me Tight” and a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” with a local rhythm section. Both songs became hits in Jamaica, and over the next two years also charted in England and the United States.

By 1972, “Cecilia” and “Mother And Child Reunion” found some success in the States incorporating reggae rhythms, and Nash followed that trend with “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Nash had legitimate reggae credentials: Bob Marley (before he became crazy famous) was an assistant producer and session player on the album, and also wrote three of the songs, including “Stir It Up,” which became Nash’s next – and final – hit.

Nash wrote this song himself. He recorded it in London with members of The Average White Band, who in 1974 had a hit of their own with “Pick Up The Pieces.”

A cover version by Jimmy Cliff (for a time, a bigger reggae star than Bob Marley) went to #18 in the US in 1994. His version was used in the John Candy movie Cool Runnings, about the Jamaican bobsled team.

Courtesy of Songfacts

Lyrics

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
Oh what a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

Writer/s: Johnny Nash 
Publisher: NASHCO MUSIC, INC.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Blackout

Blackout

Two black dogs
pulling me forward
The sensation in my head
was fuzzy  
My direction wavered
to the left
to the right
to the left again
Can I make it across the bridge?
 
I was flying
on the back of a dolphin
The ride was thrilling
until the descent
to ground 
Gravel in my knees
stinging
as I stared
at the dog collar
minus one dog
 
Not a dream
but light headedness
and blackout 
Kissing the pavement
before sending me
to la-la land
One patient dog
sitting
The other wrestled free
and ate the grass
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Grace is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with Stream of Consciousness writing. She explains that basically, its purpose is to emulate the passage of thought through your mind without any inhibitors. For that reason, sentences become longer, less organized and more sporadic in style. Its lack of structure is not for everybody, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any order. Stream of consciousness permits deeper patterns of order to emerge, ones based on the genuine movement of information in your brain.






	    

The Other Side

The Other Side

Hiding behind the mask
I see you for who you are
You, the benevolent one
Generous because you can
Money lights up the eyes
of the taker
Always hungry for more
They see this side of you
 
From here I see the other 
I know you better
Cloaked in darkness
The one who inflicts pain
With words slashing and stealing
Harvesting hearts
To be placed like trophies
on a shelf of despondency
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Sadje's What Do You See Photo Prompt

Word Prompts

Benevolent - Word of the Day
Harvest - RDP
Despondent - FOWC
 
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