Category: Song Lyric Sunday

Song Lyric Sunday – I Gotta Feeling

I was happy to see this week’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Jim Adams. He asked us to find songs or lyrics with Touch and Feel. That gave me the opportunity to share a really happy song with you by the Black Eyed Peas. I Gotta Feeling. Enjoy!

The single “I Gotta Feeling” was released in 2009 by The Black Eyed Peas from their fifth studio album, The E.N.D. The song debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and later hit number 1 on the U.S. charts. The song replaced the group’s song, “Boom Boom Pow”, at the top. “I Gotta Feeling” stayed number one for fourteen weeks in the US and topped the charts in 14 other countries. It won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

In June 2018, the song was certified Diamond by the RIAA for 10 million combined units (streaming and sales) sold in the US. 

Courtesy of Genius Lyrics

I Gotta Feeling
The Black Eyed Peas


[Chorus: will.i.am with Fergie]

I got a feelin'
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night
Feelin'
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night
A feelin' (Wooh-ooh)
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night
A feelin' (Wooh-ooh)
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night (Fee-)

[Verse 1: will.i.am & Fergie]

Tonight's the night, let's live it up
I got my money, let's spend it up (Fee-)
Go out and smash it like, "Oh, my God!"
Jump out that sofa, let's kick it off (Fee-)
I know that we'll have a ball
If we get down, and go out, and just lose it all
I feel stressed out, I wanna let it go
Let's go way out, spaced out, and losin' all control
Fill up my cup, mazel tov
Look at her dancing, just take it off (Fee-)
Let's paint the town, we'll shut it down
Let's burn the roof and then we'll do it again (Fee-)
Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it, let's do it
And do it, and do it, let's live it up
And do it, and do it, and do it, do it, do it
Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it
 
[Chorus: will.i.am with Fergie]

'Cause I got a feelin' (Wooh-ooh)
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night
A feelin' (Wooh-ooh)
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good, good night
 (Fee-)

[Verse 2: will.i.am & Fergie]

Tonight's that night (Hey), let's live it up (Let's live it up)
I got my money (My pay), let's spend it up (Let's spend it up)
Go out and smash it (Smash it) like, "Oh, my God!" (Like, "Oh, my God!")
Jump out that sofa (Come on), let's kick it off
Fill up my cup (Drank), mazel tov (l'chaim)
Look at her dancing (Move it, move it), just take it off
Let's paint the town (Paint the town), we'll shut it down (Shut it down)
Let's burn the roof and then we'll do it again
Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it, let's do it
And do it, and do it, let's live it up
And do it, and do it, and do it, do it, do it
Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it, do it, do it, do it

[Bridge: will.i.am]

Here we come, here we go, we gotta rock...
Easy come, easy go, now we on top...
Fill the shot, body rock, rock it don't stop...
Round and round, up and down, around the clock...
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Do it)
Friday, Saturday, Saturday to Sunday (Do it)
Weekend get get get with us, you know what we say
Party every day, p-p-p-party every day

Songwriters: Allan Pineda / David Guetta / Frederic Riesterer / Jaime Gomez / Stacy Ferguson / Will Adams

I Gotta Feeling lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc.

Song Lyric Sunday – Let’s Stick Together

I have to admit that Jim Adams and Song Lyric Sunday stumped me this week. He prompted us with Promise, Vow and Oath and nothing came to me. I was drawing a blank and even after searching the Ranker lists for titles of songs, nothing was really resonating with me. Then I came across this oldie from Bryan Ferry called Let’s Stick Together. As today is my wedding anniversary I thought the song and lyrics were a good fit.

I’m not sure what that is living under his nose but I hope you enjoy the song and the video!

Let’s Stick Together is a 1976 album by Bryan Ferry. His third solo release, it was his first following the disbanding of Roxy Music earlier in the year. Unlike Ferry’s two previous solo recordings, Let’s Stick Together was not a dedicated album project, instead being made up of material released as singles, B-sides and an EP. It had a generally favorable critical reception, but only just made the UK Top 20.

Lyrics
Let's Stick Together


And now the marriage vow is very sacred
The man has put us together now
You ought to make it stick together
Come on, come on, let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

But now you never miss your water till your well runs dry
Come on now baby give our love a try
Let's stick together, come on, come on, let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Well if you're stuck for a while consider our child
How can it be happy without its mom and pa
Let's stick together, come on, come on, let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Well if you're stuck for a while consider our child
How can it be happy without its mom and pa
Let's stick together, come on, come on, let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Wilbert Harrison
Let's Stick Together lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday – Give Me One Reason

The prompts for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams, are: Give, Get, Take, Receive and Send. There is a plethora of songs out there using these words in the title, and I’m excited about today’s responses to the challenge. I have chosen Give Me One Reason, by Tracy Chapman. I may have picked this one in the distant past. Prompts have a way of triggering memories and songs have the ability to put you in a time and place. It is a great song and Tracy’s voice and style are unique.

Have a great Sunday!

Give Me One Reason” is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album New Beginning, and as a single the same year, her first since 1992’s “Dreaming on a World.” The song is Chapman’s biggest US hit to date, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also her biggest hit in Australia, where it reached number three as well, and it topped the charts of Canada and Iceland. Elsewhere, the song reached number 16 in New Zealand, but it underperformed in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 95 in March 1997.

Chapman first performed “Give Me One Reason” six years before its release, on the December 16, 1989, episode of Saturday Night Live. A music video was released to promote the single. Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, that was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997. A well-known version of this song featuring Eric Clapton was released in 1999 in the compilation album A Very Special Christmas Live.

Information courtesy of Wiki





Lyrics
Give Me One Reason

 
Give me one reason to stay here
And I'll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here
And I'll turn right back around
Said I don't want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind
 
Baby I got your number and I know that you got mine
But you know that I called you, I called too many times
You can call me baby, you can call me anytime
You got to call me
 
Give me one reason to stay here
And I'll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here
And I'll turn right back around
Because I don't want leave you lonely
you got to make me change my mind
 
I don't want no one to squeeze me, they might take away my life
I don't want no one to squeeze me, they might take away my life
I just want someone to hold me and rock me through the night
 
This youthful heart can love you and give you what you need
This youthful heart can love you and give you what you need
But I'm too old to go chasing you around
Wasting my precious energy
 
Give me one reason to stay here
And I'll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here
And I'll turn right back around
Because I don't want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind
 
Baby just give me one reason, Give me just one reason why
Baby just give me one reason, Give me just one reason why I should stay
Said I told you that I loved you
And there ain't no more to say
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tracy L Chapman
Give Me One Reason lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday – West End Girls

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompts from Jim Adams were pretty straightforward. North, South, East or West. The one I chose jumped into my mind immediately. “West End Girls” by The Pet Shop Boys. It’s a song from the 80s but it still gets plenty of air play. As I grew up in London this song resonated with me. I hope you enjoy it too.

“West End Girls” is a song by the English pop duo Pet Shop Boys. Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the song was released twice as a single. The song’s lyrics are concerned with class and the pressures of inner-city life which were inspired partly by T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land. It was generally well received by contemporary music critics and has been frequently cited as a highlight in the duo’s career.

The first version of the song was produced by Bobby Orlando and was released on Columbia Records’ Bobcat Records imprint in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States and some European countries. After the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague for their first studio album, Please. In October 1985, the new version was released, reaching number one in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1986.

In 1987, the song won Best Single at the Brit Awards, and Best International Hit at the Ivor Novello Awards. In 2005, 20 years after its release, the song was awarded Song of The Decade between the years 1985 and 1994 by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s 12th favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV. 

The song was performed by Pet Shop Boys at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.

Information collected from Wiki

Lyrics

Sometimes you're better off dead
There's a gun in your hand it's pointing at your head
You think you're mad too unstable
Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
In a restaurant in a West end town
Call the police there's a mad man around
Running down underground
To a dive bar in a West end town
 
In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls
 
Too many shadows whispering voices
Faces on posters too many choices
If when why what how much have you got
Have you got it do you get it
If so how often
Which do you choose
A hard or soft option
(How much do you need)
 
In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls
West end girls
 
In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
Ooh a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls
 
You got a heart of glass or a heart of stone
Just you wait till I get you home
We've got no future
We've got no past
Here today built to last
In every city and every nation
From Lake Geneva to the Finland station
(How far have you been)
 
In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls
 
West end girls
West end girls
(How far have you been)
Girls
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Neil Tennant / Christopher Lowe
West End Girls lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Song Lyric Sunday- Listen To What The Man Said

This week the prompts for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams are Listen, Hear, Talk and Speak. I went with a sweet Wings song that I particularly like called Listen To What The Man Said. I love the video of Paul and Linda McCartney along with their children. I hope you enjoy it too.

The song was a hit single from Wings’ 1975 album Venus and Mars. The song featured new member Joe English on drums, with guest musicians Dave Mason on guitar and Tom Scott on soprano saxophone. It was a number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and reached number 1 in Canada on the RPM National Top Singles Chart. It also reached number 6 in the UK, and reached the top ten in Norway and New Zealand and the top twenty in the Netherlands. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.

It was recorded in early 1975 by Wings during their New Orleans sessions for Venus and Mars. It was a song for which Paul McCartney had high hopes, but early recordings did not live up to the song’s potential. McCartney said in 1975 of his initial opinion of the song, “It was one of the songs we’d gone in with high hopes for. Whenever I would play it on the piano, people would say ‘Oh, I like that one.’ But when we did the backing track, we thought we didn’t really get it together at all.” After Mason added guitar overdubs, the band was still dissatisfied. However, once Scott recorded the sax solo, judgements were changed. Although several takes of the solo were recorded, the very first take was the one that was used. McCartney said of Tom Scott’s impact on the track, “Someone said [famous jazz musician] ‘Tom Scott lives near here.’ We said, yeah, give him a ring, see if he turns up, and he turned up within half an hour! There he was, with his sax, and he sat down in the studio playing through. The engineer was recording it. We kept all the notes he was playing casually. He came in and I said ‘I think that’s it.’ He said ‘Did you record that?’ I said yes, and we listened to it back. No one could believe it, so he went out and tried a few more, but they weren’t as good. He’d had all the feel on this early take, the first take.” The effect of a kiss smack heard on the track was recorded by engineer Alan O’Duffy, who taped Linda doing it. 

Lyrics
 
Any time, any day
You can hear the people say
That love is blind
Well, I don't know but I say love is kind
 
Do do do, do do do do do
Do do do, do do do do do
 
Soldier boy kisses girl
Leaves behind a tragic world
But he won't mind, he's in love
And he says love is fine
 
Do do do, do do do do do
Do do do, do do do do do
 
Oh yes, indeed we know
That people will find a way to go
No matter what the man said
And love is fine for all we know
For all we know, our love will grow
That's what the man said
So won't you listen to what the man said
He said
 
Ah, take it away
 
Oh yes, indeed we know
That people will find a way to go
No matter what the man said
And love is fine for all we know
For all we know, our love will grow
That's what the man said
So won't you listen to what the man said
He said
 
Oh yes, indeed we know
That people will find a way to go
No matter what the man said
And love is fine for all we know
For all we know, our love will grow
That's what the man said
So won't you listen to what the man said
He said
 
The wonder of it all baby
The wonder of it all baby
The wonder of it all baby, yeah yeah yeah
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Linda Mccartney / Paul Mccartney
Listen to What the Man Said lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Story courtesy of Wiki

Song Lyric Sunday – Hand In My Pocket

The prompts today for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams, were Ankles, Hands, Feet, Fingers, Toes and Wrists. The first song that came to mind was The Hokey Pokey but I wasn’t sure how that would be received! Instead I chose Hand In My Pocket by Alanis Morissette.

Hand in My Pocket” is a song by Canadian recording artist and songwriter Alanis Morissette, for her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill (1995). The song was written by Morissette and Glen Ballard, and was released as the second single from the album. The song was released on October 31, 1995, nearly five months after the album release. “Hand in My Pocket” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who applauded Morissette’s songwriting. “Hand in My Pocket” also received substantial success through radio airplay in the US. The song became Morissette’s second number-one hit on Billboard‘s US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song also went in the top ten in New Zealand and the US. An accompanying music video was released for the single, featuring Morissette at a festival, driving her car in black and white form, which also received positive reviews.

In 1991, MCA Records Canada released Morissette’s debut studio album Alanis, which went Platinum in Canada.  This was followed by her second album, Now Is the Time, but it was a commercial failure, selling only a little more than half the copies of her first album. With her two-album deal with MCA Records Canada complete, Morissette was left without a major label contract. In 1993, Morissette’s publisher Leeds Levy at MCA Music Publishing introduced her to manager Scott Welch. Welch told HitQuarters he was impressed by her “spectacular voice”, her character and her lyrics. At the time she was still living with her parents. Together they decided it would be best for her career to move to Toronto and start writing with other people. After graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Glen Ballard, her co-writer on the song, met Morissette on March 8, 1994, after his publishing company matched them up. According to Ballard, the connection was “instant”, and within 30 minutes of meeting each other they had begun experimenting with different sounds in Ballard’s home studio in San Fernando Valley, California.  Ballard also declared to Rolling Stone that, “I just connected with her as a person, and, almost parenthetically, it was like ‘Wow, you’re 19?’ She was so intelligent and ready to take a chance on doing something that might have no commercial application. Although there was some question about what she wanted to do musically, she knew what she didn’t want to do, which was anything that wasn’t authentic and from her heart.” The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s first internationally released album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. According to Welch, every label they had approached had passed on Morissette apart from Maverick.

Back story courtesy of Wiki

Lyrics

Hand In My Pocket

I'm broke but I'm happy, I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah
I'm high but I'm grounded, I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful, baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine, fine, fine
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five
 
I feel drunk but I'm sober, I'm young and I'm underpaid
I'm tired but I'm working, yeah
I care but I'm restless, I'm here but I'm really gone
I'm wrong and I'm sorry baby
 
What it all comes down to
Is that everything is going to be quite alright
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette
 
What it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a peace sign
 
I'm free but I'm focused, I'm green but I'm wise
I'm hard but I'm friendly, baby
I'm sad but I'm laughing, I'm brave but I'm chicken shit
I'm sick but I'm pretty baby
 
And what it all boils down to
Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano
 
And what it all comes down to, my friends, yeah
Is that everything is just fine fine fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alanis Nadine Morissette / Glen Ballard
Hand In My Pocket lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group,
The Bicycle Music Company

Song Lyric Sunday – Come On Eileen

Thank you Jim Adams for the series of prompts this week for Song Lyric Sunday. With words like Come, Go, Leave and Stay I new there would be many songs to choose from. My pick is Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. This is one of those songs that always puts me in a place and time when you hear it. The video begins with some footage of 1950’s singer/songwriter Johnny Ray arriving in London. The opening lines of the song refer to him.

Hope you enjoy it and have a great Sunday.

Come On Eileen” is a song by English group Dexys Midnight Runners (credited to Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express), released in the United Kingdom on 25 June 1982 as a single from their album Too-Rye-Ay. It reached number one in the United States, and was their second number one hit in the UK, following 1980’s “Geno”. The song was written by Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson and Billy Adams, and was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

“Come On Eileen” won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards and in 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s sixth favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV. It was ranked number 18 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s. 

There are various versions of the song, some in addition to the main section featuring either an intro of a Celtic fiddle solo, or an a cappella coda both based on Thomas Moore’s Irish folk song “Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms”.

The main section begins with a Celtic-style fiddle played over a drum beat, with the bass guitar and piano providing accompaniment.

The lyrics of the song begin with the lines:

Poor old Johnnie Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
Moved a million hearts in mono
Our mothers cried, sang along
Who would blame them?

The phrase “Come on Eileen” is used as the chorus to the song, which was loosely inspired by the song “A Man Like Me” by the 1960s British soul group Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

The bridge of “Come On Eileen” features an improvised counter-melody which begins in a slow tempo and gets faster and faster over an accelerando vocal backing. The chord sequence of the bridge is actually the same as the verses, but transposed up by a whole tone.

Throughout the song, there are numerous tempo changes and key changes:

The 1982 music video was filmed in the inner south London suburb of Kennington in the vicinity of the corner of Brook Drive and Hayles Street, then Austral Street and Holyoak Road. The character of “Eileen” in the music video, as well as on the single cover, is played by Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey from Bananarama.

Archival footage of Johnnie Ray arriving at London Heathrow Airport in 1954 was featured in the video.

In a poll by Channel 4 a UK TV channel, the song was placed at number 38 in the 100 greatest number one singles of all time. Similar polls by the music channel VH1 placed the song at number three in the 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of all time,] number 18 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980’s[5] and number one in the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s[14] (the group had a previous number-one single in the UK—”Geno” in 1980—but “Come On Eileen” was their only US hit). “Come on Eileen” has sold 1.33 million copies in the UK as of June 2013.

The song reached number one in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 charts during the week ending 23 April 1983. “Come on Eileen” prevented Michael Jackson from having back-to-back number one hits in the US: “Billie Jean” was the number one single the previous seven weeks, while “Beat It” was the number one song the ensuing three.

Backstory courtesy of Wiki

Lyrics
 
Come on, Eileen
Come on, Eileen
 
Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio
But he moved a million hearts in mono
Our mothers cried, sang along, who'd blame them
 
You're grown (so grown up)
So grown (so grown up)
Now I must say more than ever
(Come on, Eileen)
Too ra loo ra too ra loo rye aye
And we can sing just like our fathers
 
Come on, Eileen, oh I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Ah, come on, Eileen
 
Come on, Eileen
 
These people 'round here
Were beaten down, eyes sunk in smoke-dried face
They're resigned to what their fate is
But not us (no, never), no, not us (no, never)
We are far to young and clever
(Remember)
Too ra loo ra too ra loo rye aye
And you'll hum this tune forever
 
Come on, Eileen, oh, I swear (what he means)
Ah, come on let's take off everything
That pretty red dress, Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah, come on let's, ah, come on, Eileen
That pretty red dress, Eileen (tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, ah, come on, Eileen, please
 
Come on, Eileen, too rye aye
Come on, Eileen, too rye aye
Now you're full grown
Now you have shown
Oh, Eileen
 
Said, come on, Eileen
These things they are real and I know
How you feel
Now I must say more than ever
Things 'round here have changed
I say, too ra loo ra, too raloo rye aye
 
Come on, Eileen

Oh, I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
You in that dress, my thoughts I confess
Verge on dirty
Ah, come on, Eileen
Oh, come on, Eileen
Oh, I swear (what he means)
At this moment, you mean everything
In that dress, oh, my thoughts I confess
Well, they're dirty
Come on, Eileen
Come on, Eileen
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: James Paterson/Kevin Rowland/Kevin Adams
Come On Eileen lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
 

Song Lyric Sunday – Be Without You

This week Jim Adams has given us the following prompts for Song Lyric Sunday. I/Me/Them/Us/You/We. It was more difficult than I thought! In there end I settled for “Be Without You” by the fantastic Mary J. Blige. I hope you enjoy it.

Be Without You” is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Blige for her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough. Produced by Cox and Ron Fair, it was released as the album’s first official single in late 2005.

Ranking among the most played songs on US radio in the year 2006, the single was certified double-platinum by the RIAA in 2007. In March 2017, Billboard Magazine ranked “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop Song of all time. It is also one of Mary J. Blige’s most successful singles to date, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year and won the Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance categories at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Lyrics 

"Be Without You"

I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)
Oooo (oh, oh, oh, oh) oooo

Chemistry was crazy from the get-go
Neither one of us knew why
We didn't build nothing overnight
Cuz a love like this takes some time
People swore it off as a phase
Said we can’t see that
Now from top to bottom
They see that we did that (yes)
It’s so true that (yes)
We’ve been through it (yes)
We got real sh** (yes)
See baby we been...

Too strong for too long (and I can’t be without you baby)
And I’ll be waiting up until you get home (cuz I can’t sleep without you baby)
Anybody who’s ever loved, ya know just what I feel
Too hard to fake it, nothing can replace it
Call the radio if you just can’t be without your baby

I got a question for ya
See I already know the answer
But still I wanna ask you
Would you lie? (no)
Make me cry? (no)
Do somethin’ behind my back and then try to cover it up?
Well, neither would I, baby
My love is only your love (yes)
I’ll be faithful (yes)
I’m for real (yes)
And with us you’ll always know the deal
We’ve been...

Too strong for too long (and I can’t be without you baby)
And I’ll be waiting up until you get home (cuz I can’t sleep without you baby)
Anybody who’s ever loved, ya know just what I feel
Too hard to fake it, nothing can replace it
Call the radio if you just can’t be without your baby

See this is real talk
I’m always stay (no matter what)
Good or bad (thick and thin)
Right or wrong (all day everyday)
Now if you’re down on love or don’t believe
This ain’t for you (no, this ain’t for you)
And if you got it deep in your heart
And deep down you know that it’s true (come on, come on, come on)
Well, let me see you put your hands up (hands up)
Fellas tell your lady she’s the one (fellas tell your lady she’s the one, oh)
Put your hands up (hands up)
Ladies let him know he's got your love
Look him right in his eyes and tell him
We’ve been...

Too strong for too long (and I can’t be without you baby)
And I’ll be waiting up until you get home (cuz I can’t sleep without you baby)
Anybody who’s ever loved, ya know just what I feel
Too hard to fake it, nothing can replace it
Call the radio if you just can’t be without your baby

Heeeeeeeeeeeey Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh
Heeeeeeeeeeeey Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh

I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you

Written by:
Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Mary J. Blige

Song Lyric Sunday – It Ain’t Me Babe

Another week comes around and I have chosen a Bob Dylan song for Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Jim Adams. This week he prompted us with Babe, Cutie, Doll, Honey or Sweetie. I went with It Ain’t Me Babe. One of Dylan’s classics. His poetic words still resonate.

“It Ain’t Me Babe” is a song by Bob Dylan that originally appeared on his fourth album Another Side of Bob Dylan, which was released in 1964 by Columbia Records. According to music critic Oliver Trager, this song, along with others on the album, marked a departure for Dylan as he began to explore the possibilities of language and deeper levels of the human experience. Within a year of its release, the song was picked up as a single by folk rock act the Turtles and country artist Johnny Cash (who sang it as a duet with his future wife June Carter). 

Dylan’s biographers generally agree that the song owes its inspiration to his former girlfriend Suze Rotolo. He reportedly began writing the song during his visit to Italy in 1963 while searching for Rotolo, who was studying there. 

Clinton Heylin reports that a Times reporter at a May 1964 Royal Festival Hall concert where Dylan first played “It Ain’t Me” took the chorus “no, no, no” as a parody of the Beatles’ “yeah, yeah, yeah” in “She Loves You”.

Nat Hentoff’s late October 1964 New Yorker article on Dylan includes an account of Hentoff’s presence on the evening in June 1964 in the CBS recording studio when Dylan recorded this and a dozen or so other songs. After some description of the recording studio and booth exchanges among Dylan, his friends, and the session’s producers, Hentoff describes the moment. “Dylan,” Hentoff writes, “went on to record a song about a man leaving a girl because he was not prepared to be the kind of invincible hero and all-encompassing provider she wanted.” “‘It ain’t me you’re looking for babe,’ he [Dylan] sang, with finality,” Hentoff writes in his piece. 

The melody in both phrases uses a scale descending through a minor third. (Dylan played at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, May 17, 1964. The Times reviewed the performance in the following day’s edition under the heading of “A Minnesota Minstrel.” However, the review makes no mention of “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”)

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Lyrics

Go away from my window
Leave at your own chosen speed
I'm not the one you want, babe
I'm not the one you need

You say you're lookin' for someone
Who's never weak but always strong
To protect you and defend you
Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door
But it ain't me, babe
No, no, no, it ain't me, babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe

Go lightly from the ledge, babe
Go lightly on the ground
I'm not the one you want, babe
I will only let you down

You say you're lookin' for someone
Who will promise never to part
Someone to close his eyes for you
Someone to close his heart
Someone who will die for you and more
But it ain't me, babe
No, no, no, it ain't me babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe

Go melt back in the night
Everything inside is made of stone
There's nothing in here moving
And anyway I'm not alone

You say you're looking for someone
Who'll pick you up each time you fall
To gather flowers constantly
And to come each time you call
A lover for your life and nothing more
But it ain't me, babe
No, no, no, it ain't me, babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bob Dylan
It Ain't Me Babe lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Audiam, Inc
 

Song Lyric Sunday – Like I’m Gonna Lose You

Duets is the theme or this week’s Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Jim Adams. I have chosen a fairly recent song two very talented singers, Meghan Trainor and John Legend, called “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. It’s a love song with a pretty melody and some beautiful harmonies. I hope you enjoy it.

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” was written by Meghan Trainor, Justin Weaver, and Caitlyn Smith. It was composed as a demo “years ago”, but Trainor was at first hesitant to show the song to her record label during the recording of her debut album, Title (2015). At the request of Trainor’s uncle, Burton Toney, her management listened to the track. Trainor recalls one of her managers being brought to tears by the song, resulting in the decision to include it on the album. 

The song was produced by Trainor and Chris Gelbuda, who she had first met in 2011 at a music conference in Colorado. They later co-wrote Sabrina Carpenter’s “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying”. During their recording of the track “3am” for Title, Trainor told Gelbuda about “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”, a reggae song which she felt was a poor fit for the album. The pair brainstormed, with Gelbuda playing various melodies on a guitar, resulting in a change in sound and tempo. “She dug it and it just worked. We built the track together, she sang the vocals, and I worked at it for weeks,” Gelbuda recalls. They recorded “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” in 2014 at The Green Room, Gelbuda’s home studio, in East Nashville, Tennessee. Trainor and Gelbuda did all of the track’s instrumentation, production, and programming.

Initially intended to be a solo recording, L.A. Reid sent it to John Legend, who shares the same management as Trainor. Legend said, “I love this: I want to be a part of it”. Jason Agel recorded Legend’s vocals as a duet with Trainor’s at Germano Studios in New York City, with the assistance of Kenta Yonesaka. Manny Marroquin mixed “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” at Larabee North Studios in Universal City, California, and Dave Kutch mastered it at The Mastering Palace in New York City. Gelbuda describes it as “classic and jazzy” and “a big departure from everything she’s done”.

 Lyrics

I found myself dreaming
In silver and gold
Like a scene from a movie
That every broken heart knows
We were walking on moonlight
And you pulled me close
Split second and you disappeared
And then I was all alone

I woke up in tears
With you by my side
A breath of relief
And I realized
No, we're not promised tomorrow

So I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna hold you
Like I'm saying goodbye
Wherever we're standing
I won't take you for granted
'cause we'll never know when
When we'll run out of time
So I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you

[John Legend:]
In the blink of an eye
Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything
The truth is you never know
So I'll kiss you longer, baby
Any chance that I get
I'll make the most of the minutes
And love with no regrets
Let's take our time
To say what we want
Use what we got
Before it's all gone
'Cause no, we're not promised tomorrow

[Both:]
So I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna hold you
Like I'm saying goodbye
Wherever we're standing
I won't take you for granted
'Cause we'll never know when
When we'll run out of time
So I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you

Hey
Whoa

I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna hold you
Like I'm saying goodbye
Wherever we're standing
I won't take you for granted
'Cause we'll never know when
When we'll run out of time
So I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna love you
Like I'm gonna lose you

Written by Meghan Elizabeth Trainor,
Justin Weaver and Caitlyn Smith
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