Category: Song Lyric Sunday

Song Lyric Sunday – Baby Please Don’t Go

Jim Adams has prompted us with Did, Didn’t, Do, Don’t, Does and Doesn’t for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I started looking and came up with at least 20 songs in the first 10 minutes so I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with today.

I have chosen an old song, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, that several bands have recorded over the years but my personal favorite was by the 60’s band Them with the great Van Morrison. I hope you enjoy this old video. Look how young Van was!!

“Baby Please Don’t Go” was one of the earliest songs recorded by Them, fronted by a 19-year-old Van Morrison. Their rendition of the song was derived from a version recorded by John Lee Hooker in 1949 as “Don’t Go Baby”. Hooker’s song later appeared on a 1959 album, Highway of Blues, which Van Morrison heard and felt was “something really unique and different” with “more soul” than he had previously heard. 

Them recorded “Baby, Please Don’t Go” for Decca Records in October 1964. Besides Morrison, there is conflicting information about who participated in the session. In addition to the group’s original members (guitarist Billy Harrison, bassist Alan Henderson, drummer Ronnie Millings, and keyboard player Eric Wrixon), others have been suggested: Pat McAuley on keyboards, Bobby Graham on a second drum kit, Jimmy Page on second guitar, and Peter Bardens on keyboards. As Page biographer George Case notes, “There is a dispute over whether it is Page’s piercing blues line that defines the song, if he only played a run Harrison had already devised, or if Page only backed up Harrison himself”.  Morrison has acknowledged Page’s participation in the early sessions: “He played rhythm guitar on one thing and doubled a bass riff on the other” and Morrison biographer Johnny Rogan notes that Page “doubled the distinctive riff already worked out by Billy Harrison”.

“Baby, Please Don’t Go” was released as Them’s second single on November 6, 1964. With the B-side, “Gloria”, it became their first hit, reaching number ten on the UK Singles Chart in February 1965. The single was released in the US in 1965, but only “Gloria” became a hit the following year. The song was not included on Them’s original British or American albums (The Angry Young Them and Them Again), however, it has appeared on several compilation albums, such as The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison and The Best of Van Morrison. When it was reissued in 1991 as a single in the UK, it reached number 65 in the chart. Van Morrison also accompanied John Lee Hooker during a 1992 performance, where Hooker sings and plays “Baby, Please Don’t Go” on guitar while sitting on a dock, with harmonica backing by Morrison; it was released on the 2004 Come See About Me Hooker DVD.

Lyrics
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you, so, baby, please don't go

Baby, your mind done gone
Well, your mind done gone
Well, your mind done gone, left the county farm
You had the shackles on; baby, please don't go

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog to get you way down here
I'll make you walk alone; baby, please don't go, hey

Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you, so, baby, please don't go

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog to get you way down here
Make you walk alone; baby, please don't go

Know how I feel right now?
My baby leavin' on that midnight train, and I'm cryin'
Baby, please don't go
Oh, baby, please don't go

Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans
You know I love you, so, baby, please don't go yeah
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog

Before I be your dog to get you way down here
I make you walk alone; baby, please don't go, yeah
All right

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joe Williams

Song Lyric Sunday – If You Could Read My Mind

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with “Could, Might, Would and Should” for Song Lyric Sunday. I was hoping I would have the chance to share a particular favorite of mine, and here it is! It is an old song from 1970 but it is still played a lot today. Gordon Lightfoot is a wonderful singer/songwriter and this particular song is very poetic and tells of his personal story of heartache in his own beautiful words. I have included an unplugged version with Gordon playing acoustic guitar and the other is a full orchestra video version. Both are excellent and I hope you enjoy at least one.

“If You Could Read My Mind” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. It reached number one on Canadian music charts and was his first recording to appear on the American music charts, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in February 1971. Later in the year it reached number 30 in the UK. The song also reached number one for one week on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, and was the first of four Lightfoot releases to reach number one.

This song first appeared on Lightfoot’s 1970 album Sit Down Young Stranger, which was later renamed If You Could Read My Mind following the song’s success.

Lightfoot has cited his divorce for inspiring the lyrics, saying they came to him as he was sitting in a vacant Toronto house one summer. At the request of his daughter, Ingrid, he performs the lyrics with a slight change now: the line “I’m just trying to understand the feelings that you lack” is altered to “I’m just trying to understand the feelings that we lack.” He has said in an interview that the difficulty with writing songs inspired by personal stories is that there is not always the emotional distance and clarity to make lyrical improvements such as the one his daughter suggested. 

In 1987 Lightfoot filed a lawsuit against the writer of “The Greatest Love of All”, alleging plagiarism of 24 bars of “If You Could Read My Mind”. Lightfoot has stated that he dropped the lawsuit when he felt it was having a negative effect on the singer Whitney Houston, as the lawsuit was about the writer and not her. 

The song is in A major and uses the subtonic chord.

Backstory provided by Wiki 


Lyrics
If You Could Read My Mind
Gordon Lightfoot


If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
About a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I’m a ghost you can see
 
If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind the drugstore sells
When you reach the part where
the heartaches come
Come the hero would be me
Heroes often fail
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just to hard to take
 
I walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script
Enter number two, a movie queen
To play the scene of bringing all the
good things out in me
But for now love let’s be real
 
I never knew I feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back
 
If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie about a
ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
The story always ends
And if you read between the lines
You’ll know that I’m just trying to understand
The feeling that you left
 
I never knew I feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feeling’s gone
And I just can’t get it back
Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot
If You Could Read My Mind lyrics
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc
 


Song Lyric Sunday – Start Me Up

Whenever I hear the intro to this song it reminds me of being at a pro basketball game. I’m immediately pumped up! As you can see this week I have chosen “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones. Jim Adams prompted us with Around, Down, Sideways and Up for Song Lyric Sunday.

This is a great live concert video with some backstage clips. The music starts at 1 minute 25 secs. Mick is in his usual fine form on stage and I love him performing this song in his green coat!

Wiki says, “Start Me Up” is featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. Released as the album’s lead single, it reached number one on Australian Kent Music Report, number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.

The basic track “Start Me Up” was recorded during the January and March 1978 sessions for the Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls. The song began as a reggae-rock track named “Never Stop”, but after dozens of takes it was abandoned. “Start Me Up” was not chosen for the album and was saved for later use. Richards commented:

It was one of those things we cut a lot of times; one of those cuts that you can play forever and ever in the studio. Twenty minutes go by and you’re still locked into those two chords … Sometimes you become conscious of the fact that, ‘Oh, it’s “Brown Sugar” again,’ so you begin to explore other rhythmic possibilities. It’s basically trial and error. As I said, that one was pretty locked into a reggae rhythm for quite a few weeks. We were cutting it for Emotional Rescue, but it was nowhere near coming through, and we put it aside and almost forgot about it. 

In 1981, with the band looking to tour, engineer Chris Kimsey proposed to lead singer Mick Jagger that archived songs could comprise the set. While searching through the vaults, Kimsey found the two takes of the song with a more rock vibe among some fifty reggae versions. Overdubs were completed on the track in early 1981 in New York City at the recording studios Electric Lady Studios and The Hit Factory. On the band’s recording style for this track in particular, Kimsey commented in 2004:

Including run-throughs, ‘Start Me Up’ took about six hours to record. You see, if they all played the right chords in the right time, went to the chorus at the right time and got to the middle eight together, that was a master. It was like, ‘Oh, wow!’ Don’t forget, they would never sit down and work out a song. They would jam it and the song would evolve out of that. That’s their magic.

Lyrics
Start Me Up
The Rolling Stones


If you start me up
If you start me up I'll never stop

You can start me up
You can start me up I'll never stop
I've been running hot
You got me ticking going to blow my top
If you start me up
If you start me up I'll never stop

Never stop, never stop, never stop
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry

Spread out the oil, the gasoline
I walk smooth, ride in a mean, mean machine
Start it up
If you start it up

Kick on the starter
Give it all you got, you got, you got
I can't compete with the riders in the other heats
If you rough it up
If you like it, I can slide it up
Slide it up, slide it up, slide it up

Don't make a grown man cry
Don't make a grown man cry
Don't make a grown man cry

My eyes dilate, my lips go green
My hands are greasy
She's a mean, mean machine
Start it up
Start me up
Ah, give it all you got
You got to never, never, never stop
Slide it up, baby, just slide it up
Slide it up, slide it up, never, never, never

You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry

Ride like the wind at double speed
I'll take you places that you've never, never seen
If you start it up
Love the day when we will never stop, never stop
Never, never, never stop
Tough me up
Never stop, never stop

You, you, you make a grown man cry
You, you made a dead man come
You, you made a dead man come

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Mick Jagger / Keith Richards
Start Me Up lyrics
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday – Found

I love today’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday. Jim Adam’s has given us ‘Lost, Found, Hide and Seek’ I’m happy because I get to share my favorite U2 song, ‘I Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking For’ from the Joshua Tree album.

 

According to Wiki, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the second track from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree and was released as the album’s second single in May 1987. The song was a hit, becoming the band’s second consecutive number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 while peaking at number six on the UK Singles Chart.

The song originated from a demo the band recorded on which drummer Larry Mullen Jr. played a unique rhythm pattern. Like much of The Joshua Tree, the song was inspired by the group’s interest in American music. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” exhibits influences from gospel music and its lyrics describe spiritual yearning. Lead singer Bono’s vocals are in high register and lead guitarist the Edge plays a chiming arpeggio. Adding to the gospel qualities of the song are choir-like backing vocals provided by the Edge and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was critically acclaimed and received two nominations at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1988, for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It has subsequently become one of the group’s most well-known songs and has been performed on many of their concert tours. The track has appeared on several of their compilations and concert films. Many critics and publications have ranked “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” among the greatest tracks in music history including Rolling Stone which ranked the song at number 93 of its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
by U2


I have climbed the highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
 
I have run I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you
 
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
 
I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in the fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
 
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone
 
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
 
I believe in the Kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes, I’m still running

You broke the bonds
and you loosened chains
carried the cross of my shame, of my shame
You know I believe it
 
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Adam Clayton/Dave Evans/
Larry Mullen/Paul David Hewson/Victor Reina
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday – I’ll Stand By You

Good Sunday morning! This week’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Jim Adams, are Lean, Sit and Stand. I have several favorites for each prompt and I’m sure they will all get picked today. I will wait in anticipation!

Today I have chosen “I’ll Stand By You“. The song recorded by the Pretenders is from their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents (1994). The song was written by Chrissie Hynde and the songwriting team of Thomas Kelly and Billy Steinberg. The song pledges love and faithful assistance in times of personal darkness. Released on July 21, 1994, “I’ll Stand by You” reached the top 20 in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It has been recorded by various artists over the years.

Lyrics
I’ll Stand By You


Oh, why you look so sad, the tears are in your eyes,
Come on and come to me now, and don’t be ashamed to cry,
Let me see you through, ’cause I’ve seen the dark side too.
When the night falls on you, you don’t know what to do,
Nothing you confess could make me love you less
 
I’ll stand by you,
I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you,
I’ll stand by you
 
So if you’re mad, get mad, don’t hold it all inside,
Come on and talk to me now.
Hey there, what you got to hide?
I get angry too, well, I’m alive like you.
When you’re standing at the cross roads,
And don’t know which path to choose,
Let me come along, ’cause even if you’re wrong
 
I’ll stand by you,
I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you,
I’ll stand by you.
Baby, even to your darkest hour, and I’ll never desert you,
I’ll stand by you.
And when, when the night falls on you baby,
You’re feeling all a lone, you’re wandering on your own

I’ll stand by you.
I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you,
I’ll stand by you, baby even to your darkest hour
And I’ll never desert you,

I’ll stand by you,
I’ll stand by you.
I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you,
I’ll stand by you, baby even to your darkest hour,
And I’ll never desert you
I’ll stand by you
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Thomas Kelly, Christine Hynde
and Billy Steinberg
I’ll Stand By You lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Song Lyric Sunday – Highway Vagabond

For the second week in a row I have not only gone back to visit County Music, I have also chosen another song by Miranda Lambert. Jim Adams prompted us with Vagabond, Loner and Drifter for Song Lyric Sunday. I found it quite a challenge to find something and it will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with today.

By the way, Jim has a new badge for Song Lyric Sunday. Let’s use it.

Highway Vagabond is on The Weight of These Wings, the sixth studio album by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. It was released on November 18, 2016, via RCA Records Nashville. The album consists of two discs, with Disc 1 titled The Nerve, and Disc 2 titled The Heart. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the all-genre US Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition to winning Album of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards, it is considered by several music publications as one of 2016’s best country albums.

Lyrics
Highway Vagabond
Miranda Lambert

I wanna go somewhere where nobody knows I wanna know somewhere where nobody goes
Following gold lines on the ground, northbound, southbound
There’s something ’bout the way I feel when the wheels go round and round and round
Highway vagabonds, living like hippies
Moving right along to the next big city
Okay, jump off the exit
Truck stop, rest stop, next stop Texas
Caravan like a wild west show
I don’t care, man, as long as we go
My way
Get off one and get on the other
Highway, vagabonds
Daddy was a drifter, mama died young
I still don’t know where I come from
On the map and off the grid
With all my friends
Roaming town and town like Willie did when he was a kid
On the road again
Highway vagabonds, living like hippies
Moving right along to the next big city
Okay, jump off the exit
Truck stop, rest stop, next stop Texas
Caravan like a wild west show
I don’t care, man, as long as we go
My way, singing for your supper
Get off one and get on the other
Highway, vagabonds
But if we ain’t broke down then we ain’t doing something right
But if we ain’t broke down then we ain’t slowing down tonight
Highway vagabonds, living like hippies
Moving right along to the next big city
Highway vagabonds, living like hippies
Moving right along to the next big city
Okay, jump off the exit
Truck stop, rest stop, next stop Texas
Caravan like a wild west show
I don’t care, man, as long as we go
My way, singing for your supper
Get off one and get on the other
Highway, vagabonds
Highway vagabonds
Highway vagabonds
Living like hippies (highway vagabonds)
Moving right along to the next big city
Living like hippies (highway vagabonds)
Moving right along to the next big city (highway vagabonds)
Living like highway vagabonds (highway vagabonds)

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Luke Dick / Natalie Hemby / Shane Mcanally
Highway Vagabond lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.






Song Lyric Sunday – Greyhound Bound for Nowhere

I was a little stumped by this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompts from Jim Adamswhich were, Bus, Truck or Lorry. Nothing was clicking with me so I searched Google for some help and it took me down country roads, which is not really my favorite genre. However I came across this really lovely song by Miranda Lambert called “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere”. She wrote the song with her father, Rick, and it was featured on her debut studio album, Kerosene, released in March 2004. She performed it on one of her appearances on Nashville Star, a televised country music singing competition. The show was her springboard to stardom and she went on to be a mega country star.

Miranda’s parents were both private investigators and she recalled the stories she would hear growing up about broken marriages. The song was written about a girl having a relationship with a married man. I hope you like it.

Lyrics
Greyhound Bound for Nowhere
Miranda Lambert

Rain on the window makes me lonely
Time keeps on passing so slowly
The old man sittin' next to me is fallin' asleep
On a Greyhound Bound For Nowhere

The sun's going down on my misery
Another day gone by with broken dreams
That cell phone I hear ringing, I keep wishing it was you
On a Greyhound Bound For Nowhere

That ring that you were wearing don't mean everything
The way that you stood starin' as you watched me roll away
She loves you and you need me and there some things we can't share
I'm on a Greyhound bound for nowhere

Bright lights of a city shining up ahead
My hearts analyzing every word you said
Did you take me for a fool or did you really care
I'm on a Greyhound bound for nowhere

That ring that you were wearing don't mean everything
The way that you stood starin' as you watched me roll away
She loves you and you need me and there some things we can't share
I'm on a Greyhound bound for nowhere

I'm gonna find someplace I can ease my mind
And try to heal my wounded pride

Rain on the window and I'm still lonely
And time keeps on passing so slowly
You're with her and I'm alone and you're wishing I was there
I'm on a Greyhound bound for nowhere
We' re all on a Greyhound bound for nowhere

Written by Miranda Lambert, Rick Lambert
Album Kerosene 2004

Song Lyric Sunday – Homeward Bound

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adam’s prompted us with songs about trains. I chose Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel as the opening line is “I was sitting in the railway station with a ticket to my destination” The song was beautifully written by Paul Simon, one of my favorite poets, and performed with Art Garfunkel. The harmonies are exquisite. It is a timeless song and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Lyrics
Homeward Bound


I'm sitting in the railway station
Got a ticket to my destination
On a tour of one-night stands my suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned for a poet and a one-man band
Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home where my thought's escaping
Home where my music's playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Every day's an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me, the movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see reminds me that I long to be
Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home where my thought's escaping
Home where my music's playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Tonight I'll sing my songs again
I'll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me in shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony I need someone to comfort me
Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home where my thought's escaping
Home where my music's playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Silently for me

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Simon

Homeward Bound lyrics © Universal Music
Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday – Put on Your High Heel Sneakers

This week I looked at Jim Adams’ prompts for Song Lyric Sunday and thought “Oh no! What on earth am I going to find?” I don’t know what I was worried about, there were so many songs to choose from. From Clothing, Hat, Pants, Scarf, Shirt, Shoes or Tie, I choose this classic from The Rolling Stones from 1964, “Put on Your High Heel Sneakers.”

High Heel Sneakers is a blues song written and recorded by Tommy Tucker in 1963. Blues writer Mary Katherine Aldin describes it as an uptempo twelve-bar blues, with "a spare, lilting musical framework", and a strong vocal. The song's rhythmic approach has also been compared to that of Jimmy Reed. Tucker's lyrics recall the time he spent as a Golden Gloves boxer in the 1950s:

Put on your red dress baby
Because we're going out to night
You better wear some boxing gloves
In case a fool might want to fight


This song has been covered by a multitude of artists from Jerry Lee Lewis, to Stevie Wonder, The Faces and Jose Feliciano, and many more. My personal favorite is this one from The Stones.

Lyrics
Put On Your High Heel Sneakers
The Rolling Stones


Put on your red dress baby
Because we're going out to night
Put on your red dress baby
Because we're going out to night
You better wear some boxing gloves
In case a fool might want to fight

Put on your high-heel sneakers
Wear your wig hat on your head
Put on your high-heel sneakers
Wear your wig hat on your head
I'm pretty sure now baby
Because you know, you're going to knock them dead

Put on your high-heel sneakers
Wear your wig hat on your head
Put on your high-heel sneakers

Written by Tommy Tucker, 1963

Song Lyric Sunday – House of the Rising Sun

Jim Adams has prompted us with Wall, House, Floor and Roof for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I went with the House of the Rising Sun by The Animals from 1964. Fifty five years on and this song is still strong. It is iconic and I never grow tired of hearing it. I love Eric Burdon’s soulful, raspy voice! Hope you enjoy it too.

Although The Animals became famous from recording this song with their own arrangement, it is a very old blues/rock song. There is a great backstory and I have included the link here.

Lyrics
House of the Rising Sun
The Animals


There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

Oh, mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the house of the rising sun

Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one


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