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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 – 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 – 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 – 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


Song Lyric Sunday – Spirit in the Sky

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with Bird, Fly, Sky and Wing for the Song Lyric Sunday challenge. I have chosen Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum. Considering it was written and recorded in 1969, I think it still sounds great today. Turn the volume up high, it’s even better!

“Spirit in the Sky” makes several religious references to Jesus, although Greenbaum is Jewish. In a 2006 interview with the New York Times, Greenbaum told a reporter he was inspired to write the song after watching Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on TV. Greenbaum said: “I thought, ‘Yeah, I could do that,’ knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song. It came easy. I wrote the words in 15 minutes.” 

Greenbaum had previously been a member of psychedelic jug band Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band. When they split up he won a solo contract with producer Erik Jacobsen for Reprise Records. Jacobsen had previously worked with The Lovin’ Spoonfuland the song was included on Greenbaum’s first solo album. 

The resulting sound was an “oddly compelling” combination of gospel and hard rock music, with loud drums, distorted electric guitar, clapping hands, and tambourines. The production team brought in the Stovall Sisters, an Oakland-based gospel trio, to sing backing vocals. Because of the song’s length and lyrics, the record company was initially reluctant to issue it, but was finally released as a single after two other singles from the album had poor sales. “Spirit in the Sky” became a worldwide hit, and was at the time the best-selling single ever for the Reprise label. 

About the song, Greenbaum has been quoted as saying, “It sounds as fresh today as when it was recorded. I’ve gotten letters from funeral directors telling me that it’s their second-most-requested song to play at memorial services, next to ‘Danny Boy’.”

Greenbaum’s version appears in a 2019 TV commercial for Budweiser.

Lyrics

Spirit in the Sky
Norman Greenbaum


When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best

Prepare yourself you know it's a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He's gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
Gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
That's where you're gonna go when you die
When you die and they lay you to rest
You're gonna go to the place that's the best

Never been a sinner I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
So you know that when I die
He's gonna set me up with
The spirit in the sky
Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
I'm gonna go to the place that's the best
Go to the place that's the best

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Norman Greenbaum
Spirit in the Sky lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc,
The Bicycle Music Company

Song Lyric Sunday – Wanted Dead Or Alive

The prompts for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams are Cowboy, Gun, Hat or Horse. I went with one of my favorite bar songs by Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead Or Alive. It’s about a modern day cowboy and his ride is a steel horse.

It is from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. The song was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and was released in 1987 as the album’s third single. During a February 20, 2008 encore performance in Detroit, Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd about running into Bob Seger at a Pistons game. As he introduced his song “Wanted Dead or Alive”, he said it was inspired by Seger’s ‘Turn the Page” hit and called the song the band’s anthem.

Hope you enjoy it!

LYRICS
Wanted Dead or Alive
Bon Jovi

It's all the same, only the names will change
Everyday, it seems we're wastin' away
Another place where the faces are so cold
I drive all night just to get back home

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted dead or alive
Wanted dead or alive

Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it's not for days
The people I meet always go their separate ways
Sometimes you tell the day
By the bottle that you drink
And times when you're all alone all you do is think

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive
Wanted (wanted) dead or alive

Oh, and I ride

Oh, and I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted dead or alive

I walk these streets
A loaded six-string on my back
I play for keeps 'cause I might not make it back
I been everywhere, still, I'm standing tall
I've seen a million faces
And I've rocked them all

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive
I'm a cowboy, I got the night on my side
I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive
And I ride, dead or alive
I still drive (I still drive) dead or alive
Dead or alive, dead or alive, dead or alive, dead or alive

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jon Bon Jovi / Richard S. Sambora
Wanted Dead or Alive lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
 

Song Lyric Sunday – Lady Marmalade

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with Dreams/Lullaby/Sleep. I like this theme! I have gone with the great Patti La Belle’s Lady Marmalade with famous lyrics “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?”. We all know it means “Will you sleep with me tonight?” but I don’t think they will be sleeping much so hope it still fits the category!

Lyrics

Lady Marmalade

(Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir)
Patti La Belle


Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Go Sister
Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Go Sister

He met Marmalade down in old New Orleans
Struttin' her stuff on the street
She said 'Hello,
Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go? Mmm, mmm

Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocha-choca-lata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

He sat in her boudoir while she freshened up
The boy drank all her magnolia-wine
On the black satin sheets where oh I swear he started to freak

Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocha-choca-lata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Hey, hey, hey
Touching her skin feelin' silky smooth
The colour of cafe au lait
Made the savage beast inside
Roar until it cried, more, more, more

Now he's back home doing 9 to 5
Living his grey flannel life
But when he turns off to sleep
Old memories creep, more, more, more

Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocha-choca-lata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocha-choca-lata Ya Ya
Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya here

Song Lyric Sunday – The Sopranos

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with songs from a TV Show for Song Lyric Sunday. I was a big fan of The Sopranos (including the reruns!) and always loved this theme song. The great thing was they always played it in its entirety before the start of the show.

Lyrics
Woke Up This Morning
by Alabama 3


Well, you woke up this morning
Got yourself a gun
Your mama always said you'd be the chosen one
She said, you're one in a million, you've got to burn to shine
But you were born under a bad sign with a blue moon
in your eyes
And you woke up this morning
All that love had gone
Your papa never told you about right and wrong
But you're looking good, baby
I believe you're feeling fine (shame about it)
Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes
you woke up this morning
Got a blue moon in your eyes
Woke up this morning
You got a blue moon in your eyes
Well, you woke up this morning
The world turned upside down
Lord above, thing's ain't been the same
since Howlin' Wolf walked into your town
But you're one in a million, you've got that shotgun shine
Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes
You woke up this morning
You got a blue moon in your eyes
Woke up this morning
You got a blue moon in your eyes
When you woke up this morning everything was gone
By half past ten your head was going ding-dong
Ringing like a bell from your head down to your toes,
Like a voice trying to tell you there's something
you should know
Last night you were flying but today you're so low
Ain't it times like these that make you wonder if
you'll ever know
The meaning of things as they appear to the others
Wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers
Don't you wish you didn't function, don't you wish
you didn't think beyond the next paycheck
And the next little drink?
Well, you do, so make up your mind to go on
'cause when you woke up this morning
Everything you had was gone, everything you had was gone
Woke up this morning
Woke up this morning
Woke up this morning, you want to be, you want to be
the chosen one tonight
Yes, you know, because you just get help yourself
Woke up this morning
Woke up this morning
Woke up this morning
You got yourself a gun, got yourself a gun, got yourself a gun

Writer/s: JAKE BLACK, CHESTER BURNETT, SIMON EDWARDS, PIERS WATSON MARSH, ROBERT SPRAGG
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Song Lyric Sunday – Sweet Home Alabama

Oh I love today’s prompt from Jim Adams at Song Lyric Sunday! We have been asked to choose a song featured prominently in a movie. I came up with a long list of possibilities but settled on a somewhat controversial song, Sweet Home Alabama, by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.

It reached number 8 on the US chart in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single.  The song was written in reply to “Southern Man” and “Alabama” by Neil Young; Young is name-checked in the song’s lyrics. You can read more about the song, its origins, and its sometimes misconstrued meaning here on Wikipedia

The movie was a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patric Dempsey and Candice Bergen. I must have watched it half a dozen times and never seem to get tired of it! If you haven’t seen it, you can check out the trailer on YouTube. It did not allow me to share it here.

Have a great Sunday!

Lyrics
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynrd Skynrd


Turn it up
 
Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the south-land
I miss 'ole' 'bamy once again
And I think it's a sin, yes
 
Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard old Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around anyhow
 
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
 
In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor, boo hoo ooo
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth
 
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you, here I come Alabama
 
Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how bout you?
 
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you’’
 
Sweet home Alabama, oh sweet home
Where the skies are so blue and the Governor's true
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you, yeah yeh
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters:
Edward C. King / Gary Robert Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant
Sweet Home Alabama lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,
Universal Music Publishing Group
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