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Song Lyric Sunday – London Bridge

Some of you know that I am originally from London, born and raised, so I was excited that Jim Adams prompted us with songs about the cities or towns where we are from for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I am happy to share this fun song and video by Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) called London Bridge.

Enjoy it and have a great Sunday!

London Bridge crosses the Thames River in London. It’s existed in some form for approximately 2,000 years, and has been destroyed several times due to fire or other natural causes. The bridge inspired the nursery rhyme “London Bridge Is Falling Down,” which Fergie refers to in this song. There are many possible interpretations for just what Fergie’s “London Bridge” refers to, but she seems to be “falling” for a guy every time he comes by. The collapsing bridge is a metaphor for her inability to resist his charms.

Sean Garrett helped write this. He is a go-to guy in the world of Hip-Hop lyrics, known for his ability to craft a story. Other songs he’s worked on include “Yeah!” by Usher, “Run It” by Chris Brown and “Soldier” by Destiny’s Child.

This is Fergie’s first single as a solo artist. She got her start on the TV show Kids Incorporated and later joined the Black-Eyed Peas, helping them go from an underground rap group to one of the biggest hip-hop/R&B acts of the ’00s.

Some of the lyrics deal with how Fergie is hounded by Paparazzi. Like Gwen Stefani in No Doubt, Fergie receives much more media attention than any other member of Black-Eyed Peas. 

This doesn’t use the melody from “London Bridge Is Falling Down,” but another track on the album does: “Pedestal.”

Courtesy of Song Facts

Song Lyric Sunday – Diamonds

For the Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week, Jim Adams has prompted us with Diamond, Emerald, Jade, Pearl, Ruby and Sapphire. I have chosen Diamonds by Rihanna. I hope you enjoy it and have a great Sunday!

Diamonds” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012). It was written by Sia Furler together with its producers, Benny Blanco and StarGate. The song premiered on September 26, 2012, during the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and was digitally released the following day as the lead single from UnapologeticDef Jam Recordings serviced the single to contemporary hit radio in the United States on October 2. “Diamonds” is a mid-tempo popelectronic and R&B ballad that features heavy synthesizers, orchestral sounds and electronic rhythms. The song’s lyrics serve as a departure from the themes of unhealthy relationships that were on Rihanna’s previous singles and contain a prominent concept of love.

“Diamonds” topped music charts in over twenty countries, including the United States, where it became Rihanna’s twelfth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and tied her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fifth-most number one singles in the chart’s history. “Diamonds” was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 3.5 million digital copies in the country. It also peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and became Rihanna’s seventh number one song in the country; it was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). By May 2013, it had sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time.

The song’s music video was shot by director Anthony Mandler, a frequent collaborator of Rihanna’s, and depicts her in four environments that represent the elements of earth, air, water, and fire. The video received positive reviews and was praised for its imagery. Some critics believe that the heavily tattooed man intertwined with Rihanna’s arm in the video resembles Chris Brown. The singer performed “Diamonds” on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and The X Factor and included it on the 777DiamondsMonster Tour and the Anti World Tour set lists. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as one of the most performed songs of 2013 and 2014. The official remix of “Diamonds” featured rapper Kanye West and was released on November 16, 2012. The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Josef Salvat, who released his own cover of “Diamonds” as a single.

Backstory courtesy of Wiki

Diamonds - LYRICS
Rihanna
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
 
Find light in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy
You and I, you and I, we're like diamonds in the sky
You're a shooting star I see, a vision of ecstasy
When you hold me, I'm alive
We're like diamonds in the sky
 
I knew that we'd become one right away
Oh, right away
At first sight I felt the energy of sun rays
I saw the life inside your eyes
 
So shine bright tonight,
You and I
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Eye to eye,
So alive
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
 
Palms rise to the universe, as we moonshine and molly
Feel the warmth, we'll never die
We're like diamonds in the sky
 
You're a shooting star I see, a vision of ecstasy
When you hold me, I'm alive
We're like diamonds in the sky
At first sight I felt the energy of sun rays
I saw the life inside your eyes
 
So shine bright
Tonight,
You and I
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Eye to eye,
So alive
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
 
So shine bright
Tonight,
You and I
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Eye to eye,
So alive
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
 
Shine bright like a diamond
Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Sia Furler / Mikkel Eriksen / Tor Hermansen / Benjamin Levine
Diamonds lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.,
Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

Song Lyric Sunday – Happy Birthday

Jim Adams has prompted us this week with Birthday, Cake, Gift, Party and Surprise for Song Lyric Sunday. This was an easy pick for me by the great Stevie Wonder aptly named Happy Birthday. This is a special song for all of us but the inspiration behind this version is very special as you’ll read below.

Happy Birthday” is a song written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder for the Motown label. Wonder, a social activist, was one of the main figures in the campaign to have the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. become a national holiday, and created this single to make the cause known.

“Happy Birthday” was first released in September 1980 on Wonder’s Hotter than July album. Released as a single, it was one of his most popular entries in the UK Singles Chart.

The song, one of many of Wonder’s songs to feature the use of a keyboard synthesizer, features Wonder lamenting the fact that anyone would oppose the idea of a Dr. King holiday, where “peace is celebrated throughout the world” and singing to King in the chorus, “Happy birthday to you”. The holiday, he proposes, would facilitate the realization of Dr. King’s dreams of integration and “love and unity for all of God’s children”.

Wonder used the song to popularize the campaign, and continued his fight for the holiday, holding the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. United States President Ronald Reagan approved the creation of the holiday, signing it into existence on November 2, 1983. The first official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, held the third Monday in January of each year, was held on January 20, 1986, and was commemorated with a large-scale concert, where Stevie Wonder was the headlining performer.

“Happy Birthday” was released as a single in several countries. In the UK, the song became one of Wonder’s biggest hits, reaching number two in the charts in 1981.

When Wonder performed the song at Nelson Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall on July 19, 2009, he slightly changed the lyrics, “Thanks to Mandela and Martin Luther King!” in that verse. Wonder also performed this song at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

Lyrics
"Happy Birthday"

You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
'Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you would agree
What could fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition
Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
that they should make it become an illusion
And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
all throughout the world

The time is overdue
For people like me and you
Who know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children
It should be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died for the oneness of all people
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Ooh yeah
Happy birthday

We know the key to unity of all people
Is in the dream that you had so long ago
That lives in all of the hearts of people
That believe in unity
We'll make the dream become a reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so

Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday

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
 
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