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17th Installment – Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER. Special Prince Edition.

jukebox-11296573473NeNThe news that Prince passed away yesterday was shocking. I hadn’t heard anything about him for quite a while, so it was a shock that suddenly he was gone.

Prince’s music was the soundtrack of my 30’s… as was ALL 1980’s music, more or less.

I’m dedicating this “17th Edition of the Favorite.Lyrics.Ever.” to the lyrics of songs written or performed by Prince.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb, // We could all die any day // But before I’ll let that happen, // I’ll dance my life away.”  1999. Released October 27, 1992. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Touch if you will my stomach // Feel how it trembles inside // You’ve got the butterflies all tied up” — When Doves Cry.  Released 1984.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Act your age, mama // Not your shoe size // Maybe we could do the twirl.”  Kiss. Released 1986.) (Video and lyrics.)
  • “But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right.” – Little Red Corvette.  Released 1982.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Are we gonna let de-elevator // Bring us down // Oh, no Let’s Go!” – Let’s Go Crazy. Released 1984. (Video and lyrics.)

And Prince also wrote songs for other artists.  Here’s one of my favorite lyrics from a song he wrote that was a hit by Sheila E.:

  • “Boys with small talk and small minds // Really don’t impress me in bed” // The Glamorous Life by Sheila E. (Video and lyrics.)

Although not one of my favorite lyrics, the following has been making the rounds on social media the past couple days:

  • “Dearly beloved // We are gathered here today // 2 get through this thing called life.”

Here’s to the performer formerly (truly) known as Prince.

 

16th Installment – Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for the 16th installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “So baby straighten up, come on and fly right / It’s no catastrophe, yeah” –   Baby, Baby Don’t Cry by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. (Video and lyrics.) [NOTE:  I couldn’t find a video of Smokey & the gang performing this. If you Google it , you’ll find a video of what is actually The Four Tops performing something, but it’s NOT Baby Baby Don’t Cry.)
  • “Well you’re windy and wild / You got the blues / I’m your shoes and your stockings”   –  Bang a Gong (or is it Get It On?)by T-Rex. (Video and lyrics.) [Note: According to Wikipedia: “In the United States, the song was re-titled ‘Bang a Gong (Get It On)’ to avoid confusion with a song of the same name by the group Chase.”
  • “There’ll be good times again for me and you
    But we just can’t stay together, don’t you feel it too
    Still I’m glad for what we had, and how I once loved you” – It’s Too Late” by Carole King. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “T’was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair.” – Ramble On by Led Zeppelin. (Video and lyrics.)

15th Installment – Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for the 15th installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “Sail on silvergirl, / Sail on by. / Your time has come to shine. / All your dreams are on their way.” – Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkle. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I made a fire and watching burn / Thought of your future / With one foot in the past now just how long will it last / No no no have you no ambition/ – Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Every child had a pretty good shot / To get at least as far as their old man got / But something happened on the way to that place / They threw an American flag in our face. ” — Allentown by Billy Joel. (Video and lyrics.”

 

 

Installment #14: Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for the 14th installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “With every mistake we must surely be learning / Still my guitar gently weeps .” – While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles. (Lyrics and video.)
  • “Now they call you Prince Charming / Can’t speak a word when you’re full of ‘ludes / Say you’ll be all right come tomorrow / But tomorrow might not be here for you. (Yeah you!)” – That Smell by Lynyrd Skynrd. (Lyrics and Video.)
  • “But now it’s so much better (it’s so much better) / I’m funking out in every way.” — Play That Funky Music (White Boy) by Wild Cherry.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Sail on silver girl, / Sail on by. / Your time has come to shine. / All your dreams are on their way.”  — Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkle.  (Lyrics and video.)

Installment #13: Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for the 13th installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “Precious people always tell me / That’s a step / a step too far.” — Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? by Culture Club. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Consider this, the hint of the century.” – Losing My Religion by R.E.M. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “As long as old men sit and talk about the weather, / as long as old women sit and talk about old men.” – Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis. (Video and lyrics.)

Installment #12: Favorite. Song. Lyrics. Ever.

jukebox-11296573473NeNAt long last, it’s time for the eleventh installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry.” – Paranoid by Black Sabbath. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Ooh Superman where are you now / When everything’s gone wrong somehow / The men of steel, the men of power / Are losing control by the hour.”  – Land of Confusion by Genesis. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “If, when, why, what? / How much have you got?” – West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I took my hands off the wheel….”  – Should’ve Known Better by Richard Marx.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “And when you’ve taken down your guard / If I could change your mind / I’d really love to break your heart.” Shout – by Tears for Fears.  (Video and lyrics.)

A Stutter Makes These Songs Special

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is holding its 31st Annual Conference in Washington, DC, this week (July 3-7, 2014). [Hashtag #NSAinDC14] This will be the 6th time I’ve attended an NSA conference.

My husband, who stutters, has been a long-time member of the NSA.  I’ve had more fun at these conferences than I’ve had at other (professional and technical) conferences I’ve attended.  I’m so looking forward to seeing friends that I’ve made over the years.

I’ve decided to do a riff on my series of blog posts about my favorite lyrics and to highlight some hit songs that feature stuttering.   It’s my opinion — and, I hope, that of my friends who stutter — that the addition of this feature is natural to the song.  It doesn’t feel like a gratuitous stutter; it’s just right for that particular lyric.  And it just wouldn’t be the same song if sung without the stutter.

Herewith, for your listening pleasure, are my picks:

  • “You should never argue with a crazy mi- mi- mi mi- mi- mind /You oughta know by now.” — Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) by Billy Joel.  (Video and lyrics.)
  •   “Why don’t you all fffff-fade away (Talkin’ ’bout my generation).”  — My Generation by The Who.  (Video and lyrics.) By the way, this video is worth watching for a variety of reasons.  It’s classic old-school Who, complete with Pete Townshend’s guitar destruction and trademark windmill move. It’s got Keith Moon well, just being Keith Moon. And Rodger Daltry. Need I say more about Roger Daltry?  The reaction by  Tommy Smothers is classic.   The genesis of the use of stutter in the song is unclear.    After being inspired by John Lee Hooker’s Stuttering Blues, Pete Townshend reworked the song to include the stutter. Whatever the story, this song would definitely NOT be the same without it. [NOTE: For the information of my readers who do not stutter, John Lee Hooker was a person who stutters (PWS). Although people who stutter generally do not stutter when they sing, it is interesting that Hooker included stuttering in this recording.]
  • “My my my i yi woo. M M M My Sharona…” — My Sharona by The Knack.  (Video and lyrics.)  I dare you not to tap your toes to this one. OR to envision it without the stutter. 🙂
  • “F-f-f-f” — Foolin’ by Def Leppard.  (Video and lyrics.)  Just try to imaging this with a just plain “foolin.” I can’t. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet.” — You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive.  (Video and lyrics.)  Randy Bachman , who wrote the song, insists that the song was performed as a joke for his brother, Gary, stuttered. BTO  only intended to record it once with the stutter and send the only recording to Gary.  Bachman reportedly said that “when I tried to sing it normal, but I sounded like Frank Sinatra. It didn’t fit.”  For more about this song, and it’s stuttering lyrics, see this Wikipedia informationThis article by  The Stuttering Foundation notes that “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet ranks as not only the first song with stuttering vocals to hit number one, but also the first with stuttering vocals to actually be written about a real person who stutters.”

There are several compilations of songs that include stuttering (or about stuttering. Here are two, if you are interested:

  1. 16 Best Stuttering Songs of All Time
  2. Songs With Stuttering

See you at the National Stuttering Association conference!

Installment #11: Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for The Eleventh Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “And Harry doesn’t mind / if he doesn’t make the scene. / He’s got a daytime job / he’s doin’ all right.” Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Let’s get together / before we get much older.” – Baba O’Riely by The Who.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I got a woman stay drunk all the time.” – Hey Hey What Can I Say by Led Zeppelin. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Talking about someone said, someone said something about, /
    something else someone might have said about her.” – Her Town Too by James Taylor.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “But let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint.” – You Don’t Know How It Feels by Tom Petty.   (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Rulers make bad lovers. / You better put your kingdom up for sale.” – Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac.  (Video and lyrics.)

The Tenth Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. Ever.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for The Tenth Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

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As always, enjoy!

  • “Say A / Say M / Say E / Say R / Say I / C / Say A / N / mm.” American Woman by the Guess Who. (Video and lyrics.)  Here’s a  longer version that actually contains these lyrics. It’s a cool, bluesy, live version. The lyric cited above starts at 5:00 in this version, which I think includes my new favorite lyric for this song: “Watch gonna do now that the roast beef’s gone?”
  • You got your glory, you paid for it all / You take your pension in loneliness and alcohol.” Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier. (Video and  lyrics.)
  • Well the night weighs heavy on his guilty mind”   Twilight Zone by Golden Earring. (A nice old-school video and lyrics.) The video is Rated R (for some very brief nudity.  (If you want the shorter, G-rated video, which, alas, does not have the cool extended guitar riff, you can go here.)
  • “And the all-time winner / Has got him by the balls.” Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull. (Video and lyrics.)  Most radio stations now “bleep” or otherwise obfuscate the words “by the balls” or just “balls.”  Whatever.  But here they are, in all their glory.
  •  “Your very first kiss was your first kiss goodbye.”  You Give Love a Bad Name  by Bon Jovi. (Video and lyrics.)

Hope you enjoyed this!

The Ninth Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. EVAH.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for The Ninth Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

See installments 1, 2, 3, 45, the second #5, 6, and 7.

As always, enjoy!  (And read to the end for some extra-special sciryl* fun.  (*That “lyrics” backwards…..)

  • “It’s four o’clock in the morning / Damn it listen to me good / I’m sleeping with myself tonight /Saved in time, thank God my music’s still alive.” — Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I’m learning to live without you now / But I miss you sometimes / The more I know, the less I understand All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.” — The Heart of the Matter by Don Henly. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I said God he stole the handle and the train won’t stop going —
    no way to slow down.”  Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull. (Live video and lyrics.)
  • Annnnddddd….. Since this is Installment No. 9 (No. 9, No. 9, No. 9…..) I thought I’d add some of the lyrics from the Beatles that kinda, sorta, almost hinted that Paul was dead .  But have a look at this site.

From Revolution No. 9: The repeated phrase “Number nine,” when played backwards, becomes “turn me on, dead man.” There’s also a lot of recorded conversation in this music-free track, much of which has been taken by listeners as clues to Paul’s crash and death: “his voice was low and his eyes were high and his eyes were closed” and “his legs were drawn, his hands were tied, his feet were bent and his head was on fire and his glasses were insane. This was the end of his audience,” and “My wings are broken and so is my hair. I’m not in the mood for wearing clothing.” You can also hear the crash, a fire, sirens, and Paul screaming “Get me out.” (Source: from.)

And, for those who are interested, here’s Revolution #9 backwards so that you can hear it. (It’s a bit unnerving; but well, that’s what we were hearing when the Paul-is-dead furor hit the airwaves. Go figure.)

Enjoy listening!  And come back for my next installment.