Song Lyric Sunday #4

This is Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the challenges well in advance giving us all time to choose an appropriate response. This week’s challenge is a song with a harmonica.

I’m wracking my brain for songs that have harmonica solos? What about Bad Obsession by American rockers Guns N’ Roses, a band I’ve seen live a couple of times.

The song is on Use Your Illusion I, the band’s third studio album, released in 1991 on the same day as its counterpart Use Your Illusion II. I have copies of both. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, selling 685,000 copies in its first week, behind Use Your Illusion IIs first-week sales of 770,000. Both albums have been certified 7× Platinum and Use your Illusion I was nominated for a Grammy in 1992.

The Use Your Illusion albums represent a turning point in the sound of Guns N’ Roses. Although the band did not abandon the aggressive hard-rock sound it had become known for with 1987’s Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I demonstrated a new-found musical maturity, incorporating elements of blues, classical music, heavy metal, punk rock and classic rock and roll.

The track Bad Obsession is about tackling drug abuse and addiction, which had haunted the band since well before they had become famous. Michael Monroe, lead singer of Hanoi Rocks and a big influence on Guns N’ Roses, plays the harmonica and tenor saxophone on the studio version. A live version from the Tokyo Dome (featured below) was featured on the Use Your Illusion I DVD as song number six.

Lyrics: Bad Obsession

I can’t stop thinkin’ thinking ’bout sinkin’
Sinkin’ down into my bed
I call my mother
She’s just a **** now
She said I’m sick in the head
She said you ain’t special
So who you foolin’
Don’t try ta give me a line
But I can’t stop thinkin’ ’bout seein’ ya one more time
(Oh no)
But I already left you and you’re better off left behind
It’s a bad obsession
It’s always messin’
It’s always messin’ my mind
It’s a bad obsession
It’s always messin’
It’s always messin’ my mind
Too bad you’re fucked up
I used to be wasted always tried to take it
Take it down into my vein
I call the doctor, he’s just another
He said I’m sick in the brain
He said you ain’t special
So who you foolin’
Don’t try ta give me a line
But I can’t stop thinkin’ ’bout doin’ it one more time
(Oh no)
But I already left you and you’re better off left behind
(Oh yeah)
Aw it’s a bad obsession
It’s always messin’
It’s always messin’ my mind
It’s a bad obsession
It’s always messin’
It’s always messin’ my mind
So bad, boy
It’s a
It’s a
Heads up
It’s a bad obsession
It’s always messin’
It’s always messin’ my mind
Now it’s a bad obsession
It’s always messin’
It’s always messin’ my mind
But I can’t stop thinkin’ ’bout doin’ it one more time
(Oh no)
See I already left you and you’re better off left behind
(Oh no, oh no)
It’s a bad obsession and you’re always messin’ my mind
See I already left you and you’re better off left behind
Uh huh no
Maybe you’ll do better next time
Punk

Source: Lyric Find
Songwriters: W. Axl Rose / West Arkeen / Saul Hudson / Duff Rose Mckagan / Izzy Stradlin / Darren A. Reed / Matt Sorum Matt Sorum
Bad Obsession lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sussman & Associates

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

Song Lyric Sunday #3

This week’s theme from Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge is Acquire/Gather/Collect/Secure. I tend to need some time to reflect on these musical challenges, wracking my brains and my memory for something appropriate.

Since lockdown commenced way back in March in France, my beloved husband and I have been enjoying weekly musical evenings. Thanks to his subscription to Apple music we’ve been exploring the catalogues of our favourite artists but, more importantly, finding new ones. And, even though lockdown is but a distant memory, we’ve retained these evenings. Hopefully, taking part in this challenge will allow me to uncover some more interesting music.

How about Jonny Lang singing about gathering up pool balls or cards?

I’ve seen Jonny twice in concert once at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London and just a few years ago at Nuits du Sud up the road in Vence. He’s an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter and musician who has had five albums in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart.

He released the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me in 1997, which includes Rack ‘Em Up, when he was just 16. A year later, he released his follow-up, Wander this World, and earned a Grammy nomination. This was followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming in 2003 but it was his 2006 album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around, that won him his first Grammy. In 2013 he issued his first studio album in seven years, Fight for My Soul, followed by another, Signs, in 2017.

Lyrics: Rack ‘Em Up

I used to hang out down at Jack’s Pool Hall
You go down there and don’t do nothin’ at all
If you wanted to play some cards there was a game in the back
If you wanted to shot or somethin’ you went and talked to Jack
If you had a little money you was a grade A fool
There was a guy down there who used to shoot a little pool
Rack ’em up
Till’ the day he was dead that all they ever said
Rack ’em up
He didn’t own a TV set, didn’t own a car
He ate what whatever Jack was makin’ back behind the bar
They said he had a wife, but she left him in tears
He hadn’t been home in twenty five years
Rack ’em up
They came from all over thinkin’ they we’re pretty hot
Put all their money on the table, want to play the best we got
Nine in the corner, five in the side
Take a hundred dollar bill and just let it ride
I tell him listen son, ain’t no disaster
There ain’t no shame in being beat by a master

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bruce B. Mccabe
Rack ’em Up lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

Song Lyric Sunday #2

Check out Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the challenges well in advance! This week’s challenge is Different/Same which really made me put my thinking cap on.

How about different productions of the same record? In this case “Low” by Lenny Kravitz from his Raise Vibration Album (2018). I don’t think multi-Grammy award winner Lenny needs much of an introduction!

This track is from his 11th studio album and features posthumous guest vocals from Michael Jackson. It was released as the album’s second single on 25th May, 2018. “Low” became Kravitz’s first song to peak #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs, thanks to several remixes by David Guetta (version below), Tom Stephan, and Junior Black.

 

Here are those all-important lyrics:-

Low

If you wanna talk to me
Know that I am planning to see
Yeah, yeah, hey, hey
I don’t want this thing to be
Staining my reality, yeah, yeah

Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
I just want a lover
Baby stay with me on the floor
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below

Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
I just want a lover
Baby stay with me on the floor
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below

If you bought the fantasy
It’s murder in the first degree, yeah
Yeah
Is my sexuality
Creating such a tragedy, yeah
Yeah

Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
I just want a lover
Baby, stay with me on the floor
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below

Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
I just want a lover
Baby stay with me on the floor
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below, ooh

I’m so tired of playing this crazy game
Someone’s always left out in the rain
Is there a chance that we can make it, uh
Just keep it real ’cause we can’t fake it, yeah

‘Cause you and I can’t take this anymore
We’ve got to keep our feet right on the floor
There’s no more secrets, no more lying
Baby I’m really, really trying
To get to love

Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
I just want a lover
Baby stay with me on the floor
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below

Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
Baby stay with me on the floor
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below, ooh
Don’t lift me up
To turn me down
Baby, stay with me on the floor

Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below
Talk with me, let me go
Got to keep below, ooh<

Source: LyricFind
Songwriter: Lenny Albert Kravitz
Low lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Challenge Rules
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

Song Lyric Sunday #1

I love that Mel over at Crushed Caramel is pairing all of the participations in The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off with a song. This was inspired by Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the challenges well in advance!

Since Lockdown commenced way back in March in France, my beloved husband and I hve been enjoying weekly musical evenings. Thanks to his subscription to Apple music we’ve been exploring the catalogues of our favourite artists but, more importantly, finding new ones. And, even though lockdown is but a distant memory, we’ve retained these evenings. Hopefully, taking part in this challenge will allow me to uncover some interesting music.

Not unnaturally this week Jim has the food and cooking and eating related prompts of Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic which he hopes will suit everyone. Here goes:-

My modest contribution to the Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off was an apple pie layer cake so I thought I needed a song with apples in it and hence chose Beady Eye’s “Second Bite of the Apple.”

Beady Eye (2009 – 2014) were an English rock band formed by former Oasis members Liam Gallagher (vocals), Gem Archer (guitar), Andy Bell (guitar) and Chris Sharrock (drums). The band was created when Oasis’ lead guitarist and primary songwriter Noel Gallagher quit in August 2009, after which the remaining members decided to rename themselves and continue making music. The band only released two studio albums, Different Gear, Still Speeding (2011) and BE (2013). The track above is from the second album and here are those all-important lyrics:-

Shake my tree, where’s the apple for me?
Tickle my feet with the enemy
No point laughing if you don’t know why
I fold my love just to hear her smile
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
Girl in the queue got an eye on you
Think you’re in and she’s looking for sin
Yes, you’re not wrong, she wants to know what’s in your pocket
Singing that song, dig it all night long
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is… if you’re tough enough
Come on, show what you love now
Come on, show what you love now
Come on, show what you love now
Come on, show what you love now
Shake my tree, where’s the apple for me?
Tickle my feet with the enemy
No point laughing if you don’t know why
I fold my love just to hear her smile
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is… if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is up if you’re tough enough
The world is… if you’re tough enough
Come on, show what you love now
Come on, show what you love now
Come on, show what you love now
Come on, show what you love now
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Archer Colin Murray / Archer Gem
Second Bite of the Apple lyrics © Sony/atv Music Publishing (uk) Limited, Ride Music Llp, Sony/atv Songs Llc Obo Samp-uk Ltd.

Challenge Rules
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.