Song Lyric Sunday #15

I really like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s season appropriate Ghost/Pumpkin/Trick/Treat/Witch. I’m not someone who celebrates Halloween though I will leave out some home-made treats for the neighbourhood kids who’ll drop by.

I’m going with “Ghosts” a song by English band Japan which was released in March 1982 as the third single from their 1981 album Tin Drum. It reached number 5 in the UK charts.

Bereft of drums, the minimalist track would probably not be described as a commercially viable single in most circumstances. However, Japan’s popularity in the UK at the time, in addition to the early 1980s fashion for new wave music, allowed the single to become unexpectedly popular. Smash Hits magazine described the single as:

……….arguably the best thing Japan have ever done – slow, spare and mesmerising.

Record Mirror made it Single of the Week and described it as:

……..the most stunningly original single you’ve heard for a long time.

Japan were an English new wave band formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums) and Mick Karn (bass guitar), joined by Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Rob Dean (lead guitar) the following year. Initially an alternative glam rock-inspired band, Japan developed their sound and androgynous look to incorporate electronic music and foreign influences, eventually becoming an influence on the UK’s early-1980s New Romantic scene, though the band themselves were not a part of it.

Japan achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, releasing nine UK Top 40 hits and scoring a UK Top 5 with the live album Oil on Canvas (1983). The band split in December 1982, just as they were beginning to experience commercial success in the UK and abroad. Its members went on to pursue other musical projects, though they reformed briefly in the early 1990s under the name Rain Tree Crow, releasing an album in 1991.

Lyrics: Ghosts

When the room is quiet
The daylight almost gone
It seems there’s something I should know
Well I ought to leave but the rain it never stops
And I’ve no particular place to go

Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Well I’m feeling nervous
Now I find myself alone
The simple life’s no longer there
Once I was so sure
Now the doubt inside my mind
Comes and goes but leads nowhere

Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Writer/s: David Sylvian
Publisher: MUSIC SALES CORPORATION

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Song Lyric Sunday #14

I really like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s Yes/No. As always, it took me a while to think of an appropriate song but eventually I chose a track from Kraftwerk though, as they’re a German band, it’s Ja/Nein!

Kraftwerk (German: Power Station) were formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered as innovators and pioneers of electronic music, they were among the first successful acts to popularise the genre. The group began as part of Germany’s experimental krautrock scene in the early 1970s before fully embracing electronic instrumentation.

On commercially successful albums such as Autobahn (1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), and Computer World (1981), Kraftwerk developed a self-described robotic pop style that combined electronic music with pop melodies, sparse arrangements, and repetitive rhythms, while adopting a stylised image including matching suits.

The band’s work has influenced a diverse range of artists and many genres of modern music. In 2014, the Recording Academy honoured Kraftwerk with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. They later won the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album with their live album 3-D The Catalogue (2017).

My chosen track Sex Object (German: Sex Objekt) comes from Electric Café, the band’s ninth studio album, originally released in 1986. In October 2009 it was re-released under its original working title, Techno Pop. The initial 1986 Electric Café came in versions sung in English and German, as well as a limited Edición Española release, featuring versions of Techno Pop and Sex Object with only Spanish lyrics. It was the first Kraftwerk LP to be created using predominantly digital musical instruments, although the finished product was still recorded onto analogue master tapes.

The album is somewhat infamous for taking the band almost half a decade to produce. Work is said to have begun as early as 1982 (with the working titles of Technicolor and then Techno Pop), but the project was delayed for several reasons: Ralf Hütter suffered a cycling accident in June 1982, there were concerns within the band that the production quality of the album was not sufficiently cutting-edge, and more generally Hütter had become more focused on cycling than on the band’s activities. The album, mastered by Bob Ludwig, finally saw release in 1986.

Lyrics: Sex Object

Ja! Ja! Ja!
Nein! Nein! Nein!
Ich bin nicht dein Sex Objekt
Zweigefühl so ganz direkt
Ich bin nicht Dein Sex Objekt
Deine Tricks sind fast perfekt
Ich bin nicht Dein Sex Objekt
Do machst mich an und gehst dann weg
Ja!
Vielleicht
Ja!
Vielleicht
Warum? Warum?
Doch!
Nein!
Warum? Warum?
Doch!
(Spanish: No! Yes! Maybe Perhaps Yes)
No… si, si quieres
No… si, si quieres
Por que? No. Quizas.
Por que? No. A lo mejor.

Source: http://www.lyricfind.com
Songwriters: Karl Bartos / Ralf Huetter / Florian Schneider Esleben
Sex Object lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

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  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
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  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

Song Lyric Sunday #13

I really like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s Hold/Pause/Stop/Wait. As usual, it took me a while to think of an appropriate song but eventually I chose a track from one of my favourite artists, the late great Prince (1958-2016) whom I was fortunate to see in concert a number of times.

Someone as prodigiously talented as Prince really needs very little introduction though it may be worth just emphasizing the depth of his talent. An American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker, he’s widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. A multi-instrumentalist who was considered a guitar virtuoso, he was well known for his eclectic work across multiple genres, flamboyant and androgynous persona, and wide vocal range.

Prince’s innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, synth-pop, psychedelia, pop, industrial and hip hop. He was also known for his prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death; it is believed that the vault contains dozens of fully produced albums and over 50 music videos that have never been released, along with various other media.

He released hundreds of songs both under his own name and multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made famous by other musicians, such as “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Manic Monday”. Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000 – that’s some catalogue!

He sold over 130 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. His awards included the Grammy President’s Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

We’re going way, way back to an early single. Still Waiting is the seventh track on Prince’s second album Prince and, five months after the album’s release, Still Waiting was released as the album’s third single. Unusually, the original vinyl version of the album contained a version of the track with a longer fade-out, some 12 seconds longer than on later releases.

It was Prince’s first ballad to be released as a single but only reached #65 on the US R&B chart in 1980. The ballad speaks from the perspective of a young man who hasn’t yet found love but yearns for it. The track is mainly piano, acoustic guitar and synth-based and was often played live with extended instrumental solos and much audience teasing. The song is a more traditional R&B ballad, before Prince established himself with trademark songs such as “Do Me, Baby” and “International Lover”.

Lyrics: Still Waiting

All my friends tell me
About the loves they’ve had
Can’t they see what they’re doing to me?
It makes me feel so bad
‘Cause I’m so alone
And brokenhearted
It ain’t like my life is ended
But more like it never started
The love my friends rap about I keep anticipating
I try so hard but don’t you know, my patience is fading away, away<
Still waiting
I’m waiting for that love
Still waiting
I wish on every star above
Still waiting
Waiting for the love to come around
Oh, love
Waiting for the love to come around
People say that I’m too young
Too young to fall in love
But they don’t know, they really don’t know
That’s all that I’ve been dreaming of
‘Cause I spend my nights just a-crying
And I spend my days just a-trying
To find that love to call my own
‘Cause I’m sick and tired of being alone
Still waiting
Waiting for that love
Still waiting
I wish on every star above
Still waiting
I’m waiting for the love to come around
(Waiting for the love) don’t you know that I’m waiting
(Waiting for the love) say
(Waiting for the love) to come around now
I need somebody to hold on to baby
Waiting and waiting, don’t you know that I’m
Still waiting
I’m waiting for the love, sugar
Still waiting
If you’re out there girl, please come to me
Still waiting
Don’t make me cry no more
Still waiting
If you’re out there, baby, please come to me
Still waiting
Wishing and wishing for days, baby
Still waiting

Source: http://www.lyricfind.com
Songwriters: Prince Rogers Nelson
Still Waiting lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Song Lyric Sunday #12

I like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s Go Your Own Way. I’m going for something rather obvious by one of my favourite artists, “Are you Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz.

The track is from the album of the same name, Lenny’s third studio album, released in March 1993 by Virgin Records. It became his first top 20 album on the United States Billboard 200, and his first number one in both Australia and the UK. The title track is considered one of Lenny’s signature songs and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

The single has been covered by numerous artists, such as Metallica, in a medley at the 2003 MTV Music Video Awards, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Melanie Brown (Mel B) and Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack. Plus, a remixed version is played as the opening theme song in the film Gran Turismo 3.

But nobody does it quite as well as Lenny!

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Lenny explained why he wore that particular outfit in the video:

I wore a red suede tunic suit: a pair of trousers with a long sleeveless top that reached almost to the floor, with buttons from the collar all the way down. We paired it with big platform boots, and I would wear the whole thing for rehearsals to get used to playing in it. The first time I put it on, it felt amazing. It felt powerful and beautiful and ceremonial, and it was perfect for the video.

At the same time, I knew that I was taking a risk. It was very different from what anybody was wearing at that time, in 1993. But people loved it, and when that video came out, it broke down walls. It was the perfect song with the perfect image and it blew up.

Lyrics: Are You Gonna Go My Way

I was born long ago
I am the chosen I’m the one
I have come to save the day
And I won’t leave until I’m done
So that’s why you’ve got to try
You got to breath and have some fun
Though I’m not paid I play this game
And I won’t stop until I’m done
But what I really want to know is
Are you gonna go my way?
And I got to got to know
I don’t know why we always cry
This we must leave and get undone
We must engage and rearrange
And turn this planet back to one
So tell me why we got to die
And kill each other one by one
We’ve got to love and rub-a-dub
We’ve got to dance and be in love
But what I really want to know is
Are you gonna go my way?
And I got to got to know
Are you gonna go my way?
‘Cause baby I got to know
Yeah

Source:Lyric Find
Songwriters: Craig David Ross/Lenny Kravitz
Are You Gonna Go My Way lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management, Provident Financial Management

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  • 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 #11

I like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s Brother/Sibling/Sister. I’m wondering whether to pick a song about siblings or a group with siblings, there are certainly plenty of the latter.

I’m going for one of the more obvious picks, the Bee Gees, even though only the oldest brother Barry is still going strong. The group formed way back in 1958 [yes, that long ago!] and consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and later as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing a number of major hits for other artists.

Arguably, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1978) was a turning point in their careers, with both the film and soundtrack having a worldwide cultural impact and enhancing the disco scene’s mainstream appeal. They won five Grammy Awards for Saturday Night Fever, including Album of the Year. The Band have sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide making them among the best-selling music artists of all time.

My pick is one of their 1970 numbers, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, which was released in 1971 as the first single from the album Trafalger. More notably, it was their first US No. 1 single. The song appears in the 2013 film American Hustle and on its soundtrack.

Lyrics: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

I can think of younger days
When living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see tomorrow
But I was never told about the sorrow
How can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart
And let me live again
I can still feel the breeze
That rustles through the trees
And misty memories of days gone by
We could never see tomorrow
But no one said a word about the sorrow
How can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling
How can you stop the sun from shining
What makes the world go round
And how can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart
And let me live again
La la la la la la, la la la la
La la la la la la, la la la la
Please help me mend my broken heart
And let me live again
Da da da da
Da da da da, da da da da da, da

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • 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 #10

Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts, today’s is Canadian artists. My beloved would have a field day with this: Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne………. I, on the other hand, am going to pick a track by Drake.

No Canadian artist was able to achieve mainstream popularity until former child-actor-turned-rapper, Drake, put Canada on the hip-hop map – becoming one of the biggest-selling and influential rap stars in the world. From co-founding Canadian record label OVO (October’s Very Own) Sound to coining the city’s unofficial nickname, “The 6”, Drake is Canada’s biggest hypeman. Not only did he use the CN Tower for his Views album art, he even has a tattoo of the iconic Toronto landmark on his arm.

With over 170 million records sold, Drake is ranked as the world’s highest-certified digital singles artist by the Record Industry Association of America. He has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a record 27 Billboard Music Awards, two Brit Awards and three Juno Awards. Drake also holds several Billboard chart records; he has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the most charted songs (209) of any artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks), and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22). He also has the most number-one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Charts. Impressive or what?

I’ve selected quite probably his best selling track “One Dance” from Drake’s fourth studio album Views which was released in April 2016 and achieved huge commecial success, once again debuting at number one in both the United States and Canada, while also debuting at number one in the United Kingdom where it became his first number one album.  “One Dance” became the most successful single of Drake’s career, becoming an international hit and peaking at number one in fifteen different countries. It has since also become the third most played song on streaming media service Spotify, with over one billion individual streams.

Lyrics: One Dance

Baby, I like your style
Grips on your waist
Front way, back way
You know that I don’t play
Streets not safe
But I never run away
Even when I’m away
Oti, oti, there’s never much love when we go OT
I pray to make it back in one piece
I pray, I pray
That’s why I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me
I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me
Baby, I like your style
Strength and guidance
All that I’m wishin’ for my friends
Nobody makes it from my ends
I had to bust up the silence
You know you gotta stick by me
Soon as you see the text, reply me
I don’t wanna spend time fighting
We’ve got no time
And that’s why I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me
I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me
Got a pretty girl and she love me long time
Wine it, wine it, and she love me long time
Ooh yeah, very long time
Back up, back up, back up and wine it
Back up, back up and wine it, girl
Back up, back up, back up and wine it
Ooh yeah, very long time
Back, up, back up and wine it, girl
Ooh, tell me
I need to know, where do you wanna go?
‘Cause if you’re down, I’ll take it slow
Make you lose control
Where, where, where
Where, where, where, where (ooh yeah, very long time)
Where, where, where
Back, up, back up and wine it, girl (where, where, where, where=
‘Cause if you’re down (back up, back up and)
‘Cause if you’re down (back up, back up and)
‘Cause if you’re down (back up, back up and)
I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me
I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Aubrey Drake Graham / Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun / Paul Anthony Jefferies / Noah Shebib / Kyla Smith / Errol Reid / Luke Reid / Corey Bruce Johnson
One Dance lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management, Sentric Music, Ultra Tunes

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 #9

Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gave us plenty of notice about today’s prompt –  Contrast. As always, I need to give this some thought particularly as I prefer to choose a track from music I’ve purchased. But should the track or the artists provide the contrast?

I’m going back to the first album I ever bought Carole King’s “Tapestry,” a 1971 masterpiece which reflects the golden years of her partnership with Gerry Goffin and I’m picking the song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

The song was first released in 1967 by American soul singer Aretha Franklin. Written for Franklin, the record was a big hit reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It made history in the UK singles chart a week after her death, finally becoming a hit almost 51 years after it was first released. Franklin also included a live recording on the album Aretha in Paris in 1968. Carole King has performed and recorded a version of the song along with Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, and many others. At the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, Franklin performed the song to honour award-recipient Carole King.

Carole King’s contributions to pop music songwriting and rock ’n’ roll history can’t be overstated. Her work, both as a composer and performer, continues to be the gold standard of fine form matched to pop melody. While Aretha’s towering, French horn-laden version is one of her signature numbers, King’s own performance on Tapestry is a heart-rending, bare bones take anchored by a bracing vocal performance. Simply stated: it’s an all-time classic by an all-time lyrical talent.

Lyrics: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you’re the key to my peace of mind
‘Cause you make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like
A natural woman (woman)
When my soul was in the lost and found
You came along to claim it
I didn’t know just what was wrong with me
‘Til your kiss helped me name it
Now I’m no longer doubtful, of what I’m living for
And if I make you happy I don’t need to do more
‘Cause you make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like
A natural woman (woman)
Oh, baby, what you’ve done to me (what you’ve done to me)
You make me feel so good inside (good inside)
And I just want to be, close to you (want to be)
You make me feel so alive
You make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like
A natural woman (woman)
You make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like a natural woman (woman)

Songwriters: Gerry Goffin / Carole King / Jerry Wexler
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC<

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 #8

Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gave us plenty of notice about today’s prompt –  Musicals/Opera. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to this one. While I don’t mind Opera, I’m not keen on Musicals, unlike my beloved. Neither genre fills me greatly with pleasure.

So I’m turning to a musical I willingly saw at the cinema – only because it starred Hugh Jackman –  The Greatest Showman, a 2017 musical which also starred Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The film featured nine original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and I’m choosing the title track The Greatest Showman.

The film is loosly based on the story of P. T. Barnum’s creation of Barnum’s American Museum and the lives of its star attractions. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film grossed US$435 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-grossing live-action musical of all time. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for the song This Is Me and also picked up a Grammy for the Best Compilation Soundtrack.

Australian Hugh Jackman is probably better known for playing Wolverine/Logan in the X-Men film series (2000 – 2018), a role for which he holds the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero”. Many years ago I had the pleasure of working out in the same gym alongside Jackman while he was getting into shape for one of those Marvel movies.

In 2019, Jackman went on his first world tour called The Man. The Music. The Show. to perform songs from the album, The Greatest Showman.

Lyrics: The Greatest Show

Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
Woah
Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for (woah)
Been searching in the dark, your sweat soaking through the floor (woah)
And buried in your bones there’s an ache that you can’t ignore
Taking your breath, stealing your mind
And all that was real is left behind

Don’t fight it, it’s coming for you, running at ya
It’s only this moment, don’t care what comes after
Your fever dream, can’t you see it getting closer
Just surrender ’cause you feel the feeling taking over
It’s fire, it’s freedom, it’s flooding open
It’s a preacher in the pulpit and you’ll find devotion
There’s something breaking at the brick of every wall, it’s holding
All that you know
So tell me do you wanna go?

Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
Colossal we come these renegades in the ring

(Woah) where the lost get found in the crown of the circus king
Don’t fight it, it’s coming for you, running at ya
It’s only this moment, don’t care what comes after
It’s blinding, outshining anything that you know
Just surrender ’cause you’re calling and you wanna go
Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, intoxicating you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be (this is where you wanna be)
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be
This is where you wanna be
When it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you
This is the greatest show
When it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the walls can’t stop us now
I’m watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
‘Cause everything you want is right in front of you
And you see the impossible is coming true
And the walls can’t stop us (now) now, yeah
This is the greatest show (oh!)
This is the greatest show (Oh!)
This is the greatest show (oh!)
This is the greatest show (oh!)
This is the greatest show (Oh!)
This is the greatest show (oh!)
(This is the greatest show)
This is the greatest show (oh!)
This is the greatest show!

Source: Lyric Find
Songwriters: Ryan Lewis / Justin Paul / Benj Pasek<
The Greatest Show lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Fox Music, Inc, 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 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 #7

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 prompt is Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked. As usual, I spent time mentally going through my vast music collection to find something which fits the bill.

Okay, how about a spot of rap from Eminem?

The Monster is a song from American rapper Eminem’s album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013) featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna and guest vocals by Bebe Rexha. The song, released in October 2013, the fourth single from the album, also marked the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna. The lyrics describe Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame.

The track enjoyed success worldwide, topping the charts in twelve countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, marking Eminem’s first number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Lyrics: The Monster

[Rihanna:]
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy[Eminem:]
I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek
Oh, well, guess beggars can’t be choosey
Wanted to receive attention for my music
Wanted to be left alone in public. Excuse me
For wanting my cake and eat it too, and wanting it both ways
Fame made me a balloon ’cause my ego inflated
When I blew; see, but it was confusing
‘Cause all I wanted to do is be the Bruce Lee of loose leaf
Abused ink, used it as a tool when I blew steam (wooh!)
Hit the lottery, oh wee
But with what I gave up to get it was bittersweet
It was like winning a used mink
Ironic ’cause I think I’m getting so huge I need a shrink
I’m beginning to lose sleep: one sheep, two sheep
Going cuckoo and cooky as Kool Keith
But I’m actually weirder than you think
‘Cause I’m[Rihanna:]
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy

Well, that’s nothing
Well, that’s nothing

[Eminem:]
Now, I ain’t much of a poet but I know somebody once told me
To seize the moment and don’t squander it
‘Cause you never know when it all could be over tomorrow
So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder where these thoughts spawn from
(Yeah, pondering’ll do you wonders.
No wonder you’re losing your mind the way it wanders.)
Yoda-loda-le-hee-hoo
I think it went wandering off down yonder
And stumbled on ‘ta Jeff VanVonderen
‘Cause I need an interventionist
To intervene between me and this monster
And save me from myself and all this conflict
‘Cause the very thing that I love’s killing me and I can’t conquer it
My OCD’s conking me in the head
Keep knocking, nobody’s home, I’m sleepwalking
I’m just relaying what the voice in my head’s saying
Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just friends with the

[Rihanna:]
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy

Well, that’s nothing
Well, that’s nothing

[Eminem:]
Call me crazy but I have this vision
One day that I’d walk amongst you a regular civilian
But until then drums get killed and I’m coming straight at
MCs, blood get spilled and I’ll
Take you back to the days that I’d get on a Dre track
Give every kid who got played that
Pumped up feeling and shit to say back
To the kids who played him
I ain’t here to save the fucking children
But if one kid out of a hundred million
Who are going through a struggle feels it and then relates that’s great
It’s payback, Russell Wilson falling way back
In the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that
Straw into gold chump, I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack
Maybe I need a straightjacket, face facts
I am nuts for real, but I’m okay with that
It’s nothing, I’m still friends with the

[Rihanna:]
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy

[Rihanna:]
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy

Well, that’s nothing
Well, that’s nothing

Source: Lyric Find
Songwriters: Aaron Kleinstub / Jonathan Bellion / Robyn Fenty / Bleta Rexha / Marshall Mathers / Bryan Fryzel / Maki Athanasiou
The Monster lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Reach Music Publishing

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 #6

This is my response to Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the themes well in advance. This week’s prompt is Above/Below/Between and, after thinking about a suitable song from my own collection, my proposal is a track from rock band Bon Jovi’s 1992 album  Keep The Faith, their fifth studio album which was recorded after a hiatus. I think the line “6 feet under” from the track’s lyrics responds quite well to the prompt “below.”

This album represented the beginning of a new chapter, marking a change of both the band’s image and sound. Moving away from their early poodle-permed, glam-metal roots in previous albums, it introduced a more rock n roll driven groove, doing away with heavy drums and wild guitar solos, instead introducing a newer, softer sound.

The album peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, produced several hits for the band and was certified double-platinum. Tracks from the album still feature heavily in Bon Jovi’s concert setlists of which I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and the title track have been live staples.

Confession time! I’ve probably seen Bon Jovi live more times than any other band, and in a number of different countries. The last time was nearly 10 years ago in San Sebastian.

Lyrics: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Seven days of Saturday
Is all that I need
Got no use for Sunday
‘Cause I don’t rest in peace
Don’t need no Mondays
Or the rest of the week
I spend a lot of time in bed
But baby I don’t like to sleep no

I won’t lie to you
I’m never gonna cry to you
I’ll probably drive you wild 8 days a week

Until I’m 6 feet under
Baby I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

So you’re looking for some action
I got got everything you need
Better keep your motor running
’cause I was built for speed
This ain’t no slumber party
Got no time for catching z’s
If they say that that ain’t healthy
Well then living’s a disease

We’re never going to die baby
Come on let me drive you crazy
We’ll make every night another New Year’s Eve

Till I’m six feet under
I won’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Sleep when I’m dead, sleep when I’m dead
Gonna live while I’m alive,
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Seven days of Saturday
Is all that I need

Got no use for Sunday
‘Cause I don’t rest in peace
I was born to live
You know I wasn’t born to die
But if they party down in heaven
I’ll be sure to be on time

Until I’m six feet under
I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

I feel like I’m exploding
Going out of my head
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Till I’m six feet under
And they lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Sleep when I’m dead, sleep when I’m dead
Gonna live while I’m alive, sleep when I’m dead

Songwriters: Richard Sambora / Desmond Child / Jon Bon Jovi
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., 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 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.