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Song Lyric Sunday – A Ray Stevens Duo

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is Communication, Information, News, Telephone suggested by Di of pensitivity101.


I decided to infuse a little humor this week.

Are you old enough to remember when ‘streaking’ was a thing? No? Here’s the Wikipedia Definition:

Streaking is the act of running nude through a public area for publicity, as a prank, a dare, or a form of protest. Streaking is often associated with sporting events, but can occur in more secluded areas. Streakers are often pursued by sporting officials or the police.”

Ray Stevens, a country novel/comedy singer, started writing “The Streak” after reading a news article about ‘streaking’ while on an airplane. He did not finish it immediately, but when ‘streaking’ became a craze he rushed to finish the lyrics and get it recorded. The song was recorded in 1973 and by 1974 it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the US.

Five days after the release, Robert Opel, a photographer from San Francisco, streaked across the stage behind David Niven at the Academy Awards. The event was live so you can imagine the surprise. It was later revealed (no pun intended) that this was a planned publicity stunt.

There were 30 some odd songs recorded about streaking, but this was the one that people tend to remember.

“The Streak”
Lyrics from songfacts.com

SPOKEN: Hello, ev’ryone, This is your Action News reporter with all the news that
is news across the nation on the scene at the supermarket. There seems to have
been some disturbance here. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

SPOKEN: Yeah, I did. I’s standin’ over there by the tomaters and here he comes-
runnin’ through the pole beans, through the fruits ”n’ vegetables, nekked as a
jaybird. ‘n’ I hollered over t’Ethel, I said “DON’T LOOK, ETHEL!!” ‘n’ it’s too late-
she’d already been INcensed.

(Here he comes)
Looka dat, looka dat
(There he goes)
Looka dat, looka dat
(And he ain’t wearin’ no clothes)

Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <“zipppp” kazoo sound>
(Looka dat, looka dat)
Fastest thing on two feet
Looka dat, looka dat
He’s just as proud as he can be of his anatomy
He gun give us a peek
Oh, yes they call him The Streak <“zipppp” kazoo sound>
(Looka dat, looka dat)
He likes to show off his physique
(Looka dat, looka dat)
If there’s an audience to be found
He’ll be streakin’ A-round invitin’ public critique <“zipppp” kazoo sound>

SPOKEN: This is your Action News reporter once again and we’re here at the gas
station. Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?

SPOKEN: Yeah, I did. I’s just in here gettin’ my tawres checked ‘n’ he just
appeared outta the back. Come streakin’ around the grease rack there-didn’t have
nuthin on but a smile!! I looked at her and Ethel was gettin’ ‘er a cold drink. I
hollered “DON’T LOOK, ETHEL!!” But it’s too late-she’d already been MOONED!!
Flashed her right there in front of the shock absorbers!!

(He ain’t crude)
(Looka dat, looka dat)
(He ain’t rude)
(Looka dat, looka dat)
(He’s just in the mood to run in the nude)

Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <“zipppp” kazoo sound>
(Looka dat, looka dat)
He likes to turn other cheek
(Looka dat, looka dat)
He’s always makin’ the news wearin’ just his tennis shoes
Guess you could call him unique <“zipppp” kazoo sound>

SPOKEN: Once again, your Action News reporter in the booth at the gym covering
the disturbance at the basketball playoff. Pardon me, sir, did you see what
happened?

SPOKEN: Yeah, I did. Halftime, I’s just goin’ down there to get Ethel a snow cone.
Here he come, right outta the cheap seats, dribblin’. Right down the middle of the
floor. Didn’t have on nothin’ but his Keds! Made a hook shot and got out through
the concession stand. I hollered up at Ethel, I said “DON’T LOOK, ETHEL!!”..Too
late. She’d already gotten a free shot. Grandstand. Right there in front of the
home team.

Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <“zipppp” kazoo sound>

CLOSING: Not totally decipherable because 3 things are going on at once. Ray is
singing a verse and the backup singers are doing (Looka dat, looka dat) while Ray,
on an overlaid track is speaking “Ethel! Is that you
Ethel? < He’s just as proud as he can be > What do you think
you’re doin? < He gonna give us a peek> You get your clothes on !!”
Whoa, yes they call him The Streak <“zipppp” kazoo sound>
“Ethel, where you goin’? < He likes to show off his physique> Ethel, you
shameless hussy!!” invitin’ public critique> Say it isn’t SO, Ethel!!

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The second Ray Stevens song is “It’s Me Again, Margaret” written and recorded in 1974 by Paul Craft where it reached #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. Ray Stevens recorded the song and released it in 1984.

Before caller-id and cell phones and call blocking and answering machines, there was one option when your phone rang. Either answer it or let it ring. This made it easy for ‘dirty old men’ to prey on women late at night. In reality calls like that could be frightening and little could be done to prevent them. This song pokes fun at obscene phone calls and since song has my given name in it, I find it funny.

“It’s Me Again Margaret”
lyrics from Genius Lyrics

Well, there once was a feller named Willard McVane
And he only had just one thought on his brain
Every evening about midnight he’d sneak off alone
And call the same lady on a pay telephone

It’s me again, Margaret
Hello, is this Margaret?
You don’t know me, Margaret, but I know you

Well, this upset the lady and it gave her the blues
So she called up the police, said What shall I do?
The chief of detectives came round to her home
And eavesdropped upon them on her upstairs phone

It’s me again, Margaret
Hello, is this Margaret?
Margaret, I know it’s you, Margaret
Are you naked?

Well, they called up Ma Bell and they traced him on down
To a funky old phone booth on the outskirts of town
It was there that the vice squad with their field glasses read
The lips of that amorous man as he said

It’s me again, Margaret
Hello? Is this, is this Margaret?
I know it’s you, Margaret
I bet you can’t guess what I’m doing

Well, they cuffed him and dragged him to the station downtown
And they allowed him one phone call ‘fore the jailer came round
He wet his chapped lips and he cleared his young throat
Then he dialed the telephone and softly he spoke

‘It’s me again, Margaret
They got me, Margaret
You ain’t going to miss me, Margaret, I know that
But I’ll miss you
And when I get out, Margaret
I’m going to come over there with an egg beater
And a live chicken, and some peach preserves!
We’ll have a good old time, Margaret!

I hope you at least chuckled a little this week.


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Song Lyric Sunday – Boy with a Moon and Star on His Head

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma.


When I read the prompt for this week, I knew exactly what song I would choose. I was immediately thrust back to 1974 when I listened to Cat Stevens daily. I had every one of his albums and I think it was his music that made me fall in love with the sound of a solitary acoustic guitar.

“Boy with a Moon and Star on His Head” is one of my favorite Cat Stevens songs. I am always all about the story a song tells and this is a perfect example of a great story. But first, a little about the man behind the music.

In London in 1948, Cat Stevens was born Steven Demetre Georgiou to a Greek Father and Swedish mother. He released his debut album in 1967 and recorded music until he converted to Islam in 1977. He changed his name to Yusuf Islam and sold all his guitars for charity, married, and began a family. He returned to secular music when his son Yoriyos handed him a guitar he had been hiding (Yoriyos happens to be a spitting image of a young Cat Stevens) in 2006.

Many of his songs reflected strong uplifting meanings, but not all. Some people love to try to assign a hidden meaning to a song that just wasn’t there. Taken from an Entertainment Weekly interview with Chris Willman, he says it himself:

“He pauses and scratches his salt-and-pepper head. “I’m not saying all my songs are like that. There’s a song called ‘Boy With the Moon & Star on His Head’, about a guy who’s just about to get married, has an affair on the way, and then finds a baby left on his doorstep.” A rueful laugh. “I can’t whitewash them all!”

Of course, after his conversion to Islam, he was embroiled in many controversies related to Salman Rushdie, and also about him being banned from entry in the US. You can find all that information if you want to look for it, but for me, this post is about the music and just the music.

“Boy with a Moon and Star on His Head” appeared on the album “Catch Bull at Four” released in 1972. The album reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.

Boy with a Moon and Star on His Head
Lyrics from Genius.com

[Verse 1]
A gardener’s daughter stopped me on my way
On the day I was to wed
It is you who I wish to share
My body with she said

[Verse 2]
We’ll find a dry place under the sky
With a flower for a bed
And for my joy I will give you a boy
With a moon and star on his head.

[Verse 3]
Her silver hair flowed in the air
Laying waves across the sun
Her hands were like the white sands
And her eyes had diamonds on

[Verse 4]
We left the road and headed up
To the top of the whisper wood
And we walked till we came to where
The holy magnolia stood

[Verse 5]
And there we laid cool in the shade
Singing songs and making love
With the naked earth beneath us
And the universe above

[Verse 6]
The time was late my wedding wouldn’t wait
I was sad but I had to go
So while she was asleep
I kissed her cheek for cheerio

[Verse 7]
The wedding took place and people came
From many miles around
There was plenty merriment
Cider and wine abound

[Verse 8]
But out of all that I recall
I remembered the girl I met
‘Cause she had given me something
That my heart could not forget

[Bridge]
La la la la la la
La-la-la la la la
La-la-la-la-laa la-laa
La-laa la-laaa

[Verse 9]
A year had passed and everything was just
As it was a year before, as if was a year before
Until the gift that someone left
A basket by my door


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Song Lyric Sunday – Let’s Get It On

The prompt from Jim:

This week a rather different prompt where you are supposed to find songs where somebody is having sex, or talking about it, insinuating sex, or hinting about sex.


In my late teens and early 20s I loved listening to Motown music. This is where I first fell in love with Marvin Gaye’s voice as he sang with Tammi Terrell. I never lost my fondness for him and I was devastated when he was shot and killed by his own father. After surviving a brutal childhood at the hands of his father and being assassinated by him, I was bitter his father never went to prison. Marvin Gaye was killed at 44. Another legendary talent, lost too soon. Those with such talent live on through their music and that makes us the fortunate recipients of their gifts.

“Let’s Get It On” was originally written by Ed Townsend who wrote and sang the great Do Wop song “For Your Love” in 1958. He suffered from alcoholism and the original lyrics for the song were actually about overcoming alcoholism. It was about overcoming tribulations and getting on with life. After some lyric changes, all you need do is listen and watch Marvin Gaye sing the song and you know it’s all about sex.

My favorite scene from a movie that uses this song is from “Something’s Gotta Give”. If you have not seen the movie, Diane Keaton is appalled her very young daughter is dating a very old guy (Jack Nicholson). I love Frances McDormand in this movie – actually I think all the casting is brilliant. This scene sets the premise for the movie and the musical choice here is spot on.

Of course with great music, often comes conflict. Popular singer Ed Sheeran (whom I really like) is currently embroiled in legal battles claiming he plagiarized “Let’s Get It On” in his song “Thinking Out Loud”. There are currently three lawsuits filed in this matter. Copyright laws are complicated when it comes to music and I’m glad I am not in the position of deciding these cases.  I am not sure I would have ever detected this myself, but after watching this video, maybe there is some basis for the lawsuits. It’s tough in the music industry these days, but Sheeran doesn’t help himself by creating a mashup of the two songs in concert.

As I listen to Marvin Gaye sing this song, I cannot help but mourn for a man who struggled with feelings of sexuality because of his upbringing. From all I read, he was able to reconcile these feelings so that he could normalize sexual feelings and overcome his childhood trauma through his own search for spirituality. There is often so much more behind the song and the lyrics than we can ever imagine.

Let’s Get It On
Lyrics from songfacts.com

I’ve been really tryin’, baby
Tryin’ to hold back this feeling for so long
And if you feel like I feel, baby
Then, c’mon, oh, c’mon

Let’s get it on
Ah, baby, let’s get it on
Let’s love, baby
Let’s get it on, sugar
Let’s get it on

We’re all sensitive people
With so much to give
Understand me, sugar
Since we’ve got to be here
Let’s live
I love you

There’s nothing wrong with me
Loving you, baby no no
And giving yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true, oh baby

Ooh don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can be ooh
I’m asking you baby to get it on with me ooh ooh
I ain’t gonna worry
I ain’t gonna push, won’t push you baby
So c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby
Stop beatin’ ’round the bush, hey

Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on
You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout
C’mon, baby
Let your love come out
If you believe in love
Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on, baby
This minute, oh yeah
Let’s get it on
Please, please get it on

I know and you know what I’ve been dreaming of, don’t you baby?
My whole body makes that feelin’ of love, I’m happy
I ain’t gonna worry, no I ain’t gonna push
I won’t push you baby, woo

C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, darlin’
Stop beatin’ ’round the bush
Oh, gonna get it on
Threatenin’ you, baby
I wanna get it on
You don’t have to worry that it’s wrong
If the spirit moves ya
Let me groove ya good
Let your love come down
Oh, get it on

C’mon, baby
Do you know the meaning?
I’ve been sanctified
Girl, you give me good feeling
I’ve been sanctified

Oh dear I, baby
Nothing wrong with love
If you want to love me just let your self go
Oh baby, let’s get it on


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Song Lyric Sunday – A Collin Raye Duo

The prompt from Jim:

This week it is Fandango Sunday and our theme is Other, That, This.


When I saw the prompt for today, I knew immediately I would choose a Collin Raye song, but which one? In the end, I decided to feature two of his songs, each satisfying a different word from the prompt.

I am a sucker for a love song, but the lyrics must say something that moves me. If you have ever experienced the love of your life, I think the lyrics to “In This Life” will speak to you.

The song “In This Life” was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Collin Raye. The song was released as a single from the album “In This Life” in July 1992. After debuting in the #58 position on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, it would become Collin Raye’s second #1 song two months later.

“In This Life”
Lyrics from genius.com

For all I’ve been blessed with in this life
There was an emptiness in me
I was imprisoned by the power of gold
With one honest touch, you set me free

Let the world stop turning
Let the sun stop burning
Let them tell me love’s not worth going through
If it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart
The only dream that mattered had come true;
In this life, I was loved by you

For every mountain I have climbed
Every raging river crossed
You were the treasure that I longed to find
Without your love I would be lost

Let the world stop turning
Let the sun stop burning
Let them tell me love’s not worth going through
If it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart
The only dream that mattered had come true;
In this life I was loved by you

In this life, I was loved by you

Sometimes we need reassurance in a relationship, especially if the prior relationship was strong. Doubt is dangerous but trust is powerful. “That Was a River” is a song of reassurance sometimes needed to settle a worried heart. A worried heart is different, I think, than a jealous heart.

“That was a River” was written by Susan Longacre and Rick Giles. This song would be the fourth single released from Collin Raye’s “In This Life” album, peaking at #4 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

“That Was a River”
Lyrics from genius.com

I’ve seen that look before
Here comes that doubt again
You think that girl we saw
Was more than just a friend
Yes, there was a time
I thought she had it all
She meant the world to me
Back when the world was small

That was a river
This is the ocean
That never carried this much emotion
Nothing compares to
This deep devotion
That was a river
This is the ocean

The love we had before
Can never change this one
We’re not imprisoned by
The past we’ve brought along
It’s just you and me
One ship in the night
There are no boundaries
There is no end in sight


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Song Lyric Sunday – Love Hangover

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet suggested by Paula Light of Light Motifs II.


The 70s were all about Disco in America, but Motown was slow to move into the Disco arena. Several online sources make the statement that “Love Hangover” was the first Motown Disco hit. Written by Marilyn McLeod and Pamela Sawyer, Diana Ross recorded the song in 1975 and it was released in 1976. But there is more to the story.

When I find multiple sources that are almost identical in nature, it is hard to know who the original source is for the information, so I selected the source that seemed to be the most reliable. This quote comes from an online article by Sterogum journalist and senior editor Tom Breihan:

In the J. Randy Taraborelli biography Diana, Davis says, “Nobody really liked disco here at Motown… [Ross] was used to singing more lush songs by producers like Michael Masser, and the public sort of identified her with arrangements like ‘Touch Me In The Morning.’ She liked the lyric to ‘Love Hangover,’ but people thought I was a little off for even suggesting that Diana do this song.” So Davis figured out how to make the conditions right. He recorded her at night, served her vodka, and brought red lights and strobes into the studio. And he pretty much got Ross to do whatever she wanted, whatever felt right. So when “Love Hangover” really kicks in, it hits like a drug.“

Breihan, Tom. “The Number Ones: Diana Ross’ ‘Love Hangover.’” Stereogum.com, Stereo Gum Media, 5 Sept. 2019, 9:54 am, http://www.stereogum.com/2057118/the-number-ones-diana-ross-love-hangover/columns/the-number-ones/

There is something somewhat disturbing about the methods they used – specifically the alcohol – but there is no doubt the recording produced a hit song. This was Diana Ross’ take on the recording according to this quote from Songfacts.com so maybe I read more into it than existed:

Ross’ thoughts on the recording session are noted in the 2007 biography Diana by J. Randy Taraborrelli: “It was a spontaneous thing that we captured on record and if I had to go back in and do it again, I couldn’t have. The music was me and I was the music. Things came out of my mouth that I didn’t even expect.”

The Fifth Dimension also recorded and released this as a single.  Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. left the Fifth Dimension in 1975 so their vocals are absent from this recording. I read in several places that Diana Ross’ recording was only released on single as a result of the Fifth Dimension release (which only reached #80 on the charts while Ross’ single reached #1.)

I have included both videos so you can decide which one you prefer.

Love Hangover
Lyrics from songfacts.com

If there’s a cure for this
I don’t want it
I don’t want it
If there’s a remedy
I’ll run from it
From it

Think about it all the time
Never let it out of my mind
‘Cause I love you

I’ve got the sweetest hangover
I don’t wanna get over
Sweetest hangover

Yeah, I don’t wanna get over
I don’t wanna get
I don’t wanna get over

Ooh, I don’t need no cure
I don’t need no cure
I don’t need no cure

Sweet lovin’
Sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love

Don’t call a doctor (sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet)
Don’t call her momma
Don’t call her preacher (love)

No, I don’t need it
I don’t want it

Sweet love, I love you
Sweet love, need love

If there’s a cure for this
I don’t want it
I don’t want it no, no
I don’t want it
If there’s a cure for this
I don’t need it
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love


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