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Song Lyric Sunday – Sky Pilot

The prompt from Jim:

This week we have the weather-related prompts of Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.


What a great week for prompts. I have great songs for every prompt word and if others do not write about them, perhaps I will later in the week. (I do hope they get selected with a good write-up,)

“Sky Pilot” was released in the UK in January of 1968. Written and recorded by Eric Burdon & the Animals. It was released in the US in May 1968.

The song is about a military chaplain (Sky Pilot) who blesses the troops then sends them off to war. The lyrics are up to interpretation. Some see it as an anti-war protest song (specifically the Vietnam war)while some see it as a man of faith wrestling with what he tells these young men versus the reality that awaits them.

The single covered both sides of the 45 due to its length which somewhat hampered it’s air time. Even so song reached #14 in the U.S.

Having lived during the Vietnam war and seeing my classmates drafted and ultimately losing one of the kindest people I have ever known to the war, has always gutted me. This song brings back all those chaotic emotions of the innocence lost in another needless war.

“Sky Pilot”
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

He blesses the boys as they stand in line
The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine
He’s there to help them all that he can
To make them feel wanted he’s a good holy man

Sky pilot…..sky pilot
How high can you fly
You’ll never, never, never reach the sky
He smiles at the young soldiers

Tells them its all right
He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight
Soon there’ll be blood and many will die
Mothers and fathers back home they will cry

Sky pilot…..sky pilot
How high can you fly
You’ll never, never, never reach the sky
He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile

The order is given
They move down the line
But he’s still behind and he’ll meditate
But it won’t stop the bleeding or ease the hate

As the young men move out into the battle zone
He feels good, with God you’re never alone
He feels tired and he lays on his bed
Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said

Sky pilot… sky Pilot
How high can you fly
You’ll never, never, never reach the sky
You’re soldiers of God you must understand

The fate of your country is in your young hands
May God give you strength
Do your job real well
If it all was worth it

Only time it will tell
In the morning they return
With tears in their eyes
The stench of death drifts up to the skies

A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot
Remembers the words
“Thou shalt not kill”
Sky pilot…..sky pilot

How high can you fly
You never, never, never reach the sky


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Song Lyric Sunday – The Girl from Ipanema

The prompt from Jim:

This week we have length and size prompts of Long/Short/Small/Tall and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics


“Tall and tan and young and lovely…”

What a great description of a beautiful young woman. “The Girl from Ipanema” was written in 1962. The music by Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Portuguese lyrics written by the Brazilian poet and lyricist Vinícius de Moraes. The song was originally written for a musical comedy of Jobim’s. The original title was “Menina que Passa” (“The Girl Who Passes By”).

The inspiration for the song was a young woman from Rio de Janeiro named Heloísa Eneida Paes Pinto Mendes Pinheiro.  She became the inspiration for the song when the songwriters saw her walking to the beach in Ipanema. She was always the subject of wolf whistles as she walked through her hometown.

The American lyrics for the song were written by American Lyricist Norman Gimbel who also wrote the song “Killing Me Softly with His Song” among many others. The song was released in 1964, performed by Stanley Getz, a jazz saxophonist, with vocals by Astrud Gilberto, and won the “Record of the Year” at the 7th Annual Grammy Awards. The style of the song is predominately bossa nova style.

Heloísa Eneida Paes Pinto Mendes Pinheiro (known as Helô Pinheiro) became a bit of a celebrity following the success of the song. She went on to become a businesswoman and model and would become a Brazilian Playboy Playmate in 1967 and again in later years in a pictorial with her daughter.

In 2001, the heirs of the copyright owners sued Helô Pinheiro because she named her boutique Garota de Ipanema (The title of the song in Portuguese). The courts ruled in her favor.

Frank Sinatra recorded the song with Antônio Carlos Jobim in 1967.

This song has been one of the most widely recorded songs internationally. This version by Amy Winehouse is just another example.

The Girl from Ipanema
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes – ah

When she walks, she’s like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle
That when she passes, each one she passes goes – ah

(Ooh) But he watch her so sadly
How can he tell her he loves her
Yes I would give my heart gladly
But each day, that she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at he

Tall, (and) tan, (and) young, (and) lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smile – but she doesn’t see
(Doesn’t see)
(She just doesn’t see, she never sees him)


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Song Lyric Sunday – “Think”

Jim gives the following guideline:

“This week we have the prompts of Brain/Mind/Think and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.“


Aretha Franklin is the definitive “Queen of Soul”.. What a powerhouse. The first song that popped into my mind was the song “Think” written by Aretha Franklin and Ted White (her then husband and manager) and released in 1968  on her album “Aretha Now”. She would divorce Ted White in 1969 after a rather turbulent marriage.

The song is about freedom and respect for women and has often been used as an anthem for the women’s rights movement.

Aretha Franklin was the daughter of well known minister and gospel singer Reverend C.L. Franklin – “The Man with the Million-Dollar Voice”. Her mother, Barbara Siggers Franklin, also a gospel singer and pianist, separated from her father when Aretha was 6, leaving her in her fathers care. Her mother died four years later.

She traveled and performed with her father recording her first gospel album at the age of 14. Her father would spend five years in a coma after he exchanged gunfire with burglars in his home n 1979.

Aretha Franklin performed the song “Think” in the movie “The Blues Brothers”. The classic clip of this performance follows.

This video is from 1968 when the song was released.

Aretha Franklin was 76 when she passed away from pancreaic cancer. Over her lifetime, she won 18 grammy awards and charted countless times over her career. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

Think, by Aretha Franklin
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

You better think (think)
Think about what you’re trying to do to me
Think (think, think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

Let’s go back, let’s go back
Let’s go way on, way back when
I didn’t even know you
You couldn’t have been too much more than ten (just a child)
I ain’t no psychiatrist, I ain’t no doctor with degrees
But, it don’t take too much high IQ’s
To see what you’re doing to me

You better think (think)
Think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

Oh, freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom)
Oh, freedom, yeah, freedom
Freedom (freedom), oh oh freedom (freedom)
Freedom, oh freedom

Hey, think about it, think about it

There ain’t nothing you could ask
I could answer you but I won’t (I won’t)
But I was gonna change, but I’m not
If you keep doing things I don’t

You better think (think)
Think about what you’re trying to do to me
Think (think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

People walking around everyday
Playing games, taking scores
Trying to make other people lose their minds
Ah, be careful you don’t lose yours, oh

Think (think)
Think about what you’re trying to do to me, ooh
Think (think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

You need me (need me)
And I need you (don’t you know)
Without eachother there ain’t nothing people can do, oh

Think about it, baby (What are you trying to do me)
Yeah, oh baby, think about it now, yeah
(Think about, forgiveness, dream about forgiveness)
To the ball, forgiveness
Think about it baby
To the ball, forgiveness
To the ball, forgivenessWriter/s: Aretha Franklin, Ted White
Publisher: SPRINGTIME MUSIC INC


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Song Lyric Sunday – “Rock This Joint”

Jim gives the following guideline:

“This week we have the prompt Colors and the song that you choose must contain a color in either the title or the lyrics.“


I have written about this song on my blog before but it was for SOCS. Since it was the first song to pop in my head, I decided to go with it again for today’s prompt.

“Rock This Joint” was recorded and released by Alannah Myles on her “Alannah Myles” album which included her hit “Black Velvet”. The song was written by Canadian musician and songwriter Christopher Ward. He wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 10 songs on that album. Alannah Myles was romantically involved with Chris Ward and both he and songwriter/producer David Tyson would help her form her musical style and identity.

The “Alannah Myles” album was released on March 28, 1989. The album reached number 1 on the Canadian charts, number 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. The album topped six million sales worldwide. Personally, it was a favorite album of mine and I still love it today. It was also a jukebox hit on a little hole-in-the-wall a lot of our IT folks would go for a beer and a game of pool after a long install night.

This album was released under her contract with Atlantic records, which unfortunately was not a good contract for her. You can read more about this and her background in the article “Alannah Myles” at The Canadian Encyclopedia (Grills., Barry and Jeff Bateman. “Alannah Myles”. The Canadian Encyclopedia, 12 March 2014, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/alannah-myles. Accessed 07 February 2021.)

Rock This Joint
Lyrics courtesy of Streetdirectory.com

He was Johnny on the spot he was red hot
Walked slow and smoked a lot
She was a jukebox junkie, hand on one hip
Great big eyes and bright red lips
I said hey … hey hey hey

Well they eased on out to the center of the floor
Started dancing like never before
She’s spinnin like crazy, crashin’ into the crowd
on top of two tables, screamin’ right out loud

I wanna rock this joint
I wanna take this town
Cause I light up when the sun goes down
I wanna rock this joint
I wanna take this place
Cause I wanna die with a smile on my face
I said hey.. hey hey hey

Well the whole damn place
Spilled into the street
Climbin’ on cars
High on the heat, up on the roof

Johnny jived with his date
Cops came by, it was far too late
I said hey…
When Johnny came to .. his head was a mess
Woke up dreamin’ ’bout a skin-tight dress
found a message at the end of his bed
With the words he can’t get right out of his head

I wanna rock this joint
I wanna take this town
I wanna rock this joint
I wanna shake this place
Cause I light up when the sun goes down
Cause I wanna die with a smile on my face
I said hey… hey hey hey


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Song Lyric Sunday – “If I Laugh”

Jim gives the following guideline:

This week we have the prompt Chat/Laugh/Rant/Scream/Talk and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.


I joined the Air Force right after I graduated from High School. After Basic Training and Tech School, I was assigned to an Air Force base in Columbus, Ohio. At that time, we had only one female enlisted dorm on the base which as you can imagine made it a popular hang out spot for all the guys.

Our dorm was beside the dorm where all the hospital airmen were housed. We came to know them all well. I made many a grilled cheese sandwich and cheese omelette in an electric skillet in our dayroom – the only place guys were allowed.

I became good friends with a medic named Denny. He had a big crush on me, but he was a bit of a bad boy so I kept him at a friendly distance. He was a frequent visitor in our day room.

This year was was the time Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) was a rage. I had most of his albums including the album “Teaser and the Firecat” (released October 1971) which contained big hits like “Peace Train”, “Moonshadow”, and “Morning Has Broken”. (The artwork for the album is also by Cat Stevens.) It also included the song “If I Laugh” which I chose today. It is another pure guitar melody with simple lyrics.

While stationed in Ohio, I developed a severe case of gastroenteritis and was hospitalized for three days. My good friend Denny was a medic and worked the night shift at the hospital. Around midnight every night he came to my room, sat by my bed, and played “If I Laugh” for me. This is where I learned about Martin guitars and learned to love this song. Denny loved his Martin guitar above all else. Of course, I lost track of him, but I will always remember when he serenaded me by my hospital bed.

If I Laugh
Lyrics from Genius.com

If I laugh just a little bit
Maybe I can forget the chance
That I didn’t have to know you
And live in peace, in peace

If I laugh just a little bit
Maybe I can forget the plans that
I didn’t use to get you
At home with me alone

If I laugh just a little bit
Maybe I can recall the way
That I used  to be, before you
And sleep at night and dream
If I laugh, baby if I laugh
Just a little bit


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