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Song Lyric Sunday – Beautiful

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, Seductive


So many popular songs immediately came to mind when I looked at this prompt. None of the  spoke to me. I walked away for a day and just happened to stumble on this song which really resonated with me.

”Back When We Were Beautiful” was written by American singer songwriter Matraca Berg. The song is about aging and the tug-of-war between the person we are inside and the physical face the public sees. I think we all feel young inside but age has a way of betraying us.

I did not find much written about this song other than the inspiration was taken from conversations with her grandmother and mother-in-law where both stated how they still felt young inside even though they were aging. (Source ChickenSoup.com)

It was difficult to find out when the song was written, but Matraca Berg recorded it in 1997, 1999 and again in 2008. The song was also recorded by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell in 2013.

I love the enunciation of the lyrics performed by Matraca Berg, but I love the feel of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s version. I am listing both videos here for you to enjoy.

“Back When We Were Beautiful”
Lyrics from songmeanings.com

I guess you had to be there
She said you had to be
She handed me a yellowed photograph
And then said, see?

This was my greatest love
My one and only love
And this is me
Back when we were beautiful
See

I don’t feel very different
She said I know it’s strange
I guess I’ve gotten used to
These little aches and pains

But I still love to dance
You know we used to dance
But night away
Back when we were beautiful
Beautiful, yes

I hated when they said
I’m aging gracefully
I fight it every day
I guess they never see
I don’t like this at all
What’s happening to me?

But I really love my grand kids
She said they’re sweet to hold
They would have loved their grandpa
Those awful jokes he told

You know sometimes for a laugh
The two of us would act
Like we were old
Back when we were beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful yes

But I guess you had to be there


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Song Lyric Sunday – SS 396

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.


When I saw the prompt for today I immediately thought of the song “Thunder Road” but the song itself wasn’t really about the car. I felt it still applied, but then I knew I would easily go down a rabbit hole with the movie, Robert Mitchum, the history of moonshinin’, and how this region of the country was part of the history of that time. I think it may morph into a blog post all on its own sometime in the future.

Instead, I decided to give a shout out to hubby’s favorite car with the song “SS 396” recorded by Paul Revere and the Raiders. The song had little if any airplay as it was a promotional song requested by Chevrolet to promote the 1966 Chevelle SS 396 (hubby’s was a ‘67).

The flip side of this record is “Camaro” by the English group The Cyrkle (“Red Rubber Ball”). I would say it is pretty unusual to have two bands featured on one 45. And both promo songs about cars!

SS 396
Lyrics from Genius Lyrics

Forget about your Hemi’s and your GTO’s
I’ve got a new machine, and she really gos
When I pass you up on the drag strip you’ll know darn well
You’ve been beat by a porcupine V8 Chevelle

Taching it up now, you better be quick
Cus’ nothing can outrun my SS 396

There’s lots of chrome goodies sitting under the hood
She looks real pretty, like a tough one should
On the redline tires, she sits real mean
She’s the coolest hot one… you’ve ever seen
Crusing the highways, getting my kicks
Everyone’s checking out my SS 396

Look at her go (look at her go)
She sits real low (she sits real low)
Dealer tires grip the road
Her deep breathing fours (deep breathing fours)
And they’ll never settle short (never settle short)
Feel the rear end grab the load

Take you for a ride man, it’s really a treat
Strap yourself into a bucket seat
The four speed tranny is starting to whine
You’ll know about the Super Sport
Once we get off the line

Crusing the highway, getting my kicks
Nothing can match my…SS 396

Look at her go (look at her go)
She sits real low (she sits real low)
Dealer tires grip the road
Her deep breathing fours (deep breathing fours)
And they’ll never settle short (never settle short)
Feel the rear end grab the load

Take you for a ride man, it’s really a treat
Strap yourself into a bucket seat
The four speed tranny is starting to whine
You’ll know about the Super Sport
Once we get off the line

Nothing can match my…SS 396
SS 396
SS 396
SS 396


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Song Lyric Sunday – Freda Payne

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is breakup songs suggested by Janis of themomshiediaries.


I, like so many others this week, had no trouble finding a song about breaking up. The subject of love and loss might be near the number one spot that songwriters write about. I will not go through my long list of contenders because I am sure they are among the songs chosen by other bloggers this week.

I am transporting you back to your high school years – at least for me. This song was released in 1970 and I played and sang the heck out of it, not really having much of a clue what it was about.

”Band of Gold” was written by Motown producers Holland–Dozier–Holland (credited under the pseudonym “Edythe Wayne”) and songwriter Ron Dunbar. There is a lot of confusion about this song and its meaning. Even Freda Payne who was offered the song did not want to  record it. She thought it was too young for her. She had interpreted the song as a young naive woman who did not know what to do on her wedding night. Others interpreted the song as a young bride finding herself with a groom who was impotent. Neither is correct.

I found find this information extracted from a Songfacts interview with one of the producers Lamont Dozier:

Songfacts: In the song “Band Of Gold,” what is going on lyrically?

Dozier: The story was, the girl found out this guy was not all there. He had his own feelings about giving his all. He wanted to love this girl, he married the girl, but he couldn’t perform on his wedding night because he had other issues about his sexuality. I’ll put it that way.

It was about this guy that was basically gay, and he couldn’t perform. He loved her, but he couldn’t do what he was supposed to do as a groom, as her new husband. I know it sounds simple but that’s where the idea came from.

Songfacts: Did you guys flesh out that story before condensing it into the lyric?

Dozier: Exactly. We’d talk about a lot of music. What’s happening here? What are these chords saying? Either we would do it that way or we would say, “What is this title about? What’s the story going to be in ‘Band Of Gold’? She’s married, she’s got the ring, but what’s happening in the story now to make it interesting?”

That’s how that came about. We said, “Let’s make the guy gay and he can’t perform. He loves her but he has these other issues.” That’s how we developed it.

The honeymoon ends up with each sleeping in separate rooms and the singer ends up alone with only the symbol of the ring remaining.

The song was an instant success, landing at #3 on the U.S. charts and holding the #1  position in the UK for six weeks – all resulting in Freda Payne’s first gold record.

“Band of Gold”
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

Now that you’re gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me

You took me from the shelter of my mother
I had never known or loved any other
We kissed after taking vows
But that night on our honeymoon
We stayed in separate rooms

I wait in the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Oh

Don’t you know that I wait
In the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me


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Song Lyric Sunday – A Duo Of Songs by Train

The prompt from Jim:

This week we the theme of Greet, Hey, Howdy.


I did not plan to write today as I am in the midst of a two week vacation with my family in Florida. We all just came in from a late morning swim and everyone decided to take an afternoon nap except me. The remnants of a thunderstorm are rumbling in the distance and I decided to offer up my selections.

The first song that came to mind was “Hey Soul Sister” by San Francisco band Train. The song was written by lead singer Pat Monahan, and Norwegian production duo Amund Bjørklund and Espen Lind. Monahan wanted to write a song reminiscent of the style of the band INXS. Espen suggested using a ukulele instead of the guitar and Monahan felt it made the song come together.

The song was written about what Monahan imagined the environment to be at Burning Man, an annual festival that takes place in the Western United States although he had never attended.

”Hey Soul Sister” was released in 2009, won a Grammy and was the second best selling single in the U.S. in 2010.

“Hey Soul Sister”
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

Hey hey hey hey

Your lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left side brains
I knew I wouldn’t forget you
And so I went and let you blow my mind
Your sweet moving
The smell of you in every single dream I dream
I knew when we collided you’re the one I have decided
Who’s one of my kind

Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain’t fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

Hey hey hey hey

Just in time, I’m so glad you have a one track mind like me
You gave my life direction
A game show love connection, we can’t deny
I’m so obsessed
My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest
I believe in you, like a virgin, you’re Madonna
And I’m always gonna wanna blow your mind

Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain’t fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

Well you can cut a rug
Watching you is the only drug I need
So gangster, I’m so thug
You’re the only one I’m dreaming of
You see I can be myself now finally
In fact there’s nothing I can’t be
I want the world to see you’ll be with me

Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain’t fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight
Hey hey hey hey (tonight)
Hey hey hey hey (tonight)

The second song also by Train is “Drops of Jupiter” written by Patrick Monahan and was inspired by his mother who died from lung cancer. It was his way of exploring the possibility that his mother was still with him except in a different form.

”Drops of Jupiter” was released in 2001 and was nominated for five Grammys, winning two.

“Drops of Jupiter”
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s time to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated
Tell me, did you fall from a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there
Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there’s room to grow, hey, hey

Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain ol’ Jane
Told a story about a man who is too afraid to fly so he never did landTell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the milky way
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind
Was it everything you wanted to find
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance five-hour phone
Conversation
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back toward the Milky Way

And are you lonely looking for yourself out there?

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the milky way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

Tell me, did you fall from a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there


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Song Lyric Sunday – A Duo of Neil Young Songs

The prompt from Jim:

This week we the theme of Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.


This week I selected a duo of songs from Neil Young, both containing the word ‘old’, both from the same album, both recorded during the same studio sessions, and both with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor singing backup.

These two songs were the biggest hits for Neil Young. Both songs feature acoustic guitar. Young was recovering from a back injury and he could play the acoustic while sitting. The “Harvest” album held the number one spot on the charts for 2 weeks and would become the best selling album in the U.S. In 1972.

“Heart of Gold” is Young’s only number one hit in the U.S. It reached number one in 1972. “Old Man” was his second highest charting song in the U.S. reaching #31 on the charts. This article from Wikipedia gives background on the song “Old Man”.

From Wikipedia:

The song was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970. The song compares a young man’s life to an old man’s and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals.[3]

In the film Heart of Gold, Young introduces the song as follows:

About that time when I wrote (“Heart of Gold”), and I was touring, I had also—just, you know, being a rich hippie for the first time—I had purchased a ranch, and I still live there today. And there was a couple living on it that were the caretakers, an old gentleman named Louis Avila and his wife Clara. And there was this old blue Jeep there, and Louis took me for a ride in this blue Jeep. He gets me up there on the top side of the place, and there’s this lake up there that fed all the pastures, and he says, “Well, tell me, how does a young man like yourself have enough money to buy a place like this?” And I said, “Well, just lucky, Louis, just real lucky.” And he said, “Well, that’s the darnedest thing I ever heard.” And I wrote this song for him.

Heart of Gold
Lyrics from songfacts.com

I want to live
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
For a heart of gold
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
For a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind
It’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
You keep me searching
And I’m growing old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
I’ve been a miner
For a heart of gold

Old Man
Lyrics from song facts.com

Old man, look at my life
I’m a lot like you were
Old man look at my life
I’m a lot like you were

Old man, look at my life
Twenty four and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two

Love lost, such a cost
Give me things that don’t get lost
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you

Old man, take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes and you can tell that’s true

Lullabies, look in your eyes
Run around the same old town
Doesn’t mean that much to me
To mean that much to you

I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past
But I’m all alone at last
Rolling home to you

Old man, take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes and you can tell that’s true

Old man, look at my life
I’m a lot like you were
Old man, look at my life
I’m a lot like you were


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