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Song Lyric Sunday – Callin’ Baton Rouge

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics associated with electronic communication devices (pagers, iPhone, Android, fax machine, computer, TV).


“Callin’ Baton Rouge” is a country song written by Dennis Linde and first recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1978. The song was later recorded by New Grass Revial in 1989 but it only reached #37 on the charts.

Garth Brooks always liked the song and felt like it was a bit overlooked on the charts. He pulled several prior members of the New Grass Revival back into the studio to record the song with him.

Brooks’ version of the song was a more upbeat rock country arrangement. It was released on his album “In Pieces” in 1998 and reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

The song tells the story of presumably a truck driver who met a woman in Baton Rouge, LA. Once back on the road, he stops every few hundred miles and tries to call her.

This song has become a bit of a theme song in Louisiana. It is played in the stadium for LSU Tiger games and is also played by college bars in Baton Rouge at “last call”.

“Callin’ Baton Rouge”
Lyrics from songfacts.com

I spent last night in the arms of a girl in Louisiana
And though I’m out on the highway, my thoughts are still with her
Such a strange combination of a woman and a child
Such a strange situation stoppin’ every hundred miles
Callin’ Baton Rouge

A replay of last night’s events roll through my mind
Except a scene or two erased by sweet red wine
And I see a truck stop sign ahead, so I change lanes
I need a cup of coffee and a couple dollars change
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Operator, won’t you put me on through
I gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge
Hurry up, won’t you put her on the line
I gotta talk to the girl just one more time

Hello, Samantha dear, I hope you’re feelin’ fine
And it won’t be long until I’m with you all the time
But until then, I’ll spend my money up right down to my last dime
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Operator, won’t you put me on through
I gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge
Hurry up, won’t you put her on the line
I gotta talk to the girl just one more time
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Sweet Baton Rouge
My Baton Rouge, oh oh ohWriter/s: DENNIS LINDE
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind


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Song Lyric Sunday – The Dance

The prompt from Jim:

This week we have different ways of saying goodbye as the prompt, and the song that you chose must contain either Arrivederci, Bon-voyage, Ciao, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara or Shalom in the title or the lyrics.


We have all been there haven’t we? Experiencing a moment so special, so wonderful that is occupies your entire soul. Those moments we wish would last forever, but suffer tremendous heartbreak when it does not go in our favor? Or those times we swear if we could go back and do it again, we would. But would we? Those wishes and dreams are made in moments when we have no idea of the things that await us.

“The Dance” was written by Tony Arata, an American singer/songwriter. So many people ask what the song means. In this interview from the article ‘THE DANCE’ SONGWRITER TONY ARATA SHARES STORY BEHIND THE GARTH BROOKS HIT on SoundsLikeNashville.com the writer himself answers that question for us:

The idea for the song came from a scene in the movie Peggy Sue Got Married, where Kathleen Turner as Peggy Sue goes back in time and makes a decision not to marry her husband because their marriage turned out to be not so good. When she makes that decision, the pictures of her kids disappear from her locket and everything is changed.
“Something about that scene struck me so powerfully,” Arata says. “The next day I wrote the lyrics to ‘The Dance’ in about half an hour. A lot of people passed on the song because it doesn’t have a bridge. Being a new kid in town, I tried to write a bridge, but they all seemed totally out of place and unnecessary. I decided it was going to just to have to exist as it I had written it.”

There are several things about this song that resonate with me. First of all, the lyrics. Secondly, I relate to this song. It is so easy to wish things away in our lives, but yet, if we do, we would also discard the beautiful moments that lie ahead. Third, I love the piano in this arrangement by Garth Brooks and produced by Allen Reynolds. It is one of those easily recognizable intros that just gives me chills. And of course, Garth Brooks’ handling of the song was masterful and his voice perfection.

The Dance
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

Looking back
On the memory of
The dance we shared
‘Neath the stars above
For a moment
All the world was right
How could I have known
That you’d ever say goodbye

And now
I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Our lives
Are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss
The dance

Holding you
I held everything
For a moment
Wasn’t I a king
But if I’d only known
How the king would fall
Hey who’s to say
You know I might have changed it all

And now
I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Our lives
Are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss
The dance

Yes my life
It’s better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss
The dance

Songwriter Tony Arata talks about The Dance and how it became Garth’s song. It must be hard to write something from your heart, give it wings and hope it lands in the right hands. I think this one did.

 


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