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Song Lyric Sunday – The Rain, The Park, and Other Things

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that mention rain.


“The Rain, The Park And Other Things” was written by Artie Kornfeld and Steve Dubofin specifically for The Cowsills, an American family band.

This song is one of a few songs that does not include the title of the song in the lyrics. The song is sometimes known as “The Flower Girl” which was the original title.

According to Kornfield, the record executives were rushing to press the recording but did not want the song to be confused with Scott McKenzie’s success with “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”. The title came to Kornfield out of mid-air but he would later say he felt it was a premonition of what was to come concerning Woodstock and the later deaths of his wife and daughter.

In 1969, after writing 75 Billboard hits, Kornfield left Capital Records to go on and co-create the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival with Michael Lang.

“The Rain, The Park And Other Things” was recorded and released in 1967. The instrumentation was provided by session musicians although the family could play their own instruments, which they would go on to do in live performances. The song reached #2 in the Billboard Charts and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Interesting note – the sound of the rain in the intro was actually the sound of bacon frying. From Wikipedia:

The Cowsills did not play on their earliest recordings. Studio musicians were brought in to provide the music for this song and many of the earlier singles. For this record, the arranger was Jimmy Wisner, musicians included Gene Bianco on harp, Vinnie Bell, Charles Macy and Al Gorgoni on guitar, Joe Macho on bass, Artie Butler on organ, Paul Griffin on piano, George Devens on percussion, and Buddy Saltzman and Al Rogers on drums.

Kornfeld had planned to use the sound of a rainstorm as the song’s intro, but recordings of real rain proved to be too faint to hear on record; instead he used a stock sound of sizzling bacon to emulate rain.

The Rain, The Park And Other Things
Lyrics from songfacts.com

I saw her sitting in the rain
Raindrops falling on her
She didn’t seem to care
She sat there and smiled at meThen I knew
She could make me happy
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhereI love the flower girl
Oh, I don’t know just why, she simply caught my eye
I love the flower girl
She seemed so sweet and kind, she crept into my mindTo my mindI knew I had to say hello
She smiled up at me
And she took my hand
And we walked through the park aloneAnd I knew
She had made me happy
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl
Oh, I don’t know just why, she simply caught my eye
I love the flower girl
She seemed so sweet and kind, she crept into my mind

To my mind

Suddenly, the sun broke through
I turned around, she was gone
All I had left
Was one little flower in my hand

But I knew
She had made me happy
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl
Was she reality or just a dream to me?
I love the flower girl
Her love showed me the way to find a sunny day

Sunny day

I love the flower girl
Was she reality or just a dream to me?
I love the flower girl


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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 – Enunciation is Everything

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that include nonsense lyrics suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.


I am bending the rules a little perhaps, but gobbledygook is anything we do not recognize as our language. All the lyrics in this song are in plain English, but the enunciation fools the ear.

“Send Me On My Way” was written and recorded by the band Rusted Root. In an interview with Songfacts writer Carl Wiser, singer songwriter (and Rusted Root founder) explains how the song came about:

Songfacts: In some of your songs, especially the early ones, you’re doing some sort of chanting. I’m wondering if there are times that you are coming out with these lyrics and either they’re not real words or you don’t even know what they mean. Does that ever happen?

Glabicki: Sure.

Songfacts: What are some examples?

Glabicki: Well, our most popular song ever, “Send Me On My Way,” there’s a word in there that doesn’t make any rational sense. I think it’s “oombayseeyou.” And then the melody, “seemoobadeeyah.” I was in the process of coming up with lyrics, and it just sounded so good and felt so right that it had a meaning of its own that you couldn’t make better by making it a word. So I left it.

Songfacts: How did you start writing that song?

Glabicki: I spend a lot of time writing alone, and I remember just walking right into our studio during the day. I remember it being very sunny. We had these big windows in this warehouse and the sun was shining in, and as soon as I walked in I picked up the guitar and just started writing it. It was just a very, very happy feeling. You could feel that there was a lot of happiness in the room. Whether that was an extension of me or something else in there that was very happy, you just felt it. Just like a super happy feeling.

I was listening to a lot of Toni Childs at the time, a vocalist that was very African influenced. She might have opened up a doorway for me that I could tap into and draw from.

All the band members are credited on this song. It was released in 1992 and then re-released in 1994.  It only reached #72 on the charts but later garnered more commercial success when used as tracks in movies like “Ice Age” and “Matilda”. It was also used as the wakeup song for the Mars Exploration Rover – Opportunity.

“Send Me On My Way”
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

(On my way, on my way)
(On my way, on my way)

I would like to reach out my hand
I may see you, I may tell you to run (on my way, on my way)
You know what they say about the young

Well pick me up with golden hand
I may see you, I may tell you to run (on my way, on my way)
You know what they say about the young

Well, I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will
I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl

Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Mm hmm (on my way)

I would like to reach out my hand
I may see you, I may tell you to run (on my way, on my way)
You know what they say about the young

Now pick me up with golden hand
I may see you, I may tell you to run (on my way, on my way)
You know what they say about the young

Well, I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will
I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl

Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Send me on my way (on my way)
Mm hmm (on my way)

Well, I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will
I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl

Send me on my way
Send me on my way
Send me on my way
On my way
Send me on my way
Send me on my way

Oh oh oh (way)
Send me on my way
Oh oh oh (way)
Send me on my way

I would like to reach out my hand
I may see you, I may tell you to run (on my way, on my way)
You know what they say about the young

Writer/s: JAMES DI SPIRITO, JAMES DONOVAN, JENN WERTZ, JIM DISPIRITO, JIM DONOVAN, JOHN BUYNAK, LIZ BERLIN, MICHAEL GLABICKI, PATRICK NORMAN
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind


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Song Lyric Sunday – Society’s Child

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that are about School, College, Education, Class, Degree also suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.


Janis Ian started writing “Society’s Child” when she was 13. She was living in a predominately black neighborhood in New Jersey. Growing up during the mid-60’s, she watched the civil rights movement play out on television. As she recalls, she was only one of three white girls in her school. She saw the fears of families of both races whose children dated children from a different race. Janis’ parents were very active in the civil rights movement, but because people assumed the song was autobiographical, some people thought her father was a racist which could not have been further from the truth.

The following comes from an interview Janis Ian did with Tony Cox of NPR in 2009.

The song is about an interracial relationship. The song begins with the lyrics “Come to my door, baby Face is clean and shining black as night”.  Her producer at the time, Shadow Morton, told Janis if she would change the word black to any other word, she would have a number one song. She was young and of course wanted to record a hit song, but a friend was there and was quoted as saying “you whore now, you’ll whore forever”, which were strong words for a fifteen year old to digest and understand.

When she was 15, she was performing at a concert in Encino, CA. When she began singing “Society’s Child” a group of attendees started a chant “(****) your love or go home” and shaking their fists at her. She was terrified and ended up putting her guitar down and retreating to the bathroom sobbing. She eventually went back on stage. When the chanting started again, the other members of the audience shut them down, revealing them for the cowards and bullies they were.

The song would eventually make the top 40 charts in 1967, stalling at #14. It did reach #1 in some markets, but because of the controversial subject matter and the radio stations’ resistance to play it, the song would never reach #1 nationally.

Society’s Child
Lyrics from Genius Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Come to my door, baby
Face is clean and shining black as night
My mother went to answer you know
That you looked so fine
Now I could understand your tears and your shame
She called you “boy” instead of your name
When she wouldn’t let you inside
When she turned and said
“But honey, he’s not our kind.”

[Chorus 1]
She says I can’t see you any more, baby
Can’t see you anymore

[Verse 2]
Walk me down to school, baby
Everybody’s acting deaf and blind
Until they turn and say, “Why don’t you stick to your own kind.”
My teachers all laugh, their smirking stares
Cutting deep down in our affairs
Preachers of equality
Think they believe it, then why won’t they just let us be?

[Chorus 2]
They say I can’t see you anymore baby
Can’t see you anymore

[Verse 3]
One of these days I’m gonna stop my listening
Gonna raise my head up high
One of these days I’m gonna raise my glistening wings and fly
But that day will have to wait for a while
Baby I’m only society’s child
When we’re older things may change

But for now this is the way, they must remain

[Chorus 3]
I say I can’t see you anymore baby
Can’t see you anymore
No, I won’t see you anymore, baby


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Song Lyric Sunday – (Let Me Be Your)Teddy Bear

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that feature Lion, Tiger, Bear, Eagle, Shark suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.


“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” was written by Karl Mann and Bernie Lowe and recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957 for his movie “Loving You”. The song reached #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 and also hit number one on the country and R&B charts.

The lyrics for the song contain the words bear, lion, and tiger, so it is a good fit for today’s prompt.

Dewey Phillips, the Memphis DJ who introduced Elvis to the airways in 1954, was invited to California to visit Elvis. According to various articles, Elvis played a copy of “Teddy Bear” (scheduled to be released in June of that year) for Phillips, warning him not to take a copy. Phillips snuck a copy of the song into his luggage and upon his return to Memphis, played the song on air before the studio release which infuriated Elvis. Demands for the record poured in that the studio and distributors could not fulfill. This put a tremendous strain on the friendship between Dewey and Elvis.

In June of 1957, RCA released a single with songs from the movie’s soundtrack track. “Loving You” and “Teddy Bear” were both included, but there was no designation as to which was the A side vs. the B side. Requests for “Teddy Bear” far outweighed the other and less than a month later, it had reached #1.

A false rumor spread that Elvis had a collection of Teddy Bears. Fans started flooding Graceland with gifts of teddy bears. There were so many, the bears were taking over the mansion. The day after Christmas in 1957, Elvis donated the bears to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. (There are some who believe this rumor about Elvis’ love for teddy bears was the inspiration for the songwriters to write the song.)

Even though this was one of Elvis’s most successful songs, it has been ignored by the industry for rewards and inclusion in ‘top hit’ lists throughout the years because of the silliness of the lyrics.

The video below includes the lyrics.)


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