One Way Out

I am rebloging my MM Music post because I don’t think it got enough attention yet. If you like the Allman Brothers Band, you may want to read it. It is a writing challenge that offers you a lot of options, so if you enjoy writing, this could be the perfect post for you to respond to.

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This Allman Brothers blues song reminds me of ‘Back Door Man’ the blues song that was written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960. The Allman Brothers Band recorded ‘One Way Out’ on their 1972 double album Eat A Peach and it charted #86 in the US. It is still a bit of a mystery concerning who wrote ‘One Way Out’, but it has been credited to Marshall E Sehorn, Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson. Elmore James recorded it in 1961, but didn’t release it until ’65. Sonny Boy Williamson released a version in 1961 and 1965 and G.L. Crockett had a 1965 hit with the same song under a different name. Sehorn was a recording engineer, record producer, and all-around “record man” at Fire/Fury Records in New York, who likely engaged in the then-common practice of adding himself onto composer credits of songs that he…

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The Last Thing We Ever Do

The Animals recorded ‘We Gotta Get Out of this Place’ on their US 1965 Animal Tracks album and the song went to #2 in the UK and #13 in the US.  The husband and wife team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, from the Brill Building wrote this song and made a demo that was originally offered to the Righteous Brothers, but they turned it down.  That demo was circulated to various record people, including record label executive Allen Klein, to get them interested.  Klein had managed the business affairs of Sam Cooke, and later on would also be the manager for the Rolling Stones and, for a short time, the Beatles, heard it, liked it, and thought it would be a good choice for the Animals.  He sent a copy of the demo to the Animals producer Mickie Most in the UK.

The song became a popular Vietnam War anthem demanding the U.S. government to withdraw from the Vietnam conflict, but it is not a war song.  This song is about a young couple caught in a working-class city slum, trying to make a better life for themselves before the working-class lifestyle literally kills them, like the narrator’s father who worked himself to death at a young age.  The song can be viewed as an act of hope and faith where the man must find that better future for him and his girl.  There ain’t no use in trying to have a future if he is not able to share it with his girl, who is so young and pretty. He sees his battered father has become grey haired because of his tough life and he feels that if they stay in this dirty old city, that will mean nothing but slaving away at work for both him and his girl and they will be condemned to dying before their time.

The Animals released separate UK and US albums, which was also done by the Beatles and the Stones.  The UK Animal Tracks and the US Animal Tracks albums by the Animals both came out in 1965, but they contained different songs.  The UK and US single releases were different versions from the same recording sessions.  The US single version is an alternate take, shipped to MGM, The Animals’ American record label, by mistake.  It’s this version that’s played by almost all Oldies radio stations today.  It seems to depend on which version you heard first as the one which song is preferred by most listeners.  Animal Tracks has Eric Burdon singing vocals, Alan Price and his replacement Dave Rowberry both play keyboards, Hilton Valentine plays guitar, Chas Chandler is on bass and John Steel on drums

In 2004 ‘We Gotta Get Out of this Place’ was ranked number 233 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list; it is also in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.  The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and Eric Burdon came in #57 in a Rolling Stone poll asking who is the greatest singer of all time.

In this dirty old part of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me there ain’t no use in tryin’
Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know
Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
Oh yes I know it
(Yeah!) He’s been workin’ so hard
(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every night and day
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)
We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
‘cause girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true, yeah
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know it
Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey, yeah
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
I know he’s been workin’ so hard
(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every day baby
(Yeah!) Whoa!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)
We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Somewhere baby, somehow I know it
We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Believe me baby
I know it baby
You know it too

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge One way Out.

Forever Young

Give it a try, you never know, you might like it. I wrote about this song and it already has 7 LIKES woohoo!  Check it out and see how much fun you can have writing in this exciting challenge.

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This song was originally recorded by Bob Dylan with The Band in November 1973 and it appeared on his album Planet Waves. There are two different versions of this song on Planet Waves a slow and a fast version. Dylan had four children between 1966-1969, and this song is a warmhearted wish that his children would have all the best in life, from making the right choices to having the right attitude and spiritual guidance and it was intended as an uplifting message from a parent to a child. It is a hopeful song that a loved one will maintain the wonder of a youthful heart, no matter their actual age. Dylan tells his child that he wants him to reach his fullest potential, to reach the stars but not without climbing on every rung along the way. Rod Stewart recorded his ‘Forever Young’ song that was released as a…

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Bells to Be Rung

In 1946, Josef Myrow composed this tune ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’, with the lyrics written by Mack Gordon.  Lyricist Mack Gordon won an Oscar for ‘You’ll Never Know’ in the 1943 movie Hello, Frisco, Hello where it was sung by Alice Faye and in 1986, the Gordon-Warren composition ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’ was awarded the ASCAP award for Most Performed Feature Film Standard on TV.  Gordon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.  Josef Myrow was nominated for an Academy Award twice, in 1947 for the song ‘You Do’ from the film Mother Wore Tights and in 1950 for ‘Wilhelmina’ from the film Wabash Avenue.

‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ was used three times in the movie Three Little Girls in Blue that was produced by Mack Gordon who also wrote the lyrics and Josef Myrow composed most of the songs for the 1946 Technicolor musical film.  The movie starred June Haver, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, Vera-Ellen and George Montgomery and the girls all try to marry millionaires after they inherit a chicken farm.  Sinatra recorded four Josef Myrow tunes, ‘The Fable of the Rose’, ‘It Happens Every Spring’, ‘Somewhere in the Night’ and ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ was recorded by Frank in 1956.  Frank sang this song at the Kennedy inaugural in 1961, dedicating it to the youngest person ever to be elected president at the age of 43.  The older Frank got, the younger singing this song made him feel.  When Nancy Sinatra got engaged to Tommy Sands, father and daughter teamed up on TV for ‘You Make Me Feel So Old’, courtesy of special lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

You make me feel so young
You make me feel like spring has sprung
Every time I see you grin
Such a happy individual
The moment that you speak
I want to run and play hide and seek
I wanna go and bounce the moon
Just like a toy balloon
You and I
We’re just like a couple of tots
Running around the meadow
Pickin’ up all those forget-me-nots
You make me feel so young
You make me feel there are songs to be sung
Bells to be rung
And a wonderful fling to be flung
And even when I’m old and gray
I’m gonna to feel the way I do, today
Because you make me feel so young
You make me young
You make me think that spring has sprung
Every time I see you grin
I’m such a coo coo individual
The moment that you speak
I like to run and play hide and seek
I like to go and bounce the moon
Just like a big balloon
Because you and I
We are just like a couple of tots
Who are, running around the meadow
Snatching up all those forget-me-nots
You make me young
You make me feel there are songs to be sung
Like bells to be rung
And a wonderful fling to be flung
And even when I’m old and gray
I’m going feel the way I do, today
Because you make me feel so
Man I just feel so
You make me feel so young
So young
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Forever Young.

I Really Think So

A year before the Bangles recorded ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’, the Vapors released their hit song ‘Turning Japanese’.  The Vapors explained that this love song is about someone who lost their girlfriend and was slowly going crazy.  In 1980, this song came out on their New Clear Days album and it went to #3 in the UK, but only reached #36 in the US.  This song topped the Australian charts for two weeks and it was also a minor hit in Japan.  The Vapors were a British new wave, power pop, pub-rock group formed by David Fenton (vocals), Edward Bazalgette (guitar), Steve Smith (bass) and Howard Smith (drums) who initially existed between 1978 and 1981.  David Fenton wrote this song and he was formerly the director of Public Relations at Rolling Stone magazine in 1978.  He was co-producer of the “No Nukes” concerts with Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and many others in New York City, 1979.  The Vapors recorded two albums before splitting up.  In 2016, the band decided to reunite for four shows after not playing for 35 years.  They did this without drummer Howard Smith who was replaced with Michael Bowes.

I’ve got your picture
Of me and you
You wrote “I love you”
I wrote “me too”
I sit there staring and there’s nothing else to do

Oh it’s in color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there’s no one else around

I’ve got your picture, I’ve got your picture
I’d like a million of you all ‘round my cell
I want the doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You’ve got me turning up and turning down, I’m turning in, I’m turning ‘round

I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so

I’ve got your picture, I’ve got your picture
I’d like a million of them all ‘round my cell
I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You’ve got me turning up and turning down, I’m turning in, I’m turning ‘round

I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it’s dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger
Everyone

That’s why I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so
(Think so think, so think so, think so)
Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Walk Like an Egyptian.

I Just Died In Your Arms

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This rock song was written by Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew and it became their most successful song, reaching number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles.  It appeared on their debut album Broadcast and this underrated collection of simple, heartfelt love songs and up-tempo pop became a real crowd pleaser.  Cutting Crew featured frontman and songwriter Nick Van Eede, bass player Colin Farley, drummer Martin Beedle and Canadian guitarist Kevin MacMichael who passed away in 2002.  The lyrics of the song were inspired by a real romantic affair that Nick Van Eede with one of his former girlfriends that he had been separated from for about a year and he was pining away for her until he eventually met her on a New Year’s Eve.  The meeting led to a brief affair that apparently lasted only a night, but as they…

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Pick Up My Guitar And Play

The Who song ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ stands as one of the great rock anthems of all time and it is a warning about getting caught up in the kind of revolution where people could make the same type of mistakes that were present in the old regime that they were trying to change, exemplified in the lyrics, “Meet the new boss Same as the old boss”.  It is funny how history continues to repeat itself and Society and Government never really change, they just keep getting lost in the sauce.  The new revolution makes them happy until they realize that everything’s the same, just with different names and then they start hoping that it doesn’t happen again, “And the world looks just the same. And history ain’t changed”.  This new revolution that they started ended up being a mistake and they don’t want to be fooled again.

Suspense builds up in this song through Keith Moon’s drum solo and the synthesizer which is not really a synthesizer, it’s a Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 organ.  The suspense is finally broken through the iconic and climatic victory screech of Roger Daltrey wailing, “YEEAAAH!!!”, and this potent spine-tingling howl has been labeled as being one of the most exciting few seconds in all of rock ‘n roll.  Bassist John Entwistle played a heavily modified instrument, nicknamed ‘Frankenstein’ because he’d cobbled it together from the pieces of five smashed basses, while Pete Townshend’s setup found him running a ‘59 Gretsch hollow-body guitar through a Fender Bandmaster amp with a pedal steel volume pedal (all of which was an incredibly useful gift from Joe Walsh of the Eagles).

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
The men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
The change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold that’s all
The world looks just the same
And history ain’t blamed
Cause the banners, they are flown in the last war
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
No, no!
We don’t get fooled again
I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
Get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?
There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
The parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t want to get fooled again
No, no!
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge I Just Died In Your Arms.