Song Challenge 26

This week we are asked again for three songs with a song to be about wickedness or evil, another to be a song from an animated Disney movie and finally a song that is spooky.

What could be more evil than ‘Black Sabbath’ by Black Sabbath?  This is way worse than the Rolling Stones painting it black.

This one is kind of corny but it was written by Elton John and Tim Rice and when I listen to it I can feel the love.

I hope this song qualifies as being spooky, as I would never want to run into one.  Take it away Sheb Wooley with Purple People Eater.

Borrow The Lyrics Challenge – Box Of Rain

This is my second time doing this challenge, first I was nominated by Paula of Light Motifs II and now J-Dubs Grin and Bear It has asked me to participate again.  I chose ‘Miss You’ by the Rolling Stones the first time.

Rules:

  1. You need to choose a verse from a song and use it in an original poem or story.
  2. You must include the name of the song and the singer at the end or beginning.
  3. You need to challenge someone else and invent ONE rule they need to follow.
  4. You must credit the person who started this challenge (a.k.a. PJ – I’m sorry for the inconvenience) and the person who challenged you, which was Paula.
  5. You must include the rules of this challenge.
  6. Jilly Beans included her extra rule being that the song that I choose must include an element being either air, water, wind, or fire.

This is such a fun challenge and I have the perfect song for it.  The song that I am using has two of the four elements, those being wind and water, because wind is basically like air.  Another line in this song says, “Like a moth before a flame” thus it has fire, so this song meets 3 of the four elements.  It is a Grateful Dead song and it is called ‘Box Of Rain’ and it was written by Phil Lesh who sings lead vocals and plays bass guitar and Robert Hunter wrote the lyrics. It came out on the American Beauty album which was released in November 1970.  Phil wrote this song for his dying father, so it is sort of sad and a “box of rain” stands for the world that we live in.  Phil would make the long drive to the hospital to see his dad whenever he got the chance and sometimes his father was so sick that he would sleep the whole time Phil went to see him.  The verse I selected for my sad story about visiting a loved one in the hospital is “To watch for you while you’re sleeping?”.

Look out of any window and my love will find you there.  Maybe you are tired from chemo treatments and I will understand.  I don’t know what is waiting to meet you once you are gone, but I know that I will miss you.  I remember when we spent an afternoon together in splintered sunlight watching the birds and the rain, or was that all a dream that I dreamed while I was coming home to you.  What do you want me to do, maybe I’ll find direction around some corner and see things clear some other day.  I could watch out for you while you’re sleeping, but don’t be surprised if I start dreaming with you.  Look into any eyes and you will find the sun is shining or birds are winging or rain is falling from a heavy sky.  I know that you are tired and broken, and I hope that you don’t mind if I put a ribbon in your hair.

Look out of any window
Any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
Birds are winging or
Rain is falling from a heavy sky,
What do you want me to do,
To do for you to see you through?
For this is all a dream we dreamed
One afternoon long ago
Walk out of any doorway
Feel your way, feel your way
Like the day before
Maybe you’ll find direction
Around some corner
Where it’s been waiting to meet you,
What do you want me to do,
To watch for you while you’re sleeping?
Well please don’t be surprised
When you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes
You find by you, you can see
Clear through to another day
Maybe been seen before
Through other eyes on other days
While going home,
What do you want me to do,
To do for you to see you through?
It’s all a dream we dreamed
One afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
To another land
Maybe you’re tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
With words half spoken
And thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through
A box of rain will ease the pain
And love will see you through

Just a box of rain,
Wind and water,
Believe it if you need it,
If you don’t just pass it on
Sun and shower,
Wind and rain,
In and out the window
Like a moth before a flame

And it’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
Or leave it if you dare
And it’s just a box of rain
Or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
And a short time to be there

I am selecting willowdot21An insight to a heart mind and soul with a new rule that the song she uses must contain the word ribbon in it.

Sleeping All Alone

I’ve been tagged by Paula of Light Motifs II for a fun new game, which is called Borrow the Lyrics Challenge.

Rules:

  1. You need to choose a verse from a song and use it in an original poem or story.
  2. You must include the name of the song and the singer at the end or beginning.
  3. You need to challenge someone else and invent ONE rule they need to follow.
  4. You must credit the person who started this challenge (a.k.a. PJ – I’m sorry for the inconvenience) and the person who challenged you, which was Paula.
  5. You must include the rules of this challenge.
  6. Paula included her extra rule being that the song that I choose must include the word kiss in it.

The song that I chose ‘Miss You’ is by the Rolling Stones which reached #3 in the UK and charted #1 in the US.  It was written by Jagger and Richards and sung by Mick on their 1978 album Some Girls.  The lyrics were seemingly inspired by Mick Jagger’s deteriorating relationship with his wife, Bianca.  The verse I selected for my poem is sleeping all alone and I will challenge Fandango with a new rule that the song he uses must be from 1971.

I am sleeping all alone, because she dumped me.  There is no charge on my phone, poor, poor pitiful me.  What is a guy to do, I am tired of just sitting here, as I need some action.  There were some nice looking Puerto Rican girls in the Burger King, but they are probably way to young for me.  Hot, yes, real hot, but they would probably kill me.  My body is not what it used to be, but I guess I could always pop one of those blue pills and just go for it.

Looks like I will be sleeping all alone, because she is never coming home, since I told her that her ass is fat.  Hey some girls like that, how was I supposed to know the she would take offense, but on second thought I should learn to choose my words better.  It is odd how long I can sleep not that I am all by myself.   The days of making sweet love are gone and now I feel alone and insecure.  I never realized that I needed anyone.

I’ve been holding out so long
I’ve been sleeping all alone
Lord I miss you
I’ve been hanging on the phone
I’ve been sleeping all alone
I want to kiss you

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh

Well, I’ve been haunted in my sleep
You’ve been starring in my dreams
Lord I miss you
I’ve been waiting in the hall
Been waiting on your call
When the phone rings
It’s just some friends of mine that say,

“Hey, what’s the matter man?
We’re gonna come around at twelve
With some Puerto Rican girls that are just dyin’ to meet you.
We’re gonna bring a case of wine
Hey, let’s go mess and fool around
You know, like we used to”

Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah

Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah

Oh everybody waits so long
Oh baby why you wait so long
Won’t you come on! Come on!

I’ve been walking in Central Park
Singing after dark
People think I’m crazy
I’ve been stumbling on my feet
Shuffling through the street
Asking people, “What’s the matter with you boy?”
Sometimes I want to say to myself
Sometimes I say

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh

I won’t miss you child
I guess I’m lying to myself
It’s just you and no one else
Lord I won’t miss you child
You’ve been blotting out my mind
Fooling on my time
No, I won’t miss you, baby, yeah
Lord, I miss you child

Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah
Lord, I miss you child
Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah
Lord, I miss you child
Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah
Aaah aaah aaah aaah

 

Plastic Tubes And Pots And Pans

I have never participated in Hugh’s Views & News Weekend Music Share before, but it seems easy enough to do, so I am going for it.  Hugh indicated that he likes science fiction and that he is big fan of anything from the 1980s, so I am adding the Oingo Boingo song ‘Weird Science’ to this fun challenge today.  The song reached #45 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #21 on the US Dance Club Charts.  ‘Weird Science’ was written by Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman and it came out on their fifth album Dead Man’s Party.  Danny Elfman was lead singer of the group and he went on to write theme music for many popular movies and TV shows, including The Simpsons, Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands.

The movie Weird Science was released on August 2, 1985 and in it two teen misfits Gary and Wyatt design their ideal woman on a computer, and a freak electrical accident brings this lovely, superhuman Lisa to life.  Lisa is real funny and she transforms Wyatt’s jerky older brother Chet, into a giant, talking turd.

Written for Hugh’s Views & News Weekend Music Share, the place where everyone can share their favorite music.

Sentimental Journey

Radar obtains a turntable to play the new platters the 4077 received and Colonel Potter believes that this will alleviate boredom that the unit is experiencing after 11 days of no casualties.  Klinger teaches Radar how to be a disc jockey and talk the talk to spin platters.  The OR suddenly gets beyond crazy, Col. Potter encourages Radar to keep the tunes coming.  When the MASH unit becomes overrun with casualties and tempers flare, Radar tries to raise everyone’s spirits by playing new records over the intercom.  Col. Potter requests Doris Day’s ‘Sentimental Journey’ 23 times.

The Best Things Always Disappear

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins’ backing band, were known as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires played together for eight years starting in 1958, before they cut their first album.  The Band made ten studio albums, four live albums, seven compilation albums, and thirty-one singles, as well as two studio and two live albums in collaboration with Bob Dylan, with Planet Waves and The Basement Tapes both going Gold.  They quit playing with Ronnie Hawkins and they were playing at a night club in the seashore resort of Somers Point, New Jersey when Dylan telephoned them.  In 1965, after going electric Bob Dylan recruited them to join him at the Newport Folk Festival.  After Dylan was injured in a motorcycle accident, they went to Woodstock to help him complete his documentary film Don’t Look Back, about his 1965 concert tour in England.  The Band are featured on Dylan’s ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’, from their 1966 tour.

In the spring of 1967, they found a house called Big Pink which they were able to rent for $125 a month.  They began to grow mustaches and beards and wear hats and in Woodstock people started referring to them as The Band, which they liked, so they made this the name of their group.  In 1968, they recorded their first album Music From Big Pink.  In 1971, after the recording their fourth album Cahoots, Robertson moved up to Montreal while the rest of the Band had stayed in Woodstock.  Suffering one cold winter too many, Robertson moved to Los Angeles in 1973, eventually to be joined by the rest of the Band.  There they leased a ranch, outfitting it with a recording studio, which they named “Shangri-La”.  In 1975, they made their sixth studio album containing all original material, Northern Lights – Southern Cross.  The Malibu recording studio was built by Rob Fraboni to Bob Dylan and The Band’s specifications and it is rumored that the talking horse Mr. Ed was stabled there in the sixties.  Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones played music, recorded, and partied there.

In this new studio Garth Hudson was able to experiment with the latest musical technology using more tracks multiple instruments, including synthesizer and multiple brass and woodwind instruments, all of which contributes significantly to the Dixieland flavor of this album.  Garth didn’t sing and he didn’t compose many songs, however many people regard ‘Ophelia’ as Hudson’s triumph, his musical testament, his masterpiece.  ‘Ophelia’ was written by Robbie Robertson and it was the lead single from the album charting #62 and it features some of the best vocals of Levon Helm’s career.  In this song a woman named Ophelia has skipped town, she left in a hurry and the singer would love to have her come back because, “The old neighborhood just ain’t the same”.  A lovesick fool waits for her unlikely return, as “Nobody knows just what became of Ophelia”.  Robbie Robertson claimed that Minnie Pearl who was born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon was the inspiration for his Ophelia.  Besides Northern Lights – Southern Cross, ‘Ophelia’ also appeared on several of the group’s live and compilation albums.  ‘Ophelia’ was included in the Last Waltz film, which was meant to be their grand finale.  Robertson met little resistance when he suggested that the group should dissolve after a final show at Winterland on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976.

Robertson said that he was always fascinated by the name Ophelia and many people think of the Ophelia as the character in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, that was caught between her love for Hamlet and the wishes of her father, Polonius.  Her father used her to spy on Hamlet and she feels like she has no control of her life and descends into madness, eventually drowning after falling out of a tree into a brook.  This Ophelia who left town, is thought to be a black woman living in a Southern town who was forced to flee because of Southern attitudes at the time towards interracial relationships with the white singer.  The relationship between Ophelia and the singer may have been illegal at this time as the Supreme Court did not declare interracial marriage legal across the US till 1967.

In 1983, the group re-formed without Robertson and played a less-than-spectacular tour.  Three years later, Manuel was found hanging from a shower curtain in a Florida motel room.  Helm, Hudson, and Danko, who moved back to Woodstock, continued to operate as the Band and released three indifferent albums in the 1990s.  Robertson remained in Los Angeles, where he made several solo albums and created film soundtracks.  The Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Boards on the window
Mail by the door
What would anybody leave so quickly for?
Ophelia
Where have you gone?

The old neighborhood just ain’t the same
Nobody knows just what became of
Ophelia
Tell me, what went wrong

Was it something that somebody said?
Mama, I know we broke the rules
Was somebody up against the law?
Honey, you know I’d die for you

Ashes of laughter
The ghost is clear
Why do the best things always disappear
Like Ophelia
Please darken my door

Was it something that somebody said?
Mama, I know we broke the rules
Was somebody up against the law?
Honey, you know I’d die for you

They got your number
Scared and running
But I’m still waiting for the second coming
Of Ophelia
Come back home

She Knows How To Rock And Roll

Doobie Brothers co-founder guitarist/singer Tom Johnston, said that the name of their band was coined by a roommate who was living with when the group when they were in their infancy.  This guy said, “Why don’t you call yourself the Doobie Brothers because you’re always smoking’.”  The group formed in 1970 in San Jose California with guitarist/singer Patrick Simmons, drummer John Hartman, bassist Dave Shogren and Tom Johnston.  They started playing live across the region, gaining quick popularity among local chapters of Hells Angels.  The biker gang actually served as inspiration to the band’s image during this time.

The group went through many changes in their lineup having had almost 100 members over the years, starting out as a post-Woodstock group of long-haired jam freaks.  The only constant member of the group is Patrick Simmons and he is the only one who has appeared on all of their releases.  In 1968, Skip Spence of Moby Grape who was formerly in Jefferson Airplane was consuming psychedelic drugs at an alarming rate and he went after someone with an axe and was committed to Bellevue Hospital for six months.  Moby Grape tried to carry on without him, but there was a legal dispute over the name.  When Spence was discharged, he went to Nashville and recorded a solo album Oar, where he played every single instrument, but the album bombed.

Skip Spence who is known as the American Syd Barrett, moved south of San Francisco, and hooked up with Tom Johnston, a graphic-design student at San Jose State University.  Spence recruited drummer John Hartman and bassist Greg Murphy to help revive Moby Grape, and Johnston would complete the foursome, but when this fizzled, Hartman and Johnston formed Pud.  Simmons belonged to several area groups (among them a band Scratch, which included future Doobies bassist Tiran Porter).  The quartet formed and they were signed to Warner Bros. in 1970.  The band’s eponymous debut failed to chart in its 1971 release.  Following its release, Shogren was replaced by Tiran Porter and in late 1971, the group added second drummer Michael Hossack, and the dual-drummers formation has persisted ever since.

Their second album Toulouse Street included some hits like ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’, but this was a short-lived lineup.  Pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat contributed keyboards for the first time, beginning a decades-long collaboration that included many recording sessions with the band.  A string of hits followed, including Johnston’s ‘Long Train Runnin’’ and ‘China Grove’, from their 1973 album The Captain and Me.  Their next album in 1974, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, saw Hossack departing the band citing burnout and he was replaced by drummer, songwriter and vocalist Keith Knudsen.  ‘Black Water’ from this album became the first of the two Doobie Brothers’ #1 hit singles.  In 1974, guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter a founding member of Steely Dan learned that his band was retiring from the road and that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker intended to work almost exclusively with session players in the future.  Before Baxter played in Steely Dan, he met up-and-coming guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and during part of 1966 he was the bassist for Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.  Baxter joined the Doobie Brothers, helping them to remake their sound into a commercially appealing mix of funk and jazzy pop.

By the end of 1974, Johnston’s health was suffering from the rigors of the road.  Stampede was the fifth studio album for The Doobie Brothers and the western-themed concept album was released in 1975.  Stampede featured another hit single, Johnston’s cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland- Motown hit ‘Take Me in Your Arms’ and Simmons contributed with ‘I Cheat the Hangman’, as well as ‘Neal’s Fandango’, an ode to Santa Cruz, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.  Along with Doobie Brothers Tiran Porter, Tom Johnston, John Hartman, Patrick Simmons, Keith Knudsen and Jeff Baxter, many guest musicians contributed on this album including vocalist Maria Muldaur, slide guitarist Ry Cooder and soul legend Curtis Mayfield.  Founding member Tom Johnston was hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer and when he departed, Baxter proposed recruiting a fellow Steely Dan songwriter, keyboardist and vocalist Michael McDonald to fill the hole and he took the band in a whole new musical direction.

The album charted #4 and was certified gold by the RIAA opens with the bouncy rocker ‘Sweet Maxine’, which went to No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.  This song was written by Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons.  ‘I Cheat the Hangman’ made it to No. 60 on the U.S. Billboard and ‘Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)’, topped out at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.  ‘Sweet Maxine’ might have made a better single if it was shortened down to three and a half minutes.  The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, in 1979 they won two Grammy Awards including, Record Of The Year with ‘What a Fool Believes’ and Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus with ‘Minute By Minute’.  They sold more than 48 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums).

She can capture your heart
When they start the music playin’
Sparkle in her eyes, you better be wise
Or you will end up losin’ your mind

I said baby, pretty baby
Got to get my hands on you

Somethin’ is got a hold on, somethin’ is got a hold on me
Somethin’ is got a hold on, somethin’ is got a hold on me
She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll
She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll

She’s the answer to a poor boy’s dream
Never seen such a sweet young thing
She’s a teaser, love to squeeze her
An actress from a fantasy scene

I said baby, pretty baby
Open your eyes to the truth

Somethin’ is got a hold on, somethin’ is got a hold on me
Somethin’ is got a hold on, somethin’ is got a hold on me
She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll
She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll

She’s got the power, power in her soul
She’s got the power, power, rock and roll
She’s got the power, power in her soul
She’s got the power, power, rock and roll

She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll
She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll
She was born with it in her soul, Lord she knows how to rock and roll