Danger Little Stranger

Iggy Pop is considered to be the originator of what is called punk rock today and as the Summer of Love was ending, Iggy Pop, né James Newell Osterberg Jr., age twenty was just getting started.  Iggy lived a totally messed-up life and he wrote really f’d-up songs, but without them, the angry punk-music that followed, would have never happened.  Where ever Iggy went, he left a trail of destruction in his wake.  ‘Gimme Danger’ was recorded by the Stooges on their 1973 album Raw Power which was their third studio album, and Iggy wrote many of the lyrics for this while he was wandering around Hyde Park in London.  Raw Power is considered to be one of the most influential records in rock history and this incendiary album set the bar for a wave of punk bands to try and, in most cases, they failed to eclipse.  This song was co-written by guitarist James Williamson and it was inspired by a girl named Johanna, who not much is known about, however Pop had an unhealthy relationship with her that ended badly and he described her as a beautiful girl who “just destroyed me.”

In those days Williamson wrote songs almost exclusively on acoustic guitar sitting up in his room, because he didn’t want to disturb the neighbors.  He was fooling around and just came up with this song, feeling it was a convoluted process of actually stringing all that stuff together, but once it did come together, immediately it was like, a song.  ‘Gimme Danger’ could be alluding to drugs and their negative effects when a person goes into withdrawal and maybe trying to get them to move on in their life, or it might deal with sexual liberation and exploration that was present in the glam scene, where men were dressed in women’s clothes and they wore makeup.  Men became feminized and some went full transvestite and I think this transformation shows in these lyrics, “But if you can’t be my master, I will do anything”, where Iggy is encouraging his tormenter to take control of him.

The lyrics are dark, but the singer feels comfortable being in the company of this stranger.  On the Beatles song ‘Come Together’ Lennon wrote, “Hold you in his arms, yeah you can feel his disease”, which was incorrectly transcribed as “Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease” and the line in this song which reminds me of that is, “And I’ll feel your disease.”  Most people tend to forget their dreams and nightmares soon after waking up, but Iggy’s seems to have nothing but ugly memories in his dreams.  The one bright spot in the song seems to be, “Kiss me like the ocean breeze.  Now, if you will be my lover, I will shiver and sing”, well maybe not bright, but not as dark as the rest.

It gets really gloomy with, “There’s nothing left alive.  But a pair of glassy eyes.  Raise my feelings one more time”, and then it seems to get angry with, “gonna feel my hand” and the stranger, “Said die a little later”.  These lyrics are distant and they make it sound like someone has been hurt or maybe someone wants to hurt somebody else.  It switches so quickly from a kiss being like an ocean breeze, to that of remorse, vengeance, sadness and anger, making it eerie and strange.

Gimme danger, little stranger
And I feel with you at ease
Gimme danger, little stranger
And I’ll feel your disease

There’s nothing in my dreams
Just some ugly memories
Kiss me like the ocean breeze

Now, if you will be my lover
I will shiver and sing
But if you can’t be my master
I will do anything

There’s nothing left alive
But a pair of glassy eyes
Raise my feelings one more time

Yeah!

Yeah, find a little stranger, find a little stranger
Yeah, they’re gonna feel my hand
Said die a little later, why no, little stranger?
Hurry on and feel my hand
Swear you’re gonna feel my hand
Swear you’re gonna feel my hand

Danger
Little stranger

Danger
Little stranger

Danger
Little stranger

Danger
Little stranger

Danger
Danger
Gotta feel the pain
Gotta feel the pain
You gotta feel it
Little stranger

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror.

Disturbing

I know what you did last summer, when you buried that body deep into the woods and you thought that nobody was looking.  Don’t worry as that dirtbag deserved it and you have nothing to fear from me.  I am not going to call the police, so you are not in danger of being arrested.  That man was a nightmare for me and now that he is gone, all of my horror and terror has disappeared.  I decided to bake you a cake for helping me out and I got the recipe from Carmel’s Great Bake Off.

Last week we had Roll the Dice, with the theme words being Fate, Fortune, Luck.  Our theme this week is Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror and I hope the music is not too scary this week.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘Gimme Danger’ by Iggy and the Stooges today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Cream song ‘Anyone for Tennis’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
August 22, 2021 – Sports songs
August 29, 2021 – Fraud, Hypocrite, Phony, Pretender, Snob suggested by Angie Trafford
September 5, 2021 – Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, Party suggested by Lady A
September 12, 2021 – Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, True suggested by Lady A

Cheat Your Fate

Joe South wrote and recorded ‘Games People Play’ for his 1969 album of the same name.  The single charted #6 in the UK and went to #12 in the US.  The Games People Play album was one of the first to be multitracked.  Joe South performed all the vocal and instrumental parts himself, and some consider it the first ever Country-Soul album.  It was originally released in 1968 as Introspect before being reissued as Games People Play when the title track became a hit.  Joe South won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song for this.  Although multitrack recorders were developed as early as the 1940s, they were not widely adopted across the recording industry for some time after that.  The earliest multitrack recorders were analog magnetic tape machines with two or three tracks.  Elvis Presley was first recorded on multitrack during 1957, as RCA’s engineers were testing their new machines.  Multitracking was developed by the US company Ampex through experiments done by guitarist Les Paul.  By 1954, Ampex had produced the first eight-track tape machine at Paul’s request, but eight-track machines remained rare within the industry until the late 1960s.  Multitrack recording allowed songs to be built up layer by layer and this encouraged a lot of experimentation in the music industry.

Joe started playing guitar when he was 11 and he built a small radio station so he could play his own songs while he was still in his teens.  He had his first minor hit in 1958 with ‘The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor’, which was co-written with the Big Bopper (JP Richardson) to capitalize on current novelty hits.  The following year Gene Vincent recorded two of his songs, ‘I Might Have Known’ and ‘Gone Gone Gone’.  Joe South was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer who originally started out as a session man in Muscle Shoals and Nashville, and among the hits he played the guitar on are Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain Of Fools’, Tommy Roe’s ‘Sheila’ and Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’.  He also played on Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album.  Joe had several number one hits covered by other artists such as Lynn Anderson’s ‘(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden’, Deep Purple’s ‘Hush’, Elvis Presley’s ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’, and Billy Joe Royal’s ‘Down in the boondocks’.

A lot of people are playing games with each other and yes couples that are in a relationship often play these games with each other and this is usually done to acquire something that they desire.  Joe South saw how people go through their lives being preoccupied with negative thoughts, and instead of living lives of service and accomplishment, they deceive others in an effort to get ahead, which ultimately leads to unhappiness.  For thousands of years women have been playing the highly erotic game of being hard to get, as a way of flirting.  This is mostly a harmless game where they will smile, make eye contact or twirl their hair for someone and then they wait to judge the guy’s response, not knowing if they are being ignored, or if the guy seems to be interested in them.  A positive response would feel very liberating for them, and this game is filled with suspense and ambiguities that brings joy when the guy looks back at them.  Women need to know that the guy is determined to chase after them, so if the guy doesn’t put in the effort, they will feel that he is a wimp and they will be moving on.

Guys also play games with girls, as they may walk up to a girl and tell her that they lost their own phone number and wonder if the girl will give him her number.  I don’t know any girls who have fallen for that lame line, but I imagine that if the guy is cute enough and he smiles at the girl, that it could work.  This game never ends, as he may call the girl and then she will pretend that she is busy and not even answer her phone, waiting to see if he will call back.  Most women enjoy being chased and men like to feel that they are hunters, especially when it comes to dating.  If a woman being the prey, gives in too soon on the chase, the guy is less satisfied with the trophy that he captured.  The game is complex, as if the woman doesn’t make herself approachable, then she is destined to be alone, so they have to want to be the prey.  Fortunately, most men have evolved a little bit and they will no longer grab you by the hair and drag you off to their cave.

Love is a give and take situation and men are not able to read women’s minds, but the smarter men who are better at playing games will at least give it a try.  Couples who live together often place unrealistic expectations on the other, this is why communication is so important for a healthy relationship.  Most men want to know if sex is on the agenda, but a lot of women seem to enjoy keeping their man guessing.  When a relationship turns sour the fun love games often turn into cruel head games, which combine annoying tactics so they can gain control over their partner.  Mind games are played because some people get a kick out of making others feel bad about themselves so they try to manipulate this person into believing that there is something wrong with them for not tolerating your bad behavior.

Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

Yeah and the games people play
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

Yeah and the games people play
Oh the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say, yeah
Never saying what they mean
And they while away the hours
In their concrete towers
Till they are covered up with flowers
In the back of a black limousine
People walking up to you,
Singing glory Hallelujah
Then thy try to sock it to you
Oh in the name of the Lord

Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me
Yeah and the games people play
Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me
Yeah and the games people play
Woah-woah
Woah-woah
Woah, wo-oah-ah

Oh we make one another cry
Break a heart then we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and we hope to die
That the other was to blame whoa

Neither one will give in
So we gaze at our eight by ten
Thinking ‘bout the things that might have been
And it’s a dirty rotten shame whoa

Oh the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say
Yeah never saying what they mean
Their gonna teach you how to meditate
Read up your horoscope and cheat your fate
And further more to hell with hate
Come on and get on board

Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

Yeah and the games people play
Na na na, na na na, na na
Na na na, na na na, na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

Yeah and the games people play
First you’re giving up your sanity

Turn your back on humanity, yeah
And you don’t give a damn, a damn, a damn

Woah-woah
Woah-woah
Woah

Na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

Yeah and the games people play
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

I’m talkin’ ‘bout you and me
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me

Yeah and the games people play
Talkin’ ‘bout you and me
Yeah and the games people play
Oh, talkin’ ‘bout you and me
Yeah and the games people play

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Fate, Fortune, Luck.

Roll the Dice

Luck is an illusion, because if it is going to happen, then it will happen and I believe that people make their own luck.  Luck is the belief that something will happen by chance, but fate says that the outcome is inevitable, because the gods have predetermined it, and that you have no control about what happens to you.  I don’t believe that the gods are controlling what happens to me, mostly because I doubt that they have any power to shape the events in my life, which I see as a random series of meaningless events.  Destiny is different from fate, because a person can fulfill their own destiny.  A gypsy could look into a crystal ball and tell you what your fortune is going to be, which is a lot like how much luck you will have, but fortune is intertwined with serendipity, fate and destiny.  Fortune has another meaning that is related to wealth or riches and I am very fortunate that I don’t go anywhere, which limits my exposure to catching the coronavirus.

Last week we had Seductive Words, with the theme words being Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, Seductive.  Our theme this week is Fate, Fortune, Luck and I this will give us some great music.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘Games People Play’ by Joe South today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Iggy and the Stooges song ‘Gimme Danger’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
August 15, 2021 – Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror
August 22, 2021 – Sports songs
August 29, 2021 – Fraud, Hypocrite, Phony, Pretender, Snob suggested by Angie Trafford
September 5, 2021 – Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, Party suggested by Lady A

You Ain’t No Prince Charming

‘Thing Called Love’ was written by John Hiatt for his 1987 album Bring the Family.  John Hiatt is not well known, but his songs that have been performed by other artists are.  One musician who covered a Hiatt song is Bonnie Raitt.  Raitt was well regarded in blues-rock circles but in 1989 at age 39, she had yet to have mainstream success.  Bonnie covered this song for her 1989 tenth album Nick of Time, which became her breakthrough album and this song peaked at #11 in the Billboard 100.  After years of endless touring and making albums it all paid off as Nick of Time peaked at #1 in the Billboard Album Charts and went 3× Platinum in Canada and sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S.  Many had written Raitt off till she teamed with producer Don Was and recorded this album, which seemingly appeared out of the blue, but went on to win a handful of Grammys, including Album of the Year, and overnight she was a superstar.  Rolling Stone ranked John Hiatt’s Bring the Family album as the 53rd greatest album of the 1980s, and they ranked Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time as the 492nd greatest album ever.

I guess love is a thing, because it is definitely hard to describe and it can mean many different things to various people who encounter this phenomenon in their lives.  Love is an emotion, a momentary state that takes over your brain and controls your body.  Love can surface at a moment’s notice and it can change like the weather, because it is a subtle and ever-shifting force.  Love is a positive emotion, that brings delightful inner feeling which are exquisitely pleasant.  Love should feel extraordinarily good, the way a cool drink of water might feel when you’re parched on a hot day.  We all have some idea about what love should be, and some people seem to be drawn into it, while others will do whatever it takes to resist these emotions.  Love can confuse the boundaries between who you are and who you want to be, as it lies beyond our skin and it is infused into our ability to see others for who they are.

The lyrics in this song are clever and witty epitomizing Hiatt’s ability to write great lines like, “Baby we can choose you know we ain’t no amoeba”, but recently researchers have discovered that amoebas are more sexually active than what they first thought.  Amoebas are blob-like creatures which have been around for about a billion years and it turns out that single celled organism can have sex by turning itself into a gamete and fusing its nucleus with that of a neighbor of the opposite sex, a process that is called conjugation.  Another line that I like is, “I ain’t some icon carved out of soap, sent here to clean up your reputation.”  Soap carving is considered to be good clean fun that is satisfying, relaxing, cheap, and fragrant and this can be used to create sculptures which are safer and easier to carve things out of than wood, stone, ivory or metal.  Icon carvings refers to spiritual images that could be displayed in churches, but using soap to clean a person’s reputation is a really nice play on words.  Love has a way of changing your perspective making you see things through rose colored glasses and another interesting line says, “Ugly ducklings don’t turn into swans and glide off down the lake.  Whether your sunglasses are off or on, you only see the world you make.”  This is a biological reality that people who are in love see things optimistically and therefor they feel better because they have love in their lives.

Raitt is the daughter of Broadway singer John Raitt, and she started playing guitar at an early age, although she didn’t become serious about music until the late ’60s where she got involved in the folk scene and blues revival.  Bonnie rediscovered bluesmen like Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Sippie Wallace and Big Boy Crudup.  Raitt immersed herself in the blues, learning what she could from these living legends, and soon was opening for them on occasion.  Her powerful voice and ability to play slide guitar, allowed the beautiful redhead artist, to interpret traditional blues and folk in her own way.

She started playing tunes by up-and-coming songwriters such as Jackson Browne, Chris Smither, Eric Kaz, J.D. Souther, Karla Bonoff and John Prine while adding and a sprinkling of a couple of her own compositions in the mix.  From her earliest days, she was politically active, giving her time and energy to many causes.  Her first minor hit was a bluesy reading of Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ in 1977, but she was unable to follow it up and Warner Bros. decided to drop her in. Raitt said this was a particularly low time for her and that both her health and personal life were in bad shape, but during the next couple of years, she managed to pull everything together, going on tour and playing a number of major benefits.

For the first fifteen years of Bonnie Raitt’s career, she was an under-appreciated artist who then had a late career renaissance.  Raitt released 9 albums between 1971 and 1986 with some commercial success, but she did not have a top 40 single or a top 20 album.  However, her bluesy sound and slide guitar made her a trailblazer and a critical darling.  Raitt signed with Capitol Records in late 1988 and started working with producer Don Was and engineer Cherney on Nick of Time.  Was had been the leader of the quirky but cool band Was (Not Was), before he branched into production with albums by Carly Simon and The B-52s, and then he produced a version of Raitt singing ‘Baby Mine’ from the film Dumbo for the hip 1988 album of Disney film song remakes called Stay Awake.  Nick of Time marked the first time Cherney worked with either of them, and it proved to be a turning point in his career.  Cherney worked as an assistant engineer for Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien (among others), but by the early ‘80s he was mostly recording and mixing jingles.  He landed a Delco car-battery spot featuring music by Ry Cooder, which led to recording and mixing Cooder’s entire Get Rhythm album.  Cherney also worked with David Lindley who founded the band El Rayo-X and Linda Ronstadt

Joining Raitt on her version of this rocker was her regular touring band at the time, which included bassist Hutch Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist/harmony singer Johnny Lee Schell (augmented by Tony Braunagel on percussion).  ‘Thing Called Love’ was recorded live in the studio, and Tony’s percussion overdubbed.  The vocal take was a combination of live and maybe a couple of overdubs from other passes at it.  Bonnie liked to sing and play out in the room with the band, but they put her in a booth and it just didn’t work because she wanted to be with the musicians, allowing everyone to feed off each other, hear each other, see each other.  Johnny Lee Schell was out in the room, and they put some goboes around him (devices to shield his microphone), because he was playing an acoustic guitar.

Cherney recalled that he struggled with ‘Thing Called Love’ a bit, because he wanted the song to stand up and kick you in the ass.  Bonnie and Don were patient while he tore his hair out until he felt they had it nailed.  The finished track simmers with a rawness and intensity that fits Raitt’s voice and slide guitar perfectly.  ‘Thing Called Love’ became an immensely popular video on the still-rising VH-I network and there is no doubt that having Dennis Quaid in that video helped.  Raitt won Best Pop Vocal Performance Female and Best Rock Vocal Performance Female which was life-changing experience as the stars aligned for her.  After ‘Thing Called Love’ Raitt had multiple charting singles, including 5 top 40 songs.

VH1 was kind of new at this time, and this became the perfect outlet for Bonnie to get the exposure that her career needed.  Dennis Quaid was a good buddy of hers, and she got him to star in the video as her boyfriend, which allowed her to act flirtier than if she would have tried to act in front of the camera.  She knew that she wasn’t an actress, and she wasn’t used to videos, but the song ended up sounding so sexy, and that made her more comfortable and relaxed.

Don’t have to humble yourself to me
I ain’t your judge or your king
Baby, you know I ain’t no Queen of Sheba
We may not even have our dignity
This could be just a powerful thing
Baby we can choose you know we ain’t no amoeba

Are you ready for the thing called love
Don’t come from me and you
It comes from up above
I ain’t no porcupine
Take off your kid gloves
Are you ready for the thing called love

I ain’t some icon carved out of soap
Sent here to clean up your reputation
Baby, you know you ain’t no Prince Charming
We can live in fear or act out of hope
For some kind of peaceful situation
Baby, how come the cry of love is so alarming

Are you ready for the thing called love
Don’t come from me and you
It comes from up above
I ain’t no porcupine
Take off your kid gloves
Are you ready for the thing called love

Ugly ducklings don’t turn into swans
And glide off down the lake
Whether your sunglasses are off or on
You only see the world you make

Are you ready for the thing called love
Don’t come from me and you
It comes from up above
I ain’t no porcupine
Take off your kid gloves
Are you ready for it?

Are you ready for the thing called love
Don’t come from me and you
It comes from up above
I ain’t no porcupine
Take off your kid gloves
Are you ready for it?

Are you ready for love, baby?
Ooh yeah babe
Are you ready for love?

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive.

Seductive Words

Some people are absorbing, arresting, attractive, bewitching, captivating, charismatic, delightful, desirable, enchanting, engaging, engrossing, enthralling, enticing, entrancing, exciting, exquisite, extraordinary, fascinating, fetching, glamorous, gorgeous, gripping, haunting, hypnotic, interesting, intriguing, inviting, mesmerizing, pleasant, pleasing, riveting, spellbinding, stunning, tantalizing, tempting, and titillating, but the words that I chose for the theme today are Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive.  I don’t have a clue about what inspired me to come up with this particular theme, as I did it a while ago and I have themes selected all the way out to October 17, 2021.  I am pretty certain that my inspiration didn’t come from looking into the mirror.

Last week we had Awesome Autos, Classy Cars, Jumping Jalopies, and Various Vehicles, with the theme being Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.  Our theme this week is Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive and I this will give us some great music.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘Thing Called Love’ by John Hiatt which was covered by Bonnie Raitt today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Joe South song ‘Games People Play’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
August 8, 2021 – Fate, Fortune, Luck
August 15, 2021 – Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror
August 22, 2021 – Sports songs
August 29, 2021 – Fraud, Hypocrite, Phony, Pretender, Snob suggested by Angie Trafford

Behind the Wheel of a Large Automobile

‘Once in a Lifetime’ was released in 1980 on the Talking Heads fourth album Remain in Light, where they were all were operating at the top of their game.  The members of Talking Heads David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison used a more democratic process on this song, trying something new by all contributing to the writing along with the track’s producer, Brian Eno, instead of leaving everything up to Byrne.  Eno and the Talking Heads developed ‘Once in a Lifetime’ through extensive jams, inspired by Afrobeat musicians such as Fela Kuti.  Bassist Tina Weymouth came up with a striking bass line, and the band took that lick and extrapolated it, slowly building a piece around it.  After weeks of jamming, David Byrne and producer Brian Eno came in to the studio to start adding arrangements and lyrics to the music pieces to develop music that created a trancelike state, capturing the manic monotony of middle-class existence.

‘Once in a Lifetime’ peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart and was certified silver in the UK in 2018, but it didn’t break into the Billboard Hot 100 on its initial release.  NPR web music magazine named this song one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lists it as one of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.  David Byrne’s lyrics and vocals were inspired by preachers delivering sermons.  This song deals with the futility of not being happy with the things you have and the lyrics were written in a stream-of-consciousness approach, with one thought leading to the next.  The song features a water theme, with water giving life to everything around us, but also holding us down possibly causing us to drown.  Water represents how life is flexible, as it is constantly flowing under your feet.  You can try saving some water for later but if you try taking water from the bottom of the ocean, it won’t make any difference, as more water will still be down there, so this act is meaningless and fruitless.  At the bottom of the ocean, water is cold, you can’t breathe and the pressure will crush you.  Trying to remove the water at the bottom of the ocean, is an analogy standing for the fact that there is no way to stop life from moving on.

The lyrics relate to many average citizens who are not living their lives, because they just let the days pass by and they only worry about life when they run out of money.  These people exist, but their lives are like a hamster on a wheel, bot resembling reality.  The beautiful house, this beautiful wife and his large car have this guy wondering how he ever got into this situation.  In the refrain of the song a very dull repetition of “same as it ever was” occurs 8 times.  This gives the listener a hint at how this guy’s life has become monotonous and routine.  He has trouble believing what is going on and he exclaims, “My God!  What have I done?”

This song touches on how people can operate being half awake, or on autopilot, or not necessarily acting under their own accord, and end up with a house and family and job and everything that the American Dream allows then to have, but they don’t have a clue as to how they accumulated all of this stuff.  At the end of the day, he doesn’t know how he got to this point in his life by following a preset path that destiny took him to.  This leaves him living his life in apathy having these shocking half-hearted expressions that cast self-doubt that his life is real.  He feels that if he stops moving and looks at where he is in his life, that all he will see is a world that is nothing more than a fantasy which leads to his complacency.  He is left with existential questions and all he can do is to embrace the absurdity of life.

David Byrne said that most of lyrics were taken from evangelists that he heard on the radio while he was taking notes and picking up phrases, he thought were interesting.  He thought he might be fascinated with the middle class, because it seems so different from his life, and from what he does.  The music video, co-directed by Toni Basil, has Byrne dancing erratically over footage of religious rituals which were inspired by different trances in church and trances involving snakes.  Byrne’s moves resemble spasms like a malfunctioning robot might do and they are interspersed with him gesturing in Martian sign language, which went over big on MTV.

Talking Heads was an American New Wave and avant-garde band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991.  The band comprised David Byrne (vocals and guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Jerry Harrison (keyboards and guitar).  Auxiliary musicians also regularly made appearances in concert and on the group’s albums.  The New Wave style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk, art rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, world music, and Americana.  Frontman and songwriter David Byrne contributed whimsical, esoteric lyrics to the band’s songs, and emphasized their showmanship through various multimedia projects and performances.

And you may find yourself
Living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself
In another part of the world
And you may find yourself
Behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house
With a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, well
How did I get here?

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was

Water dissolving and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Under the water, carry the water
Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean!
Water dissolving and water removing

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again into silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

You may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself
Where does that highway go to?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right? Am I wrong?
And you may say yourself
“My God! What have I done?”

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again into the silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Look where my hand was
Time isn’t holding up
Time isn’t after us
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Letting the days go by
Same as it ever was
And here the twister comes
Here comes the twister

Letting the days go by (same as it ever was)
Same as it ever was (same as it ever was)
Letting the days go by (same as it ever was)
Same as it ever was
Once in a lifetime
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle.

Awesome Autos, Classy Cars, Jumping Jalopies, and Various Vehicles

Janis prayed for one, the Beach Boys had one with a rather large engine, Bruce liked pink and Prince preferred red.  A midsize luxury four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, a sleek convertible, a snazzy sports car, a station wagon, a hatchback, the sports utility vehicle, the crossover, a full-size van or a minivan, a pickup truck, there are so many choices, making me wonder which one is right for me.  I don’t really care all that much about what color it is, but the size, price, fuel efficiency, performance, reliability, safety, comfort, luxury and style are all important factors.  Maybe I should consider a jeep, or a military vehicle, or a dragster, or a hotrod, possibly a stretch limousine.  I don’t want anything that runs on diesel, but I would consider getting a hybrid, or just go all in and get one of those electric cars.  Now I have to chose between a brand new car, or certified pre owned one where they show me the Car Fax.

Last week we had Heartbreaker, with the theme being breakup songs which was suggested by Janis of themomshiediaries.  Our theme this week is Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.  I am certain that everyone will all be able to find songs ending a relationship or dumping a lover.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘Once in a Lifetime’ by the Talking Heads today.  Next week, I will be writing about the John Hiatt song ‘Thing Called Love’ covered by Bonnie Raitt.  The upcoming prompts will be:
August 1, 2021 – Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, Seductive
August 8, 2021 – Fate, Fortune, Luck
August 15, 2021 – Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror
August 22, 2021 – Sports songs

One Of the Great Breakup Songs

This breakup song ‘It’s Too Late’, doesn’t involve a person being upset or becoming heartbroken about the end of their relationship, it is a simple recognition that the couple isn’t working anymore, and that it’s time for them to move on and the girl couldn’t be nicer with the way she blows this guy off.  Carole King was finalizing her divorce from her first husband and former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, when she moved from New York City to Laurel Canyon the rock mecca section near Los Angeles to find herself.  They were married in August 1959 and this ended in divorce in 1968, as their growing lifestyle differences became irreconcilable.  Goffin wrote the lyrics and King wrote the music for many hits in the 60s and these songwriters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.  Carole is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Toni Stern a free-spirited painter, poet and lyricist from Los Angeles wrote the lyrics for the song ‘It’s Too Late’ after her relationship with James Taylor ended and he moved on to Joni Mitchell, but she won’t confirm who this song is about.  Timing plays a critical role for success in any relationship and when you are too late, you missed the boat and there is no going back once everything starts to disintegrate.  Having the wrong timing, almost guarantees an expiration date for your relationship and when you reach a certain point, all you can do is cherish the good memories, and try not to have too many regrets.  People change over time and they learn that they want different things and this could lead one of them to stop trying to make it work.

The day before Tapestry came out, Carole King turned 28, and that was a long time since she made her first record ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, at age 3, on the boardwalk at Coney Island.  Carol began piano lessons at age 4, and when she was 8, she appeared with a classmate on the live television show The Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour, singing ‘If I’d Known You Were Coming, I’d Have Baked a Cake’.  Born Carol Klein on February 9, 1942, in Manhattan, New York, and raised in Brooklyn, while she was at James Madison High School, she chose the new last name “King” for herself as a stage name and formed her first quartet, the Co-Sines.  After years of being a songwriting housewife, she divorced Gerry Goffin and she started to hang out with musicians James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and she met Toni Stern who helped her transition from writing songs with Goffin to writing songs on her own.  During her time at Laurel Canyon, Carole became friends with James Taylor and went on tour with him.  This tour proved to be a defining moment of her career, as Taylor asked the shy and reluctant performer King to perform her song ‘Up on the Roof’ with him one night and this gave her the confidence that she lacked.

King brought her two young daughters to California, where she discovered her voice as both an individual songwriter and as a recording artist.  King signed with Lou Adler’s Ode label who was already famous for his work with Sam Cooke and the Mamas and the Papas.  King briefly formed a group called The City with Danny Kortchmar and Charles Larkey who she married in 1970.  The group only put out one album, Now That Everything’s Been Said.  They didn’t tour because King had stage fright, thus the album was never fully promoted and The City fell apart.  By the end of 1970, King began to devote herself exclusively to singing her own songs.  Her first album was titled Writer and it was released in 1970, but it was not a commercial success.

Tapestry was recorded in just three weeks, costing only $22,000 to make, as the composer was trying to raise her young children.  This album was #1 on Billboard for 17 weeks, it received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year and remained on the Billboard charts for 313 weeks and still holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number one by a female solo artist.  Carole King did little to promote it and it stayed on the charts for five years.  When the Grammy Awards were announced in 1972, Carole King’s album received four awards, more than any one artist had received in one evening up until that time.  Tapestry is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.  It was certified Diamond by the RIAA in the United States, with more than 10 million copies sold.  In 2003, Tapestry was ranked number 36 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.  ‘It’s Too Late’ received a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, it was certified gold by the RIAA and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

Stayed in bed all mornin’ just to pass the time
There’s somethin’ wrong here, there can be no denyin’
One of us is changin’, or maybe we’ve just stopped tryin’

And it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it
Somethin’ inside has died
And I can’t hide and I just can’t fake it
Oh, no, no, no, no, no
(No, no, no, no)

It used to be so easy, livin’ here with you
You were light and breezy, and I knew just what to do
Now you look so unhappy and I feel like a fool

And it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it (we can’t make it)
Somethin’ inside has died
And I can’t hide and I just can’t fake it
Oh, no, no

There’ll be good times again for me and you
But we just can’t stay together, don’t you feel it, too?
Still I’m glad for what we had and how I once loved you

But it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it (we can’t make it)
Somethin’ inside has died
And I can’t hide and I just can’t fake it
Oh, no, no, no, no

It’s too late, baby
It’s too late now, darling
It’s too late

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is breakup songs.

Heartbreaker

I broke up with my last girlfriend with a text message, because I didn’t want to see her, or talk with her anymore, so if you do it right, breaking up is not all that hard to do.  If you are in a relationship that is no longer working for either of you, and breaking up is inevitable, then let them know your feelings and why you are ending it and it would be best if you tried to avoid the cliché phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me”, as that will not ease their pain.  Breaking up can help to give you and your significant other the personal space that you both need to grow outside the confines of your current relationship.  That growth might make you realize you’re meant to be together and become the cure that saves your relationship, or it will be the signal that something is wrong, which can’t be fixed.  In that case, it is time to move on, as there is most likely another person out there that is better suited for you.

Last week we had Entomology, with the theme Bugs, Insects suggested by Amy Braun, ☆ai love music☆ aisasami.  Our theme this week is breakup songs suggested by Janis of themomshiediaries.  I am certain that everyone will all be able to find songs ending a relationship or dumping a lover.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘It’s Too Late’ by Carole King.  Next week, I will be writing about the Talking Heads song ‘Once in a Lifetime’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
July 25, 2021 – Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle suggested by Melanie B Cee of sparksfromacombustiblemind
August 1, 2021 – Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, Seductive
August 8, 2021 – Fate, Fortune, Luck
August 15, 2021 – Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror