New SLS Badge Coming Soon

I am working on a new badge for Song Lyric Sunday.

At the top it will say Welcome to Song Lyric Sunday and below that there will be a worm like creature sitting on a mushroom blowing out smoke that forms, “Smoking Hot Music”. Below that it will say “Caution!  Listening to music may cause uncontrolled outbursts of joy and happiness and also lead you to becoming more energetic, creative and spontaneous, so enter at your own risk.”  I am going to add musical notes and instruments around the edges of the new badge.  It is a slow process, but I am committed to creating it.

I found these flaming hot letters, but they are just clip art so I need to do some work on them to get them the way I want.

When The Wall’s Caved In

‘Greatest Story Ever Told’ was written by Michael S. Hart, Robert C. Hunter and Robert Hall Weir and it came out on Bob Weir’s 1972 solo album Ace, but an earlier version appears on Mickey Hart’s 1972 solo album Rolling Thunder as ‘The Pump Song’.  The song began with a recording of a water pump from a well on Mickey’s ranch, and he gave the tape to Bob with a challenge to turn it into a song.  Hunter added lyrics, which Weir altered a bit for instance, “Moses come ridin’ up on a guitar” became “on a quasar”.  I guess Weir liked quasar, because it was new and not understood at the time.  In the 1980s quasars became defined as a mechanism that was causing galaxies to blast out jets of radiation from their cores.  Later it was found that all galaxies have supermassive black holes at their centers, and when material gets too close, it is blasted out as an enormous amount of radiation.

Bobby also changed the title which was originally ‘Moses’.  There is a line about a left-handed monkey wrench which actually doesn’t exist, because a monkey wrench is symmetrical, so it does not come in left-handed or right-handed versions.  This reminds me of when I had a job in a panel shop and my boss told me to get the sky hook so he could move the panel.  I asked him what the sky hook was and where I could locate it and he told me that somebody in the shop was probably using it and all I had to do was go around shouting “Sky Hook” and I would find it.  He sent me on a fool’s errand which is often done to a newcomer being sent off to find some nonexistent tool and everyone had a good laugh at my expense.

Moses asks the song’s narrator for mercy, and he gives Moses a gun, and then the narrator asks Moses for water, and he gets wine instead.  Most of these lyrics don’t make a lot of sense, but they do rhyme.  The song also mentions Gideon who thinks the door won’t close, because the hinge is missing, but Moses says that the door won’t close because the walls have caved in. Abraham and Isaac also make an appearance in this song as they are sitting on a fence and then digging a well.

Moses come ridin’ up on a quasar
His spurs were jingling, the door was ajar
His buckle was silver, his manner was bold
And I asked him to come in out of the cold

His brain was boiling, his reason was spent
His motto is nothing is borrowed, nothing is lent
He ask me for mercy, I gave him a gun
He said these things just got to be done

Abraham and Isaac sitting on a fence
You’d get right to work if you had any sense
You know the one thing we need is a left-hand monkey wrench

Gideon come up with his eyes on the floor
Said “you ain’t got a hinge, you can’t close the door”
Moses stood up above his six foot and ten
Said “you can’t close the door when the wall’s caved in”

Ask him for water, he poured me some wine
We finished the bottle and broke into mine
You get what you come for, ya ready to go
Well, it’s one in ten thousand that come for the show

Abraham and Isaac diggin’ on a well
Mama came quick with the water witch spell
Well cool clear water well you can’t ever tell

Abraham and Isaac sitting on a fence
You’d get right to work if you had any sense
You know the one thing we need is a left-hand monkey wrench

Written for Song Lyric Sunday Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

Structure

I went through a rough time buying a new computer this week, but that is nothing compared to purchasing a house. Besides getting the right house, you also have to consider the property to see if it will allow you to have a garden or a swimming pool and you need to think if it is the right place for your kids and your pets. I figure that every house needs to have a floor, a roof and walls, but it is also a good idea to have a door and some windows.

Last week was a lot of fun for me again and I enjoy seeing what songs everyone will come up with. Song Lyric Sunday is mostly about having fun and sharing your music with others. Tell a story, post a video, show the lyrics, but most important, make sure that you have fun.  I feel that everyone should be able to find a song that fits the prompt Floor/House/Roof/Walls. Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and please be patient, and wait for me to approve your pingbacks, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • 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 ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’ by the Grateful Dead this week. Next week I will write about ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ by the Nancy Sinatra. The upcoming prompts will be:
September 22, 2019 – Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie
September 29, 2019 – Train songs
October 6, 2019 – Bus/Truck/Lorry
October 13, 2019 – Drifter/Loner/Vagabond

She Sang A Little While

Janis Joplin died in her hotel room at the age of just 27 of an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 1970 after she bought a pack of Marlboro cigarettes but she keeled over before she could light one.  She struck her head on the corner of the bedside table.  She was a good friend of the Grateful Dead and she was particularly close to Pig Pen being on-again-off-again lovers and he was always proud to claim that he taught her to drink Southern Comfort.  Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia wrote Birdsong to describe the loss of this beautiful songbird who rocked the music world, and, in particular, the San Francisco music scene.  She was a sultry psychedelic rocker from Texas, who made her way to San Francisco in 1963 at the age of 20. Janis first appeared on the Bay Area as an acoustic blues singer, working the same coffeehouse circuit as Jerry Garcia and Jorma Kaukonen.  Chet Helms lured her back from Texas, and hooked her up with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Jerry released this song on his first solo album Garcia, in early 1972.  It is an immense tragedy when somebody with such great talent and creativity is lost forever.  This song features lyrics that say, “Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passing by”, which is ambiguous, but great talents shine, however their moment is always fleeting.  Some people will live longer than others, but eventually everyone dies, and the brightest tend to burn out more quickly.  “Laugh in the sunshine, sing, cry in the dark, fly through the night” are all parts of life.  Birds usually fly South for the winter and maybe this is why the song contains these lyrics. “I’ll show you snow and rain.”  This song has a great jam and that is what the Grateful Dead are all about.

All I know is something like a bird within her sang,
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on,
Tell me all that you know, I’ll show you snow and rain.

If you hear that same sweet song again, will you know why?
Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passin’ by,
Laugh in the sunshine, sing, cry in the dark, fly through the night.

Don’t cry now, don’t you cry, don’t you cry anymore.
Sleep in the stars, don’t you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.

All I know is something like a bird within her sang,
All I know she sang a little while and then flew off,
Tell me all that you know, I’ll show you snow and rain.

Janis sat-in with the Grateful Dead on at least two occasions, June 7, 1969 at the Fillmore West and again on July 16, 1970 at the Euphoria Ballroom in San Rafael, California.  In both instances she helped Pigpen sing ‘Turn On Your Lovelight’.  Joplin also spent time with Dead during the 1970 concert tour across Canada that also included The Band, Buddy Guy, Sha Na Na and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.  The documentary film Festival Express, shows her singing while riding on a train during this tour.

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is “Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing”.

Winging It

I always get a thrill out of making a post for my own prompt and that little birdie who came flying by said that things are even better up in the sky. Why do I always get hungry when I hear the word wings, maybe it is because they go so well with football.  This is my first SLS post during football season and I am not sure how this is going to work out, as I do enjoy watching the games, well that is as long as my teams are winning.  Last week was a lot of fun for me again and I enjoy seeing what songs everyone will come up with.

Song Lyric Sunday is mostly about having fun and sharing your music with others. Tell a story, post a video, show the lyrics, but most important, make sure that you have fun.  I feel that everyone should be able to find a song that fits the prompt Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing. Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and please be patient, and wait for me to approve your pingbacks, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • 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 ‘Birdsong’ by the Grateful Dead this week. Next week I will write about ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’ again by the Grateful Dead. The upcoming prompts will be:
September 15, 2019 – Floor/House/Roof/Walls
September 22, 2019 – Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie
September 29, 2019 – Train songs
October 6, 2019 – Bus/Truck/Lorry

West Texas Cowboys

‘Me and My Uncle’ was composed by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas and it became the most-frequently-performed Grateful Dead song, as they played it over 600 times in concert.  John said that he began receiving publishing royalties from a song on a Judy Collins record with which he was unfamiliar with.  It was titled ‘Me And My Uncle’ and he called Judy to let her know of the mistake because he hadn’t written any such song.  She laughed and told him that he did in 1963, in Phoenix, Arizona at a party after one of her concerts.  They had a tequila fueled night back at the hotel with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Roger McGuinn and a few others.  They were running a blank cassette and everyone else had a turn performing a song and John proceeded to play the spontaneous song ‘Me And My Uncle’ not writing any of it down and passing out after he finished.  The next day, John woke up and everyone else was gone except the empty tequila bottle containing the worm and he had no recollection of ever writing this song.  Judy kept the cassette from that evening and then, without informing John, she recorded a slower version of the song for her own record.  Over the years the song was recorded by several people, and eventually became a standard of the Grateful Dead.  John used to joke that, little by little, with each royalty check, the memory of writing the song would come back to him.

This song is a real cowboy song with two guys on horses stopping in Santa Fe, Texas where it is hot and they are thirsty, so one of them becomes shirtless and the other starts to play cards for gold and there are acquisitions of cheating.  It probably takes place sometime between 1870 and 1912 and the two cowboys are related, a guy and his uncle that rode horses from Denver, Colorado headed to somewhere in West Texas (possible El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo or Abilene) on a six day ride, but they make a stop over half way there.  The guy who sings this song seems like a really nice guy, as he takes good care of the horses and when he starts drinking in the bar, he orders drinks for everyone.  It is hot and after riding for three days he tries to clean up a bit.  The cowboys in the bar just got paid and they are drinking heavy and gambling.  They are betting gold in a card game referred to as ‘High Low Jacks’.

The nephew sees that his uncle has joined in the card game and he is winning some gold.  A few cowboys accused his uncle of cheating and he can’t believe this as he always thought of his uncle as being honest.  He knows his uncle and he thinks that he is as honest as he is and he says that he is as honest as a Denver man can be.  He sees one of the cowboys pull out his gun, so he shoots and kills him and then he shoots a few more of them.  As this is going on his uncle grabs all the gold and they both start to hightail their way down to Mexico.  It doesn’t actually say what happened to his uncle, but a good guess is that one of the cowboys shot him as they were leaving with the money.  It does say that when the nephew realized that his uncle was dead, that he left his ass on the side of the road.  This is ruthless tale about two greedy and dishonest guys from Denver that probably cheat at cards and rob and kill others.

Me and my uncle went ridin’ down
To South Colorado, west Texas bound
We stopped over in Santa Fe,
that day on the pony, just about half way
And you know it was the hottest part of the day
I took the horses up to the stall
Went to the barroom, ordered drinks for all
Three days in the saddle, You know my body hurt
It being summer, I took off my shirt
And I tried to wash off some of that dusty dirt
West Texas cowboys, they was all around,
Wheat liquor and money, they loaded down,
So soon after payday, no one seemed ashamed,
You know my uncle, he starts playin’ the game,
Hey! Hi low jacks and the winner take the hand.
My uncle starts winning, the cowboys got sore,
One of them called him, and then two more,
Accused him of cheatin’, oh no it couldn’t be,
I know my uncle he’s as honest as me,
And I’m as honest as a Denver man can be.
One of them cowboys he starts to draw,
And I shot him down Lord, He never saw,
Shot me another, Right then he hit the floor,
In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
And we hightailed it down to Mexico.
Now I love those cowboys, I love their gold,
Love my uncle, God rest his soul,
Taught me good Lord, Taught me all I know,
Taught me so well, that I grabbed that gold, and
I left his dead ass there by the side of the road

Written for Song Lyric Sunday Theme where the prompt is “Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western”.

Wild West

My best guess is that Helen Vahdati started Song Lyric Sunday on Sunday, June 19, 2016, so this writing challenge has been going on for over three years now.  I joined in this group with my first post on 8/27/17 and I have kept coming back every week since then.  Most of the participants are regulars, although in the last several weeks, there have been many new people contributing music.  Song Lyric Sunday means different things to different people, and to me I believe that every song has its own story to tell, that’s different from just about every other song, and all of these songs have their own life to live.  There are no laws about how to approach Song Lyric Sunday, yes it does have some rules, but nobody really enforces these rules.  To me SLS means telling the story surrounding the song, who wrote it, where the inspiration came from and how the song did on the charts.  Robert Hunter a lyricist for the Grateful Dead said that the song ‘China Cat Sunflower’ came to him when he was visiting Mexico’s Lake Chapala and a cat decided that his belly looked like a comfortable place to take a nap.  Whether or not you like the Grateful Dead, this is a cool story and it makes the song more fun to listen to, because you know something about it.

Song Lyric Sunday is mostly about having fun and sharing your music with others. Tell a story, post a video, show the lyrics, but most important, make sure that you have fun.  I feel that everyone should be able to find a song that fits the prompt Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western. Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and please be patient, and wait for me to approve your pingbacks, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • 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 ‘Me And My Uncle’ by John Phillips this week.  Next week I will write about ‘Birdsong’ by the Grateful Dead.  The upcoming prompts will be:
September 8, 2019 – Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing
September 15, 2019 – Floor/House/Roof/Walls
September 22, 2019 – Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie
September 29, 2019 – Train songs