Put My Guns in The Ground

‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ is a Bob Dylan song that was written for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.  It was released as a single two months after the film’s premiere, and it became a worldwide hit, reaching #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  In the movie, frontier lawman Sheriff Colin Baker (played by Slim Pickens) refers to his wife (Mexican actress Katy Jurado) as “Mama”, and this is done in many cultures as a sign of love and respect for doing the difficult job of raising children.  Any couple that unites to create a family will take on new identities, and they will become completely bonded to this unit, completely focusing on their children, which is a beautiful thing.  They become mommy and daddy to each other and although today this is considered to be old fashioned, back in the day between the 1850s and 1950s, wives and husbands had twin beds, because separate beds were seen as a healthier, more modern option for couples than the double, with Victorian doctors warning that sharing a bed would allow the weaker sleeper to drain the vitality of the stronger.

This song is splendidly simple, featuring just two short verses, and the lyrics work directly with the scene in the film where a badge and guns really are a badge and guns, but somehow this song transcends the literal meaning, as if you listen, you may be able to pick up a much deeper, profound significance.  James Coburn is playing Sheriff Pat Garrett and he meets up with Sheriff Colin Baker, to help smoke out Black Harris, one of Billy the Kid’s gang, hoping that he can provide information on Billy’s whereabouts.  Baker is a bored, regret-filled lawman who is watching everything he knew die, and he is so sick of life that he does not even exercise authority anymore, so when Pat comes calling, Baker has to ask his wife where he put his badge.  Baker is building a boat, thinking he can use it to leave this damn territory, but it’s a pathetic dingy and it will never take him anywhere.  Baker and his wife go with Garrett to arrest some of Billy’s old gang, they find Harris, and a shootout ensues.  In the gunfight, the gang members including Black Harris are killed and Baker is mortally wounded.

Baker gets shot in the stomach, and he stumbles away from the fight to that river, possibly thinking about his unfinished boat.  Baker moves slowly but steadily away giving off the impression that he is like a dying elephant that wants to be alone when he dies.  Baker’s wife finds her husband with tears in her eyes, unable to speak as he looks at her and nods slightly, while life is draining out of him.  She comforts the dying lawman as he waits to die and as this quiet moment of hurt between two people who cannot voice their goodbye takes place, his death is certain.  Baker is knocking on heaven’s door, while this song starts playing.  Bob Dylan sings vocals, and plays guitar, with Roger McGuinn also on guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, Terry Paul on bass, Carl Fortina playing harmonium and Carol Hunter, Donna Weiss and Brenda Patterson all singing backing vocals.

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can’t shoot them anymore
That long black cloud is comin’ down
I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon.

You Can’t Say Bomb on A Plane

You could probably get away with saying the word bomb on a plane, but you would be tempting fate and most likely risking a cavity search.  Male nurse Greg Focker in Meet The Parents played by Ben Stiller testifies that he didn’t say that he had a bomb and he wonders why it would be wrong to say the word bomb on a plane, but poorly chosen comments can lead to your arrest, even if you are joking, as this would be like saying the word fire in a movie theater, because it will surely cause panic.  Most firearms, explosives, and incendiary devices are scary and these offensive weapons are prohibited in many places. They say that you should never bring a knife to a gun fight, but when you run out of bullets, a knife can be a handy weapon.

Last week we had A Little Lamb where the theme was songs that feature lyrics of Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other.  This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon.  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.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being 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.

This week I will be writing about the song ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ by Bob Dylan, and next week, I will be writing about the U2 song ‘Angel of Harlem’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
January 23, 2022 – Tribute songs written in memory of someone
January 30, 2022 – Songs featured in films that made the charts
February 6, 2022 – Space, Planets, Aliens suggested by Di of pensitivity101
February 13, 2022 – Can’t, Don’t, Shouldn’t, Won’t

Don’t Worry About Me

Robert Weir and John Barlow wrote the reggae-influenced Grateful Dead song ‘Estimated Prophet’ and it came out on their ninth studio album Terrapin Station in 1977.  After their own Grateful Dead Records label folded and a change in management, the Grateful Dead signed with recently founded Clive Davis’ Arista Records and they would remain with this label for the rest of their career.  By this time their massive, expensive Wall of Sound PA system was retired and replaced with a more logistically practical sound system.  Their label head Ron Rakow skipped town with $225,000 that he felt was owed to him.  Rex Jackson, a member of the Dead’s hardworking, hard-rocking crew, had died in a car accident in September 1976.  At Davis’ suggestion, they agreed to work with the pop-oriented producer Keith Olsen, who had just produced a huge hit album for Fleetwood Mac.

Olsen made a concerted effort to deliver songs that would break through commercially, so he put the group through their paces, making them rehearse and replay parts over until they nailed them.  Pianist Keith Godchaux was cracking the whip, which made the group sharper, and much more disciplined and the whole band were at their peak at this time.  They had a bunch of new material and they were excited about playing as the band returned to live touring, following a nearly two-year hiatus.   Others may disagree with me, but in my opinion, they never sounded better than they were playing at this time.  Keith & Donna would be with the Grateful Dead for just one more album Shakedown Street before a mutual decision was made to let both of them go, thinking that it was in everyone’s best interest, as it was reported that Keith passed out at the piano during a show and it was blamed on Keith’s playing which was said to have deteriorated.  Things kept getting worse for the Godchaux’s, as Keith sank into drug addiction, their relationship entered a period of marital discord and grew volatile as they were fighting like cats and dogs offstage and she was struggling to hear herself onstage because of monitor problems.

This song is often misunderstood, as Weir and Barlow wrote the song from the perspective of a crazy, messianic zealot, a Deadhead that would invariably show up at their concerts every now and then.  Bob Weir said that he would see this type of guy at nearly every show, a guy who took a lot of dope and he’s really bug-eyed, having some kind of vision, because he sees himself as a prophet and he has some type of message to deliver.  I have encountered some real whack jobs at Grateful Dead shows, naked people wearing snakes around their necks, but I guess that they had just as much right to be at these shows as I had.  Some of these guys will hear voices in their head, thinking that heaven has inspired them to lead the way to paradise and that is when they can be pretty scarry.

This track is filled with great melodies, overt sonic riffs, jazzy leads and the lyrics seem to scorn the faithful optimist.  Drummer Bill Kreutzmann forged a beat in the 14/8 time signature while session man and founding member of The Blues Brothers Tom Scott added lyricon (an electronic wind instrument) and saxophone to jazz up the song’s arrangement.  This song is soaked in wah-wah pedal voice-box guitar effects.  Weir’s lead vocal is shadowed by Donna Godchaux’s hymn to “California” wafting through the song, which always made the audience cheer.

Barlow utilizes plenty of biblical imagery for the lyrics, with the sea parting before the singer, and fire wheels burning in the air, like those stories from Ezekiel and Daniel.  I see this as being a song about people and the crazy Deadhead never really caused that much trouble.  Some of them freaked me out, but everyone that I came across was harmless and I never thought that any of them could be a prophet, as they were only prophets in their own minds, which were all messed up on acid.  Perhaps this Deadhead felt that he could interpret the Grateful Dead’s music, or that Garcia’s guitar was playing special notes for him, and this guy probably took their music a bit more seriously than it was intended.

My time coming, any day, don’t worry about me, no
Been so long, I felt this way
I’m in no hurry, no
Rainbows and down that highway where ocean breezes blow
My time coming, voices saying they tell me where to go

Don’t worry about me, nah, nah, nah
Don’t worry about me, no
And I’m in no hurry, nah, nah, nah
I know where to go

California, preaching on the burning shore
California, I’ll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know, I’m gonna shine

My time coming, any day, don’t worry about me, no
It’s gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passin’ slow
Still I know I lead the way, they tell me where I go

Don’t worry about me, nah, nah, nah
Don’t worry about me, no
And I’m in no hurry, nah, nah, nah
I know where to go

California, a prophet on the burning shore
California, I’ll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know I’m gonna shine

You’ve all been asleep, you would not believe me
Them voices tellin’ me, you will soon receive me
Standin’ on the beach, the sea will part before me
Fire wheel burning in the air

You will follow me and we will ride to glory
Way up, the middle of the air
And I’ll call down thunder and speak the same

And my work fills the sky with flame
And might and glory gonna be my name
And men gonna light my way

My time coming, any day, don’t worry about me, no
It’s gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passin’ slow
My time coming, any day, don’t worry about me, no

Don’t worry about me, nah, nah, nah
Don’t worry about me, no
And I’m in no hurry, nah, nah, nah
I know where to go

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other.

A Little Lamb

Mairzy dotes and dozy dotes, Mary had a little lamb that she named trouble, because anywhere she went concern, fear, fret, and worry always followed, as her lamb was always getting into some type of mischief.  The lamb was not evil, or malicious, it just had a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Many people felt that the lamb was bad luck, because something bad would always happen when it was a round.  The other sheep liked the little lamb, because it had a flock mentality which it used to protect them from predators.  It did not consider itself to be a prey animal, and whenever it felt threatened, adrenaline would kick in and instead of running away from wolves, it would charge straight at them.  This confused the wolves, especially when the little lamb who had had high apple pie, in the sky hopes charged at them with a head-butt, causing them to run away so they wouldn’t get trampled.

Last week we had A Really Big Shoe where the theme was songs that feature lyrics of Entertainment, Circus, Show suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.  This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other.  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.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being 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.

This week I will be writing about the song ‘Estimated Prophet’ by the Grateful Dead, and next week, I will be writing about the Bob Dylan song ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
January 16, 2022 – Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon
January 23, 2022 – Tribute songs written in memory of someone
January 30, 2022 – Songs featured in films that made the charts
February 6, 2022 – Space, Planets, Aliens suggested by Di of pensitivity101

Show Me A Garden

Gary Lightbody the lead singer of the Scottish-Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol wrote the song ‘Chasing Cars’ in 2005, even though it is credited to all the members Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson who were in the group at that time.  Like most love songs, this was written about a time when he was happy being in a relationship.  The phrase “chasing cars” came from something his dad said to him about a girl that he was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car.  You’ll never catch it and you wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.”  Some dogs enjoy chasing cars and this infatuation seems to be in their nature, but people also need their dreams about a life that they will never have, and there is nothing wrong with enjoying a dream.  This all-consuming urge can be completely compelling, and without any consideration of planning or follow-through in case things actually work out.

This song gained significant popularity in the US after it was featured in the second season finale of the popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, where it wasn’t even in the Top 100 on American itunes the night before the show and it went to #1 by the next morning.  Gary Lightbody said that he wrote this song after becoming sober following a binge of white wine, while sitting in the garden of song producer Jacknife Lee’s Kent cottage.  In this song Gary’s words flow out instinctively as he is singing a simple melody over sparse guitars, with an ever-building crescendo and everyone found this to be appealing.  In this song a very ambitious young man tries to express his love for his partner, thinking that they could be together and forget about the rest of the world.  He is unsure how to express his feelings for her and he mentions that those three words which are said so often, but he feels that they are not enough.  One has to assume he’s talking about the words I love you.

The song has one of the most fascinating chart runs in UK history, as it was released as a download-only single in July 2006, and followed by a CD version a few weeks later, and it originally peaked at #6.  By November the CD single was deleted and, due to chart rules at that time, the song was removed from the chart two weeks later, after 17 weeks in total.  It was then absent from the chart altogether for seven weeks, but by January 2007, a change to the rules meant that all downloads, with or without a physical version, were now eligible.  It then suddenly returned at #9, and remained on the chart for 48 consecutive weeks, purely on downloads.  But 2013, the song racked up an amazing 111 weeks on the UK Top 75, making it the 2nd longest runner of all time, behind only Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’.  It sold its millionth copy in the UK in October 2013 and in the US, it peaked at #5 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

Let’s waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see

I don’t know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is Entertainment, Circus, Show suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.

A Really Big Shoe

Ed Sullivan started off nearly every one of his broadcasts from (1948-1971) by telling the audience, “We have a really big show tonight.”  There was a twang (a sharp, nasal tone) in his voice which produced an odd inflection making him pronounce the word “Show” as “Shew” and that always made me laugh, although I thought it was charming.  When people think about the Ed Sullivan Show they associate him with great entertainment, as Sullivan always presented a wide variety of acts including jugglers, acrobats, ventriloquists, performing dogs, comedians, vocalists, and vocal groups.  Ed had normal size feet, but he was renowned for igniting the careers of many of his guests and he championed several African American musicians.  His two most iconic shows featured performances by Elvis Presley (1956) and the Beatles (1964).  Ed Sullivan went to Munich in November of 1965 to tape a pair of circus spectaculars the likes of this had never been seen before, as nobody else could afford this much extravagance.

Last week we had Rage where the theme was songs that feature lyrics of Anger, Frustration, Furious, Irritated, Mad, Provoked, Revenge suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.  This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Entertainment, Circus, Show suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.  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.

Think of these as being suggestions instead of being 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 said that I would be writing about the song ‘Believe It Or Not’ by the Grateful Dead today, but I need to get better organized, as I already wrote a post on that song, so I am going with the Snow Patrol song ‘Chasing Cars’.  Next week, I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘Estimated Prophet’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
January 9, 2022 – Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other
January 16, 2022 – Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon
January 23, 2022 – Tribute songs written in memory of someone
January 30, 2022 – Songs featured in films that made the charts

I Like to See Them Suffer

In 1981, the new wave duo of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox included a song titled ‘Revenge’, as the closing track of their debut album In the Garden.  The Eurythmics fifth studio album was titled Revenge and it was released in 1986.  In 2005, this album was remastered, and the new edition contained the bonus track ‘Revenge 2’.  I am almost certain that ‘Revenge’ and ‘Revenge 2’ have the exact same lyrics, so to me this is not a radically different remake that would warrant it needing a new name.  Lennox and Stewart produced music videos that were unusual for their theatricality.  Video allowed Lennox to present a much wider range of characters than she could in live performance.  The song ‘Revenge’ featured Lennox in an array of female guises, but the short- haired, icy cold and sexually unavailable Annie seemed dominant.

The story of the Eurythmics began in London, 1975, when Stewart fortuitously encountered Lennox at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress.  The Scottish singer had recently dropped out of the Royal Academy of Music, which she felt didn’t suit her musical interests. Stewart and Lennox strongly connected over their love of music, and they quickly became a couple who were inseparable.  Along with singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Peet Coombes, Stewart and Lennox formed a short-lived group the Catch.  After one failed single, they added two members and renamed themselves the Tourists.  The Tourists released three albums and they toured extensively, but their success was fleeting.  Lennox and Stewart endured a painful ending to their romance which was said to be tumultuous sometimes, but they recognized the power of their musical chemistry and decided to continue working together as a duo, so the British group became The Eurythmics including vocals and lyrics of Annie Lennox with the pop instrumentation and scoring talents of guitarist Dave Stewart.  The duo burst onto the music scene in 1983 with their international hit-debut album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and the music video for this song helped to propel it to #2 on the UK Singles Chart and it went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  Over the next nine years they released a string of hit recordings that demonstrated their trademark fine line between themes of passion and disdain, optimism and angst, and a music style which eventually nestled itself somewhere between New Wave synthesizer pop and American soul.  The Eurythmics emerged in a crucial period for popular music and the duo won an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 1984.

Throughout much of the 1980s, Eurythmics were one of the most popular music acts in the world, outlasting many other synthesizer-laced New Wave bands that cropped up at around the same time. Eurythmics delved increasingly into their soul and rhythm & blues roots as time went on, while Lennox’s creative use of androgyny on stage and in videos kept audiences fascinated.  By 1990, though, their popularity had started to wane, and the two quietly decided to stop recording and performing together, going their separate ways. In 1999, though, a reunion to record one song for a greatest hits album found them collaborating so successfully that they produced Peace, their first new album in nearly a decade.

She said revenge can be so sweet
I like to take it when I can
I need to play with the ones I hate
I like to see them suffer

It has to be dangerous
It has to be refined
It has to be skillful
You need to take your time

She said I take care
Of my resources
You never know
When you might need them

(She said, “You got a snake,
And that’s a good example
You don’t even notice it until you’re bitten,
You learn to enjoy it.)

I’m fast and I’m strong
My reflexes are good
It doesn’t take long
To achieve my deserved revenge

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Anger, Frustration, Furious, Irritated, Mad, Provoked, Revenge suggested by Amy Braun, ☆ai love music☆ aisasami.

Rage

When uncontrollable anger becomes violent, this is called intermittent explosive disorder and this may involve repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation.  When I was very young, I can remember throwing some temper tantrums in the grocery store, when my mom told me to put the candy back that I placed in her shopping cart.  She must have taken some psychology courses, because she would just walk away from me and leave me alone crying on the floor with everyone staring at me wondering who is this brat, till I realized that I wanted my mommy and when I finally located her, I felt regret and embarrassment.  I don’t think that I ever became hostile, but I was frustrated, irritated and mad.  Some people can become furious and if they are provoked, they will seek revenge.

Last week we had Adapt or Become Obsolete where the theme was songs that feature lyrics associated with electronic communication devices (pagers, iPhone, Android, fax machine, computer, TV) suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.  This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Anger, Frustration, Furious, Irritated, Mad, Provoked, Revenge suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.  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 ‘Revenge 2’ by the Eurythmics today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘Believe It Or Not’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
January 2, 2022 – Entertainment, Circus, Show suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind
January 9, 2022 – Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other
January 16, 2022 – Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon
January 23, 2022 – Tribute songs written in memory of someone

What the Hell Is Wrong

‘Computer Blue’ is a cerebral punk-funk workout song by Prince and The Revolution, which was released on Prince’s sixth album, Purple Rain in 1984.  In the Purple Rain film, Prince makes his acting debut as The Kid, a talented but troubled frontman of his Minneapolis-based band The Revolution.  This song represents Prince’s character’s angst at the budding relationship between the characters played by Morris Day (lead singer of The Time) and Apollonia (Kid’s girlfriend), who he desires, and he performs it in front of the two during The Revolution’s set at a nightclub with the aim of upsetting them.  The song was composed by Prince with credit to his father, John L. Nelson, for the guitar solo based on a piano instrumental written by Nelson and Prince.

Keyboardist Dr. Fink said they were jamming at rehearsal one day and he started to play a synthesizer bass part along with the groove.  Prince liked what he heard, so he had their sound man record the jam.  This jamming turned into ‘Computer Blue’, which became a full-blown collaboration between Prince, keyboardist Dr. Fink, piano and keyboard player Lisa Coleman, guitarist and singer-songwriter Wendy Melvoin, and Prince’s father John L. Nelson, who wrote the main melody in the bridge section of this song.  The band continued to work on the song and, according to drummer Bobby Z, had it “just about fully rehearsed” when Prince threw another element into the works, a lyrical guitar solo based on a melody by his father, John L. Nelson, later to be dubbed ‘Father’s Song’ (Revolution 20), however the composition ‘Father’s Song’ was not yet recorded as a separate song when ‘Computer Blue’ was conceived.

In ‘Computer Blue’ Prince plays the role of a rogue artificial intelligence who is questioning his internal database for a “love life”, and finds it lacking, and dispassionately observers that “there must be something wrong with the machinery.”  The chorus is an error message set to music, “until I find that righteous 1 / computer blue”, where Prince is holding out hope.  It’s also a double meaning, with the word “blue” referring both figuratively to a melancholy mood, and literally to the bluish-tinged light of a color CRT monitor.  The song became a bundle of strangely inviting contradictions, an outburst of creative impulses ranging from mechanical funk to breezy jazz to an eruptive conclusion that recalls the distorted energy of ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, which was also on this album.

The song begins with a dialog between Wendy Melvoin and her keyboardist bandmate/girlfriend, Lisa Coleman, where Lisa asks Wendy if the “water is warm enough” for them to do something that remains mysterious and is usually seen as being kinky.  Some exchanges that didn’t make it onto the final album like the spoken word section that included topics about lust, hate, insecurity and fear that was inserted, was later taken out.  On the extended studio recording, Robo-Lisa and Wendy-tron return to taunt him, “poor lonely computer / it’s time someone programmed u / it’s time u learned love and lust / they both have 4 letters / but they’re entirely different words.”  Later, their chiding takes on a more pointedly feminist dimension, as they warn the “chauvinistic computer” that “women are not butterflies”, but “computers too / just like you.”

Prince’s portrayal of a sentient, lovelorn CPU tapped into contemporary anxieties around the emergent technology, namely, that society’s increasing dependence on computers would have a dehumanizing effect, with cold logic taking the place of feelings and empathy.  ‘Computer Blue’ plays up this tension in the contrast between the robotic lyrics and the decidedly human expressiveness of Prince’s vocals, which run the course from a plaintive whimper to an impassioned scream–not to mention his guitar solos, which have a nuance and sensitivity that no computer, then or now, could hope to ever match.

In 1984, Apple aired their Super Bowl XVIII commercial for their Macintosh computer, which was already the most anticipated personal computer release ever.  The commercial, which cost at least three hundred thousand dollars, was based partly on George Orwell’s novel 1984, with the role of Big Brother being filled by a man dictating to the masses from a giant screen, only to have a hammer-wielding woman run up and destroy the screen, freeing the people.  The “Big Brother” motif was a veiled reference to IBM, Apple’s main competitor.  The commercial, shown only once, is considered a major turning point in the marketing of computers, especially since IBM computers were running on DOS at this time and the first version of Windows wasn’t released till 1985.  For music, the CD (Compact Disk) had come out in 1981, but for data, the big date is 1984 when Phillips introduces the CD-ROM (the last part stands for Read Only Memory).  Fujio Masuoka invented flash memory which was capable of being erased and re-programmed multiple times in 1984 while working for Toshiba.  Also in 1984, William Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” in his novel Neuromancer, so a lot of things were happening with computers back in 1984.

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson, 1958 and he was very productive between 1982 and 1992, as he placed nine albums in the Top 10.  During the same decade he placed 26 singles in the Top 40 and over the course of his career, he has sold almost 40 million recordings.  More importantly, he is one of the most talented musicians ever to achieve mass commercial success.  Prince’s recorded output reflects a wide range of inspirations, from funk and guitar-based rock ’n’ roll to urban folk music, new wave, and psychedelic rock.  As a celebrity, Prince occupies a middle ground between the hermitlike reclusiveness of Michael Jackson and the exuberant exhibitionism of Madonna.  Throughout his career, Prince has granted few press interviews, yet he managed to keep himself in the limelight.

The best example of his skill at manipulating the boundary between the public and the private is the film and soundtrack album Purple Rain, which established him as a pop superstar.  The album sold more than 13 million copies.  The plot and characters of Purple Rain draw heavily on Prince’s life, and it is not easy to draw boundaries between the fictional character, the celebrity persona, and the private individual.  A major source of the film’s attraction for Prince’s fans lay in the idea that this was a tantalizing opportunity to catch a glimpse of the “man behind the curtain.

Wendy? Yes Lisa
Is the water warm enough? Yes Lisa
Shall we begin? Yes Lisa

Ohhh!

Where is my love life? Where can it be?
There must be something wrong with the machinery
Where is my love life? Tell me, where has it gone?
Somebody please, please tell me what the hell is wrong

Until I find the righteous one, computer blue
Until I find the righteous one, computer blue

Oh

Yeah

Yowww, yowww, yowww, yowww!

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is songs that feature lyrics associated with electronic communication devices (pagers, iPhone, Android, fax machine, computer, TV) suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.

Adapt or Become Obsolete

A state-of-the-art high-tech computer is expected to last anywhere from three to five years before it goes out of date.  State of the art, which is also called cutting edge refers to the highest level of general development, concerning a device, technique, or scientific field that is able to be achieved at a particular time.  Electronic communication started off with the telegraph using Morse code and soon afterward, came the wired telephone, the TV & the wireless radio.  Surprisingly pagers are still alive today and they are embraced by the same groups who used the very first versions, people that work in public safety and healthcare professionals.  Fax machines were once at the forefront of communication technologies and they are also still around.  Black-and-white TVs have just about faded from view, but these sets are still in use in some prisons.  Premium-priced Android phones are about as good as the iPhone, but cheaper Androids are more prone to problems.  People like iPhones because they can FaceTime but they can have hardware issues, too.  Some appreciate Apple for its greater simplicity and higher quality, but others say Android is far superior at organizing apps, letting you put important stuff on the home screens and hide less useful apps in the app drawer.

Last week we had More Gobbledygook where the theme was songs that include nonsense lyrics suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.  This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics associated with electronic communication devices (pagers, iPhone, Android, fax machine, computer, TV) suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.  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 ‘Computer Blue’ by Prince today.  Next week, I will be writing about the Eurythmics song ‘Revenge’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
December 26, 2021 – Anger, Frustration, Furious, Irritated, Mad, Provoked, Revenge suggested by Amy Braun, ☆ai love music☆ aisasami
January 2, 2022 – Entertainment, Circus, Show suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind
January 9, 2022 – Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other
January 16, 2022 – Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon