One Person’s Trash Can Be Another Person’s Treasure

‘These Dreams’ was turned down by Stevie Nicks and also by Kim Carnes, but it became a hit for Heart.  Stevie Nicks felt that the title was too close to her hit song ‘Dreams’ and Kim Carnes didn’t think that her voice was right for this.  It was the first single to feature Nancy Wilson on lead vocals, and it was one of the first singles that the Wilson sisters didn’t write themselves.  Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics for ‘These Dreams’ with Stevie Nicks in mind, but he titled the song ‘Boys In The Mist’.  Martin Page composed the music and he rearranged some of the lyrics in the bridge, the chorus and the verses and he renamed the demo ‘These Dreams’ for Heart to hear and they loved it and it became their first #1 hit in the US and it went to #8 in the UK.  This song was released on the group’s self-titled eighth studio album Heart from 1985, which became their only album to top the US Billboard 200 to date.

Nancy Wilson loved this song and when her older sister, Ann pointed out that they already had a full set of songs for their next album, she still continued to pitch it and Ann finally relented telling Nancy that if she wanted this song that she was going to be the one to sing it.  Not every dream is beautiful and these rather weird, fantasy, or fairytale dreams that the singer is having are probably something that she wants to escape from.  It is possible that this song was written about a time before we had electricity, because they are using candles for light.  The character in this song seems frightened like something is chasing her as she notices figures up ahead that are moving in the trees.  She is dressed in linen wearing perfume under the full moon, while her dream is in the mist.  This makes her feel scared, lost and threatened, because she can’t see what is in front of her.  She is traumatized seeing darkness and shadows and this is making her delusional, as she is losing track of time.  She is not certain what she is looking at, so she asks the entity to come closer.  She is completely confused and losing touch with reality because of her dreams in the mist.

She can’t help this reoccurring dream that haunts her every time she closes her eyes.  She would like to try and make sense out of this, but it is so strange like she is living another life.  When she is awake, the real world does not seem to fit, so she wants to go back into her dream, even though it may be dangerous containing an impending disaster.  Mysterious things can happen in dreams and intrigue, secrecy, espionage may be around the next corner.  Being out of touch with reality, she is unsure if it is spring or fall, but since she is aware that it is a dream, she can do things without getting hurt, like walking through glass and not getting cut.  Her eyesight seems to be failing, so she holds on to the candle tighter, and she is also losing her ability to speak coherently.  She knows that something is out there, which she isn’t able to resist, and she wants to show strength by hiding her pain.  She appreciates the sound of silence and thinks that it is funny that her feet don’t touch the ground when she is dreaming.  She meets a prince in the woods, and they kiss, but he is hiding his face from her in these crazy dreams that exist in the mist.

Heart dedicated ‘These Dreams’ to Sharon Hess, a young Heart fan who met the band and gave Nancy a handmade blue acoustic guitar.  Hess was dying of leukemia, and her dying wish was to meet Nancy and give it to her.  She was granted her wish, and she was able to spend several days in the recording studio hanging out with the band while they worked on this album.  Hess died four weeks later, on Nancy’s birthday.

Spare a little candle
Save some light for me
Figures up ahead
Moving in the trees
White skin in linen
Perfume on my wrist
And the full moon that hangs over
These dreams in the mist

Darkness on the edge
Shadows where I stand
I search for the time
On a watch with no hands
I want to see you clearly
Come closer than this
But all I remember
Are the dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it’s cold outside
Every moment I’m awake the further I’m away

Is it cloak ‘n’ dagger
Could it be spring or fall
I walk without a cut
Through a stained glass wall
Weaker in my eyesight
The candle in my grip
And words that have no form
Are falling from my lips

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it’s cold outside
Every moment I’m awake the further I’m away

There’s something out there
I can’t resist
I need to hide away from the pain
There’s something out there
I can’t resist

The sweetest song is silence
That I’ve ever heard
Funny how your feet
In dreams never touch the earth
In a wood full of princes
Freedom is a kiss
But the prince hides his face
From dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it’s cold outside
Every moment I’m awake the further I’m away

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it’s cold outside
Every moment I’m awake the further I’m away

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is songs that were turned down by recording artists that went on to become a big hit for somebody else.

I Wanna Hear You Cry

‘96 Tears’ by ? and the Mysterians is considered to be a one hit wonder, although they did have a few other songs that made the charts.  This song appeared on their 1966 debut album which was titled ? & the Mysterians featuring 96 Tears.  The single went to #1 in the IS, bit it only made it to #37 in the UK.  This song was written by their mysterious front man Rudy Martinez who is better known as Question Mark.  ‘96 Tears’ was backed with a cover of ‘Midnight Hour’ on the independent label Pa-Go-Go Records.  Billboard ranked the record as the #5 song for 1966.  It is ranked #213 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  This song ranked #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 year end chart and it went to #19 on the U.S. Cash Box year end chart.

This song involves a man who was dumped by his woman, and all he can think about is putting her back in her place and making her “cry 96 tears”.  There is another way of looking at this song, as it could be about two people who are competitors not lovers, they are working in the same field, although whatever that is, I have no clue.  They are both ambitious and she got way ahead of him and he is feeling remorse over that and he wants revenge, because he is jealous of her success.  He vows that he will catch up to her and then he will surpass her.  He dreams of being on top of her and looking down at her.  He can’t accept that she is better than he is and he is fixated on becoming better than she is, but for the time being, all he can do is cry.  The only way he will ever be happy again, is when he can make her cry eight dozen, or 96 tears.  There is no reason for this guy to want to make this girl cry, as it is not her fault that she is better than he is.  Misery loves company and this deranged dude feels pain because she is successful and he is not, so he is lashing out against her.

All of the Mysterians were Mexican-American teenagers.  They were the sons of migrant farm workers who’d found jobs in Michigan’s Saginaw Valley, working at a GM plant there.  In the early 1960s, teenagers Bobby Balderrama, Larry Borjas, and Robert Martinez formed a trio, playing covers of Duane Eddy and The Venures.  The teens decided to call themselves The Mysterians after watching a Japanese sci-fi movie of the same name.  Soon, they recruited Martinez’s older brother Rudy to be the band’s singer.  Rudy used the stage name Question Mark to be anonymous and to create mystery about him, and he legally changed his name to be Question Mark.  ? and the Mysterians (or Question Mark and the Mysterians) are an American garage rock band from Bay City and Saginaw in Michigan, initially active between 1962 and 1969.  Much of the band’s music consisted of electric organ-driven garage rock and an enigmatic image inspired by the 1957 Japanese science fiction film The Mysterians.  Oddly, this alien race known as the Mysterians, whose bodies were so damaged by radiation that they could no longer produce healthy offspring decided to kidnap some Earth women and then they demand land in Japan.

Too many teardrops for one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops for one heart to carry on

You’re way on top now since you left me
You’re always laughing way down at me
But watch out now, I’m gonna get there
We’ll be together for just a little while
And then I’m gonna put you way down here
And you’ll start crying ninety-six tears
Cry, cry

And when the sun comes up, I’ll be on top
You’ll be right down there, looking up
And I might wave, come up here
But I don’t see you waving now
I’m way down here, wondering how
I’m gonna get you but I know now
I’ll just cry, cry, I’ll just cry

Too many teardrops for one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops for one heart to carry on

You’re gonna cry ninety-six tears
You’re gonna cry ninety-six tears
You’re gonna cry, cry, cry, cry now
You’re gonna cry, cry, cry, cry
Ninety-six tears

Come on and let me hear you cry, now
Ninety-six tears, woo
I wanna hear you cry
Night and day, yeah, all night long

Uh, ninety-six tears, cry, cry, cry
Come on, baby, let me hear you cry now, all night long
Uh, ninety-six tears, yeah, come on now
Uh, ninety-six tears

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme today is One Hit Wonders.

You Just Might Find

This Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ was first released as the B-side of ‘Honky Tonk Women’ in 1969, and it didn’t even make it onto the Hot 100 chart.  It was released again as a single in 1973, but it still only made it to #42.  I don’t really feel sorry for Mick and Keith, but they can’t always get what they want.  The single version is shorter than the one on the Let It Bleed album, which was their 8th British and 10th American studio album.  The single was released July 3, 1969, the day Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones died.  Brian Jones didn’t show up when he was needed and because of his heavy drug use, he was fired in the midst of these recording sessions, and replaced by Mick Taylor.  This song was named as the 100th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in its 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” before dropping a place the following year.

Mick and Keith wrote this song and they both played acoustic guitar on this.  Jimmy Miller was the producer for this album and he played drums on this song, as Charlie Watts was said to be technically unable to figure out the beat for this unusual groove and rhythm.  Bill Wyman played bass guitar and Al Kooper played piano, French horn and organ with Rocky Dijon doing percussion playing congas, maracas, and tambourine.  Jack Nitzsche organized the choral arrangements with Nanette Workman, Doris Troy and Madeline Bell singing backing vocals.  The chorus of children is the London Bach Choir.  Their 60 voices were double-tracked to make it sound like there were even more of them.  The London Bach Choir tried to have their name removed from the album when they found out it was called Let It Bleed and that it also contained the song ‘Midnight Rambler’, which was about a serial killer.

Marrianne Faithful, who was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, claimed that her drug use was the inspiration for this song.  In the late 60s, the world was protesting many things, and there was a lot of casual drug use and this song covers those topics.  The narrator of this song observes people that are not getting what they want, but they may be getting what they need.  The narrator of this song attends a society reception, where he meets a woman who is waiting to score drugs.  She is with a man who is at her feet, which might mean that he admires and respects her.  She is holding a glass of wine, but it seems that her dealer is a no show.  She can’t find happiness without her drugs, but perhaps she will get what she needs.  The thing with most drugs is that no matter what you have, you are probably going to want more.  The narrator decides to attend a demonstration that is taking place nearby, where people are venting their frustrations, by letting some steam out.  The narrator goes to a drugstore where he meets this Mr. Jimmy who is not looking all that well.  After sharing a soda, the narrator sings him a song and gets the cryptic response “dead” back from Mr. Jimmy.  In the final verse, the narrator returns to the reception, which has now taken a turn for the macabre, as the socialite has a bleeding man in her glass and presumably, she has disposed of the man who was at her feet.  She is a bad girl practiced in the art of deception and she has blood-stained hands that she is not even trying to hide.

After some research, I found out that Jimmy Miller would often say “dead”, to mean that it’s o.k. as in being dead on for the recording.  The Stones would play parts for him, or when recording something they would ask him if it sounded good, and if he liked it, he would say “dead”.  The Chelsea Drugstore was a symbol of Swinging London and this area included record stores, clothing boutiques, newsstands, and food outlets.  this is where Mary Quant created the mini skirt that Twiggy was photographed wearing on a high-handled bicycle.  Stanley Kubrick used it to shoot the Disco Bootik scene in his 1969 film A Clockwork Orange.

According to a well-known legend, the Mr. Jimmy in this song is a man named Jimmy Hutmaker from the town Excelsior, Minnesota.  He attended a concert by the Rolling Stones at the Danceland Ballroom at Excelsior Amusement Park in 1964.  The next day Mick Jagger was having a prescription filled at Bacon’s Drugstore and Mick remembered him from the concert.  Jimmy complained to Jagger that he had ordered a Cherry Coke but received a regular Coca Cola instead, then dismissed his own complaint, saying “You can’t always get what you want.”

I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you’ll find
You get what you need

I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she was gonna meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, well, you might find
You get what you need
Ah, yeah
Oh

And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, “We’re gonna vent our frustration
If we don’t we’re gonna blow a fifty-amp fuse”
Sing it to me, honey

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, well, you just might find
You get what you need
Ah baby, yeah
Ah

I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And, man, did he look pretty ill
We decided that we would have a soda
My favorite flavor, cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was “dead”
I said to him

You can’t always get what you want, well no
You can’t always get what you want. I tell you, baby
You can’t always get what you want, no
But if you try sometimes you just might find, uh, mm
You get what you need, oh yeah, woo!

Ah, woo!

You get what you need, yeah, oh baby
Ah yeah

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well, I could tell by her blood-stained hands, sing it

You can’t always get what you want, yeah
You can’t always get what you want, ooh yeah, child
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need, ah yeah
Ah baby, woo!

Ah, you can’t always get what you want, no, no, baby
You can’t always get what you want, you can’t now, now
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find that you
You get what you need, oh yeah
Ah yeah, do that

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is Hidden Gems, great songs that missed the top of the charts suggested by Amy aka E.M.

Missed It by That Much

Agent 86 Maxwell Smart who was played by Don Adams on the 1960s TV series Get Smart would often say, “Missed it by that much” as an inadequate apology when something went wrong and it often did.  Some songs will stand the test of time and become ingrained in culture and others will become obsolete.  Songs are measured by the momentum that they have gained and many never make the charts.  The US had American Bandstand and, in the UK, they had Top of the Pops which showed how songs were doing on the charts.  I like older music better, so I have no idea what songs are listed on the American Top 40 at iHeartRadio.  Each week, Billboard puts together a chart of the top 100 most popular songs (as well as several other charts) based on a national sample of top 40 radio airplay, top 40 radio playlists, and music sales.  Today popularity is largely based on streams, YouTube views and even social media influence.  Songs will only get played on the radio, if a radio station manager, music director, disc jockey, or approved station personality likes that song.  Airplay is tracked through Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), run by Nielsen.  Billboard goes to Nielsen SoundScan to find out what is selling.  Data collected shows that only 20% of people actually buy singles, while over 90% listen to the radio.  Most of the music that is being played on the radio is thought to be because independent promoters have paid the stations to add it to their playlists.  I am taking a short vacation and Fandango will substitute as the Song Lyric Sunday host for me for the next two weeks.

Last week we had I’m Awesome and I bragged about how awesome I am, no just kidding, this was where the theme was songs that mention Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, Wonder suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.  This week the theme is songs that are Hidden Gems, which are great songs that missed the top of the charts suggested by Amy aka E.M.  This could be any song that you feel should have performed better on the charts.  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 you can 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 Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘96 Tears’ by ? and the Mysterians .  The upcoming prompts will be:
July 3, 2022 – One Hit Wonders where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up success suggested by Amy aka E.M.
July 10, 2022 – Songs that were turned down by recording artists that went on to become big hits
July 17, 2022 – Songs that hit the top of the charts
July 24, 2022 – Feature a song by a group or an artist that surprisingly never reached #1 on the charts – This idea was taken from UK #1s blog, The UK Number Ones Blog

Going to Shock the Monkey

Peter Gabriel recorded ‘Shock The Monkey’ for his 1982 fourth studio album Security, and the single charted #58 in the UK and it went to #29 in the US, and this was his first single to chart higher in America than in his native UK.  Gabriel developed the idea of WOMAD (World Of Music, Arts And Dance) and he debuted this song at that festival, but even though he lent considerable time, support and his own performing presence to WOMAD, that first festival was a financial calamity, losing so much money that Gabriel, had to stage a Genesis reunion concert to pay off creditors.  The first festival took place in Britain in 1982.  Gabriel and Thomas Brooman came up with an idea for a concert involving an African group, which then evolved into a much larger event with music from all over the world.  The NME hailed it as ‘a week-long musical orgasm’, The Times rather more cautiously praised it as ‘a courageous endeavor’, but The Observer came closest by describing it as ‘exciting but surreal.’

Many people think that this song is about shock therapy, but Gabriel said it is about jealousy, where jealousy is a trigger for an animal nature to surface.  In 1986, Gabriel recorded ‘We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)’, which was about a social psychology experiment where subjects administered shocks to others to test obedience to authority figures.  The 1961 Milgram experiment was conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram.  The person being shocked was an actor and he was never in any pain, but people were told to shock him if he answered a question wrong.  37 out of 40 of the subjects administered the maximum shock in these experiments, watching the actor as he writhed in pain.  These test subjects continued to administer higher and higher shocks when they were instructed to do so.

Feelings of jealousy are complex to understand, but they can be evoked when you see another person who you feel is better off than you are.  Jealousy can breed envious resentment of another person’s achievements, possessions, or perceived advantages, because of your desire to have it.  Peter Gabriel described ‘Shock the Monkey’ as a love song that examines how jealousy can release one’s basic instincts.  Jealousy is part of human nature, and certain triggers will make us jealous as this behavior is found in people all over the world.  Nobody is overjoyed when their partner cheats on them and they probably feel like they have had their hearts ripped out, that is unless you are an Inuit and you have offered up your wife for the night.  In this song, the monkey is not a literal monkey, but a metaphor for one’s feelings of jealousy.  Gabriel has mentioned that the song’s lyrical motif was inspired by King Kong’s lightning powers in the 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla.  Godzilla is bigger than King Kong, and its tail is a lethal weapon, but Kong is more comfortable on land, and he is faster and more agile and since nobody wants to route for a lizard, Kong won the battle.  ‘Shock The Monkey’ uses imagery of a primate to describe personal anxieties.

Peter Hammill a member of the band Van Der Graaf Generator sang backup on this.  Gabriel used a number of cutting-edge electronic devices to create the backing track on this song, including Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) which is a digital synthesizer, sampler, and digital audio workstation, along with Prophet 5 synthesizers and a LM-1 drum machine.  This was an innovative approach that resulted in a sound that could never be replicated.  This song features a relentlessly repeated hook that sounded nothing like anything else on the radio at the time.  Larry Fast played the Prophet 5 synthesizer and he also played with Foreigner, Bonnie Tyler and Hall and Oates.  David Rhodes played guitars, Tony Levin played the Chapman Stick which is like a weird looking skinny guitar and Jerry Marotta was the drummer.

Peter Gabriel is 72 years old now and he rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis.  He left Genesis in 1975 and launched his solo career.  Peter Gabriel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, but he didn’t go to the induction ceremony because he was in the middle of a tour.  He was inducted again in 2014 as a solo artist and that time he went.  Gabriel received several Grammy Awards and he is set to release his first new album in 20 years later in 2022 with a tour to follow.

Cover me, when I run
Cover me, through the fire
Something knocked me out the trees
Now I’m on my knees
Cover me, darling please
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don’t you know you’re going to shock the monkey?
Hey, hey

Fox the fox
Rat on the rat
You can ape the ape
I know about that

There is one thing you must be sure of
I can’t take any more
Darling, don’t you monkey with the monkey!
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don’t you know you’re going to shock the monkey?
Hey, hey
Shock the monkey
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey
Monkey
Wheels keep turning
Monkey
Something’s burning
Monkey
Don’t like it but I guess I’m learning

Shock!
Shock!
Shock!
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey
Shock!
Shock!
Shock!
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey

Cover me, when I sleep
Cover me, when I breathe
You throw your pearls before the swine
Make the monkey blind
Cover me, darling please
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don’t you know you’re going to shock the monkey?
Hey, hey
Shock the monkey
Hey-ey-ey-ey-ey
Monkey
Too much at stake
Oh monkey
Ground beneath me shake
Monkey
And the news is breaking…

Shock!
Shock!
Shock!
Watch the monkey get hurt, monkey
Shock!
Shock!
Shock!
Watch the monkey get hurt, monkey

Shock the monkey!
Shock the monkey!
Shock the monkey!
Hey, hey
Shock the monkey!
(Shock the monkey to life)
(Shock the monkey to life)
(Shock the monkey to life)
(Shock the monkey to life)
(Shock the monkey to life)
Huh, huh, huh
(Shock the monkey to life)
(Shock the monkey to life)
Huh, huh, huh shock the monkey!
(Shock the monkey to life)
Huh, huh, huh shock the monkey!
Huh, huh, huh shock the monkey!
Huh, huh, huh shock the monkey!
Huh, huh, huh shock the monkey!

Shock the monkey!
Shock the monkey!

Shock the monkey!
Shock the monkey!

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, Wonder suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.

I’m Awesome

If I happen to bump into someone’s shopping cart at the store, I will tell them that I am sorry and the usual response that I get is, “You’re fine”, to which I always reply, “No, I’m actually awesome”, and then I tell them that I am just teasing.  Awesome sounds better than fine, and I probably say that to astonish, shock, or surprise people that don’t expect an answer after they tell me that I am fine.  Most people do not want to listen to an explicit answer if somebody asks you how you are doing, they actually want you to tell them that you are fine.  This could be a good situation for you to complain if this person actually cares about you, but if they don’t know you all that well, they are probably just being polite by asking you this, and they are not in the least bit curious about your problems.  You could always respond to this question of someone asking you how you are doing, by saying that you have been better, or if you are doing great, then you could amaze them with the details.

Last week we had Positive Emotions where the theme was songs that mention Excitement, Pleasure, Sentiment, Spirit suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.  This week the theme is songs that mention Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, or Wonder and again it was suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.  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 you can 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 Peter Gabriel song ‘Shock The Monkey’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by The Rolling Stones.  The upcoming prompts will be:
June 26, 2022 – Hidden Gems: great songs that missed the top of the charts suggested by Amy aka E.M.
July 3, 2022 – One Hit Wonders where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up success suggested by Amy aka E.M.
July 10, 2022 – Songs that were turned down by recording artists that went on to become big hits
July 17, 2022 – Songs that hit the top of the charts

I Get Excitement

‘See Me, Feel Me’ is a song from the Who’s 1969 rock opera album Tommy.  It consists of two overture parts from Tommy, the second and third parts of the album’s final song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and ‘Listening To You’.  It was released as a single and it reached #12 in the US on the Pop Singles Chart. but it did not chart in the United Kingdom.  It remains their second highest-charting single in the US, after the top 10 ‘I Can See For Miles’.  The song is not identified as a separate track on the 1969 studio version of the album.  The Who performed ‘See Me, Feel Me’, followed by the refrain of ‘Listening To You’, at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Tommy witnesses the murder of his mother’s lover by his father in a mirror and this creates a mental block inside of him, which causes him to become psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind.  They try a few different things in an attempt to cure Tommy, like the preacher who believes Marilyn Monroe can heal, and a woman called The Acid Queen to no avail and eventually Tommy is sent to live with relatives where he gets raped by his cousin, and Uncle Ernie.  Tommy having lost most of his senses, feels everything simply as rhythms and vibration, so he is super focused and he becomes the Pinball Wizard gaining many disciples which makes his family rich.  A doctor notices that Tommy is spending all of his time staring at a mirror and this pisses his mother off as Tommy is not paying any attention to her, so she shoves Tommy through the mirror, which becomes Tommy’s eventual awakening, as Tommy is reborn.  Tommy feels that he is free after this miraculous cure, but his followers see him as a kind of spiritual leader, because of his ability to live without seeing, hearing, or communicating for so long.  Tommy is trying to get as many followers as he can, instructing them to become deaf, dumb, and blind themselves in order to achieve enlightenment.  This song is sung by Tommy’s followers in praise of him being such a good leader for them.  They are seeking attention from their so-called messiah, so they beg him to see them feel them and touch them.

See me, feel me, touch me, heal me
See me, feel me, touch me, heal me
See me, feel me, touch me, heal me
See me, feel me, touch me, heal me

Listening to you I get the music
Gazing at you I get the heat
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet

Right behind you I see the millions
On you I see the glory
From you I get opinions
From you I get the story

Listening to you I get the music
Gazing at you I get the heat
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet

Right behind you I see the millions
On you I see the glory
From you I get opinions
From you I get the story

Listening to you I get the music
Gazing at you I get the heat
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Excitement, Pleasure, Sentiment, Spirit suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.

Positive Emotions

Life should be about pleasure and finding enjoyment in things that you do.  Excitement begins in the brain just like any other emotion.  You will probably exhibit an increased heart rate and faster breathing when you are excited.  Sentiment and emotion are often used interchangeably, but they are quite different, as sentiment is a mental attitude produced by feelings.  A sentiment is a thought that has been influenced by emotion, so it is a subjective experience of our emotions.  A sentiment often refers to an emotional expression of love, sympathy, kindness or another strong positive feeling.  It is much easier to say what spirit isn’t, than to say what it is.  Every person has human spirit an intangible component that gives us a consciousness.  This term can be synonymous with the human soul, and it includes our intellect, emotions, fears, passions, and creativity.  Your spirit can drive you to do things that you don’t even know you are capable of doing.

Last week we had Primary Emotions where the theme was to find songs that mention Disgust, Embarrassment, Guilt, Regret, or Remorse suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.  This week the theme is songs that mention Excitement, Pleasure, Sentiment, or Spirit and again it was suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.  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 you can 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 Who song ‘See Me, Feel Me’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Shock The Monkey’ by Peter Gabriel.  The upcoming prompts will be:
June 19, 2022 – Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, Wonder suggested by Melanie aka Sparky
June 26, 2022 – Hidden Gems: great songs that missed the top of the charts suggested by Amy aka E.M.
July 3, 2022 – One Hit Wonders where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up success suggested by Amy aka E.M.
July 10, 2022 – Songs that were turned down by recording artists that went on to become big hits

Embarrassment or Humiliation

‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ was originally done by Shirley And Company and a cover version of this song was sung by Ike & Tina Turner among others.  This song appeared on the last Ike & Tina album The Edge, which was released in 1980, two years after the couple divorced.  It features vocals from Tina and the Ike single ‘Party Vibes’ backed Tina’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ which reached #3 on the U.S. Dance chart.  This song was written by Sylvia Robinson who also produced it, and it topped the U.S. Dance chart in 1975 when it was recorded by the American disco group, consisting of Shirley Goodman,  Jason Alvarez, Walter Morris, Bernadette Randle, Seldon Powell, Jonathan Williams, Kenny Jeremiah, and Clarence Oliver.  This song also reached #6 in the UK and went to #12 in the US.  Shirley Goodman is a New Orleans born singer who was half of the 1950’s R&B duo Shirley & Lee.  They had an American Top 20 hit with ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ in 1956.  Goodman has provided vocals for The Rolling Stones track ‘Shake It Loose’ from their Exile on Main Street album and she worked on records by Sonny and Cher, Dr. John, Jackie DeShannon and others.

This song makes use of the Bo Diddley beat, and it was one of the first international disco hits.  A lot of people feel shame because they think that they are not able to dance and this could happen because they are self-conscious, they may lack of confidence, they could be shyness, or insecure.  One partner in this song wants to dance and she won’t let anything keep her off of the dance floor.  The line in this song, “Got my sun-roof down, got my diamonds in the back”, refers to the 1970-1980 Cadillac series that had a diamond-shaped rear window, which was a key part of an aesthetic popular in the black community in the 70’s.  Sylvia Robinson wrote the music and lyrics for this song and she was originally from another ‘50s duo, Mickey and Sylvia who had their hit song ‘Love Is Strange’ featured in Dirty Dancing.  In 1979, she wrote ‘Rapper’s Delight’ for The Sugarhill Gang and this song is said to have laid the foundation for rap to flourish into the most lucrative music genre today.

Shame shame shame on you
If you can’t dance too
REPEAT
Can’t stop me now hear what I say
My feet wanna move so get out my way
I’m gonna have my say
I’m going to every discotheque
I’m gonna dance dance dance dance ooh
Till the break of day I say
CHORUS
Shame shame shame hey shame on you
If you can’t dance too
I say shame shame shame
Shame shame shame
Shame shame on you
If you can’t dance too
Don’t stop the motion
If you get the notion
You can’t stop the groove
‘Cos you just won’t move
Got my sun-roof down
Got my diamonds in the back
So put on your shaky wig baby
If you don’t I ain’t comin’ back
REPEAT CHORUS
If you don’t want to go
Remember one monkey don’t stop no show
My body needs action ain’t gonna blow
Yes I’m going out I’m going to find a dancin’ man
If you really think you’re fast
Try to catch me if you can
I say shame shame shame yeah (aah) shame on you
If you can’t dance too
It’s a shame shame shame
Shame shame shame
Shame shame on you
If you can’t dance too
If you can’t dance
REPEAT CHORUS
(Shame) said shame (shame) said shame
(Shame) shame on you
If you can’t dance too if you can’t dance
REPEAT TO FADE

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Disgust, Embarrassment, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, Shame suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.

Primary Emotions

Shame is a human emotion that contains embarrassment, guilt, regret and remorse.  Shame is generally a feeling about how you view yourself, whereas guilt is feeling about what you have done to another.  A person that has been caught in the act of doing something that is deemed to be wrong (like a boy caught masturbating) would probably feel shame.  Shame is seen as the result of someone not behaving in accordance with public norms and standards, or it can be derived from being embarrassed because you were exposed.  Adam and Eve were not ashamed walking around naked in the Garden of Eden, until they committed a sin, which opened their eyes and they felt like they needed to sew some fig leaves together to cover themselves.  Eve grabbed some fig leaves and she said, “Wow, that was some special fruit, as I am seeing things in ways that I have never noticed before.  You should show some decency Adam and not be so immodest flaunting your body, as the animals can see you.”  Adam replied, “So what is the big deal, as all of the animals are also naked and I have been naked my whole life, since the day I was created.”   Eve replied, “You can tempt fate if you like, but that slimy snake might bite someplace that is not covered up.  Maybe we could ask God to make us some clothing from animal skins, as I don’t think these fig leaves are going to hold up for very long.”

Last week we had Representation where the theme was songs that mention Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph.  This week the theme is songs that mention Disgust, Embarrassment, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, Shame suggested by Melanie aka Sparky.  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 you can 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 Shirley And Company song ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘See Me, Feel Me’ by The Who.  The upcoming prompts will be:
June 12, 2022 – Excitement, Pleasure, Sentiment, Spirit suggested by Melanie B Cee aka Sparky
June 19, 2022 – Amaze, Astonish, Curious, Shock, Surprise, Wonder suggested by Melanie B Cee aka Sparky
June 26, 2022 – Hidden Gems: great songs that missed the top of the charts suggested by Amy aka E.M.
July 3, 2022 – One Hit Wonders where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up success suggested by Amy aka E.M.