Made to Torment Man

Very early on in his writing career, Wayne Shanklin wrote the song ‘Jezebel’ in French and then Charles Aznavour translated the English lyrics for it.  Édith Piaf recorded the song first in 1951, and her version was in French.  Next, Frankie Laine recorded this also in 1951 and it reached the #2 on the pop charts and enjoyed a 21-week run.  Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps also recorded the song in 1956.  In 1967, Herman’s Hermits included their version of this song on their LP There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World.

In 1964, Herman’s Hermits were the #2 British Invasion band, and although they didn’t last too long, they had some great 45’s.  They formed in Manchester in 1963 as Herman & The Hermits and Mickie Most their producer emphasized a simple, non-threatening, clean-cut image for them.  Peter Noone was the frontman and he was the only one that anyone has ever been interested in and he left the band in 1971.  By the time Noone left the group, they had notched up record sales of 51 million (they even outsold The Beatles in 1965) and appeared in several films and he was not even 25.

When you call a woman a “jezebel”, you are labeling her as being sexually promiscuous and seriously lacking in morals.  Men will sometimes call a woman a Jezebel if she brazenly defies society’s norms like painting her face which the real Jezebel did to show defiance.  A Jezebel is usually thought of as a female who seeks attention from everyone and one who is willing to do anything or will use anyone to get what she wants.  She would use her beauty which she knows she has to her advantage to lure in her next victim.

The Old Testament story of Jezebel is fascinating, as she is one of the Bible bad girls and she struggles to bring pagan worship to the kingdom of Israel, where the Hebrew’s worship their God Yahweh.  Jezebel was a Phoenician princess, coming from a place where human sacrifice was common, and in her land Baal the pagan god of fertility was worshiped.  She marries King Ahab and becomes the power behind the throne, instituting many gods, ritual sex, and temple prostitutes.  Baal had a cohort named Asherah, who was his mother and his mistress and their worshipers engaged in immoral sex a “sympathetic magic”, which was one of the oldest and most popular forms of magic which used dolls, candles and other objects to cast spells.  The pagan worshipers believed that their gods would let them have children, provide them with good crops, healthy livestock and other material wealth.  Although these worshipers might have to appease Baal by sacrificing their own child, where the priests of Baal would throw them into a fiery furnace.  Baal appealed to man’s basic inclinations providing his worshiper’s economic promise.  Baal brought the rains, blessed the earth, made the rivers run with honey, mothers gave birth to healthy children, and with his great power, even the dead could be raised.

It was common during this era for the king to establish worship facilities for any of his foreign wives to make them comfortable.  Sacred prostitution was common throughout the ancient world and it was associated with Ashtoreth the chief Canaanite goddesses and the whole idea of temple prostitutes is about women having the power, and they would only fornicate in a temple with others that worshiped the same gods or goddesses that they do.  Stories of sexual degradation and depravity may have made Jezebel’s image overly sexualized, and although she was one evil bitch, there are no accounts of her engaging in sexual promiscuity, especially since she surrounded herself with eunuchs who could not commit adultery with her and she jealously guarded her relationship with her husband.  Jezebel was interested in her own goals. as the source of obsessive sensuality, unbridled witchcraft, hatred of male authority and false teachings

As a three-year drought plagued Israel, Elijah the great prophet went to Ahab to challenge 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah to a contest on Mount Carmel to decide who was the true God. Yahweh or Baal.  Elijah triumphed in this fierce contest, by calling on God to send down fire on a water drenched altar.  Elijah then commanded the people to seize the prophets of Baal and they were executed.  God sent the rain he had promised and the drought ended.  Ahab told his wife Jezebel that Elijah had killed the prophets.  Jezebel became enraged after all of the fake prophets were killed, so she vowed to kill Elijah.  She sent a message to Elijah, informing him that she was going to kill him.  In the end, she is thrown from a high window, and her body is devoured by dogs.  Jezebel has become synonymous with evil and licentiousness, but like other powerful women, her reputation is based largely on what her opponents have said about her.

If ever a devil was born
Without a pair of horns it was you
Jezebel it was you
If ever a pair of eyes promised paradise

It was you
Jezebel it was you
If ever a devil’s plan was made to torment man,
It was you

Deceiving me, grieving me, leaving me blue
Jezebel it was you
If ever a devil was born
Without a pair of horns it was you

Jezebel it was you
If ever a pair of eyes promised paradise
It was you
Jezebel it was you

If ever a devil’s plan was made to torment man,
Deceiving me, grieving me, leaving me blue,
Jezebel it was you
Even had I never known a lover such as you

Forsaking dreams and goals
For the silent scorn of your charms
Jezebel
If ever a devil’s plan was made to torment man

Deceiving me, grieving me, leaving me blue
Jezebel it was you
Night and day
Every way

Oh Jezebel
Jezebel
Jezebel

Written for Song Lyric Sunday prompt Anguish/Misery/Torment.

Excruciating

I drink alone, with nobody else, because I prefer to be by myself.  My future is bleak and I can’t find my way home.  I live with my own agony and I carry all my woe with me wherever I go.  I do not cry, as I am a rock and I once lived in Staten Island.  I lived and I lost and I learned and although I do have feelings, here I stand head in hand and everywhere people stare.  I just reached the Misery level in the Steps of Torment, but I don’t see a way to get to the next level which is Cries of Anguish, so I doubt that I will ever reach the Throes of Sorrow.  This makes me mad because I really wanted to be the King of Pain, but since it is pi day, I am going to indulge in some pie, that is after I finish setting all of my clocks ahead.

Last week we had Not a Frappe or Macchiato, and everyone was supposed to choose a song that contained one these the coffee-related prompts of Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha in either the title or the lyrics.  This week we have coffee related prompts of Anguish/Misery/Torment, and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.  I hope that this prompt won’t be too painful for anyone, however I do remember somebody saying that there was a real good possibility that these prompt words might produce some Blues music.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, 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 contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, 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.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• 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 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 Herman’s Hermits song ‘Jezebel’ today.  Next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Pounce Like a Tiger’ by Screamin’ Rebel Angels.  The upcoming prompts will be:
March 21, 2021 – Hop/Jump/Leap/Pounce/Spring
March 28, 2021 – Endless/Eternity/Everlasting/Forever/Infinity/Omega
April 4, 2021 – Blossoms/Cherry/Flowers
April 11, 2021 – Songs with One Word Titles

Making Cappuccino

Songwriter Billy Mann collaborated with P!nk on ‘The One That Got Away’ and he has been with her since 2003.  This song was recorded on her 2006 I’m Not Dead album and on her 2007 P!nk Box album.  The release of I’m Not Dead was preceded by its controversial lead single, ‘Stupid Girls’, a top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and this video allowed P!nk to win an MTV Video Music Award.  There is not a whole lot to say about this song, as it is simply about a girl who meets a guy that leaves a lifelong impression on her.  Her knees buckled when she first sees this guitarist playing, and she becomes embarrassed when everyone starts to stare at her, but the guitarist saves her life by continuing with the song.  She declares this man to be hers, at least in her mind, maybe just for the night or for a short while.  She is still with this guy two weeks later and they are making cappuccino and laughing together.  She realizes that he belongs to someone else and he is not the one that she wants, but she seems to be perfectly happy for him to be the one that got away.

Alecia Beth Moore was born on September 8, 1979 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and she is professionally known as Pink, which is often stylized as P!nk.  At the age of 14, she got her stage name after watching in Quentin Tarantino’s crime film Reservoir Dogs, which she saw with her friends and it had a character in it named Mr. Pink, which her friends all felt she resembled, which is probably a compliment as Mr. Pink was able to remain cool under pressure.  Many people think that her name is derived from her pink hair, but when she got this name her hair was green.  There is another story behind her nickname which is a bit raunchier, as her best friend at a YMCA summer camp had never seen a white girl’s vagina before, so he asked her if he could see hers.  She showed him her goods and he said, “It’s pink!”, then she got the name Pink.  Another version says she got this name because her face turned bright pink after being embarrassed in front of a boy she liked, either way she should be grateful that her friends didn’t think that she resembled Mr. Yellow.  Like her name, P!nk is a bit of a mystery, especially to me, as I have heard some of her music, but I don’t know much about her yet, however after reading about her charity work, the causes that she gets involved with and events that she attends, she seems like a great lady that I would like to know more about.  The 35-year-old posed naked in 2014 for a PETA advertisement, saying that she would rather go naked than wear fur and letting everyone know that they should be comfortable in their own skin, so animals could keep theirs.

One evening, an executive from MCA took notice of the sassy teenager and asked her to audition for an R&B Punk all female trio Basic Instinct that was forming.  She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress and she was originally a member of the girl group Choice which came to a quick end in 1998.  She gained a lot of recognition with her collaborative single ‘Lady Marmalade’ from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, which topped many charts worldwide.  P!nk evolved over her career, changing from a wild, pink-haired punk to a sophisticated blonde star.

P!nk started to display a more sophisticated look in the early 2000s wearing nice gowns and trading her black bob in for a blonde crew cut, wearing smokey eye makeup along with simple jewelry, and she knew how to use all of her assets in these stunning elegant dressesShe mastered that braless look and combined it with see-through tops, and this new fashion statement became an indication of her incredible body confidence and exposed how fearless she is.  P!nk has created her own particular niche and she never fails to impress me with her awesomeness, not just because she is comfortable posing in the buff, but because she is the total pop-star package and she makes the perfect cover girl.  P!nk admitted that just four years earlier, that she woke up and realized that she still had a lot to learn, whereas before that, she felt that she knew everything.  Growing up looks good on her and it is nice to see that she was becoming a real fashion superstar.  Her 2007singles ‘Who Knew’ and ‘U + Ur Hand’ both became top ten singles in the US.

Pink said she titled the album I’m Not Dead because “It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to.”  She said it came from “the awakening” and how “it felt good to feel again”.  In December 2007, a special edition Pink Box, which comprises her second to fourth albums (Missundaztood, Try This and I’m Not Dead) along with the DVD Live in Europe, was released in Australia.  It reached the #13 on the Australia albums chart it went to #7 in the UK.  Pink Box was certified BPI Gold, and ARIA Platinum.  Aside from her music, Pink has been noted for her fashion style, and she considers herself to be kind of a hippie and kind of a gangster, but it is her thing.  Pink has been credited for breaking boundaries and pushing the envelope throughout her career.  She is regarded as the “most trailblazing artist” of her pop generation.  She is everything you’d want in a singer/entertainer/icon, but she is still underappreciated for her talent.

P!nk was named #12 in the UK Music Hall of Fame of the 21st century, her vocal skills have often been compared to that of the late Janis Joplin, whom P!nk cites as one of her idols, the other one is Madonna.  In 2018, she appeared on Forbes’ list of “Highest Paid Female Celebrities”, with the earnings of $52 million.  According to Nielsen SoundScan, P!nk’s record sales stand at 16 million copies in the United States.  Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Mmmm mm yeah
Oh oh
I stood by the exit door of the hotel cafe
He was playing with his band
I’ve always been a sucker had a weakness for a boy
With a guitar and a drink in his hand
His words were like heaven in my hurricane
My knees buckled under
I thought everyone was watching me
Watching you save my life with the song

You were mine
In the back of my mind
Oh just for one night
Just for a while

There’s always one that gets away
The one that sneaks up on you that slips away

Two weeks later I was sitting in his apartment
He was making cappuccino
I said what kind of man makes cappuccino
We laughed
We laughed
We laughed
We laughed til tears ran down my face

Oh but my man you’re someone elses man
And that aint the man that I want
But you keep drawing me in with those big brown lyin’ eyes

You’ll always be mine
In the back of my mind
Oh we had a night
Just a little while

There’s always one that gets away
The one that sneaks up on you that slips away

In a closed off corner of my heart yes
I’ll always see your face
The one that got away
One that got away
The one that got away
The one that got away
Oh the one that got away
The one that got away
Oh the one that got away
The one that got away
Oh the one that got away
Yeah yeah
Oh oh oh oh
Yeah yeah
Oh

I’m not a victim of cliches
I don’t believe in soul mates
Happy endings only one
Oh and I met you and all that changed
I had a taste and you’re still sitting on the tip of my tongue

You were mine
Somewhere in time
I’ll look for you first
In my next life

There’s always one that gets away
The one that sneaks up on you that slips away
Slips away
In a closed off corner of my heart yeah yeah yeah yeah
I, I’ll always see your face
The one that got away
(The one that got away)
The one that got away
(The one that got away)
Oh the one that got away
(The one that got away)
Oh the one that got away
(The one that got away)
The one that got away
Yeah yeah
Oh oh yeah
The one that got away

Written for Song Lyric Sunday prompt Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha.

Not a Frappe or Macchiato

There are a lot of different espresso-based drinks, so you might have to try more than one to determine which one you like best.  Cappuccino, coffee, expresso, latte and mocha are different ways of making coffee, but they are made using different methods and they also use different ingredients.  Espresso is black coffee which is stronger than most coffees brewed by other methods because while making an espresso, a small amount of boiling water is forced over grounded coffee beans and the outcome is a thick coffee concoction.  Latte is a creamier version and Cappuccino is stronger than Latte, while a Mocha is the ultimate delight for chocolate lovers.

Last week we had Weather Forecast, and everyone was supposed to choose a song that contained one these the weather-related prompts of Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind in either the title or the lyrics.  This week we have coffee related prompts of Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, 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.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• 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 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 P!nk song ‘The One That Got Away’ today.  Next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Jezebel’ by Herman’s Hermits.  The upcoming prompts will be:
March 14, 2021 – Anguish/Misery/Torment
March 21, 2021 – Hop/Jump/Leap/Pounce/Spring
March 28, 2021 – Endless/Eternity/Everlasting/Forever/Infinity/Omega
April 4, 2021 – Blossoms/Cherry/Flowers

Hot Summer Breeze

After many years of working as the guitar player and the main songwriter for The Band, Robbie Robertson took a break from music when they disbanded in 1976 and he spent a few years doing film scores for his pal Martin Scorsese who directed The Last Waltz and he acted with Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter.  In 1987, he returned to pop music for his self-titled solo debut album on Geffen Records.  The album won the Juno Award for “Album of the Year”, and producers Lanois and Robertson won the “Producer of the Year” Juno award, both in 1989 as there were no Juno Awards held in 1988.  The songwriting was top notch, but his singing was a true surprise, as previously his only lead singing credit came on the Band’s Last Waltz album on the song ‘Out of the Blue’.

Robertson recruited fellow Canadian Daniel Lanois (of U2 and Peter Gabriel production fame) to create a new sonic landscape.  While Lanois was working with U2, he invited Robertson to come out to Ireland to work in the home studio where U2 were recording, and Robertson got a chance to work with Peter Gabriel in his home studio.  The album also featured many other top-notch guest stars, like the Neville Brothers, The Band’s Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, as well as studio veterans Tony Levin, Terry Bozzio and Larry Klein.  Tony Levin was in King Crimson, Terry Bozzio made his name working with Frank Zappa and Larry Klein is an award-winning producer and collaborator, who has worked on numerous albums with Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, and Celine Dion.  ‘Broken Arrow’ reverberates with Gabriel’s signature Yamaha CP-80 electric piano.

Songwriters are faced with many possibilities when they compose music, and in this song ‘Broken Arrow’, Robbie Robertson decided to use the exact same note, the fifth note of sol or G for the first seven notes of the chorus to create a beautiful and haunting melody in part just by varying the rhythm of the notes.  In 1991, this became a top twenty hit for Rod Stewart, peaking at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and it went to #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and the video features Rachel Hunter, Rod’s wife at the time.  It was a staple for months on both MTV and VH1.

This album took Robbie Robertson back to his native American roots, as he was born in Toronto on July 5, 1943, to a Jewish gambler and a Mohican woman.  After his father died, Robbie began spending his summers with relatives on the Six Nations reserve near Brantford, Ont., and this was his first contact with spiritual people who had this connection with Mother Earth.  This song looks at issues from an Indian point of view, a perspective that opened the door for Robbie so he could go deeper into exploring his feelings of being a Native American.  The Native American imagery in this song abounds, in a much more personal way than it did on the songs that he did with the Band.  To native Americans, an arrow represents protection and defense and a broken arrow represents peace, reconciliation, the start of a new chapter, a time when conflict ends.  The image of rain, rain clouds, or a raindrop is considered to be a positive symbol, because water is a substance of life and a bottle of rain represents prosperity.

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around

Do you feel what I feel
Can we make that so it’s part of the deal
I gotta hold you in these arms of steel
Lay your heart on the line this time

I want to breathe when you breathe
When you whisper like that hot summer breeze
Count the beads of sweat that cover me
Didn’t you show me a sign this time

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around

Can you see what I see
Can you cut behind the mystery
I will meet you by the witness tree
Leave the whole world behind

I want to come when you call
I’ll get to you if I have to crawl
They can’t hold me with these iron walls
We’ve got mountains to climb

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around

Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind.

Weather Forecast

The breeze felt good and there was not a cloud in the sky, then the wind picked up.  A downdraft of cooler air moved in and the sky became all dark, and just then, I felt a cool rush of air before the rain started coming down.  After 30 minutes, the clouds lifted from sky and the sun returned and the itsy-bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.

Last week we had General Length or Size of Things, and everyone was supposed to choose a song that contained one these prompts Long/Short/Small/Tall in either the title or the lyrics.  This week we have the weather-related prompts of Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, 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.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• 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 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 Robbie Robertson song ‘Broken Arrow’ today.  Next week, I will be writing about the song ‘The One That Got Away’ by P!nk.  The upcoming prompts will be:
March 7, 2021 – Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha
March 14, 2021 – Anguish/Misery/Torment
March 21, 2021 – Hop/Jump/Leap/Pounce/Spring
March 28, 2021 – Endless/Eternity/Everlasting/Forever/Infinity/Omega

Please Don’t Be Long

George Harrison wrote ‘Blue Jay Way’ as his contribution for the Beatles 1967 Magical Mystery Tour EP and album.  The song was named after a street in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles where Harrison stayed in August 1967, shortly before he went to visit the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco to see his wife’s sister Jenny Boyd.  The lyrics are all about Harrison waiting for his friend music publicist Derek Taylor to find his way to Blue Jay Way through the fog-ridden hills, while Harrison struggled to stay awake after the flight from London to Los Angeles.

In the first week of August, 1967, George flew to California, and he was driven to a small rented cottage with a pool on Blue Jay Way, a street high in the Hollywood Hills above Sunset Boulevard overlooking the Sunset Strip.  With George was his wife Pattie, Neil Aspinall and Alex Mardas (aka “Magic Alex”) and they planned to spend a week with Derek Taylor, to attend Ravi Shankar’s Hollywood Bowl concert on August 4th, and then to go visit George’s sister-in-law.  The Beatles’ former press officer Derek Taylor was now the publicist and he was promoting several West Coast bands like the Byrds and the Beach Boys.  This visit also allowed Harrison to reunite with his sitar tutor, Ravi Shankar, whose Kinnara School of Music and upcoming concert at the Hollywood Bowl and it helped George to publicize the event.  George was a bit jet-lagged after the flight from London, and since there was a Hammond organ in this house, George began tinkering around with it as everyone waited for Derek Taylor and his wife Joan, to join them in the house.

The house belonged to Robert Fitzpatrick, a music business lawyer who was on vacation in Hawaii and he was the manager of Peggy Lee.  The home’s location, was on a hillside of narrow, winding roads, and LA was experiencing foggy conditions at the time.  When George and his group arrived at the house, they called Derek and told him that they were on Blue Jay Way, but since there was no Google Maps or any GPS at this time, he didn’t know where that was.  Since they were not able to give him directions, Derek said that he could ask a policeman, because there were plenty of them around.

George was tired from the flight, but he didn’t want to go to sleep until his friend came, so to keep himself awake, and to pass the time while he waited, he wrote this song about waiting for him in Blue Jay Way.  Harrison sat down at the organ and started singing this song, and he had almost completed the song by the time the Taylors arrived, around two hours later than planned.  Some people say that this song is monotonous, but I like the dark musical mood of ‘Blue Jay Way’ and with the fog, it makes a haunting creepy song, but it also comes off as being ethereal.

According to some reports, Paul Simon wrote ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ at the same house on Blue Jay Way which he and Garfunkel rented.  There is no lead or rhythm guitar on the song and George sings lead vocals and plays organ.  I have read that John also plays organ on this, but some people dispute this, anyway John and Paul both sing backing vocals and Paul plays bass, while Ringo plays drums and tambourine.  The lead instrument is a cello played by Peter Willison, who was paid £27 for his work.  The classical musician came to the session straight from a show at the Albert Hall and was still in his tux.  He later remembered Ringo telling him he didn’t have to get dressed up for The Beatles.

Taylor was a national journalist working for the Daily Express and he became a trusted journalist in the Beatles circle.  As the Beatles gained national attention in Britain, Taylor’s editors conceived of running a column ostensibly written by a Beatle to boost circulation, which would be ghostwritten by Taylor.  George Harrison was the Beatle that they eventually decided upon.  Although Taylor was initially only given the right to approve or disapprove of the content, Harrison’s dissection of the first draft turned the column into an ongoing collaboration between the two, with Harrison providing the stories and Taylor providing the polish.  George was the only Beatle to show up at Derek’s funeral, and he did so quietly, accompanied by Eric Idle, the Monty Python alumnus whom George had befriended after the Beatles’ breakup.

There’s a fog upon L.A.
And my friends have lost their way
We’ll be over soon they said
Now they’ve lost themselves instead

Please don’t be long
Please don’t you be very long
Please don’t be long
Or I may be asleep

Well, it only goes to show
And I told them where to go
Ask a policeman on the street
There’s so many there to meet

Please don’t be long (don’t be long)
Please don’t you be very long (don’t be long)
Please don’t be long
Or I may be asleep

Now it’s past my bed I know
And I’d really like to go
Soon will be the break of day
Sitting here in Blue Jay Way

Please don’t be long (don’t be long)
Please don’t you be very long (don’t be long)
Please don’t be long
Or I may be asleep

Please don’t be long
Please don’t you be very long
Please don’t be long

Please don’t be long
Please don’t you be very long
Please don’t be long

Please don’t be long
Please don’t you be very long
Please don’t be long

Don’t be long, don’t be long
Don’t be long, don’t be long
Don’t be long, don’t be long
Don’t be long

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Long/Short/Small/Tall.

General Length or Size of Things

Mice are small, but snails are even smaller, while giraffes are considered to be tall.  In the alphabet, some lowercase letters are small and others are tall.  As children start to learn about the size and shape of objects they will begin to improve their spatial skills, but they need to understand how to use all of those words correctly.  They should use tall and short to talk about height (vertical distance) especially with people, but these words can also be used for buildings and trees.  They can use long and short to talk about the length or horizontal distance between things.  Long and short can also be used with time, books, words, sentences, animals, hair, legs, and many other things.  The short blonde has extremely long legs.  This is entirely a matter of opinion, but many say that a man who is less than 5’8” or 173cm in height is thought to be short and one that is over 6’ or 182cm is said to be tall.

Last week we had Inside Our Heads, and everyone was supposed to choose a song that contained one these prompts Brain/Mind/Think in either the title or the lyrics.  This week we have length and size prompts of Long/Short/Small/Tall and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, 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.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• 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 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 Beatles song ‘Blue Jay Way’ today.  Next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Broken Arrow’ by Robbie Robertson.  The upcoming prompts will be:
February 28, 2021 – Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind
March 7, 2021 – Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha
March 14, 2021 – Anguish/Misery/Torment
March 21, 2021 – Hop/Jump/Leap/Pounce/Spring

Turn Off Your Mind

‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ is the closing psychedelically brilliant transcendental track from the Beatles seventh studio album Revolver, which was released in August 1966.  There was a lot going on in Revolver, with tape loops, backwards guitar solos, Indian sitars and tablas (twin hand drums), string quartets and ripe horns.  The Beatles had taken three months off prior to Revolver, their longest break since the start of their career, but with Revolver the band grew their confidence, as was clearly evident in ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.  The song was titled simply ‘Mark 1’ when they started recording it, and Lennon wrote the song as a mantra composed of one repeating melody line over driving the bass and drum track.  One of the stranger sounds on this song is a seagull which was made by distorting the sound of Paul McCartney laughing to himself.  John Lennon wanted to sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a hilltop on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and to get this effect producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick recorded his voice through a rotating Leslie speaker and using an automatic double tracking technique, which the first time this was ever done.

The inspiration for the John Lennon and Paul McCartney credited Beatles song (but mostly written by John) ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, came from a book that John was reading entitled, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book Of The Dead.  John was taking his third LSD trip when he was reading this book, which is about using psychedelic drugs and it was written to serve as a model and a guide for all mind-expanding inquiries.  It was published by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert, all of whom took part in experiments investigating the therapeutic and religious possibilities of drugs such as mescaline, psilocybin and LSD.  The book is dedicated to Aldous Huxley and it includes a short introductory citation from Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception.  After Timothy Leary spent seven months in the Himalayas studying Tibetan Buddhism, he constructed a model of psychological transformation that rejected religious or transcendental meaning while creatively expanding the bardo concept (liminal state between death and rebirth) already evident in Tibetan Buddhism.

Lennon ran a tape recorder and read passages from (the book) as he was flying on a plane to the exotic island of Trinidad and Tobago.  He was soon writing a song using some of the actual lines from Leary, including his description of the state of grace beyond reality.  Lennon used ‘The Void’ as a working title.  Reading this book while taking LSD gave the Beatles the idea that, as with ancient Egyptian practice, when you die you lie in state for a few days, and then some of your handmaidens come and prepare you for a huge voyage.  Lennon followed the instructions that were given in Leary’s book and then he wrote this song.  Ringo would often say grammatically incorrect phrases (often called Ringo malapropisms) and that would make all the other guys laugh.  Ringo said, “I used to while I was saying one thing have another thing come into my brain and move down fast”, and one day he said, “Tomorrow never knows”, which came from a television interview after he told a story about a when someone cut off a portion of his hair and John made this the title of the song.

Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void
It is shining, it is shining

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing…

… that ignorance and hates may mourn the dead
It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not living, it is not living

So play the game “Existence” to the end…
… Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning
Of the beginning, of the beginning

We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth then it’s far too late
When they pass away We were talking about the love
We all could share when we find it
To try our best to hold it there with our love
With our love we could save the world if they
Only knew Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small
And life flows within you and
Without you We were talking about the love
That’s gone so cold and the people
Who gain the world and lose their soul
They don’t know they can’t see,
Are you one of them? When you’ve seen beyond yourself
Then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see
We’re all one and life flows on within you and without you

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Brain/Mind/Think.

Inside Our Heads

The human mind must surely be nature’s most astonishing creation.  Different thoughts are constantly racing through our minds, jumping around to and from different memories.  They could be connected or linked to each other, or they may be random and have nothing to do with each other.  Your brain is an organ that learns, designed by evolution to be changed by our experiences, but your mind is the set of faculties including cognitive aspects such as consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgement, language and memory, as well as noncognitive aspects such as emotion and instinct.  Each one of us has the power to use our mind to change our brain to change our mind.  The mind generates thoughts, awareness of consciousness, feelings, will-power, and reminiscence resided in the brain, so it has the ability to understand.  The brain is used to remember past events, which can then be synchronized to communicate information or predict the future consequences of our actions, while the mind is utilized to think.  Consequently, there is a connection between the mind and brain that enables us to choose before we make decisions.

Last week we had More Colors, and everyone was supposed to choose a song that contained a color in either the title or the lyrics.  This week we have the prompts of Brain/Mind/Think and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, 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.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• 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 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 Beatles song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ today.  Next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Blue Jay Way’ by The Beatles.  The upcoming prompts will be:
February 21, 2021 – Long/Short/Small/Tall
February 28, 2021 – Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind
March 7, 2021 – Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha
March 14, 2021 – Anguish/Misery/Torment