#SLS ~ 4/11/21

Jim prompts us with single word song title. Lots of good ones to choose from making picking a song hard. But fun! Means I listened to several songs before landing on “Africa” by Toto. Songwriters: David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. The video I chose was from “America’s Got Talent” when the Angel City Chorale performed. I may have posted this one before but it is way too good not to repeat. I hope you think so too.

“Africa”

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation

I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say
“Hurry, boy, it’s waiting there for you”

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what’s right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

I seek to cure what’s deep inside
Frightened of this thing that I’ve become

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

“Hurry, boy, she’s waiting there for you”

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

#SLS ~4/4/21

Jim at Amy’s suggestion prompts us with blossoms/cherry/flowers. I picked “I Want You” by Savage Garden. Writers: Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones. More at the wiki.

Anytime I need to see your face,
I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
your crystal mind and
Magenta feelings take up shelter
in the base of my spine
Sweet like a chic-a-cherry cola
I don’t need to try and explain;
I just hold on tight
And if it happens again, I might move so slightly
To the arms and the lips and the face of the human cannonball
That I need to, I want to

Come stand a little bit closer 
Breath in and get a bit higher 
You’ll never know what hit you 
When I get to you 

[chorus:]

Ooh, I want you 
I don’t know if I need you 
But, ooh, I’d die to find out 
Ooh, I want you 
I don’t know if I need you 
But, ooh, I’d die to find out 

I’m the kind of person who endorses a deep commitment
Getting comfy getting perfect
is what I live for
But a look, then a smell of perfume
It’s like I’m down on the floor
And I don’t know what I’m in for

Conversation has a time and place
In the interaction of a lover and
a mate,
But the time of talking,
using symbols, using words
Can be likened to a deep sea diver who is swimming with a raincoat

Come stand a little bit closer 
Breathe in and get a bit higher 
You’ll never know what hit you 
When I get to you 

[chorus]

Anytime I need to see your face, 
I just close my eyes 
And I am taken to a place where 
your crystal mind and 
Magenta feelings take up shelter 
in the base of my spine 
Sweet like a chic-a-cherry cola 

I don’t need to try and explain;
I just hold on tight
And if it happens again, I might move so slightly
To the arms and the lips and the face of the human cannonball
That I need to, I want to

[chorus]

So can we find out?

#SLS ~ 3/28/21

Jim prompts us with Endless/Eternity/Everlasting/Forever/Infinity/Omega. Boy what choices! A few 80s classic popped right into my head but I decided to look for something new. That’s when I stumbled across this gem “Hold On Forever” written & performed by Rob Thomas. Not new but new to me. The song is peppy and upbeat despite the lyrics. Making it through the tough times with your bae or boo or whatever it is the kids call their forever person these days.

“Hold On Forever”

Another night and here we are again
All our faults laid out ahead
Let it out, then let it right back in
All those voices in your head

And we both know everything, but we can’t learn to leave
So I’ll tell you what you need

First thing: we make you feel better
Next stop: we pull it all together
I’ll keep you warm like a sweater
Take my hand, hold on forever
Just fall apart if you need to
I’m here and I won’t leave you now
Don’t look down
Hold on forever

Lay down all your troubles end to end
They could reach up to the stars
So many roads, you don’t know where you’ve been
But you still know who you are

And if I seem preoccupied, I’m wondering what to do
So here’s my recipe for you

First thing: we make you feel better
Next stop: we pull it all together
I’ll keep you warm like a sweater
Take my hand, hold on forever
Just fall apart if you need to
I’m here and I won’t leave you now
Don’t look down
Hold on forever

And we both know everything, but we can’t learn to leave
So I’ll tell you what you need

First thing: we make you feel better
Next stop: we pull it all together
I’ll keep you warm like a sweater
Take my hand, hold on forever
Just fall apart if you need to
I’m here and I won’t leave you now
Don’t look down
Hold on forever
Just take my hand; hold on forever
Hold on forever
Just take my hand; hold on forever

#SLS ~ 3/21/21

Jim gives us Hop/Jump/Leap/Pounce/Spring as prompts. I wanted to go with Misty Mountain Hop but alas, hop is not in the lyrics despite the title. Google became my best friend as I searched for something.

I stumbled across this new to me song “Jump Rope” by Blue October. Writer: Justin Furstenfeld. Catchy little tune with lyrics that resonate with me. Hope you enjoy.

Remember how you used to say,
You couldn’t wait ’til tomorrow for a brand new day.
And no fuss
When ya had to ride the bus
You’d just add a little blush
To paralyze your school crush

Now you’re older
And the weight is on your shoulder
Make the world a little colder
No more hiding in the old days

Be strong
Don’t you give up hope
It will get hard
Life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
‘Cause it will get hard
Remember life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
‘Cause it will get hard

There’ll be a bump and there will be a bruise
There’ll be alarms and there will be a snooze
There’ll be a path that you will have to choose
There’ll be a win and there will be a lose

And you have to hold your head up high
And watch all the negative go by
Don’t you ever be ashamed to cry
You go ahead
‘Cause life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
‘Cause it will get hard
Remember life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Come on

I wanna tell you that everything will be OK
That everything will eventually turn itself to gold
So keep pushing through it all
Don’t follow, lead the way
Don’t lose yourself or your hope
‘Cause life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah

You stamp your feet so hard you make it pound
Raise the bottom to the top
And now we’re never coming down

Up, down
Stamp your feet spin around
Clap your hands to the rhythm
And then you slip down

You stamp your feet so hard you make it pound
Raise the bottom to the top
And now we’re never coming down

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
Come on
Remember life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah
It will get hard
‘Cause it will get hard

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah

Life’s like a jump rope

Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, yeah

‘Cause life’s like a jump rope

#SLS ~ 3/14/21

Jim prompts us with misery/anguish/torment. Hmm. I had to search. Nothing immediately came to mind. The few songs that came up in my feed didn’t really speak to me. Ultimately I went with “I’m Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage. Songwriters: Douglas Elwin Erickson / Shirley Ann Manson / Steve W. Marker / Bryan David Vig. More at the wiki.

I’m only happy when it rains
I’m only happy when it’s complicated
And though I know you can’t appreciate it
I’m only happy when it rainsYou know I love it when the news is bad
Why it feels so good to feel so sad?
I’m only happy when it rains

Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down
Pour your misery down on me

I’m only happy when it rains
I feel good when things are goin’ wrong
I only listen to the sad, sad songs
I’m only happy when it rainsI only smile in the dark
My only comfort is the night gone black
I didn’t accidentally tell you that
I’m only happy when it rains
You’ll get the message by the time I’m through
When I complain about me and you
I’m only happy when it rainsPour your misery down (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down on me
Pour your misery down (Pour your misery down)
Pour your misery down on me

Pour your misery down
You can keep me company
As long as you don’t care

I’m only happy when it rains
You wanna hear about my new obsession?
I’m riding high upon a deep depression
I’m only happy when it rainsPour some misery down on me
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
I’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on meI’m only happy when it rains
Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me

Pour some misery down on me
Pour some misery down on me

#SLS ~ 3/7/21

Jim prompts us with Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha. I am stumped. Off to Google to search and surprisingly there is quite a list from which to choose. Mostly songs I haven’t heard before. I want to stay with what I know and picked “Lady Marmalade” written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe performed by Labelle in 1974. I’m not peeking but I imagine we’ll have duplicates today. Great minds thinking alike and all that. But I’ve been wrong before though so we shall see. Without further ado, hope you enjoy.

Hey sister, go sister
Soul sister, go sister
Hey sister, go sister
Soul sister, go sister

He met Marmalade down in Old New Orleans
Strutting her stuff on the street
She said, “Hello, hey Joe
You wanna give it a go?” hmm hmm

Gitchi gitchi ya ya da da
Gitchi gitchi ya ya here
Mocha chocolata, ya ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

He stayed in her boudoir
While she freshened up
That boy drank all that Magnolia wine
On her black satin sheets
Where he started to freak

Gitchi gitchi ya ya da da
Gitchi gitchi ya ya here
Mocha chocolata, ya ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Hey, hey, hey
Seeing her skin
Feeling silky smooth
Color of cafe au lait

Made the savage beast inside
Roaring until it cried
“More, more, more!”

Now he’s at home doing 9 to 5
Living his brave life of lies
But when he turns off to sleep
All memories keep more, more, more

Gitchi gitchi ya ya da da da
Gitchi gitchi ya ya here
Mocha chocolata, ya ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Gitchi gitchi ya ya da da
Gitchi gitchi ya ya here
Mocha chocolata, ya ya
Gitchi gitchi ya ya here

#SLS ~ 2/28/21

Jim prompts us with Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind. Tons of good songs using those words. How can I choose but one? Well since I’ve been listening to my Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, “Spirit in the Sky” Writer: Norman Greenbaum has become an earworm. Guess I’ll stick with it. Here is an interesting backstory for the song from Norman himself.

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best

Prepare yourself you know it’s a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He’s gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
Gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
That’s where you’re gonna go when you die
When you die and they lay you to rest
You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best

Never been a sinner. I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
So you know that when I die
He’s gonna set me up with
The spirit in the sky
Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best
Go to the place that’s the best

#SLS ~ 2/21/21

Jim gives us Long/Short/Small/Tall for our prompts. I had the most fun surfing around You Tube. More songs than I ever imagined and that was starting with long. I never even moved on to short/small/tall. Well one of the songs that almost caught me did have Long, Tall & Texan but I back burned that one. Opting instead for 70s gold. “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” was released in April of 1972, hitting #2 on Billboard Hot 100 in September that year. Writer(s): Roger Cook, Roger John Reginald Greenaway, Alan Clarke – performed by The Hollies.

Someone wrote this song is one of best CCR songs not done by CCR. There was a bit of a tussle with John Fogerty settling out of court for half the proceeds. More on this at the wiki.

Saturday night I was downtown
Working for the FBI
Sittin’ in a nest of bad men
Whiskey bottles piling high

Bootlegging boozer on the west side
Full of people who are doing wrong
Just about to call up the DA man
When I heard this woman sing a song

A pair of 45’s made me open my eyes
My temperature started to rise
She was a long cool woman in a black dress
Just-a 5’9, beautiful, tall
With just one look I was a bad mess
‘Cause that long cool woman had it all

[Instrumental Interlude]

I saw her heading to the table
Like a tall walking big black cat
When Charlie said I hope that you’re able boy
‘Cause I’m telling you she knows where it’s at
Then suddenly we heard the sirens
And everybody started to run
A-jumping out of doors and tables
When I heard somebody shootin’ a gun
Well the DA was pumping my left hand

And a-she was a-holding my right
Well I told her don’t get scared
‘Cause you’re gonna be spared
I’ve gotta be forgivin’ if I wanna spend my living
With a long cool woman in a black dress
Just a 5’9 beautiful tall
Yeah, with just one look I was a bad mess
‘Cause that long cool woman had it all
Had it all
Had it all

Now for part two because I simply couldn’t choose, here is more 70s gold with AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)”. Released in December 1975. Writer(s): Angus McKinnon Young, Malcolm Young, and Ronald Belford (Bon) Scott. Those bagpipes!! I’m telling ya what! More at the wiki.

Ridin’ down the highway
Goin’ to a show
Stop in all the byways
Playin’ rock ‘n’ roll
Gettin’ robbed
Gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ beat up
Broken boned
Gettin’ had
Gettin’ took
I tell you folks
It’s harder than it looks

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
If you think it’s easy doin’ one night stands
Try playin’ in a rock roll band
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll

Hotel motel
Make you wanna cry
Lady do the hard sell
Know the reason why
Gettin’ old
Gettin’ grey
Gettin’ ripped off
Under-paid
Gettin’ sold
Second hand
That’s how it goes
Playin’ in a band

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
If you wanna be a star of stage and screen
Look out it’s rough and mean

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll
It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll

Well it’s a long way
It’s a long way, you should’ve told me
It’s a long way, such a long way

As always more to come

#SLS ~ 2/14/21

A valentine day #SLS and Jim prompts us with Brain/Mind/Think. There is a Pearl Jam song with brain in it. I could continue a pattern but “Brain of J” was new to me and didn’t really grab me. Serendipity stepped in and my song choice for today came on during curbside grocery pick up. Woo to the hoo.

Without further ado I give you “Fight Song” Writer(s): Bassett Dave Richard, Platten Rachel. Lyrics within.

Talk amongst yourselves. This song always brings the waterworks. In loving memory of my dear friend Cat. ❤ Gone too soon but never ever forgotten.