Yola – Starlight

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Mind, Think, or Brain.

From her 2021 album, Stand for Myself. The song has not charted but her album has been nominated for two Grammy’s.

From Wikipedia

Yola was born in Bristol, England.

Under her given name Yolanda Quartey, Yola first gained notice as a member of the Bristol band Phantom Limb, of which she was a member from 2005 to 2012. That band released two albums. Yola has also performed as a guest vocalist and occasional songwriter for British musical acts like Sub Focus, Massive Attack, Bugz in the Attic, Ginger Wildheart, and Duke Dumont.

Yola decided to launch a solo career after the death of her mother in 2013.

From http://www.stereogum.com

“Starlight” is a song about looking for positive physical, sexual and human connections at every level of your journey towards love. The world seems to attach a negative trope of cold heartlessness to the concept of any sexual connection that isn’t marriage, this song looks through a lens of warmth specifically when it comes to sex positivity. Understanding the necessity of every stage of connection and that it is possible for every stage of your journey in love, sex and connection to be nurturing. Temporary or transitory doesn’t have to be meaningless or miserable. In the right situations every connection can teach us something valuable about who we are, what we want and what is healthy.

“I wanted to put something into the world that showed people what my dating life is like now,” Yola adds of the accompanying music video directed by Ford Fairchild. “I’m currently single, yes, but I’m not neglected or some soulless sex robot. The volume of media dedicated to showing dark skinned Black women having a nice normal time in romantic situations, be it true love or just dating, is still lacking in my opinion.” Watch and listen below.

Starlight

I’ve been trying to hide it
Trying hard to deny it
I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout how it’s gonna go down
Go down

Spent a lifetime without it
Trying hard not to even think about it
I listen alone but I don’t hear a sound
A sound

Because in my mind I’m seeing starlight
One more time for my imagination
I’m not high, don’t let me be misunderstood
Ah-ah-ah

I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout your kissin’
Lord knows what I’ve been missin’
You’re the only who could put me in such a state
A state

Never take your love for granted
I’ve been waiting on you just like we planned it
Taking your time, I’ll sip my wine while I wait
Don’t be late

Because in my mind I’m seeing starlight
One more time for my imagination
I’m not high, don’t let me be misunderstood
Like we should

I’ve been trying to hide it
Trying hard to deny it
I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout how it’s gonna go down
Go down

Because in my mind I’m seeing starlight
One more time for my imagination
I’m not high, don’t let me be misunderstood
Because in my mind we are together
All the time, even the cloudy weather
Ain’t gonna come forward ’cause we just wanna feel good
Like we should
Like we should

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bobby Ray Wood / Daniel Quine Auerbach / Yolanda Claire Quartey

The Zutons – Valerie

From their 2006 album, Tired of Hanging Around. The song peaked at #9 on the UK singles chart and #8 on Scotland’s singles chart in 2006.

Note…This is not the Monkees hit song.

From independent.co.uk

Not to be confused with the hit of the same title by Steve Winwood, the Zutons’ “Valerie” was the song that gave the Liverpool band their breakthrough.

It was, according to their lead singer Dave McCabe, named for a friend he had met in America who had been caught drink driving. The band’s drummer, Sean Payne, has called it a “musical postcard to her, saying he’s having a hard time and can she come over and see him.” McCabe wrote it in a taxi on the way to visit his mother. “The whole song was written before I got there,” said McCabe. “So 20 minutes, max.” It was recorded at London’s Townhouse Studios, with Stephen Street producing and the band playing together live. “The guitar arpeggio at the start was added as an afterthought to improve the intro,” recalls Street. “It took a couple of attempts of mixing to get it right.”

Amy Winehouse also did a version of the song.

Valerie

Well, sometimes I go out by myself
And I look across the water
And I think of all the things, what you do
And in my head, I make a picture’Cause since I’ve come on home
Well, my body’s been a mess
And I’ve missed your ginger hair
And the way you like to dressWon’t you come on over?
And stop makin’ a fool out of me
Why don’t you come on over Valerie?
ValerieDid you have to go to jail?
Put your house up on for sale
Did you get a good lawyer?
I hope you didn’t catch a tan
I hope you’ll find the right man
Who’ll fix it for yaAre you shoppin’ anywhere?
Changed the color of you hair, are you busy?
And did you have to pay the fine
You were dodging all the time, are you still dizzy?Yeah, ’cause since I’ve come on home
Well, my body’s been a mess
And I’ve missed your ginger hair
And the way you like to dressWon’t you come on over?
And stop makin’ a fool out of me
Why don’t you come on over Valerie?
Valerie
Valerie
ValerieWell, sometimes I go out by myself
And I look across the water
And I think of all the things, what you’re doin’
And in my head I make a picture’Cause since I’ve come on home
Well, my body’s been a mess
And I’ve missed your ginger hair
And the way you like to dressWon’t you come on over?
And stop makin’ a fool out of me
Why don’t you come on over Valerie?
Valerie
Valerie
ValerieYeah, Valerie

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Sean Payne / Russell Pritchard / Boyan Chowdhury / Dave Mccabe / Abi Harding / Paul Molloy

Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne

Free Fallin'

From his 1980 album, The Innocent Age. The song peaked at #9 on Billboards Hot 100 chart on February 20, 1981.

From Songfacts.

As Fogelberg tells it on his official website, the song is totally autobiographical. He was visiting family back home in Peoria, Illinois in the mid-’70s when he ran into an old girlfriend at a convenience store.

After Fogelberg’s death from prostate cancer in 2007, the woman who he wrote the song about came forward with her story. Her name is Jill Greulich, and she and Fogelberg dated in high school when she was Jill Anderson. As she explained to the Peoria Journal Star in a December 22, 2007 article, they were part of the Woodruff High School class of 1969, but went to different colleges. After college, Jill got married and moved to Chicago, and Dan went to Colorado to pursue music. On Christmas Eve, they were…

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Counting Crows – A Long December

From their 1996 album, Recovering The Satellites. The song peaked at #5 on the US Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and #1 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart… Happy New Year!

From Songfacts

During the taping of a VH1 Storytellers performance, lead singer Adam Duritz talked about the song: “In the middle of December of ’95 my friend Jennifer got run over by a car, just creamed. And I spent that whole month, while we were just beginning the record and most of January and February in the hospital. Each morning and early afternoon then I’d go to the studio, the house where we were recording, and we’d play all afternoon and all night.

It was a very weird time because there is a lot of stress, not that it’s a big deal being a second album, but any album. They’re just not that easy to make. It’s a very stressful process, especially when you’re first starting out. I spent a lot of time in the hospital which is pretty weird. But one day I just left the studio about 2 in the morning, and I went to my friend Samantha and Tracy’s house which is Hillside Manor, that’s what we call it anyway, it’s just a little house and I sat there talking with them. I woke them up, got them out of bed and made them talk to me for a couple hours, then I went home to my house. I wrote this song between about 4 and 6 and then went to the hospital the next day, and came to the house and I played it for the guys before dinner and taught it to them after dinner.

We played it about six or seven times. It was take number six. We just stopped, that was it. We recorded the song, it was done. We all went into the kitchen and had a cold beer, I grabbed Brad our engineer and ran back out about five minutes later, had him play the tape three times, just recorded all the harmonies, and we’ve never touched it since, that was it. It’s a completely live song except for the harmonies.

It’s a song about looking back on your life and seeing changes happening, and for once for me, looking forward and thinking, ya know, things are gonna change for the better – ‘maybe this year will be better than the last.’ And so, like a lot of songs on the end of an album it’s not about everything turning out great, but it at least it is about hope… and the possibilities.”

Courteney Cox, who was starring in Friends at the time, is the girl in the video (not her first – she was in Bruce Springsteen’s video for “Dancing In The Dark” and Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “Good Intentions”). She and Adam Duritz met on the set and dated for a while. Duritz, dated Cox’ Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston in 1995.
Lawrence Carroll directed the video, which finds Duritz playing a grand piano in the woods and does some serious longing. Carroll used many of the same elements – words scrawled on walls, cutaways to pretty girl looking plaintive – in the Collective Soul video for “Precious Declaration.”

A Long December

A long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin’
Now the days go by so fast

And it’s one more day up in the canyons
And it’s one more night in Hollywood
If you think that I could be forgiven I wish you would

The smell of hospitals in winter
And the feeling that it’s all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl

And it’s one more day up in the canyons
And it’s one more night in Hollywood
If you think you might come to California I think you should

Drove up to Hillside Manor sometime after two a.m.
And talked a little while about the year
I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her

And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass

And it’s one more day up in the canyon
And it’s one more night in Hollywood
It’s been so long since I’ve seen the ocean I guess I should

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Writer/s: ADAM FREDRIC DURITZ, BEN G MIZE, CHARLES THOMAS GILLINGHAM, DANIEL JOHN VICKREY, DAVID LYNN BRYSON, MATTHEW MARK MALLEY
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song

From their 2011 compilation album, Rarities and B-Sides. The song has not charted but it is their biggest selling song.

From Wikipedia

Rarities/B-Sides marks the first time the 2003 single The Christmas Song has been available on an album, as the song was absent from the 2008 Christmas EP Wishing You a Rave Christmas. Despite that the song has never been included on an album, Sune Rose Wagner stated “it has since become our biggest selling song ever with appearances in countless movies, commercials, etc.

The Christmas Song

All the lights are comin’ on now
How I wish that it would snow now
I don’t feel like going home now
I wish that I could stayAll the trees are on display now
And it’s cold now
I don’t feel like going home now
I wish that I could stayI wish that I could walk
I wish that I could walk you homeAll the lights are comin’ on now
How I wish that it would snow now
I don’t feel like going home now
I wish that I could staySanta’s coming into town
With a suitcase in his hand
Santa’s coming into town
With a suitcase in his hand

Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock

Free Fallin'

The song was recorded in October of 1957 at Owen Bradley’s studio in Nashville, TN. It peaked at #6 on Billboards Best Sellers chart and #13 on Billboards Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart.

More from Wikipedia.

“Jingle Bell Rock” has been performed by many, but Helms’ version is the best known. The song’s title and some of its lyrics are an extension of the old Christmas standard, “Jingle Bells“. It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s, such as “Rock Around the Clock“, and mentions going to a “Jingle hop“. An electric guitar played by Hank Garland can be heard playing the first notes of the chorus of “Jingle Bells”. Backup singers were the Anita Kerr Quartet.

Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowing and blowing up bushels of…

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The Youngsters – Christmas In Jail

I thought I would get a little demented this Christmas. Of course, the song never charted but was played on the Dr. Demento show and is also played on The Bob and Tom show. The song was released in October of 1956.

Christmas In Jail

Christmas in jail
Christmas in jail
Had a little too much to drink
Ain’t got no bail
Ain’t got no bail
And spendin’ New Year’s Eve in the clink.

I was in the wrong lane
Feelin’ no pain
Zoomed my car to seventy-five
Ran right into
You can guess who
And say I’m lucky to be alive.

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

They’re singin’ down the street
While everybody’s havin’ Christmas turkey
They give me bread and water to eat.

Christmas in jail
Christmas in jail
Wore my shoes out pacin’ the floor
Got rocks in my head
I wish I was dead
Ain’t gonna drink and drive no more.

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

They’re singin’ down the street
While everybody’s havin’ Christmas turkey
They give me bread and water to eat.

Christmas in jail
Christmas in jail
Wore my shoes out pacin’ the floor
Got rocks in my head
I wish I was dead
Ain’t gonna drink and drive no more
Ain’t gonna drink and drive no more
Ain’t gonna drink and drive no more.

Merry Christmas!
Hic! Hic! Hic!

Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded this song. Recorded in October of 1958 at Owen Bradley’s studio in Nashville. The song was written by Johnny Marks. It would be one of the first stereo recordings to come out of Nashville. The song did not sell well until Brenda Lee had gotten more popular. In 1960 it reached #14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop singles chart. It peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart in 1965. SoundScan has estimated total sales of 1,000,000 digital downloads in 2016.

From Wikipedia.

The song’s declaration of a rock and roll sound notwithstanding, its instrumentation also fits the country music genre, which Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. The recording features Hank Garland and Harold Bradley on guitar, Floyd Cramer on piano, Boots Randolph on sax, Bob Moore on bass, and veteran session player Buddy Harman on drums. The song is written in the key of A-flat major.
An instrumental version of the song appears as background music in the 1964 television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which exclusively featured music written by Marks. It can be heard in the scene where Rudolph first arrives at the Reindeer Games and meets another reindeer named Fireball. A fully sung version of the song would later appear in Rankin/Bass’s 1979 sequel Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July. The song was also used in the 1990 film Home Alone during a scene when Kevin McCallister pretends that there is a holiday party taking place in his house, and discourages the burglars from robbing it.

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie
And we’ll do some caroling
You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing, let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancin’ merrily
In the new old-fashioned way
You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing, let’s be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancin’ merrily
In the new old-fashioned way
Songwriters: Johnny Marks

AC/DC – Witch’s Spell 

From their 2020 album Power Up. The song has not charted…Happy Halloween!

From digitaljournal.com

Iconic rock band AC/DC has cast a rocking “Witch’s Spell” with their new single and music video. Digital Journal has the scoop.

The song is upbeat and infectious, couple with a retro ’80s vibe to it. The music video was directed, edited, and animated by Wolf & Crow and it utilizes performance footage of the group that was shot by Clemens Habicht; moreover, AC/DC and their creative director, Josh Cheuse, have brought this irresistible track to life in a refreshing manner.

Read more: https://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/review-ac-dc-casts-rocking-witchs-spell-with-new-single/article#ixzz7AnaHIme9

Witch’s Spell

Let me tell you your fortune
It could be sinister, or maybe not
Like a leopard, can’t change it’s own spotsRide a moon beam
Sail the starlight
My blaze in the night sky
See the witch’s flightCaught in a witch’s spell
Got a tale to tell
Caught in a witch’s spell
Got a tale to tell
Caught in a witch’s spellGood time maker who likes it hot
Like a card playin’ shark who takes the whole lot
(And that’s a lot)Riding moonbeam
Sail the starlight
My blaze in the night sky
See the witch’s flightCaught in a witch’s spell
Got a tale to tell
Caught in a witch’s spell
Got a tale to tell
Caught in a witch’s spellIt’s all coming to ya
It’s all coming through ya
I get bathed in a light
The spell’s just rightCaught in a witch’s spell
Got a tale to tell
Caught in a witch’s spell
Got a tale to tell
Caught in a witch’s spellCrystal balls and an almanac
She gonna take you to hell and back
I’ve got potions, snake oil style
Good luck charms and a witch’s spell Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Angus Young / Malcolm Young

Blacktop Mojo – Wicked Woman

From their 2021 self titled album. The song has not charted…Happy Halloween!

From rocklinesmagazine.com

The first track is on Blacktop Mojo’s Self-Titled Album is “Wicked Woman” and that down and dirty rock that you’ve come to love from Blacktop Mojo is SO, SO alive and well! This little ditty has a hook that could catch whales, and your body is going to want to jump around like a hooked fish too. In fact, I may give an award to anyone who can listen all the way through without at least tapping a foot! All I can say about the pre-chorus vocals and in the middle 8 is HOT DAMN! The guitar solo is the cherry on top and this is just the first track!

Wicked Woman

She likes the moon
She likes the night
She likes the blood on her hands
She dances naked
Through the trees
Until her eyes glow red
She whispers spells
Into the wind
She communes with the damned
She throws the bones
Into the fire
In darkness she chantsRaised the blade above her head
As I began to bleed she saidOh, Mother in the Sky
Take this sacrifice
I want to live forever
Oh Spirit in the Earth
Give me a new birth
Make me a god like youAround the woods
A thousand eyes look on
As she starts to feast
There was a smile
On her face
As she watched my soul leaveLicked her lips, threw back her head
As blood ran down her chin she saidOh, Mother in the Sky
Take this sacrifice
I want to live forever
Oh Spirit in the Earth
Give me a new birth
Make me a god like youOh, Mother in the Sky
Take this sacrifice
I want to live forever
Oh Spirit in the Earth
Give me a new birth
Make me a god like you Make me a god like you

Source: MusixmatchSongwriters: Alex Smith / Matt James / Chuck Wepfer