Sammy Hagar – Baby, It’s You

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Baby.

From his 1982 album, Standing Hampton. The song did not chart but Standing Hampton would become Sammy’s first platinum album. I wore this album out.

Baby, It’s You

When I’m starin’ into space
You wonder what I’m thinking of
No one’s ever crossed my mind
When I’m thinking about you, my love
All my memories
My special fantasies
There’s someone I owe them to
Baby, it’s you
When I’m dreaming in my sleep
Many worlds I travel to
My soul is yours to keep
I always will return to you
Until we can fly away
Go where the angels play
Become a kiss from the sun to the day
Baby
Ooh baby, it’s you
Oh yea
Ooh baby, it’s true
Ooh baby, it’s you
Oh yea
Baby it’s you
When I’m beaming of light
So sure of myself and this place I’m in
It’s always fresh and new
That something, I’m in touch again
And it’s no mystery
How it happens to me
You’re the one I owe it to
Yea baby
Ooh baby, it’s you
Oh yea
Ooh baby, it’s true
Ooh baby, it’s you
Oh yea
Baby it’s you
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Sammy Hagar

Billy Squier – Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

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Released on the B-side of the single “My Kinda Lover” in 1981 It never charted but I will never forget the video shot at MTV studios.

Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
Share the joys of laughter and good cheer
Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
And a feeling that will last all through the year
On the corner carolers are singing
There’s a touch of magic in the air
From grownup to minor no one could be finer
Times are hard but no one seems to care
Christmas Eve and all the world is watching
Santa guides his reindeer through the dark
From rooftop to chimney, from Harlem to Bimini
They will find a way into your heart
Christmas is the time to say “I love you”
Share the joys of laughter and good…

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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!

Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock

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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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Rod Stewart – Hot Legs

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

From his 1977 album, Foot Loose & Fancy Free. The song reached #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on May 1, 1978. It has been rumored that the legs in the video belong to actress Jenilee Harrison who played Cindy on the TV show Three’s Company.

From Songfacts

Stewart refers to this rocker as one of his “dirty, rude, shagging songs.” It tells the story of a young lady who won’t leave him alone, wearing him out when she comes by for some lovin’ at all hours. We never learn her name and get the sense that he doesn’t know it – he just calls her “hot legs.”

Many found it objectionable, but it was a believable storyline from Stewart, who was very popular with the ladies. At the time, he was involved with the actress Britt Ekland; he would later marry Alana Hamilton, Rachel Hunter and Penny Lancaster.

Stewart is the sole songwriter on this track. It’s reminiscent of a song he released with his group Faces in 1971 called “Stay With Me,” where he beds a girl but makes sure she’s gone by morning. In “Hot Legs,” he repeats this request:

You can love me tonight if you want
But in the morning make sure you’re gone

Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice was a recent addition to Stewart’s band and played on this track. Other personell included Billy Peek, Jim Cregan and Gary Grainger on guitars, Phil Kenzie on saxophone, Phil Chen on bass and John Jarvis on organ.

The music video, directed by Bruce Gowers, doubled down on the objectification angle, with most shot framed between the legs of a woman we never see from the front (skinny legs – easier for framing but also the popular look at the time). Shot in the dusty town of Piru, California (outside of Los Angeles), the clip shows Stewart and his band performing the song, hanging out with locals, and riding recklessly on top of a truck – boys will be boys.

This was four years before MTV, but Stewart made videos for most of his singles because there were many outlets in Europe that showed them.

Hot Legs

Who’s that knockin’ on my door?
It’s gotta be a quarter to four
Is it you again, comin’ round for more?
Well, you can love me tonight if you want
But in the morning make sure you’re gone
I’m talkin’ to you
Hot legs, you’re wearin’ me out
Hot legs, you can scream and shout
Hot legs, are you still in school?
I love you honey
You got a most persuasive tongue
You promise all kinds of fun
But what you don’t understand, I’m a working man
I’m gonna need a shot of vitamin E
By the time you’re finished with me
I’m talkin’ to you
Hot legs, you’re an alley cat
Hot legs, you scratch my back
Hot legs, bring your mother too
I love you, honey
Imagine how my daddy felt
In your jet black suspender belt
Seventeen years old,
He’s trudging sixty four
You got legs right up to your neck
You’re makin’ me a physical wreck
I’m talkin’ to you
Hot legs in your satin shoes
Hot legs, are you still in school?
Hot legs, you’re makin’ me a fool
I love you, honey
Hot legs, you’re makin’ your mark
Hot legs, keep my pencil sharp
Hot legs, keep your hands to yourself
I love you, honey
Hot legs you’re wearin’ me out
Hot legs you can scream and shout
Hot legs, you’re still in school
I love you, honey
Hot legs
Hot legs
Hot legs
Hot legs you’re well-equipped
Hot legs oh your pussy’s whipped
Hot legs I just love your lips
I love ya
I love ya
I love ya, honey
Hot legs
Hot legs
Hot legs
I love ya honey!
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Rod Stewart

The Supremes – Reflections

The title song from their 1968 album, The song reached #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on September 9, 1967. I remember this song as the opening intro for the ABC show China Beach.

From Songfacts

“Reflections” was written by the Motown songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. In a Songfacts interview with Dozier, he explained: “It’s about when the love has gone bad, or when things have changed in life. One thing in life that’s ever changing is tomorrow is always different from today. Things change for many reasons, and you have to be aware of why, and what is happening around you. You have to adapt to the changes in life. That’s what that was about: your reflection on how things used to be, can be and will be, hopefully.

It’s all about hope, too. The main theme of that song is hope: although things have come to pass, you have to start changing, remembering the old to get involved with a new approach in life.”

This song tells the story of a woman who looks back in anguish at her lost love, wondering what could have been had things worked out. But the song was directed in some ways at Motown head Barry Gordy, with the same sentiment.

Sonically, this was a departure for The Supremes, with no saxophone or prominent electric guitar backbeat. It retained the sturdy bassline of James Jamerson, but featured a Wurlitzer electric piano by Earl Van Dyke and tambourine by Jack Ashford. Pistol Allen was the drummer and Joe Messina added guitar. The oscillator-generated sound effects also appear throughout the track.

This was the first foray for The Supremes into psychedelic pop, a sound fully realized by The Beatles a month earlier when they released their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

“Reflections” has some mind-bending lyrics:

Trapped in a world
that’s a distorted reality

It also opens with some trippy sound effects that were created with a custom oscillator designed by one of The Funk Brothers, who were session musicians for most Motown songs of the period. >>

This was released during The Summer of Love (1967) when the Vietnam War was raging. This made it an appropriate choice for the theme song of the TV series China Beach, which was set in Vietnam during the war. The series ran on ABC from 1988-1991.

Reflections

Through the mirror of my mind
Time after time
I see reflections of you and me

Reflections of
The way life used to be
Reflections of
The love you took from me

Oh, I’m all alone now
No love to shield me
Trapped in a world
That’s a distorted reality

Happiness you took from me
And left me all alone
With only memories

Through the mirror of my mind
Through all these tears that I’m crying
Reflects a hurt I can’t control
Although you’re gone
I keep holding on
To those happy times
Oh, girl when you were mine

As I peer through the windows
Of lost time
Keeping looking over my yesterdays
And all the love I gave all in vain
(All the love) All the love
That I’ve wasted
(All the tears) All the tears
That I’ve tasted
All in vain

Through the hollow of my tears
I see a dream that’s lost
From the hurt baby
That you have caused

Everywhere I turn
Seems like everything I see
Reflects a hurt I can’t control

In you I put
All my hope and trust
Right before my eyes
My whole world has turned to dust

Reflections of
The love you took from
Reflections of
The way life used to be

In you I put
All my hope and trust
Right before my eyes
My whole world has turned to dust

Now baby, why did you do it?
ReflectionsWriter/s: DAVID BRYAN BENOIT
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

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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…

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