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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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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Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet.

From the 1982 movie soundtrack An Officer and a Gentleman. The song peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on October 29, 1982.

From Songfacts

This was written for the movie An Officer And A Gentleman, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1983. The film is known for its closing scene, where Richard Gere, dressed in his Navy uniform, comes into the factory where Debra Winger is working, gets hot and heavy with her, then carries her out as her co-workers cheer. It’s perhaps the most famous “sweeps her off her feet” archetype in film.

The movie ends with a still frame of Winger in Gere’s arms as the credits roll and “Up Where We Belong” plays.

The entire process – from idea to inclusion in the movie and release – took only 30 days. Will Jennings wrote the lyrics. He’s responsible for the words to many famous songs, including “My Heart Will Go On,” “Looks Like We Made It,” and many of Steve Winwood’s hits. Jennings told us:

“Joel Sill, who was head of the music department of Paramount, asked me to consider writing a song for this film. I watched a rough cut, loved the film and I heard enough parts to make up a song. I asked Joel to send me the work track and I stitched together the verse, chorus, and bridge of the song and wrote the lyrics… Joel sent it to Stewart Levine, a fine music producer, and Stewart and I talked the song over on the phone and he went in to the studio and cut the hit track with Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.”

Will Jennings told us about coming up with the words to this song: “I am a working class person and these people in the film trying to make it, they are my people. The mountain imagery is about striving for the top – people often don’t hear the lyric right – it is ‘Where eagles cry, on a mountain high’ instead of ‘Where eagles fly, on a mountain high’ – if you have ever heard an eagle cry, the power and beauty of it and all the wild freedom of it, you will get the distinction. As far as “All I know is the way I feel…’ well, if you have nothing else to tell you what to do in your life, you have to go with the way you feel… if you are lost, you have only your instinct and passion to guide you.”

Up Where We Belong

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it’s real, I keep it alive
The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world below
Up where the clear winds blow
Some hang on to used to be
Live their lives looking behind
All we have is here and now
All our lives, out there to find
The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clear winds blow
Time goes by
No time to cry
Life’s you and I
Alive today
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clear winds blow
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
 
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jack Nitzsche / Buffy Saint-Marie / Will Jennings

Ring Starr – NO-NO Song

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…No/Yes.

From his 1974 album, Goodnight Vienna, The song peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on April 5, 1975.

From Sonfacts

This was written by country music star Hoyt Axton and bass player David Jackson. The song takes a humorous look at someone who is constantly offered drugs and alcohol (marijuana from Columbia, cocaine from Majorca, moonshine from Nashville…) and keeps turning them down.

Axton struggled with drug abuse early in his career and was poking fun at himself in the song. Axton, who also wrote the Three Dog Night hit “Joy To The World,” had a talent for writing whimsical pop songs with a country flavor.

Ringo sings this with more than a hint of irony, as he was far from sober at the time. In interviews, he would cheekily refer to it as “an anti-drug song,” which it is, as the singer describes the consequences of his addictions (waking up on the floor). Ringo was not interested in giving up his habits at the time, but in 1988 he entered rehab with his wife, Barbara. He later described his years of addiction as being a very lonely time.

In a 2007 Time magazine interview, Ringo was asked about his most memorable guest artists in the studio. His reply: “Hoyt Axton was one of them on the Ringo album. We were doing ‘No No Song’ with the biggest spliff and a large bottle of Jack Daniel’s.”

At the very end of this song, Ringo very quietly speaks some dialogue in a drunken slur, which is made even less intelligible because different words are spoken in each channel. On the right channel, he says something like “I’ll just have another drink, have you got any brandy?” and on left, “Just put mine in the boot.”

This was first released in America as a double-sided single with “Snookeroo.” Ringo and his record company didn’t think radio stations would play “No No Song” because of the drug references, but they did, pushing the song to #3 and giving Ringo his seventh Top 10 hit Stateside. Unsurprisingly, the flip side, a song celebrating snooker, was largely ignored.

In the UK, “No No Song” wasn’t released as a single for fear that it would get banned. In 1976, it was used as the B-side of “Oh My My.”

Hoyt Axton released his own version of the song in 1975 after it became a hit for Ringo. His rendition was issued as a single and included on his album Southbound. The stoner comedians Cheech & Chong make an appearance on Axton’s version.

NO-NO Song

A lady that I know just came from Columbia
She smiled because I did not understand
Then she held out some marijuana, ha ha
She said it was the best in all the land

And I said
No, no, no, no, I don’t smoke it no more
I’m tired of waking up on the floor
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
Then it makes it hard to find the door

A woman that I know just came from Majorca, Spain
She smiled because I did not understand
Then she held out a ten pound bag of cocaine
She said it was the finest in all the land

And I said
“No, no, no, no, I don’t (sniff) it no more
I’m tired of waking up on the floor
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
And then it makes it hard to find the door”

A man I know just came from Nashville, Tennessee
He smiled because I did not understand
Then he held out some moonshine whiskey, oh ho
He said it was the best in all the land

And I said
No, no, no, no, I don’t drink it no more
I’m tired of waking up on the floor
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
And then it makes it hard to find the door

Halestorm – Break In (feat. Amy Lee)

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…User Choice where you can go your own way, or do your own thing.

From Halestorm’s 2020 EP, Reimagined. The song reached #16 on Billboards Rock Digital chart on August 14, 2020. Recorded at Rock Falcon Studios in Nashville.

From Music.mxwdn.com

Halestorm have released a new track with Evanescence’s Amy Lee. “Break In” comes from Halestorm’s upcoming Reimagined EP, the following tracks set for a release on August 14. The track first appeared in Halestorm’s 2012 album, The Strange Case Of…, with several performances of Lee joining Halestorm’s frontwoman, Lzzy Hale, for the track leading to fan requests for a version of the song featuring Lee to be released.

Beginning with soft sounds of a piano, Hale’s voice flows over as she is occasionally joined by low strums and pings of the guitar and piano. Her voice soars as she reaches the chorus, rising and carrying heavy emotion before fading back down. Lee soon joins in, the two harmonizing for the second verse as faint clashes and shimmers dance in the background. Both powerfully sing the lyrics “You let me fall apart without letting go/ Then  you pick up the pieces and you make me whole/ I didn’t want to escape/ From the bricks that I laid down.” Hale’s voice buries underneath Lee’s, throughout the chorus, both swinging their voices up at various intervals and switching between high and low as they experiment with pitch.

Break In

Put your lighter in the air and lead me back home
When it’s all said and done and follow where the air goes
I hear you night after night calling out my name
And I’m finding myself running to meet you
I didn’t want to escape
From the bricks that I laid downYou are the only one
The only that sees me
That trusts me and believes me
You are the only one
The only one that knows me
And in the dark you show me
It’s perfectly reckless
Damn you leave me defenseless
So break in
Break inYou let me fall apart without letting go
Then you pick up the pieces and you make me whole
I didn’t want to escape
From the bricks that I laid downYou are the only one
The only that sees me
That trusts me and believes me
You are the only one
The only one that knows me
And in the dark you show me
It’s perfectly reckless
Damn you leave me defenseless
So break inAnd take everything I have
Until there is nothing left
Until it’s just your voice in my head
And when the lights come on
You see me as I am
You’re still inside meYou are the only one
The only that sees me
That trusts me and believes me
You are the only one
The only one that knows me
And in the dark you show me
It’s perfectly reckless
Damn you leave me defenseless
So break in
Break inPut your lighter in the air and lead me back

homeSource: LyricFindSongwriters: Robert Graves / Lizzy Hale / Mark Holman / Aimee Proal

Helix – Deep Cuts The Knife

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

From their 1985 album, Long Way to Heaven. The song reached #20 on the Mainstream US Rock chart and #66 on the Canadian Singles Chart in 1985.

From Wikipedia

Helix were formed in 1974 for a battle of the bands contest in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada by drummer Bruce Arnold. They were originally a six-piece, consisting of Arnold, lead vocalist Brian Vollmer, guitarists Ron Watson and Rick “Minstrel” Trembley, keyboardist Don Simmons, and bassist Keith “Bert” Zurbrigg, who always wore his trademark tuxedo on stage. Their original name was The Helix Field Band, soon shortened to simply Helix. Trembley left after a few months, making the band a five-piece. Soon after, Helix scored some crucial shows as Del Shannon‘s backing band on some Canadian dates. However, the original lineup dissolved by 1976, and three new members entered the fold. Replacing Simmons, Watson and Arnold were guitarists Brent “The Doctor” Doerner and Paul Hackman, who would both remain with Helix through the 1980s, and drummer Brian Doerner, Brent’s twin brother. Brian Doerner only stayed four years, but returned as a member and a guest several times before joining Saga in 2005.

With new management under Kitchener’s William Seip, Helix released two independent albums on their own H&S Records, entitled Breaking Loose and White Lace & Black Leather, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. During the sessions for Breaking Loose, Helix recorded a cover of the Del Shannon hit “Thinkin’ It Over”, unreleased until the 1999 Helix CD B-Sides. Their second album, White Lace & Black Leather, brought more lineup changes with drummer Leo Niebudek taking over for Brian Doerner. Michael J. Fox auditioned to replace bassist Keith Zurbrigg but the job ultimately went to Mike Uzelac. With Zurbrigg gone, Brian Vollmer was now the last remaining original member.

Changing their image from that of a standard bar band to a more image-conscious metal band, Helix finally signed to Capitol Records after being rejected by them three times. In 1983, they released No Rest for the Wicked, with Greg “Fritz” Hinz (ex-Starchild) on drums. This album featured Canadian hit video “Heavy Metal Love”, which featured their new look. Under Seip’s advice, Helix dropped their T-shirts and jeans in favour of leather clothing in order to stay current. The tour for this album cycle was not without drama. Mike Uzelac, whose drug use had become problematic, left the band to be replaced by a bass player named Peter Guy from London, Ontario. Guy was unable to travel to the United States due to a previous drug conviction, and Uzelac came back to finish the tour. When Uzelac had fulfilled his commitment, Mark Rector of Kitchener was hired on bass. He was let go at the conclusion of the tour. With the addition of bassist Daryl Gray completing the band’s classic 1980s lineup, they released Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge in 1984. It sold over 100,000 copies in Canada, and over 400,000 internationally. The album also included their best known song “Rock You” and a cover of A Foot in Coldwater‘s “(Make Me Do) Anything You Want”.

In 1985, Helix released their fifth album Long Way to Heaven, featuring the singles “Deep Cuts the Knife” and “The Kids Are All Shakin'”. The album allowed the band to tour Sweden, becoming the first Canadian rock band to do an extensive Swedish tour. The result was a No. 1 album in that country. The following year, their song “It’s Too Late” was featured in the movie Iron Eagle and its soundtrack album (this was a completely different song than the track “It’s Too Late” that appeared on their second album).

Deep Cuts The Knife

Lately, all the nights seem all the same
Since you said goodbyeI’m all alone
The only voice is my ownCan you hear me, are you near me
Did you know that I hurt this badDid you love me, did you need me
Or were you just a dream I hadThis memory haunts me foreverBetter run for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Deep Cuts The KnifeLately, I see your face in everything I do
Sleepless nights I lie in bed just thinkin’ of youI can’t pretend
That I don’t need you back againDid you love me, did you need me
Well, alright, but what’s so wrongThis memory haunts me foreverBetter run for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Deep Cuts The KnifeI am your slave
Got no defender
You flash the blade
I can’t escape, I can’t surrenderRun for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Better run for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Deep Cuts The KnifeDeep cuts, Deep Cuts The Knife
Deep Cuts The Knife
Better run, better run for my life
Deep Cuts The Knife
Deep Cuts The Knife
Deep Cuts The Knife
Memories here to stay, it won’t go away
Deep Cuts The KnifeI am your slave

Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Bob Halligan Jr. / Paul Hackman

Lone Justice – Shelter

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Clear/Dark/Light

The title track from their 1986 album. The song did not chart. The song was written by lead singer Maria McKee and Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

 

 

Shelter

Well all right you gave it all up for a dream
Fate proved unkind
To lock the door and leave no key
You’re unsure
Well baby I’m scared too
When the world crushes you
Let me be you’re shelter shelter
From the storm outside
Let me be your shelter shelter
From the endless tide
Disillusion has an edge so sharp
It tears at your soul
And leaves a stain upon your heart
I need you to wash mine clean
You’ve felt it too
And you need me
Let me be you’re shelter shelter
From the storm outside
Let me be your shelter shelter
From the endless tide
Your struggle with darkness has left you blind
I’ll light the fire in your eyes
Let me be you’re shelter shelter
From the storm outside
Let me be your shelter shelter
From the endless tide
Your struggle with darkness has left you blind
I’ll light the fire in your eyes
Let me be your shelter shelter shelter shelter shelter
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Maria Louisa Mckee / Steven Van Zandt

MTV Launched 39 Years Ago Today

Well, it has now been 39 years.

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We did not get cable in my area until a year or two after it launched so I never saw the beginning of the channel. Of course, I was crazy about it when we first got cable. It was like nothing else. They showed full concerts which I thought was great and of course the videos. But It also had it’s bad side because some of the artist or bands had hit songs only because of MTV that would have never made it on the radio. The very first video MTV showed was the Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star. It pretty much destroyed Billy Squier’s career because of a less than macho video he made. MTV nowadays is a big joke nothing but reality TV shows permeates the channel. For a day like today why don’t they let the original VJ’s take over the channel and we could have…

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Smokie – Mexican Girl

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Burrito/Fajita/Mexican/Tequila

From their 1978 album, The Montreux Album. The song reached #19 on UK’s singles chart.

Mexican Girl

Juanita came to me last night and she cried over and over
Ooh, Daddy I love you you know and I think it’s the moonlight
She looked so fine, well she looked alright and she moaned
Ooh, Daddy move over
Oh, baby you know what I like and I think it’s the moonlight
Made in Mexico, schooled in France ooh la lovin’
She needed no teachin’
Oh man, I can say international ways, I believe in
Mexican girl, don’t leave me alone
I got a heart as big as a stone and I need you, believe me
To be here and love me tonight
Mexican girl, I want you to stay, you know my heart is
Longing to say that as long as I live I will always
Remember the one that I called my Mexican girl
Her skin was soft as the velvet sky
And her hair it shone in the moonlight
As the music did play well the night turned to day
And I held her tight
Then she looked at me with her dark brown eyes and she
Whispered, “Hasta La Vista!”
I don’t know what it means but it sounded so good so
I kissed her
Mexican girl, don’t leave me alone
I got a heart as big as a stone and I need you, believe me
To be here and love me tonight
Mexican girl I want you to stay, you know my heart is
Longing to say that as long as I live I will always
Remember the one that I called my
Mexican girl, don’t leave me alone
I got a heart as big as a stone and I need you, believe me
To be here and love me tonight
Mexican girl I want you to stay, you know my heart is
Longing to say that as long as I live I will always
Remember the one that I called
My Mexican girl
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alan Silson / Christopher Ward Norman / Peter David Spencer / Terence David Littley

Rick James – You And I

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…I/Me/Them/Us/You/We.

From his 1978 album, Come Get It. The song reached #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on September 22, 1978.

You And I

You and I, we fit together like a glove on a hand
That’s right, don’t you know
That I would gladly take you anywhere you wanted to go.
You and me are as close as three part harmony, wouldn’t you agree?
And in the chance our romance ended it would surely be the end of me.
Some people might say I’m infatuated, I don’t care
‘Cause they really don’t know
They’ll never see or hear the things I do with you.
So far as I’m concerned they all can go to hell.
Woh, woh, woh, woh baby cakes, now swing it sugar.
Do, do, do, do, do, just swing it baby,
You and I, will be together until the six is nine, that’s right.
When you need me I never hesitate,
I always come, it’s so much fun. Yeah!
You and I, although we’re poor our love has brought
More wealth than Hughes, himself
And if by chance there is an afterlife when we die
You and I, I’ll spend it with you
Some people might say I’m infatuated, I don’t care
‘Cause they really don’t know
They’ll never see or hear the things I do with you.
So far as I’m concerned they all can go to hell.
Woh, woh, woh, woh, baby cakes, now swing it sugar.
Do, do, do, do, do, just swing it baby, Can’t take it baby
You and I, you and me are going to be together eternally
You and I, you and me are going to be together eternally
You and I, you and me are going to be together eternally
Yeah, yeah, yeah
You and I, you and me
Dance girl, ev’rybody on the floor, ev’rybody dance on the floor
Dance on the floor, ev’rybody dance on the floor, hey, you over there
Ev’rybody dance on the floor, ev’rybody dance on the floor
Now shake it on down.
Ev’rybody dance on the floor, ev’rybody dance on the floor
Shake your bootie now, ev’rybody shake your bootie now.
ev’rybody shake your bootie now.
Do, do do do do do do do do do do
Ev’rybody dance on the floor, dance ya’ll
Ev’rybody dance on the floor, come on baby, all right
Dance, dance, dance and shout, let’s dance and shout
Get on the floor ya’ll, dance and shout, don’t just stand there yeah!
Dance and shout, don’t just stand there, yeah!
Dance ya’ll, dance and shout
The latest groove so you can move on the floor
Ev’rybody dance on the floor
The latest groove so you can move on the floor
Ev’rybody dance on the floor
The latest groove so you can move on the floor
Ev’rybody dance on the floor
Ev’rybody lay your bootie down, ev’rybody shake your bootie now.
Can’t hear you, shout, ev’rybody shake your bootie now
Ev’rybody shake your bootie now, ev’rybody shake your bootie now.
Shake it on down, shake your bootie now
Ev’rybody dance on the floor, do, do, do,
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Rick James