Les Excitations du Weekend

Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge, soirée.

Hier soirée, j’ai répondu à la question de Caramel, le «Caramel Crunch». Ce matin, j’ai présenté une chanson magnifique du chanteur américain, William Bell. Et maintenant, une autre chanson pour vous, une chanson française, très célèbre:

Bonnes fêtes!

Song Lyric Sunday (12 April 2020) – Gemstones

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor, A Unique Title For Me) set a theme of birthdays (my choice). This week, theme of gemstones.

Hmmmmmmm… Diamonds, emeralds, jade, pearls, rubies, sapphires … they all sound like they might be tributes to a king.

So, what better song to choose than A Tribute To a King, by William Bell. Recorded as a tribute to Otis Redding. Bell was a recording artis in his own right, on the same label as Otis. We lost Otis in a plane crash outside Manison, Wisconsin in December 1967, and Bell penned this homage shortly afterwards. Bell is still with us, aged 80.

This song was only ever released as a B side, so it has no pedigree. It is just one that I heard many years ago, and it has stayed with me.

Listen, people, listen
I’m gonna sing you a song
About a man who lived good
But didn’t live too long

He was born in Macon, Georgia
A poor boy without a dime
He found his way to Memphis
Singing These Arms Of Mine

(CHORUS)
Otis, Otis Redding was his name
Without his soulful singing
This old world won’t be the same

Now he traveled on to Frisco
New York and abroad
Everywhere he sangThe people would applaud

One day he left Georgia
Wisconsin bound
But he didn’t get to sing that night
The plane he was in went down

(CHORUS)

He was a soul music singer
The king of the Memphis sound
It makes me feel so sad
Cause now he ain’t around

He died with his guitar
Close to his hands
But his soul lives on today
In the heart of a million fans

Talking about
(CHORUS)

Otis, Otis Redding was his name
His picture oughta be hung
In the music hall of fame

Otis, he was known as Big O
Otis, we gonna miss him so
Otis, ooh, yeah,
We gonna miss him so

William Bell