The Song that Got Away (6)

Last time out I featured a song from the movie The Big Easy. That whole soundtrack is full of songs that are not even titled with English words, let alone something that’ll ever fit SLS. This one is a bacd called Beausoleil singing Zydeco Gris Gris. See what I mean?

The Song That Got Away (5)

The Drafts folder is getting clearer, bit by bit.

I thought I’d share a twisty one today, though. It’s a song I always liked but figure that a suitable prompt will never come up which fits its title. What do you reckon?

This is one that has been covered many times, even Jim Adams’ favourite, The Grateful Dead, cut a version. And it has charted a few times, too. The version I first heard, though, was the Dixie Cups, in the 1987 film The Big Easy. I liked the soundtrack so much I bought the album. If you’ve never seen the film, it was set in New Orleans so it, and the soundtrack, has a very cajun feel to it. I liked it a lot, but it might feel quite dated now, I haven’t watched it for years.

I read that the Dixie Cups first released the song in 1965, and there were legal wrangles over who actually wrote the song. But anyways, it sounds good to me.

The Song that Got Away (4)

Yes I’m slowly but surely running down my Drafts folder! Every week, Jim Adams gives us a particular theme for Song Lyric Sunday. I consciously try to come up with a song where the title matches the theme. Nice and obvious.

But sometimes I can’t think of a good title, and either the album name or some lyrics become fair game. The other week we had a theme of promises, and this was my very first thought, because UB40 once released an album called Promises and Lies. So, it was just a case of picking a song I liked from this album.

I chose what I thought was a decent song which people might remember but in the end I went with another song, which I thought was far more meaningful. UB40 have had a string of hit records, Promises and Lies was a #1 album in the UK (#6 USA), and this song itself reached #8 in the UK (#45 on the Hot 100). Despite that, it didn’t make the cut for me that day, but it’s a decent track and I thought people might enjoy it today.

Hope nobody’s sick of reggae just yet!

The Song that Got Away (3)

also written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), crazy.

A while ago, the prompt for Song Lyric Sunday fitted the song Crazy Love, by Van the Man. In fact, I’d thought of using that song myself, but by a reggae artist, and I think I commented as much. Here it is, by a guy called Maxi Priest.

Different types of reggae comes in and out of fashion, just like regular pop music. This one is from a genre called lovers’ rock, in other words, smoochy, smoochy. I used to like that genre as a teen, but haven’t listened to it for years. Parenthood probably knocked all the smooch out of me.

I’m getting quite regular reports from international readers that the videos I post won’t play for them. I’ve raised it with YouTube. If this happens where you are, and you have a minute, would someone mind going to YouTube and searching for “Maxi Priest Crazy Love”, and commenting with the link? And I’ll update the post.

Hmmm…today the WP Block Editor would not let me insert a link into my post, I had to manually write the HTML markup. Cowboys!

The Song that Got Away (2)

I’ve been looking through my drafts folder at some of the songs that I didn’t quite get to presenting as part of my Song Lyric Sunday posts. This one has sat there for months, I can’t even remember what the prompt was. But, you know … Barry White! I kept hold of it because I knew it was a good post.

The song is real Seventies – first performed in 1974. He reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and on the R&B chart, #8 in the UK.

We lost Barry White in 2003, aged just 58. He had various health problems in later life, and suffered a stroke while undergoing kidney dialysis in May, 2003. He clung on until July. Every time I read something like this, I realise how lucky I am – because not all of us survive. But what a voice he had!

The Song that Got Away

I was going to present this one for Song Lyric Sunday last weekend, but I thought of a song I preferred, so presented that one instead. I try only to present one song per week, so I let this one slide, but it is a brilliant Irish track so I thought I’d put it out there today.

The subject last week was gemstones, and I thought of a song whose title contained a less-glamorous gemstone, garnet. Garnet has been used as a gemstone since the middle ages, and although we usually think of it as a dark red, it can exist in many colours. The term garnet actually describes a group of similar minerals (silicates), which are only different to each other because of the “impurities” of other elements being present. Hence the different colours.

My choice was going to be an album track, The Snake With the Eyes of Garnet, by Shane MacGowan and the Popes on their 2002 album, The Rare Oul’ Stuff. After he finished with The Pogues, Shane clubbed together with some Irish musicians and The Popes are the result. They were far more into live performances than studio albums, although they made a couple. I figure that most of us probably like Irish music, so what the hey?

A very brief explanation of the lyrics you will hear:

  • James Mangan (1803-49) was a Dublin-born poet. He died from cholera, and after his death, his work became synonymous with the nationalist cause.
  • [St.] Stephen’s Green (my featured image) is a green right in the centre of Dublin. During the English Occupation, it was a popular location for executions.

The Snake With the Eyes of Garnet.

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