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Month: March 2015

Rock Lyrics Vol. 3 – The Weird

Here is another of my rock anthems that set my head to bobbing, especially when Rick starts windmilling on his guitar. But when you dig into the lyrics, well, it’s just weird.

Like, just what the hell does this mean:

Well just the other day I heard of a soldier’s falling off
Some Indonesian junk that’s going round.

It seems to be an early Boomer telling his girlfriend what advice his World War 2 parents are giving him. But then he catches his parents rockin’ & rollin’ on the couch. And they mention KISS albums?? Too weird for me.

It all sounds good when you’re rockin’ to the beat. Maybe it’s best to just ignore the lyrics altogether and allow yourself to get lost in the music.

Surrender

Cheap Trick

Mother told me, yes, she told me I’d meet girls like you.
She also told me, “Stay away, you’ll never know what you’ll catch.”
Well just the other day I heard of a soldier’s falling off
Some Indonesian junk that’s going round.

Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away, ay, aaaaaaaay.

Father says, “Your mother’s right, she’s really up on things.”
“Before we married, Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines.”
Now, I had heard the wacs recruited old maids for the war.
But mommy isn’t one of those, I’ve known her all these years.

Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away, ay, aaaaaaaay.

Whatever happened to all this season’s losers of the year?
Every time I got to thinking, where’d they disappear?
When I woke up, Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch.
Rolling numbers, rock and rollin, got my Kiss records out.

Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away, ay, aaaaaaaay.

Awaaaaaaay.
Awaaaaaaay.

Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Bun E’s alright, Tommy’s alright, Robin’s alright, Rick’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Were all alright, Were all alright, Were all alright, Were all alright!!!)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)

 

This is another live video. I’m pretty sure it’s at Budokan, Japan, circa 1978. Good stuff!

Live Long And Prosper

Rock Lyrics Vol. 2 – The Sorrow

How many songs evoke the sorrow experienced in life? Thousands? Tens of thousands? This has always been one of my favourites, not because I have blue eyes, but rather because of the rich harmonies and change of pace from soft acoustic to hard electric, and back again. Real progressive rock. You wouldn’t expect anything else from The Who, a true super group.

This is a sad song. The lyrics say it all.

 

Behind Blue Eyes

The Who

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

No one knows what it’s like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings
Like I do

And I blame you

No one bites back as hard
On their anger
None of my pain and woe

Can show through

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool

When I smile, tell me some bad news

Before I laugh and act like a fool

If I swallow anything evil

Put your finger down my throat

If I shiver, please give me a blanket

Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes.

Live Long And Prosper

Rock Lyrics Vol. 1 – The Anthem

I LOVE ROCK and ROLL

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

This has long been my rock music anthem. The steady if uncomplicated beat, straight ahead guitar, strong vocals, it is the prototypical rock song. But as I mentioned in the introductory post, I don’t pay much attention to the lyrics. Now that I see the lyrics in black and white, it turns out this is a girl-meets-boy love song! Or, if not a love song, a hook-up song:

And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me,

However, it still gets my head-bobbing whenever and wherever  I hear it, so it will remain one of my top favourites. Incidentally, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are installed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as of April 2015. Well deserved!

So, without further ado … Rock On:

I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL

Saw him dancing there by the record machine
I knew he must a been about seventeen
The beat was going strong
Playing my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me,
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
Till he was with me, yeah me, singing

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

He smiled so I got up and asked for his name
That don’t matter, he said,
‘Cause it’s all the same

Said can I take you home where we can be alone

And next we were moving on
He was with me, yeah me

Next we were moving on
He was with me, yeah me, singing

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

Said can I take you home where we can be alone

And we’ll be moving on

He was with me, yeah me,

We’ll be moving on

And singing that same old song

Yeah with me, singing

I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

 

I hope you liked the live version rather than the manufactured video version. Live is always better!

Live Long And Prosper!

Music Is Life

Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC, June 2008

Music strengthens the soul.

I don’t know anyone whose spirit is not lifted by music. There are differing musical tastes, to be sure, but the effect is universal. Even among animals! And, some say, plants. Music is life. If you’re feeling sad, if you’re feeling bad, put on a favourite tune and almost immediately your demeanor and mindset improve.

While infuriatingly stuck in a traffic jam on a cold rainy day, a much loved song begins playing, so what do you do? Your head starts bobbing, your hands and feet start tapping to the beat, you sing out loudly (out of tune probably, but what the hell). You dance, even while sitting. Music stirs your soul no matter the circumstances. It is an extremely important ingredient in our lives.

I know it’s a big part of my life. My extended family on my fathers’ side was .. is .. very musical. My Grandfather, uncles, cousins, myself, my younger brother (pictured left, center stage), his youngest son. Music has been, is, and will continue to be, a big part of our lives.

What I’m going to do here, one post at a time, is highlight some of the songs that are special to me, and/or are significant to the music world at large. I will key on rock music, because that is what I’m most familiar with, but I believe that all genres of music are significant and none should be ignored.

I do have one failing about my music listening habits: I don’t pay enough attention to the lyrics. If you presented me with a snippet of lyric from a popular song (not the chorus, but something from the interior of the tune), nine times out of ten I would not be able to identify the song. So, what I want to do is write a post about the lyrics of the song, with the melody, the beat, the rhythm being secondary. I will split posts into themes so that they are not all jumbled into one long index.

There are so many songs, so many themes. So. Many. However, I will muddle along, one post at a time. I hope you will join me!

Rock on!

 

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