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Rock Lyrics Vol. 9 – Tuesday Afternoon

There is nothing pretentious or complicated about this song. It’s simply a tune about Tuesday Afternoon. The lead singer of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, was sitting in a field one lovely afternoon, it was a Tuesday, and the song just came to him. The rest is history.

Released in 1968 on the all-time classic album Days Of Future Past [where it was listed as Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)], it was actually a two part song that ran over 8 minutes in length. Getting AM radio management/owners to play anything over 4 minutes was very difficult, so we teenagers at the time only heard the first part played repeatedly, which is what I’m presenting here.

I loved this tune from the very first time I heard it. I had the privilege  to see The Moody Blues pay live at Casino Rama almost 10 years ago. They didn’t look anything like they do in the video (which is a live performance from 1970), but they sure sounded the same. It was so great to see them live, 45+ years after I first became a fan!

Without further ado, here are the sultry sounds of

Tuesday Afternoon

The Moody Blues

Tuesday afternoon
I’m just beginning to see
Now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

I’m looking at myself reflections of my mind
It’s just the kind of day to leave myself behind
So gently swaying through the fairyland of love
If you’ll just come with me you’ll see the beauty of
Tuesday afternoon
Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday afternoon
I’m just beginning to see
Now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

 

Live Long And Prosper.

 

 

 

Rock Lyrics Vol. 8 – I Don’t Like Mondays

This is my choice for Monday in the Weekday Series of posts. Because, who likes Mondays? I’ve always rocked out to this song; good tune, harmonies, tinkling piano and a great chorus that gets you singing along.  I had no idea what it was about. No clue.

I will include a video interview with Bob Geldof below the music video, and also the first video of four that explains the whole story, if you wish to pursue it. Geldof now says that he is sorry that he wrote, recorded and released the song. He says if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t.

The song, of course, is about one of the first school mass shootings in the United States, when 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire on the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, USA, January 29th 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. When police asked her why she did it, she replied, completely without passion or remorse, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

Sadly, this was only the beginning of a violent trait of American society that continued through the decades to today, and will certainly continue beyond today.

Sorry for the morose start to the week! It will get cheerier. Watch the videos. It’s very enlightening.

 

I Don’t Like Mondays

Boomtown Rats

The silicon chip inside her head
gets switched to overload
and nobody’s gonna go to school today
she’s going to make them stay at home
and daddy doesn’t understand it,
he always said she was as good as gold
and he can see no reason
‘cos there are no reasons
what reason do you need to be shown

Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays,
I want to shoot
the whole day down…

The telex machine is kept so clean
as it types to a waiting world
and mother feels so shocked
father’s world is rocked
and their thoughts turn to
their own little girl
sweet sixteen ain’t that peachy keen
no, it ain’t so neat to admit defeat
they can seek no reasons
‘cos there are no reasons
what reason do you need

Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays,
I want to shoot
the whole day down, down, down, shoot it all down,

all the playing stopped in the playground now
she wants to play with her toys a while
and school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning
and the lesson today is how to die
and then the bullhorn crackles
and the captain tackles
with the problems and the how’s and why’s
and he can seek no reasons
‘cos there are no reasons
what reason do you need to die die oh oh oh….

Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?!
I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?!
I don’t like, i don’t like, i don’t like Mondays,
Tell me why i don’t like, i don’t like, i don’t like mondays,

I want to shoo oo oo oot
the whole day down …

 

 

This is the interview video. It begins with the first part of the song, then the interview starts:

 

This is the first video of four, a documentary covering the whole story. Creepy.

Thanks for reading and watching.Tuesday is next.

Live Long And Prosper!

 

 

 

Rock Lyrics Vol. 7 – Money For Nothing

In this case, the dissing of the “easy living” rock star life comes from some blue collar workers and is all wrapped up in the first few lines:

Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

That theme runs throughout the song and probably aptly represents the view of most ordinary people – money for nothing.

This song was not without controversy, though. I can remember quite clearly hearing the news reports and radio DJs talking about the original lyrics, which got this song banned almost everywhere, until they re-released it with the lyrics changed. This is the offending original verse:

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire

I am showing the original lyrics, because that is how they were written and copyrighted at the time, but you’ll notice when playing the video that Mark Knopfler uses different lyrics during this live performance at the Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England, June 30th 1990.

He does play a mean guitar! The guy in pink isn’t too bad either. And the fella on tambourine sure looks like Rick Neilson …

Money For Nothing

Dire Staits

Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV’s

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV’s

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin’ in the camera
Man we could have some fun
And he’s up there, what’s that? Hawaiian noises?
Bangin’ on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV’s, Lord

Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

Live Long And Prosper!

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