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Change Of Perspective

When doing the Rock Music Lyrics series of posts, I have been doing just that … concentrating on the lyrics alone. Upon reflecting over the summer, I’ve decided that a change of perspective is in order, especially with the addition of the Seminal category.

“seminal” – highly original, influential, and important – highly original and influencing the development of future events

As well as commenting on and displaying the lyrics of a song, I’m going to also comment on the use of the music construction and the instruments used, which put together, add interpretation to the meaning of the lyrics. Which upon reading back, is really really confusing. I know what I want to do, however I’m finding it difficult to explain. I am far FAR from a music expert. I can only write down what I feel in my gut and my brain. Please bear with me as I move forward.

I believe there is a way to “pin” this post at the top of the main page. If I succeed in doing that, please use the Categories link to explore the various posts.

Thanks very much for dropping by. Cheers!

Rock Lyrics Vol. 12 – Friday

Alright! It’s Friday! TGIF and all that. I’ve been waiting for today impatiently. This entry into my Weekday series of posts is going to blow your mind.

As soon as anyone mentions Friday in a music sense, you immediately think of Rebecca Black. Love her or hate her, that’s what you think of. With over 100 MILLION views of her video, you can’t be blamed. However, the song ‘Friday’ has an old and esteemed pedigree that will surprise you! A very knowledgeable gentleman will fill you in with all the details and surprising facts at the beginning of the video. I was astounded.

Also, keep an eye on who announces the band in the video! NCIS fans will find this quite ducky. (ATTN: the volume increases a lot after intro talk)

Friday

The Byrds

7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta get dressed, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have my cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, gotta see my friends
I see my friends

Kickin’ in the front seat
Sittin’ in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

7:45, we’re drivin’ on the highway
Cruisin’ so fast, I want time to fly
Fun, fun, think about fun
You know what it is
I got this, and you got this
My friend is by my side
I got this, and you got this
Now you know it

It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Live Long And Prosper

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!

 

 

 

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