Song Lyric Sunday | “Love So Right” – Bee Gees

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

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Always glad to feature this group, even if it’s only because of one word! 😀

Before they ruled the disco music era, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb had success with pop ballads like Love So Right, from their 1976 album, Children of the World.

Love So Right reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number fourteen on the Adult Contemporary chart and number thirty-seven on the Black Singles .

 

FUN FACTS

    • Love So Right was the second consecutive Bee Gees single (following You Should Be Dancing) to feature Barry Gibb’s falsetto exclusively for lead vocals.
    • Barry later stated that the song’s R&B influence was inspired by the group “trying to be The Delfonics.”
    • The Bee Gees have sold more than 120 million records worldwide and are the third most successful band in Billboard charts history after The Beatles and The Supremes.
    • In addition to being a successful band, the Bee Gees were also highly sought after songwriters and producers. More than 2500 artists have recorded their music.
    • During a nine-month period beginning in the Christmas season of 1977, seven songs written by the brothers held the No. 1 position on the US charts for 27 of 37 consecutive weeks: three of their own releases, two for brother Andy Gibb, the Yvonne Elliman single, and Grease, performed by Frankie Valli.
    • In March 1978, the Bee Gees held the top two positions on the US charts with Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive, the first time this had happened since the Beatles.
    • All three brothers (including Maurice, posthumously) were invested as Commanders of the Order of the British Empire in December 2001 with the ceremony taking place at Buckingham Palace on 27 May 2004.
    • On June 27,  2018, Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, was knighted by Prince Charles after being named on the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
    • In 1958, performing as Wee Johnny Hayes and the Blue Cats, the brothers had their named changed by disc jockey Bill Gates and promoter Bill Goode to the BGs (later changed to “Bee Gees”) after his, Goode’s and Barry Gibb’s initials. The name was not specifically a reference to “Brothers Gibb”, despite popular belief.

In the video, Love So Right plays over a compilation of appearances and performances by the brothers.

As a bonus, I included the video from the brothers’ 1999 Sydney, Australia concert for bookmarking purposes. If you’re a fan like me, you’ll enjoy streaming the hour and twenty-four minute show through your big screen. It’s full of pre and post disco music, with a wonderful tribute to younger brother, Andy, who died in 1988. It’s not the Gibb Brothers last performance together–before Maurice’s passing in 2003 and Robin’s in 2012–but it’s a fun, energetic concert by the brothers, who by that point, had been performing together for forty years.

 

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Love So Right

by the Bee Gees

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb
She came on like the night and she held on tight
And the world was right when she made love to me
We were free
She moved in like a friend started loving me
And I thought I’d found my heaven in her arms
But the morning when I woke up
I was here and she was gone
Now I’m hanging on
Maybe you can tell me how a love so right can turn out to be so wrong
Where did she go when I need her close to me
And the perfect story ended at the start
I thought you came forever and you came to break my heart
Now I’m hanging on, on the chance that you’ll come back to me
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
I could take it in my stride
Start living for the moment
Maybe half the things we sought were never there
Simply open up our eyes and break it down to size
It isn’t really fair
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling
How a love so right can turn out to be so wrong, oh my darling

Song Lyric Sunday | “Sara Smile” – Hall & Oates

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Chin/Ears/Eyes/Face/Mouth/Nose.

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I took the collective prompt of facial beauty to go with something that enhances a person’s beauty… the smile.

While a smile can add to facial beauty, a genuine smile also bolsters inner beauty, self-esteem and it’s even good for your health–mental and physical!

So smile like Sara in Hall & Oates very first top ten hit, Sara Smile.

I know SLS’ers of a certain age aren’t ready for this but the single that was released when many of us were teenagers will be FORTY-FOUR years old next month! Yeah, ain’t that a kick in the pants? Sara Smile was played several times at my Sweet Sixteen birthday party.

But you know what? The song that reached #4 on Billboard Hot 100 and was ranked #11 for 1976 is still a smooth classic that  gets airplay on R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Pop stations and satellite radio.

FUN FACTS

    • Sara Smile was written about Hall’s then-girlfriend, Sara Allen. The couple were together for almost 30 years before breaking up in 2001.
    • Following the success of Sara Smile, the Atlantic Records label re-released the duo’s previous single, She’s Gone, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1973, but went all the way to #7 behind the success of Sara Smile.
    • The album’s cover photo by Mick Jagger’s makeup designer Pierre LaRoche is a glitzy shot of Hall and Oates in heavy makeup. John Oates talked about the eye-catching image in Nick Tosches’ biography Dangerous Dances: “We decided that if we were going to put our faces on an album cover for the first time we wanted to do it in a big way. Pierre said, in that French accent of his, ‘I will immortalize you!’ And he just did. To this day it’s the only album cover that people ask us about.”

 

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Sara Smile

by Hall & Oates

Songwriters: Daryl Hall / John Oates
Baby hair with a woman’s eyes
I can feel you watching in the night
All alone with me and we’re waiting for the sunlight
When I feel cold, you warm me
And when I feel I can’t go on, you come and hold me
It’s you and me forever
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
If you feel like leaving, you know you can go
But why don’t you stay until tomorrow?
If you want to be free, you know, all you got to do is say so
And when you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me forever
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Sara smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Smile
Won’t you smile a while for me, Sara
Oh smile a while, won’t you laugh Sara
Make me feel like a man not keeping me crazy crazy
Smile a while

Song Lyric Sunday | “Topsy Turvy (Feast of Fools)” – Disney

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Bounty/Dessert/Eat/Feast/Food/Hungry/Turkey.

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I admit to being one of the millions of people worldwide who pre-registered and prepaid for Disney+, then vegged out in front of my television beginning early on the morning of November 12th.

It wasn’t a perfect roll-out. Apps and devices crashed and some customers were locked out of their accounts (and still are).

I had no problems. Not one. Unless you called binge-watching twenty-one straight hours a problem. 😀 😀

Before I physically melded with all-things Star Wars, I had to get my dose of Disney animation. Of course, The Lion King was first, but number two was The Hunchback of Notre Dame inspired by the 1831 Victor Hugo novel of the same name.

The plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance into society while rebelling against his ruthless and bigoted master, Judge Claude Frollo.

Early in the 1996 movie, gypsy narrator, Clopin, leads the song, Topsy Turvy to kick off the Feast of Fools where Quasimodo is crowned King of Fools and finds himself falling instantly in love with the Gypsy dancer Esmeralda. Joy turns quickly to sorrow as the crowd cruelly mocks and rejects him for his misshapen appearance, failing to see the charm which lies below his odd looks.

FUN FACTS

    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame is Disney’s 34th animated feature film.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the few Disney films of their Renaissance era of animation to not have a female protagonist featured in the Disney Princess franchise that was created in the early 2000s, due to its female protagonist Esmeralda not being classified as a princess.
    • A live-action remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was announced in January 2019. The script will be penned by David Henry Hwang with Menken and Schwartz returning to write the music. Josh Gad (The Wedding Ringer, Beauty and the Beast – Live Action) is set to produce and is possibly considered to play Quasimodo.

The song was written by Alan Menken and sang by theater actor Paul Kandel. The lyrics are included in the short video.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Do It Again” – Steely Dan

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t.

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Mention the band, Steely Dan, and most people think of Aja, their 1977 Grammy-winning, platinum album. However, their breakout hit Do It Again, was five years earlier from their first album, Can’t buy a Thrill.

Like many of their songs, it’s hard to make sense of the lyrics, which seem to be about some combination of addiction, second chances and the inevitability of fate. It’s an example of a Steely Dan song that doesn’t make literal sense, but creates a mood.

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 18, 1972, and reached number 6 on the US charts in 1973, making it Steely Dan’s second highest charting single.

FUN FACTS

    • Steely Dan’s sound was very unusual, and when asked to explain it, they sometimes described it as “smart rock.”
    • Steely Dan is named after a dildo from the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch. Donald Fagen recalled to Mojo magazine: “We had to come up with a name in a hurry and Walter and I were both Burroughs fans, though he was not known at the time. It was an in-joke- who’s going to know what Steely Dan was? And we figured that, like most of our bands in the past, it would fall apart after three months, so we didn’t think much about it.”
    • David Palmer fronted the band during their live show, and he sang Do It Again when the group played The Midnight Special in January 1973. But Donald Fagen sang the vocal on the album version. Fagen is reported to suffer with stage fright in the early years and mostly sang in the studio.

The video is from their Midnight Special appearance.

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Do It Again

Songwriters: DONALD JAY FAGEN, WALTER CARL BECKER

In the mornin’ you go gunnin’ for the man who stole your water
And you fire till he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin’ as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn’t hangin’ and they put you on the street

[Chorus]
You go back, Jack, do it again, wheels turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again

When you know she’s no high climber then you find your only friend
In a room with your two timer, and you’re sure you’re near the end
Then you love a little wild one, and she brings you only sorrow
All the time you know she’s smilin’; you’ll be on your knees tomorrow

[Chorus]

Now you swear and kick and beg us that you’re not a gamblin’ man;
Then you find you’re back in Vegas with a handle in your hand
Your black cards can bring you money so you hide them when you’re able
In the land of milk and honey you must put them on the table

[Chorus]

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” – Jeffrey Osborne

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Could/Might/Should/Would.

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Jeffrey Osborne has enjoyed a successful music career as lead singer of the 70s R&B Funk band, LTD, and as a solo artist.

One of his biggest solo pop hits, You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song), reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1986. On other US charts, You Should Be Mine peaked at #2 on both the Hot Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.

The Woo Woo Song is the title in parentheses because Jeffrey’s little daughter did not know the exact title. She identified the song saying “Daddy, sing ‘The Woo Woo Song’!” Jeffrey thus affectionately nicknamed the track.

FUN FACTS

    • The 17th episode of Cosby titled Valentine’s Day features Jeffrey Osborne guest starring and performing You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song).
    • You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) appears on Jeffrey’s fourth album, Emotional.
    • Jeffrey was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the youngest of twelve children, with five brothers and six sisters. Osborne’s family was musically inclined and some of his siblings went on to have music careers—his brother, Billy Osborne, was his band-mate in L.T.D. Osborne’s father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

The song’s video has a smooth, easy feel, but it screams 80s because… blunt-cut hairstyles… and shoulder pads!  😀

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You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)

Songwriters: Andy Goldmark / Bruce Robert
When you want all the love you deserve
And the heat is on your mind
Don’t you even think about it
I’ll be there just wrapped around you
I can’t hold back what I feel inside
It’s just a fact that you should be mine
Anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
You should be mine, anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Should be mine all mine
Anyway, that your heart has been denied
You can come to me, every time that we’re together
Just confirms the good thing we’ve got
And something this good can’t be defined
One thing’s for sure that you should be mine
Anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
You should be mine, anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Should be mine all mine
In the height of your worry
Where it’s running too deep for you
When it all proves too much, too much, too much
I’ll pull you through
I can’t hold back what I know inside
It’s just a fact that you should be mine
Anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
You should be mine, anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Should be mine all mine
You should be mine
You should be mine

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Running Back to You” – Vanessa Williams

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Around/Down/Sideways/Up.

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I added a direction – back – just so I could use this song! 😀

I’m a big Vanessa Williams fan and Running Back to You was the first single from her breakout second studio album The Comfort Zone. This uptempo song is about a woman who’s still in love with a man that takes her granted, lies all the time, and perhaps cheats. In spite of that, she’s only giving him one more chance, and if things don’t change, she’s walking out and never coming back.

The single became one of the biggest hits of her career; it topped Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for two weeks from October 5 to October 12, 1991 and reached number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100.

A colorful music video, directed by Ralph Ziman, was shot for the single.

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Running Back to You

Songwriters: Lawrence Flack / Earnest Cornell Hairston / Reginald Eugene McFadgen / Rex K Rideout / Lynn Taylor / Wendell Wylie

Song Lyric Sunday | “One of These Nights” – The Eagles

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.

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As the title track from their 1975 album of the same name, One of These Nights became the Eagles’ second single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart after Best of My Love and also helped propel the album to number one.

Lead singer Glenn Frey said the song is about putting things off. “We’ve all said, ‘One of these nights I’m gonna do something — get that girl, make that money, find that house.’ We all have our dreams – a vision we hope will come true someday. When that ‘someday’ will come is up to each of us.”

FUN FACT:

  • One of These Nights was influenced by R&B music and disco; according to Frey, he was listening to Spinners and Al Green records when he started writing the song. Frey started the writing process by composing the music, and Henley then started with the lyrics.
  • While they were recording the album in Miami, the band also shared a studio with the Bee Gees, and according to Henley, the “four-on-the-floor” bass-drum pattern is a nod to disco.
  • One of These Nights was a conscious attempt by the band to write something different from a country-rock and ballad-type song.

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One of These Nights

Song Lyric Sunday | “Can You Stand the Rain?” – New Edition

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Lean/Sit/Stand.

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As the third single from their fifth studio album, Heartbreak, New Edition’s Can You Stand the Rain? was released in December of 1988.

Written and produced by R&B dynamic duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Can You Stand the Rain is about a relationship presently going well, but the man is asking the woman if he can count on her to remain by his side, in case things should ever become stormy.

FUN FACT:

  • Despite Can You Stand The Rain? failing to reach the Hot 100 top forty, peaking instead at number 44, it became New Edition’s fourth single to top Billboard’s R&B singles chart. 
  • Can You Stand the Rain?  was sampled by New Edition themselves for their 1996 song, Home Again.
  • Can You Stand the Rain?  was covered by Boyz II Men for their 1997 album, Evolution.

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Can You Stand the Rain

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