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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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 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

Song Lyric Sunday | “Brandy” – Looking Glass

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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 Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.

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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

A barmaid in a busy seaport harbor town which serves “a hundred ships a day” is the subject of Brandy, a 1972 one-hit wonder by the group Looking Glass. Though lonely sailors flirt with her, she pines for the one who has long since left her because he claimed his life, his love, and his lady, was “the sea.”

The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts, remaining in the top position for one week. It reached number two on the former chart for four weeks, stuck behind Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again (Naturally), before reaching number one.

FUN FACT:

  • Songwriter Elliot Lurie denies the song is about Mary Ellis (1750–1828), a spinster in New Brunswick, New Jersey. According to oral tradition, Mary was seduced by a sea captain who vowed to return to marry her. He never returned and she would come to the spot where her grave now stands, each day, to look for his ship in the Raritan River in New Brunswick.
  • Barry Manilow’s 1974 Mandy was a cover of a song originally titled Brandy, released in February 1972 by Scott English; however, Manilow changed the title following the success of the Looking Glass single, so as not to get the two songs confused.
  • Following the song’s release in 1972, Brandy increased in popularity as a girl’s name in the United States. According to data from the Social Security Administration, drawn from “Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States,” Brandy was the 353rd most popular name in 1971, 140th in 1972, and, in 1973 (the first full year after the song’s popularity), 82nd.

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Brandy

Song Lyric Sunday | “One of Us” – Joan Osborne

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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 Truck and Bus Songs.

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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

I was more than a little surprised to find this week’s SLS selection on the one-hit wonder list.

In her 1995 hit One of Us, Joan Osborne invites listeners to consider various aspects of belief in God and how one might relate to God, if he was, in fact, just a slob like one of us, just a stranger on the bus, tryin’ to make his way home?

One of Us reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was also a major success worldwide, topping the charts of Australia, Canada, Flemish Belgium and Sweden, reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart, and becoming a top-twenty hit in at least thirteen other counties.

FUN FACT:

  • The album version starts off with the first four lines of a recording titled The Aeroplane Ride, made on October 27, 1937, by American folklorist Alan Lomax and his wife Elizabeth for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.
  • The song received Grammy nominations in 1996 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.
  • One of Us was the theme song for the American television series Joan of Arcadia.

The video was mainly shot on Coney Island, with various attractions like roller-coasters, Ferris wheels and the New York Aquarium shown, interchanged with the vintage-looking shots in sepia and Joan singing in front of the camera.

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