Song Lyric Sunday | “One Thing” – Finger Eleven

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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 Ankles/Hands/Feet/Fingers/Toes/Wrists.

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Using this week’s prompt in the group name instead of the lyrics this week, and posting a song I know very little about other than I like it!

I first heard One Thing in late 2003 when my son and his friends were listening to music and I fell in love with the slow, easy rock ballad about taking chances and risking it all… or missing out.

I listened to other songs on the CD and didn’t connect with any the way I did with One Thing, but it has been with me from mp3 players to iPods to Pandora, Amazon Music and Spotify.

Sang by Canadian rock band Finger Eleven, One Thing was released in September 2003 as the second single from their self-titled album. The song hit number five on Modern Rock Tracks and stayed on the chart for twenty-six weeks, and number two on the Adult Top 40 chart.

FUN FACTS

    • Finger Eleven first formed at Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario as “Rainbow Butt Monkeys.”
    • The group got signed by Coalition Entertainment in 1996, and changed their name to “Finger Eleven” in March, 1997. The name Finger Eleven came from a demo of their song “Thin Spirits”.
    • One Thing enjoyed exposure on TV series such as Smallville, Scrubs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Third Watch.
    • The song was used on WWE’s June 25, 2007, edition of RAW during a tribute video featuring Chris Benoit, who had been found dead along with his wife and son at their home shortly before the show started (unbeknownst to WWE, Benoit had murdered his wife and son, then killed himself).
    • The song won the 2004 MuchMusic Video Award for Best Video. The music video features black-and-white footage of the band in a surreal nocturnal environment featuring a beach with a checkered pattern shore.

Enjoy!

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One Thing

by Finger Eleven

Songwriters: Robert Anderson / James Black
Restless tonight
Cause I wasted the light
Between both these times
I drew a really thin line
It’s nothing I planned
And not that I can
But you should be mine
Across that line
If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something?
I promise I might
Not walk on by
Maybe next time
But not this time
Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds
If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something?
Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds
Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds
If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something?

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)” – Helen Reddy

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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 Come/Go/Leave/Stay.

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Don’t park the Wayback Machine yet, 1973 is calling!

American singer-songwriter Linda Laurie wrote and released Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) in early June of 1973 with little success. At the same time, the song was shopped to Australian Helen Reddy, considered by some to be the pop diva of the 70s. She added a cover of the song to her Long Hard Climb album released in August of the same year.

Leave Me Alone was released in October as a single and became a million-selling, Gold-certified hit single and was also the second of Reddy’s six consecutive No. 1 songs on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart.

FUN FACTS

    • Capitol Records issued Leave Me Alone as the follow-up single to Reddy’s No. 1 hit Delta Dawn despite the misgivings of Reddy herself who felt Leave Me Alone was a thematic retread of Delta Dawn as both songs concern a Southern woman – alliteratively named – whose reason has been undermined by an ill-fated tryst.
    •  Capitol Records was correct in believing the resemblance to Reddy’s precedent hit would work in Leave Me Alone’s favor as the song reached the American Top Ten chart six weeks after its single release, making Long Hard Climb the only one of Reddy’s albums to feature two Top Ten songs.
    • Reddy found the song’s chorus with its repetition of the phrase “leave me alone” monotonous. It’s repeated 43 times.
    • During Helen’s retirement from performing, she earned a degree in clinical hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming. She was a practising clinical hypnotherapist and Patron of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
    • When Reddy came out of retirement in 2013, playing US club dates with an act focused on songs she’d recorded which were not released as singles, she cited Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) as “one song I will never ever sing again” disparaging its lyrical repetitiveness: “that sort of songwriting doesn’t do much for me, but it was a hit. However, I don’t have to sing it anymore if I don’t want to, and I don’t want to.”
    • In August 2015, unnamed sources revealed that Reddy was diagnosed with dementia and had moved into the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Samuel Goldwyn Center where she is cared for by family and friends.

The music video is notable not just for being a ‘live’ performance, but also for taking place on The Johnny Carson Show.

Knowing the back story of Reddy’s disdain for the song explains her near-bored look during the performance in comparison to other songs like Delta Dawn and Angie Baby.

Enjoy!

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Leave me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)

by Helen Reddy

Songwriter: Linda Laurie
Big ole Ruby red dress wanders round the town
Talkin’ to herself now, sometimes sittin’ down
Don’t you get too close now, Ruby runs away
Poor ole Ruby red dress born on a sorry day
I can hear her say
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone, now leave me alone
Oh leave me alone, please leave me alone, yes leave me
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone, now leave me alone
God leave me along, just leave me alone, oh leave me
Big ole Ruby red dress, everybody laughs
Say she’s got no future and never made no past
Something hurt that Ruby, something she can’t bear
You look at her real close now, you see a little tear
Oh when she says now
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone now, God leave me alone
Oh leave me alone, just leave me alone, please leave me
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone, now leave me alone
Oh leave me along, just leave me alone, oh leave me
Some folks say some farm boy up from Tennessee
Taught it all to Ruby, then just let her be
Her Daddy tried to hide it, tried to keep things cool
But something happened to Ruby, she broke down to a fool
Who just said now
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone, now leave me alone
Oh leave me alone, please leave me alone, yes leave me
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone, now leave me alone
God leave me along, just leave me alone, please leave me
Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone

 

 

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My late husband, Dennis, was on the local registry list for a donor kidney but succumbed to End Stage Renal DennisDisease last spring before a match was found. In the United States, more than 120,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ donation.

Observed each year on February 14th, National Donor Day (also known as  National Organ Donor Day) is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved.

Give the gift of Life.

The observance focuses on five different types of donations:  Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood.  Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations.

Each type of donation saves lives. While blood, platelets, tissue, marrow, and some organs may be donated at any time, most organs are donated upon death. A single donor can save up to 8 lives and help more than 75 people.

Look into becoming a donor.  Visit donatelifenw.org and organdonor.gov for more information on organ donation.

 

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Give the gift of life.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “We Are the World” – USA for Africa

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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 I/Me/Them/Us/You/We.

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The first song I thought of for this week’s prompt was We Are Family by Sister Sledge. Having five sisters (two older, three younger), it’s been our sibling theme song since its release in 1979.

But then, I realized my second favorite We song had just passed a milestone too. We Are the World, a charity single originally recorded by the supergroup, USA for Africa, turned thirty-five last month.

Following Band Aid’s 1984 Do They Know It’s Christmas? project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The duo completed the writing of We Are the World seven weeks after the release of Do They Know It’s Christmas?, and one night before the song’s first recording session, on January 21, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the first single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, topping music charts throughout the world and becoming the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, We Are the World received a Quadruple Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In all, more than 45 of America’s top musicians participated in the recording, and another 50 had to be turned away. Upon entering the recording studio, the musicians were greeted by a sign pinned to the door which read, “Please check your egos at the door.” They were also greeted by Stevie Wonder, who proclaimed that if the recording was not completed in one take, he and Ray Charles, two blind men, would drive everybody home.

FUN FACTS

    • Awarded numerous honors—including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award—the song was promoted with a critically received music video, a home video, a special edition magazine, a simulcast, and several books, posters, and shirts. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of We Are the World and raised over $63 million (equivalent to $147 million today) for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.
    •  The song became the first single since The Beatles’ Let It Be to enter Billboards Top 5 within two weeks of release.
    • Outside of the US, the single reached number one in Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The song peaked at number 2 in only two countries: Germany and Austria.
    • Elias Kifle Maraim Beyene, a survivor from Ethiopia being asked about his memory of Michael Jackson after his death remembers:

      I won’t ever forget Michael Jackson because his contribution to the song We are the World had a very significant effect on my life. I am 50 now but 25 years ago I was living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which at that time was suffering from a long drought and famine. It was a terrible situation. Lots of people became sick and many more died. Around one million people in all were killed by the famine. In 1984 Michael Jackson, along with a number of other leading musicians, made the song We are the World to raise money for Africa. We received a lot of aid from the world and I was one of those who directly benefited from it. The wheat flour that was distributed to the famine victims was different to the usual cereal we bought at the market. We baked a special bread from it. The local people named the bread after the great artist and it became known as Michael Bread.

USA for Africa participants:

Conductor
 • Quincy Jones
Soloists (in order of appearance)
 • Lionel Richie
 • Stevie Wonder
 • Paul Simon
 • Kenny Rogers
 • James Ingram
 • Tina Turner
 • Billy Joel
 • Michael Jackson
 • Diana Ross
 • Dionne Warwick
 • Willie Nelson
 • Al Jarreau
 • Bruce Springsteen
 • Kenny Loggins
 • Steve Perry
 • Daryl Hall
 • Huey Lewis
 • Cyndi Lauper
 • Kim Carnes
 • Bob Dylan
 • Ray Charles
Chorus (alphabetically)
 • Dan Aykroyd
 • Harry Belafonte
 • Lindsey Buckingham
 • Mario Cipollina
 • Johnny Colla
 • Sheila E.
 • Bob Geldof
 • Bill Gibson
 • Chris Hayes
 • Sean Hopper
 • Jackie Jackson
 • La Toya Jackson
 • Marlon Jackson
 • Randy Jackson
 • Tito Jackson
 • Waylon Jennings
 • Bette Midler
 • John Oates
 • Jeffrey Osborne
 • The Pointer Sisters
 • Smokey Robinson
Instrument players
 • John Barnes – keyboards & arrangement
 • David Paich – synthesizers
 • Michael Boddicker – synthesizers, programming
 • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
 • Louis Johnson – synth bass
 • Michael Omartian – keyboards
 • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards
 • John Robinson – drums

Enjoy!

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We Are the World

by USA for Africa

Songwriters: Michael Jackson / Lionel Richie

 

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
We can’t go on
Pretending day-by-day
That someone, somewhere soon make a change
We’re all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know, love is all we need
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
Oh, send them your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
Oh, there’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
When you’re down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well let us realize
Oh, that a change can only come
When we stand together as one, yeah, yeah, yeah
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and mee
We are the world (are the world)
We are the children (are the children)
We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day, so let’s start giving (so let’s start giving)
There is a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
Oh, let me hear you!
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (said we are the children)
We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day so let start giving (so let’s start giving)
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me, come on now, let me hear you
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (we are the children)
We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day so let’s start giving (so let’s start giving)
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me, yeah
We are the world (we are the world)
We are the children (we are the children)
We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day so let’s start giving (so let’s start giving)
There’s a choice we’re making
And we’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
We are the world (are the world)
We are the children (are the children)
We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day so let’s start giving (so let’s start giving)
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
We are the world, we are the world (are the world)
We are the children, yes sir (are the children)
We are the ones that make a brighter day so let’s start giving (so let’s start giving)
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me, ooh-hoo!
We are the world (dear God) (are the world)
We are the children (are the children)
We are the ones that make a brighter day so let’s start giving (all right, can you hear what I’m saying?)
There’s a choice we’re making, we’re saving our own lives

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Cutie Pie” – One Way

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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 Babe/Cutie/Doll/Honey/Sweetie.

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The driving beat and horn section in the beginning of this song tells you 1) it’s 80s music and, 2) it’s time to dance!

Detroit funk band, One Way, had only enjoyed modest success until the second release from their 1982 album, Who’s Foolin’ Who, Cutie Pie. A dance club favorite, the song soared to #4 on the US Billboard R&B Singles chart and #29 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. It peaked at #61 on the pop chart and would be the band’s only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, leaving One Way to join the list of one-hit wonders.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Though One Way disbanded and reformed several times over the years without another hit song, in 2019, after a 31-year hiatus and now called One Way featuring Al Hudson, they  released their 12th album, New Old School.
    • Lead vocalist, Alicia Myers, left One Way before the release of their second album and went on to a moderately successful solo R&B career in the early 1980s.
    • Alicia’s older brother, Jackie Myers, also a musician, would later become part of the beach band, Chairman of the Board.
    •  Alicia is a survivor of childhood tuberculosis. She later survived breast cancer in 1998 and has since become an advocate for the disease.

Enjoy!

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Cutie Pie

by One Way

Songwriters: Albert Vernon Hudson / Dave Jr. Roberson / Glenda Joyce Hudson / Gregory Allen Greene / Johnathon Meadows / Terry Wayne Morgan / Theodore Dudley

 

Cutie pie
You’re the reason why
I love you so
I don’t want you to go
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
Cutie pie
You brighten up my day
It’s impossible
For me to stay away
Lately hazy
Girl, I’m goin’ ‘round
I want you to know
How much I love you so
Lately hazy
Girl, I’m goin’ ‘round
Want you to see
How much you mean to me
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
Nothin’ but a cutie pie
Cutie pie
You really pick me up
Till I can’t
Hardly get enough
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
Cutie pie
You’re the reason why
I’m full of joy
Since you came into my life
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
Lately hazy
Girl, I’m goin’ ‘round
I want you to know
How much I love you so
Lately hazy
Girl, I’m goin’ ‘round
Want you to see
How much you mean to me
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
Nothin’ but a cutie pie
Who makes me feel so good
You’re my cutie pie
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
You’re nothin’ but a cutie pie
Who makes me feel so good
You’re my cutie pie
You’re the girl who makes me feel good
Cutie pie
You’re the girl who makes me feel so good
Cutie pie
You’re the girl who makes me feel good
Cutie pie

 

 

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