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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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 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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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

Song Lyric Sunday | “Brandy” – Looking Glass

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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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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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