Song Lyric Sunday | “Seasons of Love” – Stevie Wonder


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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.

This week’s theme is A song with a harmonica.

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Stevland Hardaway Morris né Judkins aka Stevie Wonder also provides my second selection for SLS this week.

Seasons of Love is a song from the 1996 Broadway musical Rent, written and composed by Jonathan Larson. The song is performed by the entire cast in the play and the 2005 movie by the same name. Along with the Original Cast Recording soundtrack is an alternative version of Seasons of Love featuring Wonder who sings (and improvises upon) the part usually sung by the soloists. Stevie also lends his harmonica skills to the song.

FUN FACTS:

  • Larson actually intended for Seasons of Love to be performed symbolically as a song at Angel’s funeral.
  • The song is heard twice throughout the second act and as the finale.
  • Born six weeks premature, and with retinopathy of prematurity, leading to permanent blindness, Wonder was a music prodigy and had mastered several instruments, including the harmonica, before he reached his teens.
  • Signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11, Stevie’s first single, Fingertips, featuring him on the bongos and harmonica, was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder was 13, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart.

Take care, stay safe, and be well.

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Seasons of Love

by Stevie Wonder

Songwriters: Jonathan D. Larson

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, a year in the life?
How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?
In truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died
It’s time now, to sing out
Though the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love
(Oh, you got to, you got to remember the love)
Remember the love
(You know that life is a gift from up above)
Remember the love
(Share love, give love, spread love)
Measure in love
(Measure, measure your life in love)
Seasons of love
Seasons of love
(Measure your life, measure you life in love)

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Safe in Your Arms” – Paula Cole


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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.

This week’s theme is Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure.

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Took a bit of searching my playlists come up with a second song for SLS, but when I decided on a variation of one of the prompts – TA DA! 🙂

Secure can also mean safe, which is why I chose Paula Cole’s Safe in Your Arms from her 2007 album, Courage.

Cole is best known for Where Have All the Cowboys Gone, which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997. The following year she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her song I Don’t Want to Wait was used as the theme song of the television show Dawson’s Creek.

Safe in Your Arms is a simple song with a folk-music feel where the singer equates her safe harbor with the one she loves.

FUN FACTS:

  • Courage was Cole’s return to the music scene after nearly a decade-long hiatus.
  • Cole co-wrote Safe in Your Arms with Greg Phillinganes, a keyboardist, singer-songwriter, and musical director discovered by Stevie Wonder, and who worked with Michael Jackson and the Jackson for more than thirty years.
  • Paula attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied jazz singing and improvisation. She was offered a record deal by a jazz label, but decided to turn it down.
  • Since 2013, the 52-year-old Cole has been on the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music while continuing an active performing career.

Enjoy!

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Safe in Your Arms

by Paula Cole

Songwriters: Gregory Phillinganes / Paula Dorothy Cole

Somtimes I’m too bold for my own good
I go out swinging hard and fast
This world is beating me broken
I need a home to rest
Too quick in the first round
Too slow in the second
Now I’m here in the third
And I need your attention.
I wanna be safe in your arms.
I wanna be safe in your arms.
I wanna be safe in your arms.
Safe in our home.
Safe in our land.
Safe in our world.
Safe in your arms.
It don’t matter how strong I think I am.
I always need another heart.
To bind me in the moment.
To help me see myself.
Alive in the fourth round.
Collapsed in the fifth.
Now I’m here in the sixth
And I need your belief.
I wanna be safe in your arms.
I wanna be safe in your arms.
I wanna be safe in your arms.
Safe in our home.
Safe in our land.
Safe in our world.
Safe in your arms.

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Show and Tell” – Al Wilson


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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.

This week’s theme is Different/Same.

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A man wanting the woman he loves to feel the same way about him is the theme of Show and Tell.

Written by Jerry Fuller and first recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1972, the song went to #36 on the Easy Listening chart.

Less than a year later in September of 1973, R & B singer Al Wilson released a cover of the song and took Show and Tell to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on January 19, 1974; it sold over two million copies and was named a Cash Box Number One Single of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the No. 15 song for 1974. Wilson’s version also made No. 10 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • Peabo Bryson had a No. 1 R&B hit with his version of the song in 1989. Bryson’s version did not chart on the Hot 100.
  • Jerry Fuller also wrote Travelin’ Man which was originally intended for Sam Cooke. Ricky Nelson recorded it instead and the record sold six million copies worldwide.
  • Fuller discovered Gary Puckett and The Union Gap  in a San Diego bowling alley lounge. He wrote and produced the group’s hits Young Girl (a UK No. 1), Lady Willpower, and Over You.
  • Al Wilson died on April 21, 2008, of kidney failure, in Fontana, California, at the age of 68. He was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside, California.

The video is from one of Wilson’s appearances on Soul Train.

Enjoy!

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Show and Tell

by Al Wilson

Songwriters: Jerry Fuller

These are the eyes that never knew how to smile
Till you came into my life
And these are the arms that long to lock you inside
Every day and every night
Girl, and here is the soul of which you’ve taken control
Can’t you see I’m trying to show love is right
Oh, show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, baby
These are the hands that can’t help reaching for you
If you’re anywhere inside (anywhere inside)
And these are the lips that can’t help calling your name
In the middle of the night (middle of the night)
Oh, and here is the man that needs to know where you stand
Don’t you know I’ve done all I can, so decide
Oh, show and tell
It’s just a game I play, when I want to say
I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, say you do
Baby, baby, baby
Here is the soul of which you’ve taken control
Can’t you see I’m trying to show love is right
Ooh, girl
Show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
Oh, I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, say you do, baby
Oh, show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
Oh, I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “MacArthur Park” – Donna Summer


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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.

This week’s theme is Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic.

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After legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote MacArthur Park, actor Richard Harris took the song to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and country music icon Waylon Jennings won a Grammy Award for his cover in 1969; but it was Disco Queen Donna Summer who introduced it to a new generation in the disco era and took the song to number one in November of 1978 and stayed there for three weeks. (This was yet another song that could be heard all over my college dorm! 😀  )

The Meaning of MacArthur Park

The inspiration for the song was Jimmy Webb’s relationship and breakup with Susie Horton. MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, was where the couple would occasionally meet for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. In an interview with Newsday in October 2014, Webb explained:

Everything in the song was visible. There’s nothing in it that’s fabricated. The old men playing checkers by the trees, the cake that was left out in the rain, all of the things that are talked about in the song are things I actually saw. And so it’s a kind of musical collage of this whole love affair that kind of went down in MacArthur Park. … Back then, I was kind of like an emotional machine, like whatever was going on inside me would bubble out of the piano and onto paper.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Jimmy Webb and Susie Horton remained friends, even after her marriage to another man. The breakup was also the primary influence for By the Time I Get to Phoenix, another song written and composed by Webb.
  • In 1967, producer Bones Howe had asked Webb to create a pop song with classical elements, different movements and changing time signatures. Webb delivered MacArthur Park to Howe with “everything he wanted”, but Howe did not care for the ambitious arrangement or unorthodox lyrics and the song was rejected by the group The Association, for whom it was originally intended.
  • The nearly 18-minute Donna Summer musical medley MacArthur Park Suite incorporated the original songs One of a Kind and Heaven Knows. This medley was also sold as a 12-inch (30 cm) vinyl recording, and it stayed at number one on Billboards Hot Dance Club Songs chart for five weeks in 1978.

The video is a live performance from VH1 Presents.

Enjoy!

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MacArthur Park

by Donna Summer

Songwriters: Jimmy Webb

Spring was never waiting for us, dear
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no
I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground beneath your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing Chinese checkers by the trees
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left my cake out in the rain
And I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no, oh

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Boogie Wonderland” – Earth, Wind & Fire


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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.

This week’s theme is Air/Earth/Fire/Water.

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Of course, when I think of the elements, the first thing to come to mind is legendary music icons Earth, Wind & Fire.

The group released Boogie Wonderland, a collaboration with the group I featured last week–The Emotions–in April of 1979. The song peaked at number 14 on the dance chart, number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Boogie Wonderland was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA and Gold in the UK by the BPI.

FUN FACTS:

  • Boogie Wonderland was Grammy nominated in the categories of Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Disco Recording.
  • The song was covered by Brittany Murphy for the soundtrack to the 2006 movie Happy Feet.
  • In November 1978, EWF issued a compilation album entitled The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1. It rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified Quintuple Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.
  • Considered one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, EWF has won numerous awards and honors including six Grammys, four American Music Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honors, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The official music video is just one big party! 😀

Enjoy!

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Boogie Wonderland

by Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions

Songwriters: Jon Lind / Allee Willis

Dance, boogie wonderland.
Ha, ha, dance
Boogie wonderland
Midnight creeps so slowly into hearts of men who need more than they get
Daylight deals a bad hand to a woman who has laid too many bets
The mirror stares you in the face and says, “Baby, uh, uh, it don’t work”
You say your prayers though you don’t care; you dance and shake the hurt
Dance, boogie wonderland
Ha, ha, dance
Boogie wonderland
Sounds fly through the night; I chase my vinyl dreams to Boogie Wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in Boogie Wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in Boogie Wonderland
All the love in the world can’t be gone
All the need to be loved can’t be wrong
All the records are playing and my heart keeps saying
“Boogie wonderland, wonderland”
Dance, boogie wonderland
Ha, ha, dance
Boogie wonderland
Ha, ha
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Best of My Love” – The Emotions


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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.

This week’s theme is Best/Better/Good/Great.

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I was 17 when I attended my first music concert in October of 1977–the Commodores World Tour at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan! Brick House was their current hit and their opening act was The Emotions. I had the keys to my Mom’s gold Pontiac Catalina station wagon and it was loaded to the brim with siblings and friends. 😀

The Emotions released their second album for Columbia Records, Rejoice, in June of 1977, and it spawned two hits, Don’t Ask My Neighbors and Best of My Love.

Best of My Love would go on to top the Billboard Pop and R&B charts and win Grammy for Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single.

Oh, what a night! 😀 😀

FUN FACTS:

  • The group was originally a gospel outfit known as the Hutchinson Sunbeams who toured the gospel circuit with their father Joe Hutchinson. The Sunbeams sang on Jerry Van Dyke’s “Children’s Gospel” television show and also occasionally performed in the concert with Mahalia Jackson. They eventually became an R&B/Soul act with a popular following in their hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Soon being renamed as The Emotions, they signed with the Memphis-based Volt imprint of Stax Records in the late 60s.
  • Signing with Columbia Records led The Emotions to an association with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire that would bring them their greatest level of success.
  • The Emotions originally consisted of three sisters Wanda, Jeanette and and Sheila Hutchinson, however, when Jeanette left for maternity leave in the late 70s, their youngest sister, Pamela, and cousin, Theresa Davis would join in turn.
  • The Emotions were named by VH1 as one of the 18 most influential girl groups of all time.

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Best of My Love

by The Emotions

Songwriters: Al Mckay / Maurice White

Doesn’t take much to make me happy
And make me smile with glee
Never never will I feel discouraged
‘Cause our love’s no mystery
Demonstrating love and affection
That you give so openly, yeah
I like the way you make me feel about you, baby
Want the whole wide world to see
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh (oh), you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh (oh), you’ve got the best of my love
Flowing in and out of changes
Kind that come around each day
My life has a better meaning
Love has kissed me in a beautiful way
Oh, yeah
(My love, my love)
Oh, oh, oh, yeah
(My love, my love) ooh
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Oh, got the best of my love
Oh oh (yes you do), you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Demonstrating free love and affection
That you give so openly, yeah
The way I feel about you baby
Can’t explain it
Want the whole wide world to see
Oh, but in my heart you’re all I need
You for me and me for you
Oh yeah, it’s growing everyday, baby
Oh, oh, oh
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo (ow)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh oh oh oh oh you’ve got the best of my love
Oh, giving you the best of my love
My love (my love), my love (my love)
Oh, giving you the best of my love
My love (my love), oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh oh oh oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh, giving you the best of my love
(You’ve got the best, you’ve got the best)
(You’ve got the best, you’ve got the best love)
Oh, giving you the best of my love

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “The Sweetest Days” – 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.

This week’s theme is“Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt.

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The video for The Sweetest Days is shot in two different ways. The “romantic version” was shot in an apartment overlooking a city skyline while the “urban version” shows the singer walking in a park and through streets. They give the song a different feel but both supporting the same message that despite turbulent times, the warmth and security of love is always a safe haven, and the days we’re living now will one day be “the good old days.”

The song is the first single from Vanessa Williams’ third studio album of the same name in 1994 and was written by the same team who previously penned Save the Best for Last for Williams.

The Sweetest Days reached No. 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the US Adult Contemporary Charts.

FUN FACTS:

  • As an actress, Williams enjoyed success on both stage and screen, receiving an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Teri Joseph in the film Soul Food (1997).
  • Vanessa’s best-known television role is that of Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty (2006–10), for which she was nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
  • Williams’ paternal great-great grandfather was William A. Feilds, who was born a slave, would go on to serve as an African-American legislator in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
  • Williams was the first African American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983. Several weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized nude photographs of her. Williams was pressured to relinquish her title, and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey 1983, Suzette Charles. Thirty-two years later, in September 2015, when Williams served as head judge for the Miss America 2016 pageant, former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell made a public apology to her for the events of 1984.

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The Sweetest Days

by Vanessa Williams

Songwriters: Philip Edward Galdston / Jon Lind / Wendy Waldman

You and I in this moment,
Holding the night so close,
Hanging on, still unbroken
while outside the thunder rolls.
Listen now you can hear my heart beat
warm against life’s bitter cold.
These are the days.
the sweetest days we’ll know.
There are times that scare me.
We’ll rattle the house like the wind,
both of us so unbending.
We battle the fear within.
All the while life is rushing by us.
Hold it now and don’t let go.
These are the days.
the sweetest days we’ll know.
So, we’ll whisper a dream here in the darkness.
Watching the stars till their gone.
And when even the mem’ries have all faded away,
these days go on and on.
Listen now, you can hear my heartbeat.
Hold me now and don’t let go.
(These are the days, )
ev’ry day is the sweetest day we’ll know.
(These are the days, )

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Take a Letter, Maria” – R.B. Greaves


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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.

This week’s theme is“Maria/Marie/Mary.

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Even though it’s about infidelity, this upbeat song with a Latin flair was a dance favorite and quickly gained airplay reaching number two on Billboards Hot 100. Released in September of 1969, Take a Letter, Maria was certified gold in early December of the same year. It would go on to sell nearly three million copies.

So many songs about broken marriages leave you crying in your beer or scarfing down Ben & Jerry’s. R.B. Greaves doesn’t seem too broken up over his… since he asks Maria out to start a new life!

The video is from a 1969 television performance… yes, it’s lip-synced, but check out that dicta-phone!

FUN FACTS:

  • R.B. Greaves is Sam Cooke’s nephew. He had one more US Top 40 hit: Always Something There To Remind Me. That one, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, reached #27 in 1970.
  • Take a Letter, Maria was kept from the #1 spot by Wedding Bell Blues by The 5th Dimension.
  • The song was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio using house musicians, including Donna Jean Thatcher on vocals (later Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead).
  • Greaves was one of several Atlantic artists sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, but the first to have a hit there.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Take a Letter, Maria

Written and sung by R.B. Greaves

Last night as I got home, about a half past ten

There was the woman I thought I knew, in the arms of another man

I kept my cool, I ain’t no fool, let me tell you what happened then

I packed some clothes and I walked out, and I ain’t going back again

So take a letter Maria, address it to my wife

Say I won’t be coming home, gonna start a new life

So take a letter Maria, address it to my wife

Send a copy to my lawyer, gotta start a new life

You’ve been many things but most of all a good secretary to me

And it’s times like this I feel you’ve always been close to me

Was I wrong to work nights to try to build a good life

All work and no play has just cost me a wife

So take a letter Maria, address it to my wife

Say I won’t be coming home, gonna start a new life

So take a letter Maria, address it to my wife

Send a copy to my lawyer, gotta start a new life

When a man loves a woman it’s hard to understand

That she would find more pleasure in the arms of another man

I never really noticed how sweet you are to me

It just so happens I’m free tonight, would you like to have dinner with me

So take a letter Maria, address it to my wife

Send a copy to my lawyer, gotta start a new life

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – John Denver

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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 Jack/John.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane was Peter, Paul and Mary’s biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song also spent three weeks atop the easy listening chart.

But their version was a cover.

John Denver was a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio when he  wrote and released the song on his 1966 studio album John Denver Sings with the title Babe, I Hate to Go. After his producer convinced Denver to change the title, Peter, Paul and Mary recorded the song in 1967 for their Album 1700 and released it in 1969.

Denver also recorded the song for his 1969 debut album Rhymes and Reasons, and again for his first greatest hits compilation but never attained the chart success with the single as the folk song group.

FUN FACTS:

  • The song also topped the charts in Canada, and reached No. 2 in both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart in February 1970.
  • Leaving On a Jet Plane was used in commercials for United Airlines in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Denver claimed that he wasn’t a prolific or systematic songwriter – he wrote songs when they came to him. Some of his popular songs took months to complete, but Leaving on a Jet Plane took him just a few hours to finish.
  • On one of his BBC radio specials, John Denver said: “This is a very personal and very special song for me. It doesn’t conjure up Boeing 707s or 747s for me as much as it does the simple scenes of leaving. Bags packed and standing by the front door, taxi pulling up in the early morning hours, the sound of a door closing behind you, and the thought of leaving someone that you care for very much. I was fortunate to have Peter, Paul and Mary record it and have it become a hit, but it still strikes a lonely and anguished chord in me, because the separation still continues, although not so long and not so often nowadays.”

Forgive me but I got a bit carried away and posted John’s version, Peter, Paul and Mary’s version, and a video of Denver and the group singing together!

Enjoy!

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Mr. Big Stuff” – Jean Knight

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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 Big/Large/Little/Small/Tall/Tiny.

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Mr. Big Stuff was a huge crossover hit for R&B singer, Jean Knight in 1971. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • Mr. Big Stuff  went double platinum and was the No. 1 Soul Single of the year.
  • It became one of Stax Records’ more popular and recognizable hits.
  • Mr. Big Stuff was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1972 Grammy Awards.

Knight performed the song on Soul Train on December 11, 1971 during its very first season and that’s the video performance I’m featuring today! So 70s – check out how high her hair is! 😀

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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