Song Lyric Sunday | “Mercedes Benz” – Janis Joplin

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “drive/driving.” 

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Still going my own way with this week’s theme to post this Janis Joplin classic which has been a part of pop culture for almost five decades.
Mercedes Benz was written by Joplin and the poets Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth at Vahsen’s, a Port Chester, New York bar, on August 8, 1970 during an impromptu poetry jam.  The lyrics were inspired by the first line of a song written by McClure, “Come on, God, and buy me a Mercedes Benz.”  Janis would sing the song for the first time at a concert later that same night.
The song is about the search for happiness by the pursuit of worldly goods. It’s a classic hippie rejection of the consumerism that was already a big part of American society.
Recorded in one take two months later, Mercedes Benz  would also be Joplin’s last recorded song.  She died three days later on October 4, 1970 of a heroin overdose. Janis was just twenty-seven-years old.
The song has been covered dozens of times by artists and groups around the world including Elton John, Taj Mahal, and Pink, and used in countless movies and advertising campaigns. Many may be unfamiliar with Joplin and her music but most have heard this song at least once since its release.

Enjoy!

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Mercedes Benz

by Janis Joplin

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Intro]
I’d like to do a song
Of great social and political import
It goes like this

[Verse 1]
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz

[Verse 2]
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me
I wait for delivery each day until three
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV

[Verse 3]
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town
I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down
Prove that you love me and buy the next round
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town

[Verse 1]
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Tequila” – Pee wee Herman Dance

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “drink.” 

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Still stretching the theme to something to drink, there’s no way I could pass up the iconic dance scene from the 1985 big screen hit, Pee wee’s Big Adventure.
In the movie, Pee-wee enters a biker bar for one large wine and to make a phone call, but the outlaw motorcycle club threatens to kill him after he accidentally knocks over their motorcycles. Pee-wee makes a last request, dancing to the song Tequila. His dance wins over the bikers, who give him a motorcycle for his journey. (Pee-wee crashes his motorcycle immediately afterwards.)
The version of Tequila used in the movie is the original recorded by 50s group The Champs, and written by band member Danny Flores (as Chuck Rio). It was a number one song in 1958 and won the 1959 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.
“Tequila” is the song’s only lyric.

Enjoy!

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Tequila

by The Champs

Written by

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “street” but we’re gonna call it a highway this time!

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Originally a 1991 number one song for Canadian Tom Cochrane, Life is a Highway became a top ten hit fifteen years later for American country group Rascal Flatts when they covered the song for Pixar’s animated hit Cars. The song also appears on their 2006 album, Me and My Gang.
This song is a biggie with my family because of Jordan, my three-year-old grand-nephew.
Before he could walk or talk, J was mesmerized by Cars. It got so bad, the only way to calm a fussy, cranky J was to put the DVD on. (Which of course, I bought for him. 😀 ) And he wouldn’t just watch the movie, he had to hear the song.
J also never watched the movie alone.  If you were present, you were a part of the Jordan on Lighteningviewing audience. So it’s little wonder, the Arizona part of the family knows all the words to the song… and most of the dialogue in the movie. 🙂
Here he is on his riding Lightening McQueen, and yes, he’s wearing Lightening McQueen sandals too. I have no idea where my sis gets them but he gets a new pair every summer.
After being bought every vehicle in the movie, some twice, J became hooked on YouTube toy videos (I didn’t know there was such a thing) featuring the cars… from Cars. He dragged us all to the TV… several times, to see the race track based on the movie. J got a big surprise when he received his own Ultimate Florida Speedway for Christmas in 2017.
Jordan_Ultimate Florida Speedway
If this were last weekend my video would be of him singing the song since he was here, but he’s with his Gigi so I’m playing this one for Jordan!

Enjoy!

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Life is a Highway

by Rascal Flatts

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[Verse 1]
Whooo umm yeah
Life is like a road that you travel on
When there is one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There is a world outside every darkened door
Where blues will not haunt you anymore
Where brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won’t hesitate
To break down the garden gate
There’s not much time left today

[Chorus]
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you are going my way
I want to drive it all night long

[Verse 2]
Through all these cities and all these towns
It is in my blood and it is all around
I love you now like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights

Knock me down get back up again
You are in my blood
I am not a lonely man
There is no load I cannot hold
Road so rough this I know
I will be there when the light comes in
Just tell them we are survivors

[Chorus]
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you are going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Give me give me give me give me yeah

[Chorus]
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you are going my way
I want to drive it all night long

There was a distance between you and I (between you and I)
A misunderstanding once
But now we look it in the eye

Ooh, yeah

There ain’t no load that I cannot hold
Road so rough this I know
I will be there when the light comes in
Just tell them we are survivors

[Chorus]
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you are going my way
I want to drive it all night long
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you are going my way
I want to drive it all night long
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you are going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Give me give me give me give me yeah

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Something to Talk About” – Bonnie Raitt

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “speak.”

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When we speak, we’re talking, so I went with that variation of the theme so I could post Bonnie Raitt’s Something to Talk About. 😀

The song is about small-town gossip and the effect it has on the singer and the guy she’s secretly in love with. It turns out that they’re rumored to be having an affair, and since the rumor-spreaders already think that the two people are involved, the song asks, why not have an affair anyway, thus giving them “something to talk about.”
Something to Talk About  was written by the Canadian singer Shirley Eikhard, who had recorded in the Jazz and Country genres, but has had her most success as a songwriter, with songs recorded by Chet Atkins, Cher, Anne Murray and Rita Coolidge.
The song won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, beating out Oleta Adams, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant and Whitney Houston. The song was also nominated for Record of the Year, but lost to Unforgettable.
According to Anne Murray’s 2009 book All of Me, Anne wanted to record this song in 1986, but her producers didn’t think it would be a hit. She called her 1986 album Something to Talk About even though it did not include this song. Anne said she was happy that Bonnie Raitt made it a big hit five years later.
For Raitt, it was by far her biggest chart hit in the United States.
This is a very popular Karaoke song, and is often performed by American Idol contestants. Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino performed the song on the show, as did Idol notables Kellie Pickler and Sanjaya Malakar.

Enjoy!

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Something to Talk About

by Bonnie Raitt

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People are talking, talking ’bout people
I hear them whisper, you won’t believe it
They think we’re lovers kept under cover
I just ignore it but they keep saying
We laugh just a little too loud
Stand just a little too close
We stare just a little too long
Maybe they’re seein’ something we don’t, darling

Let’s give ’em something to talk about
Let’s give ’em something to talk about
Let’s give ’em something to talk about
How about love?

I feel so foolish, I never noticed
You’d act so nervous, could you be falling for me?
It took the rumor to make me wonder
Now I’m convinced I’m going under
Thinkin’ ’bout you every day
Dream ’bout you every night
I’m hoping that you feel the same way
Now that we know it, let’s really show it, darling

Let’s give ’em something to talk about
A little mystery to figure out, babe
Let’s give ’em something to talk about
How about love?

Let’s give ’em something to talk about, babe
A little mystery to figure out
Let’s give ’em something to talk about
How about love?

Ooh, listen to ’em baby
A little mystery won’t hurt ’em
Let’s give ’em something to talk about
How about our love, love, love, love

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Breakout” – Swing Out Sister

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “break.”

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From the British act Swing Out Sister’s 1986 debut album It’s Better to Travel, the single Breakout was a hit that made many segments of the music industry sit up and take notice.

The single reached the number four position in the UK in the autumn of 1986, and rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number one on the Adult Contemporary in the US in 1987. The song also resulted in a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

The single was written by the group’s three members,  and performed while the group was still a trio. It was one of their biggest hits, and the song most closely associated with the act. In the US, Breakout remains a staple of adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio station playlists.

It’s a fun video with band members goofing around as they make a dress for Corinne.

Enjoy!

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Breakout

by Swing Out Sister

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And breakout

When explanations make no sense
When every answer’s wrong
You’re fighting with lost confidence
All expectations gone

The time has come to make or break
Move on, don’t hesitate
And breakout

Don’t stop to ask
And now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout

When situations never change
Tomorrow looks unsure
Don’t leave your destiny to chance
What are you waiting for
The time has come to make your break
Breakout

Don’t stop to ask
And now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout…

Don’t stop to ask
Now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Breakout

Some people stop at nothing
If you’re searching for something
Lay down the law
Shout out for more
Breakout and shout
Day in day out
Breakout

Breakout

Don’t stop to ask
And now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
And breakout

Don’t stop to ask
And now you’ve found a break to make at last
You’ve got to find a way
Say what you want to say
And breakout…

(Don’t) Lay down the law (stop)
Shout out for more (to ask)
Breakout and shout day in day out
Ooh, breakout

Breakout

Breakout

Lay down the law
Shout out for more
Breakout and shout day in day out

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Think of Me” from ‘Phantom of the Opera'” (2004 Film)

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “think.”

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I just had to be patient and bide my time. 😀

I knew I’d get to post a song from my favorite opera and one of my favorite movies!

A lifelong Phantom of the Opera fan, I also raised my daughter on the Opera Ghost. Separately, we’re pretty annoying. Together… well, you’d probably lock us in a closet. 😀

If you’ve read Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux and seen the Broadway stage production or any of the movies—1925, 1943, 2004—you know none of the remakes closely adhere to the original. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage play is the best, Rupert Julian’s 1925 silent theatrical version starring Lon Chaney is the scariest… and I have no words for the 1943 musical horror version except NO… just NO! (Yes, it won Oscars but technicolor was new! 😀 )

But it’s Webber’s 2004 theatrical version which brought Phantom of the Opera to the general public. Starring Gerard Butler as the Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, Patrick Wilson as Raoul, and Minnie Driver as Carlotta.

When the vain and spoiled Carlotta suffers an accident, (thank you, Phantom!) Christine Daae sings Think of Me, wins the role and becomes a star!

The main lyrics are about the amicable end of a relationship. Lyrics do differ between  theatrical and stage productions, however, the video and lyrics below are from the 2004 film.

If for some bizarre, unexplainable reason you’ve never read or seen the Phantom of the Opera, it’s currently playing on Netflix. You’re welcome! 🙂

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection on Nesie’s Place.

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Think of Me (from Phantom of the Opera)

Sang by Christine & Raoul (Emmy Rossum & Patrick Wilson) in the 2004 film

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” – Bobby Womack

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “game.”

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Discovered by music legend Sam Cooke, Robert Dwayne Womack aka Bobby Womack, was one of those singers the average person ‘knew’… but just couldn’t quite place. With the exception of crossover hit’s like That’s the Way I Feel About Cha’, Woman’s Gotta Have It, and Across 110th Street, Womack was better known to R & B and gospel fans. However, in the music industry he ranks among the greats. Womack wrote songs for, collaborated with, or had songs covered by some of the biggest names in music including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren, Sly & the Family Stone, and Van Morrison.

But it’s Womack’s 1982 If You Think You’re Lonely Now I bring to this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. It’s from his album The Poet. The single reached number three for four weeks on the Hot Soul Singles chart. This is significant because Womack released the song during a time when R&B was on a down slope and the charts were largely dominated by dance music.

The song is about a man whose woman is never satisfied. He does everything he can to please her and it’s never enough. She wants him home rubbing her back. She has a keeping up with the Joneses mentality and complains about him being at home and not out working because she wants everything her girlfriends get. She’s playing mind games.

He gets fed up!

This song is his come-toJesus-meeting for her… if you think you’re lonely NOW… wait until tonight, girl.

Enjoy!

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If You Think You’re Lonely Now

by Bobby Womack

Written by Bobby Womack / Patrick Moten / Sandra Sully

I wanna dedicate this song to all the lovers tonight
And I expect that might be the whole world
Because everybody needs something or someone to love

When it’s cold outside who are you holding
You know
If y’all don’t mind I’d like to talk about this woman of mine
She’s always complaining ’bout me never being at home
But when I’m there broke
She’s telling me ’bout the things that her girlfriend’s got
What she ain’t got, and she wants me to go out and get em for her
But, but girl, I can’t be in two places at one time

If you think you’re lonely now, huh
Wait until tonight, girl
I’ll be long gone
And you’ll never find another man that’ll treat you right

When I ain’t there to rub your back
Just remember I made it a long fact
And it’s gotta just come out of the closet
And chase you all around your room
And the memories sail round like a ghost
And that’s a matter of fact, it’s no joke, ah

If you think you’re lonely now
Oh, wait until tonight
I’ll be long gone
And you’ll never find another man that’ll treat you right

If you think you’re lonely now

Wai-ait, wait until tonight, girl
Oh, ain’t it funny how the tables turn
When things aren’t going your way
But when love runs out, and the pain walks in
And settles for a stay, ooh

Lord, help me, I feel like I wanna testify
Girl, wait until tonight
If you think you’re lonely, lonely now
Oh, you just wait until tonight, girl

You see tonight’s the night when the needs come out
When your needs come out to breathe
And you toast the stars and there ain’t no way you can sleep, oh

If you think you’re lonely now
I feel like I wanna testify this evening
I’m lonely, cause I know I gotta leave you, oh, girl
I just can’t take no more

Ooh…hoo…hoo…
Ah, girl, you just wait
If you think you got problems now, baby, you just wait
Wait

Too far gone, to back it up now

Ooh…hoo…ooh…hoo, babe
You say you’re a little lonely
But everybody needs somebody to love

It’s good that you know that you got somebody that’ll stand by your side
That’ll build you up when you’re falling down
And you had that someone, baby
Cause I’ve done my time
And it’s your turn now
If you think you’re lonely now
Wait, wait until tonight

I’m tired
I’m tired of this same old shuck and jive
It’s been too long
You think you could start all over again, it’s been too long
You think you could start it just one more time

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Dream Away” – Babyface & Lisa Stansfield

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “dream.”

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Looks like I’m move-inspired this week… and duet-inspired!

As I said last week, music was a big part of family life when my children were growing up, and many of our favorite songs were from the movies we watched.

The 1994 McCauley Culkin-Christopher Lloyd-movie, The Pagemaster, contains two all-time favorites, Whatever You Imagine, sang by Wendy Moten, and Dream Away sang by Babyface and Lisa Stansfield during the end credits.

The Pagemaster, about a cowardly boy who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life, was by no means a blockbuster, only making back half of its 1994 budget of twenty-seven million dollars… but we loved it.

However, Dream Away, written by powerhouse lyricist, Diane Warren, took on a life of its own, reaching number nine on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and number eighty on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The video below became a top request on adult contemporary channels and Lisa Stansfield included a remastered version of the song on her So Natural album twenty years later.

The pop version does not include the book references like the movie version, but it’s still a beautiful song.

FUN FACT: The animated “Books” – Adventure, Fantasy, and Horror were voiced by Patrick Stewart, Whoopie Goldberg, and Frank Welker. It really is a good movie… just horrible promotion. The reader/author in me can’t help but believe a prime opportunity was missed in using this movie to promote reading to children and literacy to adults.

Enjoy!

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Dream Away

by Babyface and Lisa Stansfield

Written by Diane Warren

When this world, the real that world you’re living in
Just gets too much for you to take

When you find too many troubles on your mind then
Feel just like there is no escape

And it seems your heart has forgotten how to believe
Turn a page in your soul

There’s a place you can go
Close your eyes and let your heart fly free (fly free)

Dream away, dream away
Let imagination light your way
Take you as far as your heart can see
Dream…, dream away, dream away
To a place where hope is shining
Find your silver lining (find your silver lining)
Everything you need is just to dream away

Remember when (remember when)
The dream could take you anywhere (anywhere you want to)
Just to wish (yes) anything could be
When the father Sol is one more star you could reach
Take a look in your heart
‘Cause that’s where dreams are, where it starts
Anything is real if you just believe (believe…)

Dream away, dream away

Let imagination light your way
Take you as far as your heart can see
Dream…, dream away, dream away
To a place where hope is shining
Find your silver lining (find your silver lining)
Everything you need is just to dream away

All it takes is faith to make your dream come true (ah ah)
And somewhere in this world, there’ll be somebody
To share your dreams with you

Dream away, dream away
Let imagination light your way
Take you as far as your heart can see
Dream…, dream away, dream away
To a place where hope is shining
Find your silver lining (find your silver lining)
Everything you need is just to dream away

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Seasons of Love” – cast of ‘Rent’ (2005)

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “seconds/minutes/hours.”

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I was texting with my three adult children while thinking about this challenge and asked them for recommendations… even though I knew what their answers would be.
The oldest and youngest voted for 525,600 Minutes (Seasons of Love) from the Broadway musical, Rent. What did the middle kid pick? Time from Hootie & the Blowfish.
How did I know what they’re choices would be? Let’s just say 1995-2010 were very musical years in our home. I knew the words to three Hootie songs before I knew who they were! 😀 😀
They gave me two recommendations so today blog visitors get two songs because any mom knows to choose one over the other could lead to future problems… and a whole lot of whining! The boys already swear their sister (the youngest) is my favorite because we’ve spent more time together. However, I’ve assured them anytime they want to share a mani-pedi appointment with me, I’m there! 😀 😀

Seasons of Love is a song from the Broadway musical Rent, written and composed by Jonathan Larson. The song starts with  “Five hundred and twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes” (the number of minutes in a common year [60×24×365]).

Seasons of Love is performed by the entire cast in the musical and in the 2005 film of the same name. The lyrics ask what the proper way is to quantify the value of a year in human life, concluding in the chorus that the most effective means is to “measure in love”. Since four of the lead characters either have HIV or AIDS, the song is often associated with World AIDS Day and AIDS awareness month.

The video is from the opening scene of the movie.

Enjoy!

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525,600 Minutes (Season of Love)

by the cast of the 2005 movie, Rent

Written by Jonathan 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 a life?

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 a 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 a life
of friends

Remember the love…

(Oh, you’ve got to you’ve got to remember the love)
Remember the love…
(You know the love is a gift from up above)
Remember the love…
(Share love, give love, spray love, measure your life in love.)
Seasons of love…
Seasons of love…

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Time was released in October 1995 as the fourth single from Hootie & the Blowfish’s breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one in Canada. The song also peaked at number 35 in New Zealand, number one on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart, and number four on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The video was directed by Frank Sacramento and filmed in Charleston, South Carolina.

Enjoy!

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Time

by Hootie & the Blowfish

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Time, why you punish me?
Like a wave crashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams
Time, why you walk away?
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free?
Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

Time, I don’t understand
Children killing in the street
Dying for the color of a rag
Time, take their red and blue
Wash them in the ocean, make them clean
Maybe their mothers won’t cry tonight

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free?
But tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in…

Time is wastin’, time is walkin’
(Time, time) You ain’t no friend of mine
(Time, time) I don’t know where I’m goin’
(Time, time) I think I’m out of my mind…
Thinkin’ about time
And if I die tomorrow, yeah
Just lay me down to sleep

Oh, no no, no no

Time is wastin’, time is walkin’
(Time, time) You ain’t no friend of mine
(Time, time) I don’t know where I’m goin’
(Time, time) I think I’m out of my mind…
Thinkin’ about time

Time, you left me standing there
Like a tree growin’ all alone
The wind just stripped me bare, stripped me bare
Time, the past has come and gone
The future’s far away
Well, now only lasts for one second, one second

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free?
Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

(Time, time, time, time) You ain’t no friend of mine
(Time, time) I don’t know where I’m goin’
(Time, time) I think I’m out of my mind
(Time) Walkin’, (Time) wasted
(Time, time) You ain’t no friend of mine
(Time, time) I don’t know where I’m goin’
(Time, time) No, no no no

Time without courage, time without fear

Is just wasted, wasted, wasted time
Oh…

Time, why you punish me?

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

Song Lyric Sunday | “Weeping” – Josh Groban

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “to post a song with a metaphor in the title or lyrics.”

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While it’s been covered more than a dozen times, it was American recording artist, Josh Groban, who made the song, Weeping, more accessible to the international community.  In fact, Weeping is a song about apartheid South Africa. It was written by Dan Heymann of the South African band Bright Blue, while completing his compulsory 2-years of National Service in the South African army in the mid-1980’s. From Dan’s own website:

“I’ve been asked many times about the symbolism in the Weeping lyrics, so maybe I should say something here.

The man referred to in the Weeping lyrics is the late P. W. Botha, one of the last white leaders of South Africa before the end of the Apartheid regime;

The demon he could never face in the Weeping lyrics refers to the aspirations of the oppressed majority, while the Weeping lyrics also refer to the neighbors, literally the journalists from other countries who were monitoring the situation in South Africa.”

Song writer Heymann, was an unwilling white soldier, drafted into the Army. Weeping began as an instrumental piece, expressing his unhappiness at being drafted by the regime, and later he wrote words to Weeping when the government declared a State of Emergency and imposed a ban on media-coverage of the situation in South Africa.”

It is an extraordinarily powerful song, and was voted the “All-time Favourite South African Song” in 1999.

Below are two versions of Weeping – Josh Groban in concert in Salt Lake City, Utah and Dan Heymann’s group, Bright Blue, singing the original version.

Enjoy!

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Weeping

by Josh Groban

WEEPING Written by Dan Heymann
(Copyright Bright Blue)
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I knew a man who lived in fear
It was huge, it was angry, it was drawing near
Behind his house, a secret place
Was the shadow of the demon he could never face
He built a wall of steel and flame
And men with guns, to keep it tame
Then standing back, he made it plain
That the nightmare would never ever rise again
But the fear and the fire and the guns remain
It doesn’t matter now
It’s over anyhow
He tells the world that it’s sleeping
But as the night came round
I heard its lonely sound
It wasn’t roaring, it was weeping
And then one day the neighbors came
They were curious to know about the smoke and flame
They stood around outside the wall
But of course there was nothing to be heard at all
“My friends,” he said, “We’ve reached our goal
The threat is under firm control
As long as peace and order reign
I’ll be damned if I can see a reason to explain
Why the fear and the fire and the guns remain”

 

 

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Weeping.info.