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

 

 

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

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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

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “If I Never Knew You” – Jon Secada & Shanice

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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 Duets.

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If I Never Knew You is sang by Jon Secada and Shanice over the end credits of  Disney’s 1995 animated feature film, Pocahontas. It was the second single released from the movie soundtrack after Vanessa Williams’ pop and R&B rendition of the Academy Award-winning Colors of the Wind.

The song was originally developed for the prison scene where Pocahontas visits Captain John Smith before he is sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Kocoum, Chief Powhatan’s warrior whom Pocahontas was supposed to marry. Composer Alan Menken decided it had to be cut because he felt that it slowed the pace of the movie and too closely followed another song.

If I Never Knew You charted on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, reaching #8 and #24, respectively. It also reached #51 on UK charts.

FUN FACTS

    • Performed by Mel Gibson (Captain Smith) and Judy Kuhn (singing voice of Pocahontas), If I Never Knew You was added to the tenth anniversary edition of Pocahontas in 2005, fully animated and integrated as a viewer option on the DVD.
    • In 2001, If I Never Knew You was covered by Michael Crawford and Sherie Rene Scott for The Disney Album.
    • Jon Secada has written songs for Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. He has toured with Luciano Pavarotti and recorded duets with Jim Brickman, Olivia Newton John, and Frank Sinatra, as well as winning two Grammys for his own music releases.
    •  Also an actress, Shanice became the first black performer to star in the role of Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway in 1997.  She also starred in the made-for-TV movie One Special Moment, an adaptation of Brenda Jackson’s 1998 novel of the same name. Shanice and her husband of twenty years, actor/comedian Flex, starred in their own reality show Flex & Shanice, for three seasons on OWN.

Filmed in New York City, the music video features Shanice and Secada performing the song with clips of Pocahontas being projected on buildings behind them.

I could listen to this song on endless repeat. And, maybe I have! 😀 😀 😀 😀

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If I Never Knew You

by Jon Secada & Shanice

Songwriters: Alan Menken / Stephen Schwartz

 

If I never knew you
If I never felt this love
I would have no inkling of
How precious life can be
And if I never knew you
I would never have a clue
How at last I’d find in you
The missing part of me
In this world so full of fear
Full of rage and lies
I can see the truth so clear
In your eyes
So dry your eyes
And I’m so grateful to you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you
If I never knew you
I’d be safe but half as real
Never knowing I could feel
A love so strong and true
I’m so grateful to you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you
I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we made the whole world bright
I never knew that fear and hate could be so strong
All they’d leave us were these whispers in the night
But still my heart is singing
We were right
If I never knew you
There’s no moment I regret
If I never knew this love
I would have no inkling of
If our time has gone too fast I’ve lived at last
How precious life can be
I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we’d make the whole world bright
I thought our love would be so beautiful
We’d turn the darkness into light
And still my heart is singing
We were right
We were right
And if I never knew you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Empty as the sky
Never knowing why
Lost forever
If I never knew you

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club

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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 Written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry or including one of these names in the lyrics.

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Although she was responsible for writing the bassline and intended to play it on record, Genius of Love co-writer and lead singer, Tina Weymouth, had to wake up the assistant engineer – he was asleep under the console – when her right arm seized up in a terrible cramp during the abbreviated 1981 recording session. “Chris (Frantz) was mad, but I really couldn’t play; my hand wouldn’t even close. So we did what we had to do. These things happen.”

Genius of Love became a commercial success and reached number one on the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart, number two on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard), and number thirty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The lyrics and video imply that the singer is in jail although why she’s imprisoned is not explained. The singer tells her fellow inmates about her boyfriend whom she describes as the “genius of love”.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Genius of Love was the first song I danced to with my late husband, Dennis.
    • The lyrics pay tribute to many notable African-American musicians and singers, including George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, Hamilton Bohannon, and James Brown.
    •  In May 2016, a version of the song by Tinashe was used in a television advertising campaign for Target Corporation.
    •  Frank Zappa, in an interview with MTV, mentioned that the music video was his favorite at the time, due to it being “animated and clever.

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Genius of Love

by Tom Tom Club

Songwriters: Tina Weymouth / Christopher Frantz / Adrian Belew / Steven J.C. Stanley
What you gonna do when you get out of jail?
I’m gonna have some fun
What do you consider fun?
Fun, natural fun
I’m in heaven
With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend
There’s no beginning and there is no end
Time isn’t present in that dimension
He’ll take my arm
When we’re walkin’, rolling and rocking
It’s one time I’m glad I’m not a man
Feels like I’m dreaming, but I’m not sleeping
I’m in heaven
With the maven of funk mutation
Clinton’s musicians such as Bootsy Collins
Raise expectations to a new intention
No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson
Wailin’ and skankin’ to Bob Marley
Reggae’s expanding with Sly and Robbie
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama
All the weekend
Boyfriend was missing
I surely miss him
The way he’d hold me in his warm arms
We went insane when we took cocaine
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow
Who needs to think when your feet just go?
With a hippie-the-hip and a hippie-the-hop
Who needs to think when your feet just go
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
Who needs to think when your feet just go
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
James Brown, James Brown
James Brown, James Brown
If you see him
Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend
Well he’s the genius of love
He’s got a greater depth of feeling
Well he’s the genius of love
He’s so deep

Song Lyric Sunday | “This Step Alone” – Elliott Yamin

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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 Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top.

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Coming in third in American Idol’s season 5 didn’t stop Elliott Yamin from climbing the charts after leaving the talent variety show.

Less than a year later, Yamin’s 2007 self-titled debut album–later renamed Wait For You–debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums, number three on the Billboard 200, and included the Top Twenty single, Wait For You.

My selection is from Elliott’s second album, the 2009 Fight for Love.

This Step Alone is the eleventh of the album’s dozen songs, and while not released as a single, it still garners consistent airplay on adult radio stations.

The song is about a couple whose paths go in two different directions. He tried to stay hopeful but always knew she’d walk away. Still, it doesn’t keep him from wanting her by his side.

FUN FACTS

    • On May 16, 2007, Yamin performed his hit single, Wait for You, on the American Idol Season 6 Top 3 results show. The song jumped 60 spots on iTunes in a few hours as well as from 80 to 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the performance, sales of his self-titled album increased, jumping 47 spots on the Billboard 200, from 67 to 20.
    •  Elliott’s celebrity in Japan has outshone his U.S. fandom since almost from the beginning of his solo career. All of his music receives special releases in Japan and he was named one of the Best 3 New Artists (International) by the 23rd Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards along with Leona Lewis and Flo Rida.
    • Dropping out of high school in his sophomore year, Yamin later achieved a high school GED while working at Foot Locker (in their management program), a pharmacy, and as an on-air disc jockey for local R&B radio station WCDX/Power 92 FM, using the name E-Dub before auditioning for American Idol.
    • A history of ear infections as a child and eardrum replacement surgery at 13 left Yamin with 90% hearing loss in his right ear. He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 16 and wears an insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes.

 

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This Step Alone

by Elliot Yamin

Songwriters: Elliott Yamin / Dapo Torimiro / Alexander James / J. Abraham
It’s takin’ it’s toll girl
This silence is cold
We’re stuck at a dead end
I’m startin’ to wonder
Did I say something wrong?
I keep askin’ the question
Will you turn around and come with me?
Or should I read the signs and leave and let you be?
Now I’m standin’ at this roadblock
And there’s no way around it
I’ve been waitin’ for your mind to change
Cause I feel so one sided
I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone, alone
So give me a reason
Why you’re on the outside
When you should be in
When we’ll get together
So maybe it’s better
I walk alone but you’ll always be near
Now there’s no room for settlin’
I gotta do this, I need to
But this mirror I’m lookin’ in
There’s no reflection without you
Cause I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone
The sanctity I found deep in your arms
It was a false alarm and it burns yeah it hurts
I lie awake at night and think of what we could have been if it worked
Then we chose to go our separate ways instead of meeting each other halfway
And if I had to choose girl, I’d have you by my side
I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone, alone, alone
I’m gonna take this step alone, all alone

Song Lyric Sunday | “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” – The Boogers

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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 La.

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I thought of this childhood jingle while my children were still here for the holidays. They dared me to use it. You’d think they’d know better by now.  😀 😀 😀

While the origins of this SLS selection are obscure, some evidence places its roots with vaudeville and theatre acts of the late 19th century and early 20th century popular in immigrant communities.

The indefinitely repetitive John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt shares many characteristics with My Name Is Jan Jansen, a song that can trace its origin to Swedish vaudeville in the late 19th century.

I remember my mom singing this song with my siblings and me and I sang it with my children, not to mention, we all sang it at school, summer camp, and while just hanging out with friends. The last line of the song was always La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. Imagine my shock and surprise when Google searches led me to lyrics that included Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da.

I was flabbergasted!

Gobsmacked!

Confused!

Subsequent searches were absolutely and completely useless… until I clicked on a random link for children’s songs and I found my lyrics–of course, with no explanation or details.

I grew up in Michigan, and don’t know if the lyrics are regional or generational… but I found videos for both sets of lyrics.

Which lyric did you grow up singing?

FUN FACTS

    • By the mid-20th century, the song appears to have already become widely known.
    •  Versions of this song also appear in other languages, such as the Spanish rendition, Juan Paco Pedro de la Mar.
    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is the name of Robin Williams’ character in the 1995 movie, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.
    • A 1941 Milwaukee Journal article also refers to the song, with the same alternate spelling of “John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith“.

The first video is by The Boogers. Their version uses this week’s prompt–La–and is just as silly as their name.

The second video is a Muffins Song and I didn’t include it for it’s alternate lyrics, but for the DANCING!

Lyrics are in the videos!

Enjoy!

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Miss You Like Crazy” – Natalie Cole

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Crazy.

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Many thanks to my daughter, Lindsey, visiting for the holidays with her husband, Erik, from Fort Riley, for choosing this selection for SLS.

Released March 15, 1989 from her album Good to Be Back, Miss You Like Crazy was a huge hit for Natalie Cole, becoming her fifth Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the song peaked at number 7. The song also topped both the R&B and adult contemporary charts in 1989.

The song is a moving ballad in which the singer describes how she is feeling lonely and is longing for the one she misses “like crazy” (or, in other words, very much).

FUN FACTS

    • Miss You Like Crazy is ranked as the 67th biggest US hit of 1989.
    •  In the 1990s, Natalie sang traditional pop by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable… with Love, which sold over seven million copies and won her seven Grammy Awards.
    • Cole’s debut album, Inseparable, had songs that reminded some listeners of Aretha Franklin. The media’s billing of Cole as the “new Aretha Franklin” started a rivalry between the two singers. The feud boiled over at the 1976 Grammy Awards when Cole beat Franklin in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category, a category which Franklin had won eight times before losing to Cole.
    • Natalie Cole recorded 23 studio albums, 2 live albums, received 21 Grammy nominations–winning 9–and sold more than 30 million records worldwide before her death from congestive heart failure at the age of 65 December 31, 2015.

The video is the official video for Miss You Like Crazy.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Miss You Like Crazy

by Natalie Cole

Songwriters: Preston W Glass / Gerry Goffin / Michael Masser

 

Even though it’s been so long, my love for you keeps going strong
I remember the things that we used to do
A kiss in the rain till the sun shined through
I tried to deny it, but I’m still in love with you
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away, every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I say or do, there’s just no getting over you
I can see the love shining in your eyes
And it comes as such a sweet surprise
It seems believing is worth the wait
So hold me and tell me it’s not too late
We’re so good together, we’re starting forever now
I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
Ever since you went away, every hour of every day
I miss you like crazy, I miss you, baby
Love like ours will never end, just touch me and we’re there again
Just one night, and we’ll have to find the feelings like we used to do
Hold on tight, and whatever comes our way, we’re gonna make it through
It seems to believing is worth the wait
So hold me and tell me it’s not too late
We’re so good together, we’re starting forever now
And I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy
No matter what I say or do, there’s just no getting over you
And I miss you like crazy, I miss you like crazy

 

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “That’s Christmas to Me” – Pentatonix

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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 Christmas/Holiday/Snowman.

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It wasn’t that long ago the a cappela group, Pentatonix, was posting YouTube videos all over the internet building a following–which included my three children. Of course, now they’re Grammy-Award winning, international artists whose concerts sell out even with tickets that cost up to $400!

The heartwarming song, That’s Christmas to Me, celebrates the spirit of a traditional holiday. The title track of Pentatonix’s second holiday release is the only original tune on the collection.
Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola told Billboard magazine why they recorded an original song for the album. “We just wanted a song that focuses on the nostalgia of Christmas,” he said. “For us, we are gone so much on the road. The only time we get to spend with family is during Christmas. So we wanted to write a song that kind of focuses on that.”
That’s Christmas to Me peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 in 2014.  The album is also the highest charting holiday album by a group since 1962 and has sold 1,900,000 copies in the US as of December 2016.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Who wrote this song? Katy Lou Clark and Penny Lea Clark of the bluegrass trio, Purple Hulls, are given credit on some lyric sites, but the album credits group members Scott and Kevin.
    • The a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, first garnered attention on the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, where their talent for creating unique vocal arrangements of existing pop songs earned them the grand prize of $200,000 and a Sony recording contract.
    • Maldonado, Hoying, and Grassi were high school friends who formed a vocal trio to compete in a radio competition for the chance to meet the cast of Glee. Their rendition of Lady Gaga’s Telephone didn’t take the top prize, but it did earn them a following on YouTube.
    • Hoying met Kaplan at the University of South Carolina and persuaded him to join the group to help meet the five-person minimum for The Sing-Off. Olusola’s future band-mates found him on YouTube, where he was famous for “celloboxing” – beat-boxing and playing the cello simultaneously.
    • Their name is taken from the five-note Pentatonic scale, with an ‘x’ added for flare.

Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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That’s Christmas to Me

by Pentatonix

Songwriters: Scott Hoying / Kevin Oluwole Olusola

The fireplace is burning bright, shining all on me
I see the presents underneath the good old Christmas tree
And I wait all night ’til Santa comes to wake me from my dreams
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I see the children play outside, like angels in the snow
While mom and daddy share a kiss under the mistletoe
And we’ll cherish all these simple things wherever we may be
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I listen for the thud of reindeer walking on the roof
As I fall asleep to lullabies, the morning’s coming soon
The only gift I’ll ever need is the joy of family
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart (song in my heart)
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

Oh
Oh

Oh, all the joy that fills our hearts and makes us see
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
And then for years to come we’ll always know one thing
That’s the love that Christmas can bring
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Always Be My Baby” – Mariah Carey

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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 Baby.

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For me, Mariah Carey has two distinct sounds I like to call Old Mariah and New Mariah. I’m not a fan of New Mariah, who started showing up with the release of Carey’s tenth album, E=MC² in 2008. To me, she chose image over sound and her subsequent releases didn’t do justice to that powerful voice that put her squarely in music history.

But up to that point? WOW!

Released in early 1995, Always Be My Baby became Mariah Carey’s eleventh chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying her with Madonna and Whitney Houston for most number-one singles for a female artist at the time.

A mid-tempo song, its lyrics describe the feeling of attachment and unity the singer feels towards her estranged lover, even though they are no longer together, she says he will always be a part of her and will “always be her baby” even after they move on.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Always Be My Baby spent two weeks at number one and also became Carey’s eighth chart-topper on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart.
    • Mariah Carey directed the music video for Always Be My Baby.
    • Most scenes from the video were filmed at The Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah, named after Carey for her generous support and dedication to Fresh Air Fund children.
    • Carey is Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register.

Enjoy!

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Always Be My Baby

by Mariah Carey

Songwriters: Jermaine Dupri / Manuel Lonnie Seal / Mariah Carey
We were as one babe
For a moment in time
And it seemed everlasting
That you would always be mine
Now you wanna be free
So I’m letting you fly
‘Cause I know in my heart babe
Our love will never die, no
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me?
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
I ain’t gonna cry no
And I won’t beg you to stay
If you’re determined to leave boy
I will not stand in your way
But inevitably
You’ll be back again
‘Cause you know in your heart babe
Our love will never end, no
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
I know that you’ll be back boy
When your days and your nights get a little bit colder
I know that you’ll be right back baby
Oh baby believe me it’s only a matter of time, time
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
You’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
And we’ll linger on
Time can’t erase a feeling this strong
No way you’re never gonna shake me
Ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby
You and I will always be
No way you’re never gonna shake me
No way you’re never gonna shake me
You and I will always be

 

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