Song Lyric Sunday | “Happy” – Pharrell 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  laughter.”

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If you’re laughing, usually you’re happy and Pharrell Williams made the world Happy in 2014 with his feel-good anthem. The song soared to #1 in 35 countries—it was the best selling song of 2014.

Pharrell wrote and produced Happy for the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2—it also became the lead single of his second studio album, G I R L. The song appears in a scene in the film where the lead character Gru dances through streets with joy because he has fallen in love.

Fun Facts:

  • Nine different songs were fully recorded and pitched to producer Chris Meledandri before Happy was chosen.
  • Pharrell Williams originally intended for Cee Lo Green to sing Happy.
  • Happy is repeated 56 times over the course of the song.
  • The first-ever 24-hour music video was made for Happy—it follows 400 different people enjoying life while they walk around LA.

Enjoy!

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Happy

by Pharrell Williams
Songwriter: Pharrell Wiliams
[Verse 1]
It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care, baby, by the way

[Chorus]
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Verse 2]
Here come bad news, talking this and that (Yeah!)
Well, give me all you got, don’t hold it back (Yeah!)
Well, I should probably warn ya, I’ll be just fine (Yeah!)
No offense to you, don’t waste your time, here’s why

[Chorus]
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Bridge]
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high to bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down, I said
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high to bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down, I said

[Chorus]
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Bridge]
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high to bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down, I said…

[Chorus]
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Song Lyric Sunday | “When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman” – Dr. Hook

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and we’re all heartbroken to see her step away for health reasons, but we wish Helen a full recovery to good health and a happy 2019! Many thanks to author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me for stepping in to keep the weekly challenge going. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  doctor/health/medicine.”

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I went with the theme in a band’s name this time – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show.

When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman was written by country music songwriter Even Stevens, who came recommended by Shel Silverstein, a prolific author who wrote Dr. Hook’s hits Cover Of The Rolling Stone and Sylvia’s Mother.

Did I just combine this week’s theme with writing? Yes, I did! 😀

In 1979, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show re-released their 1976 album A Little Bit More with this track included.

The video is a live performance from The Midnight Special.

Fun Facts:

  • The group had two primary vocalists. The plan was to have Ray Sawyer (the one with the eye patch) sing lead on this track, but their other singer, Dennis Locorriere, recorded the guide vocal. Sawyer spent some time with the demo learning the song, and decided that the song was better suited for Dennis, so it was Locorriere who sang lead.
  • Author Shel Silverstein penned a large catalog of well-known songs, including the Grammy-winning A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash.

Enjoy!

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When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman

by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
Songwriter: Even Stevens
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, it’s hard
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you know it’s hard
(You know it’s hard, you know it gets so hard)
Everybody wants her, everybody loves her
Everybody wants to take your baby homeWhen you’re in love with a beautiful woman you watch your friends
(You watch your friends, you better watch your friends)
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman it never ends
(Never ends, you know it never ends)
You know that is crazy and you wanna trust her
Then somebody hangs up when you answer the phoneWhen you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you go it alone
Maybe it’s just an ego problem, problem is that I’ve been fooled before
By fair-weather friends and faint-hearted lovers
And every time it happens it just convinces me more

When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you watch her eyes
(Watch her eyes, baby watch her eyes)
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you look for lies
(Keep lookin’ for lies, baby keep lookin’ for eyes)
‘Cause everybody tempts her everybody tells her
She’s the most beautiful woman they know

When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you go it alone
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman you watch your friends
(You watch your friends, you better watch your friends)
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman it never ends
(Never ends, you know it never ends)

When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you watch her eyes
(Watch her eyes, baby watch her eyes)
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman, you look for lies
(Keep lookin’ for lies, baby keep lookin’ for eyes)

Song Lyric Sunday | “Forever More” – Puff Johnson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and we’re all heartbroken to see her step away for health reasons, but we wish Helen a full recovery to good health and a happy 2019! Many thanks to author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me for stepping in to keep the weekly challenge going. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  doctor/health/medicinebut I put this post together early as a favorite song!

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Better known for the single Over and Over featured in The First Wives Club,

Forever More was the actual debut single of singer and songwriter Ewanya ‘Puff’ Johnson.  It appeared on her only studio album Miracle in 1996.

The single was most successful in New Zealand, where it peaked at #5. It was a Top 30 hit in both Australia and the UK, where it peaked at #29.

In the United States, Forever More peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #31 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, #42 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, and #22 on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart.

The dynamic singer’s career was cut short when she lost her battle to cervical cancer.

Enjoy!

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Forever More

by Puff Johnson

Song Lyric Sunday | “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” – Barry Manilow

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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.

This week’s theme is  new.”

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On the day before New Year’s Eve, it seems quite fitting to include this old favorite.

Recorded by Barry Manilow in 1977 for his Barry Manilow Live album, It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve has been a holiday standard for over forty years.

A Top 40 hit, Manilow performed It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve live at midnight on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve numerous times.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve

by Barry Manilow
Songwriters: Barry Manilow and Marty Panzer
Don’t look so sad
It’s not so bad you know
It’s just another night
That’s all it is, it’s not the first
It’s not the worst you know
We’ve come through all the rest
We’ll get through this
We’ve made mistakes
But we’ve made good friends too
Remember all the nights we spent with them?
And all our plans
Who says they can’t come true?
Tonight’s another chance to start again
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
Another night like all the rest
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
Let’s make it the best
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
It’s just another Auld Lang Syne
But when we’re through this New Year
You’ll see, will be
Just fine
We’re not alone, we’ve got the world you know
And it won’t let us down, just wait and see
And we’ll grow old, but think how wise we’ll grow
There’s more you know, it’s only New Year’s Eve
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
Another night like all the rest
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
Let’s make it the best
It’s just another New Year’s Eve
It’s just another Auld Lang Syne
But when we’re through this New Year, you’ll see, will be
Just fine

Song Lyric Sunday | “Where Are You, Christmas?” – Faith Hill

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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.

This week’s theme is  season.”

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In the spirit of the season, I have to go with Christmas songs!

In the 2000 live-action movie,  How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Cindy Lou Who sings the song Christmas, Why Can’t I find You? co-written by James Horner, Will Jennings and Mariah Carey.

They wrote a longer version of the song called Where Are You, Christmas?

The song was originally recorded by Carey, but because of a legal case with her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, it could not be released, so it was re-recorded and released by Faith Hill. A video was released featuring Hill singing from the Grinch’s mountaintop home, interspersed with clips from the film.

It’s been an annual Christmas favorite of my family ever since!

Enjoy!

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Where Are You, Christmas?

by Faith Hill
Songwriters: James Horner, Will Jennings and Mariah Carey
Oh, hmm
Where are you Christmas
Why can’t I find you
Why have you gone away
Where is the laughter
You used to bring me
Why can’t I hear music play
My world is changing
I’m rearranging
Does that mean Christmas changes too
Where are you Christmas
Do you remember
The one you used to know
I’m not the same one
See what the time’s done
Is that why you have let me go
Christmas is here
Everywhere, oh
Christmas is here
If you care, oh
If there is love in your heart and your mind
You will feel like Christmas all the time
Oh, I feel you Christmas
I know I’ve found you
You never fade away, oh
The joy of Christmas
Stays here inside us
Fills each and every heart with love
Where are you Christmas
Fill your heart with love

Song Lyric Sunday | “Three Times a Lady” – Commodores

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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.

This week’s theme is  girl(s).”

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Staying with the adult form of the theme so I can post this great classic from 1978!

Three Times a Lady, from the Commodores‘ sixth album Natural High, topped the Billboard Hot 100, R&B Singles chart and Adult Contemporary chart. It also topped the U.K. Singles chart for 5 weeks.

The song was written by Lionel Richie after being inspired by a comment his father said to his mother.

FUN FACTS

    • This was a breakthrough song for the Commodores and for Lionel Richie as a songwriter. It crossed over to pop, easy listening and even country formats.
    • The Commodores were more of a funk band before their massive success with sentimental love songs like Three Times a Lady.
    •  In the UK, this was #1 for five weeks. It was the biggest UK hit for Motown Records.
    • This was the first #1 hit Lionel Richie wrote, but far from his last: he wrote songs that were #1 US hits in each of the next seven years, giving him the record for most consecutive #1s by a songwriter who was never a Beatle (Paul McCartney wrote songs that went to #1 1964-1971).

The video is a live performance from The Midnight Special.

Enjoy!

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Three Times a Lady

by the Commodores
Songwriter: Lionel Richie
Thanks for the times that you’ve given me
The memories are all in my mind
And now that we’ve come to the end of our rainbow
There’s something I must say out loud

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Yes, you’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

You shared my dreams
My joys
My pains
You made my life worth living for
And if I had to live my life over again, dear
I’d spend each and every moment with you

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Yes, you’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

When we are together
The moments I cherish
With every beat of my heart
To touch you
To hold you
To feel you
To need you
There’s nothing to keep us apart

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

You’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Yes, you’re once
Twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

Song Lyric Sunday | “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” – Deniece Williams

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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.

This week’s theme is  boys.”

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Let’s Hear It for the Boy was the second song released from the soundtrack of 1984’s Footloose and became a #1 song for artist Deniece Williams.

In the film, the song was used in a scene where Kevin Bacon tries to teach Christopher Penn how to dance, and Penn is having a hard time.

Fun Fact: When Williams recorded Let’s Hear It for the Boy the first time, Dean Pitchford thought it sounded too girlish, so she flew from Los Angeles to New York to quickly do another take under deadline pressure. She ended up doing the proper take late that night after a long flight, but it was worth it. When she saw the film, she thought the scene where they used her song was incredible.

George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the duo Boy Meets Girl sang backup,  and also wrote Whitney Houston’s songs How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).

Enjoy!

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Let’s Hear It for the Boy

by Deniece Williams

Song Lyric Sunday | “You Send Me” – Sam Cooke

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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.

No theme was posted for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday and I pray all is well with Helen as she hasn’t been feeling well. Sending love and prayers out to her.

Which leads me to go my own way this week and use the prompt of send/sending.”

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Recorded by American singer Sam Cooke and released as a single in 1957, You Send Me was Cooke’s debut single and  a massive commercial success, becoming a number one hit on both Billboard‘s Rhythm & Blues Records chart and the Billboard Hot 100.

It was named as one of the 500 most important rock and roll recordings by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In April 2010, the song ranked #115 in Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In addition to the original version by Sam Cooke, You Send Me has received numerous covers over the years, the most important being the versions of Teresa Brewer (1957), Aretha Franklin (1968), Ponderosa Twins Plus One (1971) and The Manhattans (1985).

Fun Fact: Most sources credit Sam Cooke as the song’s writer, but some sources say the song was written by Charles “LC” Cooke, Sam’s older brother and member of The Singing Children, the Cooke family gospel group.

Not the best video–this performance is from American Bandstand sixty years ago–but his vocals are spot on!

Enjoy!

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You Send Me

by Sam Cooke

Song Lyric Sunday | “The Last Song” – Elton John

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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 “last.” 

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With yesterday being World AIDS Day and the current biopic of Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, holding its own with movie theater audiences, this selection was pretty easy.

Elton John’s The Last Song was written shortly after Mercury died of AIDS. At the time, AIDS was becoming a pandemic and little was known about the disease or how to treat it. Sufferers were shunned and feared. This song narrates the story of an estranged father coming to terms with his son’s disease and homosexuality, while the son is coming to terms with dying.

This beautiful song was on John’s 1992 The One album, and all proceeds from the single went to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The song is used during the closing montage of the 1993 HBO docudrama And The Band Played On…

Enjoy!

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The Last Song

by Elton John

Song Lyric Sunday | “Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Was In” – Kenny Rogers and the First Edition

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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 “first.” 

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While the neither the title of the lyrics contain this week’s theme, the featured group’s name does! 😀 😀

Just Dropped In … by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals) peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. It was Rogers’ first top ten hit. The song captures the short-lived psychedelic era of the late 1960s, stands apart from the country folk harmonies that characterized most of the First Edition’s catalog,  and got the group their first national TV audience on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Enjoy!

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Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition