Song Lyric Sunday | “Party Train” – Gap Band

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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 Birthday/Cake/Gift/Party/Surprise.

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Yes, I did use this song in September of last year for the “train” prompt, but it’s also a great party song, so here we are! 😀

The Gap Band ruled the 80s dance charts with songs like Yearning for Your Love, Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me), Early in the Morning , You Dropped a Bomb on Me, and Outstanding, but it’s their #3 R&B hit from 1983, Party Train that appears again in this week’s SLS.

FUN FACT:

  • The Gap Band was named after streets (Greenwood, Archer, and Pine) in the historic Greenwood neighborhood in the brothers’ hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened its name to The Gap Band in 1973.
  • Party Train is from the group’s seventh album, Gap Band V: Jammin’.
  • On August 26, 2005, The Gap Band was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Urban Awards. The honor is given to a creator who has been “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers”. Outstanding alone remains one of the most sampled songs in history and has, astonishingly, been used by over 150 artists.
  • Robert Wilson died of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, California on August 15, 2010, at the age of 53.

The song’s music video starts with the three Wilson brothers driving onto a crowded boardwalk. It then cuts to random people dancing in a boxing ring. During this segment, it periodically cuts back to other people on the boardwalk and beach dancing, including Charlie wading in the ocean water in a speedo. The video ends with an unidentified person filling in a giant yellow ballot (which says “fill in the gap” at the bottom) and selecting “Gap Party” over “Democratic Party” and “Republican Party”. Charlie is then tackled and falls into the water.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Made to Love You” – Gerald Levert

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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 Touch/Feel.

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Eddie Levert is known for more than his sixty-plus year career with the legendary R&B group, The O’Jays.  He’s also known for his talented sons, Gerald and Sean, two of the three-member R&B/New Jack Swing group, Levert, popular in the 80s.

After seven studio albums and songs like the top five pop hit, Casanova, Gerald embarked on a solo career in 1991. He enjoyed much success with hits like I’d Give Anything (To Fall in Love) and the R&B chart-topping duet with his father, Baby Hold On To Me.

But it was on his 2001 album, Gerald’s World, that the single Made To Love You appeared. It didn’t receive a wide release, but still stands the test of time as an anthem for holding steadfast to your relationship, especially through the bad times.

FUN FACTS

    • Gerald wrote and produced songs for other artists such as Patti LaBelle, Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, James Ingram, Freddie Jackson, The Rude Boys, and New Edition.
    • In 1997, Levert teamed up again with fellow singers Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, to form the supergroup, LSG. The trio released the album Levert-Sweat-Gill the same year, selling over two million copies.
    • On November 10, 2006, Gerald Levert was found dead in his bed at his Cleveland, Ohio home when his cousin tried to wake him. Initial reports stated that Levert had died of an apparent heart attack. In February 2007, an autopsy report conducted by the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office concluded that Levert’s death was caused by a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs. He was 40 years old.

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Made to Love You

by Gerald Levert

Songwriters: Edward Berkeley / Harold Lilly Jr / Harold Spencer Jr Lilly

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I recall when we first met, a long time ago
How could I forget they way I felt
When I first laid eyes on you
I remember saying to my friends
There is my future wife and then
I took the step to need
Someone who would change my life
It had to be my destiny
‘Cause I was made to love you
My hands, to touch you
My arms, to hold ya, my legs to stand
My time, to spend with ya forever
I was made, made to love ya
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you, my legs to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
My life, together I was made
Made to love you
Made to love you
I remember out first date
Our first arguments
Our very first breakup
And makeup that got us to this moment
And every girlfriend and every one night stand
Every heartbreak and every heartache led me to you
It brought me to and made me better
Better, sooner for you
It had to be my destiny
I was made to love ya
My hands, to touch ya
My arms, to hold ya
My legs, to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips, to kiss you
My eyes, to see you, my legs to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
My life, together
I was made, made to love you
Made to love you
Made to love you
My hands, to touch ya
My arms, to hold ya
My legs, to stand
My time, to spend with ya forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you my legs to stand
My time, to spend with you forever
My life, together
I was made, made to love you
It had to be my destiny
I was made to love you
My hands to touch ya
My arms to hold ya
My legs to stand
My time to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you
My legs to stand
My time to spend
With you forever
My life together
I was made, made to love you
Made to love you
My hands to touch ya
My arms to hold ya
My legs to stand
My time to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you
My lips to kiss ya
My eyes to see you
My legs to stand
My time to spend
With you forever
My life together
I was made, made to love you
Made to love you
My hands to touch ya
My arms to hold ya
My legs to stand
And my time to spend with you forever
I was made, made to love you

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers

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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 Promise/Oath/Vow.

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The music world lost one of its brightest stars on March 20, 2020.

Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers passed away under hospice care of natural causes. He was 81.

In a career which spanned more than sixty years, Kenny moved from teenage rock’n’roll through psychedelic rock to become a hit country-pop crossover artist of the 1970s and 1980s. His songs appeared in top-selling motion pictures and television movies, including movies based on some of his songs and, in which he starred.

The multi-award winner was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He worked with some of the biggest names in the record industry, charted more than 60 top 40 hit singles (including two number ones—Lady and Islands in the Stream), and sold more than 165 million records.

My love for Kenny Rogers goes all the way back to 1967 when he was with the First Edition and had hits like Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town… and my age was in single digits. 😀  He recorded songs that were special to me in every decade after that, especially the 80s when I met and married my late husband.

None of the words of this week’s prompt actually appear in the title or lyrics of 1981’s Through the Years, but it was a very special song for us. The song looks back at a relationship “Through The Years” and mentions the ups and downs, but the singer proclaims to his loved one: I’m so glad I stayed right here with you / Through the years.

Rest in peace, Kenny, and thank you for the music through the years.

FUN FACTS

    • Kenny Rogers topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone.
    • Rogers was the fourth of eight children and is said to be of Irish and Native American heritage.
    • On his 50th anniversary TV special, Rogers performed a version of Through the Years with his two friends Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton which also included archive footage of him working with both on various projects through the years.
    • Through the Years reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1982, remaining in the Top 40 for eleven weeks and went to number one on the adult contemporary chart, becoming Rogers’ fifth single to top this chart.

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Through the Years

by Kenny Rogers

Songwriters: Martin Panzer / Stephen Hartley Dorff

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I can’t remember when you weren’t there
When I didn’t care for anyone but you
I swear we’ve been through everything there is
Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed
Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do
Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
I’ve never been afraid
I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed
Right here with you
Through the years
I can’t remember what I used to do
Who I trusted whom, I listened to before
I swear you’ve taught me everything I know
Can’t imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more
Through the years
Through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had
I’ve always been so glad
To be with you
Through the years
It’s better everyday
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay
I’ll stay with you
Through the years
Through the years
When everything went wrong
Together we were strong
I know that I belonged
Right here with you
Through the years
I never had a doubt
We’d always work things out
I’ve learned what love’s about
By loving you
Through the years
Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
It’s better everyday
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay
I’ll stay with you
Through the years

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Give It Away” – Chi Lites

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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 Give/Get/Take/Receive/Send.

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Released in 1969 on the Brunswick label, Give It Away is the debut album by American soul group The Chi-Lites.

Seven of the album’s eleven songs are originals, including the title cut. It reached #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on R&B chart, making it the group’s first top ten hit.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Four of the songs on Give It Away were Motown standards and one was a song made popular by Johnny Mathis, The Twelfth of Never.
    •  Led by lead singer, Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974.
    • The group was formed at Hyde Park High School in Chicago in the late 1950s as the “Chanteurs”. The original members were Eugene Record, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson. This quartet introduced themselves at the Hyde Park High School “Senior Varieties” talent show. They later recruited Marshall Thompson and Creadel “Red” Jones from the Desideros to form the Hi-lites.  Noting that the name Hi-lites was already in use and wanting to honor their home town they changed their name to “The Chi-Lites” in 1964.
    • Eugene Record was the musical group’s sole songwriter and lead singer. Record never collaborated with members outside his singing group.

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Give It Away

by Chi Lites

Songwriters: Clifford Smith / Collin W. York / Lynford Marshall

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Give it away
Ooh, hoo, give it away
Give it away
Ooh, hoo, give it away
What’s the sense in giving you love
When you’re gonna give it away
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
And what’s sense in giving you kisses
When you’re gonna give it away
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
You say you have nothing to live for
Baby, baby, I’m here knockin? at your door
Give it away, it?s all right (You can do what you wanna)
Give it away, it?s all right (?Cause I know you’re gonna)
Give it away, give it away
What’s the sense in having my love
When I’m gonna give it to you [Give it away]
Give it straight to you, baby [Give it away]
And I don’t mean maybe
What’s sense denying I love you
When you’re mad and I’m proud of you [Give it away]
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
Baby, love was made for two
I know, I know, I know it?s meant for me and you
Give it away, it?s all right (You can do what you wanna)
Give it away, it?s all right (?Cause I know you’re gonna)
Give it away, give it away
I love you no matter what you do
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Ah… ah… ah… ah… ah…
It’s alright
It’s alright
Baby, love was made for two
I know, I know, I know it?s meant for me and you
Oh, what’s the sense in having my love [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When I’m gonna give it to you
And what’s sense in giving you kisses [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When it’s you I’m gonna be missin’
And what’s sense in giving you honey [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When you’re takin’ away my money
Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
Yeah, yeah
What’s the sense in giving you love [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
What’s the sense in giving you money

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Whole Lotta Woman” – Kelly Clarkson

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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 North/South/East/West.

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As a female pop singer, Kelly Clarkson has expressed frustration that for years her appearance, particularly her weight, has been a constant topic of discussion. This led her to write a song that said “Yeah, you’re right, I am a whole lot of woman, and it’s okay. I came with a brain, and I came with drive and passion and sensuality, and these things that are awesome. If you can’t handle it, that’s totally cool, but you’re not tall enough to ride this ride, then move along. It’s fine.”

Clarkson, who grew up in Texas, remarked in a profile on The New York Times that the song’s inspiration came from the challenges of being a financially secure woman looking for a man after internalizing the paradoxes of growing up in the South. Clarkson says that in the South women are told, “We want to educate you and we want you to be intelligent, but not too intelligent to where you’re intimidating; we want you to be beautiful, but not too sexy to where you’re a slut; we want you to be successful but not so successful that you make someone feel uncomfortable.”

After a conversation Clarkson had with the NOVA Wav duo–Denisia Andrews and Brittany Coney–in a session in Los Angeles, the anthem Whole Lotta Woman was penned.

Whole Lotta Woman is from Kelly’s eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, and to promote the album’s release, Clarkson debuted Whole Lotta Woman in a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 31, 2017.

FUN FACTS

    • The song lyrics allude to the size of Clarkson’s waistline, her attitude, her self-worth, and her mouth using references to Southern cooking and singer Tina Turner.
    • Members of the American soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, led by bass player Verdine White, were invited by Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman to play on the track.
    • Critical reception of the song was mixed. It reached number 142 on Billboard’s US Digital Songs chart.

Alas, I was incapable of choosing a favorite video, so I posted THREE! 😀 😀 😀 No harm, no foul though. They’re all live performances from 1) a Nashville studio session, 2) the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, and 3) The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch one or watch all three…they’re all amazing!

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Whole Lotta Woman

by Kelly Clarkson

Songwriters: Kelly Clarkson / Denisia Andrews / Brittany Chi Coney

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You ain’t know? Texas women do it bigger
(What? Say it ain’t so)
In the SOUTH, it don’t get realer, baby
Pot full of grits, I’m hotter than your mama’s supper, boy
Better get with it
Better watch your mouth, I might burn you, boy
You goin’, uh, downtown, gonna work
Good love I deserve
If you’re scared, go to church
Woo-woo! I’m a lover
Hold on tight, little country boy
I ain’t no girl, I’m a boss with orders
All I’m needin’ is a baby love me
Like a warm biscuit on a Sunday morning
I got what you want, I’m aiming to please
I got what it takes, I sure got the means
I got what you want, sugar, honey, iced tea
All eyes on me, oh, oh, baby
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence, yeah
One time for the green
And rolling like Tina
Loving heart ain’t easy
Whoo-whoo, if you mean it
Hold on tight, little country boy
I ain’t no girl, I’m a boss with orders
All I’m needin’ is a baby love me
Like a warm biscuit on a Sunday morning
I got what you want, I’m aiming to please
I got what it takes, I sure got the means
I got what you want, sugar, honey, iced tea
All eyes on me, oh, oh, baby
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I said I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence
Ain’t no competition, babe
It’s just can you keep up with me?
I can’t do a thing about my wicked ways with gravity
Higher than the leaves, they fall from trees like D-O-double-Gs
I reside in Tennessee, but Texas still flows deep in me
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the way I walk and toss my hips)
I’m a whole lotta woman
(From the sound to my voice to the gloss on my lips)
I said I’m a whole lotta woman
(Anything I see I want, I get)
I’m a strong, badass chick with class and confidence

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Talk to Me” – Anita Baker

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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 Listen/Hear/Talk/Speak.

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Anita Baker’s 1990 album Compositions, won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards, and includes one of my favorite baker songs, Talk to Me.

The song is about the determination of men to be strong and silent, not showing emotions or sharing feelings about what they’re going through in tough times. The song is representative of the woman in a man’s life who knows he’s going through something and it’s damaging everything in his life. She simply tells him to talk to me.

FUN FACTS

    • The song was released as the lead single in support of her fourth studio album, Compositions.
    • The album peaked at #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in 1990, making it Baker’s third platinum selling album.
    • Talk to Me became a top five R&B hit, peaking at number three on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles and number four on Adult Contemporary Songs.
    • Anita Baker is regarded as one of the most popular singers of soulful romantic ballads during the height of the quiet storm period of contemporary R&B in the 1980s.
    • Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album.

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Talk to Me

by Anita Baker

Songwriters:
Oh -oh – Yes sir
Baby, baby, baby, baby
You stand all alone, on your own
Please come inside from that storm
Stand where it’s warm
I can see, you’re in need, baby, please talk to me now
Swear nothing is wrorng, you’re so strong
Baby, don’t hold this inside, relax your pride
Let it go, set it free, my baby talk to me now
What’s wrong, wrong with you
Why don’t you tell me what cha goin’ through, darling
What’s wrong, wrong with you
Why don’t you tell me
I can help if you let me, baby,
Yes, I can
I understand, here’s my hand
Why stand alone in the dark, open up your heart
Let it’s go, setit free, now my baby, talk to me now
What’s wrong, wrong with you…
What’s wrong, wrong with you…
I understand, that you’re only one man
So much you can take, baby
Yes, I understand that you’ve only got two hands
Stare into space
I see shadows of pain cross your face
You avoid my advice, you avoid my embrace, baby
Whats wrong, wrong whit you
Why dont you tell me
I wont tell a single soul, my, my, my, baby
Yeah- uh
Yeah, you gotta, I gotta, we gotta talk about it – uh
No doubt about it, uh
Let it go, ho-ho, set it free, hee, hee, hee – baby
Uh, I’d like to listen, huh, Id like to listen, ,baby, huh
Tell me everything, baby, babee – huh
I will understand, I will understand,
I promise, baby
Tell me now, tell me, huh, tell me
Oww-hey-hey, hey, hey-eee
I believe-hey-hey, baby
God almighty, baby, tell it all to me
Don’t cha hold nothin’ in , baby, don’t cha
Hold it baby

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “One Thing” – Finger Eleven

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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 Ankles/Hands/Feet/Fingers/Toes/Wrists.

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Using this week’s prompt in the group name instead of the lyrics this week, and posting a song I know very little about other than I like it!

I first heard One Thing in late 2003 when my son and his friends were listening to music and I fell in love with the slow, easy rock ballad about taking chances and risking it all… or missing out.

I listened to other songs on the CD and didn’t connect with any the way I did with One Thing, but it has been with me from mp3 players to iPods to Pandora, Amazon Music and Spotify.

Sang by Canadian rock band Finger Eleven, One Thing was released in September 2003 as the second single from their self-titled album. The song hit number five on Modern Rock Tracks and stayed on the chart for twenty-six weeks, and number two on the Adult Top 40 chart.

FUN FACTS

    • Finger Eleven first formed at Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario as “Rainbow Butt Monkeys.”
    • The group got signed by Coalition Entertainment in 1996, and changed their name to “Finger Eleven” in March, 1997. The name Finger Eleven came from a demo of their song “Thin Spirits”.
    • One Thing enjoyed exposure on TV series such as Smallville, Scrubs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Third Watch.
    • The song was used on WWE’s June 25, 2007, edition of RAW during a tribute video featuring Chris Benoit, who had been found dead along with his wife and son at their home shortly before the show started (unbeknownst to WWE, Benoit had murdered his wife and son, then killed himself).
    • The song won the 2004 MuchMusic Video Award for Best Video. The music video features black-and-white footage of the band in a surreal nocturnal environment featuring a beach with a checkered pattern shore.

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One Thing

by Finger Eleven

Songwriters: Robert Anderson / James Black
Restless tonight
Cause I wasted the light
Between both these times
I drew a really thin line
It’s nothing I planned
And not that I can
But you should be mine
Across that line
If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something?
I promise I might
Not walk on by
Maybe next time
But not this time
Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds
If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something?
Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds
Even though I know
I don’t want to know
Yeah I guess I know
I just hate how it sounds
If I traded it all
If I gave it all away for one thing
Just for one thing
If I sorted it out
If I knew all about this one thing
Wouldn’t that be something?

 

 

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

Enjoy!

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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

 

 

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