Song Lyric Sunday | “Ben” – Michael Jackson

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/ Rooster/Dog/Pig.”

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This SLS pick doesn’t contain any of this week’s theme words, but it’s about a rat!

Sung by a teenage Michael Jackson, Ben was the theme song of the 1972 movie of the same name, which was the sequel to another killer rat movie, Willard.

Fun Facts:

  • Ben was Michael Jackson’s first solo U.S. #1 song.
  • Ben spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1972.
  • Ben won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973.
  • Originally written for Donny Osmond, Ben was offered to Jackson as Osmond was on tour at the time and unavailable for recording.

The video is of Jackson performing the song at the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973.

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Ben

Song Lyric Sunday | “Where Do We Go From Here” – Vanessa Williams

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Who/What/When/Where/Why/How.”

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Though it’s billed as the official theme for the 1996 film, Eraser, Where Do We Go From Here does not appear on the soundtrack album.

Recorded by Vanessa Williams, who costarred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller, the Top 5 Hot  Adult Contemporary Tracks hit appears on Williams’ 1998 greatest hits album Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years… and several of my playlists!

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Where Do We Go From Here

Song Lyric Sunday | “You Win Again” – Bee Gees

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win.”

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Left to my own devices too long and I will sneak in a Bee Gees song. Count on it!  😀

Barry Gibb wrote the melody while brother Maurice conceived the drum sounds (in his garage) that open the track for 1987’s You Win Again.

Maurice Gibb explained You Win Again in a May 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:

“When we get together and write, it’s not like three individuals ― it’s like one person in the room. Usually, we have a book of titles and we just pick one. I loved ‘You Win Again’ as a title, but we had no idea how it might turn out as a song. It ended up as a big demo in my garage, and I recorded stomps and things. There was just one drum on there. The rest was just sounds. Then, everybody tried to talk us out of the stomps at the start. They didn’t want it. ‘Take it off. Too loud! Can we have them not on the intro, just when the music starts?’ All this stuff, but as soon as you hear that ‘jabba-doomba, jabba-doomba’ on the radio, you know it’s us. It’s a signal. So, that’s one little secret ― give people an automatic identification of who it is.

Fun Facts:

    • You Win Again was a No. 1 single in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway, as well as making the top 10 in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. It also topped the Eurochart for four weeks. When the song reached No. 1 on 17 October 1987 in the UK, it made the Bee Gees the first group to score a UK No. 1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
    • You Win Again was less successful in the US however, only reaching No. 75 in the Billboard Hot 100, as many American DJs were still reluctant to play any Bee Gees music due to the disco backlash of the early 1980s. They finally overcame that problem in 1989 with the hit single One.

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You Win Again

Song Lyric Sunday | “You’re Gonna Miss This” – Trace Adkins

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Dad/Father/Barbecue.”

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One of my favorite country songs has a “daddy-feel” to it, thanks to its performer, Trace Adkins. You’re Gonna Miss This was released in January 2008 as the second and final single from Adkins’ album American Man: Greatest Hits Volume and became his fastest-climbing single to date, his third Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #19 on the Pop 100 charts.

Ashley Gorley, one of the song’s writers, came up with the central idea for You’re Gonna Miss This one day while a repairman was working on his house. His two children (ages two and four at the time; he has since had a third) were running around the house and stealing the repairman’s tools; after Gorley apologized, the repairman replied, “Don’t worry about it — I’ve got two babies, too.” Gorley, after determining that the incident with the repairman might work as a song idea, recalled it to Lee Thomas Miller, who then suggested the title You’re Gonna Miss This.

Adkins then decided to record it after hearing it; being the father of five daughters, its message resonated with him.

Fun Facts:

    • Gorley and Miller worked backward from the bridge, changing the song’s scenario several times until they finally settled on having the song focus on a female central character.
    • The song’s music video was filmed in Adkins’s hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana and contains a variety of Americana scenes framed around the singer traveling about in a pickup truck.

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You’re Gonna Miss This

Song Lyric Sunday | “Into the Night” – Benny Mardones

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion.”

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Its lusty, rebellious vibe has made Into the Night a favorite for decades, but I still get creeped out sometimes by the pervy feel with the opening line, “She’s just 16 years old, leave her alone, they said.”   Mardones said the 16-year-old girl he’s singing about was named Heidi, and she lived in his apartment in Spanish Harlem. Their relationship was purely platonic, however, as Benny looked after Heidi and her family after her father left. Benny would pay her $50 a week to walk his basset hound, Zanky.

Fun Facts:

    • When this song became a hit, Benny Mardones suddenly found himself with a great deal of money and fame, which he didn’t handle very well. He developed a cocaine addiction and got in the habit of drinking a bottle of whiskey every night. He recorded the album Too Much To Lose the next year, but when it came time to tour and promote it, he was in Miami, wasted out of his mind. His momentum was stopped cold and his record company, Polydor, lost interest.
    • Mardones originally released Into the Night in June 1980. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in September 1980, logging 20 weeks on the chart before falling off in late October. Mardones was unable to duplicate the success of Into the Night and is considered a one-hit wonder.
    •  In 1989, a “Where Are They Now?” Arizona radio segment spurred L.A. DJ Scott Shannon to add the song to his playlist, ultimately rocketing the song back onto the national charts, on May 6, 1989. Mardones’ recording peaked this time at No. 20 the first week in July, adding 17 weeks to its previous run of 20, to add up to a total of 37 (nonconsecutive) weeks.

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Into the Night

Song Lyric Sunday | “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Kem

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Avenue/Boulevard/Drive/Lane/Road/Street.”

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I had a song already chosen for this week’s theme, but forgive me if I step away from that.

I lost my husband unexpectedly Thursday morning. While he’d suffered from ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) and was a dialysis patient for several years, we’d always managed… until his body’d had enough.

This song is for Dennis, my husband and my heart for the last 35 years.

Dennis

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I Can’t Stop Loving You

Song Lyric Sunday | “Rapper’s Delight” – Sugarhill Gang

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell.”

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When you hear the opening lines of “I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie, to the hip hip hop and you don’t stop…” you don’t have to be a Boomer or old head to recognize  Rapper’s Delight, the first commercially successful hip-hop single. It is, and will continue to be, one of the most influential songs in hip-hop. Its beat, which samples the bass from Chic’s Good Times, has been sampled countless times, and many of the song’s phrases have become ingrained in hip-hop culture.

Rapper’s Delight would have been the first rap record to be certified gold (more than 500,000 copies sold), but label head Joe Robinson wouldn’t pay for an RIAA membership; instead he made his own plaques and gave them to artists. Dan Charnas quotes him in his book, The Big Payback:

Why should I pay two percent of my gross profits just to send an accountant to look at my books?

Though not the first rap gold record, it is reported to be the best-selling 12-inch single of all-time by Hip Hop journalist Jeff Chang in his book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.

FUN FACTS

  • Grandmaster Caz, who wrote many of Big Bank Hank’s rhymes didn’t get a dime (or any type of credit) for the song’s success at the time.
  • Rapper’s Delight peaked at number 36 in January 1980 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 4 on the U.S. Hot Soul Singles chart in December 1979, number 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart in January 1980, number 1 on the Dutch Top 40, and number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • The Sugar Hill Gang appeared on the syndicated Soap Factory Disco Show in late 1979, and their performance later became the song’s official music video. The group’s performance on the Palisades Park-based program demonstrates the significant overlap between early hip hop and disco of the late 1970s.

I was still in my teens when Rapper’s Delight topped charts and was the go-to dance favorite in the clubs and at every house party. Each generation does its own thing and rap/hip hop have changed, but as this cut celebrates it fortieth anniversary this year, it’s still a “party ova’ here” whenever it’s played.

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Rapper’s Delight

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Midnight Train to Georgia” – Gladys Knight & the Pips

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal.”

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Midnight Train to Georgia was written and originally recorded by Jim Weatherly, who had a solo hit in 1974 with The Need To Be.

Weatherly explained the origin of this song in an interview with Gary James: “The song actually came about after a phone call I had with Farrah Fawcett. Lee Majors was a friend of mine. We’d played in the Flag Football League together in L.A. He had just started dating Farrah. One day I called Lee and Farrah answered the phone. We were just talking and she said she was packing. She was gonna take the midnight plane to Houston to visit her folks. So, it just stayed with me.

After I got off the phone, I sat down and wrote the song probably in about 30 to 45 minutes. Something like that. Didn’t take me long at all, ’cause I actually used Farrah and Lee as kind of like characters I guess. A girl that comes to L.A. to make it and doesn’t make it and leaves to go back home. The guy goes back with her. Pretty simple little story, but it felt real to me. It felt honest to me. I played it for them and they loved it. I cut it on my first album as ‘Midnight Plane To Houston.’ And then later on, maybe a year or six months later, a guy in Atlanta wanted to cut the song on Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother. They called and said they would like a more R&B sounding title and asked if we would mind if they changed the title to ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ [so that “Houston” wouldn’t appear in both the title and artist name]. We said ‘change anything but the writer and publisher.’ So, he cut the song on Cissy Houston and it was a nice little cross between an R&B and country record. It got on the R&B charts.

That’s the version that Gladys heard. Some of the background vocals you hear on Glady’s records were first on Cissy Houston’s record. It wasn’t as much, but just some of the feel of the background vocals. And of course Gladys’ record was more of a groove-oriented thing. It wasn’t as slow. It just became a monster record.”

 

FUN FACTS

  • Midnight Train To Georgia was not only a #1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B, but also a #10 on the UK Singles chart. It garnered the group the 1974 Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance” and was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It is considered Gladys Knight’s signature song.
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips recorded Weatherly’s Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) in 1973 and released it as a kiss-off record as their contract to Motown Recording Company (Soul Record) was expiring. Neither One of Us was their biggest Motown/Soul hit, reaching #2 as the group signed with Buddha Records. When they decided to record an album consisting of only Jim Weatherly songs (Imagination), his publisher sent a copy of the song to Knight. This was the second single from the album, after Where Peaceful Waters Flow. It became the group’s biggest hit. The third and fourth singles off the album didn’t do too badly either – I’ve Got to Use My Imagination peaked at #4 in the US, Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me #3.
  • You might ask what, exactly, a “pip” is besides Knight’s backing singers. Well, a ‘pip’ is casino/gaming jargon for the spots on a die or domino. So when you’re at a craps table and you roll a “hard 8” on the dice, that means that there’s four pips showing on the face of each die, as opposed to an “easy 8” which would be the statistically more common 2-6 or 3-5 combinations of pips.

 

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Midnight Train to Georgia

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Dance with My Father Again” – Luther Vandross

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Mom/Mother/Flowers”

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Dance with My Father Again was Luther Vandross’ last Top 40 single but it was one of his most critically acclaimed songs winning Song of the Year and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards.

Vandross was unable to promote the single, suffering a stroke a month before its release.

The song is about Vandross’ recollections of cherished times with his father, Luther, Sr., who died of complications from diabetes when Vandross was seven.

However, I chose Dance with My Father Again for this week’s theme because as much as those times with his father meant to young Luther, the song turns into a child’s plea for his mother when he sings. “… but could you send her the only man she loved; I know you don’t do it usually, but Dear Lord, she’s dying to dance with my father again.”

Gets me every time.

FUN FACTS

  • Although he and Richard Marx had collaborated on songs before, Vandross asked Marx to work on Dance with My Father Again because Richard had also lost his father (in 1997), and Vandross knew he could understand the feeling he was trying to convey.
  • Luther’s mom, Mary Ida, loved the song and said, “I was amazed at how well Luther remembered his father, how we used to dance and sing in the house. I was so surprised that at 7 1/2 years of age, he could remember what a happy household we had.”
  • While Vandross was hospitalized, a music video was shot for the single featuring musicians, singers, actors and sport stars with their fathers. The video features childhood snapshots of Vandross. However, near the end of the video there is a shot of Luther with his beloved mother. (Luther died in 2005 and his mom passed away in 2008.)

 

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Dance with My Father Again

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Song Lyric Sunday | “How Can I Ease the Pain” – Lisa Fischer

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Hurt/Pain/Agony/Suffer.”

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I used this song on my Nesie’s Place blog in August of last year for the theme fear. However, it struck me as even more in-line with this week’s theme.

The name Lisa Fischer may not be familiar to most but her voice has been a part of popular music for close to forty years.

Lisa was a session and back-up singer for music greats like Roberta Flack, Melba Moore, Teddy Pendergrass, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Nine Inch Nails, and Sting. She sang back-up for Luther Vandross from 1983 until his death in 2005, and during the same period, Lisa toured internationally with The Rolling Stones (1989-2015).

It was during this time, Lisa released her only solo album, So Intense, which produced the 1991 chart-topping single, How Can I Ease the Pain.

Produced by Narada Michael Walden and Louis Biancaniello, the song spent two weeks at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. In 1992, How Can I Ease the Pain won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female and the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Fischer continues to tour and perform in pop, jazz and classical music, and along with her trio band, Grand Baton, partnered with The Seattle Symphony for a new musical program entitled Just A Kiss Away in February 2018 in which rock music anthems such as The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter were recreated orchestrally.

How Can I Ease the Pain is about falling in love with a player and user and she doesn’t only fear that he’ll never stop coming around, she fears herself for not being able to turn him away.

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How Can I Ease the Pain

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