Song Lyric Sunday | “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” – Jeffrey Osborne

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Could/Might/Should/Would.

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Jeffrey Osborne has enjoyed a successful music career as lead singer of the 70s R&B Funk band, LTD, and as a solo artist.

One of his biggest solo pop hits, You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song), reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1986. On other US charts, You Should Be Mine peaked at #2 on both the Hot Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.

The Woo Woo Song is the title in parentheses because Jeffrey’s little daughter did not know the exact title. She identified the song saying “Daddy, sing ‘The Woo Woo Song’!” Jeffrey thus affectionately nicknamed the track.

FUN FACTS

    • The 17th episode of Cosby titled Valentine’s Day features Jeffrey Osborne guest starring and performing You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song).
    • You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) appears on Jeffrey’s fourth album, Emotional.
    • Jeffrey was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the youngest of twelve children, with five brothers and six sisters. Osborne’s family was musically inclined and some of his siblings went on to have music careers—his brother, Billy Osborne, was his band-mate in L.T.D. Osborne’s father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

The song’s video has a smooth, easy feel, but it screams 80s because… blunt-cut hairstyles… and shoulder pads!  😀

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You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)

Songwriters: Andy Goldmark / Bruce Robert
When you want all the love you deserve
And the heat is on your mind
Don’t you even think about it
I’ll be there just wrapped around you
I can’t hold back what I feel inside
It’s just a fact that you should be mine
Anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
You should be mine, anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Should be mine all mine
Anyway, that your heart has been denied
You can come to me, every time that we’re together
Just confirms the good thing we’ve got
And something this good can’t be defined
One thing’s for sure that you should be mine
Anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
You should be mine, anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Should be mine all mine
In the height of your worry
Where it’s running too deep for you
When it all proves too much, too much, too much
I’ll pull you through
I can’t hold back what I know inside
It’s just a fact that you should be mine
Anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
You should be mine, anything you want
You’ve got to fortify my love to fortify me
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Can you woo, woo, woo?
Should be mine all mine
You should be mine
You should be mine

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Running Back to You” – Vanessa Williams

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Around/Down/Sideways/Up.

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I added a direction – back – just so I could use this song! 😀

I’m a big Vanessa Williams fan and Running Back to You was the first single from her breakout second studio album The Comfort Zone. This uptempo song is about a woman who’s still in love with a man that takes her granted, lies all the time, and perhaps cheats. In spite of that, she’s only giving him one more chance, and if things don’t change, she’s walking out and never coming back.

The single became one of the biggest hits of her career; it topped Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for two weeks from October 5 to October 12, 1991 and reached number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100.

A colorful music video, directed by Ralph Ziman, was shot for the single.

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Running Back to You

Songwriters: Lawrence Flack / Earnest Cornell Hairston / Reginald Eugene McFadgen / Rex K Rideout / Lynn Taylor / Wendell Wylie

Song Lyric Sunday | “One of These Nights” – The Eagles

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.

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As the title track from their 1975 album of the same name, One of These Nights became the Eagles’ second single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart after Best of My Love and also helped propel the album to number one.

Lead singer Glenn Frey said the song is about putting things off. “We’ve all said, ‘One of these nights I’m gonna do something — get that girl, make that money, find that house.’ We all have our dreams – a vision we hope will come true someday. When that ‘someday’ will come is up to each of us.”

FUN FACT:

  • One of These Nights was influenced by R&B music and disco; according to Frey, he was listening to Spinners and Al Green records when he started writing the song. Frey started the writing process by composing the music, and Henley then started with the lyrics.
  • While they were recording the album in Miami, the band also shared a studio with the Bee Gees, and according to Henley, the “four-on-the-floor” bass-drum pattern is a nod to disco.
  • One of These Nights was a conscious attempt by the band to write something different from a country-rock and ballad-type song.

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One of These Nights

Song Lyric Sunday | “Can You Stand the Rain?” – New Edition

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Lean/Sit/Stand.

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As the third single from their fifth studio album, Heartbreak, New Edition’s Can You Stand the Rain? was released in December of 1988.

Written and produced by R&B dynamic duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Can You Stand the Rain is about a relationship presently going well, but the man is asking the woman if he can count on her to remain by his side, in case things should ever become stormy.

FUN FACT:

  • Despite Can You Stand The Rain? failing to reach the Hot 100 top forty, peaking instead at number 44, it became New Edition’s fourth single to top Billboard’s R&B singles chart. 
  • Can You Stand the Rain?  was sampled by New Edition themselves for their 1996 song, Home Again.
  • Can You Stand the Rain?  was covered by Boyz II Men for their 1997 album, Evolution.

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Can You Stand the Rain

Song Lyric Sunday | “Brandy” – Looking Glass

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.

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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

A barmaid in a busy seaport harbor town which serves “a hundred ships a day” is the subject of Brandy, a 1972 one-hit wonder by the group Looking Glass. Though lonely sailors flirt with her, she pines for the one who has long since left her because he claimed his life, his love, and his lady, was “the sea.”

The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts, remaining in the top position for one week. It reached number two on the former chart for four weeks, stuck behind Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again (Naturally), before reaching number one.

FUN FACT:

  • Songwriter Elliot Lurie denies the song is about Mary Ellis (1750–1828), a spinster in New Brunswick, New Jersey. According to oral tradition, Mary was seduced by a sea captain who vowed to return to marry her. He never returned and she would come to the spot where her grave now stands, each day, to look for his ship in the Raritan River in New Brunswick.
  • Barry Manilow’s 1974 Mandy was a cover of a song originally titled Brandy, released in February 1972 by Scott English; however, Manilow changed the title following the success of the Looking Glass single, so as not to get the two songs confused.
  • Following the song’s release in 1972, Brandy increased in popularity as a girl’s name in the United States. According to data from the Social Security Administration, drawn from “Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States,” Brandy was the 353rd most popular name in 1971, 140th in 1972, and, in 1973 (the first full year after the song’s popularity), 82nd.

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Brandy

Song Lyric Sunday | “One of Us” – Joan Osborne

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Truck and Bus Songs.

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A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

I was more than a little surprised to find this week’s SLS selection on the one-hit wonder list.

In her 1995 hit One of Us, Joan Osborne invites listeners to consider various aspects of belief in God and how one might relate to God, if he was, in fact, just a slob like one of us, just a stranger on the bus, tryin’ to make his way home?

One of Us reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was also a major success worldwide, topping the charts of Australia, Canada, Flemish Belgium and Sweden, reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart, and becoming a top-twenty hit in at least thirteen other counties.

FUN FACT:

  • The album version starts off with the first four lines of a recording titled The Aeroplane Ride, made on October 27, 1937, by American folklorist Alan Lomax and his wife Elizabeth for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.
  • The song received Grammy nominations in 1996 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.
  • One of Us was the theme song for the American television series Joan of Arcadia.

The video was mainly shot on Coney Island, with various attractions like roller-coasters, Ferris wheels and the New York Aquarium shown, interchanged with the vintage-looking shots in sepia and Joan singing in front of the camera.

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One of Us

Song Lyric Sunday | “Party Train” – Gap Band

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Train Songs.

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Though they retired as a group after forty-three years in 2010, brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson own a spot in music history as the Gap Band.

They 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 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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Party Train

Song Lyric Sunday | “Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie.

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Still going with the theme in the group’s name instead of the song because who doesn’t love Men Without Hats?

The Canadian group had already enjoyed success in Canada with The Safety Dance when it was released in the U.S.  in March of 1982. It became an even bigger hit in the U.S. spending four weeks at its peak position of number 3 in September and October 1983, and staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks.  It also reached number 1 on Cash Box, as well as number 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

FUN FACT:

  • One of the theme words, hats, is actually used in the song in the second verse – “And we can dress real neat, from our hats to our feet…”
  • The song was written by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for Pogo dancing. (A  dance in which the dancers jump up and down, while either remaining on the spot or moving around; the dance takes its name from its resemblance to the use of a pogo stick, especially in a common version of the dance, where an individual keeps their torso stiff, their arms rigid, and their legs close together. People sometimes got injured when pogoing, but, more often than not, pogoers who fall to the ground are helped up instead of getting trampled.

The music video is notable for its English folk revival imagery, featuring Morris dancers, Mummers, Punch and Judy and a maypole. It was filmed in the village of West Kington, in Wiltshire, England. Ivan Doroschuk is the only member of the band actually to perform in the video. Doroschuk, and others in the video, can be seen repeatedly forming an “S” sign by jerking both arms into a stiff pose, one arm in an upward curve and the other in a downward curve, apparently referring to the first letter in “safety”. The Morris dancers seen in the video were the Chippenham Town Morris Men, performing a dance called Monkton Park. The dwarf actor is Mike Edmonds, whose T-shirt in the video shows the Rhythm of Youth album cover. The identity of the young blonde woman by the name of Jenny seen dancing in the video remained unknown until 2013, when she was identified as Louise Court, a journalist who served as editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan and became a director at Hearst Magazines UK in 2015.

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The Safety Dance

Song Lyric Sunday | “No Parking on the Dance Floor” – Midnight Star

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

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Party time! 😀

Back in my clubs days…last century…this was a song that would pack the dance floor. It wasn’t time to look cute or cool when Midnight Star’s No Parking on the Dance Floor was played.  It was time to dance!

The title track from the group’s fourth and most successful album of the same name in 1983,  the song reached number 43 on the R&B chart, number 44 on the dance chart, and number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100.

FUN FACT:

  • The song has been sampled by several artists since its 1983 release, including Sugar Ray’s song from 2003, Mr. Bartender (It’s So Easy). The basic melody was sampled by the Bar-Kays in their 1984 hit Freakshow on the Dance Floor.

It’s a fun video, very 80s with lots of Jheri curls, shoulder pads, and leather!

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No Parking on the Dance Floor

Song Lyric Sunday | “Pretty Wings” – Maxwell

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing.

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His first single in seven years, neo-soul artist, Maxwell described the 2009 Pretty Wings to MTV as “a bittersweet love song about meeting the right girl at the wrong time.” Maxwell also told Billboard Magazine: “I met this girl who I still respect very much, and although it didn’t work out, I got lots of inspiration from it. This track speaks of my time with her. ”

Pretty Wings won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and was nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song in 2010.

FUN FACTS:

  • Pretty Wings reached the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it Maxwell’s first song in ten years to have done so (the last having been Fortunate in 1999). It remained at number one on that chart for fourteen consecutive weeks, which remains tied for the third-longest run at the top in the chart’s history.
  • The lyrics of the song express “pretty wings” as a metaphor; “If I can’t have you, let love set you free to fly your pretty wings around.”
  • Along with fellow musicians D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has been credited with helping to shape the “neo soul” movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s.

To date, the music video has been viewed on YouTube over 50 million times. The video takes place in a dim household and some scenes show five separate women in their beds sleeping. Maxwell served as an Incubus who is in bed with the women in their own scenes. In the final minutes of the video the women all levitate above their beds after reaching a state of euphoria by the Incubus. The final shot is Maxwell leaving one of the bedrooms of one of the five women. The music video was ranked #9 on BET’s Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

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