Song Lyric Sunday | “I Want to Take You Higher” – Sly & the Family Stone

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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 “take/taking.” 

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Unlike most of the other tracks on their 1969 album, Stand!, Sly and the Family Stone’s I Want to Take You Higher is not a message song; instead, it is simply dedicated to music and the feeling one gets from music and is a highlight of the psychedelic era in tune, instrumentation, and lyrics.

Released three months prior to the legendary music concert, Woodstock, I Want to Take You Higher was just one of the group’s stellar performances during the four-day event in the Catskill Mountains in August of 1969.

The crazy video is a live performance from the Mike Douglas Show in 1974.

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I Wan to Take You Higher

by Sly and the Family Stone

Song Lyric Sunday | “Give You My Heart” – Babyface & Toni Braxton

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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 “give/giving.” 

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Recorded by R&B singers Babyface and Toni Braxton, Give you My Heart was part of the soundtrack for the 1992 film, Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry. The collaboration was released as a single the same year, reaching #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (behind another song from the Boomerang soundtrack, Boyz II Men’s End of the Road).

The song can be found on two of Braxton’s greatest-hits albums, 2003’s Ultimate Toni Braxton and 2007’s The Essential Toni Braxton, and as a B-side on some editions of her 1993 single Another Sad Love Song.

The upscale R&B Remix version is played during the end credits of Boomerang.

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Give You My Heart

by Babyface & Toni Braxton

Song Lyric Sunday | “The Love I Lost” – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

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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 “lost.” 

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As long as I’m in the Way-back Machine, may as well stop by the 70s! 😀

The Love I Lost  by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes was originally written as a ballad by Philly soul songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The song was transformed into a disco song and released from the Black & Blue album in September 1973. Selling more than a million copies, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent 2 weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.  It also reached number 21 in the United Kingdom on the BBC Top 50 singles chart in early 1974.

This isn’t the greatest video… because video wasn’t a thing 45 years ago, but it is an original recording and the tall guy in the center is a very young Teddy Pendergrass before his Love TKO/Close the Door days.

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The Love I Lost

by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Song Lyric Sunday | “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth Wind & Fire

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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 “hide/hiding/hidden.” 

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I FINALLY get to use a song by the Kings of old school music from the 70s and 80s – Earth Wind & Fire!
Written by Skip Scarborough as You Can’t Hide Love, it was the debut single of Creative Source in 1973. Earth, Wind & Fire included it on their live album Gratitude in1975. Can’t Hide Love was released as a single in 1976 and reached #11 on the US Soul and #39 on US Pop Singles charts. Their version was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Fun Fact: The nominees for the 1977 Best Arrangement for Voices were:
  • Starland Vocal BandAfternoon Delight Lyrics
  • QuireAin’t Misbehavin’
  • Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Lyrics
  • Earth Wind & FireCan’t Hide Love Lyrics
  • Singers Unlimited I Get Along Without You Very Well

Even though Earth Wind & Fire and Queen would reign at or near the top of music charts around the world and both groups had released ground-breaking hits by 1977, it was the Starland Vocal Band who walked off with the award for Afternoon Delight. 😀

I was surprised… and bummed to find there is no decent video of Can’t Hide Love available so I went with the Vevo original recording.

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Can’t Hide Love

by Earth Wind & Fire

Song Lyric Sunday | “Can’t Smile Without You” – 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.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “smile.”

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Couldn’t miss a chance to go back to the 70s, could I? 😀

Originally recorded by The Carpenters and released on their May 1976 album, A Kind of Hush, Can’t Smile Without You was recorded by Barry Manilow in 1977 and released on his 1978 album,  Even Now. Manilow also issued the song as a single in 1978 where it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[

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Can’t Smile Without You

by Barry Manilow

Written by Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow

You know I can’t smile without you
I can’t smile without you
I can’t laugh and I can’t sing
I’m finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel sad when you’re sad
I feel glad when you’re glad
If you only knew what I’m going through
I just can’t smile without you
You came along just like a song
And brighten my day
Who would have believed that you where part of a dream
Now it all seems light years away
And now you know I can’t smile without you
I can’t smile without you
I can’t laugh and I can’t sing
I’m finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel sad when your sad
I feel glad when you’re glad
If you only knew what I’m going through
I just can’t smile
Now some people say happiness takes so very long to find
Well, I’m finding it hard leaving your love behind me
And you see I can’t smile without you
I can’t smile without you
I can’t laugh and I can’t sing
I’m finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel glad when you’re glad
I feel sad when you’re sad
If you only knew what I’m going through
I just can’t smile without you

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Can’t Let Go” – Mariah Carey

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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 “let go.”

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I’ve always been a Mariah Carey fan, more so Old Mariah than New Mariah. Old Mariah belted out amazing songs like Vision of love, Don’t Forget About Us, Fantasy, and Without You. New Mariah tries to add a hip hop element to her music… and she doesn’t have that type of voice–or at least it doesn’t work for me.  But all of her pre-2000 music and a few of her 2000-2010 songs remain in rotation on my regular playlists.

With her first five American singles reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, one of my favorite Mariah Carey songs, 1991’s  Can’t Let Go, ended the streak when it reached number two. It’s not that the song wasn’t doing well–quite the opposite–but the record company took the single off from sales before it could reach number 1, in an attempt to boost sales of EmotionsStupid record company! The song did top the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, where it became Carey’s fourth number one single; the next single Make It Happen would break that streak. Can’t Let Go ranked 20th on the 1992 Hot 100 year-end charts.

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Can’t Let Go

by Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff

[Verse 1]
There you are, holding her hand
I am lost, dying to understand
Didn’t I cherish you right?
Don’t you know you were my life?

[Chorus]
Even though I try, I can’t let go
Something in your eyes captured my soul
And every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let go

[Verse 2]
Just cast aside, you don’t even know I’m alive
You just walk on by, don’t care to see me cry
And here I am, still holding on
I can’t accept my world is gone, no, no

[Chorus]
Even though I try, I can’t let go
‘Cause something in your eyes captured my soul
And every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let go

[Bridge]
Do you even realize the sorrow I have inside
Every day of my life?
Do you know the way it feels when all you have just dies?
I try and try to deny that I need you
But still you remain on my mind

[Chorus]
Even though I try, I can’t let go
(No, I just can’t get you out of my mind)
Something in your eyes captured my soul
(I never can say goodbye)
‘Cause every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let you go
Even though I try I can’t let go
Something in your eyes captured my soul
(Of something that I need so badly)
Every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let go

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Trapped By A Thing Called Love” – Denise LaSalle

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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 “a song from an artist/singer who shares your name.”

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Ora Denise Allen is better known by her stage name, Denise LaSalle, and is legendary on the R&B circuit. She recorded and toured for over forty years, and was a big draw at yearly blues and jazz festivals around the world.

Sadly, we lost Ms. LaSalle in January of this year when she succumbed to heart problems after having a leg amputated just three months earlier. She was seventy-eight-years-old.

She left behind a huge music legacy, including many songs she wrote or co-wrote. One of those songs, Trapped By This Thing Called Love (which she co-wrote with former husband, Bill Jones), was certified gold, reaching #1 on the R&B charts. It was her only Top 40 pop hit, reaching #13 in October of 1971.

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Trapped by A Thing Called Love

by Denise LaSalle

Written by Denise LaSalle and Bill Jones

Somebody tell me, what has this man got
He makes me feel what I don’t want to feel
Somebody tell me, what has this man got
He makes me give what I don’t want to give

On solid ground, I feel myself sinking fast
I grab a hold but I don’t think it’s going to last
I’m slowly losing my ground, slowly sinking down
Trapped by this thing they call love, oh, baby

(Hooked on this thing called love)

(Hooked on this thing called love)
Somebody tell me, what has this man got
He makes me cry, Lord, I don’t want to cry
Somebody tell me, what has this man got
He makes me lie when I don’t want to lie

He calls me up and I tell ’em to say that I’m not in
Then I cry all night if he doesn’t call again
I’m slowly losing my ground, slowly sinking down
Trapped by this thing they call love, oh, baby

I’m slowly losing my ground, slowly sinking down
Trapped by this thing they call love, oh, baby

(Hooked on this thing called love …)
I’m trapped, I can’t help myself
I’m hooked on you baby, I just can’t help myself
I can never be happy loving no one else
Oh, baby
Ooh baby

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | Heart of Mine – Boz Scaggs

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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 “heart.”

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The Song Lyric Sunday-crowd know well what I mean when I say sometimes you just can’t shake a song… and Heart of Mine  is another of my longtime favorites.

After an eight-year absence from recording, the always amazing Boz Scaggs returned in 1988 with the album Other Roads. The album reached #47 on the Billboard pop album chart, while the lead single Heart of Mine was a big Adult Contemporary success, peaking at #3 on that chart. The single also reached #35 on the Billboard pop singles chart. This single was produced by Stewart Levine (who also produced Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes’ Up Where We Belong and Simply Red’s two #1 hits, Holding Back the Years and If  You Don’t Know Me By Now).

It’s not a big song or anthem. It’s quite simple actually, which I believe is part of its charm.

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Heart of Mine

by Boz Scaggs

One day you may find true love
That will last forever and ever
Till then you’ll spend
A lifetime wishing one together

You never thought she’d say goodbye
And you’ll never understand
The reasons why

Heart of mine
How will you keep from dying
Stop the reminiscing
Who is she kissing

Heart of mine
Oh, what’s the use in trying
No one can mend you now

Love plays cruel games
You can’t believe
She’s found another lover

Does she miss me?
Sometimes you just
Can’t help but wonder

No, you can’t hold
The hands of time
And you’ll always be
The one she left behind

Heart of mine
(Oh, heart of mine)
How will you keep from dying
Stop the reminiscing
Who is she kissing

Heart of mine
(Oh, heart of mine)
Oh, what’s the use in trying
No one can mend you now

And you will never
Understand the reasons why

Heart of mine
(Oh, heart of mine)
How will you keep from dying
Stop the reminiscing
Who is she kissing

Heart of mine
(Oh, heart of mine)
Oh, what’s the use in trying
No one can mend you now

(Heart of mine)
Oh, heart of mine
(Heart of mine)

Heart of mine
(Oh, heart of mine)
Heart of mine

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Coming Out of the Dark” by Gloria Estefan

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “demons/devils.”

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I interpreted this week’s theme to mean ‘dark/darkness’ and came up with another long-time favorite.

Coming Out of the Dark is the first single released after singer Gloria Estefan’s accident—an 18-wheeler rammed her tour bus, nearly causing her death—when her Get on Your Feet Tour was in progress in 1991. It is also the first song that Estefan performed publicly after recovering. The song is inspired by the near-fatal accident and also is dedicated to Emilio Estefan, Jr., Gloria’s husband.

The song is a soul ballad which includes the use of a choir. Among the voices in the choir are Gloria’s colleague, the Cuban singer Jon Secada, and the R&B singer Betty Wright (both had participated in backing vocals on Gloria’s album, Cuts Both Ways as well as Into the Light.)

The title was inspired by a phrase her husband had written on a piece of paper as a helicopter transported her for delicate surgery to repair her broken back. Gloria explained to Billboard: “My husband had been in one of the helicopters traveling from one hospital to the other. It was really dark and gray, and he was traumatized. He got this ray of light that hit him in the face, and he got the idea for Coming out of the Dark.”

Gloria was careful not to turn Into the Light into a pity party. “I hate pity,” she told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I’m very self-reliant and independent, and I’m used to that role. I don’t like people feeling sorry for me. So I wrote Coming Out of the Dark to let the people around me know how important they are to me. But that was as far as I wanted to go with the accident. I didn’t want this to become ‘the album on the accident.’

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Coming Out of the Dark

by Gloria Estefan

Written by Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., and Jon Secada

Why be afraid if I’m not alone
Though life is never easy the rest is unknown
Up to now for me it’s been hands against stone
Spent each and every moment
Searching for what to believe

Coming out of the dark, I finally see the light now
It’s shining on me
Coming out of the dark I know the love that saved me
You’re sharing with me

Starting again is part of the plan
And I’ll be so much stronger holding your hand
Step by step I’ll make it through I know I can
It may not make it easier but I have felt you
Near all the way

Coming out of the dark, i finally see the light now
And it’s shining on me ( I see the light, I see the light)
See the light
Coming out of the dark I know the love that saved me
You’re sharing with me

Forever, forever I stand on the rock of your love
Forever and ever I’ll stand on the rock
Can’t nobody stop me from watching
Forever, forever I stand on the rock of your love
Love is all it takes, no matter what we face

Coming out of the dark, (Coming out of the dark)
I see the light, I feel love shinning on me (Shining, shining)
Shining on me
Coming out of the dark I know the love that saved me
You’re sharing, you’re sharing with me, sharing with me, sharing with me

Coming out of the dark,
Making it into the light
Your love shining on me, shining on me, shining on me
Coming out of the dark,
I see the light, I see the light
Shining, shining, shining on me
Shining, shining
Coming out of the dark
I see the light now
Yes I see the light

 

Writer/s: GLORIA M. ESTEFAN, EMILIO JR. ESTEFAN, JON SECADA
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Foreign Imported Productions & Publishing

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” by Charley Pride

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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 “angel.”

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Everybody and their brother has covered this song, but Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ is a song written by Ben Peters, and recorded by American country music artist Charley Pride. It was released in October 1971 as the first single from the album Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs. The song has since become one of his signature tunes and was his eighth song to reach number one on the country charts. Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ was also Charley Pride’s first single to reach the pop charts, peaking at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100, and also went into the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary charts. It also reached #19 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100. The song spent four months on the pop chart, longer than any of his other hits. Billboard ranked it as the No. 74 song for 1972.

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Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’

by Charley Pride

Written by Ben Peters

Whenever I chance to meet
Some old friends on the street
They wonder how does a man get to be this way
I’ve always got a smiling face
Anytime and any place
And everytime they ask me why
I just smile and say

You’ve got to
Kiss an angel good morning
And let her know you think about her when you’re gone
Kiss an angel good morning
And love her like the devil when you get back home

Well people may try to guess
The secret of a happiness
But some of them never learn it’s a simple thing

The secret i’m speaking of
Is a woman and a man in love
And the answer is in this song
That i always sing

You’ve got to
Kiss an angel good morning
And let you know you think about her when you’re gone
Kiss an angel good morning
And love her like the devil when you get back home

Kiss an angel good morning
And let you know you think about her when you’re gone
Kiss an angel good morning
And love her like the devil when you get back home

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