Song Lyric Sunday | “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” – Jan and Dean

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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 host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Home Town or City where you were born, or where lived in, or some place that you relate to.

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Pasadena, California will always be a special place to me because it’s where my late husband and I married and lived for almost twenty years. All three of our children were born in Huntington Memorial Hospital and attended schools in the Pasadena Unified School District.

The city is home to the world famous Rose Bowl Stadium and hosts the Tournament of Roses Parade every January 1st. My father-in-law had a camper and would rent a spot along the parade route. He, my husband and the kids would spend the night–along with hundreds of thousands of other people–on Colorado Blvd and wake to a front row parade seat. My mother-in-law would join them in the morning. I watched the parade on television because cramming 1.5 million people into a narrow five and a half miles was not–and still isn’t–my idea of a good time. I could hear the marching bands from my living room. That was festive enough for me! 😀

As much as I loved southern California, I hated driving there… but you cannot live there without driving! I worked in the next city over – Glendale – and family, friends, and favorite spots of recreation were scattered from Canyon Country to Venice Beach, so I was well acquainted with the freeways, or as I used to call them… parking lots! 😀

You don’t have to drive far on so-Cal freeways to encounter just about every type of driver–rude, selfish, distracted, slow, and just plain dumb.

And then there are the speeders, who are not always what you expect.

Driving in the northeast Los Angeles County area, particularly in aging communities like Glendale, Altadena, and Pasadena, odds were good that you’d be rear-ended at least once, only to turn around and see this Buick Roadmaster smashed into your back end and a wrinkled little dear in a color-coordinated skirt-suit gingerly disembarking and muttering, “This is my husband’s car, see. My foot could barely reach the brake pedal.” Oh, and every year a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade gets held up by a granny who couldn’t read the detour signs and just blunders right into a marching band. Fun times.

That’s the moment which Jan and Dean chose to parody with The Little Old Lady from Pasadena in 1964, right at the tail end of the time when doo-wop surf music was on its way out. It’s just as well; Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys tended to be blended together so much that nobody could tell one from the other. Today, all surf-era music is made by the Beach Boys as far as the public mind is concerned, and bands like The Sunrays, The Rivieras, and Jan and Dean are forever consigned to their shadow, even though Jan and Dean predate the Beach Boys and the same guy (Roger Christian) wrote many songs for both.

The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964 and number one on Canada’s RPM chart.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • One parade I never missed was the popular Doo Dah Parade, an annual event satirizing the Rose Parade which originated in Old Pasadena in 1978. It was held a month before Christmas and attracted local residents for a day of fun with lots of local vendors setup for business. Most years, we sat right on the curb just to get hit with shaving cream and tortillas. (You had to be there!) However the event gained national notoriety (think Synchronized Briefcase Drill Team) and has been held in January and May, and in other nearby cities.
  • Pasadena is also home to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (managed for NASA by Caltech) has a  Pasadena mailing address but is actually located in nearby LaCanada-Flintridge.
  • In addition to the annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game and a College Football Playoff semi-final game every three years, the Rose Bowl, a national historic landmark, is the home field for the UCLA Bruins football team, has hosted five Super Bowls and many BCS National Championship games including soccer games during the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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Little Old Lady from Pasadena

It’s the little old lady from Pasadena
The little old lady from Pasadena
(Go, Granny, go, Granny, go Granny go)
Has a pretty little flower bed of white gardenias
(Go, Granny, go, Granny, go Granny go)
But parked in a rickety old garage
Is a brand new, shiny red Super Stock Dodge
And everybody’s sayin’ that there’s nobody meaner
Than the little old lady from Pasadena
(She drives real fast and she drives real hard)
She’s the terror of Colorado Boulevard
It’s the little old lady from Pasadena
If you see her on the street don’t try to choose her
(Go, Granny, go, Granny, go Granny go)
You might drive a goer but you’ll never lose her
(Go, Granny, go, Granny, go Granny go)
Well, she’s gonna get a ticket now sooner or later
‘Cause she can’t keep her foot off the accelerator
And everybody’s sayin’ that there’s nobody meaner
Than the little old lady from Pasadena
(She drives real fast and she drives real hard)
She’s the terror of Colorado Boulevard
The guys come to race her for miles around
But she’ll give ’em a length and then she’ll shut ’em down
And everybody’s sayin’ that there’s nobody meaner
Than the little old lady from Pasadena
(She drives real fast and she drives real hard)
She’s the terror of Colorado Boulevard
Go, Granny, go, Granny, go Granny go *REPEAT 6 TIMES
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Mama’s Pearl” – Jackson 5

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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 host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Diamond/Emerald/Jade/Pearl/Ruby/Sapphire.

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One of six consecutive top 5 singles for the legendary Motown group, Jackson 5, Mama’s Pearl went to number two for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

On the R&B soul singles chart, the song likewise peaked at number two. Overseas, Mama’s Pearl peaked at #25 in the UK.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Mama’s Pearl was originally called Guess Who’s Making Whoopie (With Your Girlfriend).
  • The co-writers of Mama’s Pearl included Motown head, Berry Gordy, Jr. The songwriting team was dubbed The Corporation, and helped the group score four consecutive #1 singles.
  • Two of the Jackson 5’s recordings (ABC and I Want You Back) are among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and, alongside I’ll Be There, were also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Mama’s Pearl

You send cold chills
Up and down my spine
We kiss for thrills
Then you draw the line
Oh baby
‘Cause your mama told you
That love ain’t right
But don’t you know
Good lovin’ is the spice of life Yeah
Mama’s pearl, let down those curls
Won’t you give my love a whirl
Find what you been missin’
Ooh, ooh, now baby
Goody girl, let down those curls
Let me give your heart a twirl
Don’t keep me wishing
You want my lovin’ yes you do, do, do
You know my lovin’ is true, true, true
Now baby
But your conscience tells you
That love is wrong
But just a little lovin’ never hurt no one, oh
Mama’s pearl, let down those curls
Won’t you give my love a whirl
Find what you been missin’
Ooh, ooh, now baby
Goody girl, let down those curls
Let me give your heart a twirl
Don’t keep me wishing
Let all it hang (Girl, don’t be afraid)
(Oh, we’ve got the first step made)
(Ooh, the rest is up to you)
(Here is what to do)
(Let yourself go)
Let yourself just oh now, now no
Let your lovin’ go now, now
Just give it to me
(‘Cause I got what you need)
I got what you need
Let’s fall in love, let’s fall in love
Find out what you’re missin’
Goody girl lay down your curls
Let me give your heart a twirl
Why don’t you give my love a whirl (Girl, don’t be afraid)
(Oh, we’ve got the first step made)
(Ooh, just give it, just give it to me)
(‘Cause I got what you need)
Got what you need
(Let’s fall in love, let’s fall in love)
(Let’s yourself go)
Let yourself just oh now, now no
Let your lovin’ go now, now
Just give it to me
(‘Cause I got what you need)
Oh, mama’s pearl
(Girl, don’t be afraid)
(Let’s fall in love, let’s fall in love)
(Daddy’s girl we’ve got it made)
I know what you been missin’, sugar!
Goody, goody, goody girl, ooh
mama’s pearl (Girl, don’t be afraid)
(Let’s fall in love, let’s fall in love)
(Daddy’s girl we’ve got it made)
(Girl, don’t be afraid)
(Oh, we’ve got the first step made)
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Bad Boy/Having a Party” – Luther Vandross

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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 host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Birthday/Cake/Gift/Party/Surprise.

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Released in September of 1982, Luther Vandross’ sophomore album, Forever, for Always, for Love, was his second album to chart in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and his second album to top the R&B Albums chart where it spent three weeks.

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and earned Vandross his third nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, but Marvin Gaye won for his song, Sexual Healing.

The first release from the album, Bad Boy /Having a Party, became a top five R&B hit which peaked to number-three on the Hot R&B Singles chart, and reached #55 on the Billboard Hot 100… and it became a party anthem that can still be heard at class reunions, wedding receptions, family reunions, Christmas parties and cookouts almost forty years later!

The song is about a teenage boy, grounded for staying out too late, who decides to sneak out of his home to attend the party of the year.

FUN FACTS:

  • The bridge samples the chorus from the Sam Cooke song Having a Party, but with new lyrics added to the end (“you can’t go”).
  • The song was featured during the opening credits of the 1990 film House Party.
  • Before he began a successful solo career, Vandross sang backing vocals for many top artists including Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Ben E. King, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer, and for the bands Mandrill, Chic and Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.

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Bad Boy / Having a Party

he bad boy’s swingin’ (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
Oh Yeah (Do doobie, doobie, de, de)
Well alright, (Do doobie, doobie, de, de) oh yeah
(Yeah) Well alright, (Whoa, ey)
oh yeah (bad boy’s swingin’) (Do doobie, dwiddle, de, de)
Well alright, (Dwiddle, de, Dwiddle, de, Dwiddle, de)
oh yeah (Do, do, do, de, do, yeah)
Roll back the rug everybody, move all the tables and chairs
We’re gonna have us a good time tonight
Every time that we meet, we skip and we dip to the beat, yeah
What in the world could be better than getting together again
The last time we had a party, it ended when the sun came up
That’s why your mama told you that you couldn’t go out (stay in the house)
, Bad boy, gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window
Cause he sure wants to go out and dance
Everyone’s here, let ’em all in (oh yeah),
the chandelier down stairs has fallen (Well alright)
I know its hard to resist, this is the party no one wanted to miss
If you don’t get home on the double (oh Yeah),
You’re going to be in trouble (Well alright)
I hope your mama don’t look in your room
Cause if she does she’ll be here soon
She’s gonna be mad, you?re a bad boy (boy)
You got in trouble
(boy),
Say goodbye to your friends
’cause it’s gonna be a while til you see them again
Oh, Bad boy, gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window
Cause he sure wants to go out and dance
(ooo yeah)
Everybody swingin’ (the bad boy’s swingin), dancing to the music
On the radio-o-o
Havin’ a party, everybody swingin’ (he’s a bad boy swingin)
Dancin’ to the music on the radio-o-no-no-no (you can’t go)
Bad boy, (oooh, bad boy) he’s gotta sneak out tonight, gonna sneak out her window
Cause he sure wants to go out and dance
Everybody swingin’ (the bad boy’s swingin), dancing to the music
On the radio-o-o
Havin’ a party, everybody swingin’ (he’s a bad boy swingin)
Dancin’ to the music on the radio-o-no-no-no (you can’t go)
Ooh (ooh bad boy) he’s gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window,
d-d-d-dip out her window,
diddle, diddle, de
dippity, dippity, de, de, de,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, o-o-oh, oh yeah
Bad Boy (oh bad boy) he’s gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window,
d-d-d-dip out her window,
diddle, diddle, de
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Kiss Me in the Rain” – Barbra Streisand

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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 host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Touch/Feel.

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While we’re much maligned these days by younger generations, I love being a boomer. We’ve seen and experienced more than any generation in modern times, and no other generation will probably ever get the opportunities we’ve had.

Technically, baby boomers were born from 1946 through 1964 and came of age from 1964 through 1982. We can remember when there were no microwaves, cellphones, or Internet.  Our first televisions were boxy with a picture tube and broadcast in black white.  Seat belts weren’t standard in automobiles… but ashtrays in the back seat were.

In my opinion, we also had the best music. From post-war quartets to high energy disco, some of the best songs and biggest artists happened during the boomer’s heydays.

And we listened to our music in more ways than any other generation. We had vinyl in 78, 33, or 45 speeds, reel-to-reel tape, 8-track tape, AM radio, cassette tape, CD, MP3, and now we stream from our phones and tablets. I haven’t met a boomer yet who hasn’t mentioned their favorite songs from back-in-the-day AND how they listened to it. A former coworker could never mention her beloved Beach Boys without including a mention for the stacks of 45s and her pink record player. An old neighbor loved Saturday nights in the park… with Motown hits on 8-track.

I was a typical preteen/teen girl, accumulating 45s as fast as I could. Somewhere in my mid teens, I switched to buying albums only, regardless of song or artist and amassed quite a collection. However, with going away to school and moving around the country, moving my albums with me was becoming work. I switched to audio cassettes, but can still remember the last three vinyl albums I bought; Funkadelic’s One Nation Under a Groove, Heatwave’s Central Heating, and Barbra Streisand’s Wet.

I can’t remember the song that hooked me on Barbra Streisand, but I do know I was in grade school. I was mesmerized by her big voice and ability to hold a note!

Wet was her twenty-first studio album, and probably best remembered for the #1 duet with disco queen, Donna Summer, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough). I loved that song but my favorite cut on the album has always been Kiss Me in the Rain.

In the song, the singer has reached a point in life where because of disappointment or simple ennui, they long for the innocence and feelings of their youth. It’s a really beautiful song I fell in love with while still in my teens and all these years later, it still feels timeless.

FUN FACTS:

  • While it didn’t receive a wide release, Wet was an Adult Contemporary Top Ten hit.
  • Wet is a concept album of sorts with all the songs referring to, or expressing different interpretations of, water. Wet is also the first and the last word sung on the album.
  • The studio musicians on Wet was a melting pot of amazing talent like  Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro from the rock band, Toto, Grammy winner Larry Carlton, super music producer and composer David Foster, composer Lalo Schifrin, best known for the original theme from Mission Impossible, and composer Marvin Hamlisch, one of only fifteen people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. This collection of all four is referred to as an “EGOT”. He is one of only two people (along with composer Richard Rodgers) to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (“PEGOT”).

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Kiss Me in the Rain

I remember sitting on the front steps
Feeling the softness of a warm summer rain
I see the reflections of my mind
All the sadness all the pain
Visions of yesterday,
How fast they slip away
And though my dreams have come and gone
With one wish I can say,
Kiss me in the rain, and make me feel like a child again
Bring back all those memories
Kiss me in the rain, and make me feel like a child again
With the feeling that I get,
I don’t even mind if we get wet
And if I drift outside myself
Please don’t turn away
I’m searching for the innocence
I’ve lost along the way
Come join me in my fantasy
Step out of space and time
There’s only one thing left to do
So if you wouldn’t mind,
Kiss me in the rain, and make me feel like a child again
Bring back all those memories
Kiss me in the rain, and make me feel like a child again
With the feeling that I get,
I don’t even mind if I get wet
Kiss me in the rain, and make me feel like a child again
Bring back all those memories
Kiss me in the rain, and make me feel like a child again
With the feeling that I get,
I don’t even mind if I get wet
Come on kiss me in the rain
Oh, won’t you kiss me in the rain
With the feeling that I get
I don’t even mind if I get wet
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Here and Now” – Luther Vandross

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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 host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Promise/Oath/Vow.

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From his compilation album The Best of Luther Vandross… The Best of Love,  Here and Now became Luther Vandross’ fifth single to peak at No. 1 on the Hot Black Singles, and his first single to chart in the top ten on Billboard Hot 100, at No. 6. Here and Now also earned Vandross his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1991.

Almost thirty years later, the hit single is still a favorite selection at weddings and anniversaries because of the singer’s promise to love faithfully and vow to be one with thee.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Vandross performed the song on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and in the two-part “Do Not Pass Go” (season 5) of 227, where he performed during Rose and Warren’s wedding ceremony in early 1990.
  • The Best of Luther Vandross… The Best of Love is the first compilation album by Vandross, released on October 4, 1989.
  • During his career, Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide, and received eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different times. He won a total of four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for a song recorded not long before his death, Dance with My Father.

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Here and Now

One look in your eyes and there I see
Just what you mean to me
Here in my heart I believe
Your love is all I’ll ever need
Holdin’ you close through the night
I need you, yeah
I look in your eyes and there I see
What happiness really means
The love that we share makes life so sweet
Together we’ll always be
This pledge of love feels so right
And, ooh, I need you
Here and now
I promise to love faithfully (Faithfully)
You’re all I need
Here and now
I vow to be one with thee (You and me), hey
Your love is all (I need) I need
Say, yeah, yeah
When I look in your eyes, there I’ll see
All that a love should really be
And I need you more and more each day
Nothin’ can take your love away
More than I dare to dream
I need you
Here and now
I promise to love faithfully (Faithfully)
You’re all I need
Here and now
I vow to be one with thee (You and me), yeah
Your love is all I need
Ooh, and I’m starting now
I believe (I believe in love), I believe
(Starting here) I’m starting right here
(Starting now) Right now because I believe in your love
So I’m glad to take the vow
Here and now, oh
I promise to love faithfully (Faithfully)
You’re all I need
Here and now, yeah
I vow to be one with thee (You and me), yeah
Your love is all I need
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele

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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 host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Give/Get/Take/Receive/Send.

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From her third studio album, 25, Send My Love (To Your New Lover) is an uptempo, rhythmic song, Adele describes as a “happy you’re gone” song dedicated to an ex-boyfriend. It was a collaboration by Adele, Max Martin and Shellback.

The song reached #1 on the Pop, Adult Pop, and Adult Contemporary charts and Billboard ranked Send My Love (To Your New Lover) at number 26 on their 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016 list.

Pretty sure I used this a couple of years ago, but it’s Adele! Sue me! 😀 😀 😀

FUN FACTS:

  • Adele plays guitar and provides background vocals on the song track.
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) was originally intended to be the first release from 25 before Hello was chosen instead.
  • The track was recorded at two studios; MXM Studios in Stockholm and Eastcote Studios in London.
  • At the last minute, Adele changed the title of the song from We Ain’t Kids No More to Send My Love (To Your New Lover).
  • The track is a reworked skeleton of a song Adele wrote when she was thirteen years old after being inspired by the release of Frank (2003) by Amy Winehouse.

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Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

[Intro]
Just the guitar?
Okay, cool

[Verse 1]
This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm, told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I’d be your last love, everlasting, you and me
Mmm, that was what you told me

[Pre-Chorus]
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

[Verse 2]
I was too strong, you were trembling
You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm, baby, I’m still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn’t keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm, there’s only one way down

[Pre-Chorus]
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

[Bridge]
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
If you’re ready, I am ready
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
We both know we ain’t kids no more
No, we ain’t kids no more

[Pre-Chorus]
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

[Chorus]
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

[Outro]
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
(Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, are you ready?
(Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
(Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, are you ready?
(Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Come and Follow Me” – “Short Circuit” Soundtrack

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Come/Go/Leave/Stay.

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Easy song selection choice for this week’s prompt… but we have to get in the Wayback Machine and travel back to 1986.

Written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, Short Circuit was a comic science film directed by John Badham. The film’s plot centers upon an experimental military robot that is struck by lightning and gains a human-like intelligence, with which it embarks to explore. Short Circuit starred Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg, but the real star was Johnny 5 (Number 5), the “living robot.”

The film was cute, but it wasn’t a blockbuster. However, it was a favorite of my late husband and me, and we couldn’t wait to grab a copy when the movie was released on VHS. (Remember, I said it was 1986! 😀 )

No soundtrack was forthcoming at the time because there really weren’t any memorable songs… except for the song that played over the end credits.

Come and Follow Me was sang by Max Carl and Marcy Levy–two artists we’d never heard of… or since–but we fell in love with the lyrics and music and it sort of became our theme song, especially on family outings with our children. My husband warbling the song at the top of his lungs was something to behold… and hear! 😀 😀 😀  I really miss his silliness.

The video is Come and Follow Me played over montages from the movie.

FUN FACTS

  • Although no soundtrack album was released at the time, El DeBarge had a chart hit with the single Who’s Johnny (Theme from Short Circuit).
  • The sequence in the film depicting Number 5 watching the movie Saturday Night Fever (and imitating John Travolta’s dance moves) is an in-joke: Saturday Night Fever and Short Circuit were both directed by John Badham.
  • During Stephanie’s impromptu news interview, director John Badham makes a cameo appearance as the news cameraman.
  • Number 5 was the most expensive part of the film, requiring several different versions to be made for different sequences. Almost everything else in the film was relatively inexpensive, allowing them to allocate as much money as they needed for the robot character. Number 5 was designed by Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” famous for his work on Blade Runner and Tron.

Enjoy!

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Come and Follow Me

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Song Lyric Sunday | “So Into You” & “Move You” – Tamia, Kelly Clarkson

Song Lyric Sunday_new

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “I/Me/Them/Us/You/We.

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I found over three dozen songs in my playlists that included the word you. I narrowed it down to ten, then two, based on song rotations… and I still couldn’t decide.

So you get both! 😀

So Into You, performed by Canadian R&B singer Tamia, was released as the third single from her self-titled debut album on June 23, 1998. The song became an R&B hit, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Soul rock power ballad, Move You, is from Kelly Clarkson eighth studio album, Meaning of Life. It was released as a promotional single only in September of 2017. While I love the entire album, Move You, IMHO, is the best track and should have had a wide release.

FUN FACTS

  • The music video for So Into You was created by Harvey White and premiered on American TV in June 1998. It reached the top ten on BET’s video countdown and received a Directorial Debut of the Year nomination at the MVPA Awards.
  • The concept of the video was based on Tamia and Grant Hill (her future husband) having to be in a sort of long distance relationship at the beginning due to his travel. (They married in 1999.)
  • In 2003, amid the recording of her third album More, doctors at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina diagnosed Tamia with multiple sclerosis. The singer went into subsequent treatment, using corticosteroids to help delay the onset of more severe symptoms. Diagnosed early, the illness has since been in remission though she has occasional but controllable symptoms.
  • Kelly Clarkson premiered Move You live on The Today Show on September 8, 2017, followed by a reprise on the television special EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live the same evening.

Enjoy!

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So Into You

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Oh Honey” – Delegation

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Babe/Cutie/Doll/Honey/Sweetie.

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I’ve chosen another smooth groove R&B oldie that has remained on my playlists in one form or another since my teen years.

Oh Honey was a Top Ten hit for Delegation in 1978. The song about a man’s undying affection for his lady-love was the go-to slow dance song at house parties and clubs, and always in the line-up for any Quiet Storm jam session.

No one knew anything about Delegation at the time, so imagine everyone’s surprise to find out they were a British group! That made them a novelty and even more popular for the next two years.

Oh Honey reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Chart and #45 on the U.S. Billboard Pop chart.

While Delegation would enjoy success internationally well  into the 80s (especially in France), their last song to chart in the U.S. was In Love’s Time in 1981 which peaked at #54 on the  U.S. R&B.

FUN FACTS

  • Ricky Bailey founded Delegation — a three-man group that changed members frequently, with Bailey the only constant — in the United Kingdom in 1975. Bailey, a native of Jamaica, moved to Britain with his parents as a teen, settling in Birmingham, where he formed his first group, the Five Star Cadets. The short-lived group provided invaluable experience and helped Bailey when he was putting Delegation (Bailey, Len Coley, and Roddy Harris) together.
  • In 1979, Delegation released Eau De Vie, on the Ariola label and had international hits with Heartache #9, You And I and Put A Little Love On Me.
  •  Bailey and Ken Gold formed Euro-Jam Records in the mid-90s to repackage Delegation recordings and record artists.
  • The band still occasionally perform their old hits at gigs around Europe led by Rick Bailey and several former band members, most recently appearing in a sold out gig at an intimate venue in Paris in October 2018.

Enjoy!

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Oh Honey

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Song Lyric Sunday | “All I Want is Forever” – JT Taylor & Regina Belle

Song Lyric Sunday_new

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Duets.

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I’m in my third year of participating in Song Lyric Sunday and I cannot remember a more difficult theme than this week’s duets simply because there are SO MANY to choose from!

Whether it’s by generations/decades, genres or music eras, anyone can easily name a dozen.

As I narrowed my choices down, my love of duets from movie soundtracks became more than apparent. With a list of nine, I couldn’t say any one song was my favorite and choose just two–one for here and one for FeliciaDenise.com–so I went with which songs spoke to me the most.

That helped me choose All I Want is Forever sang by James “J.T.” Taylor and Regina Belle and written by the phenomenal Diane Warren. The song is the first single released from the soundtrack of the 1989 dance drama, Tap, starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.

The movie centers around Hines as Max Washington. Just released from prison, he must decide which of his previous professions to return to: burglary or tap dancing… and the woman he’s never forgotten.

All I Want is Forever didn’t chart but it did receive an official video with
Taylor and Belle singing inter-spliced with scenes from the movie.

FUN FACTS

  • While not big box office, Tap is notable for being the final film appearance of Sammy Davis, Jr, who died the following year, and for a dance challenge sequence by dance legends Arthur Duncan (known as a performer on the Lawrence Welk show from 1964 to 1982), Bunny Briggs, Howard Sims (Sandman Sims of the Apollo Theatre), Steve Condos, Harold Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers. He and older brother, Fayad are known as two of the world’s greatest dancers), and Jimmy Slyde.
  • Tap also features a young Savion Glover as Davis’ grandson. He would go on to win Broadway’s 1996 Tony Award for Best Choreographer for the musical he starred in and co-created with George C. Wolfe called Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; which also brought him a Best Actor (Musical) Tony nomination.
  • Before his rise to fame, Taylor was a schoolteacher and amateur night club singer.
  • He joined Kool & the Gang in 1978 and became the band’s lead singer in 1979.
  • Regina has had notable success with soundtrack duets. The theme song Far Longer than Forever from the animated movie The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne, was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song, and A Whole New World, the main theme of the Disney’s animated feature film Aladdin, recorded in 1992, which Belle and Peabo Bryson won the 1994 Grammy award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. A Whole New World also is the first and so far, only song from a Disney animated film to top the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • Regina successfully battled a brain tumor in 2009. However, she is now deaf in her left ear.

Enjoy!

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All I Want is Forever

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