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 | “Southern Cross” – Crosby, Stills & Nash

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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  North/South/East/West.

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Seven League Boots was a song written by Rick and Michael Curtis and suggested to Crosby, Stills & Nash. Stephen Stills explained, “The Curtis Brothers brought a wonderful song called Seven League Boots, but it drifted around too much. I rewrote a new set of words and added a different chorus, a story about a long boat trip I took after my divorce. It’s about using the power of the universe to heal your wounds. Once again, I was given somebody’s gem and cut and polished it.”

Southern Cross was the result of Stills’ re-write. The song title and lyrics reference the Crux constellation, known as the Southern Cross.

 

FUN FACTS

  • The single was a success on the charts, reaching #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in late November and early December 1982.
  • The song mentions a number of locations that one may visit on a sailing voyage from Southern California to the South Pacific, following the “Coconut Milk Run.”
  • Southern Cross was featured on the band’s Daylight Again album and was released as a single in September 1982.
  • Stephen Stills sings lead vocals throughout Southern Cross, with Graham Nash joining the second verse. Because David Crosby did not reunite with Stills and Nash until the album was well underway, his vocals are not featured on the album version of the song, although he did appear in the video and subsequently sang the song with the group in live performances.

The video for the song, which got heavy play during the early years of the MTV and VH1 cable networks, featured Stephen Stills sailing a large boat (called Southern Cross), intercut with images of the band singing

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Southern Cross

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Song Lyric Sunday | “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” – Josh Groban

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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  Listen/Hear/Talk/Speak.

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As one of our five senses, hearing is something most of us are born with–not something we must learn. Those born without the ability to hear, or who lose their hearing through accident or illness, must learn to interact with the world in other ways to hear and be heard. They put in time, expense… and effort.

And that’s perhaps where the hearing impaired have the edge.

Most of us, time and again, take hearing for granted. We all have something to say, but all too often, we don’t hear what is being said. We can also be guilty of hearing what we want to hear and totally miss the meaning of what is being said, especially if we already have our minds made up on certain subjects.

I watched both my late mother and mother-in-law suffer extensive hearing loss. My mother-in-law spent thousands of dollars on hearing aids because she didn’t want to miss what was being said. My mom developed a talent for reading lips and insisted you look directly at her when speaking. Even if you weren’t speaking to her… she wanted to get the entire conversation! 😀 😀

If those of us who aren’t hearing-impaired put in half the effort to hear as those who are, perhaps we could avoid disagreements and misunderstandings. If we listened in earnest without trying to complete what is being said with our own words, we’d not only better understand what is being said, but the person speaking.

I chose You are Loved (Don’t Give Up) by Josh Groban for SLS for its simple message of universal understanding. Everyone wants to be heard… everyone wants to be understood. We don’t have to agree with everything we hear, but don’t we need to listen in honesty to understand what is being said?

To quote a line from another song–The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics–You can listen as well as you hear.

FUN FACTS

  • You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) peaked at #9 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
  • You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) is the second track and the first single from Josh Groban’s third album, Awake, released on November 7, 2006. The album features producers Imogen Heap, Marius De Vries, Guy Sigsworth, Eric Mouquet, Glen Ballard, and David Foster (who also worked on previous Groban works).
  • Awake was certified 2x platinum in the US by the RIAA on January 31, 2008, and has sold 2.3 million albums as of October 2015. It is the third top selling classical album of the 2000s in the US.

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You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Hands to Heaven” – Breathe

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

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Returning again to the days of old VH1 and VJs and music videos around-the-clock, and you guessed it, another song that remains on my oldies playlist!

Hands to Heaven was released by British group Breathe as their fifth UK single on 20 October 1987, and in January 1988 as the band’s second single in the US.

The song was a breakthrough hit internationally for Breathe. The ballad peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1988. That same month in the United States, it logged two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached No. 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The mister and I loved this song, not to mention the easy rhythm put our then three-year-old David right to sleep, but the video always felt off.

The official video is nice, but the lyrics make me feel as though the guy in the song should be military, headed for deployment, or perhaps relocating for a job, or even headed off to school… not falling asleep in the back of a taxi. Who thought this up? :D 😀 😀

FUN FACTS

  • The song was written by group members David Glasper and Marcus Lillington but they shared credit with the entire group.
  • According to Wikipedia, the music video features the group in a surreal dream sequence, with the lead singer falling asleep in a black London taxicab and waking at the end, being driven away by the driver. (And 32 years later I still don’t get it! 😀 )
  • Lead singer Glasper is now a 55-year-old grandfather! Feel old yet? 😀

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Hands to Heaven

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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.

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Come and Follow Me

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