Song Lyric Sunday | “Beauty and the Beast” – Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion

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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  “Big/Large/Little/Small/Tall/Tiny.

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Reaching number nine on Billboards Hot 100, Beauty and the Beast, the theme song from the 1991 Disney animated movie of the same name, not only was an unexpected hit, but it returned the animation company to the pop charts after more than a thirty-year absence.

Disney first recruited solely Dion to record a radio-friendly version of it in order to promote the film. However, the studio was concerned that the then-newcomer would not attract a large enough audience in the United States on her own, so they hired the more prominent Bryson to be her duet partner.

Dion and Bryson’s recording session at The Power Station was filmed and later interpolated with various scenes from the film in order to create the music video.

FUN FACTS:

  • Dion was hesitant to record Beauty and the Beast because she had just recently been fired from recording the theme song of the animated film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991). Powerhouse Linda Ronstadt would get the job.
  • The song garnered the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 49th Golden Globe Awards in January 1992.
  • The American Film Institute ranked Beauty and the Beast 62nd on the organization’s list of the 100 greatest songs in film history. Beauty and the Beast is one of only four songs from Disney animated films to have appeared on the list.
  • Essentially, the song describes the relationship between its two main characters Belle and the Beast, specifically how the couple has learned to accept their differences and in turn change each other for the better. Additionally, the song’s lyrics imply that the feeling of love is as timeless and ageless as a “tale as old as time”.

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Beauty and the Beast

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies

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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  “Cinnamon/Mint/Parsley/Pepper/Rosemary/Sage/Salt/Thyme.

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If it isn’t spicy… it’s sweet, and I went in the other direction… because I’m me. 😀

Jeff Barry and Andy Kim wrote Sugar, Sugar with preschoolers in mind since that was the audience for the Saturday morning Archie TV show (Barry had children aged 3 and 4 at the time). The “You are my candy girl” line came from them thinking about what kids that age like (candy!). Still, they wanted the song to appeal to adults as well, so they included a line with some weight: “I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you.”

The song reached No. 1 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969, knocking Honky Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones out of the top spot and remained there for four weeks. It was also No.1 on the UK Singles chart in that same year for eight weeks.

Sugar, Sugar was the #1 song of 1969 in the US, according to Billboard’s year-end chart, beating out songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder. It logged more weeks on the Hot 100 (22) than any other song that year.

In addition to Barry and Kim, “The Archies” included session musicians Toni Wine, Ron Dante and Ellie Greenwich. Kim had a hit in 1974 with Rock Me Gently; Dante produced Mandy for Barry Manilow and Heartbreaker for Pat Benatar. Greenwich and Barry, who were married from 1962-1965, wrote many famous songs, including Be My Baby and Chapel Of Love; Toni Wine wrote the hit songs A Groovy Kind Of Love and Candida.

FUN FACTS:

  • The Archies group was put together by Don Kirshner, a prolific promoter and producer. Kirshner also created The Monkees, and wanted to do the same thing with cartoon characters because they are much easier to work with than people.
  • The line, “Pour a little sugar on me, baby” inspired the title for the 1987 Def Leppard hit Pour Some Sugar On Me.
  • R&B singer Wilson Pickett recorded a cover version of Sugar, Sugar in 1970 that reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 4 on the R&B chart. Pickett’s recording was later used in the 1997 film The Ice Storm.
  • Sugar, Sugar wasn’t the first Archies song. The “group” released several singles in 1968, including Bang-Shang-A-Lang, written by Jeff Barry, which went to #22. The follow-up to Sugar, Sugar was Jingle Jangle, which reached #10 and went Gold.

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Sugar, Sugar

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Over and Over” – Puff Johnson

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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  “End/Finish/Over/Stop.

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As the first anniversary of my husband’s passing approaches next weekend, I’m just as surprised at how fast the year has gone as I am how far I’ve come.
On my worst days when I wanted to hide under the covers or veg out in a corner, I could hear Den saying, “Nope. That’s not an option. Get up and get moving, babe.”
There were days I was grateful for the push, but there were still times when I was resentful and angry. It was during those times, I seem to be more aware of Den’s presence, patient and practical, guiding me to do things over and over again to find a rhythm and my flow again… to get back to me.
I used Over and Over by Ewanya “Puff” Johnson in February of 2017 for the “hills and mountains” prompt, but I’ve been playing it daily for the last few months for its driving motivation to keep going. To live and not simply exist. It also makes me smile remembering how much Den teased me about playing it.

Sometimes memories are all we have, but they come to mind just when we need them the most.

Over and Over appeared on the soundtrack of The First Wives Club in 1996. Released as a single in Europe and Australia, it was a Top 20 hit on both continents.

FUN FACTS:

  • After finishing a tour in 2009, Puff stayed in South Africa for a year because of the nice treatment she received. Puff said she’d had never met people as friendly and welcoming as South Africans. She and her music are still popular there seven years after her death.
  • Puff toured Europe in 1997 as an opening act for Michael Jackson.
  • Her 1996 critically acclaimed debut album, Miracle, was produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol-fame.
  • This talented young artist’s life was cut short far too soon. The Detroit native died in 2013 after a seven-year battle with cervical cancer.

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Over and Over

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen

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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  Song that includes a number.

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British rock band Queen are not just legendary music icons, but their music is a big part pf pop culture. From We Will Rock You to We Are the Champions to Bohemian Rhapsody, their music is timeless, encompassing generations.

Any mention of their contributions to pop culture wouldn’t be complete without the world-wide hit, Another One Bites the Dust. Released in October of 1980, it spent three weeks at number one. The song spent 15 weeks in the Billboard top 10 (the longest running top ten song of 1980), including 13 weeks in the top five, and 31 weeks total on the chart (more than any other song in 1980).

Another One Bites the Dust won an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Single and also garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Another One Bites the Dust is credited as Queen’s best-selling single, with sales of over 7 million copies.
  • John Deacon’s bass line was inspired by Good Times by the disco group Chic.
  • The song was used in a preliminary cut of Rocky III, before being replaced by Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger.
  • The music video for Another One Bites the Dust was filmed at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

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Another One Bites the Dust

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Song Lyric Sunday | “I Believe in You and Me” – Whitney Houston

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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  Couple/Together/Us.

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While it doesn’t contain any of this week’s words prompts, my SLS choice is indeed about two people… a couple.

Much like her Grammy-winning I Will Always Love You was a cover of a Dolly Parton hit, Whitney Houston’s 1996 top five pop hit was also a cover.

I Believe in You and Me was first released by the Four Tops in 1983. While it failed to reach the US Top 40, it became a moderate hit for the group on the US Billboard R&B chart, peaking at number 40 in early 1983.

In 1996, Whitney recorded a cover of the song for her film The Preacher’s Wife and released it as a single. Following its release, the song charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and R&B boards in the US, also peaking on music charts worldwide.

Houston was known as “The Voice” and due to the bigger success of her version, I Believe in You and Me is most popularly known as a Whitney Houston song. However, the song’s co-composer David Wolfert, stated in a 2001 interview that young songwriters, referring to the song, told him: “Oh, you wrote that Whitney song.” He stated, “I said, ‘That’s not really a Whitney song,’ and play them the (Four Tops) original. Their mouths drop open. No one is going to sing that song like Levi—ever.”

 

FUN FACTS:

  • I Believe in You and Me, the first single from The Preacher’s Wife Soundtrack, debuted at number seven and number six, on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B Singles charts, the issue date of December 28, 1996, respectively.
  •  Houston received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her performance of the song at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards on February 25, 1998.
  • The single was certified Platinum for the shipments of 1,000,000 copies or more by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 4, 1997, becoming Houston’s fourth Platinum single.
  • Houston starred in the holiday comedy The Preacher’s Wife, with Denzel Washington. She plays the gospel-singing wife of a pastor (Courtney B. Vance). It was largely an updated remake of the 1948 film The Bishop’s Wife, which starred Loretta Young, David Niven and Cary Grant.

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I Believe in You and Me

I believe in you and me
I believe that we will be
In love eternally
As far as I can see
You will always be
The one for me
Oh yes you will
I believe in dreams again
I believe that love will never end
And like the river finds the sea
I was lost now I’m free
I believe in you and me
I will never leave your side
I will never hurt your pride
When all the chips are down
I will always be around
Just to be right there where you are my love
Oh I love you boy
I will never leave you out
I will always let you in
To places no one’s ever been
Deep inside can’t you see
I believe in you and me
Maybe I’m a fool
To feel the way I do
But I would play the fool forever
Just to be with you forever
I believe in miracles
Love’s a miracle
And baby you’re a dream come true
I was lost now I’m free
I believe in you and me
I was lost now I’m free
I believe in you and me
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Macarena” – Los del Rio

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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  Burrito/Fajita/Mexican/Tequila.

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I chose a song this week in keeping with the spirit of the prompts and Cinco de Mayo!

Ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs, No. 7 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100, and VH1’s “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time,” Los del Rio’s Macarena is the song and dance craze that took the world by storm in the 1990s.

As a result of their lounge act, Los del Río were invited to tour South America in 1992 and, while visiting Venezuela, they were invited to a private party held by the Venezuelan empresario Gustavo Cisneros. During the celebration, a local flamenco teacher performed a dance for the guests, and Los del Río were pleasantly surprised by Cubillán’s dance skills. Spontaneously, Antonio Romero Monge, one half of the Los del Río duo, recited the song’s chorus-to-be on the spot. When the authors wrote the song, they changed the name to Macarena, in honor to Antonio’s daughter Esperanza Macarena.

The Bayside Boys released an English-language version in 1995 that became a worldwide sensation, reaching the top of the charts in more than a dozen countries and landing in the top ten in several others.

However, it was the Latin version that could be heard from elementary school dances to night clubs to wedding receptions. Most English-speakers had no idea about how risque the lyrics are.

In the song, the Macarena is a word used to describe a woman who is attempting to get men to come and dance with her.

If she likes their moves, the Macarena claims she’s happy to take them home after the night out.

The first verse begins: “When I dance they call me Macarena, and the boys they say ‘que estoy buena’

“They all want me, they can’t have me. Move with me, jam with me.

“And if you’re good I’ll take you home with me.”

While the first verse is a little cheeky, the song gets even raunchier as it goes on.

The main singer admits that even though she is enjoying the male attention on the dancefloor, she already has a boyfriend who is called Vittorino.

The lyrics assure: “Now, don’t you worry ‘bout my boyfriend, the boy whose name is Vittorino.

“Ha, I don’t want him, couldn’t stand him, he was no good so I.”

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The “Bayside Boys Mix” version’s meaning is later revealed to be about a woman who cheats on her boyfriend while he is being drafted into the army.
  • The Bayside Boys remix hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1996 and remained at the top of the chart for fourteen weeks.
  • The song stayed in the Hot 100 chart for 60 weeks, the longest reign among No. 1 songs, only surpassed fifteen years later by Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

While the Bayside Boys’ version is the more popular in the music world, I prefer Los Del Rios, and the video is a live performance from a Spanish-language show.

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Macarena

[Chorus]
Give a little lovin’ to your body, Macarena
Cuz your body’s made for love and feeling good; it’s a no-brainer
Give a little lovin’ to your body, Macarena
Hey, Macarena!
(Repeat once)
Macarena has a boyfriend who they ca-ll,
Who they ca-ll by the name of Vitorino
And when he left to sign up for the army
She was giving it away to his two friends
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Macarena, Macarena, Macarena
Who likes to spend her summers in Marbella.
Macarena, Macarena, Macarena
Who likes to be the front lines of the party… Hey!
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Macarena dreams of going to the mall
And she buys all the latest fashion trends
If she could then she would live in New York
And hook up with a new boyfriend… Hey!
(Repeat once)
[Chorus]
Los del Rio’s Spanish Version
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegria y cosa buena
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
Hey Macarena
Macarena tiene un novio que se llama
Que se llama de apellido Vitorino,
Que en la jura de bandera el muchacho
Se metio con dos amigos
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Macarena sueña con El Corte Ingles
Que se compra los modelos mas modernos
Le gustaria vivir en Nueva York
Y ligar un novio nuevo
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
Macarena tiene un novio que se llama
Que se llama de apellido Vitorino,
Que en la jura de bandera el muchacho
Se metio con dos amigos
{X2}
{Au Refrain, x2}
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Song Lyric Sunday | “Because of You” – Kelly Clarkson

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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  Alone/Confined/Depressed/Isolated/Restless/Solo.

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Kelly Clarkson originally wrote Because of You when she was 16 years old to cope with the emotional distress caused by her parents’ divorce. The song explores the pain of Clarkson’s deteriorating relationship with her father and the isolation she felt from both parents.

She wanted the song to be included on her debut studio album, Thankful (2003), but her record label rejected the song. She then polished the song with David Hodges and Ben Moody (both from Evanescence) before successfully convincing her label to include it on her second album, Breakaway, in 2005.

Because of You peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 2 million digital downloads in the United States. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

FUN FACTS:

  • Because of You became Clarkson’s biggest success in Europe, topping the European Hot 100 Singles chart. It also reached number one in Brazil, the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland, as well as the top ten in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
  • Because of You won in the category for Best Female Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • In 2007, the song was recorded by Reba McEntire as a duet with Clarkson, which was released as a lead single for McEntire’s twenty-fourth studio album Reba: Duets.

Clarkson wrote the treatment for the accompanying video herself in order to reflect the pain that she felt due to her parents’ divorce. The video’s plot centers on Clarkson engaging in a heated argument with her husband in front of her child before realizing that she was repeating her parents’ mistake.

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Because of You

I will not make
The same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself
Cause my heart so much misery
I will not break
The way you did, you fell so hard
I’ve learned the hard way
To never let it get that far
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid
I lose my way
And it’s not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that’s weakness in your eyes
I’m forced to fake
A smile, a laugh everyday of my life
My heart can’t possibly break
When it wasn’t even whole to start with
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid
I watched you die
I heard you cry every night in your sleep
I was so young
You should have known
Better than to lean on me
You never thought of anyone else
You just saw your pain
And now I cry in the middle of the night
For the same damn thing
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt
Because of you
I try my hardest just to forget everything
Because of you
I don’t know how to let anyone else in
Because of you
I’m ashamed of my life
Because it’s empty
Because of you
I am afraid
Because of you
Because of you
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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
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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.

Enjoy!

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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.
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