Sit Down Next To Me

seatedJim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: LEAN/SIT/STAND

Yet again, Jim has chosen a fabulous theme, one for which there are a long long list of songs…fantastic songs. I have already featured one of the most special songs in my life. But I have been thinking about a second song all day, wondering if anyone else would choose it. There is another blogger who seems to have a very similar taste in music to me, and I reckoned this would be the song he would choose, so I told myself to wait and see. But he has featured something else.

However, both wonderful Willow and amazing Angie Trafford did feature the second song I found was on my mind all week. So, I am not going to add this to the SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY parade on Jim’s post. But for anyone who does not yet head straight to Jim’s site each Sunday to check out the amazing mix of songs that are featured, I am going to publish this post anyway, as it includes a little trip down memory lane!

i was shyI wanted to feature this song for two reasons. Firstly because I have my own personal memory in connection with it. It was the very first “disco” I went to as a little girl. I was so nervous. I hardly knew any of the other kids. I stood near the back in the dark dancing. But I remember this song being played. I don’t think I had ever heard it before. But I remember that during the chorus words of “Sit down, sit, down, sit down” etc, everyone in the room sat down on the floor. Then we stand up again to bop through the verse. Then the chorus came and we all sat down on the floor again! At such a young age…I thought it was great fun!

all along.jpgMy second reason for wanting to feature it is simply that this is a song that everybody seems to love. As I grew older the lyrics became more meaningful and moving. I have been at so many parties and live shows where it was covered, and have chanted along with a huge group of people who love love love this song. I love it when a song starts and everyone cheers because it’s such a big favourite. This song is one of those HALL OF FAME tracks that everyone knows the words to, well at least, it is in England. But I read that when it was first released, it reached Number 77 in the charts. So after a bit of tinkering, it was re-released a couple of years later and became a huge hit.

jam.jpgThe song is of course “Sit Down”, from a great band named James. If you search online you will find many other brilliant versions of this song. I love to hear it covered by choirs and orchestras. It has been used for many a charity fundraiser, including a memorable effort with comedian Peter Kay. There is something very emotive and endearing about the lyrics.

But there may be a reason to believe that it is also known elsewhere. I read that it was used for the promo for Game Of Thrones. So I have attacked the promo I found online to the end of the post so that you can relive the show, if you are a GOT enthusiast.

I’ll sing myself to sleep
A song from the darkest hour
Secrets I can’t keep
Inside of the day
Swing from high to deep
Extremes of sweet and sour
Hope that God exists
I hope I pray

Drawn by the undertow
My life is out of control
I believe this wave will bear my weight
So let it flow

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Now I’m relieved to hear
That you’ve been to some far out places
It’s hard to carry on
When you feel all alone
Now I’ve swung back down again
It’s worse than it was before
If I hadn’t seen such riches
I could live with being poor

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Those who feel the breath of sadness
Sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness
Sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous
Sit down next to me
Love, in fear, in hate, in tears

Down
Down

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Down

Written By: Jim Glennie, Larry Gott, Tim Booth and Gavan Whelan

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