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Got A Temper In The Style Of A Bomb

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: BOMB/GUN/KNIFE/WEAPON

Hydrogen Bomb, Atomic Bomb, Nuclear Explosion

So this reminded me of a song that I chose when somehow I was put in charge of music on a long journey. It ended up with me reminiscing over all the music from my childhood and teenage years.

One of the bands I used to often listen to was Echobelly. I loved their album “On“. I have chosen a track called “King Of The Kerb”. I was never 100% sure what the lyrics were about? A protection racket? Someone who thinks he’s Number One in town? Politicians? I have heard all sorts of ideas. It makes it more fun to not be sure.

But it is a fab track – if you love guitars…turn it up nice and loud!

Sugar smile savvy
The king of the kerb
Got a temper in the style of a bomb
Got his friends in his pocket
Or safe behind bars
All the local boys know what he's done

He turns if on, he turns it on, he turns it on
Same boys doing it for themselves
There's somebody out there doing it for you
Safe while you're paying out for your health
They're the kings of the kerb
And everybody knows what they're worth

Sugar smile savvy
The king of the kerb
Keeps the order in this part of the town
All the shadows in the alley
The shapes at the bar
Like to service him when he does the round

He turns if on, he turns it on, he turns it on
Same boys doing it for themselves
There's somebody out there doing it for you
Safe while you're paying out for your health
They're the kings of the kerb
And everybody knows what they're worth

Safe from harm and safe from greed
A little protection is at that you need
Safe from harm and safe from greed
They're just a racket machine

Same boys doing it for themselves
There's somebody out there doing it for you
Same boys doing it for themselves
There's somebody out there doing it for you
Same boys doing it for themselves
There's somebody out there looking it for you
Safe while you're paying out for your health
They're the kings of the kerb
They're the kings of the kerb
They're the kings of the kerb
And everybody knows what they're worth

Written by: Sonya Aurora Madan & Glenn Johansson

To Make Me Fret

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: CONCERN/FEAR/FRET/WORRY

Of course my main concern when I saw this theme was how to find a cheerful song with one of these words. Have no fear! Let your worries be allayed. Caramel was always going to find a track to make you smile. I picked the word “fret” which appears in a song featured in the Disney animated tale “Pinocchio”.

Wooden Mannequin, Wooden, Mannequin

Hearing Barbra Streisand….whose name I have been misspelling for decades….singing this song – it really cheered me up and I hope it will bring a smile to your Sunday.

I've got no strings to hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I had strings but now I'm free
There are no strings on me
I've got no strings so I have fun
I'm not tied to anyone
How I love my liberty,
There are no strings on me!
Hi-ho the me-ri-o, I'm as happy as can be
I want the world to know nothing ever worries me
I've got no strings to hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I had strings but now I'm free
There are no strings on me
Why does the gay little dicky bird sing?
What put the "zing" in a butterfly's wing?
What's the reason for the smile of a troubadour?
Why does the breeze have a barrel of fun?
Even the bee who's a son of a gun
It's all because they're free
And stringless the same as me
I've got no strings and I'm so glad
No strings at all to make me sad
I had strings but now I'm free,
There are no strings on me
Oh, hi-ho, the way we go
I'm as happy as can be
I want the world to know nothing ever worries me!
I've got no strings so I have fun
I'm not tied up to anyone
How I love my liberty,
There are no strings on me!
No ties to bind me,
It's not easy to find me,
'Cause I've got no strings on me!
Hm-hm-hm!

Written by: Ned Washington and Leigh Harline

Now That Is Entertainment!!!

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: ENTERTAINMENT/CIRCUS/SHOW

Well….you won’t be able to get much sense out of my today. I am still floating on air after a week with my family and then last night, to round off a wonderful week, Jack sat down with me and we watched “The Sound Of Music” – complete and total bliss!!

So…although there are other songs that specifically contain the three words Jim has given us today, I have chosen one of the highlights from the gorgeous musical which fills your heart with song and inspires you with confidence and courage to face challenges of every shape and size.

This scene is when the sensational Maria and the seven Von Trapp children put on a puppet show for Captain Von Trapp and his guests. The entertainment they provide is in the form of yodelling….but this is so much more!

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the goatherd's throat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

O ho lay dee odl lee o, o ho lay dee odl ay
O ho lay dee odl lee o, lay dee odl lee o lay

A prince on the bridge of a castle moat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Men on a road with a load to tote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Men in the midst of a table d'hote heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Men drinking beer with the foam afloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
What a duet for a girl and goatherd

Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Ummm (ummm) . . .
Odl lay ee (odl lay ee)
Odl lay hee hee (odl lay hee hee)
Odl lay ee . . .
. . . yodeling . . .

One little girl in a pale pink coat heard

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hoo hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hmm hmm
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo
Happy are they lay dee olay dee lee o . . .
. . . yodeling . . .
Soon the duet will become a trio

Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Odl lay ee, old lay ee
Odl lay hee hee, odl lay ee
Odl lay odl lay, odl lay odl lee, odl lay odl lee
Odl lay odl lay odl lay

HOO!

Written by: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Making Every Man Mad

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen a theme that seems apt for Boxing Day: ANGER/ FRUSTRATION/ FURIOUS/ IRRITATED/ MAD/ PROVOKED/ REVENGE

Just kidding! I was surprised at how difficult I found this song. I had a song in mind, that perhaps conveyed the spirit behind those words, but it did not contain any of them. But then I delved back into the archives of music from my childhood – and Bananarama came up!

This Bananarama track is a cover of a song by Shocking Blue, originally released way back in 1969. In 1986, Bananarama released their dance version, and it reached Number One in the music charts of six countries, including the USA.

I still find the original video (at the end of this post) a bit much, but I love the track, and it is the perfect dance around your living room in your pyjamas kind of music.

Goddess on the mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name

She's got it
Yeah, baby, she's got it
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire

Her weapons were her crystal eyes
Making every man mad
Black as the dark night she was
Got what no one else had
Wah!

She's got it
Yeah, baby, she's got it
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire

Venus

She's got it
Yeah, baby, she's got it
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire

Goddess on the mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name
Wah!

She's got it
Yeah, baby, she's got it
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire
Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire

Venus was her name

Yeah baby she's got it
Yeah baby she's got it
Yeah baby she's got it
Yeah baby she's got it

Written by: Robbie Van Leeuwen

Bad Trash TV

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Amongst Jim’s list was “TV”. I was going to feature a fantastic Leona Lewis song, which I love, but I have already used it in the past. When I came across a song that is actually new to me – and I love it!! Maybe it is because I have weddings on my mind (not only my own) I seem to have a particularly soft spot for anything with a wedding connection.

So, originally the song “If You Love Her” (which has lyrics that will make you melt!) was from Forest Blakk, but if you select the video at the end of this post, you will hear him teaming up with Meghan Trainor.

Gorgeous!!!

If she gives you her heart don't you break it
Let your arms be a place she feels safe in
She's the best thing that you'll ever have

She always has trouble
Falling asleep
And she likes to cuddle
While under the sheets
She loves pop songs
And dancing, and bad trash TV
There's still a few other things
She loves love notes and babies
And likes giving gifts
Has a hard time accepting
A good compliment
She loves her whole family
And all of her friends
So if you're the one she lets in

Take it
If she gives you her heart, don't you break it
Let your arms be a place she feels safe in
She's the best thing that you'll ever have
She'll love you, if you love her
On days when
It feels like the whole world might cave in
Stand side by side and you'll make it
She's the best thing that you'll ever have
She'll love you, if you love her like that

He wakes me each mornin' by kissin' my cheeks
And when I look a mess, says, "You're perfect to me"
He's more than my best friend, forever and then some
And I choose him over and over again

So take it
If she gives you her heart, don't you break it
Let your arms be a place she feels safe in
She's the best thing that you'll ever have
She'll love you, if you love her
On days when
It feels like the whole world might cave in
Stand side by side and you'll make it
Shes the best thing that you'll ever have
She'll love you, if you love her like that

She'll love you if you love her like that
She'll love you (She'll love you)
She'll love you (If you love her)
She'll love you
If you love her like that
She'll love you if you love her

On days when
It feels like the whole world might cave in
Stand side by side and you'll make it
She's the best thing that you'll ever have
She'll love you, if you love her like that


Written by: Steve Solomon and Forest Blakk

Jocomo Fee Nan Nay

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: SONGS WITH NONSENSE LYRICS

Beach, Spinning, Dancing, Sunset, Love

Oh….I think we might all pick the same songs. Maybe…we will see hey! I was torn between two songs, but eventually chose the Dixie Cups with “Iko Iko”, because I really have no idea what they are going on about!Apparently the song was originally called “Jock-A-Mo”, although apparently that was a mistake, and it should have been “Cock-A-Mo”. Yeah…something very odd about this situation!

But it is a great track – even if it does not make any sense!!

My grandma and your grandma
Were sittin' by the fire
My grandma told your grandma
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko, Iko, an day (oh)
Jocomo fee no an dan day
Jocomo fee nan nay

Look at my king
All dressed in red
Iko, Iko, an day
I betcha five dollars
He'll kill you dead
Jocomo fee nan nay

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko, Iko, an day (oh)
Jocomo fee no an dan day
Jocomo fee nan nay

My flag boy and your flag boy
Sittin' by the fire
My flagboy told your flagboy
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko, Iko, an day (oh)
Jocomo fee no an dan day
Jocomo fee nan nay

(Oh... yes)
See that guy all dressed in green?
Iko, Iko, an day
He not a man
He a lovin' machine
Jocomo fee nan nay

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko, Iko, an day (oh)
Jocomo fee no an dan day
Jocomo fee nan nay

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now
Hey now (hey now)
Iko, Iko, an day (oh)
Jocomo fee no an dan day
Jocomo fee nan nay
Jocomo fee nan nay
(I say he's dressed in green)
Jocomo fee nan nay
(Iko)
Jocomo fee nan nay

Written by: Rosa Lee Hawkins, Barbara Ann Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson, and James Crawford

There Ain’t No Room For Things To Change

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: HOUSE/ROOM/KITCHEN/SHOWER/ATTIC

It feels so good to have a new album from Adele to enjoy – like a snuggly blanket on a cold evening, like comfort food after a long day at work. I really genuinely am enjoying bother her voice and the relatable sentiments she weaves through her songs. I mean…I think she is sincerely sharing her own journey in her songs, but don’t they tug at your heart strings.

I guess I was looking for an excuse to feature one of her songs that you may possibly have heard a lot of recently – but it is a goodan’. The first single from Adele’s new album “30” has received a very warm reception. “Go Easy On Me” is going to be another long-lasting heartbreak song. I actually really admire Adele for being so generous in digging so deep and capturing so poignantly what so many others have tasted themselves.

I have chosen a recent live performance here, but the original video is at the bottom of this post.

There ain't no gold in this river
That I've been washing my hands in forever
I know there is hope in these waters
But I can't bring myself to swim
When I am drowning in this silence
Baby, let me in

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
Didn't get the chance to
Feel the world around me
I had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

There ain't no room for things to change
When we are both so deeply stuck in our ways
You can't deny how hard I have tried
I changed who I was to put you both first
But now I give up

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
Didn't get the chance to
Feel the world around me
Had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

I had good intentions
And the highest hopes
But I know right now
It probably doesn't even show

Go easy on me, baby
I was still a child
I didn't get the chance to
Feel the world around me
I had no time to choose what I chose to do
So go easy on me

Written by: Greg Kurstin and Adele Adkins

There’s Got To Be So Much I Don’t Know

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: SCHOOL/COLLEGE/EDUCATION/CLASS/DEGREE

Children, India, Education, Classroom

I am sorry but I realized last night I had scheduled the wrong post for the wrong week. It totally flummoxed me having to re-jig my schedule at the last moment. I was also grumpier than it is possible to imagine because someone was shrieking and wailing like….well, like a very drunken karaoke singer next door until late late later than it is polite to keep your next door neighbour awake!

So I really struggled to get into my head into gear. The song I have chosen – at the last minute – does not mention any of the words Jim gave us, but it is essentially about getting an education in life itself – learning about what life really means.

This was a song from my schooldays – and it stuck. Echobelly are the band. There is a video at the bottom of this post showing a live performance of this track. But I have included here the song “Great Things” from their album “On” which I must have listened to hundreds of times. Oh how I loved this album. The girls in my class and I, we sang it and I am sure it fired up our bellies to go out there and live!

Now about offering the sozzled midnight crooner next door some singing lessons.

I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what life is
I wanna know everything
I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what love is
Is it something I do to myself

All is fair in love and war
Or so they say and so the saying goes
But I've seen more broken hearts
Than you can count the bullets in the war

Oh what do I know
There's gotta be so much I don't know

I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what life is
I wanna try everything
I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what love is
Is it something I do to myself, something I do to myself

What is life apart from memories of dreams
And friendships we have known
And it smells of childhood tales
And contemplating clothes that you have worn

Oh what do I know
There's got to be so much I don't know

I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what life is
Is it something I do to myself, something I do to myself

Never wanted many things
Except the chance to learn from my mistakes
Funny how you never learn but
Know them when they come around again

Oh what do I know
There's got to be so much I don't know

I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what life is
I wanna try everything
I wanna do great things
I don't wanna compromise
I wanna know what love is
Is it something I do to myself, something I do to myself
Something you do to yourself

Written by: Sonya Madan and Glen Johansson

No Matter How Big The Shark Is

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: LION/TIGER/BEAR/EAGLE/SHARK

So this is a fun theme! I need fun! So much work on my plate….I need to make some time for something to dance to.

Jim has given me a great opportunity with this them. I have chosen the cover of “Car Wash” by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot recorded for the animated film “Shark Tale”. In case you have not seen the film, there is a trailer at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy your Sunday!!!

Y'all small tuna fish, I'm one big catch
(This is a Shark Tale exclusive)
Y'all small tuna fish, I'm one big catch
(Here we go again)
Y'all small tuna fish, I'm one big catch
(Say what, say what, yeah)
Y'all small tuna fish, I'm one big catch

Ooh, do do do do do do do
Car wash, car wash
Ooh, do do do do do do do
Car wash, car wash

(Yeah, let's drop it on 'em like this)

Ooh, do do do do do do, na na na ah, ooh
Ooh, do do do do do do, na na na ah, ooh

You might not ever get rich, ha
Let me tell you it's better than digging a ditch
There ain't no telling who you might meet
A movie star or maybe a common thief

Working at the car wash (oh oh, yeah yeah)
At the car wash, yeah (ooh, yeah yeah)
At the car wash (sing it with me now)
Working at the car wash, yeah

(Oh, oh)

Come summer the work gets kind of hard
This ain't no place to be if you're planning on being a star
Let me tell you it's always cool
And the boss don't mind sometimes if you're acting like a fool

Working at the car wash (oh oh, yeah yeah)
At the car wash, yeah (ooh ooh ooh)
At the car wash (ow said, now come and work it with me now, yeah)
Working at the car wash, yeah

Said, said, said, sing

(Work and work)
Well those cars never stop coming
(Work and work)
Keep those rags and machines humming
(Work and work)
My fingers to the bone
(Work and work)
Keep on and can't wait till it's time to go home

Hey, get your car washed today
Fill up and you don't have to pay
Hey, get your car washed today
Fill it up, right away

[Missy Elliott:]
Work at the, car wash
Sharks in the water make they jaws lock
When I swim through the grim, I'm too hot
Y'all can make y'all bets
Y'all small tuna fish, I'm one big catch
Shark slayer, bow down playa
'Cause this right here will be your worst nightmare (nightmare)
Work that, work that, pop back, hurt that
Turn this up and bang it all up in the surface

(Work and work)
9 to 5 I got to keep that fat stack coming
(Work and work)
No matter how big the shark is, the right keep running
(Work and work)
Washing cars ain't no place to be a superstar man
(Work and work)
That's why I work, and work

Working at the car wash (ohhh, yeah)
At the car wash, yeah (come on work, baby work it, say now)
At the car wash (ahh)
Working at the car wash, yeah

So come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

Ooh, do do do do do do, na na na ah, ooh
(Now keep it coming)
Ooh, do do do do do do (woo, so), na na na ah, ooh
(You may not ever get rich, but hey)

Hey, get your car washed today (hey)
Hey, get your car washed today
Hey, get your car washed today (phenomenal hit)

Written by: Norman Whitfield, Christina Aguilera, Melissa Elliott, and Teraike Crawford

What Might Have Been

After a full on day yesterday, I spent around half an hour reading WordPress posts before settling down to sleep. I always look out for Cyranny’s Quickie because I love her questions. This was her question last night:

I answered off the top of my head, but then when I was in bed I kept on thinking about it. I leaned into Jack and said: “If I had not been so bothered about my finger nails, would I have ever have learnt to play the guitar properly?”

Guitar, Hand, Ring, Red, Shadow, Music, Singing, Love

Perhaps I do regret that I gave up playing the guitar. I love music. I always have. I particularly love singing. But I would have loved to have been able to play the guitar.

Well….there is plenty of time ahead!