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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Any significant omissions?

LdP’s top ten (today, that is, because tomorrow’s T10 will be different). One per composer, more familiar songs ignored. Criterion: best tune/words combination. Best lines in itals. Preferred singer in blue.

Don’t Make Fun of the Festival (Noel Coward)
Learn to dance in the dark.
Build the Sunday Observance boys
A shrine in Battersea Park

Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere

Have You Met Miss Jones (Rodgers, Hart)
Then I said Miss Jones
You're  a girl who understands
I'm a man who must be free

Feelin’ Groovy (Paul Simon)
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life I love you, all is groovy
Paul and Art

Every Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter)
There's no love song finer
But how strange the change from major to

Let Yourself Go (Irving Berlin)
Come, cuddle closer
Don't you dare to answer "No, sir"
Butcher, banker, clerk and grocer
Let yourself go

She’s Leaving Home (The Beatles)
Meeting a man in the motor trade

I wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free. (Bill Taylor, Dick Dallas)
I wish I could share all the love that’s in my heart
Remove all the bars that keep us apart

Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg)
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops

Killing Me Softly (Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel).
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words


  1. Is it the words or the tunes that you enjoy?

  2. Good picks: Noel Coward and Judy Collins,especially. Just a suggestion:ever consider Bruce Springsteen? Listen to his "Born to Run".
    First stanza:
    In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
    At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
    Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
    Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
    Baby this town rips the bones from your back
    Its a death trap, it's a suicide rap
    We gotta get out while were young
    `cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

    Last bits are ehhh; give it a listen.Sooo American.

  3. There's a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun,
    and its been the ruin of many a poor boy
    and God, I know I'm one. Traditional Arranged by Alan Price.

  4. "Fountain of Sorrow" (Jackson Browne)

    But when you see through love's illusions, there lies the danger,
    And your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool,
    So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger...

  5. E. John-B. Taupin: I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues -

    "And I guess that's why they call it the blues
    Time on my hands could be time spent with you
    Laughing like children, living like lovers
    Rolling like thunder under the covers
    And I guess that's why they call it the blues"

    I like how the music tumbles with the words. Same for Joni's song you listed. The words and music fit together beyond time signature and get inside my brain quicker that other songs. Also, "Jesus Christ Superstar," full of angst and anger and love, with the score driving it all home.

  6. Anon (Part one): I adjusted the general terms to answer your question.

    RR: The Judy was Garland, not Collins. I have never heard a BS song all the way through, only clips here and there. I'll try and rectify this. I was put off originally and started referring to his style of singing as Incipient Hernia but then discovered (from clips of interviews) that he has a sense of humour. The lyrics you quote certainly cry out to be investigated further.

    Plutarch; It is this song that a certain Trotskyist of our mutual acquaintance reacted to when it started emerging from a pub juke box: "It's almost like classical music."

    Anon (Part two): That's pretty damn neat. The sort of thing CP used to come up with.

    The Crow: Needless to say it was hard holding the list down to ten and it was also hard picking a single song from a single source that didn't elbow out something of equal merit. I had in mind to include the EJ/Kiki Dee song "Don't go breaking my heart" which is tightly associated with the first ski-ing holiday I took, but I have referred to it more than once in both WW and TD. And, even though I don't know the tune, the verb "tumbles" is well chosen.

  7. Me & Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster)

    Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. Nothing. Don't mean nothin' hon if it ain't free. And feelin' good was easy, when Bobby sang the Blues. You know feelin' good was good enought for me ...