Song Lyric Sunday: Dizzy – ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’

‘Around’, ‘Down’, ‘Sideways’ and ‘Up’ are Jim’s key words for Song Lyric Sunday this week. This Yardbirds song that I remember very well from 1966 has two of them. I was no doubt attracted by the guitar sounds, with their occasional hints of sitar, but the lyrics, on a closer reading, are appealingly hedonistic The…

Weekly Song Challenge: Round 36

No obvious theme for Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge this time around, but so what? Post a song that is a satire of a hit song. Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits. Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a…

Song Lyric Sunday: Drifters – ‘The Stranger Song’

I’ve categorised Jim’s prompts for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday as having the overall theme of ‘Drifters’, as that seems to encompass the specific trigger words of drifter, loner, transient and vagabond Anyway, this is the first song that came into my mind for this time. It’s true that all the men you knew were…

Weekly Song Challenge: Round 34

I’m back for the latest Weekly Song Challenge set by Laura. 1. Post an instrumental you adore. A sunny afternoon… first day of a new university term…altered states.. 2. Post a popular ballad that contains a woman’s name in the title. Great song, but Mick – please lose that hat 3. Post a rock music…

Song Lyric Sunday: Vehicles – ‘Magic Bus’

Jim’s theme this week offers a choice of vehicles: car/truck/bus. I’m going with my first thought – ‘Magic Bus’, written by Pete Townshend and performed here by The Who in their early-seventies pomp. There seems to be some debate about whether this is a coded-reference song about drugs, or a charming ditty about the excitement…

Weekly Song Challenge: Round 33 – Nostalgia Time

We’re digging into the soundtrack of our life with this round of Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge. 1. Post a video of your favorite song by…[Elton John]: 2. Post a hit song from the year you were born. That would be 1952… 3. Post a video of a song that was popular the year you graduated…

Song Lyric Sunday: Trains – ‘I Know You Rider’

‘I Know You Rider’ is a traditional American folk song, although for me it’s unbreakably associated with the Grateful Dead, for whom it was a live-performance staple, almost always linked with ‘China Cat Sunflower’ in the ‘China>Rider’ diptych. I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone; I know you, rider, gonna miss me…