Song Lyric Sunday: Sporting – ‘Dreadlock Holiday’

‘Sporting songs’ constitute the theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week. Please be grateful that I intend to spare you any of the truly execrable ditties churned out over the years by England football squads as they head off to inevitable defeat and disappointment at World Cup or European Championships. The iconic ‘Three Lions’ is…

Song Lyric Sunday: Disturbing – ‘Lazarus’

From the posthumously released album ‘Black Star’, the haunting, deeply moving and, yes, disturbing ‘Lazarus’. Look up here, I’m in heavenI’ve got scars that can’t be seenI’ve got drama, can’t be stolenEverybody knows me now Look up here, man, I’m in dangerI’ve got nothing left to loseI’m so high, it makes my brain whirlDropped my…

Song Lyric Sunday: Roll The Dice – ‘Simple Twist Of Fate’

‘Blood On The Tracks’, released in 1975, is widely considered to be one of Dylan’s finest studio albums and this is certainly one of the highlights. In the accompanying video here it’s performed by the Jerry Garcia Band in a gentle stretched-out version – ideal for a Sunday morning. Jerry died on August 9th 1995.…

Song Lyric Sunday: Seductive – ‘This Charming Man’

Way back in 1984, when Morrissey was almost normal…. Punctured bicycleOn a hillside desolateWill Nature make a man of me yet? When in this charming carThis charming man Why pamper life’s complexitiesWhen the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat? I would go out tonightBut I haven’t got a stitch to wearThis man said “It’s…

Song Lyric Sunday: Automobiles – ‘Cars Hiss By My Window’

Song Lyric Sunday this week is all about automobiles, be they limousines, jalopies or anything in between. Or, in this case, any that happen to be passing by outside a cheap motel room. From the ‘L.A. Woman’ album and with writing credits for all four band members, this is just a very simple, traditional 12-bar…

Song Lyric Sunday: Breaking up – ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’

This week’s topic for Song Lyric Sunday is breaking up. Famously hard to do – according to Carole King at any rate – and (almost) always a sad occasion: one that can generate overwhelming emotions of grief and misery in the party on the receiving end, as it were. However, here it’s Dylan doing the…

Song Lyric Sunday: Creepy Crawlies – ‘Boris The Spider’

This week’s shudder-inducing theme for Song Lyric Sunday is insects and other creepy things that most right-minded people find utterly horrible. It must be said that such creatures are not typical subjects for your average songsmith. There again, The Who’s bass guitarist, John Entwistle, was far from typical. ‘Boris The Spider’ is obviously a novelty…

Song Lyric Sunday: Americana – ‘Jack Straw’

On Independence Day, Jim’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is entirely appropriate – any music by an American artiste or artistes. Even from this side of the Atlantic it’s very clear that one of the most influential groups representing American culture (and, indeed, counter-culture) must be the Grateful Dead. Many of their songs…

Song Lyric Sunday: Mealtimes – ‘She’s A Lady’

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is any of the three square meals that mark the typical day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once again I’ve had to resort to a reference to one of these in the lyrics rather than the title of a song. This bouncy little number is best known in…