Song Lyric Sunday: Human Connections – ‘Heartbreaker’

‘Information’ and ‘communication’ could summarise the prompts for Song Lyric Sunday this week. That first of all made me think of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Communication Breakdown’, but then I recalled this acceptable alternative, as Robert Plant has information to impart. Hey fellas, have you heard the news?You know that Annie’s back in townIt won’t take long,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Celestial – ‘Venus In Furs’

Last week’s lyric challenge was about – well, not to beat about the bush (sic) – sex. For this Sunday, however, we’re back on safer ground with astronomy. Or are we? One of the key words for this week is ‘planets’. In this case, Venus – and the Velvet Underground. From the seminal (a word…

Song Lyric Sunday: Risqué – Empty Bed Blues

Song Lyric Sunday has a bit of a ‘hidden agenda’ to it this week. We are looking for something a bit saucy – risqué, indeed. ‘Empty Bed Blues’ is a sad but simple tale of a young lady with painful forearms whose sometimes absent boyfriend – a beret-wearing deep-sea diver, no less – is a…

Song Lyric Sunday: Alternatives – ‘The Other One’

Suggested by the illustrious Fandango, ‘Choices’ is the over-arching theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week: this, that or the other. Well, if a bit of everything isn’t an option, I guess I’ll settle for a bit of the other. ‘The Other One’ was a staple of Grateful Dead shows and one of the most…

Song Lyric Sunday: Sweet – ‘Jeepster’

All is sweetness and light in the prompts for Song Lyric Sunday this week – ‘delightful’, ‘pleasant’ and ‘sweet’: ‘heavenly’, indeed. I believe that this may have been the last 45rpm single (ask your grandad) that I ever bought. That would have been back in 1971. It’s another of those earworms that are going to…

Song Lyric Sunday: Resolute – ‘Stand by Me’

Jim’s theme for this week is faithfulness, with his illustrative key words being ‘resolute’, ‘staunch’ and ‘steadfast’. The song I’ve selected doesn’t use any of these words specifically, but certainly conveys their meaning. “Stand By Me’ is a much-loved, much covered classic. Arguably, the best-known version is that of Ben E King, who wrote it…

Song Lyric Sunday: Festive – ‘The Last Carnival’

There’s a festive theme to Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday this week. Well, we’ll see about that. This is a song that certainly fits the brief in terms of title, although it is anything but festive. Bruce Springsteen wrote ‘The Last Carnival’ in memory of former E Street Band member Danny Federici. It features on the…

Song Lyric Sunday: Duplicity – ‘No woman, no cry’

The broad theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday could be described as ‘duplicity’. I doubt that many could accuse Bob Marley of that particular character flaw – what you saw is what you got. This is one of those instances where I had to fulfil the theme through the lyric (‘observing the hypocrites’) rather…

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…