Song Lyric Sunday: Mental – ‘The Sound(s) Of Silence’

I must have been doing Song Lyric Sunday for too long, because this week, for the theme of ‘thought’ (broadly speaking), I realised that I had already deployed my first two choices: Pink Floyd’s ‘Brain Damage/Eclipse’ and John Lennon’s ‘Mind Games’. However, this is surely up there with the best of them: a vision that…

Song Lyric Sunday: Precipitation – ‘Mission in The Rain’

Song Lyric Sunday this week takes ‘rain’ as its theme. The real standout choice for me would be Carole King’s ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’; unfortunately it’s such a standout that I’ve already deployed it. Same with my second choice, the Grateful Dead’s ‘Looks Like Rain’; indeed, I used that for Helen’s prompt…

Song Lyric Sunday: Musical Instruments – ‘Johnny B Goode’

Entries for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday should make reference to musical instruments. Right then, here is Chuck Berry’s seminal rock ‘n roll classic – the tale of a young guitar prodigy. You may have heard it before…. Deep down in Louisiana close to New OrleansWay back up in the woods among the evergreensThere stood…

Song Lyric Sunday: Fruity – ‘The Lemon Song’

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday should make reference to a fruit in it’s title. This somewhat fruity piece from Led Zeppelin’s second album fills that bill. I should have quit you a long time agoOh, yeah, long time agoI wouldn’t be here, my childrenDown on this killing floor I should have listened, baby, to my…

Song Lyric Sunday: Apocalyptic – ‘Masters of War’

The Book of Revelation’s four horsemen of the apocalypse – war, pestilence, famine and death – constitute the cheery theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week. My first thought was this very early classic by Bob Dylan, released on the ‘Freewhelin’ album in 1963. Although I would only have been about eleven or twelve at…

Song Lyric Sunday: Modernity – ‘Modern Love’

As Jim is kind enough to give us a few weeks heads up of his weekly themes for Song Lyric Sunday, I’ve known that ‘Automated, Mechanical, Robots’ has been looming for some time. Jim himself rightly pointed out that it could be difficult to find something that matches this rather unusual brief (I was certainly…

Song Lyric Sunday: Contractions – ‘You Can’t Do That’

Grammatical contractions form the theme of Song Lyric Sunday this week: ‘don’t’, ‘won’t’ and, of course ‘can’t’. This is a song about jealousy. Or maybe the patriarchy. The Beatles, from ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, the album of the movie, released in 1964. I got something to say that might cause you painIf I catch you…

Song Lyric Sunday: Space – ‘Master Of The Universe’

Back in the late sixties there were lots of space-rock bands in the UK, most of them now mercifully all but forgotten. For me, though, there were two stand-outs: Pink Floyd, of course, but also Hawkwind. As pretty well everybody surely knows, Floyd developed away from their original hard(ish) rock roots to their characteristic expansive,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Movie Week – ‘Night Fever’

It’s movie week on Song Lyric Sunday this week, so Jim is after something from a film soundtrack that was a ‘freestanding’ hit. Back in 1977, I used to get in from work on a Friday afternoon just in time to listen to a weekly programme – whose name I have entirely forgotten – on…

Song Lyric Sunday: In memoriam – ‘Mother’

Song Lyric Sunday this week is looking for songs written as tributes for someone. This heart-rending piece by John Lennon was the first example that came into my mind. I think it’s quite well known that John Lennon’s childhood was neither ‘normal’ or happy. Apart from the fact that he was born during a German…