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: Questions – ‘How Many More Times?’

Jim has selected the broad theme of ‘questions’ for Song Lyric Sunday this week, and this was the first thing that came into my head. Deadheads (guilty) often talk about what’s been called ‘the click of affinity’: the moment when you’re listening to the Dead and you suddenly get it. In my case – should…

Song Lyric Sunday: No – ‘No Quarter’

This week’s theme is, to put it bluntly, ‘No’. This is another of those where I was able to go with the first song that popped into my head. Led Zeppelin, from ‘Houses of the Holy’. Another example of allusions to Nordic mythology (cf ‘The Immigrant Song’). You couldn’t describe the lyrics as particularly profound,…

30-Day Song Challenge: Days 1-6

Late to the party (as usual), but I’ve only just found out about the 30-Day Song Challenge that seems to be doing the rounds on WordPress in December. For the life of me I can’t trace its originator, but it’s my sort of thing so I thought I’d play along. This is the full programme…

Song Lyric Sunday:Vengeance – ‘Your Time Is Gonna Come’

“Gonna make you pay for that great big hole in my heart” ‘Vengeance’ is Helen’s chosen theme this week. Almost too easy: there is no question in my mind that the greatest song about revenge ever written is Bob Dylan’s ‘Positively Fourth Street’. However, Dylan does turn up quite often in these Song Lyric Sunday…

My Music Lexicon: L is for Led Zeppelin (and nobody else)

We’re not quite halfway through this musical lexicon and we’ve already had a few examples of musical epiphany. However, for sheer power and immediacy there has never been anything to match the very first time I heard Led Zeppelin. By the time we got to the Lower Sixth (first of two years of A-level studies),…