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: 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…

Song Lyric Sunday: Barbaric – ‘Sunny Afternoon’

Well. the prompts for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday are a bit out of the ordinary (thankfully): sheer nastiness – ‘brutal; ‘cruel’; ‘violent’. Rather than find a song whose title includes one of these words (and the only one that came to mind was ‘Don’t Be Cruel’), I tried some lateral thinking and came up…

Song Lyric Sunday: Attention Seeking – ‘Hey You’

Jim’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week consists of words intended to attract someone’s attention – including the ever-popular ‘Hey’. I completely overlooked what is arguably the most well-known song featuring that word in its title – The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, which I suspect will be – quite rightly – a popular choice and…

Song Lyric Sunday: Bridal – ‘Stella Blue’

The traditional trappings of a wedding – ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ constitute Jim’s keywords for Song Lyric Sunday this week. This has nothing to do with nuptials, but ask me what’s my favourite Grateful Dead song and although I would be hard-pressed to make a single choice, this would always be…

Song Lyric Sunday: Place – ‘Girl From The North Country’

Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday this week is looking for a sense of place, be it town or city – or, indeed, country. In the week of Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, this strikes me as an appropriate choice. It was the second track on the ‘Freewheelin’ album that was released almost exactly 58 years ago this…