Song Lyric Sunday: Namecheck – ‘God’

This week, Jim has posed a it of a tricky one for Song Lyric Sunday – a song that references the name of another group. I know that there’s a song out there somewhere that references a ‘Grateful Dead sticker on a Cadillac’ (is it The Eagles?), but I’m going for John Lennon here drawing…

Song Lyric Sunday: Famous – ‘Waterloo’

It’s not all time-warp tie-dye here at Brokedown Palace, you know…..although it mostly is, if I’m honest. This week, Jim is looking for a song that name-checks somebody famous. It’s fair to say that Napoleon Bonaparte fulfils that criterion. This was the song that announced Abba to the world in 1974 when it walked away…

Song Lyric Sunday: TV themes – ‘Life On Mars’

The BBC screened an excellent, highly popular and innovative crime series back in 2006. The scenario was that a modern-day detective was involved in a car accident and came round to find himself – still a detective – back in 1973. The series was called ‘Life on Mars’. Nothing else to say, really – just…

Song Lyric Sunday: Matrimony – ‘Diamonds In The Mine’

I can see what Jim’s getting at with his prompt words for Song Lyric Sunday this week: ‘Wedding; Marry; Diamond; Ring; Cake’. It must be matrimony, right? Sorry, but I’m not biting on that one – although I have absolutely nothing against the state of matrimony; far from it. However, maybe it says something about…

Song Lyric Sunday: Magic and Mystery – ‘Love Potion Number 9’

An intriguing theme set by Jim this week for Song Lyric Sunday: ‘Hamlet/Magic/Mystery/Supernatural/Trick. So lots of scope for artistic interpretation – just like ‘Hamlet’ itself. This song by Lieber and Stoller surely fits the brief and was was originally a hit for US group The Clovers in 1959, but this is the version that I…

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: Gambling – ‘Deal’

Jim’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week comes under the broad umbrella of ‘gambling’. A couple of years ago Helen Vahdati set a similar theme, which I responded to with the Grateful Dead’s ‘Loser’. This is another offering from the Dead – a rather more upbeat one, often deployed as a rousing Set 1…