Song Lyric Sunday: Vehicles – ‘Magic Bus’

Jim’s theme this week offers a choice of vehicles: car/truck/bus. I’m going with my first thought – ‘Magic Bus’, written by Pete Townshend and performed here by The Who in their early-seventies pomp. There seems to be some debate about whether this is a coded-reference song about drugs, or a charming ditty about the excitement…

Song Lyric Sunday: Trains – ‘I Know You Rider’

‘I Know You Rider’ is a traditional American folk song, although for me it’s unbreakably associated with the Grateful Dead, for whom it was a live-performance staple, almost always linked with ‘China Cat Sunflower’ in the ‘China>Rider’ diptych. I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone; I know you, rider, gonna miss me…

Song Lyric Sunday: Clothing – ‘Queen Bitch’

Jim’s list of subjects for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday centre on the overall theme of clothing. With ‘her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat’, this works. This one needs no introduction: Bowie’s nod to the Velvet Underground from ‘Hunky Dory’ I’m up on the eleventh floor And I’m watching the cruisers below He’s down on…

Song Lyric Sunday: Structure – ‘Our House’

There is a ‘construction’ feel to Jim’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday this week, so the song ‘Our House’ seems to fit the bill. The question is, though, which ‘Our House’? There are at least two songs I know with that title and it is fair to say that their respective treatments of the subject…

Song Lyric Sunday: Flight – ‘Expecting To Fly’

This week’s themes set by Jim for Song Lyric Sunday are based around the idea of ‘flight’. Which gives me an opportunity to post one of my all-time favourites. This haunting, ethereal piece was written and performed by Neil Young (plus orchestra) although it appears on the ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’ album. ‘Genius’ describes this as…

Song Lyric Sunday: Wild West – ‘Hey Joe’

There’s a cowboy feel to Jim’s choice of prompts for Song Lyric Sunday this week, and as he’s already quite rightly exercised his droit du seigneur and will write about what was my first choice, ‘Me And My Uncle”, I’ve cast my net a little further afield, while still respecting the prompt. In much the…

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…