Song Lyric Sunday: Celebration – ‘Unhappy Birthday’

Jim’s key words for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday are celebratory: things to lift the spirits in these difficult times, such as ‘birthday’, ‘party’, ‘gift’ and ‘cake’. Nice try Jim. But here’s The Smiths, Manchester’s mordant miserabilists: I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday Cause you’re…

Song Lyric Sunday: Attestations – ‘The Promise’

Vows, oaths, promises…all different types of attestation and the key words for Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge this week. I confess I was surprised to see how many songs there are out there called simply ‘(The) Promise’. However, I know my lovely daughter in particular will enjoy this. It’s really rather good… How time will…

Song Lyric Sunday: Give & Take – ‘Get It On’

Well now…something of a guilty pleasure in response to Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt this week, although almost fifty years on, I guess the Statute of Limitations has kicked in by now. The early-seventies Glam Rock phenomenon presented a bit of a challenge for us long-haired hippy types. It was decidedly uncool to admit to…

Song Lyric Sunday: Extremities – ‘Crazy Fingers’

It’s all about bodily extremities for Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge this week, so let’s go with fingers and the Grateful Dead’s ‘Crazy Fingers’, one of my favourite songs in the canon. Robert Hunter’s lyrics are sheer poetry and if you have the time (and inclination) listen to the magic starting from 4:45 in this…