Song Lyric Sunday: In memoriam – ‘Mother’

Song Lyric Sunday this week is looking for songs written as tributes for someone. This heart-rending piece by John Lennon was the first example that came into my mind. I think it’s quite well known that John Lennon’s childhood was neither ‘normal’ or happy. Apart from the fact that he was born during a German…

Song Lyric Sunday: Weaponry – ‘China Doll’

This week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is centred around weaponry, with key words including ‘bomb’, ‘gun’ knife’: you know, all that good stuff. I couldn’t come up with a suitable song title containing any of these words, so instead I’ve opted for this gentle Grateful Dead ballad. Apparently, Robert Hunter’s working title for this…

Song Lyric Sunday: Worrying – ‘Three Little Birds’

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week, as proposed by the illustrious Fandango, is all about matters of concern. Well, who would have thought it? The title of this Bob Marley song may not be familiar, but you will have definitely have heard it before many times. The title was apparently inspired by three…

Song Lyric Sunday: Showtime – ‘Trip To The Fair’

For this week’s ‘Show’ theme, I was going to use ‘The Music Never Stopped’ by the Grateful Dead, but looking back I saw that I’d already deployed that over three years ago. So instead I came up with this song by the British group Renaissance – folk-rock favourites of mine back in the early seventies…

Song Lyric Sunday: Gobbledygook – ‘I Am The Walrus’

Songs with nonsense lyrics are what’s called for this week. I shall spare you all the appalling ‘Agadoo’ (look it up if you must, but don’t blame me) to focus instead on these odd lyrics from a Beatles song that featured in an odd made-for-television film called, of course, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’. This film was…

Song Lyric Sunday: Housing – ‘Attics Of My Life’

This week the theme for Song Lyric Sunday is houses and rooms in a house. As soon as I saw the word ‘attic’ my thoughts went straight to this simply gorgeous song from the 1970 album ‘American Beauty’. Noting that Jim himself had chosen something else, I had no hesitation in offering up this dreamy,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Education – ‘Teach Your Children’

This week’s theme for Song lyric Sunday is ‘education’. There’s Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’ or Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, of course, but I can honestly say that I think this has both of them well beaten. From the album ‘Déja Vû’, released in 1970. You, who are on the road,Must have a…