September 21, 2007

Songs I don't want to be free of.

Getting into the elevator at the law school yesterday, I was taking out my earbuds so I could talk to a student. He asked me what I was listening to, and I just said "the same old songs." It was too embarrassing to say -- yet somehow I'm writing it here -- "Bennie and the Jets." You know, iTunes keeps a record of what you've listened to the most. It says something about you. What's yours? Tell me yours and what it says about you. And you can see what mine is and speculate wildly about what it means about me:



The video, I haven't seen in decades, but I saw it a few times when I was a teenager, so take that into account.

75 comments:

AllenS said...

I listen to a radio station out of River Falls, WI, and they play "songs from yesterday, today, and tommorrow, that we hope makes your day more enjoyable". They never say who the artist or name of the song is. I find myself really enjoying the songs from the Beattles first two albums. I own only one CD -- Andrea Bocelli.

AllenS said...

Amended:

I forgot, I have 5 other CDs that a former girlfriend made for me. One is ok, and the others are crap.

shadow said...

Come Together

shoop shoop

George said...

You need to be hugged and squeezed real tight by the light of the moon on some summer night.

You need love and kissing too.

All these things are good for you.

I ain't foolin'.

You need schoolin'

-You Need Love
William Dixon
(& McKinley Morganfield)

MadisonMan said...

Doesn't the most played song evolve with time?

I don't listen to music much, but songs get trapped in my head. Lately it's been One hippopotami cannot get on a bus.... I'm not sure what that says about me.

the jackal said...

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1.

Guess that means I want to go have some adventures.

michael farris said...

"I don't listen to music much, but songs get trapped in my head"

The following has been trapped in my head lately:

"Well, goodbye tubs and clothes lines, goodbye pots and pans
I'm a gonna take a greyhound bus, as further as I can
I ain't a gonna wash no windows and I ain't a gonna scrub no floors
And when you realize I'm gone, I'm a gonna hear you roar.

And you'll say:
'Hey Loretta!
I love you more than my Irish Setter
Hey Loretta!
Don't leave me alone.
Hey Loretta!
I swear I'm a gonna treat you better,
Buy you brand new overalls
if you'll only come back home.'"

I'm very concerned about this.

partial video (non-synchronized):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJIRWq6y6PQ

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Adrian said...

i don't have itunes, just use youtube, but these are the ones i listen to the most, i think:

sad eyed lady of the lowlands (dylan)
don't worry baby (beach boys)
be my baby (ronettes)
king harvest has surely come (the band)
give me back my man (the b-52s)

PDG9 said...

Several Rolling Stones singles from the 60s top my iPod list ("19th Nervous Breakdown" "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?" "Ruby Tuesday" "Let's Spend the Night Together" "Jumping Jack Flash" "Child of the Moon"). After that it's songs recorded by my own "band", which definitely tells you something about me.

paul a'barge said...

iTunes keeps a record of what you've listened to the most

Althouse, can we get some documentation for this?

This would imply that your IPod keeps a record of what you choose and that your IPod tells ITunes (installed on your PC) what you've been playing, and possibly that ITunes communicates this to Apple.

This would be pretty ugly if true.

Pogo said...

1. Mad World by Gary Jules
2. The Story by Brandi Carlile
3. Maybe Not by Cat Power

nick danger said...

The entire "Piece of Mind" album by Iron Maiden.

Trooper York said...

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
And when that fog horn blows I want to hear it
I don't have to fear it

I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then magnificently we will float into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home
And when that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it
I don't have to fear it

I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will float into the mystic
Come on girl...

Too late to stop now

(Van Morrison)

Shan said...

Liquid Swords
the GZA

It says I'm really into 36 Chambers era Wu Tang Clan.

the Rising Jurist said...

According to last.fm, the top song is Jason Isbell's "The Magician." A close second is Tool's "Right in Two."

What this says is that, even though I really enjoy discovering new artists, I still really like my favorite band from high school. I think it also shows that I obsess with songs that other fans pass over.

Skeptical said...

Adam Ant's 'Goody Two Shoes'? Crap.

Trooper York said...

I, I'm so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
'Cause you make me feel so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you

Since, since we've been together
Loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me be the one you come running to
I'll never be untrue

Let's, let's stay together
Lovin' you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad

Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Why, why some people break up
Then turn around and make up
I just can't see
You'd never do that to me (would you, baby)
Staying around you is all I see
(Here's what I want us to do)

[Repeat to fade:]
Let's, we oughta stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad

(Al Green)

Pogo said...

4. From a Shell by Lisa Germano; video clipped from scenes of Romeo & Juliet.
5. This Woman's Work by Kate Bush
6. Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
7. Theme from the movie 'American Beauty' by Thomas Newman

bill said...

This would imply that your IPod keeps a record of what you choose and that your IPod tells ITunes (installed on your PC) what you've been playing, and possibly that ITunes communicates this to Apple.

Yes, the iPod as well the iTunes library keeps track of play counts (which it considers the last 5 seconds of a song). If you play a song on the iPod five times, this info is passed to your library the next time you sync. Unless you manually update; then no play counts or ratings are passed from the iPod to iTunes.

Further, iTunes the library is different from iTunes the store. The store must be accessed through the library but if you never want to use the store you don't have to connect the library to the internet.

David53 said...

Tainted Love Old school Gloria Jones 1964

Girl All The Bad Guys Want The Fabulous Bowling For Soup

Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon

MadisonMan said...

Just my opinion, but I'm not interested in reading the entire lyrics of songs, Trooper York.

Post a link like david53, please.

Trooper York said...

That's because you're a commie.

Mike said...

Et Moi Dans Mon Coin, by Charles Aznavour.

Sweet sadness.

Maxine Weiss said...

http://www.last.fm/listen/user/Maxineweiss/playlist

jane said...

Wonderful selections, some really beautiful, like Mad World and Carlile’s. I love and listen to it all, but my comfort songs the past few months are oldies but goodies, such as Beethovens' 7th 2nd, American folk/bluegrass, and ATWA (much better on the album.)

AllenS said...

Be quiet Trooper York for a minute, AllenS is gonna sing:

Me me me me me me

You post the songs that make me and MM not want to sing

You post the songs that are too long and special things

You post the songs that make both of us want to cry

You post the songs, you post the songs

oooooooooooooo


Your music makes you dance

Like you have ants in your pants

And you wrote some rock 'n' roll so you can post

Music fills your heart

Well, that's a real fine place to start

It's from me it's for you

It's from you, it's for me

It's a worldwide bloggy jamboree

(takes bow)

Special thanks to my friend Barry Manilow

Trooper York said...

Oh baby, let's have a party,
Let's have a party,
Let's all begin;
Let's all begin;
You bring the women,
You bring the women.
And I'll bring the gin.
I'll bring the gin.

Let's go for a ride,
Let's go for a ride,
Ain't going far,
Ain't going far,
You fix the blow-out,
You fix the blow-out,
Boy, and I'll drive the car.
I'll drive the car.

Oh, zaz-zoo-zoo,
Oh, zaz-zoo-zoo,
Oh, zoo-zaz,
Oh, zoo-zaz,
Oh, zaz-zoo,
Oh, zaz-zoo,
[Scatting]

I can't dance,
I can't dance.
Got ants in my pants,
Got ants in my pants.
I can't dance,
I can't dance,
Got ants in my pants!

Boys, I can't dance,
I got ants in my pants.
Oh, man, Chick can't dance.
Why?
He's got ants in his pants.

(James Brown)

Jennifer said...

I love that song. Is that embarrassing? :)

Well, my top song is apparently I'm Yours by Jason Mraz. Embarrassingly, my top 7 songs are all Jason Mraz. Creature of habit, I guess.

Trooper York said...

That last post was in honor of the
upcoming Althouse jamboree...you bring the women and I'll bring the gin

AllenS said...

"you bring the women and I'll bring the gin"

It's deal, I'll meet you there.

Anthony said...

This doesn't make any sense. It says I've played "1000: A Mass For The End of Time" by Anonymous 4 91 times. Um, hello, Apple? I only installed it on my iPod about 3 days ago.

So I don't know if I trust it. Apart from that, it has the soundtrack from Millennium (TV show) 2-4th.

ak said...

Trooper York, Van and Al Green? A man after my own heart.

My iPod isn't very old, so I'm still at the stage of listening to songs I'm always liked but never owned. Top three:

The Man Who Got Away, Judy Garland
The Third Man Theme, Anton Karas
Top Hat, Fred Astaire

Ralph said...

We listened to the 2nd of Beethoven's 7th 23 years ago, driving in a tremendous lightning storm to NC to bury my mother. I've never wanted to hear it since.

Puccini always pops into my head in the shower, usually Boheme or Butterfly.

jane said...

Yes, Ralph, it is rather funereal. Eerie ethereal at the end of Gaspar Noé's "Irréversible."

Richard Dolan said...

I only listen to the iPod when walking to work over the B Bridge. Most played (by far): Chopin ballades, nocturnes/preludes, scherzos. I vary between the Rubinstein and Ashkenazy recordings. Vocal music: Cecilia Bartoli, mostly singing Mozart and Rossini.

It's interesting that many still play the songs that interested them when they were much younger. I find that music occasionally fun to listen to, but even the pleasures of nostalgia can't keep me interested for long in all that love-sick-puppy stuff. It's not that Chopin or the Mozart/Rossini arias are so "elevated". The thematic content of the Mozart/Rossini stuff is often of the same love-sick-puppy variety as today's pop music. But, as they say, no one reads the sonnets for the ideas; it's all about the art with which common notions or feelings are expressed. And the Chopin has no thematic content: you can read into whatever you want, or just take it as music.

What attracts me to it is the artistry of the music and the performance. In the Chopin pieces, there's always something in it you didn't hear before, and when you notice it, you're amazed at how much can be packed into a simple musical phrase, or even just a single note. And Bartoli can make the most banal lyric soar just by her skill as a musician. Even the best pop music is flat and dull in comparison -- it may start with the same common notions or feelings but pretty much just leaves them where it found them.

Christy said...

K.D. Lang's version of Hallelujah and it is all your fault, Ann. After the discussion last year about the song I went through clips of all the iTunes versions and then downloaded Lang's.

paul a'barge said...

...iTunes the library is different from iTunes the store...

thanks for that!

Need I be concerned about information being sent from ITunes the application on my PC to ITunes the store? Specifically, data regarding my listening history?

bill said...

Need I be concerned about information being sent from ITunes the application on my PC to ITunes the store? Specifically, data regarding my listening history?

Not that I'm aware of. But I can't say for certain. I'm guessing if they did people would be more upset than the news that Microsoft updates your computer without telling you.

Apple article on making a podcast has some interesting info: "iTunes" is one word that is used to refer to two things: 1) a client application that people install on their Mac or PC to manage their music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, etc., and 2) a server-side online site called the iTunes Store (iTS).

And I just remembered the ministore. Read about it here. It will send data to the store so it can offer you selections. But you have to activate it and it's easy to turn off. Apple has stated that this information is not collected. Up to you to believe it or not.

John Stodder said...

My current top 20 surprised me. Most of the time, I keep my mp3 player on Random Play All, so some of this might be reflective of the fact that I've had these particular songs on the player for a long time.

#9 Dream -- John Lennon. You know, the one where the chorus is "aah-bawakawa-pousay-pousay."

Hello Goodbye -- Beatles. Mysterious how it got ranked so high. I like it, but it's hardly my favorite Beatle song.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Two Against Nature -- Steely Dan

Bad Boy -- The Beatles. Great Lennon vocal.

Jack of Speed -- Steely Dan

Rock and Roll Music -- Beatles' version

Sitting by the Riverside -- Kinks

Haitian Divorce -- Steely Dan. Yeah, this is truly an underrated classic, and a case study in how to write a great lyric.

Big Sky -- The Kinks. That's one you should seek out, if you haven't heard it. It's from Village Green Preservation Society.

Child of the Moon -- Rolling Stones. This was the b-side to Jumpin' Jack Flash

Cupid Must be Angry -- Nick Lowe, from "The Convincer." Lowe's last four records are little masterpieces.

Rain-- Beatles

That Song About the Midway -- Joni Mitchell. I love her, and especially love her early folkie-sounding stuff.

Walking Through the Park -- Muddy Waters from the "Fathers and Sons" album.

You Can Depend on Me -- Nat King Cole.

Lately I've Let Things Slide -- Nick Lowe, another song from "The Convincer."

Monkey to Man -- Elvis Costello. Relatively recent, great song off "The Delivery Man."

Paperback Writer -- Beatles

Pixeleen -- Steely Dan, from "Everything Must Go."

Anthony said...

Oddly, I've never been comfortable listening to anything with headphones while out walking around. The only time I listen to my iPod is at work when Rhapsody is boring me. I just can't stand not being able to hear what's going on around me.

Windbag said...

Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are my top. "Bennie and the Jets" is one of my favorites, and Elton John was a huge favorite long ago. He hasn't released anything worth listening to since Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy ('76?).

Let's face it, despite disco, the 70's and late 60's had the best pop music ever. Although, some cool jazz by Dave Brubeck or Miles Davis fit in from time to time.

Ann Althouse said...

I consider "Good-bye Yellow Brick Road" to be late Elton John. I like the earlier albums. My favorite Elton John song is "Daniel."

As to why that Monkees song comes in first, it's mainly because the day I bought it from iTunes, I played it on repeat many, many times. It surprised me that it came in first.

And the truth is I usually don't listen to music. I listen to audiobooks much more, and I usually only play my music to drown out someone else's music. (Or in the car.) I really appreciate the absence of music. There's really too much music in our environment these days.

Trooper York said...

I've got the world on a string
I'm sitting on a rainbow
Got the string around my finger
What a world, what a life - I'm in love

I've got a song that I sing
I can make the rain go
Any time I move my finger
Lucky me, can't you see - I'm in love

Life's a beautiful thing
As long as I hold the string
I'd be a silly so-and-so
If I should ever let her go

(Harold Arlen

Smilin' Jack said...

Apple article on making a podcast has some interesting info: "iTunes" is one word that is used to refer to two things: 1) a client application that people install on their Mac or PC to manage their music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, etc., and 2) a server-side online site called the iTunes Store (iTS).

So much for "Think Different." Apple can't even come up with a different name for a different product. And what's with all the "i"-crap anyway? Note to Steve Jobs: maybe it's time to really "think different" and move on to, like, "j".

bill said...

Smilin Jack, obviously you do not understand "Think Different." Anyone else would have come up with two names for two products. Apple didn't. That's different.

Trooper York said...

There may be trouble ahead
But while there's music and moonlight (moonlight and music) and love and romance
Let's face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill, and while we still have THE chance
Let's face the music and dance

Soon, we'll be without the moon
Humming a different tune - and then...

There may be teardrops to shed
So (But) while there's music and moonlight (moonlight and music) and love and romance
(Let's face the music and dance, dance)
(Let's face the music - let's HEAR that music)
Let's face the music and dance
(Irving Berlin)

Ralph said...

Odd that Davey Jones didn't make it as a solo teen idol. We dug the TV show as kids, though I never liked that song much.

Christy, thanks for the link. Lang and Wainwright both leave off the final verse. Did they not want to sing to the Lord of Song?

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

MadisonMan said...

I consider "Good-bye Yellow Brick Road" to be late Elton John. I like the earlier albums. My favorite Elton John song is "Daniel."

Daniel (agree, fabulous) and Good-bye Yellow Brick Road are both on Elton John's First Greatest Hits album -- vs. his 2nd or 3rd (Is there a 4th now? I've lost track). So for late Elton John, GBYBR is pretty early.

Odd that Davey Jones didn't make it as a solo teen idol.

Well, he was for a little while, wasn't he? I remember him showing up to sing for Marsha on the Brady Bunch. I think that was post-Monkees and there were plenty of people on-screen screaming.

John Stodder said...

I first heard of Elton John in about 1970 with his "Your Song" album. My freshman college roommate had Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and that was in '73-'74. In between those two, he released the brilliant Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau and a live album -- and I might be forgetting one.

The Stones released Beggar's Banquet in '68, the single "Honky Tonk Woman" and Let it Bleed in '69, a live album and Sticky Fingers in'70, Exile on Main Street in '72 and Goat's Head Soup in '73.

Everything the Beatles recorded came out between 1963 and 1970, less than seven years. Bob Dylan released nine albums from 1960 to 1969, including time off to recover from a motorcycle accident--during which time he wrote and recorded the Basement Tapes demos and helped launch The Band.

Likewise Van Morrison, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Aretha Franklin, Sly and the Family Stone, the Who, the Kinks and the Grateful Dead. Even Steely Dan, studio perfectionists, managed to put out an album a year from '72 - '77.

For a bunch of pot-smokin' hippies, these 60's and early 70s musicians had an amazing work ethic. It takes today's big acts four years between albums that aren't nearly as good.

LutherM said...

For the past 24 years - in 11 year intervals - my life seems to parallel the song cycle:

"Is it an earthquake, or simply a shock
Is it that good turtle soup, or merely the mock
Is it the whisky, this feeling of joy
Or is what I feel, the real McCoy

Is it for all time, or simply a lark
Is it Granada I see, or only Asbury Park
Is it a fancy, not worth thinking of
Or is it at long last love"


THEN
"Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want.
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here.

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year."


Finally;

"Well let me tell you 'bout the way she looked
The way she acted, the colour of her hair
Her voice was soft and cool
Her eyes were clear and bright
But she's not there "

A second-rate American version of the Max Ophuls movie, "LA RONDE" ?

I grow old … I grow old …

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.



Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.



I do not think that they will sing to me.

John said...

My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone. That song never gets old.

blake said...

I've been listening to "Sorrow! Stay" for over 500 years. It's wearing a little thin.

Sorrow! Sorrow, stay!
Lend true repentant tears
To a woful wretched wight;
Hence! Hence, despair!
With they tormenting fears
O do not, my poor heart affright
Pity! Pity, help now or never!
Mark me not to endless pain:
Alas I am condemned ever,
No hope there doth remain,
But down, down, down, down I fall,
And arise I never shall.

Ooh, also, du Prez' "Mille Regretz", but that still holds up. I think it's the "z" used to pluralize.

Mille regretz de vous abandonner
Et d'eslonger vostre fache amoureuse,
Jay si grand dueil et paine douloureuse,
Quon me verra brief mes jours definer.

Trooper York said...

Lutherm and Blake, very cool, very cool.

George said...

Saw Davy Jones in an ad in some old peoples' magazine last week. Can't remember what he was hawking--time share condos or osteoporosis pills, something like that.

He was all hunched over and plump, too, like the guy who played Steed on The Avengers.

Jeez, time is cruel.

Jennifer said...

For a bunch of pot-smokin' hippies, these 60's and early 70s musicians had an amazing work ethic. It takes today's big acts four years between albums that aren't nearly as good.

I think they just had more talent and more love for music. Today's big acts are shiny and pretty and marketable with enough ambition to throw their grandmothers under the bus. But, they don't really live music. And I say this as a relative youngun.

blake said...

Jennifer,

You just described "disco".

(Bee Gees excepted. Whatever you may say about them, they were around for 10 years before SNF and 20 years after.)

Ralph said...

Stodder, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player was Elton's album before GBYBR. It contained "Daniel" and "Crocodile Rock."
We watched a lot of TV shows as kids, but the only ones I can remember any details of are "Get Smart" and "Laugh In".

Jennifer said...

blake - LOL Really? Before my time. Everything old is new again, I guess. :)

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

The screen door slams
Mary's dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that's me and I want you only
Don't turn me home again
I just can't face myself alone again
Don't run back inside
darling you know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking
That maybe we ain't that young anymore
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
Oh and that's alright with me...

Peter Palladas said...

That soppy flute instrumental from Dylan's 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.' The swelling crescendo - 'bah dah, dah dah bah dah dah - da'dah da'da dab'a'dah' - you know you know it.

Gonna be part of my funeral music, along with Van Morrison's 'Listen to the Lion'.

Leonard Cohen's 'Famous Blue Raincoat' and 'Let's Sing Another Song Boys [This One Has Grown Old And Bitter]' - will feature somewhere too.

It'll be a Tridentine Requiem Mass naturally, so you gotta find something folk can hum along to.

No frigging degenerate pastiche 'Missa De Angelis' though - any mother tries that and my coffin is wired to detonate.

Maxine Weiss said...

http://www.last.fm/listen/user/Maxineweiss/playlist

Trooper York said...

Here comes the weekend, honey.
What's going on?
Do we put our feet up, honey,
Or call it all night long?
Oh, baby, whatever... I'm With You

Are we staying home, are we going downtown?
Are we dressing up baby, or dressing down?
Oh, whatever... Baby, I'm With you

You're my sunshine in the morning,
You're my stars at night.
You're all I ever dream about.
Anything you want,
Well, baby, that's alright.
Anything you don't,
I can learn to live without as long as...

I'm with you, till the Sun stops burning.
I'm with you, till the world stops turning.
Till the end of time, Oh, I'm with you.


I'm with you, till the Sun stops burning.
I'm with you, till the world stops turning.
Till the end of time, baby, I'm with you.
Till the end of time, Oh, baby, I'm with youD

(DELBERT MCCLINTON)

Jeff said...

Handle With Care - Traveling Wilburys cover
Green Lantern - Blue Harvest
Finale - Pippin
Strangers Like Me - Phil Collins
Key of the Twilight - Yuki Kajiura
5 O'Clock World - Bowling For Soup
Who Am I? - Les Misérables
Harriet The Spy - Two of a Kind
The Impossible Dream - Richard Kiley
For Now - Avenue Q

That's a pretty weird list. Some I haven't listened to in quite some time.

Windbag said...

Elton and Bernie Taupin were an incredible songwriting team. I first heard Yellow Brick Road in its entirety while visiting my sister in college, when I was eleven. I had to buy it and listen to it over and over. Levon and Tiny Dancer were wonderful songs, as well.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Always was a Rush and Pink Floyd fan. Dunno what that really says about me as a person other than I liked the sound.

For what its worth

Meade said...

"I consider "Good-bye Yellow Brick Road" to be late Elton John. I like the earlier albums. My favorite Elton John song is "Daniel.""

from wikipedia: "Sacrifice" is a love song performed by musician Elton John. The song lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin and put to music by John, appearing on the 1989 album Sleeping with the Past. The song was subsequently released as a single in 1990 and became John's first independent number one single on the UK Singles Chart, remaining on the top spot for six weeks.
Elton John never wanted to release this as a single, but, English DJ, Steve Wright, started to play the song on BBC Radio 1, followed by many more Radio DJs. The song was then released as a single before reaching #1.
It was soon thereafter covered by Sinéad O'Connor for the 1991 Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin tribute album; many felt it was the best, most haunting performance on the album.

I'll leave it to Trooper York to find the lyrics.

Galvanized said...

Acoustic lover, so everything John Mayer, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Andy McKee and the debut CD of Colbie Caillat. My new favorite Paolo Nutini. The bands Incubus and Evans Blue, and Maroon 5. My kids also have me hooked on the bands Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything, Brand New and the instrumental band Explosions in the Sky. But there are a million more.

It's so cool how digital music has opened up all genres through sampling online, downloading song by song, and sharing iPod earphones with someone else. LOL

Galvanized said...

Oh, yeah...and how could I forget Austin, Texas' own Ghostland Observatory! They are an audio energy rush!

bill said...

DUI, Har Mar Superstar
I Really Love to Dance, Laurie Berkner
Popular, Kristin Chenoweth
Friend is a Four Letter Word, Cake
[skipping the other Laurie Berkner & Cake selections because they are The Wife's and The Child's; though I enjoy them too. They listen by albums, I listen by suffle play]
It's a Hard Knock Life, Dr. Evil
Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well, Mike Doughty
Starfish and Coffee, Prince
Something To Talk About, Badly Drawn Boy
Better Git It In Your Soul, Charles Mingus
Fred G Zydeco, Zydeco Force
Happy Phantom, Tori Amos
The Cowboy Song, Wallets

bill said...

...and by suffle, I obviously meant souffle

Trooper York said...

It's a human sign
When things go wrong
When the scent of her lingers
And temptation's strong

Into the boundary
Of each married man
Sweet deceit comes calling
And negativity lands

Cold cold heart
Hard done by you
Some things look better baby
Just passing through

And it's no sacrifice
Just a simple word
It's two hearts living
In two separate worlds
But it's no sacrifice
No sacrifice
It's no sacrifice at all

Mutual misunderstanding
After the fact
Sensitivity builds a prison
In the final act

We lose direction
No stone unturned
No tears to damn you
When jealousy burns

(Elton John)
(right back at ya Meade)

mythusmage said...

Okay...

The Moody Blues...
Legend of a Mind
Me and You
English Sunset
Celtic Sonant
Hole in the World/Under My Feet
For My Lady
Nights in White Satin
Tuesday Afternoon
The Sunset
Ride My Seesaw
Om
Say it With Love
Is This Heaven
No More Lies
Vintage Wine
Gemini Dream
In My World
Meanwhile
Nervous
Veteran Cosmic Rocker
The Actor
Lovely to See You
Dear Diary
Send Me no Wine
Never Comes the Day
Are You Sitting Comfortably
Eyes of a Child I/II
Gypsy
Watching and Waiting
Question
How is it We Are Here
And the Tide Rushes In
It's Up to You
Minstrel's Song
Dawning is the Day
Melancholy Man
The Story in Your Eyes
New Horizons
The Land of Make Believe
I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band.

And the Tide Rushes In
Ray Thomas

I keep searching for my dreams
A hundred times today
I build them up
You knock them down
Like they were made of clay

And the tide rushes in
And washes my castles away
Then I'm really not so sure
Which side of the bed I should lay
I should lay

You keep looking for someone
To tell your troubles to
I'll sit down and lend an ear
Yet I hear nothing new

And the tide rushes in
And washes my castles away
Then I'm really not so sure
Which side of the bed I should lay
I should lay

(instrumental bridge)

Then the tide rushes in
And washes my castles away
Then I'm really not so sure
Which side of the bed I should lay
I should lay

Blackbird sitting in a tree
Observing what's below
Acorn falling to the ground
He'll stay and watch it grow.

Ralph said...

Whenever I hear it, I always think: Knights in White Satin. How gay is that? It must be crossed in my head with "What a Lucky Man He Was."

Trooper York said...

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail right around the seven oceans
Drop it straight into the deep blue sea
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You can't stop us on the road to freedom
You can't keep us 'cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor bent on chivalry
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You can't stop us on the road to freedom
You can't stop us 'cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor intent on chivalry
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You know she's alright
You know she's alright with me
She's alright, she's alright (she's an angel)

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail it right around the seven oceans
Drop it smack dab in the middle of the deep blue sea
Because she's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

She's as sweet as tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like the honey, baby, from the bee
She's my baby, you know she's alright.....

(Van Morrison)