Song Lyric Sunday- 5/29/22- Picture

Such a beautiful song! The lyrics are so meaningful.
I chose this song last weekend* because I knew I might miss the Sunday posting during Memorial Day Weekend. As this was prewritten, I am able to post it from my phone.
Happy Sunday! Stay safe everyone and keep making those memories!
* The unthinkable events this week make this song even more powerful.

The story behind this song:

About 1.2 trillion photos will be taken this year, according to moblivious.com, the majority of them on smart phones. “Picture,” the newest release from Michael Ray, just might inspire a few more photos to be taken as music fans listen to his lyrics and realize just how true they are.

One day we’re barefoot, young and alive, the next we’re a story in a three-by-five, that somebody’s sure glad to have” is one of the more significant lines in his song, co-written with Michael Hardy and David Garcia. It has special meaning for Ray, who wrote the song around the death of a family member.

“My uncle Terry passed away about a week before we wrote the song,” Ray says of the song’s origin. “After he passed, I wanted to write an autobiographical song about my family and the memories we all have to look back on – but it’s not a sad song. It’s a song of celebration. I hope it reminds people, like it does for me, to capture moments with their loved ones.


May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph

Picture

Michael Ray

Cold air, Christmas day, 1997
Pretty in her pigtails, holding up a present
Me in the metal with my front teeth missing
Rudolph on the TV, grandma in the kitchen
July ’85 black Chevrolet
Sunset setting on a Lake County lake
Ten pounds on the dot written on the back
Uncle Terry’s smiling big, holding up a bat
Still hangs in a frame beside the front door
Crazy to think he ain’t here no more

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
Tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah

Bonfire party in the middle of nowhere
Might just look like buddies and some cold beer
But when it’s my time to leave
It’s all someone will have left on me

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
And tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah, oh-oh, yeah

If you think this is one of those memories
That you wanna leave behind
Put your arm around who you love
And thank one tonight, tonight, ’cause

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
And tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah, oh-oh, yeah

Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture

Songwriters: David Arthur Garcia, Michael Ray, Michael Hardy. For non-commercial use only.

Song Lyric Sunday- Soul Train- Freda Payne

This week the theme is songs that mention Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

I’ve been extremely busy doing outdoor chores. I popped onto this week’s prompt and a song came immediately to mind. (Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have participated.)
The video I chose was from the TV show Soul Train. I enjoyed this show every weekend as a kid. Needless to say, this is a ‘golden oldie’. This song reminds me of my ‘little’ sister who was nine when it was released. She and her neighborhood best friend played it over and over … and over. I liked it but they turned it into a (somewhat monotonous) theme song. LOL
I thoroughly enjoy the memory of a time a place now. ❤
This recording became Freda Payne’s first GOLD record.

About Band of Gold

“Band of Gold” is a popular song written and composed by former Motown producers Holland–Dozier–Holland (under the pseudonym of Edythe Wayne) and Ron Dunbar. It was a major hit when first recorded by Freda Payne in 1970 for the Invictus label, owned by H-D-H. The song has been recorded by numerous artists, notably competing 1986 versions by contrasting pop singers Belinda Carlisle and Bonnie Tyler, and a 2007 version by Kimberley Locke. The legendary songwriting team of Holland–Dozier–Holland used the name Edythe Wayne because of a lawsuit in which they were embroiled with Motown. Ron Dunbar was a staff employee and producer for Invictus. When they first offered the song to Freda Payne, she balked at the idea of recording it, finding the material more appropriate for a teenager or very young woman while she was nearly 30 years old. Payne reluctantly gave in after much persuasion by Dunbar. Almost immediately following its release, the Payne record became an instant pop smash, reaching number three in the US and number one on the UK singles chart and remaining there for six weeks in September 1970, giving Payne her first gold record. 

Band Of Gold (Almighty Anthem Radio Edit)

Freda Payne

Now that you’re gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me

You took me from the shelter of my mother
I had never known or loved any other
We kissed after taking vows
But that night on our honeymoon
We stayed in separate rooms

I wait in the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Ohh

Don’t you know that I wait
In the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold

Songwriters: Dunbar Ronald, Wayne Edythe. For non-commercial use only.

Song Lyric Sunday- 5/8/22- Bare Feet

This week the theme is songs that mention Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

I found the most delightful song for this week’s prompt!
It’s by singer/songwriter Caroline Jones who is new to me. I love it when I find excellent artists because of Song Lyric Sunday.
Her lovely voice and uplifting lyrics grabbed me instantly. Thanks especially to Paula of Light Motifs II for today’s great prompt.
As always, thank-you to Jim for his weekly inspirations in music too.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I!

Bare Feet

Free as my footsteps, my footsteps on the ground
Certain of intention but not where they are bound
Finding my footing as I fall
A little too late maybe baby, but that’s the fun of it all

‘Cause fish have fins
Birds have wings
I was given these two things
To run the world

In my bare feet
I’m in my bare feet
Cause I want to feel the world’s heart beat
I want to grow tall & strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
No agenda to my free, no insecurity I’m trying to feed
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat, beat, beat
Underneath my bare feet

Don’t keep the cares that keep you from your peace
Surefooted & lighthearted, just the way you’re supposed to be
You ain’t never been a fragile soul and you won’t start now
What a shame it’d be to waste your moments on doubt

‘Cause fish have fins & birds have wings
We are given these two things
To run the world

In our bare feet
I’m in my bare feet
Cause I want to feel the world’s heart beat
I want to grow tall & strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
No agenda to my free, no insecurity I’m trying to feed
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat, beat, beat
Underneath my bare feet
Underneath my bare feet

We have more freedom than we realize
More choices than we exercise
Find me under those blue skies

In my bare feet.
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat
In my bare feet, ’cause I want to feel the world’s heartbeat
I want to grow tall & strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
No agenda to my free, no one else that I’m trying to be
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat, beat, beat
Underneath my bare feet

Songwriters: Caroline Jones. For non-commercial use only.

Song Lyric Sunday- 5/1/22-Madonna

Prompt words are …suit, shirt, dress, pants.

Of all the songs that I considered fitting the prompt, this is my favorite. Madonna has so many great songs! It’s a song that even the naive can sing and never realize the ‘naughty’ message. LOL
I doubt that I’ll be the only one who chooses it. 😉

Dress You Up” is a song by American singer Madonna from her second studio album Like a Virgin (1984). It was released as the fifth and final single from Like a Virgin on July 31, 1985, by Sire Records. The song was the last track to be added to the album as it was submitted late by songwriters Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale. Madonna pushed for the song’s inclusion on Like a Virgin as she particularly liked its lyrics. Musically, “Dress You Up” is a drum beat driven dance song featuring instrumentation from guitars and vocals from a choir, and a guitar solo played by Nile Rodgers, who also produced the song. The lyrics are an extended metaphor for fashion and lust, comparing dressing up with passion.

“Dress You Up”

You’ve got style, that’s what all the girls say
Satin sheets and luxuries so fine
All your suits are custom-made in London
But I’ve got something that you’ll really like

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body

Feel the silky touch of my caresses
They will keep you looking so brand new
Let me cover you with velvet kisses
I’ll create a look that’s made for you

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love
All over your body, all over your body
In my love
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love
All over your body, all over your body
In my love
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love
All over your body, all over your body
In my love
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes

Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
In my love
All over your body
All over your body

Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
In my love
All over your body, yeah love me boy

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes
Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body, yeah love me boy

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over

Song Lyric Sunday-4/17/22 Beach, Surf, Swimming

I almost took a pass on this week’s theme, but I found this catchy, fun, song on YouTube and decided to join in. Let’s just say it rolled around in my head all day. I’d add this to my playlist, so it was worth showcasing on Song Lyric Sunday.
In April 2021, Brian Kelley decided to launch a solo career after a successful run as half of the country music duo Florida Georgia Line. Beach Cowboy is one of four songs he wrote, preformed, and released, to immortalize his affection for his Florida roots.

Brian Edward Kelley (born August 26, 1985) is an American musician, best known as a member of the Nashville-based duo Florida Georgia Line. Kelley is from Ormond Beach, Florida, and enjoyed playing sports and music growing up. He moved to Nashville to go to school and play baseball at Belmont University, where he met Tyler Hubbard, the other member of Florida Georgia Line.
Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo founded in 2010 by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, both of whom are vocalists and songwriters. Their 2012 debut single “Cruise” broke two major sales records: it was downloaded over seven million times, making it the first country song ever to receive the Diamond certification, and it became the best-selling digital country song, with 24 weeks at number one, until it was surpassed in July 2017 by Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”. “Cruise” remains their most popular song to date. 
In February 2022, Hubbard and Kelley announced they will be “taking a break” from recording music together and will be on an indefinite hiatus from touring after several live shows they have booked in 2022.

More on his solo launch:

https://www.soundslikenashville.com/tag/brian-kelley

“Beach Cowboy”

Ride into town on my two wheel steel horns
Rollin’ on in like a storm on the Gulf Coast
Wherever them North winds blow, in them big white caps
That’s where I hang my hat

Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)
Sand cruiser, fat tire, turquoise (Tire, turquoise)
Got a shark tooth on my bolo
Saddle up, paddle up my YOLO
Yippee-yo-ki-yay, it’s your boy BK
Goin’ John Wayne on these waves (Hey)
Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)
Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)

I’m gonna lasso me a spicy margarita
Bartender, make it two for me and one for señorita
We go wild, wild west on that tequila
If you wanna learn from the best, then boy, I’ll teach ya

Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)
Sand cruiser, fat tire, turquoise (Tire, turquoise)
Got a shark tooth on my bolo
Saddle up, paddle up, my YOLO
Yippee-yo-ki-yay, it’s your boy BK
Goin’ John Wayne on these waves (Hey)
Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)

Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)
Sand cruiser, fat tire, turquoise (Tire, turquoise)
Got a shark tooth on my bolo
Saddle up, paddle up, my YOLO
Yippee-yo-ki-yay, it’s your boy BK
Goin’ John Wayne on these waves
Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)
Sand cruiser, fat tire, turquoise (Tire, turquoise)
Got a shark tooth on my bolo
Saddle up, paddle up, my YOLO
Yippee-yo-ki-yay, it’s your boy BK
Goin’ John Wayne on these waves (Hey)
Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)
Yeah, they call me beach cowboy (Beach cowboy)


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Song Lyric Sunday- The Partridge Family

The theme from Jim Adams is songs that mention Mind, Think, or Brain.

The first song that came to mind in line with today’s theme was I Think I Love You by The Partridge Family. Then, when I looked for it, I saw another song that they did that I liked even more. It fit our prompt, so my choice for today is, You Are Always on My Mind by The Partridge Family.
(Incidentally, “I Think I Love You” became a far bigger hit.)
I really like the chorus in this song. I know that songs mean different things through associations we make with special times or moments but sometimes a song’s notes and chords are personally appealing the first time we hear them. That’s a marvel, just like the taste of food, to each individual.


The Partridge Family was a TV show that ran from 1970 to 1974 which were my own exact high school years. The combining of a TV show with a band producing quality songs made it a hit. I enjoyed it.
David Cassidy was a ‘teen heartthrob’ in those years. Another popular singer, Bobby Sherman, was making hits at the same time. Just like Coke or Pepsi, David or Bobby was a ‘thing’. Even though I wasn’t a flaky kind of groupie girl, I let my friends know that I chose ‘team David’ when asked. [As a note for my granddaughters one day, my heart had already been stolen by Guy Williams as Zorro years before.]

See the source image
Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy

Created by Bernard Slade, the TV series was inspired by and loosely based on The Cowsills, a real singing family in the late sixties. In fact, in its early development the Cowsill children were approached to be featured on the show, though that idea was quickly discarded (The Cowsills rejected the offer when producers wanted to replace their real-life mother Barbara in the cast).

The Cowsills


The show starred Shirley Jones as Mother Shirley Partridge and David Cassidy (Jones’ real-life stepson) as her son Keith. The remaining Partridge children were played by Susan Dey as Laurie, Danny Bonaduce as Danny, Jeremy Gelbwaks (replaced after one year by Brian Forster) as Chris, and Suzanne Crough as Tracy Partridge. Dave Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who was their manager and family friend.

“You Are Always On My Mind”

Wake up in the mornin’ feelin’ all right till I recall
You’re gone from my life and I stare like a dummy against the wall
Since you’ve been away, oh, yes, I am uptight
It’s a fact of my life I guess I’ll try to fight
I could be so good for you if I had that right
If I had that right

You are always on my mind
Have I gotta go through this old life
Day after day and find
You there on my mind

You are always on my mind
Have I gotta go through this old life
Day after day and find
You there on my mind

I don’t understand you at all but I don’t care
Still a lot of good love in our lives for us to share
You might think it’s sad, but I’m together now, yeah, you laugh, huh
I know it’s true I’m much better now
You ought to come on by and see for yourself just how
I’m much better now

You are always on my mind
Have I gotta go through this old life
Day after day and find
You there on my mind

You are always on my mind
Have I gotta go through this old life
Day after day and find
You there on my mind
[repeat and fade]

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Song Lyric Sunday- Rhapsody in the Rain

Jim’s prompt this week asks for songs about rain.

There’s an interesting personal story that I’d like to share about this song.
My birthday falls during the second week of April. On one birthday, I received 3 popular 45 singles from my Mom. She had asked the local music store for three current hot selling songs for her young daughter, and they sold her Monday, Monday by the Mamas and the Papas, Kicks by Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Rhapsody in the Rain by Lou Christie. I now know that it was my 10th birthday because I looked up these singles to find their releases were all in March 1966. (Kicks had been released in England in February 1966 but its popularity, on the U.S. charts, began in March.)
When today’s prompt was revealed, Rhapsody in the Rain popped immediately to mind. I’m amazed at the clarity of my memory for all three gifted songs from that same birthday. They are forever linked together by such a thoughtful gift from Mom. At 10-years-old, I felt so “groovy” beginning a record collection. ❤
It’s extra cool that this post happens 56 years after the song’s release during the same month of year!
(The flipside of this single had a song called Trapeze. I liked that song too.)

This song was a bone of contention during its time. Although most of we youngsters either didn’t pay attention or naively didn’t understand song lyrics that were risqué, there was a movement to keep this off of the airways. I was the latter type. I rediscovered quite a few oldies, once I was in my twenties, that I had no clue were ‘naughty’ when they were released. Ah, innocence. ❤
” The Catholic Church helped get this banned on many radio stations, which only made people want to hear it more (You’d think they’d have learned after banning Gary U.S. Bonds’ “Quarter To Three”). It’s mild by today’s standards, but a hot topic back when you didn’t sing about “Makin’ love in the storm” with a teenage girl. “


Rhapsody in the Rain

Lou Christie

Rhapsody In The Rain
Lou Christie
(Lou Christie – Twyla Herbert)

Baby the raindrops play for me
A lonely rhapsody ’cause on our first date
We were makin’ out in the rain

And in this car our love went much too far
It was exciting as thunder
Tonight I wonder where you are

Refrain:
The windshield wipers seemed to say
“Together – together – together – together”
And now they are saying
“Oh, ne… ver, ne… ver”
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, baby

Chorus:
Rhapsody in the rain
Rhapsody in the rain
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t… stop)
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t… stop)

Baby, I’m parked outside your door
Remember makin’ love, makin’ love, we were makin’ love in the storm
(Sha-la-la-la la-la)

Refrain 2:
And then a flash from above
Lightning – lightning – lightning – lightning
Just li-ike our love
It was exciting, exciting
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, baby

[Repeat chorus]

Bridge:

Guitar solo:

Yesterday, bring back yesterday

[Repeat chorus]

Coda:
Rhapsody in the rain

Songwriters: Twyla Herbert, Lou Christie

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: Musixmatch
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