Monday’s Music Moves Me: Oh, Hell No!

Michele chose “songs about heaven or hell” as the theme for today’s M4, but I’ll be honest: songs about hell bother me. So I’ve foregone songs about hell and instead give you ten songs about heaven, only one of which mentions that other place.

  1. Three Dog Night, “Heaven Is In Your Mind” A song originally found on Traffic’s debut album, 1968’s Mr. Fantasy. I’ve always preferred the way Three Dog Night does it.
  2. Bryan Adams, “Heaven” This song was included on his 1984 album Reckless and was the third single from it, and it reached #1 in 1985. It was Bryan’s first #1 hit.
  3. Heaven Sent commercial I had to include this, because it has one of the greatest lines I’ve heard: “Suddenly, you’re an imp wearing angel’s wings.” Heaven Sent, for those of you too young to remember, was a light fragrance intended mostly for teenaged girls.
  4. Bob Dylan, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” From Dylan’s 1973 soundtrack album for Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid. Dylan had a small role in the movie. It was a Top 20 hit in most of the world, reaching #12 in the US (#10 according to Cash Box) and #5 on the AC chart.
  5. a-ha, “Mother Nature Goes To Heaven” I think the only song by a-ha that I was familiar with was “Take On Me,” and that was more for the videography than the song itself. Nevertheless, they continue to record and appear in concert. “Mother Nature Goes To Heaven” is an album track from their 2009 release Foot Of The Mountain.
  6. Louis Prima, “Pennies From Heaven” A standard from 1936 that was recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and too many others to name. Louis Prima gives it his inimitable treatment.
  7. Maurice Chevalier, “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” From the 1958 movie Gigi. Maurice Chevalier was a classic, as was the movie and the song. Just to show you how times have changed, there were several comments on YouTube that suggested it was a song about pedophilia. As my mother (God rest her soul) would say, “Oh, for God’s sake!”
  8. Chris Rea, “Tell Me There’s A Heaven From Chris’s 1989 release The Road To Hell. I fought with myself over whether to include this, then I realized I couldn’t not include it. It’s a little heavy and a bit of a tearjerker, but a beautiful song nevertheless.
  9. Fats Domino, “My Blue Heaven” Another standard, this one from 1927. Fats’s version was released in 1957 and was a two-sided hit with “I’m In Love Again”; it reached #19 on the Billboard Top 100 chart (this was before the Hot 100) and #5 on the R&B chart.
  10. Ozark Mountain Daredevils, “If You Wanna Get To Heaven” From 1974 and their eponymous debut album, it reached #25 on the Hot 100. The line “If you wanna get to heaven, you gotta raise a little hell” is my lone concession to the theme.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 27, 2019. Have a good Memorial Day and remember the men, women, and animals who gave their lives for this country.

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23 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Oh, Hell No!

  1. Hi John,
    I loved your title for this post, “Oh Hell No!” That made me giggle (and I really needed to do that so thanks!).
    You have some great Heaven songs here. I didn’t know that Three Dog Night did a cover of Traffic’s “Heaven is in Your Mind”! That was cool to hear. I love 3DN.
    The “Heaven Sent” was a clever inclusion. I don’t remember the perfume but I enjoyed the song.
    I wasn’t aware of A-ha’s song. Like you, I don’t know much by them and of course only their hits that made it to radio.
    I like Louis Prima’s “Pennies from Heaven” – that is a good dancing song!
    I’m with your mother on some people’s view of Maurice Chevalier’s “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by that, but still, “Oh Good Lord!” I’ve never seen the movie.
    I was introduced to Chris Rea just yesterday over at Debbie’s post. She included his “Road to Hell” song, which I loved! You’re right: this is a bit of a tear-jerker song. It has that nice orchestration that feels very cinematic.
    And a great way to end your set with that Ozark Mountain Daredevils classic. One of my favorite songs of all time. Everytime I hear it while I’m driving, it makes me crank the volume way up, put the windows on and I especially like it if I’m on open highway because it always makes me want to fly a bit and down goes the accelerator. 🙂

    Great set of tunes here John. Thanks.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  2. Interesting playlist, covering different genres. I didn’t remember the Three Dog Night version of Heaven Is In Your Mind. It is good! ♥ We both used Bryan Adams and Chris Rea. 🙂

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    1. I think I like Three Dog Night’s cover better than Traffic’s original.

      I go out of my way to try and get different artists and genres into my music posts. A lot of times I’ll think of a song and decide against using it because I’ll think “no, someone else will probably think of that.” More often than not, I’m right. Maybe what I’ll start doing is keeping track of the songs that I think someone will choose that doesn’t make it on to their list, and do a playlist with those songs….

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  3. What a great selection of songs. It was wonderful to hear that 3 Dog Night song. We remember Heaven Sent. Bopping along to Louis Prima as I type this. Everyone seems to have “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by someone. Dylan’s original sounded good.

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  4. I have to find that Three Dog Night song to listen to it. I can’t imagine that I haven’t heard it, but I don’t remember it. As for Thank Heaven For Little Girls, if one pays attention to the lyrics, then there’s no reason to think that it’s about a pedophile: Thanks heave for little girls, they GROW UP in the most delightful way.

    So the point is that little girls become women. Your mom would have been right in saying “for God’s sake.” Maybe I’ll start saying that every time I hear something ridiculous. No, I guess not. I’d end up saying it constantly.

    Nice list.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Like I said, I go out of my way not to duplicate anyone because, as you say, there are so many songs out there, and most don’t get heard because everyone thinks of the same ones. I have to check Michele’s list, because it’s very hard not to duplicate something from her…

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  5. You always come up with some selections I never heard of or never would have thought of. The first song, by Three Dog Night, I was not familiar with (nor am I familiar with the Traffic original) – it sounded nothing like Three Dog Night – I liked it. I wasn’t familiar with the a-ha song either but also liked it. My personal favorite of theirs is “The Sun Always Shines on TV”. Thank Heaven for Little Girls? and Pennies from Heaven. But of course – why didn’t I remember these? And I was in college when If You Wanna Get to Heaven came out – ditto, how could I forget this? As always, thank you for the memories.

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  6. I so agree with your mom….these kids need to chill. I love the songs and. Great way to wake up in the morning” “Heaven…I’m in heaven,…sung by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers

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