Song Lyric Sunday: “Spooky”

This week, Jim gave us the prompt(s) “Haunted/Magic/Mystery/Supernatural/Trick.” The song that came to mind for me was “Spooky,” by the band that’s credited with establishing “soft Southern rock,” Classics IV, led by their lead singer, the late Dennis Yost. Wikipedia tells us

“Spooky” was originally an instrumental song performed by saxophonist Mike Sharpe (Shapiro), written by Shapiro and Harry Middlebrooks, Jr., which first charted in 1967 hitting #57 on the US pop charts. Its best-known version was created by James Cobb and producer Buddy Buie for the group Classics IV when they added lyrics about a “spooky little girl”.

“Spooky” went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #46 in the UK. From 1968, Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost, “Spooky.”

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

In the cool of the evenin’
When everything is gettin’ kind of groovy
I call you up and ask you if you’d like to
Go with me and see a movie

First you say no
You’ve got some plans for the night
And then you stop, and say, all right
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

You always keep me guessin’
I never seem to know what you are thinkin’
And if a fella looks at you
It’s for sure your little eye will be a-winkin’

I get confused
‘Cause I don’t know where I stand
And then you smile and hold my hand
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
Spooky, heh, yeah

If you decide someday to stop
This little game that you are playin’
I’m gonna tell you all the things
My heart’s been a-dyin’ to be sayin’

Just like a ghost
You’ve been a-hauntin’ my dreams
So I’ll propose on Halloween
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

Spooky, spooky
Oh, whoa, all right, I said spooky
Oh, yeah, yeah, I said spooky
Yeah, yeah
Oh spooky, spooky
I said spooky

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for July 14, 2019.

Song Lyric Sunday: “The Snake”

This week, Jim has us off in search of songs that use the Zodiac animals, by which he means the Chinese Zodiac. If you’ve ever gone to a Chinese restaurant, you know that their Zodiac is a twelve year cycle that assigns an animal to each of the twelve years: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Dog, Pig. If you were born, say, in 1956, as I was, you’re a Monkey, which seems oddly appropriate.

Source: Wikipedia/Jakub Hałun [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D

Anyway, the song I chose for today is Al Wilson’s “The Snake.” Written by Oscar Brown, Jr., Wilson recorded it in 1968, and it reached #27 on the Hot 100 and #32 on the R&B chart. (It peaked at #17 on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey, so we heard it a little more in Chicago.) From 1968, Al Wilson, “The Snake.”

The lyrics, from MetroLyrics:

On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taking in had been revived
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

And that is Song Lyric Sunday for July 7, 2019.

Song Lyric Sunday: “Where The Boys Are”

I’m not sure this was what Jim had in mind for this prompt, but this is the one I thought of first.

“Where The Boys Are” is the title song for the 1960 movie of the same name that starred Connie Francis, Dolores Hart, Paula Prentiss, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton, and Frank Gorshin. It was, according to Wikipedia, “one of the first teen films to explore adolescent sexuality and the changing sexual morals and attitudes among American college youth.” It was written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield and sung by the lovely Miss Francis. Lisa Hartman sang the song for the 1984 remake. From 1960, Connie Francis, “Where The Boys Are.”

Crinale819, who posted this on YouTube, also included the lyrics:

Where the boys are, someone waits for me
A smilin’ face, a warm embrace, two arms to hold me tenderly

Where the boys are, my true love will be
He’s walkin’ down some street in town and I know he’s lookin’ there for me

In the crowd of a million people I’ll find my valentine
And then I’ll climb to the highest steeple and tell the world he’s mine

Till he holds me I’ll wait impatiently
Where the boys are, where the boys are
Where the boys are, someone waits for me

Till he holds me I’ll wait impatiently
Where the boys are, where the boys are
Where the boys are, someone waits for me

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for June 30, 2019.

Song Lyric Sunday: “Your Love Is King”

The song I chose for today’s prompt, “Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win,” is Sade’s “Your Love Is King.” While the lyrics really have nothing to do with the prompt, the official video for it features a few scenes in which the beautiful Ms. Adu (the Sade in Sade) is playing with a deck of cards, even showing a touch of legerdemain. It was written by Sade and guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman and was on their debut album, 1985’s Diamond Life.

This came from her YouTube channel, and the lyrics were included…

Your love is king, crown you in my heart
Your love is king, never need to part
Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
Tearing the very heart of me, I’m crying out for more

Your love is king, crown you in my heart
Your love is king, you’re the ruler of my heart
Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
I’m crying out for more, your love is king

I’m coming on, I’m coming
You’re making me dance, inside

Your love is king, crown you in my heart
Your love is king, never need to part
Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
Tearing the very heart of me, I’m crying out for more

Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
I’m crying out for more, your love is king
This is no blind faith, this is no sad and sorry dream
This is no blind faith, your love, your love is real

Gotta crown me with your heart
(Your love is king)
Never, never need to part
(Your love is king)
Touch me
(Your love is king)

Never letting go
(Your love is king)
(Your love is king)
Never letting go of your love
(Your love is king)
Never gonna give it up
(Your love is king)

I’m coming
(Your love is king)
Making me dance

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for June 23, 2019.

Song Lyric Sunday: “I Still Can’t Say Goodbye”

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, great-grandfathers, foster fathers and pet fathers!

Here’s one by Chet Atkins that he used to sing at the end of his concerts. Now that Chet’s gone, Tommy Emmanuel sings it at the end of his concerts. Tommy has a little explanation at the beginning.

Lyrics from SongLyrics.com

When I was young
My dad would say
“C’mon son, let’s go out and play”
Sometimes it seems like yesterday

And I’d climb up the closet shelf
When I was all by myself
Grab his hat and fix the brim
Pretending I was him

No matter, how hard I try
No matter, how many tears I cry
No matter, how many years go by
I still can’t say goodbye

He always took care
Of Mom and me
We all cut down a Christmas tree
He always had some time for me

Wind blows through the trees
Street lights, they still shine bright
Most things are the same
But I miss my dad tonight

I walked by a Salvation Army store
Saw a hat like my daddy wore
Tried it on when I walked in
Still trying to be like him

No matter, how hard I try
No matter, how many years go by
No matter, how many tears I cry
I still can’t say goodbye

I thought it was appropriate for today’s prompt, “Dad/Father/barbecue.”

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for Father’s Day, 2019.