Song Lyric Sunday, Round 2: Ray Parker Jr., “The Other Woman”

So, Jim declared Today to be Fandango day, where the prompt was "other, that, this," and I thought I was being unique with The Beatles’ "This Boy." Well, it didn’t work out quite that way, so let’s try another…

Ray Parker Jr.’s "The Other Woman" was the title track from his 1982 album, his first single without his band Raydio. It reached #4 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Hot Black Singles chart, and spent a week at #1 in Australia.

The lyrics from AZLyrics:

Oh yeah
I’m in love with the other woman
My life was fine (Yes it was)
Till she blew my mind

Aw shucks, I’m just the average guy
I fooled around a little on the side
Never thought it would amount to much
Never met a girl who’s love was so tough
Who’d a thought a one night stand
Could turn into such a hot romance
Mm, when she did it to me
I slipped and fell in love

I’m in love with the other woman
My life was fine (Yes it was)
Till she blew my mind

Now I know the rules of the games
You hit it once then break away clean
I should have never gone back, I know
But I had to have just a little bit more
My friends laugh but that’s alright
I may be a fool but I know what I like
Now I hate to have to cheat
But it feels better when I sneak

I’m in love with the other woman
My life was fine (Yes it was)
Till she blew my mind
Somebody help me
I’m in love with the other woman
My life was fine (Yes it was)
Till she blew my mind

Oh this affair is unique
All my life I never met such a freak
She keeps me goin’ strong for so long
When I get home it’s all gone
Makes me wanna grab my guitar
And play with it all night long

I’m in love with the other woman
My life was fine (Yes it was)
Till she blew my mind

Tell me, has anybody else out there
Ever fell in love with the other woman
Oh with the other woman
Say I’m in love with the other woman
With the other woman, with the other woman
I’m in love, sure ‘nough in love

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (again) for September 26, 2021.

Song Lyric Sunday: “This Boy”

Jim tells us that it’s "Fandango Sunday," speaking of the author of the blog This, That, And The Other, who lends us the name of his blog as today’s prompt, "other, that, this." I thought of the song I’d feature almost immediately, because there’s a lot of "this" and "that" in it.

"This Boy" was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney. In the UK, it was the B side to the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand," but didn’t appear on an album until Past Masters, Volume One. In the US, Capitol Records included it on their first Beatles album (and the second US Beatles album overall), Meet The Beatles!. The song was also released as a single in North America, and reached #57 in the US and #1 in Canada.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the harmony with which The Fab Four sang this. John and Paul sing the verses, with George adding a third voice on and off, then John sings the bridge with Paul and George providing the "ah"s. This was from their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 16, 1964; it appears to have been taken from the kinescope.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

That boy took my love away
Though he’ll regret it someday
But this boy wants you back again

That boy isn’t good for you
Though he may want you too
This boy wants you back again

Oh, and this boy would be happy
Just to love you, but oh my
That boy won’t be happy
Till he’s seen you cry

This boy wouldn’t mind the pain
Would always feel the same
If this boy gets you back again

This boy
This boy
This boy [fade out]

Hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. That’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for September 26, 2021.

So Near, and Yet So Far #socs

The secret woids for today are "near" and "far." I’ll let Grover explain…

Ever since I read the prompts, I’ve been thinking about this song…

I know, it says "close" instead of "near." "Close" and "near" are synonyms, while "near" and "far" are antonyms. Remember learning about those in grade school?

I’m really stretching it here: I really have no idea where I’m going with this. And that’s all right, because it’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. So far, taking time off for the videos, it’s been about four minutes, so I’m near the end of my time. Enjoy this commercial from Ballantine beer, featuring longtime New York Yankees and This Week In Baseball announcer Mel Allen. How ’bout that?

Song of the Day: The Two Ronnies, “Yeomen of the Guard”

British actor and comedian Ronnie Barker was born on this day in 1929. He was teamed with Ronnie Corbett by the BBC in a show called The Two Ronnies, which ran for 12 seasons. At the end of each show, the two of them would dress in costumes and do a musical sketch in the style of British musical theater. This is "Yeomen of the Guard" from season 8. Barker is the taller of the two men wearing glasses; the shorter man with the glasses is Corbett.