Song Lyric Sunday: “The Windmills Of Your Mind”

There are so many great movie songs, particularly from the ’50’s and ’60’s, and since Jim picked the prompt “a song featured prominently in a movie,” I had a hard time picking just one. In the end, I chose “The Windmills Of Your Mind,” from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair, which starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Michel Legrand wrote the music for the soundtrack and for this song, with English lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman (the French lyrics were written by Eddy Mamay as “Les Moulins de mon coeur.”). It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1969. In 2004, it was AFI’s #57 in their “100 Years…100 Songs” survey. Noel Harrison sang it for that movie (after Andy Williams passed on it), and Sting recorded it when the movie was remade in 1999 (starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo).

For me, the cover by Dusty Springfield is the one that always comes to mind. She was vehemently opposed to covering it, saying she had no feel for the lyrics, but Jerry Wexler, the president of Atlantic records for whom Dusty recorded her 1969 album Dusty In Memphis, insisted. The album sold poorly despite Dusty’s #1 single “Son Of A Preacher Man” being on it, but has since been hailed as her best work, and in 2001 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. From 1969, Dusty Springfield, “The Windmills of Your Mind.”

The lyrics, courtesy of LyricsFreak:

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind !

Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of it’s own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone,
Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half forgotten dream,
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping ….

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly ?
Was it something that you said ?
Lovers walk along a shore
And leave their footprints in the sand

Is the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand ?
Pictures hanging in a hallway
And the fragment of this song
Half remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong ?

He: when you knew
That it was over
You were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color
Of her hair !

She: when you knew
That it was over
In the autumn of goodbyes
For a moment
You could not recall the color
Of his eyes !

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever spinning reel

As the images unwind
Like the circles
That you find
In the windmills of your mind !

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for July 28, 2019.

Five by Elvis #atozchallenge


It’s E day, and what better way to celebrate than with five by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley?

I tried to pick five songs from different points in his career, and to pick songs that we don’t hear too often. This meant leaving off some of your favorites as well as mine, but I think you’ll like what you hear.

Steamroller Blues: From 1973, this is from his Aloha from Hawai’i TV special. It reached #17 on the Hot 100, #10 on the Cash Box survey, and #16 on the Record World survey. James Taylor wrote this for his Sweet Baby James album, intending it as a joke.

If I Can Dream: Written in 1968 by Walter Earl Brown after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The song has a number of quotes from Dr. King. Elvis recorded this as a tribute to him. It got to #12 on the Hot 100 and #9 on both the Cash Box and Record World surveys.

Suspicious Minds: Released in 1969, it reached #1 on all three surveys, and was Elvis’s last #1.

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You: This was his second #1 hit, and gets overshadowed by its predecessor, “Heartbreak Hote,” and its successor, “Hound Dog.”

Crying In The Chapel: Recorded for his 1960 gospel album His Hand In Mine, but not released until Easter 1965. It hit #3 on the Hot 100 and topped the Easy Listening chart for seven weeks, his biggest hit in six years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little noontime concert. What are some of your favorite Elvis Presley songs?

ETA: Thanks to Maryann Holloway for pointing out I had the same song twice. Go visit her blog. It’s a good one.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs that start with “C” (#atozchallenge)

I’m going to piggyback the A to Z Challenge on this one, because I’m foolish enough to try…


Anyway, today is a “freebie” for MMMM, so here are five songs that start with the letter “C”.

C’est La Vie – Robbie Nevil: This song fairly screams out “EIGHTIES!” So does the video. I mean, during what other era could you imagine a video with a woman dancing in lingerie in an oil field?

Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles: Couldn’t find the actual video from A Hard Day’s Night, although there are scenes from it. It was a wonderful scene where they’re told not to wander off, and they decide to go out a fire exit and run around and play like a bunch of kids — which is what they were, anyway. Incidentally, the song is in the key of C.

Crazy On You – Heart: Their first hit in the US, reaching #35 on the Hot 100. This song is in A minor, the relative minor key of the key of C.

Cry Me A River – Julie London: The song finishes by 3:00, but the video goes on for another three minutes or so. Julie is accompanied by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Brown on bass.

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners: More great ’70’s soul, from 1973 (late December 1972, really), produced in Philadelphia by Thom Bell, with MFSB providing the backup. It doesn’t get much better than that!

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 4, 2016!

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Stacy, and Naila Moon, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


I must be crazy… #socs #atozchallenge

Today’s portmanteau word for the A to Z Challenge is here.


It seems I created a bit of confusion here yesterday…

I posted my portmanteau word for the A to Z Challenge, “advertainment,” at 6:00 AM EDT yesterday. I then added a post for the Battle of the Bands (Battle “Moonlight in Vermont,” The Johnny Smith Quintet vs. Jo Stafford) and my usual Friday Five post, for which I chose the theme “songs whose titles start with the letter ‘A’,” in celebration of the start of A to Z. The problem was, I had led everyone who showed up after about 2:00 PM EDT that my theme for the Challenge was “five songs that have something to do with the letter of the day.”

My reaction? “Oh, fiddlesticks [or words to that effect]! I’ve managed to confuse everyone!”

Then I got to thinking: You know, everyone seems to enjoy the music posts; maybe I should start another blog and use it for my secondary theme… Problem is, that throws the whole simulcast idea out of sync, and that wouldn’t be nice to those of you who read and comment over there. So I thought I might just apologize for my faux pas, explain what happened and promise it would never ever happen again, and be done with it.

Then, I said, “hey, wait a second; why can’t I have two themes? You know, portmanteaus and songs?” I started to brush off the idea, thinkinhg I must be crazy, but something just told me, “No! It’s a great idea! Do both on the one blog.” Since Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt for today was “be,” it all worked out,at least for now.

So here we go, five songs with “be” in the title in some form. And, since several folks have trouble with the playlists, I’ll just run them in-stream, one after the other.

“Let It Be” – The Beatles: The single version. With Billy Preston on Hammond organ.

“Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” – The Tams

“Beginnings” – Chicago: The album version, with the Latin percussion at the end.

“Let It Be Me” – The Everly Brothers

“Be Bop A Lula” – Cliff Richard

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