The Boys Are Back in Town

Listening to the song “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Patty Loveless always conjures up two types of images for me.  One is sailors coming back into port after the war, and the other image is of baseball players coming back after the winter break.  Since the Milwaukee Brewers 2015 season opener is only 2 days away, I picked out this song and made my own video to go with it.  It shows some of my favorite players like Nori Aoki, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Matt Garza and Bob Uecker.

                                                                        

“The Boys Are Back In Town” by Patty Loveless

 Gather ’round, ladies, gather ’round
Hear the news that’s comin’ down
The ships are in and the sails are down
The boys are back in town

Get your skirts down off the rack
The boys are in and the boys are back
And no time now for takin’ slack
The boys are back in town

Yeah, the boys are back in town
Your true love can be found
Gather ’round the old playground
The boys are back in town

They’ve been gone for quite a while
Man, it’s good to see ’em smile
Now they’re loaded up on style
The boys are back in town

Come in the house, get out of the car
See ’em coming down the road
Gonna raise some hell ’cause don’t you know
The boys are back in town

Well, the boys are back in town
Your true love can be found
Gather ’round the old playground
The boys are back in town

Well, the boys are back in town
Your true love can be found
Gather ’round the old playground
The boys are back in town

 

 

 

Liberty’s Kids

Liberty’s Kids is one of my favorite cartoon TV shows.  I found my DVD collection while doing some Spring Cleaning today.  The show is about 3 kids who work for Ben Franklin in the newspaper business and they get mixed up in all kinds of events before and during the Revolutionary War.  

I like the theme song (minus the rap part)

Looking at Life Through My Own Eyes (Liberty’s Kids theme song)

Sung by Kayla Hinkle and Aaron Carter (I’m not sure of the writer, this was transcribed from the opening— Video below)

I see a land with liberty for all

Yet still I know the truth will rise and fall

That’s just the way it goes

A word now to the wise

The world was made to change

Each day is a surprise

I’m lookin’ at life through my own eyes

Searchin’ for a hero to idolize

Feeling the pain as innocence dies

Looking at life through my own eyes

I take my heart into battle

Give that freedom bell a rattle

Get my independence signed

Declare it on the dotted line

In Philadelphia freedom ring

And patriotic voices sing

Red White & Blue

never give up

We represent America

I’m hoping and praying for a brighter day

I listen to my heart and I obey

How can I see it any other way?

I’m looking at life (looking at life)

Through my own eyes

 

Catalogue- Heywood Banks

The other day I was browsing on Pinterest…. gazing at all the pictures of couples having fun, getting engaged and the wedding ideas.  I pin them thinking, ‘One day…. That’ll be me on day.  I’ll have that kind of fun.’  Then I thought about the song Heywood Banks wrote called Catalogue.

This time, I couldn’t find a video on YouTube for you to listen along so I decided to make one myself.  I used Power Point to put it together and Wondershare to convert it.  Unfortunately, in the conversion it is about 1.5 seconds fast so all the pictures don’t match that well.  I still had fun making it.  It look about a week too.  Here’s my video and Heywood’s lyrics below.  

Also visit his website to see more videos, order merchandise etc.  

Catalogue- written and performed by Heywood Banks

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Giggle up in the warm summer breeze
Butter-cotton jersey
Periwinkle silk

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Chase the dog on the beach
Showin’ my teeth
Hand-crafted
Simple pleasure

Well I’d like to place an order please
I’d like to be eternally
Young and pretty and never broke
It can’t be on back order
I need overnight delivery
Happy and laughing at an inside joke

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Got no boss, got no bills, sleepin’ late
Hand-combed pair available
Khaki, oatmeal and stone

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Holdin’ hands on the dock at the compound
Small only
Not available in stores

Well I’d like to place an order please
I’d like to be eternally
Young and pretty and never broke
It can’t be on back order
I need overnight delivery
Happy and laughing at an inside joke

(What do you mean my card’s declined?)

I wanna have fun like they do in the catalogue
Have fun like they do in the catalogue
Have fun like they do in the catalogue
Have fun like they do in the catalogue

GI Jive- Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan is my favorite Jazz singer.  I was thinking about him today and one of my favorite songs.

GI Jive

This is the G. I. Jive

Man alive
It starts with the bugler blowin’ reveille over your bed when you arrive
Jack, that’s the G. I. Jive

Roodley-toot
Jump in your suit
Make a salute
Boot!!

After you wash and dress
More or less
You go get your breakfast in a beautiful little caf they call “The Mess”
Jack, when you convalesce

Outta your seat
Into the street
Make with the feet
Reet!!

If you’re a P-V-T, your duty
Is to salute to L-I-E-U-T
But if you brush the L-I-E-U-T
The M-P makes you K-P on the Q-T

This is the G. I. Jive
Man alive
They give you a private tank that features a little device called “fluid drive”
Hey Jack, after you revive

Chuck all your junk
Back in the trunk
Fall on your bunk
Clunk!!

This is the G. I. Jive
Man alive
They give you a private tank that features a little device called “fluid drive”
Hey Jack, after you still survive
Chuck all your junk
Back in the trunk
Fall on your bunk
Clunk!!

Water on Mars – ShyBoy

I don’t keep up with much popular music.  It usually happens that someone gives me a song or cd to introduce me to it and I like it that way, but I don’t listen on a regular basis, so I’ll admit that I don’t know what’s hot, whose it, etc. 

I was listening to some Bob Crane on Soundcloud so maybe that’s why they had suggested a song called Marion Crane (similar name- also a good song inspired by Alfred Hitchcock).  Well because of that suggestion, I found a new artist that I like.  His name is ShyBoy and his debut album Water on Mars was released in late 2013.  Water on Mars is one of my favorite songs.  Here are the lyrics (as interpreted by me) and below is a YouTube video. 

Water On Mars by ShyBoy.

Written by Jason Arnold, Wendy Waldman, Abe Parker & Mark Nubar

Gotta get out 
But there’s nowhere to go
 
At least on this earth
 
Nothing left for me to know
 
They found water on mars
 
Tell em I’m here & I’m ready to go

I’ll leave here today 
I’ll fly away

Blast me off on a rocket 
Let me sail into space
 
Take me away
 
Let me start a brand new day
 
Away from the hatred
 
And the greed
 
And the violence
 
They all seem to need
 
Blast me off on a rocket
 
My new life awaits

A brand new start 
If there’s water on mars
 
There’s more life than this
 
Out there in the infinite dark
 
A new life in space
 
Beyond the moon & the stars

I’ll fly away 
I’ll leave here today
 
I’ll find my way

Leave all the noise on the streets 
And the killing disease
 
With the kids & thier guns
 
The unfortunate ones
 
All the sadness & pain
 
Never see them again
 
All I want is a new place to be

Take me away 
I want sail into space
 
I’ll fly away
 
Start a brand new day
 
Away from the voices
 
In my head
 
Away from the life
 
I lead
 
Blast me off on a rocket
 
My new life awaits

I’m leaving today 
My new life awaits

Ring the Bells

With all the unrest across the globe, three songs came to mind this weekend; this one and Arlo Guthrie song and a Jim Croce song, all with a running peace theme.  This one won out, but don’t worry.  I’m sure the other two songs will pop up in a future post.  

Melissa Etheridge’s song “Ring The Bells” is a track on a Christmas Album called, A New Thought For Christmas. It was written by Salman Ahmad, Melissa L Etheridge.  The lyrics after the 1st chorus are my favorite. 

These are the lyrics, as interpreted.  Any errors, please let me know.  

I couldn’t find an official video so I chose one (below) that had some good visual representations

RING THE BELLS  

By Melissa Etheridge

As God is God, as light is light
Whose law is wrong? Whose might is right?
Here we are on the edge
The edge of change

I believe in peace, my only wish
I believe that we can co-exist
Let’s go further now
Than we’ve ever gone before

And ring the bells, ring the bells of change
Ring the bells every boy and every girl
Ring the bells, ring the bells of peace
All over the world

We’ve all been called to wake from sleep
To feel our power to create the dream
To step out from the dark
Past our fathers’ fear

Ring the bells, ring the bells of change
Ring the bells every boy and every girl
Ring the bells, ring the bells of peace
All over the world

Here we stand in unity
Making one choice to be free
Every truth blends into one
As we believe it shall be done

Here we stand as soldiers now
Turning our swords into plows
There is not a nobler clime
Achieving peace in our own time

I know peace begins with me
With all I feel and with all I see
And I know it’s no easy task
Removing our own fearful mask

But I have seen us rise and fall
Stand on the moon, tear down the wall
And I know we can do it all
And do it well, so ring the bells

Ring the bells, ring the bells of change
Ring the bells every boy and every girl
Ring the bells, ring the bells of peace
All over the world, all over the world

Ring the bells, ring the bells of change
Ring the bells every boy and every girl
Ring the bells, ring the bells of peace
All over the world, all over the world

Ring the bells, ring the bells of peace
Ring the bells, ring the bells
Ring the bells, ring the bells

 

 

Ragged Old Flag













RAGGED OLD FLAG BY JOHNNY CASH

I was feeling rather patriotic today and decided to spin my playlist of that genre to take me through at least 2 hours of work up to lunch time. This included all 66 tracks of Fife and Drum songs on Frederick Fennell’s “The Spirit of ’76/Ruffles and Flourishes” cd. (The cd also has bugle calls, drum solos, marches everything you’d expect to see in a parade or when Union soldiers come marching over the hill) At one point my co-worker turned around and asked when exactly the Calvary was going to show up. I took the hint to turn the volume down a notch.

All the songs are truly fantastic and could easily keep me posting lyrics after lyrics for the entire set (see scroll box below for my Patriotic mix list), but I chose to share “The Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash for the reason that it sounded very much like a poem and because the story takes you through the early history of America.

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin’ there.
I said, “Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town”.
I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin’ on it”.
He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down,
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag
“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
Writing “Say Can You See”
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
Tugging at it’s seams.
And It almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

“On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
By her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
And now they’ve about quit wavin’ back here at home
In her own good land here She’s been abused,
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied an’ refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin’ thin,
But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”

Patriotic America- Through the Years- Maggie’s Compilation

I tried my best to put them in chronological order

“Star Spangled Banner” by Ricochet
“Johnny Freedom” by Johnny Horton
“George Washington” by Oscar Brand from the CD Presidential Campaign Songs
“Presidents’ Birthday” by Heywood Banks (awesome song and now I know all the Presidents in order by first name!)
“Ruffles and Flourishes” Instrumental from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“Thomas Jefferson” by Oscar Brand
“Hail to the Chief”
“Millard Fillmore” by Oscar Brand
“Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton
“Martin Van Buren” by Oscar Brand
“Recruiting Bugle” Instrumental from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“The Girl I Left Behind Me” Instrumental from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“Lookout Mountain” by Brother Phelps
“Gettysburg Address” spoken word from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“Johnny Reb” by Johnny Horton
“Goodbye Reb” by Grandpa Jones
“Good Old Rebel” by Hans Olson on The Wild West soundtrack by John McEuen
“Billy Yank & Johnny Reb” by Grandpa Jones
“Are You From Dixie?” by Grandpa Jones
“Rally Round the Flag”
“Where the Stars & Stripes & Eagles Fly” by Aaron Tippin
“Over There” by Jimmy Cagney from the Yankee Doodle Dandy Soundtrack
“Sink the Bismarck” by Johnny Horton
“How About a Cheer for the Navy” by All Soldier Chorus from the movie This is the Army
“Remember Pearl Harbor” from the Soundtrack Remember Pearl Harbor, Classic Songs of WWII
“Der Fuehrer’s Face” from the Soundtrack Remember Pearl Harbor, Classic Songs of WWII
“Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” by Ivan Dixon
“Washington Post March”
“Waking Up in the USA” by Dale McBride
“American Eagles/With My Head Up In the Sky” by All Soldier Chorus from the movie This is the Army
“Point of Light” by Randy Travis
“Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash
“Are You Proud of America?” by
“Taps” spoken story by John Wayne
“Song of the Presidents” by Oscar Brand
Images of the rare cds










Vincent (Starry Starry Night)

In this section, I have begun featuring song lyrics and other music related topics that I find are really compelling and meaningful.  At least they serve a purpose in my world.  Beyond that, because I do not listen to much mainstream music, I thought it would be a great way to share some of the lesser known songs with others.  That seems like a totally irrelevant statement because what I’m posting today is Don McLean and Don McLean is by no means a lesser known artist.  It’s just that I don’t know ANYTHING of his other than American Pie.

Tonight while I was at “the ranch” (that would be VideoRanch 3D a virtual 3d world on the internet where live musical programs are brought to you by 3 different hosts, as well as musical performances that occur in realtime, attended by a virtual audience (YOU) from all over the world.  – brought to you by your favorite Monkee Michael Nesmith) I heard a song that was new to me.  That’s what I love about spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at VideoRanch.  I not only can dance in a way that I don’t look freakish, and chat with friends, but I am exposed to soooo much new music that every week, I’m finding myself looking up an artists’ catalogs for the songs.

Tonight’s “DoonTube” featured Don McLean’s song Vincent (Starry Starry Night).

The song is basically made up of two things that I really don’t fancy too much- Poetry and Art (because it’s hard for me to interpret the abstract thus those two topics become frustrating).  I feel that McLean was trying to explain the art of Vincent Van Gogh to me so that I could understand his paintings and not be frustrated by it.  I like it when a songwriter can make their music so visual and tell stories in their music, and I think Don McLean did an amazing job with these lyrics.  I’m not familiar with Van Gogh’s background, so the significance of some of the lyrics are lost to me, but that doesn’t make me appreciate it any less.  For some reason, this song stuck to me like a band-aid and I really really like it.

This video from YouTube was put together nicely (by someone other than me) and fits the song well.  Please enjoy as I have.

Starry, starry night
 Paint your pallet blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
 With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land
And now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now
Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds of violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of China blue
And now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
Perhaps they’ll listen now
For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night
You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you Vincent
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you
Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
Like the stranger that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow
And now I think I know
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

Mail Myself To You

In sharing this batch of lyrics, I do so because it instantly perks me up when I’m feeling lonely and longing to be with all of my far-away friends; especially those in Russia whom I think of most during this song.  This song “Mail Myself To You” written by folk legend Woody Guthrie (as I came to know it by recorded by his son Arlo) seems to me to be outside the normal realm of Woody Guthrie standards such as “This Land Is Your Land,” “Ramblin’ Round,” or “Dust Bowl Blues” for example.  So I was surprised to find that Woody wrote it and not Arlo.   In a previous post, “Besides Beethoven-The 4 other unlikely people I have pictures of decorating my bedroom wall” I expressed how Arlo Guthrie is one of my all time favorite singer/songwriter/performers, so you can expect to most likely see more of his songs appear here in the future.

Lyrically it’s a short song with instrumentals and repeats. First is a cartoon video from You Tube with the version of Arlo singing. It’s a cute video with two mice and it captures the general visualizations this song evokes.  I posted the lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s web site below in case you wanted to read along with the video.

Mail Myself To You

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie (1962)

I’m a-gonna wrap myself in paper,
I’m gonna daub myself with glue,
Stick some stamps on top of my head;
I’m gonna mail myself to you.

I’m a gonna tie me up in a red string,
I’m gonna tie blue ribbons too,
I’m a-gonna climb up in my mail box;
I’m gonna mail myself to you.

When you see me in your mail box,
Cut the string and let me out;
Wash the glue off my fingers,
Stick some bubble gum in my mouth.

Take me out of my wrapping paper,
Wash the stamps off my head;
Pour me full of ice cream sodies,
Put me in my nice warm bed.

We Are Going to Be Friends

Did you ever see someone and you just knew you wanted to be their friend before even speaking to them? Kind of like love at first sight, but not in a sensual way, but a friendship way? That happened to me twice before. The repeat line of the song, “I can tell that we are going to be friends” gave me that thought, and others, while listening to the radio the other day.

Let me explain.

First, since music is a big part of my life, I thought I would try something new here. My intention was to make a personalized lyrics book, but what good would that do if I couldn’t share the music with others who many not have heard it before.

The first song I want to share is one that I would never have happened upon in my normal course of music intake.  I happen to be listening to Pandora Radio on my computer while I was cleaning my room.  The channels I listen too most frequently are the Bubble Gum Oldies Radio and 60’s Oldies Radio.  By chance I happened to click on a folk radio station.

That’s when The White Strips band was on.  The song was called ‘We Are Going To Be Friends.’ I’m not sure if it was the plucking of the guitar or the voice that reminded me of the Beatles, but I sat down and listened to it, and then immediately went to Amazon to download the song. I thought it was one of the most precious songs I had heard in a long time. Listening to the lyrics, I saw so many things in my mind that was forming my own video for the song. (You can see the band’s official video below)

My first thought was visualing the two children in the video being like Forrest Gump and Jenny.  Other thoughts that came to mind were a young boy who had a crush on a girl classmate, a child who had moved to a new school and was trying to make friends at school. Of course I thought about my own childhood as well.

“We Are Going to Be Friends” written & performed by Jack White & Meg White

Official Lyrics of The White Stripes from the album White Blood Cells   http://whitestripes.com/disco/disco.html

Fall is here, hear the yell
back to school, ring the bell
brand new shoes, walking blues
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna to be friends
I can tell that we are gonna to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
through the park and by the tree
we will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
then safely walk to school without a sound
safely walk to school without a sound

here we are, no one else
we walked to school all by ourselves
there’s dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now it’s time to learn
we clean up and now it’s time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
at playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height against the wall
teacher marks our height against the wall

And we don’t notice any time pass
we don’t notice anything
we sit side by side in every class
teacher thinks that I sound funny
but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while in my bed
when silly thoughts go through my head
about the bugs and alphabet
and when I wake tomorrow I’ll bet
that you and I will walk together again
cause I can tell that we are gonna to be friends
Yes I can tell that we are gonna to be friends

Video here ———> http://whitestripes.com/video/video.html

 

We Are Going To Be Friends