song lyrics

76. Not a Blockhead

Posted on 27/11/2017

Ian Dury and the Blockheads were popular in the 1980's. One or two of his songs have endured: mainly his 'Reasons to be Cheerful' as its such a good idea for cheering up when things are going against... read more >

65. Suffering and smiling

Posted on 27/08/2017

Fela Kuti wrote this epic song in the 1980's. It describes the hard life of those living on very low incomes in Africa. Its title first points the hardship, but then to the joy which enables the... read more >

21. The weather

Posted on 28/01/2017

In lyrics the weather is often an image: 'its raining in my heart' 'I cant stand the rain' or 'the sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today (back to the 1920's for that... read more >

19. Singer/songwriters called Gregory

Posted on 23/01/2017

  There is no particular reason for choosing Gregory other than that I have come across a few singers of that name. This post discusses Greg Brown, Gregory Porter and Gregory Page. The first... read more >

15. Unexpected swear words

Posted on 18/01/2017

Bjork conjures up the idea of ethereal vocals. You would not think of her as a punk star, and yet that is what she was in her native Iceland when she set up a band with her friend Magnusson in 1982,... read more >

13. Mondegreens and airyplanes

Posted on 18/01/2017

I dont know if you have heard of the 'Mondegreen'. It fills a hole in the dictionary which was only noticed in 1954 when a lady wrote an article in a magazine like Vanity Fair. As a child she said,... read more >

12. The worst song?

Posted on 18/01/2017

http://the worst song I realised only when posting my previous blog that I had committed a blogging sin by missing yesterday altogether.  I had a cold, but luckily have now revived enough to do two... read more >

11. Fats’ doubles entendres

Posted on 18/01/2017

Fats Waller was a brilliant lyricist songwriter and pianist. Its worth emphasising this, because most people nowadays are unlikely to have listened to his stuff. His most famous song is 'I'm going to... read more >