Song Lyric Sunday 5 July • Good Vibrations

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Song Lyric Sunday 5 July • Good Vibrations. This week, Jim Adam’s prompt is Best/Better/Good/Great.

A brilliant song by Brian Wilson (music) and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.

Here are the lyrics:

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears 
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair 
I hear the sound of a gentle word 
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air 

I'm pickin' up good vibrations 
She's giving me excitations 
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (oom bop, bop, good vibrations) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 
Good good good good vibrations (oom bop, bop) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 
Good good good good vibrations (oom bop, bop) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 

Close my eyes 
She's somehow closer now 
Softly smile, I know she must be kind 
When I look in her eyes 
She goes with me to a blossom world
 
I'm pickin' up good vibrations 
She's giving me excitations 
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (oom bop, bop, good vibrations) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 
Good good good good vibrations (oom bop, bop) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 
Good good good good vibrations (oom bop, bop) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 

(Ah) 
(Ah my my what elation) 
I don't know where but she sends me there 
(Ah my, my, what a sensation) 
(Ah my, my, what elations) 
(Ah my, my, what) 

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations 
A happenin' with her 
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations 
A happenin' with her 
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations 
A happenin' 

Ah 
Good good good good vibrations (oom bop, bop) 
She's giving me excitations (oom bop, bop, excitations) 
Good good good good vibrations (oom bop, bop) 

She's na, na 
Na, na, na, na, na 
Na, na, na 
Na, na, na, na, na 
Na, na, na 

Do, do, do, do, do 
Do, do, do 
Do, do, do, do, do 
Do, do, do

And here’s a blurb about its origin…

“Good Vibrations” is a song composed by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys, of which both were members. Released on October 10, 1966, the single was an immediate critical and commercial hit, topping record charts in several countries including the US and UK. Characterized by its complex soundscapes, episodic structure and subversions of pop music formula, it was the costliest single ever recorded at the time of its release. “Good Vibrations” later became widely acclaimed as one of the finest and most important works of the rock era. Also produced by Wilson, the title derived from his fascination with cosmic vibrations, as his mother would tell him as a child that dogs sometimes bark at people in response to their “bad vibrations”. He used the concept to suggest extrasensory perception, while Love’s lyrics were inspired by the nascent Flower Power movement. It was written as it was recorded and in a similar fashion to other compositions from Wilson’s Smile period. The song was issued as a standalone single backed with the Pet Sounds instrumental “Let’s Go Away for Awhile”. “Good Vibrations” was to be included on Smile before the project’s collapse and instead appeared on the substitute LP Smiley Smile (1967).

(source: https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/2226881/Brian+Wilson/Good+Vibrations)

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Song Lyric Sunday 21 June • Mary Don’t you Weep

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Song Lyric Sunday 21 June • Mary Don’t you Weep. This week, Jim Adam’s prompt is Mary, Marie or Maria.

Not being his greatest fan, I just love Bruce Springsteen’s albums Born to Run and The Seeger Sessions Band Tour. Here’s his version of the old slave song Mary Don’t You Weep.

Here are the lyrics:

Well if I could I surely would
Stand on the rock where Moses stood
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
Well Mary wore 3 links of chain
On every link was Jesus' name
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
Well one of theses nights bout 12 o'clock
This old world is gonna rock
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
Well Moses stood on the Red Sea shore
And smote' the water with a two by four
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
Well old Mr. Satan he got mad
Missed that soul that he thought he had
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
Brothers and sisters don't you cry
They'll be good times by and by
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't you weep
God gave Noah the rainbow sign
Said, "No more water but fire next time"
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't weep
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
O Mary don't you weep, don't mourn
Pharaoh's army got drowned
O Mary don't

And here’s a blurb about its origin…

This is what Wikipedia has to say about this song:

“Mary Don’t You Weep”
Song by Fisk Jubilee Singers
Released1915
GenreChristian music

Mary Don’t You Weep” (alternately titled “O Mary Don’t You Weep“, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn“, or variations thereof) is a Spiritual that originates from before the American Civil War[1] – thus it is what scholars call a “slave song,” “a label that describes their origins among the enslaved,” and it contains “coded messages of hope and resistance.”[2] It is one of the most important of Negro spirituals.[1]

The song tells the Biblical story of Mary of Bethany and her distraught pleas to Jesus to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead.[1] Other narratives relate to The Exodus and the Passage of the Red Sea, with the chorus proclaiming Pharaoh’s army got drown-ded!, and to God’s rainbow covenant to Noah after the Great Flood.[1] With liberation thus one of its themes, the song again becomes popular during the Civil Rights Movement.[1] Additionally, a song that explicitly chronicles the victories of the Civil Rights Movement, “If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus”, written by Charles Neblett of The Freedom Singers, was sung to this tune and became one of the most well-known songs of that movement.[3]

In 2015 The Swan Silvertones‘s version of the song was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for the song’s “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy”.[4]

Song Lyric Sunday 14 June • This Is The House That Jack Built

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Song Lyric Sunday 14 June• This Is The House That Jack Built. For this week Jim Adams prompt is John and Jack. This almost forgotten song by Aretha Franklin somehow popped up.

The song, written by Bobby Lance and Fran Robbins and performed by Aretha Franklin, reached #2 on the U. S. R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. “The House that Jack Built” was originally recorded by Thelma Jones and released on the Barry label earlier in 1968. That version did not make the U. S. charts.

Here are the lyrics:

This is the house that Jack built, y'all
Remember this house!

This was the land that he worked by hand
It was the dream of an upright man
There was the room that was filled with love
It was a love that I was proud of
This was a life of a love he planned
On a love the same ol' love
In the house that Jack built
(The house that Jack built)
Remember this house!

There was the fence that held our love (yes it was)
There was the gate that he walked out of
This is the heart that is turned to stone (yes it is)
This was the house, but it ain't no home
This is the love that I once had
In a dream that I thought was love
In the house that Jack built (the house that Jack built)
I'm gonn' remember this house!

Oh-ohh wha-a-at is the use of crying?
You know I brought it on myself
There's no denying
But it see-e-ee-ems awful funny
That I didn't understand
Was it a house of an upright man?

Up on the hill
There's a big plan still
In the house that Jack built
(The house that Jack built)
I'm gonn' remember this house
(The house that Jack built)

Listen!
I got the house
I got the car
I got the rug
And I got the rack
But I ain't got Jack (Jack)
(I ain't got Jack, Jack)
And I want my Jack back!

I turned my back on Jack
He said he wasn't coming back
I turned my back on Jack
He said he wasn't coming back
Ohhh, Jack
Ohh! Come on back
Ohh Jack
Oh come on back
You oughtta come on back (Come on back, Jack)
To the one that you built (Come on back, Jack)
It's the same one you built (Come on back, Jack)
You oughtta come on back (Come on back, Jack)
Oh come back
Come on, come on, come on
I didn't understand
Until I lost my upright man
Come on back, Jack (Come on back, Jack)