Tuesday, 2 April 2013

B Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge

So much more than moons and Junes
  • A song for each of the following decades beginning with B
  • A lyric snippet from at least one of those songs to set you thinking... and commenting!

1960s:          Blowing in the Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary

1970s:          Baker Street - Jerry Rafferty

1980s:           Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

1990s:           Back for Good - Take That



Blowing in the Wind

This song was one of Bob Dylan's anti-war songs which became an anthem for us in the 1960s when we, the teenagers, thought that we could change the world and bring an end to war.

'...how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see...

...how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry,
Yes and how many deaths will it take til he knows
That too many people have died...'

Sadly men and women are still pretending that they don't see the injustices in the world, be it futile wars or the appalling treatment of frail hospital patients. I've said this many times before but why can't we all truly care for each other?

Are there injustices going on right now that make you feel ashamed to be human?
Or do you think that the majority of us do really care?


Baker Street

Rafferty was inspired to write Baker Street when he was living in London's Baker Street in the 1970s.

'...another year and then you'd be happy
But you're cryin'. You're cryin' now...'

I've lost count of how many times I've thought that I just need to struggle through these exams/this training course/the kids growing up... and then everything will be great but when I get there, there's just more of the same.

Have you ever caught yourself believing that you only need another year and then you'd be happy?

If you have a favourite song from one of these decades that says something to you, something more than just ‘moons and Junes’, then let me know, along with your blog link if you have one, and I’ll include it if I can.

64 comments:

  1. I always loved the saxophone in Baker Street. Good choices.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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    1. Thanks, I love that jazzy saxaphone sound too.

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  2. Blowing in the Wind was the folk music of my college years. A lot of us tried to play it on guitar. I took lessons, but alas...couldn't sing. The memories linger. And then there was Billie Jean. Boy could Michael ever dance!

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    1. I've got the guitar music to that, finger style, folk. Bet I wouldn't be able to play it anymore though.

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  3. Really enjoying this A - Z series Ros...I've got a new guessing game this month then,betting on which song choices you make every day. Already got one...Blowin in the wind!

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    1. Well, I think you should tell us your guesses the day before, Bridget!

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  4. You've just shown me a mirror.. oops! when I get through March; when I've done AtoZ; when I edit my novels; when life get's better.. ahh.. Now I remember.. this is it! Thanks for the reminder.. Love all your B's.

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    1. You're welcome, Lynne. All I've got to do is to remember it myself!

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  5. I think the advent of 24 hour news has actually made us less caring. We have to switch off from the constant barrage of bad news in order to protect ourselves.

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    1. Especially while we're eating. I sometimes find it hard when Mr A wants the 6 o'clock news on and I'm trying to have my dinner while watching unspeakably sad things happening to people.

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  6. I guessed Blowing in the Wind would be one choice, and yes, I notice the injustices. Sadly, only those bear me can I do anything about.

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    1. We're quite small fishes when we think about it, aren't we.

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  7. Have I ever caught myself say 'another year and I'd be happy'? Well, not since the end of my first marriage. (We made - and still make - good friends. But we were so rubbish at being married!)

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    1. I'm glad you don't say it anymore :-)

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  8. I really love how awesome song lyrics really make you reflect on your life. Thanks for sharing these songs!

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  9. Ah,Blowing in the Wind.I was in a gospel group in church when I was a young teen and that was one of the songs we sang.The old people in the congregation didn't like these new fangled tunes being sung in their church,we loved it.

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    1. I can well imagine the frowns on their faces but it's a beautifully moving song.

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  10. I try to be happy in the present, each and every day :)

    My daughter Lauren loves Billie Jean and all other Michael Jackson stuff!

    Keep Calm and A-Z
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    1. He's still popular with the kids, in spite of everything. He had a real magic about him. Such a waste.

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  11. Where have all the flowers gone was a favourite of mine.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. I shall make a note of it for the W post :-)

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  12. I'm guilty of only thinking of the saxophone in Baker Street - will dig it out for a listen to the lyrics! Joe

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    1. Warning - you'll be humming it all night if you do. I can't get it out of my head now.

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  13. Blowing in the Wind has become a mantra. The many people who care about what's going on in the world are swamped by the calous disregard of others. When will it change? The answer, my friend, is ...

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    1. ...blowin in the wind. You're right!

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  14. I absolutely adore Bob Dylan's music. :-)

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    1. I adore his music from the 60s/70s but not his more recent stuff.

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  15. Bod Dylan, poet of the millennia. Haven't thought of Rafferty in while, excellent song. From some documentaries I've seen, things I've read, there are actually fewer wars now than at any time in the history of mankind, fewer people dying. Gives one hope... still, the news only feeds us the bad stuff, so we think that's all that's going on.

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  16. Hello, Rosalind! All good songs. I'm more partial to Michael Jackson. I can't help but shake my booty when his songs come on!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. He did have a magical attraction, didn't he!

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  17. Goodness, I can't believe you quoted Gerry Rafferty today! We have been having a kind of GR fest at home, and have played Baker Street about ten times this weekend! Yes, I can related to those words and that song. So much part of my youth too. I love Blowing in the Wind, but never really cottoned on to Dylan. I like Billie Jean a lot as well. The one I missed here was Bohemian Rapsody. That is probably the greatest B song for me.

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    1. I almost used Bohemian Rhapsody as I too adore it but I couldn't get anything sensible from the lyrics. Great harmonies though and there are a few Queen classics coming up!

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  18. You just made me giggle with "Blowing in the Wind." It reminded me of my childhood. One of my elders would sing it, and it was all about his gas. Ew. LOL

    From A to Z Challenge,
    Sonnia J. Kemmer

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    1. I'm sure Bob Dylan has heard that one before ;-)

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  19. Hi, Rosalind,
    Love Blowing in the Wind (mostly hear Stevie Wonder's version) and Billie Jean.

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    1. Me too but Stevie Wonder makes an appearance soon.

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  20. Baker Street - great sax intro... really classic!
    Billy Jean - who can forget that funky rhythm...?

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  21. I had totally forgotten about Baker Street but I remember hearing that all the time when I was a kid. Love your B choices.

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  22. total nostalgia! The only other 'b' that springs to mind right now is the one about Billie Jo Mcallister (jumped off the Telehatchet Bridge? if that's what it was, I am notorious for getting song lyrics wrong!) - always love a song with a story in it, even (especially) a sad one.
    Ali B

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    1. Yes, I looked at that song but the words were very depressing.

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  23. Baker Street will now be in my head for the rest of the day. Thanks :)

    I think the continued prevalence of rape and our culture's failure to address it is one of the things that makes me frustrated with at least American culture. Not ashamed, but frustrated.

    Good post.

    AJ Lauer
    #atozchallenge helper minion
    Twitter: @ayjaylauer

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    1. For frustration is the right word for it and there's nothing that individuals can do.

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  24. Blowing In The Wind is such an important song. Great choices for "B" and we need you around for many years to come Rosalind.

    Julie

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  25. I really dig the songs of the 60's, real reminders of my youth.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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    1. Me too but I think, in retrospect the 70s tunes were better.

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  26. Yes I have felt that way, many times...
    But it doesn't do good to. We must try to live everyday like it's the last.

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    1. That's the theory. It's not always easy to do, is it!

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  27. Blowing in the Wind, a song I really love. I can't wait to see what's coming next. Thanks for your kind words, they sort of blew me away. I will not write about the sad stuff here and I had lots of it, like everyone else. That's what I don't want to look back on, hence I'm no memoir writer. I just don't have it in me. I would love to collaborate with my dog Samson on a book though. That would be a lot of fun. We talk so well together.

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    1. That would never work, Inger! He'd want to write it himself!

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  28. If only people had listened back then, things might be so different today.

    What's even more sad is they have the chance to learn from history and still don't.

    Barbara
    A-to-Z at my website/blog

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  29. I was in 7th gr. when "Blowing in the Wind" was big. still remember singing the words and wondering why everything was so complicated.

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  30. Billie Jean is my favorite song about someone getting out of child support.

    Dropping by from A to Z. First year participating.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

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  31. Back for Good reminds me of a handful of songs in the 90's that the 'too cool for school' people scorned at...but everyone knew all the words!!

    Looking forward to more of your A to Z posts and sharing the challenge with your

    Destination Unknown (A-to-Z Travel Bucket List Inspiration)
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  32. Never heard of the last one but liked the other three. Good luck with the challenge! I participated last year and had a blast!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  33. I think most people care, but they are too busy in their own lives of work, cellphones,tv and yes even blogging, to do anything about those injustices.

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  34. Michael Jackson is a legend, one of my true musica loves :)

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