Wednesday, 3 April 2013

C Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge


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

1960s:           Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers

1970s:           Changes - David Bowie

1980s:           Careless Whispers - George Michael

1990s:           Candle in the Wind - Elton John


Changes

Bowie has long had a fascination for his own personal changes throughout his career but I chose these lyrics from Changes because they say something personal to me.

'...I turned myself to face me
but I've never caught a glimpse
of how the others must see the faker...'

I often wonder how other people view me. Do they think I'm someone who I'm not? Does that make me a faker?

Do you ever wonder what/who other people see when they look at you?

Candle in the Wind

Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote this song in memory of Maralyn Monroe and the way she was exploited by those around her. When Princess Diana was killed in 1997 Taupin rewrote the lyrics and Elton John famously sang it at her funeral.

'...and it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading in the sunset
When the rain set in...'

Diana worked tirelessly for many charities and will particularly be remembered for her campaigning to clear land-mines but she was vulnerable, suffering many years of eating disorders. A candle flame is powerful enough to bring light to our darkness but it's so fragile that a breath of wind can extinguish it.

Is there anyone you know whose life is like a candle in the wind?

And I could have added:

I love the harmonies on Cathy's Clown - that's all.

I wonder if, in Careless Whispers, the '...careless whispers of a good friend...' are helpful or do really good friends keep quiet about indiscretions?
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.

54 comments:

  1. I love the Everly Brothers :). And Candle in the Wind...I was a teenager when Diana died. I remember that night hearing on the radio that there had been a crash...and then all the following confusion...and then that she was dead. It was such a sad night. Elton John's tribute to her was so beautiful.

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    1. It was a most moving time to be here in the UK. We've never expressed public emotion quite like it before and possibly won't again!

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  2. Oh you do wonder how people see you,that's a scary thought. Love Candle in the Wind,Elton said he would never sing the Diana version again after her funeral.
    Just tried to put tag on it says tag not closed but I closed it I'll try again.

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    1. It was a good decision of his. It was very emotional hearing it at the funeral but would have been cheesy if he'd carried on singing it.

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    1. Yay! You posted your link! Brilliant! If anyone else wants to know how then leave me a comment and I'll email it through to them.

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    2. It's so good being able to do this.I've had so many bloggers commenting on my blog and I can visit there's as when I click on their name there is no likn.I've even googled a few people as I like to return the visit. Thanks Ros.

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  4. Yes, I wonder what other people see when they look at me - my mother always said I looked like an aging hippy, and that was fine by me (but disappointed her, as she wanted me to have a perm). But who knows what people in rural India, or the mountains of Nepal, thought about this weird woman strolling round the place? (I tried to find out, but no one would tell me!)

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    1. I often wonder what people think of me, especially the grandkids. Do they see me as an old, grey haired granny? I try not to be like that but then do they see me as a sad old woman who's trying to pretend to be young?!?

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  5. I loved Candle in the Wind, and was one of the millions who bought the version for Diana.

    Me too. Our grandkids live in the UK, but on the few occasions we have met, I wonder the same thing.

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    1. Glad I don't see myself as others see me, that's all I can say!

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    1. Thanks, Jo, it does help when people leave their link, especially during A to Z.

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  7. Cool choices, Ros. Wish I could just sit back and listen to music :)

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Know what you mean. It's a manic week... but I do have my music playing in the background and every now and then I'm stopping to sing along :-)

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  8. Careless Whispers and Candle in the Wind are the two that I know. As for grandchildren I can't keep up with them on gadgets, swimming and especially surfing,

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    1. You should go surfing with me then. You'd beat me hands down. I wouldn't even be able to get into the water, never mind onto the board!

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  9. I've always liked Candle in the wind.
    I wonder how others view me sometimes. But not often. i have a pretty good outlook on myself and I'm a realist so I know I'm not perfect or better than anyone else either. It's strange though how people see themselves and it often contradicts how others see them.
    Great post.
    ~Summer
    My A-Z

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    1. How great that you have a good outlook of yourself, I wish I could be so positive.

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  10. I LOVE all of these songs! Really can't pick a favorite because they're all great and I think I know every single one by heart, lol. I remember Cathy's Clown playing on the little radio in my father's party store growing up. The melody caught me and never let go. Wow - memories... :)

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    1. There's nothing like music to bring in the nostalgia, is there!

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  11. I remember the Everley Brothers - I had Walk on Back on 45 rpm. Certianly recall Cathy's Clown.....ah, nostalgia's not what it was...

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    1. No, in the old days we really knew how to be nostalgic, not like the kids of today! ;-)

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  13. Oh my gosh. I haven't heard mention of Cathy's Clown for decades. I always thought the Everley Brothers had great harmony.

    Thanks for visiting my blog on the A-Z Challenge.

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    1. They were the master of harmony, weren't they.

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  14. Great theme for A to Z! Love it. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. Happy April!

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  15. Would you believe I'm not really familiar with any of the songs. Often I was only into the dance music. (or living in my mushroom cave haha)

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    1. Sorry these songs are not 'doing it' for you. I suppose we live both miles and possibly cultures apart but we can still enjoy a blog chat :-)

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  16. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed it. Great song choices. My friend Nancy was always a big fan of Bowie and when her mother died in 1990, Changes became her song to remember her by. Please visit us at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/ and, if you like what you see, sign up to become a member.

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  17. This is right up my street, I love music and writing poetry and on my blog have combined the two. I congratulate you on a wonderful blog.

    Yvonne,

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I shall pop over to visit you and see you A to Zs.

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  18. These are fab....
    I love all the memories that music incites!
    Fun post
    :D

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  19. I was Kathy in the 60's and thought this song was great, not a lot of songs with Kathy's in it.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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    1. I bet you loved Kathy's Song by Simon and Garfunkel too.

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  20. I love Changes too, Ros, but I've never been good on lyrics so didn't know that snippet. Yes, I sometimes wonder how people see me. My students in particular. I'm convinced they think I'm some kind of android that doesn't exist outside the classroom. I wonder what they would do if they saw me on the boat, for instance :-) I don't really know Cathy's Clown or Careless Whispers, but Candle in the Wind is a classic. What s beautiful song. I don't know anyone even half as strong and simultaneously vulnerable as Diana.

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    1. I'm sure that students think their teachers live in the stock cupboard overnight. They can't believe we're people!

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  21. I'd always loved Candle in the Wind but can't even listen to it now, since Diana. Maybe someday...

    Yes, I do wonder what people see.

    Barbara
    C is for: Chocolate (and other things)
    www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog

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    1. I know what you mean about Candle in the Wind. It's forever linked with the funeral.

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  22. And I would appreciate the info about how to post a link. I've been doing it manually. (Whew!)

    Barbara
    C is for: Chocolate (and other things)
    www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog

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    1. I've tweeted it to you as it won't let me post it up as a comment for some reason.

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  23. A great post. I love music and the memories! Thanks.

    Nas

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  24. I might've wondered more of how others saw me when I was younger, but now that I'm older, I really don't have as much time to think about these things. But I do find that people who are often quick to put labels on people they first meet usually put the wrong label on me. For example, I sometimes give off the impression to people that I'm "quiet." But once people get to know me, they realize I can be very vocal and opinionated.

    Hope to read more from you during A to Z. New follower here.

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    1. That's fascinating that you have such an insight into how others see you. I really can't work it out for how others see me.

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  25. My mother used to love Cathy's Clown. She played that song over and over LoL If not for her I don't think I'd know it existed, the others, of course, but...

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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    1. Your Mother has good taste in music :-)

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  26. I listened to "Candle in the Wind" over and over and over...

    Love your theme! I'm a new follower.

    Dana at The Daily Dose

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  27. I love all those songs. They all make me think. Nice to meet you on A to Z.

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  28. Candle in the Wind for Princess Diana often brings me to tears. Still miss her to this day...

    Keep Calm and A-Z
    An A-Z of learning English
    Round the world from A to Z

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  29. Hi Ros .. I love your posts and descriptive thought processes - and I'll learn from these as - music is not my forte!

    Cheers Hilary

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