Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge


So much more than moons and Junes
  • Today's songs begin with I
  • A lyric snippet from two of the songs plus a special thanks to Daughter. 

1960s:        In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley [...on a cold and grey Chicago morn, a poor little baby child is born, in the ghetto...]    

1970s:        Imagine - John Lennon

1980s:        If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red [All the things that we've been through, you should understand me like I understand you...]

1990s:        I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston



Imagine

This was Lennon's best selling single of his solo career and it's not hard to see why.

'...Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...'

He continues with the line '...You may say I'm a dreamer...' and, sadly, I suppose he's right. This is nothing but a dream.

This could never come true... could it?

I Will Always Love You

Dolly Parton really knows how to pack a punch with her song lyrics! These words are exactly what a mother wishes for her children.

'...I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish you joy and happiness...'

What more can a mother ask for? It's certainly what I wish for mine... with all my heart. 
Which reminds me, before I ask you for more I songs, I want to give a special thanks to Daughter for helping me with some of the song choices. Well you didn't think I worked out the 1990s all on my own, did you?!
And now, any more I songs anyone?

40 comments:

  1. Hi Rosalind - Imagine! Another one of my favourites.

    Lennon was often berated by cynics saying the song was just an idealistic dream, but I think they're missing the point: It's called Imagine for a reason. It's asking us to imagine and aspire to a better world - what's wrong with that? I'm loving taking part in the A to Z challenge. Looking forward to J tomorrow!

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    1. You're spot on. I'd not thought about it like that. Lennon knew it was only a dream. Shame though.

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  2. Great choice of songs! I also love the Beatles song: In My Life, a nostalgic look at the past while celebrating a better present. ~Miriam

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    1. Yes, that's a lovely song. I don't think it was released as a single and so I wonder if many people remember it. ...there are places I remember all my life, though some have changed...

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  3. Great choices. especially Imagine. Loved that song.

    Yvonne.

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  4. I have always loved Imagine and I will always love you.

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  5. I like all of those tunes, and now find myself humming 'In the Ghetto' which means I'm going to be very irritating today.

    Nice post Ros

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    1. Glad to be of irritation to all your work colleagues!! ;-)

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  6. Those are great choices; they always give me goosebumps.

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    1. Old songs have that effect on me too :-)

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  7. Another four great songs, sadly three of the singers are no longer with us, but I do think they and their music will never be forgotten.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, they all three died surrounded by sadness. I often wonder what beautiful songs we would be listening to now had John Lennon lived.

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  8. Imagine is also thought of by some as a bit of an atheist reference. Naturally :)

    I love that Simply Red song!

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    1. I'd rather see it as him just asking us to imagine different circumstances. I wonder if he intended for it to be atheistic. We'll never know.

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  9. Imagine is such a beautifully written song. John Lennon was an amazing poet.

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  10. Just thinking about Imagine and John Lennon makes me all teary eyed.

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  11. They're all great songs. Imagine is a mind-bender. If only the world could work that way. Maybe we'll have to wait for heaven.

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    1. I doubt that our world can ever work that way, Francene.

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  12. some great choices there - In the Ghetto and Imagine are some of my favs

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  13. I was never a real fan of Elvis, John Lennon is my man, along with the Beatles from the 60's. I love Imagine, one of my favorites.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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    1. I have to admit that I'm not an Elvis fan either but this is one of the few of his songs that I do like.

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  14. Great choices Ros.The words of I will always love you are just lovely and yes what you wish for your children.

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    1. Wondered if anyone was going to pick up on that. Imagine seems to have eclipsed those lovely words from Dolly P. It gets to me every time I hear it.

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  15. Hi Ros .. Imagine all the people sharing the world - looks unlikely at the moment .. but love the songs and memories ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. It sadly does look unlikely, doesn't it.

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  16. John Lennon and Elvis are at the top of my list -- great artists, and Lennon also a great poet and writer. They are all great song choices. Wonderful read.
    Best,
    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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  17. Dolly Parton wrote that? You are something the way you know the pop music. Even if you had a little help. I'm a blank to many of the songs .... I knew of 2 "I's." I did think I knew current music but I guess I was always busy with dance music and I do have a ton of that.
    A wonderful theme. I'm learning a lot.

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    1. I'm afraid that I truly am that geek. I already knew that Dolly had written that song, but then it is one of my favourites.

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  18. I think Dolly Parton is so talented. I know Whitney made the song huge and I loved her version, but Dolly's lyrics are so touching. Love her.

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    1. I love her too, even with all her face and boob lifts etc. She's just got a massive heart and it comes across in her writing.

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  19. Some great choices here. Sounds like Dolly wrote an awesome song.

    Nas

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  20. "I Don't Believe in If Anymore" by Roger Whittaker
    "I don't believe in if anymore, if's an illusion, if's an illusion... If is for children, building daydreams..." Sad song but true statement about life!

    Also, "If" By Bread

    "If a man could be two places at one time,
    I'd be with you.
    Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
    If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
    I'd spend the end with you.
    And when the world was through,
    Then one by one the stars would all go out,
    Then you and I would simply fly away"

    Much more romantic! Great idea for a blog for A to Z!
    http://www.celticadlx.blogspot.com

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  21. I love Imagine and If You Don't Know Me By Now....this has been such a nostalgic tour of music on your blog so far. I'm really enjoying it, thank you.

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  22. I can't think on the spot :( Nothing. Sorry, but it is a fun theme. This is my first visit.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    Visiting from AtoZ #41

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