Thursday, 11 April 2013

J Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge


So much more than moons and Junes
  • Not quite halfway and it's songs beginning with J
  • And some lyric snippets, of course.

1960s:        Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones [...it's a gas, gas, gas...]    

1970s:        Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel

1980s:        Jealous Guy - Roxy Music

1990s:        Just Another Day - Jon Secada  [...I, I don't wanna say it, I don't wanna find another way...]


Just The Way You Are

Billy Joel wrote this song for his first wife and then, reputedly, refused to sing it for many years after their divorce. But then the lyrics can apply to far more than just a love affair.

'...I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are...'

Isn't that what a family should be all about?


Jealous Guy

Bryan Ferry oozed sex appeal as he sang these words, which are yet another example of John Lennon's writing. Lennon was said to be a jealous and insecure guy so when he wrote...

I didn't mean to hurt you.
I'm just a jealous guy...'

...he must have known how jealousy can destroy a relationship.

How do you deal with jealousy?

I'll be surprised if you can think of any other J songs. This was a tough one!

26 comments:

  1. Three greats. I love Billy Joel have most of his albums.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Funnily enough he's an artist I don't know a lot about.

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  2. My hubby loved Roxy Music. Yes I think if you stay together through bad times then the good times are easy.My husband's always been there for me and supported me giving up work.
    I found J letter hard too.

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    1. So good that he's been there for you :-)

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  3. Loved three of the four today very much, not keen on Jumpin Jack.I don't think you will be that keen on my J, it has to be Joleane by Dearest Dolly, thanks again for a great blog. x

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    1. On the contrary I love Jolene. It was on my original list but I decided that I wouldn't do her two days on the trot. I have tried to put a little thought into the pacing,even though it might not show!

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  4. Hi Ros .. did Joseph and his amazing dreamcoat feature with a J title?

    Jolene .. yes I rather like Ian's selection ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I think the most famous song from that was Any Dream Will Do but yes, you're quite correct. There were a few J songs from the stage production, like Jacob and Sons.

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  5. Yes any family should be all about accepting your loved ones just the way they are. Great insight.

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    1. It should indeed and thank you, Munir.

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  6. I also like Joleane! But yes, Brian Ferry singing Jealous guy was amazing. In fact, Bryan Ferry singing almost anything was amazing :-) J is a difficult one isn't it. I suppose Hey Jude is H and not J, but close!

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    1. He did have a certain something, didn't he!

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  7. Just the Way You Are is one of my favorites. Such beautiful lyrics!

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  8. Just One of Those Things although technically it starts with It I suppose.

    Just the way you are is a nice song. Families need to put up with a lot, I think one has to try not to give others too much to put up with.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. I suspect Just One of Those Things was pre-1960, wasn't it, though I do admit that it was a lovely song.

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  9. JERUSALEM.
    Or doesn't it count if it's a hymn?
    I remember all three of those songs - we really must be the same generation.

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    1. As I just said to Jo, I rather suspect that Jerusalem came out a little before 1960! Lovely words although isn't the bit about the dark satanic mills supposed to represent the working classes knowing their place? Or have I mixed it up with another hymn.

      Yes, I suspect we are from the same generation (not quite admitting to being a little bit old!)

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  10. I think they would all be tough -- I seem to have stopped listening after the 1980s. And I find I know the 60s music best. So this is an interesting journey for me.

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  11. I like the Billy Joel one! There's also "Jesse's Girl" that's another "J" song. I don't know when it came out though. The only reason I know this one is because my husband's name is Jesse. :)

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  12. Please! Can't forget Jail House Rock! And what about James Dean, by the Eagles? You sure are good at "pickin' 'em" Girl!!! I love this blog and the walk down memory lane...!

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  13. I picked the word "Juggling" and so did another A to Z blogger out there you might enjoy. http://writerachael.com/1/post/2013/04/j-is-for-juggling-writing-projects.html
    She talks about what you commented about on my blog!

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  14. Well done for your J post! I love Billy Joel's Just the way you are. Some of these letters are tough aren't they.

    Kate
    http://firstdraftcafe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/j-is-for-just-ten-minutes.html

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  15. Just The Way You Are is my favorite on your list. I always thought that Billy Joel wrote it for Christie Brinkley, until you mentioned that it was written for his first wife.

    Julie

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  17. Oooh, I didn't realize there was an 80s version of Jealous guy. I used Jack and Diane!

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