Sunday, 14 April 2013

L Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge


So much more than moons and Junes
  • Some songs beginning with L
  • And lyric snippets to set you thinking.

1960s:        Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan  

1970s:        Loving You - Minnie Riperton

1980s:        Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

1990s:        Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin (Yes, I know this challenge is supposed to be about the lyrics but Daughter insisted I included this song. What she actually said was, "When you've got a butt like Ricky Martin's who needs good lyrics?!")


Like a Rolling Stone

Dylan wrote about a rich girl who has fallen on hard times but this could apply to anyone who has lost everything, including who they feel that they are... their identity.

'...How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone...'

I can't imagine what it would be like to not even have an address to your name. We live in a very cruel world and the next song continues this theme...

Livin' On a Prayer

Written by Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora it tells of a similar heartache...

'...Tommy used to work on the docks
Union's been on strike
He's down on his luck, it's tough, so tough...'

I can't imagine, and hope I'll never know, what it's like to live with no money coming in.

How do people survive when life knocks them right down into the gutter? 



Loving You

This is a beautiful song that verges on the moons and Junes but I'm mentioning it anyway because for me these words are very special and pure poetry...

'...No one else can make me feel
The colours that you bring...'
I just know you're going to list out loads of L songs. I was spoilt for choice with this one.

29 comments:

  1. Loved every one of these songs even though they age me because each and every one of them brought a smile to my face!

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    1. Well, it ages is both then. As long as we're all aging together!

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  2. You are doing well with this!! I remember the Bob Dylan song:he, like Paul Simon was able to encapsulate real situations in his music. Remember learning the WHOLE of Subterranean Homesick Blues once... not sure I can still sing it. Funnily enough, I have a tape of Dylan in my car, and this song is on it.

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    1. You have a tape in your car?! (Actually I've already had this conversation with you on Twitter and yes your old car is lovely!) But a tape!?

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  3. They still have tapes in cars?
    Good songs, funny how some songs you don't really listen to lyrics until someone points them out. Lots of L songs,
    Let It Be
    Love Changes Everything,
    Lady in Red.

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    1. Woops, Lady in Red was out when I was dating Mr A. Maybe I should have included it!

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  4. How about Long Haired Loved from Liverpool...lol

    Once again a good choice of songs for the appropriate letter.


    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne but not sure I could have done much with the lyrics of that one.

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  5. Great choices, Ros. The lyrics of Like a Rolling Stone have always moved me too. The desperation of poverty. Makes me shiver. I love the Minnie Riperton song as well.

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    1. It is a pretty grim thought, isn't it.

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  6. Great list for L!! I really like "Like a Rolling Stone," and I'm really excited because I get to see Bob Dylan live on April 24th!

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    1. Hope you enjoy the concert. That's one big star who I've never seen live.

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  7. I love Like a Rolling Stone - somehow we always ended up singing it very loudly, which lost the meaning somehow. But we were young, and possibly oiled by a beer or two ... Those Were The Days, My Friend ...

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    1. ...we thought they'd never end. We'd sing and dance forever and a day... Marianne Faithful. Yes they were good times :-)

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  8. I really like Like a rolling Stone too. You have really found some great songs to share. I am curious now about what is coming next.

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    1. Thanks Inger. I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

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    2. Isn't it wonderful how we know all the words to songs from our teens. Just wish my memory were so reliable when I put my glasses down ...

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  9. I remember getting Rolling Stone magazine in my husband's office, but I don't think I know a lot about the songs by the Rolling Stone. I know a lot about the Beatles as my daughter and my husband both love them. As I am from India I have a lot to catch up with.

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    1. I can well believe that it's hard when we start reminiscing about pop groups in the 1960s if you lived in a completely different part of the world with its own musical culture. My blog posts aren't normally pop song obsessed!

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  10. Your daughter made me laugh on this Sunday snowy morning. Yes, snow. But I like it because it's been so terribly dry.

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    1. Daughter will be proud but sorry to hear about the snow! We've got rid of ours... for now!

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  11. Hahaha, your daughter has a good point. :D

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  12. The Ricky Martin song is the only one I know. :)

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  13. Oh, how I love Bon Jovi! :)

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  14. I must agree with your daughter. But his song is a lot of fun, too. Love the trumpets and the fast Latin rhythm. Since you didn't pick one for the 2000s, my choice is "Lady Marmalade." (I think my fav of that decade is "Beautiful," also by Christina Aguilera, but that's not an "L" song!)
    New follower; great post! :-)

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  15. Great songs, but you daughter's comment is the best! Too funny :)

    Thanks for checking out my AtoZ.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #41

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  16. Loving You makes me think about Minnie Riperton's daughter Maya Rudolph. She is a very talented comedienne from Saturday Night Live who also appeared in Bridesmaids. I'm sure that Minnie would have been very proud of her. BTW, Your daughter's comment was very cute!
    Julie

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  17. Like a Rollin' Stone was such a great song!!!! La Vida Loca is a great dance song, and I agree with your daughter, but the lyrics are good, Living a crazy life, who doesn't?

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  18. Hi Ros .. I love the Dylan one ... I'm so pleased you're doing these! Cheers Hilary

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