Sunday, 7 April 2013

F Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge



So much more than moons and Junes
  • Today's songs begin with F
  • A lyric snippet from two of them to set you thinking and commenting!

1960s:           For Once in my Live - Stevie Wonder

1970s:           For all we Know - The Carpenters [...Let's take a lifetime to say, I knew you well...]

1980s:           Flashdance (What a Feeling) - Irene Cara

1990s:           Fields of Gold - Sting  [You'll remember me when the West wind moves upon the fields of barley...]



For Once in my Life

I'm not exaggerating when I say that this Ron Miller and Orlando Murden song rescued me from the grips of agoraphobia. I was a teenager and struggling to cope with the big wide world. I got to the point where I could barely leave the house on my own but this song and its lyrics helped me through.

'...for once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I'll be strong...'

I sung it to myself as I walked down the street, as I queued at the bus stop, as I entered those huge, imposing school gates. One day I may even write to Stevie Wonder and tell him what this song did for me.

Have you ever gained extra strength by holding a certain song in your head?


Flashdance (What a Feeling)

These lyrics are all about the fight to see your dreams through to fruition. I bet there's not a writer in this blogosphere who doesn't know what that feels like.

'First, when there's nothing but a slow growing dream
That your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind...'

We all know the theory. Overcome the fear. Keep battling on... but whenever I hear Flashdance I will always and forever think of Robert Webb, dressed as a girl, dancing to this song in aid of Comic Relief!

Have you ever had a slow growing dream of an idea that you were too afraid to act upon?
Or are you now too busy thinking about Robert Webb dressed as a girl?



Let me know if I missed out one of your favourite songs beginning with F.

36 comments:

  1. It's amazing that we can gain strength with the words of a song. That is why I wonder what that loud hard rock is doing for kids and their ears.

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    1. It can't be doing any good, that's for sure especially as they have earphones in and full volume! (Are we sounding old?)

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  2. Wow, Ros, just starting to catch up with on day 7. Songs played such an important part of our lives when we were younger. They inspired us, cheered us up, made us sad, gave us food for thought.
    I wonder why they no longer have that effect on me? Maybe I'm just getting old but today's songs just don't seem as 'thoughtful' as the used to be.

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    1. I think it was because we were going through those years of teenage angst that they meant so much, although there are still some songs that resonate. You'll notice I didn't go beyond last century and Daughter did help with the newer ones. (They'll be a mention made to her in the I post)

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  3. Fantastic, Ros. I can't think of one in particular that has done that for me but both Flashdance and For once in my life are very inspiring songs. How touching that SW's song helped you through such an awful phase in your youth.

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    1. I will always have a special affinity for Stevie Wonder.

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  4. Great selection of songs. I remember them all.

    Have a peaceful Sunday,

    Yvonne.

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  5. Oh those fields of gold - written about the barley fields that waft to the rhythm of the wind just north of Salisbury. I know them well.

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    1. Gosh. I didn't realise they actually exist.

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  6. I love Fields of Gold and Flashdance :) I have been doing a musical theme too this year! I like your theme :)

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    1. Thanks, I'll op over to look at yours next :-)

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  7. I often hear a song playing in my head. It always fits the occasion without me needing to search for something relevant. I like 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

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    1. Oh yes, You'll never walk alone features in the Y post.

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  8. Hi Ros .. Imagine seems to come into my head quite often .. and there are others - I love Flashdance and Sting with Fields of Gold ..

    Great fun and memories .. cheers Hilary

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    1. There is something special about beautiful words set to music, isn't there!

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  9. I'd pick Fields of Gold from that list, though the Carpenters song would be my OH's choice - he's always had a soft spot for them. We've made it through the first week, Ros!

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    1. Only another three weeks to go. Do you think we can do it?

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  10. The one that stiffens my spine before a tricky situation is Eye Of The Tiger, and I can march in time as well :)

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    1. Love this suggestion but have just discovered that I don't know words to it!

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  11. Hi Ros, a fab post and I always get a shiver down my spine when I hear, You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & the Pacemakers. "When you walk through a storm hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark....." Love it stil!

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    1. Hi Pauline, you have to wait for the Y day for that song :-)

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  12. Music touches us as few other things can. (Not talking about rap music, although it's a bit of a stretch to call that stuff "music", anyway.) The words resonate, like in "You'll Never Walk Alone", "I Believe", "High Hopes", and "Climb Every Mountain". (etc etc etc) But sometimes, it's the sound of the music alone, regardless of the words. There are plenty of songs I loved based on sound and tempo, without paying much attention to the lyrics. And how about "Moonlight Sonata" ? No words needed.

    Let's see. Another "F" song... how about... Oh, who am I kidding? I've got nothing. My brain's mush this morning.

    Another super post.

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    1. You say your brain's mush but I found it far harder than I expected to gather these songs together.

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  13. OMG! That picture is hysterical! One song that comes to mind that fit a situation I was once in is Bridge Over Troubled Water.

    But Sting... I LOVE Sting.

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    1. That sounds ominous, Bish. Hope you've crossed the bridge now.

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  14. Flashdance is just exuberant to me. The F song that came to mind is David Bowie's Fame - he always has thought provoking lyrics in a catchy beat

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    1. I wasn't sure how Fame went so I went onto YouTube and ended up listening to all of Bowie's stuff. Amazing.

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  15. Well, I have been thinking about F songs, coming up with Abba's Fernando. :) That will be stuck in my head and escaping my mouth for the rest of the afternoon!!! LOL I'll keep my volume down so I don't scare the neighbours! x

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    1. Oh yes, lovely song, I can hear the drums, Fernando...

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  16. I have always loved the Carpenters,"Let's take a lifetime to say,I knew you well" Ah! I always sang, Close to you, to my daughter from she was a tiny baby I love the line,"On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true..." It's always been my song for her. Now you have me blubbing.
    I love that Stevie Wonder's song helped you, song lyrics work wonders.

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    1. Oh, Anne, that's beautiful. I've got near to blubbing on one or two of my posts. Amazing the power of songs, isn't it!

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  17. In 1986, a call came from Sweden. My mother was dying; she had a severe stroke. On the plane, I listened to Stevie Wonder all the way across these United States and the Atlantic too. He really helped me during that awful flight.

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    1. There must be something spiritual about his voice. I'm glad he gave you some support. Those sort of dashes are awful.

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  18. Several songs have given me strength, most of all - strangely enough - Simon and Garfunkel's Something So Right. "They got a wall in China. It's a thousand miles long. To keep out the foreigners they made it strong. And I got a wall around me that you can't even see. It took a little time to get next to me." I think it was the first hint that I wasn't alone. ~Miriam

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    1. I don't know that song but I can see from the lyrics what you mean.

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