Monday, 8 April 2013

G Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge


So much more than moons and Junes
  • Songs beginning with G
  • And some lyric snippets

1960s:            Groovin' - The Young Rascals [Groovin' on a Sunday afternoon, really couldn't get away too soon...]

1970s:           The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

1980s:           Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper 

1990s:           Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio and LV [...been spending most their lives, living in the gangsta's paradise...]


The Gambler

I love the way that Don Schlitz uses poker playing as a metaphor for life.

'...You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...'
If your hand isn't worth bidding on then you throw the cards in and let the others play. In life if you're fighting a losing battle then you've got to recognise you're wasting your time and move on.

'...Know when to walk away and know when to run...'
People get pretty agitated when they play cards and I suppose, in those circles where guns are freely available, you need to run if you've upset the wrong person. It's the same with life. You can have a go at your co-worker but if you upset the big boss you'd better keep your head down for a while.

'...every gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
is knowing what to throw away, knowing what to keep
Cause every hand's a winner, and every hand's a loser...'
If you take two people and give them the same opportunities, one will make it good and the other won't. It's what you do with those cards in poker and with those chances in life that counts. 

Do you agree with this interpretation of the words?

[I feel obliged to add that I'm a pretty average Bridge player and I suspect the same can be said of the way I play at life!]


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 

How many of us, as teenagers, had rows with our parents because we wanted to stay out later than they thought we should?

...I come home in the morning light, 
my mother says
"When you gonna live your life right?"...

How many of us have had or are having rows with our teenage children because they want to stay out later than we think they should?
And what G songs would you like to have seen included here?

32 comments:

  1. Good selection, Loded the Cindi Lauper song,

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. It was surprisingly difficult to find G songs for some reason.

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  2. Love The King's Singers version of 'The gambler'. Have you heard it? A bit of an earworm. I shall now be singing it all morning!!

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    1. I don't know that version. I have to admit here to having a bit of a soft spot for Kenny Rogers!

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  3. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was our theme tune, my friend's and mine, when we were at school, and even for a little bit afterwards!

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    1. It is that sort of a song,isn't it, but if you listen carefully the words get a bit darker, about boys keeping their girls shut away etc.

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  4. Hi, Rosalind... I know all those except the Gangsta song, and have sung all three with great gusto. :) I'm just not inta Gangsta, don't cha know? I like the theme of your blog for the Challenge. :) Best regards to you, my friend. Ruby

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    1. Hi Ruby, I'm not into gangstas either but G was not an easy letter for song titles!

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  5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was always a big hit at our school dances. Of course- we went to an all girls school, so thats probably why :)

    https://www.m5carolin.blogspot.com

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    1. I can just imagine you all bopping around!

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  6. It's clever that the words in Gambler apply to life. Yes all girls just want to have fun and I'm so glad my children are apst the teenage years and I don't see them anymore after a night out. My son was no problem at all my daughter on the other hand, her and nights out.......

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    1. I love the way that Gambler can be applied to life too. My kids were, in truth, very good at that age.

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  7. I loved Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. (I only argued with my girls if it really mattered - so they knew there was no point in needling me for the sake of it, nor was there any point in going on about it if I put my foot down. But one was really irritated and, just once, yelled at me for being a terrible mother because the only thing she could do to upset me was bring home a member of the National Front!)

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    1. I hope she didn't actually try it. This blog is not political, as a rule, but there are limits!

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    2. No, she didn't - she actually got into trouble at school when a teacher said, 'Some of you boys will be engineers' and she stood up and suggested that some of the girls could be engineers too! I stood by her side while the head told her off!

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  8. Reading all these posts has made me realise how terrible I am at listening to lyrics. I know these songs but don't recognise any of the lyrics. Seems I only remember the ones I really loved and not all the others I just l simply liked! Jo's comment made me chortle though. I can also relate to Anne too. Still, my daughters never let me see them any the worse for wear, but of course I knew. Now that they're 'all growed up', have left home and are in their thirties, they're more likely to be worrying about me and what I get up to now!

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    1. As you've probably guessed, Val, I'm obsessive over song lyrics. Always have been.

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  9. Girls just wanna have fun! What a catchy tune that was and the video was so much fun to watch. Today, you lost me at Coolio, even though my husband knew him and his wife (then wife, I don't know) from remodeling his house years ago. When he was hot! Coolio, not my husband, well, he was hot too, but now I'm rambling.

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    1. You made me laugh. I knew what you meant about Coolio (and your husband) being hot... I think!

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  10. Girls was one of those songs you just couldn't get out of your head. So much energy!

    Yes, I agree with the interpretations of the The Gambler. Great lyrics. More generally, they say to me: go with your gut, depend on yourself, rely on your instincts.

    I know it's early for R, but I also love Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town).

    Barbara
    Twitter: @BarbaraWDaille
    A to Z: Goals, Glinda, and the Great and Powerful Oz
    The Daille-y News

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  11. Rosalind
    Yes, I agree with all that you said about the Gambler. Kenny Rogers always reminds me of my mother because she loved to listen to him and John Denver. She had them on the old 78's (am I saying that right? It's been so long since I thought about old records.)
    I am laughing too at what Inger said. She's so funny.

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    1. Oh yes, we have a few old 78s but we can't play them anymore!

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  12. I love the Gambler, Hubby often listens to Kenny Rogers, I also love Cyndi Lauper too, girls just wanna have fun,I love the film it was in.

    Kate
    The Tales of Me

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  13. I now have songs buzzing in my head simultaneously. They're all great choices.

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    1. I've had these songs buzzing in my head all last month while I planned this too!

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  14. I also have all of the songs in my head at once LOL. I loved Girls Just Wanna Have Fun as a teen and still love it now. And I think your interpretation of the Gambler is spot on.
    Love your theme, very fun to visit here and see the day's songs. :)

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  15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun is a great song! I still get a kick out of Cyndi Lauper. Her play Kinky Boots is wonderful.

    Julie

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  16. I can remember Cyndi Lauper rocking this song back in the days! She was the ultimate gum-chewing rebel chick of that era... eccentric and quirky too!
    Gangsta's Paradise is a Stevie Wonder re-mix... taken from Pasttime Paradise... great thought-provoking lyrics! What a song!

    Writer In Transit

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  17. Hi Ros .. I'll join you in the Kenny Rogers fan club .. not too sure about the others!! Cheers Hilary

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