Tuesday, 9 April 2013

H Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge


So much more than moons and Junes
  • Songs beginning with H
  • A lyric snippet from two of these songs to set you thinking and commenting!

1960s:           House of the Rising Sun - The Animals [There is a house in New Orleans and it's called the Rising Sun...]

1970s:           He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother - The Hollies

1980s:           Hello - Lionel Richie [I've been alone with you inside my mind, and in my dreams I've kissed your lips a thousand times...]

1990s:           Heal the World - Michael Jackson


He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

The title of this Bobby Scott/Bob Russell song says it all but for good measure I'll add...

'...It's a long, long road 
From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share...'

Life may not always be long but it is hard and there is no return so we may as well help each other if we can.

Do you view life as a long, long road?


Heal the World

I used this Michael Jackson song for one of my very last class assemblies. It made an excellent basis for a cross-curricular project (in the days when cross-curricular was allowed) and the kids loved it because it was Michael Jackson.

'...Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me 
And the entire human race...'

We looked at recycling, protecting nature, planting wild meadows, global warming, caring for each other. Every time I hear it I think of another area that we could have covered if we'd had time. For me it was a perfect assembly song. I only regret that such a talented man came to such a sad end.

Why is it that the most talented writers and poets often experience such tortured lives?

And I could have added:

I believe it was 'the thing' to make fun of that video clip where Lionel Richie sang '...hello, is it me you're looking for...' but I adore the song and I loved the video. Just saying!

If you have a favourite song beginning with H that I missed out then let me know.

37 comments:

  1. Ooh, how about "Holiday" by Madonna? I'm pretty sure that popped in my head because I'm trying to figure out what we're going to do for vacation this year or as you Brits say, for our holiday. I love that! Sometimes I use British terms instead of "American" English terms. I don't know why.


    Come check out my A to Z! Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

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    1. It amuses me the way you call your garden a yard. In the UK a yard is usually an untidy area of concrete. It was always going to be Hello for the 1980s. A favourite of mine.

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    2. :) I used to confuse so many people when I lived over there. What my neighbour called a yard, I called garden. What they called garden, I called Vegetable Garden. ... And then I moved home, having started to "conform" to American ways and began to confuse people over here! All fun! :)

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    3. I find just being on Twitter and the blog I start to pick up US terminology. I'm so vocab influenced (wonder if that's a real term or did I make it up?)

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  2. You've chosen 4 "cracker" songs for this post!
    Every year, I teach my choir Heal The World. It's a winner!
    Hello always reminds me of the video with the blind person... enough said... LOL

    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thank you. Great song for a choir to sing!

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  3. A great choice though I don't know the Michael Jackson son as well as the others,
    Look forward to the letter I.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, I is one of my favourite song days!

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  4. Hi Rosalind. He Ain't Heavy is such a moving song - it has particularly sad memories for me as it was played at my uncle's funeral. Even without that association, though, I just think it is dripping with emotion.

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    1. Sorry to have brought up such sad memories for you but it is a lovely song.

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  5. Great H songs. I love Lionel Richie's Hello video.

    Jenn @Scribbles From Jenn

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  6. House if the Rising Sun was one of the guitar tunes first played by my sons, and when the elder boy was going through a "Bad Boy" phase, He Ain't Heavy used to reduce my younger son to tears.

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    1. You've reminded me that I used to play that on the guitar too. Bet I couldn't still play it now!

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  7. I remember standing up in Music class singing House of the Rising Sun (it didn't go too well). Love Heal the world but Lionel Richie? Um...don't like, sorry :-(

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    1. You had to sing it all on your own? That's so brave.

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  8. Love your song titles, you must be having great fun findiong them. He ain't heavy has a lovely sentiment.

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    1. I've enjoyed searching for these songs sooooo much!

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  9. Loving your A-Z and it gets me thinking everyday, all your choices today are great. My H would have to be "Home Is Where The Heart Is" by Gladys Knight. x

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    1. I love Home is Where the Heart is too. I have it on vinyl and CD but I've restricted myself to one a decade so *shrugs*

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  10. More than just the lyrics, I love the video of Hello!!!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. And yes, I agree, it is the brevity that makes a drabble powerful- no place for sugarcoating things.

    Coffee Rings Everywhere

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    1. Glad to find someone else who loves that video :-)

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  11. When I was working with adolescents I used the metaphor of life as a road to help them understand twists and turns, ups and downs - to help them see that there might be something better round the corner and they don't have to be defined by the past. We'd draw, and once made a model that took over the room. (No idea if she learned anything, other than the joy of playing - which, sometimes, is good enough.)

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  12. I LOVE your theme! The first H song that came to mind was 'Hey Hey Hey we're the monkeys!' LOL I can't wait to see I.
    Connie
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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  13. I have to admit I used to laugh at that Lionel Richie video but it is a really pretty song. He has so many good ones.

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  14. Well, I certainly hoping my life turns out to be a long, long road (in the best possible way). I love the song - The House of the Rising Sun.

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  15. What a clever idea, Rosalind!
    It's a good job my Mother isn't doing this blog - she never gets the right lyrics to songs but insists she does!
    I love Hero by Enrique Iglesias, we nearly chose this as our first dance at our wedding. Robbie Williams Angels won the toss - I regret that now!

    Donna - Lost and Found

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  16. I meant to add the link -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koJlIGDImiU

    :)

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  17. I lived House of the Rising Sun. Now you've started the song playing in my head.

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  18. House of the Rising Sun is one of my all-time favorites. :-)

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  19. Sorry, never a Jackson fan. Like the use you put the song to though. Is there anyone who doesn`t know He Ain`t Heavy, He`s My Brother, I don`t think so.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  20. I looove He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother! So great. :)

    Happy 2nd week!

    AJ Lauer
    #atozchallenge helper minion
    Twitter: @ayjaylauer

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  21. He ain't heavy takes me back to my student days. What nostalgia that evokes! The Hollies were a great band. I also loved House of the Rising Sun. That's such a classic. I think everyone who has ever learnt to play the guitar has strummed that one. I still can't remember all the words though!

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  22. I remember liking the Lionel Ritchie song, and the Michael Jackson one. Good picks!

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  23. Love Heal the World, and He Ain't Heavy. Love Neil Diamond's version. Fun theme for the A-Z. Looking over your blog, you are quite the accomplished woman. I'm a new follower. Nice to meet you. Come visit me, if you'd like:
    from The Dugout

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  24. I still tear up whenever I hear "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." It's such a powerful song.

    Julie

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  25. Hi Ros .. now these I know!! Love these old songs and they will be such good posts to come back to when I update some of my music .. cheers Hilary

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