Tuesday, 16 April 2013

N Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge



So much more than moons and Junes
  • Songs beginning with N
  • And lyric snippets that I hope are thought provoking!

1960s:           Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues [Nights in white satin, never reaching the end, letters I've written, never meaning to send...]

1970s:           Native New Yorker - Odyssey

1980s:           Nikita - Elton John  

1990s:           Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor [It's been seven hours and fifteen days, since you took your love away...]


Native New Yorker

This Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer song has a real 'feal-good factor' to it but then you listen to the lyrics.

'...where did all those yesterdays go
When you still believed love could really be like a Broadway show...'

At what age do you think you stopped believing that love could really be like a Broadway show? 
Or maybe for you it's true!
 
Nikita

This song is written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin about the Cold War and a fictitious female Soviet border guard.

'...And if there comes a time
Guns and gates no longer hold you in
And if you're free to make a choice
Just look towards the West and find a friend...'

It was written before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 'warming up' of relations between East and West. How sad that the families in Berlin were split apart by the Wall. How great that the wall no longer exists.

How many more families have to be affected by war, be it a hot or a cold war?

And I could have added:

Sinead's tear in the video of Nothing Compares 2 U was so moving. She says it was unplanned and I believe her.

Any more N songs that mean something to you?

26 comments:

  1. Ooh, don't know these...can I cheat and do 'The Night they drove old Dixie down' which I think is Joan Baez - who was one of my idols in the 60's. Such a clear voice.

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    1. You most certainly can. She was an amazing singer.

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  2. I am enjoying coming to your blog, so many great songs to remember,

    Yvonne.

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  3. Nothing Compares 2 U is just brilliant - and I don't think there's any way she could have faked that emotion - it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

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  4. Nothing Compares 2 U - someone told me she wrote it about giving up smoking, but it's sung with such passion I'm not sure I believe that!

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    1. I agree. She wouldn't have shed a tear over that... would she?

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  5. I love Nights in White Satin. The romance of the song always remended me of Knights. Because of this, our second post-apocolyptic novel in the Higher Ground series is named: Knights in Black Leather--a play on the words. The others are:
    Wind Over Troubled Waters (Bridge over...)
    Golden Submarine (Yellow Sub ...)
    Long Doom Calling. (London Calling)
    Francene.
    A - Z Challenge
    http://francene-wordstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. What a brilliant idea that is, almost naming novels after old songs. Love it!

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  6. I adore the Knights in White Satin song, as I grew up listening to Moody Blues. Dad is a big fan of them and, playing the flute myself, I always loved the flute solos.

    Really enjoying your A to Z posts, Rosalind :)

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    1. Daughter used to play the flute (beautifully I might add) and yes there is a lovely flute solo in that song.

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  7. This is the first time where i am unable to pick a favorite from the four. Another great blog.

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  8. Great tunes all around. I also always liked Never My Love as sung by the Fifth Dimension. Marilyn McCoo's voice was sublime.

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    1. Yes, that was a lovely song too. I think there was an earlier version of it.

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  9. I hate to admit it, but I am not familiar with those songs. Natural Woman comes to mind, to my mind.

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    1. That was a great Carol King song. There's always the lyric meanings even if you don't know the songs, I suppose.

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  10. Oh, so it was Nikita! I was driving myself crazy ever since seeing your Cold War hint on Twitter LOL. I never would have thought of it.

    Love Nothing Compares 2 U, such a great song and performance.

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  11. My first husband was actually in Berlin when the wall came down. He said it was the most incredible experience. I'm afraid these songs don't ring any bells, but then that might be my useless memory!

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    1. It certainly came across as amazing in the videos that I've seen of it. I'll bet you'd know some of the songs if you heard them.

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  12. Nights in White Satin is a lovely song.My mind's gone blank I can't think of any. Never Can Say Goodbye by eh.. The three degrees or the Supremes can't remember.

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    1. I thought it was by Gloria Gaynor but it's a good song whatever.

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  13. I went with No One is to Blame for 80's, but had Never Surrender on the back burner with November Rain

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  14. Hi Ros .. I love Nights in White Satin .. but I'd always have spelt it with a K .. funny remembrances - or lack of!! Cheers Hilary

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