Thursday, 25 April 2013

V Song Lyrics - A to Z Challenge

This is an April Blog Challenge. Normal blog posts will resume in May.

So much more than moons and Junes
  • Songs beginning with V
  • And more lyric snippets!

1960s:           Volare - Bobby Rydell

1970s:          Vincent - Don McLean

1980s:           Vienna - Ultravox [...this means nothing to me, oh Vienna...]

1990s:           Viva Forever The Spice Girls [...hasta mañana, always be mine...]


'Volare oh oh
Cantare oh oh oh oh...'

I'm afraid it doesn't mean a lot to me but whenever I hear this song I think of 1960s foreign holidays, the first package holidays, Brits abroad, shouting loudly and slowly if no one could understand you. I went to Benidorm in the days before it was full of high rise hotels. The good old days!
What song reminds you of your first holiday abroad?


Don McLean wrote this as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh and the tragedy of an artist who lived through depressive torments while his talent went unrecognised until after his death.

'Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul...'

Starry night is about his painting of the same name and looking out on a summer's day refers to his time in a mental asylum.

I suspect that few people get through their lives without some kind of mental illness but very few people talk about it. It's as if it's something to be ashamed of but it's an illness like any other.

Why does mental illness still have such a stigma attached to it?
The V songs were yet another difficult batch to search for. Have I missed any obvious ones?


  1. Hi Ros .. you might be doing my favourite holiday song tomorrow "Whiter Shade of Pale" ... but the Vs .. Vincent I enjoyed .. the Spice Girls leave me cold - but obviously hugely successful!

    Mental Illness - because people don't understand and then can't be bothered to understand .. sadly I suspect this is so.

    Cheers - we have sun and some warmth, yesterday was cold and covered in sea-mist .. Hilary

  2. Who can forget Vincent? great song. also a good choice of others,


  3. We need many more songs about mental illness - it's more common than cancer and too many people still think it's something to be ashamed of.

  4. Vincent is a lovely song. I haven't heard it in such a long time.


  5. Perhaps somewhat sadly, I only know Viva Forever by the Spice Girls, from this collection!

  6. Viva La Diva! That one that won the Eurovision Song Contest ..ooh..ages ago. Israeli transvestite singer. See the things I recall...

  7. Love all those V songs particularly the first three. Not a holiday song but Viva Espana is synonymous to dancing to it with my grandmother while she sang along at my aunt's wedding reception.

  8. Vincent is an all time favourite song of mine. So very moving. And of course now I know more about Vincent van Gogh, I find it all the more heart rending. Mental illness still has a stigma attached to it, but probably not as much as in his day. I don't know. I also love Vienna. What a grand and stirring song that is.

  9. I've always loved Vincent such lovel;y words.Kiss Kiss always reminds me of Turkish holidays as it was first sang by a Turkish pop star and they played it a lot. We still don't understand mental illness because I think it's very hard to understand if you don't know anyone who suffers from it.

  10. Starry Night is probably my favorite painting ever, I just love it. And Vincent is such a pretty song.

  11. I always loved Vincent, even before I knew the story behind the song. Very poignant, once you learn the history.

    Stigma re mental illness, depression, etc. - partly perception and lack of understanding.

    V is for Vanilla Characters
    The Daille-y News

  12. Volare reminds me of vacationing with our dad on our boat and our blue air mattresses. We made up a song about them to the tune of Volare. How funny!


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