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?