Sunday, 28 April 2013

X 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
  • It's lovely, uncomplicated X today. Aaagh!
  • Lyric snippets below

1960s:           Legend of Xanadu - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich [You'll hear my voice on the wind 'cross the sand...]

1970s:           Roxanne - Police

1980s:           Xanadu - Olivia Newton John

1990s:           Exhale - Whitney Houston [Shoop, shoop, shoop...]


Yes, I know the X is in the middle but... *sigh* it's been a long month! Sting is said to have written this song when the band were staying in a seedy Paris Hotel where prostitutes were 'walking the streets'.

' don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night...'

It's a sad truth that there is a lot of prostitution in most UK cities. I suspect it's the same the world over. To me it seems wrong in every way.

Do you agree that while men are paying for sex we'll never have full emancipation for women?


The lyrics to this song from the film of the same name are decidedly moons and Junes so I thought I'd just say that Xanadu, the Kubla Khan's summer palace, is mentioned in Coleridge's poem, Kubla Kahn and it's given a surreal, almost Garden of Eden, or paradise quality.

There's no way I missed an X song, is there? This was a really difficult letter!


  1. As a child, I can remember Legend of Xanadu, and the band leader cracking a large whip! Well done, x is such a challenge!

  2. Great songs I knew the two Xanadu songs, how clever to incorporate the x into the others.


  3. You did well with X I had Xanadu last year,it's a hard letter. I think prostitution will always be around its as old as time.

  4. Hi Ros .. love the X songs you've chosen .. all of them, but the Roxanne one is a definite plus. Sadly when we can get men to appreciate that a woman is a human too and equal treatment is necessary, no wars, respect .. etc etc ... and women need to earn and that way they make a fair amount of money, or on the opposite end are kept in captivity to make money for men (usually) .. I really wish the world could change - we need equal values in each country ...

    Great X .. cheers Hilary

  5. Well done, Ros, finding X songs!

  6. Yes, a very difficult letter, tackled extremely well!

  7. I actually remember your first song now I've seen a line from it! As for the thorny question of prostitution - there are so many different forms of that, aren't there! The one where men snare women with false promises of work and force them into it - bad in every way. But there are other situations where women are exploiting their own assets for their own profit - we can't blame the men for that.

  8. You can be forgiven for not finding an X at the beginning of every choice.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

  9. X marks the spot. I think you did it quite well. April's almost over and this has been my fave blog.

  10. I think some married women like prostitutes. The husband doesn't fall in love and break up the family and also there are women who just don't like to be bothered with sex. (This is not my my opinion. I'm just the reporter) LOL

  11. Good choices for a tough letter!

    Y is for Yesterday (quotes & motivation)
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