Monday, 29 April 2013

Y 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
  • Today it's the penultimate list of songs and they begin with Y
  • And here are my penultimate lyric snippets!

1960s:           You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry and the Pacemakers

1970s:           You're So Vain - Carly Simon

1980s:           Your Love is King - Sade [...round and round and round my head, touching the very part of me...]

1990s:           You're Still the One - Shania Twain [Looks like we've made it. Look how far we've come now baby...]

You'll Never Walk Alone

Rogers and Hammerstein wrote this beautiful song for the stage show, Carousel. I think it's a shame that the football crowds have adopted it because it has a special place in my heart that has nothing to do with football. You may have read my F post where I talked about agoraphobia and holding a song in my head to help me through difficult times. This song was another of those.

'When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark...'

It didn't save my sanity quite as much as 'For Once in My Life' did but I used to play the Gerry and the Pacemakers' version in my bedroom over and over again and try to get inspiration from the words.

'...walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone...'

The mantra is almost one of religious faith.

What does this song say to you?

You're So Vain

Carly Simon wrote this song but never revealed who it was about. Some think it was Warren Beatty but it could just as easily have been Mick Jagger or Kris Kristofferson.

'You walked into the party 
like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot...

...You're so vain you probably think this song is about you...'

I suppose it could work just as well about a woman although I love the thought that she was having a pop at Mick Jagger. [Did I ever mention that I once chased Mick Jagger across a car park and he'd shouted, "Get off!" and hit me across the face. *swoon*]

Is there someone you know who could fit into this category?
Lots of Y songs I could have used. Which ones are missing here for you?


  1. I can't get over the fact that you were duking it out in the parking lot with Mick Jagger! Hope you were okay. I loved Carousel, and that is such an emotional song. I'm glad that it helped you through some tough times. You're So Vain was another favorite, and I always picture Warren Beatty as the inspiration for the song.


    1. I was fine and very happy to have made contact with my hero! Yes, that song was very inspirational for me.

  2. Ros, I am riveted by the Mick Jagger story! How dare he hit you! O were you being threatening ? I love that you used music to help you out of your agoraphobia. It's wonderful that you got yourself out of it too.

    1. I am afraid I was being just a little threatening, in a teenage pop fan kind of way!

  3. My vote goes to Shania Twain this morning...beautiful song. And now I want to find it and play it!

  4. Great selection, loved Gerry and the Pacemakers ......seems an age away.

  5. You can't just tell us one line of such an important story ( Mick Jagger) and leave it like that! I want more! Why? Where? When? How?
    I love You're so vain I sang it to myself about a few boys back in the day. Yes there's a couple of people I could have slapped in my time. I did this as my Y song last year and found lots of names it could have been about but she said on a chat show it was about a record producer David Geffen who she thought was promoting Joni Mitchell's profile more than hers and not an old lover after all..
    Yesterday once more by The Carpenters and You Just Can't Go Home Again by David Cassidy.

  6. Nice choice. I would have missed Yesterday, but it was in my post. - Miriam

  7. Oh yes, I can think of a vain person or ten ... No, I'll not name any. Though they're probably too busy looking in their own mirrors to be reading this!

  8. I can remember when You're So Vain came out that my mum commented - "But it IS about him. So he isn't vain". I'd heard it was about James Taylor.

    (I never had you down for a stalker........) :)

  9. I thought 'You're so vain was written by Dory Previn and referred to her relationship with Andre Previn, who'd shacked up with Mia Farrow........or have I got that wrong..

  10. Hi Ros .. love these and your story about Mick ... and I'd heard it was James Taylor too .. but now this Mick story - why didn't you hang on to him???!! Mind you - you wouldn't be here now would you .. so I prefer this outcome!!

    Cheers Hilary

  11. What the heck, the Mick Jagger totally threw me. He really slapped you in the face?!
    I love You're so Vain, great song.

  12. Mick Jagger hit you? Wow! How long was it before you washed your face?

  13. You're hilarious, Rosalind, swooning over the Mick Jagger assault! :) "You'll Never Walk Alone" has been irrevocably tarnished for me, what with the football association, but I spent my teenage years swooning over "You're Still The One"... sigh. Oh the nostalgia!

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    1. Always loved the 'your so vain' song - used to searched about in my mind to find someone, amongst my small group of acquaintances, who might fit the part. :0)

  15. Oooo, Sade, I haven't listened to her in years. Good stuff, though!

  16. Ros
    What do you mean, the thing with Jagger. Or is it part of a song?
    I'm raising my bar as I knew recognized more of the songs today. I like Caryle S and her songs.

  17. I've always liked You're So Vain and thought it was about James Taylor.

    Great Mick Jagger story. I'm with Lizy, wondering how long it was before you washed your face.

    Z is for Zzz-z-z... and an SOS
    The Daille-y News


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