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March 14, 2013

Thursday Morning Lyrics

If I had to take ten songs with me to a deserted island, I think this would be one of them. I've loved it for as long as I can remember. It captures the constant tension between idealism and desire and illusions and the demands of living in an imperfect world that requires us to compromise all these things and more. Most of all, I love the gentle skewering of the beautiful and natural urge to feel sorry for ourselves. That, and the final, "Lighten up, Francis".

Because there ain't no reason to stop trying:

When paradise is no longer fit for you to live in
And your adolescent dreams are gone
Through the days you feel a little used up
And you don't know where your energy's gone
It's just your soul feelin' a little downhearted
Sometimes life is too ridiculous to live
You count your friends all on one finger
I know it sounds crazy - it's just the way that we live

Between a laugh and a tear
Smile in the mirror as you walk by
Between a laugh and a tear
And that's as good as it can get for us
And there ain't no reason to stop tryin'

When this cardboard town can no longer amuse you
You see through everything and nothin' seems worthwhile
And hypocrite used to be such a big word to you
And it don't seem to mean anything to you now
Just try to live each and every precious moment
Don't be discouraged by the future. Forget the past.
That's old advice, but it'll be good to you
I know there's a balance 'cause I see it when I swing past

Between a laugh and a tear
Smile in the mirror as you walk by
Between a laugh and a tear
And that's as good as it can get for us
And there ain't no reason to stop tryin'

Posted by Cassandra at March 14, 2013 06:42 AM

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If I had to take ten songs with me to a deserted island...

1. Ava Maria (Schubert, by Pavarotti)
2. O Sole Mio (by E. Caruso)
3. West End Blues (Louis Armstrong)
4. Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington)
5. Night and Day (Billie Holiday)
6. Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)
7. Crazy (Patsy Cline)
8. Desfinado (Joao Gilberto)
9. Born Under a Bad Sign (Albert King), and
10. Happy Birthday (might come in handy if I'm staying a while)

But if I didn't have to take ten songs with me to a deserted island, then I'd stay home and listen to the 12,000 on my i-pod.

Posted by: spd rdr at March 14, 2013 03:53 PM

I think my list changes from week to week (Women - we're fickle. Who knew?).

But this song... there's just something about it. It restores my perspective when I start to lose it (which lately is an almost daily occurrence).

Ave Maria is one of those songs that can bring a person to tears, but in a good way :)

Posted by: Cass at March 14, 2013 04:30 PM

All of the songs I listed can bring me to tears - especially Louie Louie

But seriously, have you ever read the lyrics to Ol Sole Mio in English? Allow me to swipe and paste them for you.

Che bella cosa è na jurnata ’e sole, What a beautiful thing is a sunny day!

n’aria serena doppo na tempesta!
The air is serene after a storm,

Pe’ ll’aria fresca para già na festa...
The air is so fresh that it already feels like a celebration.

Che bella cosa na jurnata ’e sole.
What a beautiful thing is a sunny day!

Ma n’atu sole cchiù bello, oi ne’,
But another sun that's brighter still,

’o sole mio sta nfronte a te!
It's my own sun that's upon your face!

’o sole, ’o sole mio, sta nfronte a te,
The sun, my own sun, it's upon your face!

sta nfronte a te!
It's upon your face!

Quanno fa notte e ’o sole se ne scenne,
When night comes and the sun has gone down,

me vane quasi ’na malincunia;
I almost start feeling melancholy;

sotta ’a fenesta toia restarria
I'd stay below your window

quanno fa notte e ’o sole se ne scenne.
When night comes and the sun has gone down

Ma n’atu sole cchiù bello, oi ne’,
But another sun that's brighter still,

’o sole mio sta nfronte a te!
It's my own sun that's upon your face!

’o sole, ’o sole mio, sta nfronte a te,
The sun, my own sun, it's upon your face

sta nfronte a te!
It's upon your face!

Isn't that just... beautiful?

Posted by: spd rdr at March 14, 2013 05:31 PM

"Ol Sole Mio"

Heh. I crack me up.

Posted by: spd rdr at March 14, 2013 05:33 PM

Isn't that just... beautiful?

It's poetry. Thanks for the translation.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 14, 2013 05:46 PM

Shilo

We could listen to Beethovens 7th, 1st movement together.....
And sing Spirit in the Sky

Posted by: tomg51 at March 15, 2013 08:16 AM

Neil Diamond's Shilo?

When I was in 5th grade I was a Neil Diamond fanatic :p The very first 45 I bought with my own money was one of his ballads.

Posted by: Cassandra - Unrepentant Luddite at March 15, 2013 08:35 AM

Absolutely. The first thing you need is a friend.


BTW, the last thing you need is
The Darkness

Posted by: tomg51 at March 15, 2013 08:44 AM

I'd never heard that one - thanks for the link!

Posted by: Cassandra - Unrepentant Luddite at March 15, 2013 09:25 AM

Counterpoint to The Darkness:

http://tinyurl.com/bknv3ye


I was humming this tune the other day, and I don't know why because I haven't heard it in years, but sure enough, it was on Youtube. It is pretty and makes me happy. It reminds me of when I was young.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at March 15, 2013 05:24 PM

Happy is good :)

Fleetwood Mac always reminds me of Spring... which can't come soon enough for me, every year!

Posted by: Cassandra at March 15, 2013 05:57 PM