Song Lyric Sunday | “Sittin’ Up in my Room” – Brandy

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Lean/Sit/Stand.

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As one out of five singles released from the wildly popular soundtrack of the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, Brandy’s Sittin’ Up in My Room  reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming her most successful single on that particular chart up to that point.

The song won the award for Best Song from a Movie at the 1996 MTV Awards and was also nominated for Best Video from a Film

. Actor Donald Faison, known for the character Christopher Turk in the medical comedy-drama Scrubs, appears in the Sittin’ Up in My Room video. Faison played the son of Loretta Devine’s character Gloria in Waiting to Exhale.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The characteristic bass intro is a replica of the famous riff performed by bassist Larry Graham, of Sly and the Family Stone, on their hit “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”.
  • Sittin’ Up in My Room also peaked at number two on the Hot 100 Singles chart (kept from the top spot by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day), staying on the chart for a total of thirty-three weeks. The single earned a platinum award by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 23, 1996, with 1,000,000 copies sold less than six months after it’s release.

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Sitting Up in My Room

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Mr. Bojangles” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

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This week’s theme is  Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.

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Mr. Bojangles was recorded twice, by Allen Wayne Damron in 1967 and songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968, before country rock group the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took it all the way to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail.

While in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless black man who called himself “Mr. Bojangles” to conceal his true identity from the police. He had been arrested as part of a police sweep of indigent people that was carried out following a high-profile murder. The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance.

FUN FACTS:

  • Mr. Bojangles appears on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970 album Uncle Charlie & and His Dog Teddy, which also includes the popular House on Pooh Corner.
  • More than SIXTY artists have recorded Mr. Bojangles in every music genre, including classical.
  • The song is most widely associated with Sammy Davis Jr., who made the song part of his stage shows and live television performances for nearly two decades.

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Mr. Bojangles

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Double Dutch Bus” – Raven-Symone

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Truck and Bus Songs.

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Double Dutch Bus is a hit 1981 funk song by Frankie Smith, made famous for its extensive use of the “izz” infix form of slang. Smith popularized the nonsensical form of slang, (From his song “Slang thang”, 1981 WMOT records.) in which “iz” is placed in the middle of a word (for example, the word “place” becomes “plizace”) or the last letters of a word are replaced with “-izzle” (ex. sure becomes shizzle). The style became part of hip-hop slang, and was popularized by rappers Snoop Dogg and E-40. The style today holds a place in popular slang.

Smith and co-writer Bill Bloom persuaded contacts at WMOT Records to finance the song, and it was recorded in early 1981, engineered by Gene Leone. The song rocketed to popularity in a matter of weeks and debuted on the US Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart in February, rising to the top spot by July, where it held at number one for four weeks. It also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 30 in the summer of 1981.

The record became only the second in history (following the 1979 Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)), and remains one of the few, to receive two separate standard-release Gold certifications from the RIAA: first in June 1981 for sales of the 12″ single; and a second Gold record in September 1981 for sales of the 7″ edit.

Raven-Symone covered Double Dutch Bus for her 2008 family comedy with Martin Lawrence, College Road Trip, and I’m using the song scene from the movie. I love Frankie’s version but his cuts are so long (8-13 mins), and the official video is horrible. Looks as though their total  budget for the video was $7.25. 😀  (Okay, it was 1981.) (Lyrics posted are to the original song. Raven sings a shortened version.)

FUN FACTS:

  • The title represents a combination of two institutions in Smith’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania neighborhood: the double Dutch jump rope game played by neighborhood kids; and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus system.
  • Frankie Smith complained that WMOT Records failed to pay him his royalties, and how he therefore was unable to pay his taxes. An investigation was started which brought to light that WMOT Records was not only badly managed, but in fact laundering money for Larry Lavin, aka Dr. Snow, a dentist who was secretly dealing cocaine. This way, the success of Double Dutch Bus indirectly caused the end of a major drugs business.
  • Frankie Smith died in Philadelphia on March 8, 2019, he was 65-66 years old.

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Double Dutch Bus

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Believe” – Josh Groban

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Train Songs.

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Christmas is less than ninety days away so you know what that means? Time for a Christmas song! 😀

Though trains are only mentioned once in Believe, the song immediately brings to mind the holiday computer-animated action adventure, The Polar Express from 2004. Whether you’ve read the book, bought the soundtrack or seen the movie poster, you know all prominently feature a large black locomotive.

The film tells the story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window and is invited aboard by its conductor. The boy joins several other children as they embark on a journey to visit Santa Claus preparing for Christmas.

FUN FACTS:

  • The songwriters received a Grammy Award for Believe in the category Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the ceremony held in February 2006.
  • The Polar Express is listed in the 2006 Guinness World Records as the first all-digital capture film.
  • Believe never broke into the Billboard Hot 100, rising only to #112, but it spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts and became Groban’s fourth most popular song on the adult contemporary chart, under To Where You Are and O Holy Night in 2002 and You Raise Me Up earlier the same year.

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Believe

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Song Lyric Sunday | “I Can’t Wait” – Nu Shooz

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie.

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I went left of center this week and used the theme in the group name instead of the song.

Originally to be called The Point of No Return, the song was remixed overseas and the title changed to I Can’t Wait. It’s the remixed version that appears on the 1986 album Poolside by the group Nu Shooz.

The song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart in late March 1986, remaining atop the chart for two weeks and No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart, where it climbed  in mid-June of that year, and remained in the top 40 for 15 weeks. I Can’t Wait reached #2 on the R&B/Soul singles chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • The song’s American chart run coincided with that of a Stevie Nicks song also titled I Can’t Wait.
  • A writeup in Spin magazine said about the single: “You can listen to this record as many times as you want and still not have any strong impressions that human beings actually made it. In other words, it’s the perfect disco record.”

The music video contains animations and has a hint of the very surreal. The plot has Valerie Day singing the song sitting at a desk, repairing a coffeepot, while tools and other oddities pass into the frame and out again. Her dog sits nearby, wearing sunglasses.

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I Can’t Wait

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Song Lyric Sunday | “A House is Not a Home” – Luther Vandross

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

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 Recorded by Dionne Warwick, and written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1964 film of the same name, starring Shelley Winters and Robert Taylor, A House Is Not a Home was a modest hit in the United States for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart).

The song was covered by several artists with modest success, but it became an R&B hit when Luther Vandross included it on his 1981 debut album, Never Too Much. A House Is Not a Home became one of Vandross’ signature songs, and his performance of the song at the 1988 NAACP Awards telecast would Warwick to tears.

FUN FACTS:

  • Following the original singles by Warwick and Brook Benton, Bacharach himself recorded the song for his 1965 debut Hit Maker!: Burt Bacharach plays the Burt Bacharach Hits.
  • British singer Lulu recorded the song for her 1969 album Lulu’s Album.
  • In 2005, Aretha Franklin recorded it for the tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. The song won her the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards, her second in the category.

The video is Luther’s live performance from the 1988 NAACP Image Awards, and yes, there are shots of Dionne Warwick.

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A House is Not a Home

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Song Lyric Sunday | “On the Wings of Love” – Jeffrey Osborne

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing.

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After he departed from R&B group L.T.D. in 1980, legal issues prevented Jeffrey Osborne from signing his solo deal with A&M for a whole year.

After signing with A&M as a solo artist, Osborne began work on his self-titled debut album, releasing it in mid-1982. The first single, On the Wings of Love, went all the way to #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #13 R&B, and #7 Adult Contemporary.

FUN FACTS:

  • On the Wings of Love hit #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
  •  In the UK, the song became the greatest hit of Osborne’s career.
  • Osborne’s studio musicians included the talents of George Duke, Ron Kersey, Michael Sembello, Louis Johnson, Larry Graham and Sheila E., just to name a few.

The video below is from a 1984 performance on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

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On the Wings of Love

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