Song Lyric Sunday | “Deacon Blues” – Steely Dan

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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  Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win.

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Is there anyone on the planet who has never heard of Steely Dan and their 1977 Grammy Award winning, platinum album, Aja? Didn’t think so! It spawned several hits, including 1978’s Deacon Blues.

On the origin of the song’s name, Donald Fagen stated, “At the time, there had been a lineman with the Los Angeles Rams and the San Diego Chargers, Deacon Jones. We weren’t serious football fans, but Deacon Jones’s name was in the news a lot in the 1960s and early 70s, and we liked how it sounded. It also had two syllables, which was convenient, like ‘Crimson.’ The name had nothing to do with Wake Forest’s Demon Deacons or any other team with a losing record. The only Deacon I was familiar with in football at the time was Deacon Jones.”

The song was largely written at Fagen’s house in Malibu and was prompted by his observation that “… if a college football team like the University of Alabama could have a grandiose name like the ‘Crimson Tide’ the nerds and losers should be entitled to a grandiose name as well.” The song’s protagonist has been described by Fagen as “autobiographical in that it reflected the dreams of both Fagen and Becker about becoming jazz musicians while they were living in the suburbs”. Characterized as a “loser” by Becker, the song’s subject was meant to reflect “… a broken dream of a broken man living a broken life”.

Fun Facts:

  • Deacon Blues was the duo’s fifth Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, where it peaked at #19 in 1978. Deacon Blues remained in the Top 40 for eight weeks.
  • Jazz guitarists and Grammy Award winners Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour are both part of the Deacon Blues studio musicians.
  • The Scottish pop/rock band Deacon Blue took their name from this song.

 

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Deacon Blues

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Song Lyric Sunday | “The Last Song” – Elton John

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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  Dad/Father/Barbecue.

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My first selection always causes me to tear up not only because of it’s haunting melody and moving lyrics, but because I lost my baby brother to AIDS in 1993 at the age of 29.

The Last Song is the second single from Elton John’s 1992 album, The One. It was composed by John, with lyrics provided by Bernie Taupin. The Last Song marked the first of John’s American singles to benefit his AIDS foundation. Taupin faxed the lyrics to him in Paris, shortly after Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died the previous year. “I was crying all the time as I wrote the music”, John told The Advocate, “and it was very hard for me to sing it”.

The song is about a boy who is dying of AIDS with his father by his side. Elton’s lyricist, Bernie Taupin, explained: “We didn’t go for the obvious. I tried to do something lyrically that would thaw the intolerance of not understanding. That’s why I used the idea of a father coming to terms with his son’s status in life and his sexuality, but unfortunately understanding too late. If you can melt a little intolerance along the way, I’m happy with that.”

The Last Song reached #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #26 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40, and charted worldwide.

Fun Facts:

  • Both John and Taupin were staunch supporters of efforts to understand and eradicate AIDS. Around this time, Taupin produced a show called Commitment to Life, which raised money to fight the disease.
  • The Last Song was featured in the final scene of the movie chronicling the early days of the AIDS Epidemic, And The Band Played On (originally a book by Randy Shilts). The scene is a video collage of famous people and moments in AIDS History.
  • When The Last Song hit the Top 40 in the beginning of 1993, it gave Elton John 23 consecutive years with a chart hit, breaking Elvis Presley’s old record of 22.

I’ve posted the original video from 1992 and a live performance from 1994.

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The Last Song

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Object of My Desire” – Starpoint

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This week’s theme is  Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion.

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Starpoint’s 1985 hit, Object of My Desire, scored big on three major charts, including being the group’s first single to crack the Top 40. It peaked at number 25.

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Object of My Desire

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Memory Lane” – Minnie Riperton

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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  Avenue/Boulevard/Drive/Lane/Road/Street.

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Memory Lane was the first release off Minnie Riperton’s fifth and final album simply titled Minnie. The single peaked at number 16 on the Billboard R&B charts after a 22-week run.

The song is a bittersweet memory for Riperton fans (and her family), as it was written, recorded, and released during Riperton’s three-year battle with breast cancer.

She lost her battle just two months after Memory Lane’s release – in July of 1979. She was only 31 years old.

FUN FACTS:
  • Riperton revealed on The Tonight Show on August 24, 1976, that she had undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, Riperton found out her cancer had already spread to the lymphatic system, and was given about six months to live. She continued touring in 1977 and 1978.
  • Riperton was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from August 1970 until her death in July 1979. Together, Riperton and Rudolph had two children; music engineer Marc Rudolph (b. 1968) and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph (b. 1972).
  • Riperton’s daughter, Saturday Night Live actress Maya Rudolph, was a child when Lovin’ You was recorded. According to the liner notes from Riperton’s Petals compilation CD, the melody to Lovin’ You was created as a distraction for Maya when she was a baby, so Riperton and Richard Rudolph could spend time together.
  • Extreme lymphedema immobilized her right arm in early 1979 and in the Memory Lane video her right arm remains in a fixed position.

 

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Memory Lane

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Waterfalls” – TLC

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This week’s theme is  Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell.

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I went a little left of center with the theme this week and chose the sophomore album of TLC, CrazySexyCool.

Released in November of 1994, CrazySexyCool was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200, where it spent over two years. It was certified eleven-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. CrazySexyCool has since sold over 14 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by an American girl group.

The album has since been featured on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and was listed as a “New Classic” by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. The album was also ranked as the seventh best diamond-certified album of all time by Billboard.

The album’s third release, Waterfalls, became TLC’s most successful song, spending seven weeks at number one. It was also the second-biggest single of 1995 according to Billboard, earning TLC two songs in the top three of the 1995 Billboard year-end chart. Internationally, the song reached the top five in several countries.

FUN FACTS:
  • At the end of the second verse, the group sings, “His health is fading and he doesn’t know why / Three letters took him to his final resting place.” Watkins said that it was important for the group to “get the message across without seeming like preaching.”
  • The song was performed at many awards shows, including MTV’s 20th Anniversary on August 1, 2001, making it Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ final performance with the group before her death in April of 2002.
  • CrazySexyCool was nominated for six Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards and ended up winning two awards, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Creep.
  • At the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, TLC won four awards for the video to Waterfalls, including Video of the Year and the Viewer’s Choice Award.

 

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Waterfalls

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Nightshift” – Commodores

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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  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal.

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Written as a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, both of whom died in 1984, the Commodores released Nightshift on January 31, 1985.
It was the first and biggest hit by the group after Lionel Richie’s departure, peaking at number three on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart, and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart.
Although the band was against the label’s decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group.
FUN FACTS:
  • The verse on Marvin Gaye mentions his song What’s Going On, while the verse on Jackie Wilson mentions his songs Baby Workout and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher.
  • The songwriter Franne Golde was brought in to help with the lyrics. She had recently seen the 1982 movie Night Shift (starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton; directed by Ron Howard), which gave her the idea for the title.
  • On March 16, 1985, Nightshift went to #1 on the R&B chart, where it stayed for four weeks. The song it replaced, Missing You by Diana Ross, was also a tribute to Marvin Gaye. That one was written by former Commodore Lionel Richie.
  • A revised version of the song was dedicated to Michael Jackson in 2010.

 

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Nightshift

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Song Lyric Sunday | “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men

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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  Mom/Mother/Flowers.

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A Song For Mama is an ode to mothers everywhere and to everything they do for their children. As Boyz II Men’s last hit of the 90s, it serves as a heartwarming end of a great run. The song reached number one on the US R&B Charts and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.

It was the theme song for the 1997 film Soul Food, which depicts how much power a mother can have in holding her family together.

 

Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Song for Mama

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