In reference to the previous post; behold the answers. Prepare to kick yourselves…because you SO know these.
Lookin’ at your watch a third time, waitin’ in the station for the bus. Goin’ to a place that’s far, so far away and if that’s not enough
Yep – the boys from Athens, GA. The soundtrack to my college days. (And I’ll warrant many of YOUR college days, too…)
2. Al Green : Here I Am
I can’t believe that it’s real – the way that you make me feel. This burning deep down inside – a love that I cannot hide.
Okay, so UB40 did the cover – badly – but the Reverend did it FIRST and BEST.
3. Elliott Smith : Tomorrow, Tomorrow
Everybody knows which way you go – straight to over. No one wants to see you inside of me – straight to over.
Have to credit Liz Lemon at Castrocopia for turning me on to this brilliant, tortured artist whose tragic death came much too soon. Love him. (And her.)
4. Pogues : A Rainy Night in Soho
I’ve been lovin’ you a long time. Down all the years, down all the days. And I’ve cried for all your troubles – smiled at your funny little ways.
Ahhh, Shane (of the horrible teeth and perpetual inebriation) and the boys! Best line in this song: “…but there’s a light I hold before me, and you’re the measure of my dreams…” Hubs says that to me on occasion – produces a Puddle o’ Ri every time. Just melts me.
Early one morning with time to kill, I borrowed Jeb’s rifle and sat on the hill. I saw a lone rider crossing the plain – I drew a bead on him to practice my aim.
Sting wrote it, but Johnny – like he did with so many other songs – stole it forever with this cover. (Because seriously – who can imagine Sting in a Western…?)
6. .38 Special : Hold On Loosely
You see it all around you – good lovin’ gone bad. An usually it’s too late when you realize what you had.
Say what you will about .38 Special and Southern Rock…this is damn catchy, and hella fun to sing at the top of your lungs with the car windows rolled down. Reminds me of my brother Rock, because that’s exactly what he used to do when he played this song.
7. Drive By Truckers : Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife
When he reached the gates of Heaven, he didn’t understand. He knew that friends were coming over – was it all a dream? Was it all a crazy dream?
If you haven’t heard of this band yet, you MUST, MUST go check them out. Trust me on this.
8. Elvis Costello : Everyday I Write the Book
Don’t tell me you don’t know what love is, when you’re old enough to know better. When you find strange hands in your sweater and the dreamboat turns out to be a footnote, I’m a man with a mission in two or three editions.
Um…can I get a huge, collective “D’OH”! and a headsmack ala the V-8 commercials…?
Yeah when I was only seventeen, I could hear the angels whispering. So I drove into the woods and wandered aimlessly about until I heard my mother shouting through the fog.
When I first heard this song early this year, I played it TO DEATH – then moved on to do the same thing with the rest of this album. Some of the songs are incongruous with one another, but that unexpected twist just makes it all the more endearing.
10. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young : Suite Judy Blue Eyes
It’s getting to the point where I’m no fun anymore. I am sorry.
I have always loved this song. I love the harmonies, I love the guitar, I love the lyrics. Eons ago when I was a bar manager, there was a band that I booked frequently that played the ever-lovin’ shit out of this song, and they would always stop and give me a shout-out before they played it, near the end of their set. (That normally meant “Hey, Ri, we love ya! How about a round of Jaeger shots up here?”) Phfft – musicians!
11. Jeff Buckley : Hallelujah
Well I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord, but you don’t really care for music, do ya?
Leonard Cohen wrote it, but Jeff Buckley immortalized it. Rufus Wainwright did the version you hear in “Shrek”, and k.d. lang does one that gives you chills. Jason Castro, of American Idol fame, brought it front and center once more, and does it beautifully. A great song has the ability to shine in any number of permutations.
12. Seals & Crofts : Summer Breeze
See the curtains hanging in the window in the evenin’ on a Friday night? And the light that’s shinin’ in the window lets me know everything’s allright.
This is a must on any playlist I make to clean the house to. Helps to clear the drudgery of the job somehow. (Evidently I have a thing for harmonies, I suppose.)
13. The Smiths : There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Take me out tonight. Where’s there’s music and there’s people and they’re young and alive. Driving in your car, I never ever want to go home, because I haven’t got one. Anymore.
I can’t BELIEVE no one got this. To quote the great Graham Chapman of Monty Python, from his role as King Arthur in Holy Grail…”Patsy…you make me sad…”
So the saying says “An elephant never forgets”. Standing in a concrete cage, sway inside and sing…
Okay, honestly I didn’t expect anyone to get this…unless my Sister in Law Megan happened to stop by. But, that in itself is a problem, because you all SHOULD know Neko Case! She’s Teh Awesome.
15. CSN&Y : Woodstock
Well I came upon a child of God, he was walkin’ along the road, and I asked him “Tell me where are you goin’?” Yes, he told me…
How did another CSN&Y song get in here? I mean, I like them, but wtf, iTunes? (Although, this one DOES have great lyrics all the way through…)
16. The Raconteurs : Steady As She Goes
Find yourself a girl, and settle down. Live a simple life in a quiet town.
My son’s favorite song, yo. Like I was going to leave it out – sheese!
17. The Cure : Lovesong
Whenever I’m alone with you you, make me feel like I am home again. Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am whole again.
I love The Cure, but I wish Robert Smith would stop with the Goth eyeliner and teased hair. What is he now, 54? It’s not becoming anymore…
18. John Lennon : Watching the Wheels
People say I’m crazy, doin’ what I’m doin’. Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin.
CANNOT BELIEVE playlist didn’t have the original of this – bastiges! I’m not a huge Lennon fan, but I do especially like this song. He sounds s0 honest and vulnerable.
19. Bruce Springsteen : Thunder Road
The screen door slams; Mary’s dress waves. Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays.
Again – not a huge Springsteen fan, but this song is just anthemic and beautiful and tender and kick ass all at once.
What was that scar situated from afar? And what was that lie integrated in your mind?
DUDE. They’re nominated for a GRAMMY. <insert excited squee-giggle here>
So, that was fun! We may have to do this more often – what say you…?