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Ain’t Got None

This week’s prompt over at Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday is song with a harmonica in it. So, I chose Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”


Lyrics

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long anytime she goes away

[Verse 2]
Wonder this time where she’s gone
Wonder if she’s gone to stay
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home anytime she goes away

[Verse 3]
And I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know

Hey, I ought to leave the young thing alone
But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

[Verse 4]
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
Only darkness every day
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home anytime she goes away

Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away

 

Song Facts

“Ain’t No Sunshine” was released as a B-side to the song “Harlem” in 1971. At the time of the song’s recording, Withers was working at a factory making toilet seats for Boeing 747 planes and he was inspired to write the song after watching the film Days of Wine and Roses.

Sometimes you miss things that weren’t particularly good for you. It’s just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I’m not aware of.

The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top 40 in Australia, Canada and the UK. It later won a Grammy Award in 1972 for Best R&B Song.

“Ain’t No Sunshine” continues to be lauded as one of the best songs ever recorded. It was included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, was ranked of #20 on Mojo magazine’s 100 Greatest Songs of All Time, and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

For the song’s third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase “I know” 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: “I was this factory worker puttering around,” Withers said. “So when they said to leave it like that, I left it.”

 

 

Dat Ding

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to choose a song relating to the prompts:   Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure. Hopefully this song is a fit since the person singing is attempting to acquire ‘dat ding.’

 

Lyrics

Gimme Dat Ding

That’s right, That’s right
I’m sad and blue
‘Cause I can’t do the Boogaloo
I’m lost, I’m lost
Can’t do my thing
That’s why I sing

Gimme, Gimme Dat Ding Ah…
Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Dat
Gimme Dat Ding, Gimme Dat
Gimme, Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat Ding
Gimme Dat, Gimme, Gimme Dat,
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Dat Ding (Oh Sing it one more time Momma)
Oh,Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Dat
Gimme Dat Ding, Gimme Dat
Gimme, Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat Ding
Gimme Dat, Gimme, Gimme Dat,
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Dat Ding (Ah, you ain’t doin’ that late at night)
Ah, what good’s a metronome
Without a bell for ringing
Not once, can’t anybody ever tell he’s swinging
How can you tell the rhythm written on the bar
How can you ever hope to know where you are?

 

SongFacts

  • Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood wrote this song. Some other hit songs they wrote include “The Air That I Breathe,” “Free Electric Band” and “It Never Rains In Southern California,” which was a hit for Hammond.
  • Hammond and Hazlewood wrote this for the children’s television show Oliver And The Overlord. Later, it the became background tune used on The Benny Hill show.
  • The Pipkins were not a real group – the song was recorded by producer Roger Greenaway and session singer Tony Burrows. For live appearances, The Pipkins were Davey Sands and Len Marshall.
  • This was used on the TV show Ally McBeal several times, for John Cage (played by Peter MacNicol) to do his “Angry Dance” to. >>
  • Singer Tony Burrows told the story of the song to Mojo magazine August 2010: “It was written for a children’s TV programme called Oliver In The Underworld. “Freddie Garrity (of Freddie and the Dreamers) was the artist. It was the only song Freddie didn’t do on the album, Roger Greenaway and I were booked to do backing vocals for the album at Abbey Road. Basically we made (Ding) in the studio. It was a conversation between a metronome and a pianola – the metronome had lost its click, so it was originally called Gimme Dat Click. But that wouldn’t sing, so we changed it.”
  • Burrows admitted to Mojo: “I was surprised it was a hit. It was banned in Italy, they thought it was vulgar.”
  • Burrows was part of four different acts that had a hit song around this time. In addition to The Pipkins, he sang lead on Love Grows (where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” by White Plains, and “United We Stand” by Brotherhood of Man. Burrows performed all three of these songs just mentioned in addition to “Gimme Dat Ding” on the BBC music show Top of the Pops in 1970. He told Mojo: “The producer said, ‘The word has come from above that you’re not to be used any more, people are beginning to think it’s a con.’ They banned me from Top of the Pops. I was not played by the BBC for two years.”

 

Give Me Some…

This week on Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to choose a song using the prompts Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic. I’ve chosen Cherry Pie, by Skip & Flip.


Lyrics

Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Cherry, nah-nah-nah cherry pie nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Cherry, nah-nah-nah cherry pie nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Cherry, nah-nah-nah cherry pie , whoa so good
Nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Sugar, nah-nah-nah sugar plum nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Sugar, nah-nah-nah sugar plum nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Sugar, nah-nah-nah sugar plum, sweet as they come
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah
(Da, da, da, da, da)

Like Little Jack Horner sat, sat, sat in the corner
Eating his cherry, cherry pie
I didn’t put in a thumb
I didn’t pull out a plum
I guess I’m not as great as he, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Give me nah-nah-nah give me some nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Give me nah-nah-nah give me some nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Give me nah-nah-nah give me some cherry, cherry pie
Nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah cherry pie
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah cherry pie

Fade
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah cherry pie

 

About the Song

Clyde Battin (Skip) and Gary Paxton (Flip) began singing together in Arizona in the late 1950s. Battin had come from Ohio to go to school there and was the older of the pair, but Paxton had probably lived a harder life to that point. An sforphan from Kansas whose foster family had later moved to Arizona, he’d had a tough childhood that included abuse and illness, and by his mid-teens was spending most of his time trying to generate a musical career.

As was often the case in those days the guys scuffled along while trying out a variety of names for their new act, but eventually ended up with a record demo. It was on a song written by Paxton that had the awkward title of “It Was I,” but it landed the pair a recording contract and a new name, Skip & Flip. The record began to climb the charts and things soon began to click for the twosome. They made some TV appearances and also toured with rock and roll shows, all the while continuing to hit the recording studio. But even though Skip & Flip would eventually turn out enough singles to fill an album, the only other one that did well was “Cherry Pie,” a cover of an earlier record by R&B duo Marvin And Johnny.

The two guys pretty much went their own way after that, but both found a lot of success in succeeding years. Battin (who died at age 69 in 2003) enjoyed a long career as a songwriter and performer, spending a lot of time working in and around the movie business, and he also performed with groups like the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Paxton is still around and now in his seventies, and his career has been even more varied. Although he has never shied away from performing, he became a legendary producer, songwriter and promoter with a hand in many of the biggest hits around. He eventually began to move more into country music, and as the years passed continued to be a power in the music industry. But he went through more than his share of controversy and hard times before once again reinventing himself, devoting his later years to religion and gospel music.

 

 

 

Moon in my Shine

This week on Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the prompt of Earth/Wind/Fire/Air. I’ve chosen this killer love song by Tyler Farr, which is close to my heart: Whiskey in my Water.

 

Lyrics:

In my truck flying down a dirt road
Pickin’ you up, feelin’ kinda crazy
I think I’m in luck ’cause I know my baby

She slaps my knee says “boy why you smiling?”
Doing my best so hard to hide it
I know what’s up, so I just shoot her a wink

‘Cause when the sun goes down it’ll get a little hotter
Make an old boy’s heart beat a little harder
I know I can’t lose ’cause it’s going down smooth tonight, baby
One ain’t enough man may I have another
Sitting ’round the fire gettin’ drunk on each other
Every day I pray I thank God I got her she’s the moon in my shine
The whiskey in my water

(The whiskey in my water)

When we’re past Flint Bridge,
We’ll break out the bottle
Drop it down low, crank up the throttle
I’m good to go, ’cause I’ve got you tonight baby

‘Cause when the sun goes down it’ll get a little hotter
Make an old boy’s heart beat a little harder
I know I can’t lose ’cause it’s going down smooth tonight, baby
One ain’t enough man may I have another
Sitting ’round the fire gettin’ drunk on each other
Every day I pray I thank God I got her she’s the moon in my shine
The whiskey in my water

Sitting on this hill with her
Looking in them baby blues
Wishing that the sky would change
I’ve been thinking about it all damn day
I can hardly wait

‘Cause when the sun goes down it’ll get a little hotter
Make an old boy’s heart beat a little harder
I know I can’t lose ’cause it’s going down smooth tonight baby
One ain’t enough man may I have another
Sitting ’round the fire gettin’ drunk on each other
Every day I pray I thank God I got her she’s the moon in my shine
The whiskey in my water
The whiskey in my water


SongFacts

  • Tyler Farr: “‘Whiskey in My Water’ is just one of those songs that just came out of nowhere. The lyrics just flowed. It’s pretty much my way, or any other country boy’s way, of expressing to a girl, ‘Hey, you’re my kind of girl.”
  • The music video was directed by Chris Hicky (Chris Young’s “You“, Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah“). The clip was shot at the George Dickel distillery outside of Nashville.
  • Tyler Farr explained that he wanted to write a love song, and so he decided to write it from a country guy’s perspective. “As a songwriter or artist, there’s only so many ways you can say ‘I love you’ or ‘I think you’re beautiful,'” he said. “My way was to take that from a country boy standpoint and say ‘You’re the moon in my shine, whiskey in my water.'”

    Farr added that he had no hesitation about taking himself to a vulnerable place. “I don’t mind putting my heart out there for the audience, and for the country music fans … to be vulnerable with them … that’s my job as an artist,” he said. “That’s what country music is; it’s real songs about what real people do.”

  • The music video portrays a young couple passionately in love. The clip was directed by Chris Hicky, who has also worked with many other artists in the country music genre, including Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lamb

 

The Best Thing

This week at Song Lyric Sunday, Jim has given us the prompts of good/better/best. The song I chose is by the amazeballs Luther Vandross (may he rest in peace), “The Night I Fell in Love.”

 


Unfortunately, I could find no interesting song facts about this song.

Lyrics

 

I keep going over it and over it again in my mind
I get these flashbacks and I, I feel so good
This is one night that I’ll never forget
You see, it was just like in the movies
I mean, it actually happened just like this
The stars were shining brighter than most of the time
Then love came out of nowhere
No thrill will ever be like
(The night that I fell in love)
No thrill will ever be like
(The night that I fell in love)
It surely was the best thing I ever did that night
(That night when I fell in love)
The stars were in your eyes
(The night that I fell in love) with you
I’ve known so many people, been to most parts of the world
And seen some things that have blown my mind, yeas I, but
No thrill will ever feel like
(The night that I fell in love)
No thrill will ever be like
(The night that I fell in love)
It surely was the best thing to happen to my night
(That night when I fell in love)
The stars’ lights were in your eyes
(The night that I fell in love) with you
I thought I would be happy without any love in my world
But now I know that, that is so untrue yeh
No thrill will ever be like
(The night that I fell in love)
No thrill will ever be like
(The night that I fell in love)
It surely was the best thing to happen to my night
(That night when I fell in love)
The stars’ lights were in your eyes
(That night that I fell in love) with you
All I can ever do is think about that night
All I can ever do is think about that night, that night, that night
All I can ever do is think about that night, that night
All I can ever do is think about that night, that night, that night
All I can ever do is think about that night, that night, that night