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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Songs That I love #81 Genesis - Follow You Follow Me


When I bought this single I was unaware of the history of Genesis (that Peter Gabriel had just left) and that it was uncool to like Genesis. I heard a song a liked and that was all that was important to me (and still is).

I subsequently bought the album (…and then there were three..) and still know every word of every song.


Stay with me,
My love I hope you'll always be
Right here by my side if ever I need you
Oh my love

In your arms,
I feel so safe and so secure
Everyday is such a perfect day to spend
Alone with you

I will follow you will you follow me
All the days and nights that we know will be
I will stay with you will you stay with me
Just one single tear in each passing year

With the dark,
Oh I see so very clearly now
All my fears are drifting by me so slowly now
Fading away

I can say
The night is long but you are here
Close at hand, oh I'm better for the smile you give
And while I live

I will follow you will you follow me
All the days and nights that we know will be
I will stay with you will you stay with me
Just one single tear in each passing year there will be

I will follow you will you follow me
All the days and nights that we know will be
I will stay with you will you stay with me
Just one single tear in each passing year...



Songs That I Love #80 - 10CC - Feel The Benefit


This track is taken from the first live albums I ever bought, released in 1977 I'm guessing I bought it around 1978 or 1979.

10cc were famous for sharp pop songs with multi-layered harmonies which gave them hits with God Morning Judge, I'm Not In Love and I'm Mandy Fly Me which are are all on this album, but I was drawn then and now to this 14 minute which in some ways is more prog rock then pop music. I have never looked up the original version of this song I have ever wanted to I'm happy with this one bass solo and all.

You went out on the street without your shoes on
You didn't listen what your momma said
She said you won't feel the benefit, won't feel the benefit
And if we all went out without our shoes on
Tell me where would we be, where would we be 

If all the people in the world lost their reason
What would we see, where would we be
If all the entertainers in the world lost their music
What would they play, what could they say
To pacify the crowd, to justify themselves
Won't feel the benefit 

You're like a cloud behind the sun
Like the face behind the clown
You're moving like the wrinkles in a frown
And you can never look back
A leaf that's borne upon the wind
A cardboard suitcase in your hand
The wanderer soon returns
And finds the colour of the grass is just the same
On the other side of the tracks, oh no 


Ooh when you smile it's like a holiday
Ooh pack your bags and we can get away
We'll float on a Queen down to Rio
There's no need to shave
We'll be stinking like rum in a punch 

You can walk on the water
You can dabble in the mumbo jumbo
You can smoke a little ganja
Float like a cloud over Rio, Rio
You can ride with the Gauchos
Swinging your bolas in a red bandana
You can run with the devil
Takin' your chances with Senorita 

You can drink a lot of coffee in Brazil
But the bill is gonna make you ill 

FEEL THE BENEFIT 

So, you can go out on the street and take your chances
But if you do, you better do it right
Or you won't feel the benefit, won't feel the benefit
Spin the wheel and take your chances
And your number might come up
Though the odds may be in favor of the house 

If all the people in the world would say together
We're all black and white, we're all day and night
If all the people in the world could sing together
How would it sound, what would we feel 

We'd all feel the benefit

Monday, 18 August 2014

Songs That I Love #79 Tommy Bolin - Wild Dogs



Tommy Bolin joined Deep purple after Ritchie Blackmore left to start the band Rainbow. Unless you are a huge fan of the band ( I don't class myself as one) its was hard to keep up with the changes but Tommy Bolin (and this track) had a profound on me.

I didn't find out until later that this track was a Tommy Bolin solo track that he played whilst playing with Tommy Bolin. He was a mess with drugs apparently and misses his intro but at the time (30+ years ago) this tack blew me away.

I now have the original version which is below but thought I'd had to post the one that introduced me to  Tommy Bolin.

This baggage handcuffed to my wrists
I drag it everywhere I go
Sometimes I fight you with my fists
But if I knew which way was home
That's where I'd go, if I knew which way was home


Before the karma cut me free
I'm sick of my own company
Sometimes I miss the boat
Most times I miss my home
Thats where I'd go, if I knew which way was home


Run down ghost trail, no chance for love
No sign of life, just wild dogs howlin' in the night

Oh, that's what I like

Before the karma cut me loose
Would bring my whiskey and my water
Sometimes I get them blues
Though I know I shouldn't oughta
Thats where I'd go, if I knew which way was home


Run down ghost trail, no chance for love
No sign of life, just wild dogs howlin' in the night


Run down ghost trail, no chance for love
No sign of life, just wild dogs howlin' in the night


Run down ghost trail, no chance for love
No sign of life, just wild dogs howlin' in the night


Hear 'em howl.