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This thread will probably sink like the proverbial lead balloon. But I'll give it a go anyway.

Which songs good lyrics that have abit of meaning?

Here is O.V. Wright's " When you took your love from me."

Would you take the wings from a bird,

Knowing he can't fly?

Would you take the bottle from a little, bitty baby,

And you know he's gonna cry?

(Looka here!)

Would you take the fish outa the water

Knowing, knowing the little fella's gonna die?

Would you take the cane from a blind man

And you know he ain't got no eyes?

Oh baby, can't you see

Oh my darling,

That's what happened,

One day,

When you took your love from me

(Good God!)

I've been loving you to long, baby

You've almost become a part of me

(Here's another thing!)

I'm a prisoner of your love, baby

But it's a funny thing,

I don't want you to set me free

(Oh!)

Would you take the sail from the ship,

And you know it ain't gonna move?

(Good God!)

Would take all the beats from a melody,

(Lord have mercy!) And just let it lose its groove?

Oh baby, can't you see,

Oh my darling,

That's what happened

When you took your love from me?

(I know you understand what I'm saying!)

One day you took your love from me

I lost the will to live, baby

The day you took your love from me

(Here's another thing)

You left me down on my knees

I got to stay down just because ...

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This thread will probably sink like the proverbial lead balloon. But I'll give it a go anyway.

Which songs good lyrics that have abit of meaning?

Here is O.V. Wright's " When you took your love from me."

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Not gonna try and write all the words for 'Time will pass you by', cos I'm bound to get some wrong, but I think it's lyrically excellent.

As the seasons all but fade away

into clouds of misty autumn grey

as I sit here looking at the street,

little figures quickly moving feet,

etc etc

Winnie:-)

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This is available on the net as a Kylie Miogue lyric

Written: J Whys, D Fekaris, N Zesses

x4: Don't let it pass you baby

1:

Passing seasons over fade away

Into misty clouds of autumn grey

As I sit here looking at the street

Little figures quickly moving feet

I'm just a pebble on the beach and I

Sit and wonder why

Little people running around

Never knowing why

CHORUS:

Life is just a precious minute baby

Open up your eyes and see it baby

Give yourself a better chance

Because time will pass you

Right on by (right on by)

2:

This big old world is spinning like a top

Come and help me now and make it stop

All you have to do is live for now

Come along with me I'll show you how

Take my hand I'll show you how to live

Why wait until tomorrow?

Take my hand I'll lead the way

To a brighter day

CHORUS:

(Don't let it pass you baby) time

Time is gonna pass you by so quickly

And it wait's for no man

No no Oh baby

CHORUS:

(repeat 2 times)

(Don't let it pass you baby)

Don't let it pass you

Don't let it pass you

Don't let it don't let it

It's obviously, "Passing seasons "all but fade away"?

Edited by Billy Freemantle

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I've always like these lyrics, and I pretended about 30 years ago that I had written them as part of a chat up..but I never really liked the song.

VERSE 1:

LATELY BABE

I'VE BEEN THINKING

HOW GOOD IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE HERE

AND IT AIN'T THE WINE THAT I'VE BEEN DRINKING

FOR ONCE I FEEL MY HEAD IS CLEAR

EARLY THIS MORNING

WHEN I OPENED UP MY EYES

THAT OLD LONESOME FEELING TOOK ME BY SURPRISE

I GUESS YOU'VE BEEN MORE TO ME

THEN I REALIZE

CHORUS:

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

VERSE 2:

LATELY GIRL

I'VE BEEN REMEMBERING

THE GOOD TIMES THAT WE USED TO SHARE

MY THOUGHTS OF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ENDING

AND MEMORIES OF YOU ARE EVERYWHERE

BUT WHAT SHOULD I TELL YOU

IT'S NOT YOUR CONCERN

YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME

BUT LOVE LOST IS LOVE LEARNED

CISQO'S SO LONELY

WITH NO PLACE TO TURN

AND AT THE END

I'VE LEARNED

YES I DID

HOOK:

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

GIRL IF YOU WERE NEARER

IF YOU HAD A MIRROR

BABY YOU COULD COUNT MY TEARS

AND IF YOU WERE NEARER

IT WOULD ALL BE CLEARER

HOW I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE

HOW I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE

VERSE 3:

AND BABY GIRL

I WAS TIRED

SO I LAID DOWN TO DREAM FOR A LITTLE WHILE

BUT LATELY I'VE BEEN SO, SO UNINSPIRED

WITHOUT THE COMFORT OF YOUR SMILE

BUT I'M NOT COMPLAINING

CAUSE THAT'S HOW IT GOES

THERE'S ALWAYS SOME HEARTACHE

IN THIS WORLD I SUPPOSE

BUT YOU CAN'T IMAGINE

CAUSE NOBODY KNOWS

CHORUS:

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

REPEAT

C

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I've always like these lyrics, and I pretended about 30 years ago that I had written  them as part of a chat up..but I never really liked the song.

VERSE 1:

LATELY BABE

I'VE BEEN THINKING

HOW GOOD IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE HERE

AND IT AIN'T THE WINE THAT I'VE BEEN DRINKING

FOR ONCE I FEEL MY HEAD IS CLEAR

EARLY THIS MORNING

WHEN I OPENED UP MY EYES

THAT OLD LONESOME FEELING TOOK ME BY SURPRISE

I GUESS YOU'VE BEEN MORE TO ME

THEN I REALIZE

CHORUS:

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

VERSE 2:

LATELY GIRL

I'VE BEEN REMEMBERING

THE GOOD TIMES THAT WE USED TO SHARE

MY THOUGHTS OF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ENDING

AND MEMORIES OF YOU ARE EVERYWHERE

BUT WHAT SHOULD I TELL YOU

IT'S NOT YOUR CONCERN

YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME

BUT LOVE LOST IS LOVE LEARNED

CISQO'S SO LONELY

WITH NO PLACE TO TURN

AND AT THE END

I'VE LEARNED

YES I DID

HOOK:

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

GIRL IF YOU WERE NEARER

IF YOU HAD A MIRROR

BABY YOU COULD COUNT MY TEARS

AND IF YOU WERE NEARER

IT WOULD ALL BE CLEARER

HOW I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE

HOW I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE

VERSE 3:

AND BABY GIRL

I WAS TIRED

SO I LAID DOWN TO DREAM FOR A LITTLE WHILE

BUT LATELY I'VE BEEN SO, SO UNINSPIRED

WITHOUT THE COMFORT OF YOUR SMILE

BUT I'M NOT COMPLAINING

CAUSE THAT'S HOW IT GOES

THERE'S ALWAYS SOME HEARTACHE

IN THIS WORLD I SUPPOSE

BUT YOU CAN'T IMAGINE

CAUSE NOBODY KNOWS

CHORUS:

THE LOVE WE HAD STAYS ON MY MIND

REPEAT

C

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Billy - that's quite an admission - you sly dog. Much respect coz I used to do the same thing. I once lifted most of Bobby Hebb's Love Love Love, and passed it off as a poem written for a rock chick girlfriend. She dumped me soon after! lol

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My fave lyrics - at the moment!

Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby

Ain't nothing like the real thing

Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby

Ain't nothing like the real thing

I got your picture hanging on my wall

But it can't seem to come to me

When I call your name

I realized it's just a picture in a frame

I read your letters but you're not here

They don't move me, they don't groove me

Like when I hear your sweet voice

Whispering in my ear

I play my games of fantasy

I pretend I don't see reality

I need the shelter of your arms to comfort me

I got some memories you look back on

Though they help me when you're gone

I'm well aware nothing can

Take the place of you being there

No other sound is quite the same as your name

No touch can do half as much

To make me feel better

Let's stay together

I'm so

So glad we got the real thing, baby

So glad we got the real thing

Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby

Ain't nothing like the real thing

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For me it's got to be these:

PYRAMID-SOUL BROTHERS, INC.

UNDER THE STREET LAMP-EXITS

MY PROPOSAL-SOUL, INC.

BECAUSE OF YOU-JACKIE WILSON

So many more, too. I just can't think of them.

KTF

Jas

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i love the lyrics to Turning My Heart Beat Up - they're so funny. But I guess that's not 'good.'

anyone else like Nowhere To Run? "When I look in the mirror And comb my hair I see your face Just a-smiling there" Not exactly beautiful & poetic but an accurate portrayal of a gal gone stone mad over a boy blush.gif

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I think the lyrics to Dells 'Make Sure' are nothing short of genius.

All I need now is a bird to sing them to..... blush.gif

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I think the lyrics to Dells 'Make Sure' are nothing short of genius.

All I need now is a bird to sing them to.....  :D

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You can sing them to me at the ducie after 17 pints if you like jamie... blush.gif

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You can sing them to me at the ducie after 17 pints if you like jamie... blush.gif

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Huzzah! That's the spirit laddy :D

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Just about everything ever composed by Curtis Mayfield.

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This thread will probably sink like the proverbial lead balloon. But I'll give it a go anyway.

Which songs good lyrics that have abit of meaning?

Lock the vodka and paracetemol away and listen to Johnnie Mae Matthew 'I Have No Choice'

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How about Lew Kirtons' "Heaven in the Afternoon"......

"We find Heaven in the Afternoon,

Lovin' in a quiet room,

For an hour there,

We'll beg, or steal or borrow.

You're my Heaven in the Afternoon,

But heaven always ends too soon,

So i'll meet you at the same time,

The same place.....

Tommmmooorrrooowwwww...........!

or Lou Ragland-Since you said you'd be mine.....

"I'm three times happier baby,

Than the law allows me to be"!

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Can think of loads but one that never fails to send shivers down my spine... Jerry Williams - If You Ask Me... simple, beautiful lyrics biggrin.gif

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Not gonna try and write all the words for 'Time will pass you by', cos I'm bound to get some wrong, but I think it's lyrically excellent.

As the seasons all but fade away

into clouds of misty autumn grey

as I sit here looking at the street,

little figures quickly moving feet,

etc etc

Winnie:-)

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When I was younger I said to my mother whilst listening to this that I wanted these lyrics on my headstone when I go to the all-nighter in the sky biggrin.gif

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i think gerri grainger - i go to pieces is very bittersweet and luvverly

Davie ( a soppy old get)

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Tough to separate a lyric from a melody for me. The two go hand in hand. But if I had to choose just one:

JAMES LATELY - LOVE FRIENDS AND MONEY (TEMPLE)

If those lyrics don't move you then nothing will.

Hammy

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Tough to separate a lyric from a melody for me. The two go hand in hand. But if I had to choose just one:

JAMES LATELY - LOVE FRIENDS AND MONEY (TEMPLE)

If those lyrics don't move you then nothing will.

Hammy

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You should listen to the other side for it's lyrics, awesome. I can remember going to the Locarno with Andy, both DJing I think and we played the other side (Tears Running and Falling From My Eyes) all the way there, about 50 times, should have been 40 but we got lost as usual :D:D Off for a listen now thumbsup.gif

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When I was younger I said to my mother whilst listening to this that I wanted these lyrics on my headstone when I go to the all-nighter in the sky  biggrin.gif

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Just thinking about this, and realised IMO a lot of it has to do with who's singing, and how they're singing it.

Agree with Jerry williams, and gerri grainger by the way.

Some others ......

Just walk in my shoes

I'll never stop loving you

Take me up to the top of the stairs

These memories

If you want a love affair

List is endless really.......aint we lucky we like this sorta music?

Winnie:-)

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Right now i'm thinkin bout gil scott-heron stuff like "winter in america"

or a track like Coul Sounds - "Where Do We Go From Here"

there are plenty others even if lyrics are not the main reason that make me listen to soul (or funk)

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I love lyrics that tell someone to F-off in no uncertain terms e.g. James Dockery, My faith in you is all gone

After tearing my heart into little pieces, seemed so optimistic about a new start. But the innocence - so -sweetness manisfested on your face dont reveal what's really in your heart.

My faith in you is all gone.

I'm all angry now whistling.gif:sleep3:

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Just thinking about this, and realised IMO a lot of it has to do with who's singing, and how they're singing it.

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Just listening to one that gets that combination just right for me... Jerry Jackson - It's Rough Out There.

You're right, list is endless.. great innit? whistling.gif

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Gene Chandler- Check Yourself.

He kept on breakin' hearts- then got his comeuppance when he found true love and she split....

" i'll go on my sad way

cuz i know i lost your love

I'll take it like a man

But i'll be thinking of........

the good times the bad times

but good or bad, happy or sad

THOSE MEMORIES!

SWEET SWEET SWEET OLD MEMORIES!

Memories- are all I have......

that always brings a tear to me eyes..... whistling.gif

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Bettye Lavette - Only Your Love Can Save Me.

Made me burst into tears on the way back from the 100 Club in the car!! What a pathetic girl I am!!!

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Bettye Lavette - Only Your Love Can Save Me.

Made me burst into tears on the way back from the 100 Club in the car!! What a pathetic girl I am!!!

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Not pathetic, just very soulful. KTF whistling.gif

It always gets me singing my lungs out too while dancing. I'm a sad git who sings along to everything... just can't help myself.

Matt

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Three from me for different reasons...

All of my life - Ringleaders. Great Lyrics, superb laid back delivery, hardly a note sang on the beat, the opposite of H,D,H. vocal style. Great.

50/50 - Harold Burrage. He wouldn't get away with this now... :shades: 'course he would. Gangster rap makes him look a house husband. whistling.gif

Can't stop looking... - Fantastic Four. My all time fave sing along record.

It's like Pavlov's dog. It comes on. I sing. :sleep3::thumbup:

I have no choice mentioned earlier... Fantastic.

Ooop's that's four

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The first Motown import I bought.  David Ruffin and the Temptations, need  I say more, just listen  whistling.gif

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When Motown was good ... well, it was very good! What a buzz this sound gives me. This is really what 'upbeat' soul is all about.

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two of my fave lyrics would have to be

Roy Hamilton- the panic is on

for an expression of sheer gut wrenching pain

and

Tony Clarke- They call me a wrong man

for quality story telling thumbsup.gif

I also think Karmello Brooks has a tremendous lyric as well...

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Actually - Where were You (When I needed you!) by Ernie Andrews is not much of a dancer but its so F***king soulful its unbelievable.

Just about sums up everymans feeling about a woman whose deserted them and left them in the prverbial crap.

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Apart from the "tear Stained" soul lyrics of so many tunes, I love a lyric that tells a story from begining to end, for me a great example is the Teddy Randazzo tune "Reputation" recorded by Little Anthony on the flip of "Hurt So Bad"

probs get it wrong typing it out, and ya need to hear the walking pace backing to appreciate it, so I've stuck the file on ere... Now this is 1st attempt so soz if I cock it up! thumbsup.gif

Steve

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One of my fave lryic lines from a classic dancer:

"I'm smoking more and enjoying it less,

I get a whole lot of sleep but I don't get much rest"

Anyone name that tune?

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Tony Clarke- They call me a wrong man

for quality story telling  thumbsup.gif

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Tony Clark, excellent choice Martin, one of the best stories ever put to song IMO :sleep3:

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Ill never stop loving you - carla thomas

Love love love - bobby hebb

I hear a symphony - Stevie Wonder version (same words but better voice)

Please let me in - jj barnes

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Ill never stop loving you - carla thomas

Love love love - bobby hebb

I hear a symphony - Stevie Wonder version (same words but better voice)

Please let me in - jj barnes

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Eh Up Pal!

You missed Build Me Up Buttercup! thumbsup.gif

Sorry

I'm Gone

TP

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To Much

Tony

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Tony - you da man!

Another snatch of it here.....

I've been taught a lesson

You can't learn in school

It's no good feeling at all

To have been somebody's fool

It's no good feeling at all

It's too much

Too much by Jimmy Conwell. Great dancer from the Torch - shame the recording is a tad on the muddy side. Does this ever get played today?

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Tony - you da man!

Another snatch of it here.....

I've been taught a lesson

You can't learn in school

It's no good feeling at all

To have been somebody's fool

It's no good feeling at all

It's too much

Too much by Jimmy Conwell.  Great dancer from the Torch - shame the recording is a tad on the muddy side.  Does this ever get played today?

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I could be wrong but I think that the muddy sounding ones on a dark bluey green Gemini are pressings, I'm sure the bright Green Geminis are fine ( me mates got one I'll check)

Tony

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