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I was wandering around YouTube today and stumbled upon this old favorite…  And, yes, it is one of the songs you can find off of my “Poems” page and more specifically off of my “Song Lyrics And Videos” page.  The lyrics are awesome and well worth reading after listening to / viewing the video and then (again) during the song.

If You Could Read My Mind

If you could read my mind love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie
About a ghost
From a wishing well.
In a castle dark
Or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet.
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I’m a ghost
That you can’t see.
If I could read your mind love,
What a tale your thoughts could tell.
Just like a paperback novel,
The kind the drugstore would sell.
When you reach the part
Where the heartaches come
The hero would be me.
The heroes often fail.
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s
Just to hard to take.
I walk away
Like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script.
Enter number two,
A movie queen
To play the scene
Of bringing all
The good things out in me,
But for now love
Lets be real.
I never knew
I could feel this way
And I’ve got to say
That I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where
We went wrong
But the feelings gone
And I just can’t get it back.
If you could read my mind love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie
About a ghost
From a wishing well.
In a castle dark
Or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
But the story
Always ends.
And if you read
Between the lines
You’ll know that I’m
Just trying
To understand
The feelings
That you left.
I never thought
I could feel this way
And I got to say
That I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feelings gone
And I just can’t get it back.
Written and performed by:   Gordon Lightfoot
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On This Day In:
2019 Impeach #45 – (#TraitorInTheWhiteHouse)
Time For Loving
2018 No Pride There
London To The Hague
2017 At Least Twenty To Go
2016 A Sweet Smelling Blog Post
Pre-Reacher
2015 Getting The Story Right
2014 Like Shells On The Shore
2013 More And Why
2012 How To Gain Effective Fire
2011 Patriot Act

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Now Daddy didn’t like trouble,
But if it came along
Everyone that knew him knew
Which side that he’d be on
He never was a hero,
Or this county’s shinin’ light
But you could always find him
Standing up
For what he thought was right
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man
Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right
And uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
Now we might have been better off
Or owned a bigger house
If Daddy had done more givin’ in
Or a little more backing down
But we always had plenty
Just living his advice
Whatever you do today
You’ll have to sleep with tonight
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man
Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right
And uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
Now I know that things are different than
They were in Daddy’s days
But I still believe
What makes a man
Really hasn’t changed
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man
Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right
And uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to stand for something
Or you’ll fall for anything.
Performed by:  Aaron Tippin
Written by:  Aaron Tippin, Buddy Brock
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On This Day In:
2017 The Tide Will Turn
2016 Dreamers
2015 Three Roars
2014 Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T
2013 Lacking
2012 So Small A Thing
2011 Is Your Time Valuable?

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America The Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America!  America!  God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America!  America!  May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!
O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Written by:   Katharine Lee Bates
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On This Day In:
2016 Red, White And Blue BBQ
Happy 4th of July 2016
IMF’d (Marathon / Binge)
2015 Happy 4th of July 2015!!
2014 Happy 4th of July 2014!!
2013 Patriot Act, Anyone?
2012 Five Lost Wars
2011 Worth Fighting For
2010 Still Learnin’ Hard…
4th of July 2010

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They say that even if I live, it’s not living.
Because the sky, without you,
seems like a windowless prison.
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
As you cry, as you cry, as you cry and you’re worn out.
If it’s really hard for you then just once could
you remember me, as you live?
They say that even if I laugh, it’s not laughing.
They say I look shabby
and it looks like I’m crying.
Even if I loved you, I couldn’t say it.
I couldn’t even show any sign of emotion.
I missed you even when I slept.
Against our will we’ll laugh.
Against our will we’ll live.
Because even if you’re by my side,
even if you’re by my side, you cry.
As you live, as you live, as you live
when you’re having a hard time blame me for
your sadness until you feel refreshed.
Even if you burn, even if you burn, even if you burn me,
you can burn everything so nothing’s left until
you feel refreshed.  As I’ve lived.
As I’ve lived.
Written by: Ryu Jae Hyun
Performed by: Joseph Butso
Original performed by: SG Wannabe  (original version below)
[This is the second of two videos offered showing the talents of Joseph Butso.  There is a TV show in Korea called “I Can See Your Voice“.  The premise of the show is that a current “Pop” star can see if you have vocal talent just by looking at you.  The contestants are not allowed to speak until the final, when they sing a duet with the Pop star.  You may be great.  You may be horrible.  Supposedly, no one knows until you start to sing.  (Hence, the crowd reactions!)
In the first round, the contestants simply stand there.  In round two, they get to lip-sync to a song so the Pop star can see if they have performance talent.  (Still, no speaking or singing.)  In the final round, the Pop star kicks off the duet and then the contestant jumps in.  In my last post, I showed the duet.  Joseph did so well, they had him do an encore.   This song is apparently a famous love song from 2005(ish).   This, in itself is interesting, because it means when this song was first a big it, most of the audience were either pre-teens or early teens, and yet you can see how much the song (and the performance) move them.   Thanks again to George Beierly for turning me on to this.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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When I open my eyes
In the morning I thought of you
I look out the window I thought of you
Blankly another passes by again
Would you sometimes think about me I thought of you
Everything around me
Gets colored by you with familiar scent
A flower blooms and I thought of you
Whenever I see pretty things I thought of you
It’ not my type but I hum the
The lyrics that you liked, I thought of you
Love has found me
Everything around me Blooms in my heart in colors
I’ve never seen before
The blue sky has colors of rainbows
The split allies are like drawings of Monet
Looking at me changed so much
It’s kind of funny
I can’t do anything about it I thought of you all day like a fool
Blankly another passes by again
When I open my eyes
In the morning I thought of you
I brush my teeth I thought of you
Blankly another passes by again
Would you sometimes think about me I thought of you
A flower blooms and I thought of you
I drink coffee I thought of you
Looking at me changed so much
It’s kind of funny
I can’t do anything about it I thought of you all day like a fool
I thought of you
I thought of you
Written and performed by: John Park  (original video immediately below)
[A few nights ago, and old friend (George Beierly) emailed me and said, “You have to check this out!”.  I did and he was 100% correct!  Thanks, Bro!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Terrifying Cycle
2014 Rights
2013 Do Bold Things
2012 Seven Causes
2011 I Feel A Tingle Coming On

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Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
     –    Ezra Pound
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On This Day In:
2015 On The Road To Failure
2014 Each Moment
2013 Conversation
2012 4 Down, 11 Done (At Last)
I’m Not Afraid
2011 Who’s Risk Is It, Anyway?

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Last week I was driving home from work and decided to listen to some tunes instead of my normal “talk” radio or Giants game.
An oldie but a goodie came on: “Emotion” by the BeeGees.  The song was written by Barry Gibb, but was actually made famous by Samantha Sang (with the BeeGees singing background).  The BeeGees later covered the song on a greatest hits album.  It’s simply one of those songs which sticks in you head for days…  I’m not sure there’s a better compliment than that.
A few songs later, another old favorite of mine came on: December ’63 (Oh What A Night) as performed by The Four Seasons.  As you can imagine, for this one, I’m cruising along singing at the top of my lungs!  Fortunately, I’m alone in the car.  🙂
I haven’t gotten around to adding many videos to the other songs on my Poems page, but as promised, I have added video at the bottom of these new additions.
As always, check out the lyrics first and then watch the video at the bottom.  Enjoy!  And don’t forget to get out and support your local arts in person…
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On This Day In:
2012 How Did We Get Here?
2011 Labor Day Weekend Mishmash
More, More, More

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This week I was driving to work, bored with sports and political radio, I switched over to some easy listening and lo and behold heard two great songs!  One I’d heard before and the other I don’t remember hearing before.
Anyway, they were both so terrific I immediately committed to remembering their catch lines (not all that easy for someone who’s getting on in years) and wrote them down when I got to work so I could listen to them when I got home.  (We are not allowed to listen to internet music at work…)
The two songs are: “Bruises“, performed by Train (featuring Ashley Monroe) and “Should’ve Gone To Bed“, performed by Plain White T’s.  They are both easy listing cross-overs between Pop and Modern Country sounds.  Very enjoyable with ear-candy / stick in your head hooks.  Bruises is another classic song about boy and girl meeting ten years later and asking about what’s been happening.  The interesting thing is although there is an obvious “connection” happening in the song, both are “once burned, twice shy” and nothing may happen except the “promise” to keep in touch.  My favorite verse is:

These bruises
Make for better conversation
Loses the vibe that separates
It’s good to let you in again
You’re not alone and how you’ve been
Everybody loses
We all got bruises
We all got bruises

The second song (“Should’ve Gone To Bed“) is the new one for me.  On the radio, it sounds as if it’s a song about regrets and calling some number of “Ex’es” after the relationships are over.  In the “official” video, it appears to be a song about a man who’s afraid to tell his girlfriend how he feels until he’s on the verge of losing her.  …And then they make up (to presumably live happily ever after).  It surprised me to come away with the two completely different reactions to the same song depending on if you were listening to it, listening to it and following the lyrics, or watching the official video.  I guess the line which strikes me is most of us have broken up in our relationships, tried to move on and then when there’s a problem (or were just feeling lonely), we pick up the phone and call the “Ex”.  Sometimes they answer and the cycle starts again.  Sometimes they answer but the cycle doesn’t restart.  Sometimes it ends just as badly as before; and sometimes everyone is spared the drama because the other party just doesn’t answer the phone or return the call.  Being human, we assume it’s because they don’t want to talk to us anymore.
Someday the geezer’s among us will be telling the kids how (in our day) people didn’t have caller ID or voice mail or home answering machines, and sometimes relationships didn’t work out – not because one or both sides didn’t reach out to the other to make up – but simply because one party wasn’t there to answer the call.  The concept seems “funny” in this age of always-on connectivity…  Sometimes things just happen (or don’t happen) for no particular reason.
As always, check out the lyrics off of my Poems page, then go listen to the recordings – and in this instance, make sure you go find the “official” video for “Should’ve Gone To Bed“.  Let me know if you got the same reaction to the lyrics versus the song versus the video.  And remember to support the Arts in your local community.
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On This Day In:
2012 Extra Gears
2011 Say What?
2010 Hello Frogs…

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To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.
When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be a magnolia flower.
If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life.
True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.
     –    Thich Nhat Hanh
[This quote is from one of the blogs I follow.  The site address is: http://lijiun.wordpress.com/
The original post is: http://lijiun.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/candle-light-procession/
It reminds me of the song “The Greatest Love Of All” – the lyrics are posted on my Poems page.  Some of us are fortunate enough to be physically “beautiful”.  Most of us just settle for being “normal” looking.  Our beauty has to come from within.
In the end, it is the greater beauty because it grows stronger and brighter with each passing smile (and day).  Love and accept yourself first (not only).
Then, even a life spent alone is a life spent in love.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Transitional Choice To Ride The Wave
2011 Freedom Isn’t Always Perfect
Just That Simple

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Way back when (in the ’70’s), I got a chance to go to Frankfurt to see Pink Floyd live in concert.  It was a terrific event and I really enjoyed both the music and the show.  I guess this was a famous tour and I remember it distinctly because it had a giant pig come out from the stage and circle over the crowd.  They also had a large circular screen which showed artistic depictions of images from their albums including “rock dinosaurs” and prisms.
One of the songs I’ve always liked by them is a hauntingly melancholy plea to a lost friend, “Wish You Were Here“.
Sometimes I feel like another lost soul livin’ in a fishbowl…
My mother-in-law fell recently and is now in the hospital with a fractured bone in her back.  My wife is upset that she can’t be there for her mum, so I’m upset for her, too.  If you pray, please offer up a prayer for her mum to get better soon.  If you don’t pray, be nice to someone and (I believe) the positive energy will still reach her.
I hope you’ll check out the lyrics on my Poems page and then go listen to the song on your favorite music provider.  Remember to go listen to as much live music as you can and support your local arts.
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On This Day In:
2012 Hangin’ With His P’s
Help Save
2011 Six Facets Of Good Leadership

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The mythology of the modern age is that there exists among us individuals of great abilities.  Typically, these individuals are just like you and me until some life changing event transforms them in such a way that they become aware of their abilities and become super-heroes.  They do what the average man or woman cannot.  They protect the innocent, the weak, the young, the elderly and the frail.  The pinnacle hero in the pantheon of comic book superheroes is Superman – the Man of Steel.  In honor of the release of the latest movie, aptly titled: “The Man of Steel“, I’ve added the lyrics to two songs: “I Need A Hero” and “Search For The Hero” to my poems page.  The first was made famous by Bonnie Tyler and the second was performed by the group M People.  Both are terrific, up-tempo, inspirational / motivational songs.  In other words, the lyrics alone don’t do them justice.
As always, read through the lyrics, go listen to the songs on your favorite music provider and then go be the hero other people need you to be and who you can be.  Who knows, someday there may be a myth about you…
Don’t forget to go see someone play some live music any chance you get and support the arts in your own community.
Enjoy!
And, of course I’ll be reviewing the movie after I see it this next weekend…
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On This Day In:
2012 Who I Want To Be
2011 Mythic Forgetfulness

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Tonight I added the lyrics to a great song from just a few years ago to my “Poems” page.  The song is titled: “Unwritten” but it’s also known as “Feel The Rain On Your Skin” as performed by Natasha Bedingfield.
When ever you feel like IT is all getting you down (whatever “IT” may be for you), remember, the rest is still unwritten.
As always, enjoy the lyrics then go listen to the artist performing the song.  Buy it if you have to…  Live if you’re able to…  In any case, support the arts!  They make a life a lot more worth living.
     ––    KMAB
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On This Day In:
2012 Disturbing
Trying To Keep Up
2011 Unreliable And Selective
2010 Adult-Onset Athlete

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Sometimes things just pop into your head…
A few days ago, I was listening to oldies on YouTube and I stumbled across a couple of old songs I really liked growing up.  Actually, they’re more words put to music, than singing-songs, but I guess they still count as “songs”.  Anyway, the first that popped into my head (and led to the second) was “Who Will Answer?” as sung by Ed Ames.
One of the verses goes:
From the canyons
of the mind,
We wander on
and stumble blindly
Through the
often-tangled
maze
Of starless
nights
and sunless
days,
While asking for
some kind of clue
Or road to lead us
to the truth,
But who will answer?
Interestingly enough, although the song has been “adopted” by many religious folks claiming it is about God or Christ or whomever, the song itself never actually answers the question posed: “Who Will Answer?”  Personally, I believe we must each answer the question for ourselves, in our own way, with our own faith (or lack thereof).
The second song is “The Last Farewell“, which I remember not as a song, but for the chorus:
For you are beautiful,
and I have loved you dearly
More dearly than
the spoken word
can tell.
To me, this has always been a very romantic way of telling someone you love them.  It is particularly true if you (as I do) believe that real beauty is from the inside, is strongly enhanced by your love for the other person, and that the emotion can be so deep that words do fail.
The song was written and performed by Roger Whittaker.  To be honest (as mentioned above), I have no recollection of the song – only the verse/chorus.  It is only on rehearing that I’ve found it’s not so much a love song as it is a going-off-to-war song.  And, in it’s own way, it’s an anti-war love song…
Does faith sustain us when we are shaken by life’s seeming randomness?  Do the fears of war (injury and death) stir us even deeper in our appreciation for those we love and might lose?
I hope you’ll click over to the lyrics on my Poems page to check these (and all the others) out.  As always, once you’ve read the lyrics, go check out the actual recordings on you favorite music site.  And don’t forget, please support your local artists by going to their performances and seeing them live.
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Over the last few years, I’ve posted the lyrics to dozens of songs I’ve really enjoyed while growing up (and, er…, older).  I saw a few lines from one of these songs and I was intending to comment on the blog  posting, but I thought I’d just check my own site before I did this.
Lo and behold, I found a number of the songs I’d posted over the last few years were not showing up on my Poems page.  Anyway, I’ve corrected the page and here are the song titles:
A Boy Named Sue
Crying In The Rain
Dance With My Father Again
I Like Dreamin’
I Believe
I’m In A Hurry
Since there are so many, I won’t bother explaining why each one meant so much to me.  You’ll just have to go explore them on your own.  And, no, I have no idea why they went missing from my Poems page.  …Probably user error…
As always, check out the lyrics and then go listen to them on your favorite music site.
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Tonight I dropped on to YouTube to see where serendipity would take me.  She (“serendipity” has always been a female to me) usually takes me to oldies and sure enough I found many, but was particularly touched by three:  “Heard It In A Love Song“, “Everybody Plays The Fool“, and “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely“.  All three were big hits back in the days when I was young enough to still be wondering if I’d ever find THE love of my life…
In reverse order then…  I think being such social creatures, men and women have an innate fear of not having friends or “finding” true love.  Admittedly, there are some who seem to be able to get by without either (or both), but I remain convinced loneliness is one of the great miseries of the human condition.  “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely, is a great song about the fear of being unloved and lonely.  The particular portion which struck me listening tonight is:
I’d rather be loved
And needed
Depended on to give a love
I can’t give
When you’re gone,
When you’re gone
I don’t want to be lonely
The singer wants to be “depended on to give a love” he can’t give, when his lover is gone.  The contradiction there is stunning, because we are frequently left to love when lovers have left (particularly us older folks who face losing a spouse).  The obvious answer is that the singer is referring to physical “love”.  My question would be is that not the easiest “love” to find replacement for?  I would also ask if that is the kind of love which staves off loneliness?
The second song is called: “Everybody Plays The Fool” and was another hit by the same performers – The Main Ingredient.  This song is a cautionary tale about being hurt by giving your love to the wrong person.   In the throes of heart-break one is left to wonder, how you could not see what everyone else did?  Well, the simple answer is two-fold.  First, it’s hard to tell the true intentions of another, and secondly, it’s not something you learn “in school” (unless it’s the school of hard-knocks).  We each must take our turn.
Everybody plays the fool,
Sometime.
They use your heart just like a tool.
Listen baby.
They never tell you so in school.
I want to say it again.
Everybody plays the fool.
The third song lyrics I’ve posted on my Poems page is a “country” song (“Heard It In A Love Song“) about a person who is leaving a relationship even though he feels he is in love.  The line /phrase which has always struck me is: “I was born a wrangler and a rounder, And I guess I always will“.  While that’s the most interesting turn of phrase in the song, the equally interesting thing is the explanation / justification: because the singer heard it in a love song.  Obviously (to me), the singer has been listening to way too many “crying in your beer” songs and not enough “happily ever after” songs.  Just sayin’…
Always something greener on the other side of that hill
I was born a wrangler and a rounder
And I guess I always will
This last song has a great flute solo and so must be listened to to really be enjoyed.  It’s performed by the Marshall Tucker Band.  By the way, caution is in order before you go listen to these on your favorite music provider.  All three have great hooks and may end up being in your head for days.  A word to the wise will suffice…
And, as always, if you enjoy the lyrics, go listen to the performances, and finally, purchase the song.  Finally, believe it or not, both groups are still around performing…
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