Thursday, May 29, 2008

Weekly Geeks #5

Guten Tag, Weekly Geeks! This week’s theme was suggested by Renay. She says, “I thought it would be cool to ask people to talk about other forms of story-telling.”

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Well, it has taken me a while, but I have finally come up with an answer to this weeks question! I wanted to be sure to participate this week because last week's post is still sitting in draft, and is not likely to see the light of day any time soon! That's one good thing about the format of Weekly Geeks - you don't have to participate every week!

I really wanted to talk about song as a form of storytelling. A lot of songs tell a story - some more clearly than others. Actually I guess that all songs are telling a story of some description but I do love a song where there is a whole train of thought that progresses logically through to tell us about an event or a relationship or whatever.

If you want to go old school there is Kenny Rogers, who has a number of story songs like Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, The Gambler and The Coward of the County. Or how about Lucille?

You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field
I've had some bad times lived through some sad times
But this time your hurting won't heal
You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille.

I guess it doesn't hurt to love a bit of country if you like these types of songs, and Keith Urban is one of those artists that I could just listen to over and over and over again (and I do!)

Or how about something from the 80's? One of my favourite songs of all time is And We Danced by The Hooters. If I hear it on the radio I just have to turn it up a bit louder and I have been known to dance around the lounge room in the very early hours of the morning to this song!

She was a be-bop baby on a hard day's night
She was hangin' on Johnny, he was holdin' on tight
I could feel her coming from a mile away
There was no use talking, there was nothing to say
When the band began to play and play

And we danced like a wave on the ocean, romanced
We were liars in love and we danced
Swept away for a moment by chance
And we danced and danced danced

I met my be-bop baby at the Union Hall
She could dance all night and shake the paint off the walls
But when I saw her smile across a crowded room
Well I knew we'd have to leave the party soon
As the band began to play out of tune

And we danced like a wave on the ocean, romanced
We were liars in love and we danced
Swept away for a moment by chance
And we danced and danced danced

The endless beat, she's walkin' my way
Hear the music fade when she says
Are we getting too close, do we care to get closer
The room is spinning as she whispers my name

If you want to talk about story songs, it is hard to go past Bryan Adam's Summer of '69, where he talks one particularly memorable summer!

And just because this song contains one of my favourite song lines EVER, I give you Bon Jovi's Bed of Roses. I just love the line where he says 'With an iron clad fist, I wake up and french kiss the morning'.


  1. Hi Marg! We picked the same topic this time, and have lots of the same feelings about music. Thanks for a great post (you can't go wrong with Bon Jovi, especially THAT song!).

  2. I forgot to mention MY favorite line from Bed of Roses:

    "I wanna be just as close as ... the Holy Ghost is ..."

    Gotta love that line!

  3. It is another great line Heather!