Song Lyric Sunday – Holiday Music – Six13 Bohemian Chanukah

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Today’s prompt is to include holiday music. I love all holiday music. Of course, I am thrilled when I come across a Chanukah song that I can’t get enough of. This song has ties to Queen, so it is a win for me right from the start. It came out last year and I can put it on repeat almost indefinitely. 

 

 Six13 – Bohemian Chanukah (a Queen adaptation)

Lyrics:

Is this the eighth night
We light with family?
Recall with great pride
Our escape from Greek tyranny?

Kindle the lights
Remember the Maccabees
How did those five boys
Lead us to victory?

Well, they stood up against mighty foes
With their oil running low

Now we sing while lights glow
Ma’oz tzur yeshuati
Yeshuati

Judah, our faith was banned
Evil Antiochus said
No more Torah could be read
Judah, Mattathias’ son
You would not throw our heritage away

Judah…
(Nes gadol haya po)
Am Yisrael Chai
These miracles our people will recall

(“Guitar” solo)

I spun a gimmel, now I’ve got a lot of gelt
Sevivon, sevivon, will you spin this clay dreidel?
Chanukiah lighting, presents are delighting me!
Chanukiah! Chanukiah!
Chanukah! Sevivon!
Sufganiyot!

I light the candles with people who love me
He lights the candles with his whole family
Sharing the joy of our proud history!

Sevivon, sov, sov, sov
More sufganiyot?
More latkes…
No!
Please more sufganiyot?
Sevivon!

More latkes…
Please more sufganiyot?
Sevivon!

More latkes…
Please more sufganiyot?
Sevivon!
More sufganiyot?
Spinning, spinning, spinning, spinning sevivon!

Lo, lo, lo, lo, lo, lo, lo!
Oh aba, ema, aba, ema…
Aba, more sufganiyot?
We fry our food as we celebrate the Maccabees
We’re free, we’re free!

So you think you can serve latkes baked and not fried
But you know oil recalls those miraculous lights
Oh, bubbe
Can’t do this to me, bubbe
Just gonna need more
Just gonna need more sour cream

Know what really matters
Like the Maccabees
Know what really matters
Thanks to G-d, our people are free

Nes gadol haya po…

Credits: Based on “Bohemian Rhapsody”, originally recorded by Queen
Original music and lyrics by Freddie Mercury

Adapted lyrics written by Elliot Olshansky, Mike Boxer and Mordy Weinstein

Arranged by Mike Boxer
Lead vocals (and backing vocals) performed by Jacob Spadaro, Mordy Weinstein, Josh Sauer, Eric Dinowitz, Mike Boxer, Nathaniel Ribner, Craig Resmovits, Phil Kaplan and Lior Melnick

Six13 is:
Mike Boxer | Eric Dinowitz | Phil Kaplan
Lior Melnick | Craig Resmovits | Nathaniel RIbner
Josh Sauer | Jacob Spadaro | Mordy Weinstein

I hope others can enjoy music from another culture. I appreciate a multitude of genres. Holiday music is in my top five. 

For the guidelines and enjoyment of others submissions, please go here.

 

Song Lyric Sunday – Nov 17th

song-lyric-sunday-1Song Lyric Sunday comes from Jim Adams.

This week the prompts to consider are:  Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t

 

 

Lyrics

Thought it wouldn’t matter
If we didn’t stay together,
And if it was over,
Maybe it was for the better.
I was thinking I’d be alright,
’til I thought it all through.
Now I know that I ain’t really living
If I have to live without you.

I don’t want to live without your love,
I don’t want to face the night alone.
I could never make it through my life
If I had to make it on my own.
I don’t want to love nobody else,
I don’t want to find somebody new.
I don’t want to live without your love,
I just want to live my life with you.

Guess I had to go away,
So much I had to go through.
Guess I had to lose you
To realize how much I love you.
Can we make the fire burn again,
Burn a little stronger?
’cause I’ve been alone, and baby,
I can’t be alone now any longer.

I don’t want to live without your love,
I don’t want to face the night alone.
I could never make it through my life
If I had to make it on my own.
I don’t want to love nobody else,
I don’t want to find somebody new.
I don’t want to live without your love,
I just want to live my life with you.

Oh, if I had to make it on my own,
My life would never be the same,
My love would never be the same.
I don’t want to live without your love.

[chorus repeats]

Songwriters: ALBERT HAMMOND, DIANE WARREN
© Realsongs
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: LyricFind

 

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This song makes me sad. There isn’t much more depressing than losing a love and feeling you can’t go forward.

Song Lyric Sunday – November 3

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 Song Lyric Sunday comes from Jim Adams.

This week the theme is Around/Down/Sideways/Up. 

I went with “You spin me Round Like A Record”

 

(    “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” is a song by British band Dead or Alive on their 1985 album Youthquake. Released as a single in 1984, it reached no. 1 in the UK in March 1985, taking 17 weeks to get there. It was the first UK no. 1 hit by the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at no. 11 on 17 August of that year. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s 17th favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV. Musician and actor Gary Kemp described the song as “one of the best white dance records of all time”.   )

Thank goodness for Wikipedia for giving me background information. I then went to the better source, my spouse the audiophile. 

If I, I get to know your name
Well I could trace your private number, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re lots of fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
I want some, want some

I’ve set my sights on you
(And no one else will do)
And I, I’ve got to have my way now, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re havin’ fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out, here I come

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round

I, I got to be your friend now, baby
And I, I would like to move in just a little bit closer

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re lots of fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out, here I come

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round

I want your love
I want your love

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re lots of fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out, here I come

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby
Right ’round, ’round, ’round

You spin me right ’round, baby
Right ’round like a record, baby

I am not a big fan of watching the videos that go with music. I need to hear the music multiple times first, then as needed I watch the video. Theatrics often put me on sensory overload. I did find it interesting that this song was rereleased multiple times. The last time was to cash in on an infamous experience of the lead singer who was a contestant  on Celebrity Big Brother.

 

Song Lyric Sunday –

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I completed my blog earlier and hit publish and it disappeared. I don’t know why, but I am attempting to rewrite the blog.

The rules are here.

 

This week the prompt is Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.  My song of choice is You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away by the Beatles.

 

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”

Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she’s gone I can’t go on
Feeling two-foot smallEverywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away

How can I even try
I can never win
Hearing them, seeing them
In the state I’m in

How could she say to me
Love will find a way
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say

Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away

Some facts I found were interesting:
John Lennon said about the time when he wrote this song, “I think it was [Bob] Dylan helped me realize that—not by any discussion or anything but just by hearing his work—I had a sort of professional songwriter’s attitude to writing pop songs.” He added, “Then I started being me about the songs, not writing them objectively, but subjectively.”
This song is the first of The Beatles’ records where session musicians took part: they played flutes between Lennon’s vocals.
The line in the lyrics “feeling two-foot small” should’ve sounded “feeling two-foot tall”, but John Lennon sang “small” by mistake and decided to keep it. 
One source said that the song was written as a tribute to their gay manager who unable to discuss sexuality. 
The song came out in 1965 on the Help album. I was given the album in 1968 as a birthday gift. It was in my possession until the late 1990’s. I will always keep my Beatles songs as my go to for music. 
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Practicing Gratitude – Song Lyric Sunday

 This week the prompt is Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.

Here are the rules.

I chose another Beatles favorite of mine: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.

Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she’s gone I can’t go on
Feelin’ two-foot small

Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away

How can I even try
I can never win
Hearing them, seeing them
In the state I’m in

How could she say to me
Love will find a way
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away

From Wikipedia:You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” is a song by English rock band the Beatles. It was written and sung by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on the album Help! in August 1965.”
What I found interesting were the possible reasons for the song lyrics. One source said that it was written for their manager, who had to hide his homosexuality from the public. Another source said that John was in his Dylan phase and was just expressing more personal lyrics in his music. A funny tidbit I had never heard was that the original lyrics it said feeling two feet tall, then in the published song it said two feet small. 
The song was recorded in February 1965 and released in August 1965. I was listening to the song on the radio and two years later I was given the Help album for my birthday. I am grateful that I still use Beatles music as my go to choice for listening pleasure.
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