Song Lyric Sunday – No Rules!

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme was too much fun to resist. The theme is “No Rules” and as soon as I saw it, the song “Signs” began to play in my head. This song by the Five Man Electrical Band was a generation’s anthem to freedom and a rebellion against directives found on signs everywhere. But because today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Janis Joplin, I had to include a song by this rock rebel too.

  1. SIGNS

Originally released in 1970 as the B-side of another single, Signs was re-released in 1971 where it reached No. 4 on the charts in Canada and No. 3 in the U.S. Although I am Canadian, I didn’t know until researching the song today that the band was Canadian.

SIGNS LYRICS

And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people need not apply”
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said “You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you’ll do”
So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that. Huh! Me workin’ for you!”


Whoa-oh-ohSign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house
“Hey! What gives you the right?”
“To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in”
“If God was here he’d tell you to your face, man, you’re some kinda sinner”

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind…

2. PIECE OF MY HEART – JANIS JOPLIN

There is nothing I can say about Janis Joplin that would describe her better than the excerpt below. It was written for the campus newspaper of the University of Texas in 1962 – well before she became famous – and called “She Cares to be Different”.

The article began, “She goes barefooted when she feels like it, wears Levis to class because they’re more comfortable, and carries her autoharp with her everywhere she goes so that in case she gets the urge to break into song, it will be handy. Her name is Janis Joplin.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Janis Joplin and in her honour, here is one of my favourites by Joplin: Piece of My Heart.

LYRICS – PIECE OF MY HEART

Oh, come on, come on, come on, come on

Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man?
Yeah, And didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can?
Honey, you know I did
And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough
But I’m gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough

I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby (whoa, break it)
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah (whoa, have a)
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
You know you got it if it makes you feel good
Oh, yes indeed

You’re out on the streets looking good
And baby, deep down in your heart, I guess you know that it ain’t right
Never, never, never, never, never, never hear me when I cry at night
Babe, and I cry all the time
But each time I tell myself that I, well I can’t stand the pain
But when you hold me in your arms, I’ll sing it once again

I said come on, come on, come on, come on and take it
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
Well, you know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good

I need you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby (whoa, break it)
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c’mon now (whoa, have a)
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
You know you got it, whoa

Take it
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby (whoa, break it)
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (whoa, have a)
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel

goodSource: LyricFindSongwriters: Jerry Ragovoy / Bert Berns / Jerry RagavoyPiece Of My Heart lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – No Rules!

  1. 2 great songs! Signs is special to me because I’ve been a sign maker to some degree for the past 22 years. Besides the philosophical meaning, it has been a literal one for me for so long! Then the bonus to have Joplin…well, it just doesn’t get much better! 🙂

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