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

Advertisement

Song Lyric Sunday – O Canada

I sat down at my computer today fully intending to get some writing in after reading a few of my favourite bloggers’ latest entries.  While reading, I came across the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday – a song by a Canadian artist or group. Well, as a Canadian,  I couldn’t resist taking part!

But how to narrow down all the great Canadian music to one song?  There’s Heart with sisters Anne & Nancy Wilson. The Wainrights, including Rufus, his sister Martha and the duo made up of their late mother Kate and her sister Anna McGarrigle.  There’s Blue Rodeo, Bryan Adams, Steppenwolf of “Born to be Wild and “Magic Carpet” fame. But I surprised myself by choosing a song by Joni Mitchell.

I wasn’t a fan of hers in her early days. There’s no denying she’s talented in so many ways, but her voice just wasn’t that pleasing to me. But in 2000, she re-recorded “Both Sides Now”, a song she wrote and first recorded in 1969 but that was popularized by Judy Collins. Her voice in this later version has a huskier, mature quality that is simply beautiful.  If you are a fan of the movie “Love Actually”, you are probably familiar with this version.  So here, for your listening pleasure, are both the 2000 and original 1969 recordings of Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell.

BOTH SIDES NOW

And here’s a bonus track by Canadian band, Blue Rodeo!

#Song Lyric Sunday – Pearl

 

For today’s Song Lyric prompt – Diamond/Emerald/Jade/Pearl/Ruby/Sapphire – there was never any question that I would feature Janis Joplin’s album “Pearl“.  The album was released in 1971, three months after her death from an accidental heroin overdose.  It includes the song she is probably best known for:  Me and Bobby McGee, which rose to the top of the charts in March 1971.

I’m not sure why the album was called Pearl, because if there was a girl less likely to wear pearls, I can’t think of one.  Janis didn’t have what was considered the classic beauty of the 50s and she was bullied in high school for having acne, being overweight, etc.  She rebelled and tried to “own” who she was as shown in this excerpt from the Daily Texan, the campus newspaper of the university she briefly attended :

“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.”

There is something raw, pure and a little heart-wrenching about Janis’ music that, despite her tough-girl attitude, breaks open her vulnerability. I think that’s why my favourite Janis song is “Piece of My Heart”. It isn’t on the Pearl album, but I’m including it in this post for your listening pleasure.   Happy Easter everyone!

Me & Bobby McGee
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the train
Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
Took us all the way to New Orleans
I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
I was blowin’ sad while Bobby sang the blues
With them windshield wipers slappin’ time and Bobby clappin’ hands
We finally sang off every song that driver knew
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’, but it’s free
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord when Bobby sang the blues
Feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee
From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Standin’ right beside me through everything I done
And every night she kept me from the cold
Then somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away
Lookin’ for the home I hope she’ll find
And I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday
Holdin’ Bobby’s next close to mine
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’, but it’s free
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues
Feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee
La-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la, me and Bobby McGee, yeah
La-la-la, la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la, la-la, me and Bobby McGee
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Fred L. Foster / Kris Kristofferson
Me and Bobby McGee lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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!
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 it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Oh, oh, 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, I cry all the time!
And 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’ll say come on, come on, come on, come on and take it!
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a!
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
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 it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c’monnow.
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby.
You know you got it -whoahhhhh!!
Take it!
Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey,
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Jerry Ragovoy / Bert Berns
Piece Of My Heart lyrics © Unichappell Music Inc., Sony/atv Songs Llc, Livingsting Music, Scikron Music Publishing, Sloopy Ii Music Inc., Publisher Unknown