The debut of The Weekend Music Thread kicks off with a focus on songs with your favorite lyrics. The songs you can’t help but sing along with, the songs that talk to who you are or how you feel,  the songs that have the most insightful, romantic or poignant poetry.

I’m going old school with my picks and I can’t help but begin with one of my all time favorites, I’m sure regulars can already guess the artists but let me begin by posting the first set of lyrics:

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

Time – Pink Floyd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUt7qmSvxLI

“There must be some way out of here” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion”, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.

“No reason to get excited”, the thief he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late”.

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan

My child arrived just the other day,
He came through the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He’d say, “I’m gonna be like you, dad.
You know I’m gonna be like you.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, “Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play.
Can you teach me to throw?” I said, “Not today,
I got a lot to do.” He said, “That’s ok.”
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,and
Said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I’m gonna be like him.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
“Son, I’m proud of you. Can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, dad.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

I’ve long since retired and my son’s moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind.”
He said, “I’d love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job’s a hassle, and the kid’s have the flu,
But it’s sure nice talking to you, dad.
It’s been sure nice talking to you.”
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He’d grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, dad.
you know we’ll have a good time then.

Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH46SmVv8SU

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in with you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Now it’s your turn to share the songs that speak to you or for you.

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Khirad
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Gitane Demone – Living on Velvet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0xDV-D42D0

funksands
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I am Governor Jerry Brown My aura smiles And never frowns Soon I will be president… Carter Power will soon go away I will be Fuhrer one day I will command all of you Your kids will meditate in school Your kids will meditate in school! [Chorus:] California Uber Alles California Uber Alles Uber Alles California Uber Alles California Zen fascists will control you 100% natural You will jog for the master race And always wear the happy face Close your eyes, can’t happen here Big Bro’ on white horse is near The hippies won’t come back you say Mellow… Read more »

ADONAI
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Tenacious D – The Government Totally Sucks The government totally sucks You motherfucker The government totally sucks Ben Franklin was a rebel indeed He liked to get naked while he smoked on the weed He was a genius but if he was here today The government would fuck him up his righteous aayyy Now let me tell you something about the government (uh huh) They’re fucking up the environment (say what?) They’re taking all the fucking beautiful animals (yeah?) And making them fucking extinct (oh no!) The government totally sucks You motherfucker The government totally sucks The government totally sucks… Read more »

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Glenmoredoc1

Don McClean’s “Vincent(Starry Starry Night)” Starry, starry night. Paint your palette blue and grey, Look out on a summer’s day, With eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills, Sketch the trees and the daffodils, Catch the breeze and the winter chills, In colors on the snowy linen land. Now I understand what you tried to say to me, How you suffered for your sanity, How you tried to set them free. They would not listen, they did not know how. Perhaps they’ll listen now. Starry, starry night. Flaming flowers that brightly blaze, Swirling clouds in… Read more »

KillgoreTrout
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Nice Glenmore. I have a print of Starry Night in my living room. Also Cafe de Nuit. Van Gogh is my favorite painter.

Glenmoredoc1
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Hi KT! van Gogh’s works, as they say, ‘speak to me’! His fusion of form and content is amazingly powerful, dramatic, rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional. His was a breathtaking passion of the artist who was completely absorbed in the effort to explain either his struggle against madness or his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature. In either case, his legacy is remarkable and remarkably moving. I have seen several exhibits of his work in my life, and each time I am moved more than the last time…and I always lingered so long at each piece my family… Read more »

KillgoreTrout
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Van Gogh is proof that being paid is not a test for a master of his craft. He only sold one painting, if I recall correctly. I think he got 400 Francs from a French women.
I would love to see the real paintings and not just prints. Maybe sometime in the future, I can go to Holland and visit the Van Gogh museum.

foxisms
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Yep! No doubt.
One of the best pieces of modern poetry out there.

KillgoreTrout
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Sympathy For The Devil; Please allow me to introduce myself Im a man of wealth and taste Ive been around for a long, long year Stole many a mans soul and faith And I was round when jesus christ Had his moment of doubt and pain Made damn sure that pilate Washed his hands and sealed his fate Pleased to meet you Hope you guess my name But whats puzzling you Is the nature of my game I stuck around st. petersburg When I saw it was a time for a change Killed the czar and his ministers Anastasia screamed… Read more »

foxisms
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Heaven is in your mind ~ Traffic

You ride on the swing in and out of the bars
Capturing moments of life in a jar
Playing with children, acting as stars
Guiding your visions to heaven and heaven is in your mind

Take extra care not to lose what you feel
The apple you’re eating is simple and real
Water the flowers that grow at your heel
Guiding your visions to heaven and heaven is in your mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqqN0_WCS28

PatsyT
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httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoNtj27a6Rk&feature=related What’s is all about Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? What’s it all about when you sort it our, Alfie? Are we meant to take more then we give Or are we meant to be kind? And if only fools are kind, Alfie, Then I guess it is wise to be cruel. And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie, What will you lend on and old golden rule? As sure as I believe there’s a heaven above, Alfie, I know there’s something much more, Something even non-believers can believe in. I believe in love,… Read more »

Khirad
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Dead Can Dance – Enigma of the Absolute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zva8CJ6YM5Y Saloman hung down her head Laid bare her heart for the world to see She craved for intimacy Through the darkened doors Her aspect veiled with indecision Gazed out to sea She craved lucidity Cast adrift from past relationships in her life Hoisted up the ideal This was her saving grace Sea’s of rage That once assailed her concern for the truth Had passed her by And left her high and dry In her savior’s arms In her savior’s arms In her savior’s arms Across the sea lies the fountain of… Read more »

foxisms
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Khirad: I simply read these. I haven’t even watched or listened so that I could single task and enjoy the poetry.
And fine, fine poetry it turns out to be!
Thanks! A great entry! (No. Two great entries!)

Khirad
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It’s my favorite group, all pretentious and literary and stuff.

foxisms
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Bowie has had more than a few too! Letter to Hermione ~ David Bowie The hand that wrote this letter sweeps the pillow clean So rest your head and dream a treasured dream I care for no one else but you. I tear my soul to cease the pain I think maybe you feel the same What can we do? I’m not quite sure what we’re supposed to do So I’ve been writing just for you They say your life is going very well They say you sparkle like a different girl But something tells me that you hide When… Read more »

KillgoreTrout
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The Doors–Alabama Song; Oh show me the way To the next whiskey bar Oh, don’t ask why Oh, don’t ask why Show me the way To the next whiskey bar Oh, don’t ask why Oh, don’t ask why For if we don’t find The next whiskey bar I tell you we must die I tell you we must die I tell you, I tell you I tell you we must die Oh, moon of Alabama We now must say goodbye We’ve lost our good old mama And must have whiskey, oh, you know why Oh, moon of Alabama We now… Read more »

Khirad
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJLlIYAKsLs

I only know the Brecht reference because of liner notes (one of the true losses with MP3s, though I’m no troglodyte). 🙂

KillgoreTrout
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Great find K.

KillgoreTrout
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Van the Man–Into The Mystic; We were born before the wind Also younger than the sun Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic Hark, now hear the sailors cry Smell the sea and feel the sky Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home And when the fog horn blows I want to hear it I don’t have to fear it And I want to rock your gypsy soul Just like way back in the days of old And magnificently we will flow… Read more »

Khirad
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Dead Can Dance – How Fortunate the Man With None (words by Bertolt Brecht) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJm3PLi9o-A You saw sagacious Solomon You know what came of him, To him complexities seemed plain. He cursed the hour that gave birth to him And saw that everything was vain. How great and wise was Solomon. The world however did not wait But soon observed what followed on. It’s wisdom that had brought him to this state. How fortunate the man with none. You saw courageous Caesar next You know what he became. They deified him in his life Then had him murdered just the… Read more »

KillgoreTrout
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Gotta love Berthold Brecht.

chasethis
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chasethis

Killgore–You’ll need some psilocybin wine for this–LOVE these lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btyelrNYCtU

KillgoreTrout
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Bless you chase. This song is the ultimate relaxer. Life as it is, if you choose to see it.

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texliberal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg73MRomwSA

Chase reminded me of the special songs the Byrds have done/ Turn Turn Turn

KillgoreTrout
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Harry Nilsson–Think About Your troubles;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0te3QPwbqyc