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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cupid's Hunt: Valentines Day


First I want to thank Todd from RIBS (Rhythms In Black Satin) who invited me, along with a host of other bloggers, to participate in this Valentine's Day celebration. For a complete list of who is involved, click here.

You know, rather than try for the most certifiably unique song that no one else will post, I felt that Valentines day is all about the spirit of giving what someone would find special to them only.

If you want a creased, but sincere smile then give a traditional box of factory chocolates in a cardboard heart shaped box. If you give a dozen roses, in ten days you’ll find a mound of petals on the table and wilted stems dangling from a crystal vase of algae water. If you give the standard pink or red drug store card and begin underlining certain phrases, you end up giving something similar to what your Mom gives to you.

Some of the better alternatives might be to buy a blank card, simply decorated, and hand write a poem with timeless meaning – something they’ve never even read before. Try Shakesphere’s Sonnett XLI.

Or, perhaps you’d prefer lyrics to a song that they might not have had the opportunity to explore!

Go ahead. Write them down. Be patient and neat.

I’ll Never Leave You
Harry Nilsson has always been a good one for a well penned pop song. Most tracks off of The Point, Pussycats, Nilsson Schmilsson or Son of Schmilsson race to mind for catchy albums, but there are loads more individual tracks that are prime songsmith examples. Harry will certainly get a well-deserved blog entry here on Got The Fever soon.

The very first song that I thought of when I began to write this Valentine’s entry came from Harry. This is as heartfelt and tender as one could get without crossing the threshold over to schmaltzy. He employs not only sensitive strings and lilting piano, but also effectively blends in a banjo!

Some nights I go to sleep without you
The river’s far too deep without you
I can’t make it alone; I need you by my side

Some nights I spend alone without you
The river’s far too wide without you
I can’t make it alone; I need you by my side

I’ll never leave you alone
I’ll never leave just a memory
I’ll never leave you alone in the garden
Where nothing grows
I love you so much, baby


More Than You Know
There’s a great saying that’s bounced around a lot when you’ve gotten too lofty from where you need to be, and it’s ‘back to basics’. In an effort to find the ideal poem or music lyric we might tend to be too far reaching and on that orbital tangent we lose a lot of substance.

This is stunning in its simplicity, and Dr. John’s arrangement and vocals add a sultry and sexy slant to the Rose/Eliscu/Youmans original. Covered by everyone from Billy Holiday, to the Chairman of the Board to anyone else who ever had a yearning to grapple with the complex emotions that come with the craving for love.

A perfect so-called “retro” track that just bleeds for you to take that one special body, hold it close to yours and simmer hip to hip, soft breath caressing inner ear lobe.

More than you know
More than you know
Girl of my heart, I love you so
Lately I’ve found you’re on my mind
More than you know

Whether you’re right
Whether you’re wrong
Girl of my heart, I’ll string along
You need me so
More than you’ll ever know

Loving you the way that I do
There’s nothing I can do about it
Loving may be all you can give
But honey, I can’t live without it

Oh, how I’d cry
Oh, how I’d cry
If you got tired and said goodbye
More than I’d show
More than you’ll ever know

Oh, how I’d cry
How I’d cry
If you got tired and said goodbye
More than I’d choose
More than youll ever know
More than you’ll ever know


Harry Nilsson: I’ll Never Leave You
From: Nilsson Schmilsson [1971]

Dr. John: More Than You Know
From: In A Sentimental Mood [1989]

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2 Comments:

  • Kev: Excellent post. Hell, I don't even remember when I last thought of Shakespeare let only read any of him. Very good choice of songs with powerful lyrics. Once again, as I always have since first discovering you, I marvel at your ability to write about music topics with such depth of feeling and such a smooth flow to the words you put down.

    I know you are very busy these days, "Thank you!" for taking the time out to create this wonderful post and participate in Cupid's Hunt this year. (Only one slight problem... having done it once, you officially have a Lifetime Membership in the Cupid's Hunt roster of podcasters and are required to participate annually from now on. Sorry, but that's the price you gotta pay for having such a strong love for music! *smile*)

    By Anonymous TGrundy, at 6:49 AM  

  • Thanks for the really interesting poem... I have been saved this poem in my private diary.

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    By Blogger signals3_t5, at 3:44 AM  

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