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December 6, 2020 – Reptilian Mix. Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle.

Hi everyone it’s Sunday and time for Song Lyric Sunday.Our Host Jim Adams has given us free tickets to the Reptile House with his prompt. I did not take part last week because I had had an operation and been in hospital. I am on the mend now so, I am back!

All lyrics for this week’s choices are from AtoZ Lyrics.

So I have chosen, Peter Gabriel with Sinade O’Connor, with Blood of Eden.

Blood of Eden” is the third single from English rock musician Peter Gabriel‘s 1992 album Us, featuring backing vocals by Sinéad O’Connor. It narrowly failed to break the UK top 40.

  • Peter Gabriel puts a romantic relationship into biblical context on this track, which is about trying to work through a failing relationship by making love. The blood of Eden runs through woman and man, making it a natural, sensual act.
  • Gabriel used the image of the Garden of Eden because it was a time when man and woman were in one body, a state they have been trying to get back to ever since.
  • There is no mention of a snake or serpent in the lyrics but the video and biblical connotations heavily suggest both.

“Blood Of Eden”

I caught sight of my reflection
I caught it in the window
I saw the darkness in my heart
I saw the signs of my undoing
They had been there from the start
And the darkness still has work to do
The knotted chord’s untying
They’re heated and they’re holy
Oh they’re sitting there on high
So secure with everything they’re buying

[Chorus:]
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
We wanted the union
Oh the union of the woman
The woman and the man

My grip is surely slipping
I think I’ve lost my hold
Yes, I think I’ve lost my hold
I cannot get insurance anymore
They don’t take credit, only gold
Is that a dagger or a crucifix I see
You hold so tightly in your hand
And all the while the distance grows between you and me
I do not understand

At my request, you take me in
In that tenderness, I am floating away
No certainty, nothing to rely on
Holding still for a moment
What a moment this is
Oh for a moment of forgetting, a moment of bliss

I can hear the distant thunder
Of a million unheard souls
Of a million unheard souls
Watch each one reach for creature comfort
For the filling of their holes

In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
We wanted the union
Of the woman and the man

In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
I feel the man in the woman
And the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
I feel the man in the woman
And the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden
We’ve done everything we can
In the blood of Eden
Saw the end as we began
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
It was all for the union
Oh, the union of the woman, the woman and the man.

The blood of eden keeps running through me
running through my veins
the blood of eden keeps rushing through me
when I’m sure there’s none that remains
the blood of eden keeps running through me
I can feel it in my bones
that blood of eden keeps rushing through me
taking back what it owns.

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Next up The Serpent from Genesis.

The Serpent is from the Genesis Album to Revelation is the debut studio album by the English rock band Genesis, released in March 1969 on Decca Records. The album originated from a collection of demos recorded in 1967 while the members of Genesis were pupils of Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey. It caught the attention of Jonathan King who named the group, organised deals with his publishing company and Decca, and studio time at Regent Sound Studios to record a series of singles and a full album. A string section arranged and conducted by Arthur Greenslade was added later on some songs. By the time Genesis had finished recording, John Silver had replaced original drummer Chris Stewart.

The Serpent.

Dark nights, the planets are set
Creator prepares for the dawn of man
You’re waking up, the day of incarnation
Said your waking up to life
Images he made to love
Images of gods in flesh
Man is wonderful, very wonderful, look at him
Beware the future
Here is my world and it’s waiting for me
Paradise before my eyes
I am alive in a new born world
This heaven will always be mine
I’m waking up, the day of man has come
I’m waking up, the day of man has come
And God created man from dust
With a soul inside his mould
And God created womankind
The vessel of Satan’s hold
Creator made the serpent wise
Evil in his tempting eyes
Man is wonderful, very wonderful, look at him
Beware the future
Here is my world and it’s waiting for me
Paradise before my eyes
I am alive in a new born world
This heaven will always be mine
I’m waking up, the day of man has come
I’m waking up, the day of man has come
Dark nights, the planets are set
Creator prepares for the dawn of man
You’re waking up, the day of incarnation
Said your waking up to life
Here I stand a child in a lonely world
See the serpent tempting me to evil
The guiding hand will help me on
The guiding hand will help me on.

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Thirdly we have Crocodile Shoes by Jimmy Nails.

Crocodile Shoes” is a single by Jimmy Nail. It was written for the television drama Crocodile Shoes, and became a chart hit for Nail in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Sweden in 1994 and 1995. It is featured on the album of the same name.

Meaning of the song, list love.

“Crocodile Shoes”

Wine, beer and spirits all the time
Though I have you still she’s always on my mind
The rain falls down, I’m soaking through
I’m an old man inside a young man’s suit

My crocodile shoes are crying too
For they know how much love I have for you

Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes

Wine, beer and spirits take me down
The lights are low and there’s no one else around
The waitress sure looks pretty and that’s a bad sign
I smile at her still you’re always on my mind

With your
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes

I’ve lost so much in a short time
Don’t see my kids how I miss my wife
I let the world slip through my hands
And now I’m talking to the only friends I have

Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes

They’re crying too
They’re crying too

Crocodile shoes
Crocodile shoes.

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Fourthly My favourite Imogen Heap with Headlock. No Alligators in the Lyrics but there are in the video.

Headlock” is a song by British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, from her 2005 album Speak for Yourself. It was the third single from Speak for Yourself, following “Hide and Seek” and “Goodnight and Go“. Remixed for radio as ‘Immi’s Radio mix’ and accompanied by a new all-vocal B-side, entitled “Mic Check”.

The drum and bass artist High Contrast remixed the song. The artist Clams Casino also sampled the song in his song “The World Needs Change”. Furthermore, the song was sampled in rapper A$AP Rocky‘s song “Angels”, a bonus track from his debut album Long.Live.A$AP.

The video was filmed on 11 July 2006. The video premiered on Manchester-centric TV station, Channel M, in early September, before being sent to other music television channels for rotation.

Featured instruments include mbirastring bass, and a vibraphone.

“Headlock”

Distant flickerings, greener scenery.
This weather’s bringing it all back again.
Great adventures, faces and condensation.
I’m going outside to take it all in.

You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don’t believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know you’re better than this.

Wear a different pair, do something out of step.
Throw a stranger an unexpected smile…with big intention.
Still posted at your station.
Always on about the day it should have flied.

You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don’t believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know you’re better than this.

Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don’t believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know you’re better than this.

Been walking, you’ve been hiding,
And you look half dead half the time.
Monitoring you, like machines do,
You’ve still got it, I’m just keeping an eye

(So what) I’ve been walking, you’ve been hiding,
(Don’t care) And you look half dead half the time.
(Will not) Monitoring you, like machines do,
(The end) You’ve still got it, I’m just keeping an eye

You know you’re better than this

I’ll make you start, got your heart in a headlock,
No I don’t believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know you’re better than this.

Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don’t believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know you’re better than this.

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Fifthly, Lounge Lizard by Mott the Hopple .

Mott the Hoople are an English rock band, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. They are best known for the song “All the Young Dudes“, written for them by David Bowie. The song appeared on their 1972 album of the same name.

“Lounge Lizard”

Well I picked her up on a Saturday night
She’s a Pool Hall poison but it smelt all right
Oh ma, what a sight when I saw her in the light of day
She was a Speakeasy sleazer of the lowest degree
You should hear the stories she was layin’ on me
Said she got the lot, but she only spiked a few

She’s a Lounge Lizard, coming on strong
Who are you foolin’, yeah yeah yeah
Lounge Lizard, coming on strong
You gotta be joking just give give give

Now I don’t care if your boy’s name’s John
I don’t care where your Mother comes from
Just give it to me, just pull it through me all right
I don’t care if your make-up’s a cop
Well I don’t mind just keep your raincoat on
No conversation, my reputation’s [?]

She’s a Lounge Lizard, coming on strong
Who are you foolin’, it’s me you’re with
Lounge Lizard, come on strong
You gotta be joking, just give give give

She’s a Lounge Lizard, coming on strong
Who she foolin’, it’s me you’re with
Lounge Lizard, come on come on
You gotta be joking, just give give give

Lounge Lizard, coming on strong
Who are you foolin’, it’s me you’re with
Lounge Lizard, coming on strong
You gotta be joking, just give give give

Give give give
Give give give
Yeah Give give give
Yeah Give give give
Yeah Give give give.

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And lastly Happy Together by the Turtles. No Turtles here, in the Lyrics or even the video! No just in the name of the group..

So there you have it Song Lyric Sunday. Happy Sunday Everyone.

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