Sun, Sea,Surf Magic. Song Lyric Sunday.

Jim Adams

Well here we are and it’s Sunday again, time for Jim Adam’s to set our prompt for Song Lyric Sunday . This week the prompt was actually picked by Amy Braun of ai love music, who had chosen the words Beach, Surf, Swimming.

My first choice is Night Swimming by Rem. In 1993 I was coming up to 40yrs, our youngest was 10yrs eldest 20yrs and our middle lad was 18yrs. We all liked REM.

LYRICS

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago
Turned around backwards so the windshield shows
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse
Still, it’s so much clearer
I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge
The moon is low tonight

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
I’m not sure all these people understand
It’s not like years ago
The fear of getting caught
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things, they go away
Replaced by everyday

Nightswimming, remembering that night
September’s coming soon
I’m pining for the moon
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright, tight forever drum
Could not describe nightswimming

You, I thought I knew you
You I cannot judge
You, I thought you knew me
This one laughing quietly underneath my breath
Nightswimming

The photograph reflects, every streetlight a reminder
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bill Berry / Michael Mills / Michael Stipe / Peter Buck

Nightswimming lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Nightswimming” is a song by American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released in 1993 as the fifth single from the group’s eighth album Automatic for the People (1992). “Nightswimming” is a ballad featuring singer Michael Stipe accompanied only by bassist Mike Mills on piano (lyrics and music respectively, but credited to the whole band as usual), a string arrangement by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and a prominent oboe by Deborah Workman in the latter part of the piece. Stipe sings about a group of friends who go skinny dipping at night, which draws from similar experiences in the band’s early days.

Bassist Mike Mills recalled he was playing a piano riff at John Keane’s studio in the band’s hometown of Athens, Georgia. While Mills almost discarded the melody, it attracted the interest of singer Michael Stipe. Mills said, “I never thought it would amount to much because it was just a circular thing that kept going round and round and round. But it inspired Michael.” While the song was not included on Out of Time, the demo recorded during those sessions was used for Automatic for the People, with a string arrangement by John Paul Jones added to the track. Mills has also claimed he recorded the piano part at Criteria Studios in Miami, on the same piano used by Derek and the Dominos on the recording of “Layla”.

“[Michael] listened once, nodded his head to hear it again, and on the second pass he sang the lyrics. It was ‘Nightswimming,’ exactly like the record we would record a year later,” explained Peter Buck in 2003. “I was standing in the corner, dumbfounded.”

more info here.

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Next up The Escape song from Rupert Holmes. Back in 1979 I had the two older lads they were seox and four. I didn’t drive, so it was a long walk to get anywhere and hubby was working away more than he was home. I had a lot on my shoulders but I coped. I fell in love with not only the song but the idea of it! The word beach is not actually in the lyrics but there is the line “Making love in the dunes at the Cape” I reckon dunes are as near as it gets to beach!

“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” is a song written and recorded by British-born American singer Rupert Holmes for his album Partners in Crime. As the lead single for the album, the pop song was recommended by Billboard for radio broadcasters on September 29, 1979, then added to prominent US radio playlists in October–November. Rising in popularity, the song peaked at the end of December to become the final US number one song of the 1970s.

Recorded for Holmes’s Partners in Crime (1979) album, the song came from an unused track for which Holmes wrote temporary or “dummy” lyrics. This version, “The Law of The Jungle”, was released as part of his Cast of Characters (2005) box set and was inspired by a want-ad he read whilst idly scanning the personals one day. As Holmes put it, “I thought, ‘what would happen to me if I answered this ad?’ I’d go and see if it was my own wife who was bored with me.” The title of the song was originally going to be “People Need Other People”, and was later to be revealed that it was a true story.

The chorus originally started with “If you like Humphrey Bogart“, which Holmes changed at the last minute, replacing the actor with the name of the first exotic cocktail that came to mind and fit the music.

The original lyrics said, “If you like Humphrey Bogart and getting caught in the rain.”…
As I was getting on mic I thought to myself, I’ve done so many movie references to Bogart and wide-screen cinema on my earlier albums, maybe I shouldn’t do one here.
I thought, What can I substitute? Well, this woman wants an escape, like she wants to go on vacation to the islands. When you go on vacation to the islands, when you sit on the beach and someone asks you if you’d like a drink, you never order a Budweiser, you don’t have a beer. You’re on vacation, you want a drink in a hollowed-out pineapple with the flags of all nations and a parasol. If the drink is blue you’d be very happy. And a long straw. I thought, What are those escape drinks? Let’s see, there’s daiquiri, mai tai, piña colada… I wonder what a piña colada tastes like? I’ve never even had one.
I thought that instead of singing, “If you like Humphrey Bogart,” with the emphasis on like, I could start it a syllable earlier and go, “If you like piña-a coladas.”

— Rupert Holmes : more info here.

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Well with the prompt words, Swimming, Beach and Surf. We really have it suggested here in the Beach Boys Kocomo.

Kokomo” is a song by the American rock band the Beach Boys from the 1988 film Cocktail and album Still Cruisin’. Written by John PhillipsScott McKenzieMike Love, and Terry Melcher, the song was released as a single on July 18, 1988, by Elektra Records and became a number one hit in the U.S. and Australia.

The lyrics describe two lovers taking a trip to a relaxing place on Kokomo, a utopic island off the Florida Keys. In addition to the fictional Kokomo, the song also makes references to many real Caribbean islands, including ArubaBahamasJamaicaBermudaMartinique, and Montserrat. More info here.

Happy Easter Sunday Everyone

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Apr 17, 2022 @ 07:49:59

    Great choices, Sis! Happy Easter Sunday 🐣🐰💜

    Reply

  2. newepicauthor
    Apr 17, 2022 @ 13:14:41

    Lovely choices today Willow. You can’t go wrong with REM, Rupert Holmes, or the Beach Boys. I have never tried a piña colada. In this song a man is bored with his current relationship, referring to his current partner as his “old lady”. Life in the sack has become routine and he desires some variety. One night while this woman is sleeping next to him in bed (presumably his wife), he reads the paper and glances at the personal advertisements, where this ad catches his attention. It is from a woman seeking a man who, among other little things, must like piña coladas (hence it became known as “the piña colada” song.) From reading the ad, he realizes that this woman wants an escape, she is not looking to go on vacation to an exotic island, because she mentions, “making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape”, which is in Providence Rhode Island. She goes on to say, “I’m the love that you’ve looked for, write to me, and escape”.

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  3. John Holton
    Apr 17, 2022 @ 14:56:18

    Rupert Holmes is one of my faves.

    Lots of talent wrote “Kokomo”: John Phillips was with The Mamas & The Papas, Scott McKenzie had a big hit in ’67 with “San Francisco (Wear Flowers In Your Hair),” and Terry Melcher was a big-time producer and son of Doris Day. And Mike Love of the Beach Boys, of course…

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  4. King Ben's Grandma
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 00:27:30

    The REM song is new to me and I LOVE IT!! Reminds me of my skinny dipping days. And the other two are old favorites.
    As usual, you’ve got greats tunes playing🥳🎶💃🏼💕

    Reply

  5. Gr8BigFun
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 20:54:18

    Great choices, got me back in a summer frame of mind as it snows outside. Thanks. 🙂

    Reply

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