#TANKATUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 253, #THEMEPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Are you ready for a theme prompt? Eugi, from last month’s challenge, picked the theme for this month.

So let’s go with a festive Tanka.

FESTIVE.

rainbow colours bright
family and friends unite
brush the norm away
it’s a carnival parade
where all the year’s dreams are made.

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

Song Lyric Sunday: 5th September. Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, Party .

It’s Sunday and time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday . This week’s prompt is September 5, 2021 – Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, Party suggested by Lady A.

Jim Adams

There is only one song for Carnival …and that is the Carnival is over by the Seekers . I really love this song it has so many lovely memories attached.

The Carnival Is Over” is a Russian folk song from circa 1883, adapted with English-language lyrics, written by Tom Springfield, for the Australian folk pop group the Seekers in 1965. The song became the Seekers’ signature recording, and the band have customarily closed their concerts with it ever since its success in late-1965.

At its 1965 sales peak, the Seekers’ single was selling 93,000 copies per day in the UK and is No. 30 in the chart of the biggest-selling singles of all time in the United Kingdom, with sales of at least 1.41 million copies in the UK alone.[3] The single spent three weeks at No.1 in the UK Singles Chart in November and December 1965.[4]

The song also topped the Australian charts (for six weeks, from 4 December 1965),[5] and reached No.1 in the Irish Charts for two weeks.

Say goodbye, my own true lover
As we sing a lovers’ song
How it breaks my heart to leave you
Now the carnival is goneHigh above the dawn is waiting
And my tears are falling rain
For the carnival is over
We may never meet againLike a drum, my heart was beating
And your kiss was sweet as wine
But the joys of love are fleeting
For Pierrot and ColumbineNow the harbour light is calling
This will be our last goodbye
Though the carnival is over
I will love you ’til I dieLike a drum, my heart was beating
And your kiss was sweet as wine
But the joys of love are fleeting
For Pierrot and ColumbineNow the harbour light is calling
This will be our last goodbye
Though the carnival is over
I will love you ’til I dieThough the carnival is over
I will love you ’til I dieSource: Musixmatch

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There is only one song to pick for Festival and that is Woodstock.

Woodstock” is a popular song written by Joni Mitchell. Three versions of the song were released in the same year, 1970. The cover by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young appeared on their March 1970 album Déjà Vu, prior to Mitchell’s own version on her April 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon. The CSNY version has become a staple of classic rock radio and is the best-known version in the United States. Mitchell’s version was the B-side to her single “Big Yellow Taxi“. The third version, by the British band Matthews Southern Comfort became the best known version in the United Kingdom, and was the highest charting version of the song, reaching the top of the UK singles chart.

As the name implies, the lyrics refer to the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival of 1969, telling the story of a concert-goer on a trek to attend the festival. Mitchell, who was unable to actually perform at the festival herself due to scheduling conflicts, was inspired to write the song based on an account of the festival relayed to her by then-boyfriend Graham Nash, who had performed there. The anthemic song, as well as the festival it commemorates, is symbolic of the counterculture of the 1960s.

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Now we all all know and love the Bee Gees , though maybe some of us don’t but I do. This Song Party with no name , is not one of their well known songs and I am not over keen on it but it fits the bill and the video has some lovely photos of them.

The track is from their album High Civilization which is the nineteenth studio album by British pop group the Bee Gees, released on 25 March 1991 in the U.K., and 14 May 1991 in the U.S. It was their last album recorded for Warner Bros. Records, after a four-year contract (they would return to WB through subsidiary Reprise Records in 2006: after gaining the rights to their previously released material, they reissued each album through Reprise). Possibly in reaction to firm resistance from U.S. radio to the previous two albums, E.S.P. (1987) and One (1989), which had done well in other countries, the U.S.-based Warner Bros gave this one less promotion and did not issue remixes. They recorded this album and their next album Size Isn’t Everything with engineer Femi Jiya. More info here.

Let’s get started
Move in for the kill
So sincere
I’m here to bend your will
A man without a face
I give you love you’ve never known
We can hold each other, sight unseen
Touchin’ on our darkest dream
You can wish for something bad
Lovers’ lips you never hadAll she wants is your love
All she wants is your loveWe’re the party with no name
And we go from flame to flame
We’ve got one claim to fame
We’re the party with no name
Make those footsteps to the floor
You can’t see us anymore
Ain’t no time for the shame
For the party with no nameEasy money
Get yourself a job
It’s my invitation
Been alone too long
A soul without a space
A party with no mane
Truth is there, but she don’t see
Her life is just a mystery
I’d give her more than I could give
I’d even die that she could liveAll she wants is your love
All she wants is your loveWe’re the party with no name
And we go from flame to flame
We’ve got one claim to fame
We’re the party with no nameAll she wants is your love
All she wants is your loveWe’re the party with no name
And we go from flame to flame
We’ve got one claim to fame
We’re the party with no name
Make those footsteps to the floor
You can’t see us anymore
Ain’t no time for the shame
For the party with no nameSource: LyricFind

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Well you know me I love Bollywood I just can’t resist the joy. Yes joy even in a political thriller! Ko (transl. ’King’) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language political action thriller film directed by K. V. Anand, and written by Anand and the duo Suresh and Balakrishnan. The film stars JiivaAjmal AmeerPiaa Bajpai and Karthika, in lead roles, while Prakash Raj and Kota Srinivasa Rao appear in supporting roles. The film follows Ashwin (Jiiva), a photojournalist working for Dina Anjal, who covers the TamilNadu State Election.

The fabulous soundtrack for the film is by Harris Jayaraj (born 8 January 1975) Who is an Indian film composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is best known for his melodies and is nicknamed, “The Melody King”. He composes soundtracks predominantly for Tamil films, while also having composed for a few films in Telugu and two films in Hindi.

The Singers are.:Tippu , Sayonora Philip , Krish , Haricharan. I can find a translation so just enjoy.

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Next up

Jumbie Jamberee” is a calypso song credited to Conrad Eugene Mauge, Jr. In 1953 Lord Intruder released the song as the B-side to “Disaster With Police”.The song is also known as “Zombie Jamboree” and “Back to Back”. The introduction to the Kingston Trio‘s version humorously credits “Lord Invader and his Twelve Penetrators” with authorship of the song instead of Lord Intruder.

The oldest versions of the song refer to a jumbee jamboree. Jumbies are evil spirits who were thought to cause wild dancing in their victims. The song’s references to Carnival also suggest a connection to the Moko jumbie, a protecting spirit figure represented during Carnival on Trinidad by stilt walkers and dancers. The switch to “Zombie Jamboree” occurred very early with King Flash’s version with those lyrics coming out in 1956, only three years after “Jumbie Jamboree” first appeared.

Like many “folk” songs, there is unclear copyright in the song and many lines are variable between versions. While many versions set the song in a New York, Long Island or Woodlawn Cemetery, some place it in Kingston or an island cemetery. The third verse is the most variable with The Charmer’s version discussing the local food at a previous jumbie carnival parade while Rockapella’s version discusses zombies and King Kong invading various New York City landmarks. The third verse of King Flash’s 1956 version further discusses the female zombie’s romantic pursuit of the singer. More info at Wiki

I have chosen the Harry Balafonte version with video simply because I love it!

It was a Zombie Jamboree
Took place in a New York cemetery
It was a Zombie Jamboree
Took place in a New York cemeteryZombies from all parts of the island
Some of them was a great Calypsonians
Although the season was Carnival
We get together in bacchanal
And they’re singingBack to back, belly to belly
I don’t give a damn, I done dead already
Oh-ho, back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree
I hear you talking
Back to back, belly to belly
Don’t give a damn, done dead already
Oh-ho, back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie JamboreeOne female zombie wouldn’t behave
See how she jumping out of the grave
In one hand a quarter rum
The other hand, she knocking conga drum
The lead singer start to make his rhyme
The zombies are rattling their bones in time
One bystander had this to say
“Was a pleasure to see the zombie break away”
And they’re singingBack to back, belly to belly
Don’t give a damn, done dead already
Oh-ho, back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie JamboreeI goin’ talk to Brigitte Bardot
I tell her, “Miss Bardot, take it slow”
All the men think they’re Casanova
When they see that she’s bare foot all over
Even old men out into Topeka
Find their hearts getting weaker and weaker
So I goin’ ask her for your sake and mine
At least wear her earrings part at the time
And I’m singingBack to back, belly to belly
Don’t give a damn, done dead already
Oh-ho back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie JamboreeA lot of world leaders talkin’ ’bout war
And I’m afraid they’re going too far
So it’s up to us, you and me
To put an end to catastrophe
We must appeal to their goodness of heart
And ask them to pitch in and please do their part
‘Cause if this atomic war begin
They won’t even have a part to pitch in
And we’ll be singingBack to back, belly to belly
Don’t give a damn, done dead already
Oh-ho, back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree
I hear you talking
Back to back, belly to belly
Don’t give a damn, done dead already
Oh-ho, back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie, Zombie JamboreeSource: LyricFind

Finally “I got a feeling, Tonight’s gonna be a good night” by the Black Eyed Peas. The ultimate party song.

Happy Sunday everyone.

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