This Sunday has come round again, this week Jim Adams our eloquent host has given us an interesting Prompt. Weather Forecast, for Song Lyric Sunday, we have to use the words Breeze,Cloud, Sky,Wind.
First up I chose the fabulous Kate Bush who influenced me no end. The track I chose has cloud and sky in the lyrics and sky in the title. “The Big Sky” is a song by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Released in 1986, it was the fourth and final single to be released from her No. 1 album Hounds of Love. The single became another Top 40 hit for Bush, peaking at No. 37 on the UK Singles Chart.
The 7″ single was released as the “Special Single Mix”, which includes a different intro. This version appears as a B-side on the 1994 CD single “The Red Shoes“. The 12” single includes an extended version of “The Big Sky” called the “Meteorological Mix”.
The song is about remembering some of the simple pleasures enjoyed as children that most no longer find the time for, such as spending the afternoon looking at the sky, watching the clouds take on shapes.
They look down
At the ground
But I never go in now.I’m looking at the Big Sky.
I’m looking at the Big Sky now.
I’m looking at the Big Sky.
You never understood me.
You never really tried.That cloud, that cloud–
Looks like Ireland.
C’mon and blow it a kiss now
But quick’ Cause it’s changing in the Big Sky
It’s changing in the Big Sky now.
We’re looking at the Big Sky.
You never understood me.
You never really tried.This cloud, this cloud–
C’mon and build me an Ark.”
And if you’re coming, jump
‘CauseWe’re leaving with the Big Sky.
We’re leaving with the Big Sky.
And we pause for the jets–
Hup! hup!–in the Big Sky!You want my reply?
What was the question?
I was looking at the Big Sky.
Tell ’em, sisters!
“Rolling over like a great big cloud
Walking out in the Big Sky!
Rolling over like a great big cloud
Walking out in the Big Sky!
Sky and Cloud
We all know and love Freddie Mercury and Queen’s original Bohemian Rhapsody. I have chosen the version from The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness . Elton John took the lead and though he is no Freddy he brilliant. Axel Rose was to come at the last part of the song. Well I have heard tell Axel would not rehearsh. So when he bounced on to the stage with a flash and a bang, red bandana, crop top, black leather kilt ,white socks and bother boots the audience went wild and I bet Elton and Queen where shocked. But boy was he great. He was like a whirling Dervish. At the end Elton and Axel spontaneously approached the front of the stage arm in arm and sang a poignant ending “Anyway the wind blows.”
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was a benefit concert held on Easter Monday, 20 April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom for an audience of 72,000. The concert was produced for television by Ray Burdis, directed by David Mallet and broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries around the world, with an audience of up to one billion. The concert was a tribute to Queen‘s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. The show marked bassist John Deacon‘s final full-length concert with Queen (save a short live appearance with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Elton John in 1997). The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity organisation.
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
Any way the wind blows
Doesn’t really matter to me, to me
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters
Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
Goodbye, everybody, I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooh (Any way the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all
I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
Thunderbolt and lightning very, very frightening me
I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me
He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go (Let him go!)
Bismillah! We will not let you go (Let him go!)
Bismillah! We will not let you go (Let me go!)
Will not let you go (Let me go!)
Never let you go (Never, never, never, never let me go)
Oh oh oh oh
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
Oh, mama mia, mama mia (Mama mia, let me go)
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Oh, baby, can’t do this to me, baby
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here
Ooooh, ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters to me
Any way the wind blows…
Last up Eric Clapton . Lyrics in the video.
“Call Me the Breeze” is a rock song by J. J. Cale. It first appeared on his 1972 debut album, Naturally, as the opening track. The song consists of a 12-bar blues guitar shuffle and features the early use of a drum machine.
JJ Cale performed the song along with his longtime friend Eric Clapton, at Clapton’s 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. The version, featuring an extended guitar solo by Clapton, is included on the official Crossroads DVD released in late 2004. Later, when Clapton got the news that Cale had died, he performed various tunes composed by JJ Cale for his 2013 Baloise Session concert, dedicating his performance to Cale. For his 2014 tribute-album to JJ Cale, titled The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, Clapton covered the song with the original drum machine sound at the beginning, saying it’s not possible to really cover Cale’s work: “You can hear the drum machine and JJ rambling at the beginning there”. His take on the song was released under the title “They Call Me the Breeze” as a promotional single on June 30, 2014 for Surfdog and Polydor Records, accessible via digital music download.
On June 6, 2014, Clapton’s management published the official lyric video with licence to Warner Bros. Records on his YouTube channel, before the album’s release. Twenty days later the official music video was released and was directed by Joseph Toman. It features original photographic and videographic material of both Cale, and Clapton with Cale. The video opens with Clapton, hitchhiking with his guitar case in a rural location, holding a sign for Escondido, mimicking the cover art of the duo’s album, The Road to Escondido. He is picked up by a car. The car footage is interspersed with Clapton who is seen singing and playing the song on a guitar given to him by Cale in 2006.The video shows Cale enjoying the classic American lifestyle. While driving around, Clapton chats to the driver, portrayed by English actor and director Dexter Fletcher about Cale, explaining that he wants to visit Escondido because an “old mate used to live there”. Clapton pays tribute to Cale saying “he was a fantastic guy and a great musician … he was my hero.” The video ends with a shot of Clapton congratulating Cale after their performance at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas.
Happy Sunday Everyone