Lest we forget.

James Blunt a very underated songwriter and soldier who has fought in recent conflicts. Has a lot to say that is relivant today and to Remembrance Day and every day. Here are three of his songs, one about being on tour in Bosnia one about Lebanon and one about being an officer and having to inform family of death.

Song Lyric Sunday.August 30, 2020 – Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked

This week Jim Adams our host for Song Lyric Sunday has given us what I think is a very hard prompt. August 30, 2020 – Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked

My thoughts went to the song James Blunt wrote for his Dad. Monsters, this songs brings me to tears everytime I hear it.

James Blunt’s father Charles, himself a kidney donor, was diagnosed with stage four chronic kidney disease. Blunt wrote “Monsters” to “express his feelings about his father and his illness, almost as if it’s a touching farewell to his father”.In an interview with Good Morning Britain Blunt said,

Really that has been an amazing moment. Because when you realise your father’s mortality it’s a great opportunity to say the things I’d like to say to him. So I have written a song called Monsters for him.

In the same interview he made a plea for type O kidney donors to step forward. In January 2020 MSN reported Blunt’s father had been scheduled for a transplant.

The music video was filmed in Oxfordshire, UK, and it was directed by Vaughan Arnell.The music video features James Blunt, and his father Charles Blount.The vast majority part of the video focuses on James Blunt’s face as he sings the song and it later shows James sitting in a kitchen with his father.

James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known as James Blunt, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. A former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, he served under NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War. After separating from the military, he rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide fame with the singles “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover“. Read more here.

I think illness, fear of losing loved ones is Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked, so I picked Monsters by James Blunt. His dad did survive.

“Monsters”

Oh, before they turn off all the lights
I won’t read you your wrongs or your rights
The time has gone

I’ll tell you goodnight, close the door
Tell you I love you once more
The time has gone
So here it is

I’m not your son, you’re not my father
We’re just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine

And while you’re sleeping I’ll try to make you proud
So, Daddy, won’t you just close your eyes?
Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn
To chase the monsters away

Oh, well I’ll read a story to you
Only difference is this one is true
The time has gone

I folded your clothes on the chair
I hope you sleep well, don’t be scared
The time has gone
So here it is

I’m not your son, you’re not my father
We’re just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine

And while you’re sleeping I’ll try to make you proud
So, Daddy, won’t you just close your eyes?
Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn
To chase the monsters away

Sleep a lifetime
Yes, and breathe a last word
You can feel my hand on your arm
I will be the last one
So I’ll leave a light on
Let there be no darkness in your heart

But I’m not your son, you’re not my father
We’re just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine

And while you’re sleeping I’ll try to make you proud
So, Daddy, won’t you just close your eyes?
Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn
To chase the monsters away

Lyrics from AtoZ lyrics

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This year I have seen my hubby first be brave and visit his Mum in a Covid19 ward, help her Celebrate her 100th birthday and then a few weeks later, see him say goodbye to his Mum on a Zoom call that a kind young Dr facilitated on his own phone. I have been in and out of hospital since just after Mother in law died. I have had a cholecystectomy drain and bag. I am waiting for an operation to remove the drain, and my gall bladder. I know lot of people out there are in a worse state than I am but it’s not easy.

Please don’t tell me Covid19 dosen’t exist, that it’s not as bad as all that or that you don’t need a mask, it is and you do!

I can’t end this crying, I can’t be upset or upset anyone else, so just remember live kindly, love generously don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. This next James Blunt video explains this perfectly.

“Halfway”

Nobody drives to the middle of nowhere
Just to turn around, to turn around (Hey)
Nobody sleeps in the middle of the bed
When they got someone else, someone else (Hey)
And nobody walks up the stairway to heaven
Just to walk back down

‘Cause it’s there or it’s not, it’s heartbreak or it’s love
There’s no such thing as halfway
You’re in or outta luck, we made it or we lost
There’s no such thing as halfway (Hey)

Nobody’s searching for the middle of the rainbow
To find the gold, to find the gold (Hey)
Nobody sails to the middle of the ocean and calls it home
And calls it home (Hey)
And nobody stands in the middle of the dance floor
To dance alone

‘Cause it’s there or it’s not, it’s heartbreak of it’s love
There’s no such thing as halfway
You’re in or outta luck, we made it or we lost
There’s no such thing as halfway

Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
(Hey)

So here we are in this halfway house
There’s no way in and there’s no way out
If you stay or if you go
I don’t care, just let me know
If you feel it, do you feel it?

‘Cause it’s there or it’s not, it’s heartbreak or it’s love
There’s no such thing as halfway
You’re in or outta luck, we made it or we lost
There’s no such thing as halfway
(Hey, yeah)
There’s no such thing as halfway
(Hey, yeah)
There’s no such thing as halfway
(Hey) lyrics from AtoZ

Happy Sunday to you I love you all because you have all helped me 💜💜💜😊

Song Lyric Sunday. Numbers.

Well Jim Adams has given us another excellent prompt for Song Lyric Sunday this week. : This week we have the somewhat different prompt of finding a song that includes a number and hopefully this will work out for us.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will.

So I decided not to go with all my favourites, like Five For Fighting, 100yrs, or Christina Perri 1000years, or Zager and Evans in the year 2525. No not even 99 Red Balloons by Nena

I am going with one I have done before a favourite from James Blunt and one from from Queen. First 39 written and lead sang by Brian May. I have always loved this song so much, don’t know why but I just do. It was recorded in 1975 the year my second son was born.

“‘39” is a song by British rock band Queen. Composed by lead guitarist Brian May, it is the fifth track on their fourth studio album A Night at the Opera. The song was also the B-side to “You’re My Best Friend“. The song relates the tale of a group of space explorers who embark on what is, from their perspective, a year-long voyage. Upon their return, however, they realise that a hundred years have passed, because of the time dilation effect in Einstein‘s special theory of relativity, and the loved ones they left behind are now all dead or aged. more information here.

“1973”

Simona
You’re getting older
Your journey’s been
Etched on your skin
Simona
Wish I had known that
What seemed so strong
Has been and gone

I would call you up every Saturday night
And we’d both stay out ’til the morning light
And we sang, “Here we go again”
And though time goes by
I will always be
In a club with you
In 1973
Singing “Here we go again”

Simona
Wish I was sober
So I could see clearly now
The rain has gone
Simona
I guess it’s over
My memory plays our tune
The same old song

I would call you up every Saturday night
And we’d both stay out ’til the morning light
And we sang “Here we go again”
And though time goes by
I will always be in a club with you in 1973
Singing “Here we go again”

I would call you up every Saturday night
And we’d both stay out ’til the morning light
And we sang “Here we go again”
And though time goes by
I will always be in a club with you in 1973
Singing “Here we go again”

I would call you up every Saturday night
And we’d both stay out ’til the morning light
And we sang “Here we go again”
And though time goes by
I will always be in a club with you in 1973
Singing “Here we go again”

And though time goes by
I will always be
In a club with you
In 1973

******

Always loved this one too, I was living in Devon in 1973 when this song was set. Just had our first son.

1973” is a song by the English recording artist James Blunt. It was released as the lead single from his second studio album, All the Lost Souls (2007). First performed by James Blunt during his autumn 2006 North American tour, “1973” was released for radio play on 23 July 2007, to selected radio stations around the world. It was made available for download exclusively from the Verizon Wireless network in the United States on the same date.[1] Starting on 7 August 2007, the song was made widely available for digital download, with physical releases being made available from 3 September 2007. The single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. Information from here

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