UNFORGETTABLE LYRICS

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Name That Tune was a television quiz show.  It ran, off-and-on, from 1952 – 1985.  Contestants guessed the name of songs from a few notes of melody.  Prizes were cash.

We are going to play something similar.  Unfortunately, the only prize available will be your personal satisfaction.  I will provide a few words of lyrics and you can guess the artist/group  name and the name of the song.  (Too bad music will not be available.)  There will be 10 questions (lyrics) —and a bonus question.  Answers will follow.  Don’t peek.

1)  “Hello, can you hear me?”

2)  “I saw the news today.  Oh, boy.  About a lucky man who made the grave.”

3)  “I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand.”

4)  “A man walks down the street.  He says,  ‘Why am I soft in the middle, the rest of my life is so hard….’”

5)  “You make me feel like a natural women.”

6)  “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday.  The regular crowd shuffles in.”

7)  “I’ve looked at love from both sides now.”

8)  “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”

9)  “You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.”

10)  “I used to be lunatic from the gracious days.”

Extra credit:  “Just take those old records off the shelf.”

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Answers:

1)  “Hello.”  Adele.  2015.  Her voice is as good as my wife’s.  High praise.

2)  “A Day in the Life.”  The Beatles.  1967.  From the Sgt. Pepper Album; a game changer.

3)  “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”  (Ain’t that the truth.)  The Rolling Stones.  1969.  I almost went with “Sympathy for the Devil.”

4)  “You Can Call Me, Al.”  (Or, Ralph or Ollie.)  Paul Simon.  1986.  Pick anything from Graceland.

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5)  “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”  Carol King.  1971.  Another milestone, for her and everyone else.

6)  “Piano Man.”  Billy Joel.  1973.  Still touring.  How?

7)  “Both Sides Now.”  Joni Mitchell.  1969.  Try limiting yourself to one from Ms. Mitchell.

8)  “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”  Willie Nelson, from Ed and Patsy Bruce.  Surprised Willie’s here?

9)  “Hotel California.”  The Eagles.  1976.  There are days this is THE best song I’ve ever heard.

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10)  “No More I Love You’s.”  Annie Lennox, from Joseph Hughes and David Freeman.  1995.  From a flawless album of covers;  Medusa.  Ms. Lennox was named: The Greatest White Soul Singer Ever.  Sounds OK to me.

Extra Credit:  “Old Time Rock and Roll.”  Bob Seger…from George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones.  1978.  His first Greatest Hits album (1994) outsold “The Beatles’ 1” and “Michael Jackson’s Number Ones.”  For Old Fashioned Rock and Roll, there is no one better.  Sorry.  We’ll have to agree to disagree.

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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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