#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Candle In The Wind” – Elton John

It’s time for another #SLS challenge. If you’re just tuning in, the weekly music event can be found on Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, where he lists the rules and upcoming themes. Check it out by clicking the theme link below.

This week’s theme is: A song That Includes Someone Famous In It

I’ve loved “Candle In The Wind” since I was a little girl. It was my original favorite Elton John song. And one of those kind of songs that captivated me, even when I was too young to really know what it was about – the emotion, the melody, they called to me – then when I was old enough to actually understand the lyrics, I fell in love with it all over again.

I’m sure I won’t be the only one to pick this one, but I don’t mind. I can’t think of a better song to share than this masterpiece, sung by the grand master, himself. Enjoy!

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled

They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in

And I would have liked to have known you 
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid

Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in

And I would have liked to have known you 
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled

Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the twenty second row
Who sees you as something more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in

And I would have liked to have known you 
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Songwriters: Elton John / Bernie Taupin | Candle in the Wind lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “If I Had A Heart” – Fever Ray – THC’s “Vikings”

Last weekend, I had my post all created and ready to go for the movie song challenge (Working 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton) and then I completely forgot to schedule it. 😦 Oh, well. I guess I will find a reason to post it another time!

This week’s theme is: A Song Featured Prominently in a TV Show

I already wrote an AMAZING post for “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas featuring a live performance by the band at Comicon during #RocktoberMusicFest that you can check out here. I’m a huge Supernatural fan, so of course that’s always the first song that comes to mind when I think about TV shows, but I try to keep from posting repeats if I can help it.

So, my pick for today is “If I Had A heart” by Fever Ray, which is the opening theme song for The History Channel’s most popular show ever: Vikings. Any Vikings fans can hear this song from a mile away, just the first few notes, and will instantly channel their inner Viking, probably by shouting “Skol” or some other Scandinavian word they’ve picked up from the series. Of course “A Song of Ice and Fire” is exactly the same for Game of Thrones fans (“Dracarys” even has its own clothing line), but unfortunately, there are no lyrics to that popular intro song – otherwise, I’d have chosen it, instead.

I have included both the official music video and a video clip of the show’s intro, just because I can and I wanted to. 😀 I’m still trying to get caught up on Vikings so no spoilers in the comments, please – I was a late viewer to the series. Make sure you stop by Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me to check out all of the song picks for today. Enjoy!

This will never end 'cause I want more
More, give me more
Give me more

This will never end 'cause I want more
More, give me more
Give me more

If I had a heart I could love you
If I had a voice I would sing
After the night when I wake up
I'll see what tomorrow brings

Ah ah, ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah

If I had a voice, I would sing

Dangling feet from window frame
Will I ever ever reach the floor?
More, give me more, give me more

Crushed and filled with all I found
Underneath and inside Just to come around
More, give me more, give me more

Ah ah, ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah

If I had a voice, I would sing

Songwriters: Karin Dreijer Andersson | If I Had a Heart lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics, or videos. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

p.s. “Skol” means “cheers” and “Dracarys” means “Dragonfire” for any non-show watchers.

#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Break In” – Halestorm

I’m going off track a little bit with this week’s pick, because one: I couldn’t find a song about weddings that I liked that hasn’t be done a million times over, and two: I’ve never been married, so…I’ve chosen a song that I would want to qualify as my wedding song if I ever did get married (very big if). Frankly, I couldn’t imagine marrying someone who didn’t fit this song, so I guess that’s the real reason why it’s my pick.

In case you haven’t guessed, this week’s theme is: Wedding / Marriage / Diamond / Ring / Cake

I almost picked Rihana’s cover of “Diamonds” by Sia, one of my favorite covers, but despite the very beautiful lyrics, there’s something equally sad about it and I think it’s really about a lost love, so not something you’d want to think about on your wedding day! (well..most people, anyway.) My second runner up was “Black Wedding” by In This Moment ft. Rob Halford of Judas Priest, but that might only qualify for an Addams Family wedding. 😉

The first time I ever heard “Break In” was the very video pasted below. I was checking YouTube for some good Halestorm songs to add to my playlist, when I came across this gem: Lzzy Hale singing with Amy Lee of Evanescence? Hecks, yeah! It’s amazing how well these two women of rock sound together live – though not at all surprising. The camera work could be better, but the sound is perfection. Enjoy! (p.s. I love how Lzzy uses a shout out to the audience to slyly wipe a bug off her arm lol)

Put your lighter in the air and lead me back home
When it's all said and done I'll follow the echoes
I hear you night after night calling out my name
And I find myself running to meet you

I didn't want to escape
From the bricks that are laid down

You are the only one
The only that sees me
Trusts me and believes me

You are the only one
The only one that knows me
And in the dark you show me

Yeah, it's perfectly reckless
Damn, you leave me defenseless
So break in
Break in

You let me fall apart without letting go
Then you pick up the pieces and you make me whole

I didn't want to escape
From the bricks that are laid down

You are the only one
The only that sees me
Trusts me and believes me

You are the only one
The only one that knows me
And in the dark you show me

Yeah, it's perfectly reckless
Damn, you leave me defenseless

So break in
And take everything I have
Until there is nothing left
Until it's just your voice in my head
And when the lights come on
You see me as I am
You're still inside me

You are the only one
The only that sees me
Trusts me and believes me

You are the only one
The only one that knows me
And in the dark you show me

Yeah, it's perfectly reckless
Damn, you leave me defenseless
So break in
Break in

Put your lighter in the air and lead me back home

Songwriters: Robert Graves / Lizzy Hale / Mark Holman / Aimee Proal Break In lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “Voodoo” – Godsmack

This song is actually listed as a “hidden” track on Godsmack’s debut album and was one that catapulted them to popularity on all of the rock channels in the 90’s – go figure, a pagan themed song gaining popularity during the era of Goth? Noooo… Okay, all sarcasm aside, this song is still a fan favorite and whether you like the content or not, the sound is hauntingly catchy and among those you might find yourself humming out of the blue while doing housework…or you know, burning candles.

This week’s theme follows the Chinese Zodiac list of animals: Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/ Rooster/Dog/Pig

Since I already used Alice in Chains’s “Rooster” during Rocktoberfest and have never been a big fan of the Beastie Boys, despite actually liking “Brass Monkey” – I’ve decided to go with a Me themed song since I was born in the year of the Snake. Too bad that doesn’t grant me with the ability to speak Parseltongue. Maaaaan!

Make sure to stop by Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me to check out all of the other song picks for today. Enjoy!

 I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I want to be here again
And I don't remember why I came

Candles raise my desire
Why I'm so far away
No more meaning to my life
No more reason to stay
Freezing feeling, breathe in, breathe in
I'm coming back again

I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I want to be here again
And I don't remember why I came

Hazing clouds rain on my head
Empty thoughts fill my ears
Find my shade by the moonlight
Why my thoughts aren't so clear
Demons dreaming, breathe in, breathe in
I'm coming back again

I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I want to be here again
And I don't remember why I came

I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I want to be here again
And I don't remember why I came

Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo, voodoo

I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I want to be here again
And I don't remember why I came

I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I want to be here again
And I don't remember why I came

Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo, voodoo
Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo, voodoo

So far away
I'm not the one who's so far away
I'm not the one who's so far away
I'm not the one who's so far away

Source: LyricFind | Songwriters: Rob Merrill / Salvatore P. Erna | Voodoo lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I do not own any rights to this song, video or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “Beauty In the Beast” – Gavin Rossdale

Am I the only one blown away by the fact that it’s already time for Daylights Savings again? Ugh. I think all the states in the same time zone should have the same practices, therefore I vote that we jump on board with Arizona and put an end to the nonsense! While I’m waiting for that to [never] happen, you should hop on over to Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, to check out all of the song picks for today!

This week’s theme is: Animal

Soooooo many choices! But I already posted at least 3 of my favorite animal themed songs during #Rocktoberfest and didn’t want to do a repeat this soon. Def Leopard’s “Animal” is my ALL TIME favorite for this theme – but also “Mouth” from the American Werewolf in Paris soundtrack and “Rooster” by Alice In Chains. I came really close to choosing Maroon 5’s “Animals”, simply because I love it and I love Adam Levine and why not watch him get naked? (Don’t laugh, that was a serious question.) And while the video is quite disturbing in so many ways, it’s also not, because Behati Prinsloo is his wife in real life, so is it really stalking? LOL

Mostly, I just didn’t pick it, because there’s a good chance someone else will and I prefer to broaden musical horizons with songs people are less likely to already know about. This song is off Gavin Rossdale’s 2008 solo album Wanderlust, which is a hint to the musical style used for the tracks. This isn’t “Bush” style grunge rock, it’s altogether different. You’ll have to decide for yourself, but for me, the whole album makes me want to write an epic, futuristic and most likely dystopian tale. Enjoy!

In the heart of the city,
I'm awake now,
I'm in the buzz, open to the night.
You're the libertine.
You're philistine
When I first saw you,
I knew I was done.

You are the fuel again,
You, I arise
Feeling invincible, this moment's mine.

Strangest landscapes,
See the sky flip inside out,
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.

In the blink of an eye,
You seem to get me.
You are my fox, but I can't see your lie
I am the wheel,
Another on my heart,
I know this road goes back to the start

You are the fuel again,
You, I rise
Feeling invincible this moment's mine

Strangest landscapes,
See the sky flip inside out,
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.

Yellow moon works while everyone's asleep.
Sometimes what you want is just out of reach.

Strangest landscapes,
See the sky flip inside out,
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.
There's danger in the street,
That's the beauty in the beast.

Strangest landscapes,
How you make me come around
Turning nightmares into dreams that bring you around
There's danger in the street [Repeat: x 5]
(Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
That's the beauty in the beast

♫♪♫♪

Songwriters: Gavin Rossdale / D. Stewart
Beauty in the Beast lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

I do not own any rights to this video, song, or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Not My Time” – 3 Doors Down & “Castle of Glass” – Linkin Park

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I was too busy stuffing my face with corn beef, cabbage, taters, carrots, biscuits and brownies last weekend to remember to schedule my post, so I’m making up for it today. My bad, it was my sister’s birthday dinner and I was distracted with all the good eats and family fun. There may have been old school music and dancing that I most definitely probably shouldn’t have done, but…Oh yeah, it happened. LOL

This post will cover the last 2 week’s themes: Ocean & River

For ocean, I pick a great hit single from 3 Doors Down which combines human resilience and beliefs with a great kick-ass vibe. The video was released around the same time parkour was really taking off and becoming more popular. Brad Arnold, the band’s lead singer, was in a major car accident earlier in his career and I thought perhaps this song had been the outcome of that, but it turns out he’d written it for a movie, which the producers then decided not to use. Huh… learn something new everyday.

*Fun Fact: Even though we’ve been in love with Brad Arnold’s deep timbre since Kryptonite first hit the airwaves and rocketed 3 Doors Down to the top of every chart, he was not the band’s original lead singer! He actually started out as their drummer and still prefers to sit at the drums when songwriting. Enjoy!

Looking back at the beginning of this
And how life was
Just you and me and love and all of our friends
Living life like an ocean

But now the currents slowly pulling me down
It’s getting harder to breath
It won’t be too long and I’ll be going under
Can you save me from this?

‘Cause it’s not my time,
I’m not going
There’s a fear in me
It’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know
Ooh, but I won’t go

I look ahead to all the plans that we made
And the dreams that we had
I’m in a world that tries to take ’em away
Oh, but I’m taking ’em back

‘Cause all this time I’ve just been to blind to understand
What should matter to me
My friend, this life we live in
Is not what we have, it’s what we believe in

It’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a fear in me
It’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know

But, it’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a wield in me
Now I know that
This could be the end of me
And everything I know
Ooh, but I won’t go

I won’t go

There might be more than you believe
(There might be more than you believe)
And there might be something you can see

But, it’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a fear in me
It’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know

But, it’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a wield in me
Now I know that
This could be the end of me
And everything I know

There might be more than you believe
(There might be more than you believe)
There might be more than you can see

But, I won’t go!
No I won’t go down!
Yeah

♪♫♪♫

Songwriters: Bradley Kirk Arnold / Christopher Lee Henderson / Matthew Darrick Roberts / Robert Todd Harrell
It’s Not My Time lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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For River, I chose my favorite song off of Linkin Park’s Living Things album, which I think was their first album to feature their ‘new’ sound. A sound that many fans criticized, but that I really liked. Anyway, the video may be a little upsetting for anyone who has military connections, past or present – it’s not graphic, but it is sad – just a head’s up. I absolutely love the lyrics of this song. As a storyteller, how could I not? But the whole of it is just captivating. Enjoy!

Take me down to the river bend
Take me down to the fighting end
Wash the poison from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again

Fly me up on a silver wing
Past the black where the sirens sing
Warm me up in a nova’s glow
And drop me down to the dream below

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

Bring me home in a blinding dream
Through the secrets that I have seen
Wash the sorrow from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything else I need to be

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see

For you to see

For you to see

♫♪♫♪

Songwriters: Brad Delson / Chester Charles Bennington / Dave Farrell / Joseph Hahn / Mike Shinoda / Robert G. Bourdon
Castle of Glass lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I do not own any rights to these songs, lyrics or videos. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “You Fight Me” – Breaking Benjamin

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Make sure to stop by Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, to join in the music fun or to check out all of the other song picks for this week – just click the theme link below!

This week’s theme is: No

Simple. Monosyllabic. Not so easy to find a song everyone else isn’t already going to post. So, I steered away from the obvious choices like Bob Marley or the songs which have already been posted for other themes, like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and dove into my Breaking Benjamin collection for this grossly underrated track off their Phobia album. This song hits on all my high notes combining Ben’s sexy grrr-ness, a touch of ballad, a lot of rock and of course, the piano…I love me some piano in any song, no matter the genre. Enjoy!

You fight me
Flat on my lonely face I fell
Finding in the end I’ll live well
In the light of the life that I have found
It’s coming down
(down)

I don’t know what isn’t real
But it’s easy to beat me
(Suck it up)
Life is sink or swim
Love is blinding
No surviving

I don’t know what I want to be yet
But I can show that I need to see this
No time for lies and empty fights
I’m on your side

Can’t we live a life of peace and happiness?
I don’t think so

No denying I’m scared to lose the things I love
I’m in control

This is how
This is how it’s gonna end
This is how
This is how it’s gonna end
End

Everyone is waiting here
For everyone
Leave me alone

This is how
This is how it’s gonna end
This is how
This is how it’s gonna end
This is how
This is how it’s gonna end

(NO)

This is how
This is how it’s gonna end
End

♫♪♫♪

Songwriters: BURNLEY, BENJAMIN / KLEPASKI, MARK JAMES / FINCKE, AARON C
You Fight Me lyrics © Seven Peaks Music, Breaking Benjamin Music

I do not own any rights to this song, the lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

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