#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Castle On the Hill” by Ed Sheeran

SongLyricSunday

My second week of the Song Lyric Sunday challenge, hosted by Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, and though I already posted this song on my #MusicMonday awhile back, I still love it too much to pass up another chance to share it.

This week’s themes is: “Growing Old

My first reaction was… I can’t think of a single song about growing old or older, or perhaps just finally growing up, period. Then, before I knew it, there were at least half a dozen songs playing through my mind. I nearly chose Brian Adams’s “Summer of ’69” – but, Ed Sheeran’s more recent melody grew louder and more incessant in my head, so here we are. Enjoy!

When I was six years old I broke my leg
I was running from my brother and his friends
And tasted the sweet perfume of the mountain grass I rolled down

I was younger then
Take me back to when

I found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long
I know I’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
And it’s real
When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

Fifteen years old and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes
Running from the law through the backfields and getting drunk with my friends
Had my first kiss on a Friday night
I don’t reckon I did it right

I was younger then,
Take me back to when

We found weekend jobs, when we got paid
We’d buy cheap spirits and drink them straight
Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long
Oh, how we’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
And it’s real
When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

One friend left to sell clothes
One works down by the coast
One had two kids but lives alone
One’s brother overdosed
One’s already on his second wife
One’s just barely getting by
But these people raised me
And I can’t wait to go home

And I’m on my way
I still remember these old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way
You make me feel
And it’s real
When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

Songwriter(s): Benjamin Levin and Ed Sheeran
Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics found at: AZLyrics

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

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#MusicMonday

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie

 

I confess, I’m always on the look out for new British artists to fall in love with, but I wasn’t on the hunt when I found Anne-Marie. I love Sean Paul and hadn’t heard anything new from him in forever, so when I saw his name tagged to this music video by Clean Bandit, of course I had to watch it! The song, “Rockabye” also featured Anne-Marie, who’d I’d never heard of before and whom I never in a million years would’ve pegged as being British. She has a very Island sound and style – Bahamian, not British Isles.

A little research turned up that she wasn’t new to the music scene at all, but had done quite a bit with the English band, Rudimental, prior to going solo for a second time – and having it pay off in major ways. Along with all of her hit singles, she also toured with Ed Sheeran, so you can only imagine the kind of exposure that brought her. They have a list of behind the scenes videos from that tour that are definitely worth a watch – quite entertaining!

I couldn’t choose a video for this post, but instead found a live performance of Anne-Marie that covers three of my favorite songs by her – which is why I’ve included this preamble, rather than lyrics. I also included a hilarious video of her calling a list of fans who won a contest surrounding the release of her hit single, “Alarm.” Enjoy! 🙂

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

Fun little fact I just learned. My favorite song by Anne-Marie is “Karate” and according to Wikipedia, she has not only been practicing Shotokan since she was little, she’s won a handful of Gold and Silver medals in a few major Karate competitions. Talk about being multi-talented! #Respect

 

#MusicMonday

Castle On The Hill

by: Ed Sheeran

When I was six years old I broke my leg
I was running from my brother and his friends
And tasted the sweet perfume of the mountain grass I rolled down

I was younger then
Take me back to when

I found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long
I know I’ve grown
I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
It’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

Fifteen years old and smoking handrolled cigarettes
Running from the law through the backfields and getting drunk with my friends
Had my first kiss on a Friday night
I don’t reckon I did it right

But, I was younger then,
Take me back to when

We found weekend jobs, when we got paid
We’d buy cheap spirits and drink them straight
Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long
Oh, how we’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
It’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

One friend left to sell clothes
One works down by the coast
One had two kids but lives alone
One’s brother overdosed
One’s already on his second wife
One’s just barely getting by
But these people raised me
And I can’t wait to go home

And I’m on my way
I still remember these old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way
You make me feel
It’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

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.

I fell in love with Ed Sheeran’s style with “Give Me Love” and gained much respect for him when he did “I See Fire” for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug which he did most of the instruments and layers of voices, himself. “Castle on the Hill” takes his talent one step further, by showing the depth of emotion Ed’s really capable of that doesn’t always come across in his more popular, fast-paced songs.

Triple Lyric Tuesday

I haven’t been keeping up with these regularly, but hope y’all enjoy this week’s picks:

(p.s. If you’re not one to normally check out the videos I link to the song titles, you have to at least see Ed Sheeran’s, I thought it was the best video I’d seen in a long time.)

ED SHEERAN

EDSheeran

Give Me Love

Give me love like never before,
‘Cause lately I’ve been craving more,
And it’s been a while but I still feel the same,
Maybe I should let you go,

You know I’ll fight my corner,
And that tonight I’ll call ya,
After my blood is drowning in alcohol,
No, I just wanna hold ya.

JUSTIN RADIN ft. MARIA TAYLOR

mariataylor joshua_radin_2

When I Find You, I’ll Find Me

My only weakness, is knowing your secrets
and holding them close, and hold them tight
I know the way to silently make you
smile with my eyes, when you’re trying to fight

ALEX CLARE

Alex-Clare-006

Just Too Close (To Love You)

You know I’m not one to break promises,
I don’t want to hurt you but I need to breathe.
At the end of it all, you’re still my best friend,
But there’s something inside that I need to release.
Which way is right, which way is wrong,
How do I say that I need to move on?
You know we’re heading separate ways.

 

*Note: I do not own anything pertaining to these songs.  All rights and copyrights belong to the artists and their respective labels.*