Back When

I have tried, I really have, and nothing but notes! I saw the word prompt and instantly thought of a song from the past about the past and I just keep coming back to it and it’s lyrics “… when a screw was a screw…”

So I surrender to the year 2004 and share this song. It is not one of my favorites, but I did think it was kind of cleverly written. As many country songs go it is kind of corny though. So listen with an open mind and just be warned, the song may haunt you 17 years in the future too. But first here are the lyrics…

Don’t you remember
The fizz in a pepper
Peanuts in a bottle
At ten, two and four
A fried bologna sandwich
With mayo and tomato
Sittin’ round the table
Don’t happen much anymore

We got too complicated
It’s all way over-rated
I like the old and out-dated
Way of life

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I love my records
Black, shiny vinyl
Clicks and pops
And white noise
Man they sounded fine
I had my favorite stations
The ones that played them all
Country, soul and rock-and-roll
What happened to those times?

I’m readin’ Street Slang For Dummies
Cause they put pop in my country
I want more for my money
The way it was back then

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

Give me a flat top for strumming
I want the whole world to be humming
Just keep it coming
The way it was back then

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew

And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I miss back when
I miss back when

Written by Jeff Stevens/Stan Lynch/Hazel Smith


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – screw

(A2Z) What I Wanted

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Who, Whitney Houston, Whitesnake… What a Wonderful World, Words, What About Me, Whiskey Lullaby…Waltz, woodwind, Wurlitzer, Wicked… who should I listen to first?

This post will not be what I originally envisioned.  I learned back on the letter T that I cannot share music unless I have a premium plan over the free one.  I apologize that you will not be able to hear this.

About a million years ago… ok. It really wasn’t that long ago, more like 35-36 years ago.  I have talked about some of my favorite local musicians before.  There was one band where I friended the guitar player and we talked often.  Long story short, I gave him a few of my lyrics I had written in my love of writing with hopes he might find one acceptable as a song.

A few months later he sent me a cassette tape (I did say this was a while ago) and he had added a few lyrics and altered just a couple of words and set it to music!  It was such a rush to hear words I had written actually sung.  I think he did a great job on it and I did eventually switch it to a CD and would share the song here if I could.  Since I don’t have that ability, here are a couple of the other songs I have listed along with my original lyrics that provided the seed for “We Tamed the Night.”

We’ll Tame This Night

I know it’s wrong

but it feels so right

and with that look in his eyes

I’ll believe all of his lies

because before too long

together we’ll tame this night

***

I was sitting at the bar

when he walked in.

He was alone like me

and he flashed me a grin.

Before he sat down with me

I bought him a drink

and after we’d talked awhile

my mind began to think.

***

that I know it’s wrong

but it feels so right

and with that look in his eyes

I’ll believe all of his lies

because before too long

together we’ll tame this night

***

We drove through town

and he showed me each sight,

all the wonders of the city

brightened at night.

Then as he parked the car

with a smile on his face

my mind had doubts

but I knew this was the place.

***

And I knew it was wrong

but it felt so right

and with that look in his eyes

I believed all of his lies

because it didn’t take too long

until together we tamed this night.

Blogging A to Z April Prompt

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V

Only One

We met last summer

On a quiet sunny day

You were walking at the park

You didn’t have too much to say

We had friends who introduced us

You were shy and only smiled

But even still I could tell

You beat the others by a mile

**

We started seeing each other

We’d meet both nighttime and the day

Our love was quickly growing

There wasn’t anything in our way

Then I decided to ask the question

If you’d be with me for all time

You smiled and simply said ok

That you forever would be mine

**

The only one I want

The only one I need

The only one I love

You’d better believe

The only one I touch

The only one I see

The only one I crave

Take it from me

**

We wed in the summer

On a quiet sunny day

The ceremony at the park

It’s when I heard you say

You thanked the friends who introduced us

Said you were happy and you smiled

Looked me in the eyes and said

I beat the others by a mile

**

The only one I want

The only one I need

The only one I love

You’d better believe

The only one I touch

The only one I see

The only one I crave

Take it from me


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – only

The Beat Goes On

This is the hardest easy challenge I have ever faced.  It is easy because I LOVE music.  It is hard because I love so much about music.  So how do I narrow it down?  How on earth do I just pick one topic about music to center on?  Favorite songs, favorite artists, best concerts, who I have met, the time I got on stage, my first concert, the epic Farm Aid concert… so many choices!

I wrote a short poem in high school about music that was written in the shape of a music note. “It soars with joy, it falls with sorrow, only in music, can we find our tomorrows.”   Just the first of many I would write about music and those that make music.  I have also written some lyrics.

A friend of mine put music to one of the sets of lyrics and I have that on CD.  It is such a rush to hear my words sung by someone!  He is still performing blues in the Florida area instead of pop music in the Midwest, he is pretty happy to be back to work after the shut-down.

In high school we had to write our obituaries and I of course was a lyricist whose song had just hit number 5 on the charts when I died in a car accident at 36.  But I had made it as a lyricist… a dream come true.  Now at 53 I am still dreaming and still writing.


Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August (FDDA) #17 – music

Wander in the Time of Covid

This will be short and sweet. I think we all have a little wanderlust in us after being cooped up inside with the lock downs and virus fears. But I just can’t hear the word wanderlust without adding an er and having this song go through my head. Hope you enjoy it…

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wanderlust

Together

She was sending another set of lyrics to her friend Sam.  He was in a local band and they had collaborated to set one of her poems to music.  She was over the moon hearing him sing “her song.”  Now she had written three more hoping one of them was good enough for music and they could collaborate again.

In just a week her phone rang, and he was calling with good news.  He had talked to his friend in New York and he loved the song and wanted to buy it.  She almost fainted.  Her dream was coming true.

 

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – collaborate

True Or False

True or false

Do you love me

I need the truth

Do you need me

 

I saw you first

That summer night

You were in the band

Standing in the spotlight

You sang to me

And gave me chills

You romanced me

Oh all the thrills

 

True or false

Do you love me

I need the truth

Do you need me

 

A whirlwind in a week

But the time to leave came

And I was sad and blue

But glad I’d played the game

It is forever in my mind

And close to my heart

But I wonder if you

Felt the same from the start

 

True or false

Do you love me

I need the truth

Do you need me

True or false

Is this love

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – false

Anything

If there was a way to lessen your pain
I would do it
If there was a way to end the rain
I would do it
If there was a way to melt the worrries away
I would do it

I would do anything for you
Don’t you know
Anything for you

If there was a way to dissolve your troubles
I would do it
If there was a way to forever make you happy
I would do it
If there was a way to make you mine
I would do it

For now I am just here
Holding you near
Holding you tight
To get you through the night

If there was a way to make you mine
I would do it

I would do anything for you
Don’t you know
Anything for you

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lessen

Daily Prompt: Reach

via Daily Prompt: Reach

Reach back I’m still here

Reach back I never left

Reach back into my life

Reach back I’m still here

 

Lost in thoughts of yesterday

Times when we would play

Those lovers games of a wasted youth

If only then we’d known the truth

 

Reach back I’m still here

Reach back I never left

Reach back into my life

Reach back I’m still here

 

You moved away to see the sights

I remember watching your tail lights

Fading into the darkness

My heart filled with emptiness

 

Reach back…

Find the past

That love still lasts

I never stopped reaching for you

Now you just reach back too

 

Reach back (reach back) I’m still here

Reach back (reach back) I never left

Reach back (reach back) into my life

Reach back, reach back, reach back I’m still here