Late December 2015 tunes

Time for a few more tunes in these late night hours.

Beginning with Mumford and Sons’ “Awake My Soul”:

How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes
I struggle to find any truth in your lies
And now my heart stumbles on things I don’t know
My weakness I feel I must finally show

Lend me your hand and we’ll conquer them all
But lend me your heart and I’ll just let you fall
Lend me your eyes I can change what you see
But your soul you must keep, totally free

In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, you invest your life

Awake my soul, awake my soul
Awake my soul
For you were made to meet your maker
You were made to meet your maker

 

Next up, Aerosmith’s “Dream On”:

Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn’t that the way
Everybody’s got the dues in life to pay

I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life
Is books, written pages
Live and learn from fools and
From sages
You know it’s true, oh
All these feelings come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Been listening to that one a lot recently in my car, as well as the next.

A rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” performed here by Tom Petty, Prince, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others:

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
Every mistake, we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

Love so many versions of that song. Timeless, classic, and tirelessly and intensely beautiful.

A top favorite I never tire of, Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”:

Yes sir…

Day after day, I’m more confused
Yet I look for the light through the pourin’ rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to lose
And I’m feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away
Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll and drift away

Beginnin’ to think that I’m wastin’ time
I don’t understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
Now I’m countin’ on you to carry me through

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can move me
And when I’m feelin’ blue
The guitar’s comin’ through to soothe me

Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You help me along makin’ me strong

One of the most moving songs on earth so far as I’m concerned.

Another gorgeous song I truly never tire of, “Sittin’ On the Dock (Of the Bay)” (which always does remind me of my Papa, in any rendition, though we listened to Percy Sledge’s version) by Otis Redding here provided by a group known as Playing For Change:

Stumbled across that version of the song a couple years or more ago and appreciate it.

Switching gears slightly, Led Zeppelin’s “Gallows Pole”:

My former companion said that one gained meaning for him over this last summer after our implosion, and he bought me that CD for my birthday in September so I’ve been listening to it and other Zeppelin tunes more since.

One of my own all-time favorite Zeppelin tunes, “When the Levee Breaks”:

Don’t it make you feel bad
When you’re tryin’ to find your way home
You don’t know which way to go?
If you’re goin’ down South
They got no work to do

Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good… no
Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move

All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin’ about my baby and my happy home

Going down.. going down now.. going down…

 

One more for good measure, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”:

Oh all I see turns to brown as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where I been

Well, when I want
When I’m on my way, yeah
When I see
When I see the way, you stay, yeah

Ooh, yeah yeah, ooh, yeah yeah, well I’m down, yes
Ooh, yeah yeah, ooh, yeah yeah, well I’m down, so down
Ooh, my baby, ooh, my baby, let me take you there

Oh oh, come on, come on
Oh, let me take you there
Let me take you there

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