Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron

Jim Adams has challenged us to write about a song that contains the words Chat/Laugh/Rant/Scream/Talk. I have picked a song about another challenge – the classic duel between the Red Baron and the Peanuts’ Snoopy in 1966. The Royal Guardsmen’s song was written by Phil Gernhard & Dick Holler and was released in November 1966. It tells how Charles Schultz’s comics depicted Snoopy imagining himself as a WWI fighter pilot, battling the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen.

The song sparked all kinds of images for me as a pre-teen on its release, and I thought it would be a fun addition today.

Lyrics:


After the turn of the century
In the clear blue skies over Germany
Came a roar and a thunder men had never heard
Like the screamin’ sound of a big war bird


Up in the sky, a man in a plane
Baron von Richthofen was his name
Eighty men tried, and eighty men died
Now, they’re buried together on the countryside


Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up the score
Eighty men died tryin’ to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany


In the nick of time, a hero arose
A funny-lookin’ dog with a big black nose
He flew into the sky to seek revenge
But the Baron shot him down (Curses, foiled again!)


Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up the score
Eighty men died tryin’ to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

Now, Snoopy had swore that he’d get that man
So he asked the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan
He challenged the German to a real dogfight
While the Baron was laughin‘, he got him in his sight


That Bloody Red Baron was in a fix
He tried everything, but he’d run out of tricks
Snoopy fired once, and he fired twice
And that Bloody Red Baron went spinnin’ out of sight


Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up the score
Eighty men died tryin’ to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany


Well, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up the score


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Moonshadow


Jim Adams’ challenge is to write about a song with a title beginning with A or M. Cat Stevens’ Moonshadow is one of my favourite M songs. The song was written and performed by Stevens (Yusuf Islam), and it was released in the UK in 1970. It reached number 30 in the US and number 10 for easy listening.

Lyrics:

Yes, I’m being followed by a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my hands
Lose my plow, lose my land
Oh, if I ever lose my hands
Oh, if, I won’t have to work no more

And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colours all run dry
Yes, if I ever lose my eyes
Oh, if, I won’t have to cry no more

Yes, I’m being followed by a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my legs
I won’t moan, and I won’t beg
Oh, if I ever lose my legs
Oh, if, I won’t have to walk no more

And if I ever lose my mouth
All my teeth, north and south
Yes, if I ever lose my mouth
Oh, if, I won’t have to talk

Did it take long to find me?
I ask the faithful light
Oh, did it take long to find me?
And, are you gonna stay the night?

I’m being followed by a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadowMoonshadow, moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Islam Yusuf

Moonshadow lyrics © Cat Music Ltd., Cat Music Limited, Cat Music Ltd


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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Jim Adams challenged us to write about a song that has a title beginning with a P or G. Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road does just that. It is the title track to his 1973 album.  Rolling Stone lists the song at #390 of the 500 best ever songs.

The imagery includes references which link to the film The Wizard of Oz with the yellow brick road, and a return to the plough (Kansas). It has deeper meaning in comparing “high society” life and expectations with the simplicity of life.

Lyrics:

When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to land?
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man

You know you can’t hold me forever
I didn’t sign up with you
I’m not a present for your friends to open
This boy’s too young to be singing
The blues, ah, ah

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh, I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road
Ah, ah

What do you think you’ll do then?
I bet they’ll shoot down the plane
It’ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again

Maybe you’ll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found
Mongrels who ain’t got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you
On the ground, ah, ah

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh, I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road
Ah, ah

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bernie Taupin / Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


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Smells Like Nirvana


The challenge this week was to write about a song that includes Odor/Scent/Smell/Taste. While Weird Al’s Smells Like Nirvana doesn’t technically have the words in the lyrics, it is however the song’s title. The song is a parody of Smells Like Teen Spirit by the band Nirvana. Weird Al released it in April 1992 as both an album tract, and as a single. It reached Number 35 on the US Billboard chart.


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Lyrics:

What is this song all about?
Can’t figure any lyrics out
How do the words to it go
I wish you’d tell me, I don’t know

Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, oh no
Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know

Now I’m mumblin’, and I’m screamin’
And I don’t know what I’m singin’
Crank the volume, ears are bleedin’
I still don’t know what I’m singin’
We’re so loud and incoherent
Boy, this oughta bug your parents

Yeah
Blergh
HaaiIt’s unintelligible
I just can’t get it through my skull
It’s hard to bargle nawdle zouss
With all these marbles in my mouth

Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, oh no
Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know

Well, we don’t sound like Madonna
Here we are now, we’re Nirvana
Sing distinctly, we don’t wanna
Buy our album, we’re Nirvana
A garage band from Seattle
Well, it sure beats raisin’ cattle
YeahAnd I forgot the next verse
Oh, well, I guess it pays to rehearse
The lyric sheet’s so hard to find
What are the words? Oh, never mind

Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, oh no
Don’t know, don’t know, don’t know

Well, I’m yellin’, and we’re playin’
But I don’t know what I’m sayin’
What’s the message I’m conveyin’?
Can you tell me what I’m sayin’?
So, have you got some idea?
Didn’t think so, well, I’ll see ya

Sayonara, sayonara
Ayonawa, hodinawa
Odinaya, yodinaya
Yadda-yadda, yah-yah
Aye-yaah

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Dave Grohl / Kurt Cobain / Alfred Matthew Yankovic / Krist Novoselic

Smells Like Nirvana lyrics © Mj Twelve Music, Primary Wave Tunes, The End Of Music, Bmg Rights Management (uk) Ltd (primary Wave)

The Auld Triangle


Jim Adams’ challenge this week is to write about a song which refers to a shape. Among the prompts was the term triangle which brought to mind the Dubliners’ tune The Auld Triangle. The exact authorship of the song is uncertain with Brendan Behan or Dick Shannon cited, or perhaps another as Behan hinted with the words: ‘This song was written by a person who will never hear it recorded, because he’s not in possession of a gramophone. He’s…he’s… pretty much of a tramp.’

The song is set in Mountjoy Prison, and the lyrics are said to be of an inmate on his execution day. The triangle in question was used in the prion to mark the daily routine.

I have attached Luke Kelly’s version.

The Auld Triangle

A hungry feeling
Came o’er me stealing
And the mice were squealing
In my prison cell
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

To begin the morning
The screw was bawling
“Get up ya loser and clean up your cell!”
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Now the screw was peeping
As the lag lay sleeping
Dreaming about his girl Sal
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Oh! the wind was rising
And the day declining
As a lady, I’m praying
In my prison cell
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

In the female prison
There are 75 women
And among them now, I wish I did dwell
Then that auld triangle could go jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Dominic Behan (attributed)


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Life’s Opus

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The vibrations dissipated and the melody came to an end. For seven long years, David had anguished over this piece – his perfect opus. So many nights he had tried to recapture that tune which had filled his dream with such joy. Its simplicity eliciting the flowery meadows and twinkling stream of his nocturnal vision. This was, he knew, the sound track of his life. Now he had finally grasped it in all its glory. He picked up his pencil and began to make the final notations upon his score, just as his eyes grew dim. At the moment of of his opus’ perfection, David’s heart failed.

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Spiders and Snakes


Jim Adams’ challenge this week is to write about a song which includes: Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle. I have gone with snakes, as the first one to come to mind was Loretta Lynn’s cover of Spiders and Snakes. The song was originally recorded by Jim Stafford and was performed by him both as a solo and as a duet with Dolly Parton. I was Number 3 on Billboard in 1974 and reached Number 1 in Canada. I like the lyrics as they do so sound like teenaged courting.

Lyrics:

I remember when Mary Lou
Said, “You wanna walk me home from school?”
Well, I said, “Yes, I do”
She said, “I don’t have to go right home
And I would kinda like to be alone some if you would”
I said, “Me, too” haha
And so we took a stroll
Wound up down by the swimming hole
And she said, “Do what you wannna do”
I got silly and I found a frog
In the water by a hollow log
And I shook it at her
And I said, “This frog’s for you”
Haha, and she said
“I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
You fool, you fool
I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
Like I wanna be loved by you”
Well, I think of that girl from time to time
I call her up when I got a dime
I say, “Hello, baby”
She say, “Ain’t you cool”
Ha, say, “Do you remember when?
And would you like to get together again?”
She said, “I’ll see you after school”
I was shy and so for a while
Most of my love was touch and smile
‘Til she said, “Come on over here”
I was nervous, as you might guess
Still looking for something to slip down her dress
And she said, “Let’s make it perfectly clear”
She said
“I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
You fool, you fool
I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
Like I wannna be loved by you”

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jim Stafford / David Bellamy


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Sweet Betsy (Bessie)


Sweet Betsy (Bessie) from Pike is an American folk song. There are several variations of it (like with many traditional songs). It does meet Jim Adams’ lyrical challenge to write about a song that includes Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet. Well our Betsy surely has an old yellow dog!

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Lyrics:

Did you ever hear tell of sweet Bessie from Pike?
She crossed the high mountains with her lover Ike,
With a tall yoke of oxen, and an old yellow dog,
A big shanghai rooster, and an old spotted hog.

[One evening quite early they camped on the Platte,
‘Twas near by the road on a green shady flat,
Where Bessie, sore-footed, lay down to repose,
With wonder Ike gazed on his Pike County rose.]

[The shanghai ran off and their cattle all died,
That morning the last piece of bacon was fried;
Poor Ike was discouraged and Bessie got mad;
The dog drooped his tail and looked wondrously sad.]

They stopped at Salt Lake to enquire the way,
Old Brigham he swore that sweet Bessie would stay,
Sweet Bessie got scared, run away like a deer,
Old Brigham he pawed up the ground like a steer.

[Sweet Bessie got up in a great deal of pain,
Declared she’d go back to Pike County again;
But Ike gave a sigh, and they fondly embraced,
And they traveled along with his arm ’round her waist.]

[This Pike County couple got married of course,
But Ike became jealous, obtained a divorce.
Sweet Bessie, well satisfied, said with a great shout,
“Good-by, you big lummox, I’m glad you backed out!”]

Source: https://mnheritagesongbook.net/the-songs/addition-song-with-recordings/sweet-bessie-from-pike/

Happy


Jim Adams’ lyrical challenge this week is to write about a song which contains the words: Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife.

“Ugly Woman” by the Calypso group Roaring Lion came out in 1934. Jimmy Soul’s adaptation “If you want to be happy” was released in 1963, and hit number one on the Billboard chart, as well as the R&B singles chart. 

Lyrics:

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall
As soon as he married her and then she starts
To do the things that will break his heart

But if you make an ugly woman your wife
A-you’ll be happy for the rest of your life
An ug-a-ly woman cooks meals on time
And she’ll always give you peace of mind

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

Don’t let your friends say you have no taste
Go ahead and marry anyway
Though her face is ugly, her eyes don’t match
Take it from me, she’s a better catch

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

Say man!
Hey baby!
I saw your wife the other day!
Yeah?
Yeah, an’ she’s ugly!
Yeah, she’s ugly, but she sure can cook, baby!
Yeah, alright!

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Carmela T. Guida / Frank J. Guida / Joseph F. Royster

If You Wanna Be Happy lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Wixen Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management


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Rainbow’s End


Jim Adams’ challenge this week is to write about a song with the of prompt words of Begin/End/Finish/Start. Fleetwood Mac’s Seven Wonders has a great phrase “rainbow’s end” in it. It is from their 1987 Tango in the Night album. The song was released as a single later in the year and was #19 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Lyrics:

So long ago
Certain place
Certain time
You touched my hand
On the way
On the way down to EmmelineBut if our paths never cross
Well, you know I’m sorry, butIf I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty again
The rainbow’s edgeSo it’s hard to find
Someone with that kind of intensity
You touched my hand I played it cool
And you reached out your hand for meBut if our paths never cross
Well, no, I’m not sorry, butIf I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty again
The rainbow’s edgeSo long ago
It’s a certain time
It’s a certain place
You touched my hand and you smiled
All the way back you held out your hand
If I hope and if I pray
Ooh it might work out somedayIf I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty againIf I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty againIf I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty again

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Sandy Stewart / Stephanie Nicks

Seven Wonders lyrics © Universal Music

Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.


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