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Have I Told You Lately

Another for my Song Hall of Fame... "Have I Told You Lately" performed by Rod Stewart

A lovely song written by Van Morrison... and the original is already in my HoF, but this version is sung 1000 times better by one of Linda's favourites, Rod Stewart.

Sunshine Superman

OK...  here's a long overdue song to go into my personal hall of fame list...  "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan

Superman and Green Lantern ain't got nothing on me... always makes me think nowadays of grandson Adam who often plays with various superheroes.

We saw Donovan a few years back in Glasgow.  I found this video of Donovan on Buchanan Street in Glasgow...  He's here "busking", singing Sunshine Superman.

The weekend

It was Linda's birthday weekend.  Turned out very nice.  Spent time with the family...  went to an indoor play place in Annan yesterday (as the weather was a bit wet).  Then had a nice lunch in Powfoot at a place we hadn't been, right on the seaside.  Then ice cream at the ice cream place.  Saturday we also spent time at Jenny's house for a little birthday celebration, then went to Adam's football trophy ceremony...  then a big dinner with just Linda and I at a fancy restaurant in Dumfries.

Masters of War

For my Song Hall of Fame, I want to add "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan

Well, I used to work for the defense industry, at a Glasgow shipyard building Royal Navy frigates and destroyers...  and this song was often in my head as I hid behind my desk.

Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
’Til I’m sure that you’re dead


A few quick mentions about work-related things.... Just had a classroom observation so had to get all lesson plans etc in order. It went pretty well and I got a "good" with a few bits outstanding. Glad it's over for another year... only happens about once a year, altho it was a bit more frequent as part of my teacher training process.... but that's all over, so shouldn't have another observation 'til next year.

On Monday this week there was a work announcement that the company has been bought by a bigger vocational education company... City and Guilds Group. This is pretty good news, I think.


Lightning Crashes

Another for my Song Hall of Fame... "Lightning Crashes" by Live

From the Throwing Copper CD which I happen to have, as it got good reviews... and it is very good, in fact. From the early '90's.

This song is about birth and death, the circle of life. Hospitals... Over the years I've been in hospitals mostly because of births (of grandchildren) and deaths (of Linda's parents and Aunt) as well as Linda's recent illness which thankfully did not result in death... The song says something about reincarnation, how one life ends and another begins down the corridor in a hospital.

All My Loving

Another to add.... "All My Loving" by the Beatles

A great little tune, early Beatles... and covered by a lot of people... including the Tijuana Brass, which I used to listen to as a kid.

All the Young Dudes

Now it's.... "All the Young Dudes" by Mott the Hoople

Really great song but I generally don't go in for the early '70's gay glam scene, David Bowie and all that. Nothing WRONG with it, but not my thing. So I'm a little put off by that. Don't like it. But I like the music.

The Lady is a Tramp

For my list of fave songs... "The Lady is a Tramp" as performed by Buddy Greco

Normally not a fan of the song but... the way this guy sings it... So cool... and funny, too.


Onward to song 501...

For the Song Hall of Fame... "Rats" by the Kinks

A Dave Davies song. I like quite of few of his, and Ray Davies' as well... but this one joins a few others on the list that were written by Dave.

From Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, one of my favourite albums. The song's about Rats... the pinstriped kind.

At Home He's a Tourist

For the HoF list of favourite songs... "At Home He's a Tourist" by Gang of Four

Well... this one is my 500th song as it turns out. It's apt for me as I think I tend to overload myself with information, lists, silly hobbies, etc etc. I don't often just relax and watch the grass grow. Try to get things done all the time, when I can, and probably not the right things or most useful things.

The song says...

At home he feels like a tourist
He fills his head with culture
He gives himself an ulcer
Why make yourself so anxious?
You give yourself an ulcer

Happy Birthday Ayla !

Today is Ayla's 4th birthday. We'll be going over to celebrate after work tonight. Suzanne left today back to London. It was nice of her to visit for a few days. We'll see her again in Ontario this summer.

Money (That's What I Want)

Another for the list.... "Money (That's What I Want) performed by the Flying Lizards

Great cover of this great song. Quite my cup of banana.

The Harder They Come

Sit tight and listen keenly while I add for you a brand new musical biscuit to my HoF list... "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff

From the film of the same name. I recorded that film on my own VHS tape back in the old days and so it became part of my video collection I used to have.... I'm always collecting things and making lists, and this song is the type of thing that ends up on those endeavors.

Badge and Strange Brew

Two songs from Cream are being added to my list of favourites... "Badge" and Strange Brew"

Nice, '60's music with Clapton and the others in Cream. Not a huge fan of them but I quite like many of their songs. George Harrison co-wrote Badge... the title of which is from a misreading of "bridge" that Harrison wrote on the sheet of lyrics they were working on together, read by Clapton upside-down. Strange Brew is apparently a rewriting of an old blues song with a nice groove.

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