3 Day Lyric Challenge: Day 1

Ivor has tagged me in a challenge. I expect he saw me curled up under my dining table and felt sorry for me. It’s not the way it sounds. I crawled under there to retrieve a chocolate that I mislaid a few of weeks ago. I found something that looked chocolate shaped and assumed the grey-green organic-looking stuff was a coating of mould, so I ate it. How was I to know it was my son’s stash? Anyway, I’m awake now, and ready to carry out the challenge.

If you believe any of what I have just written, then you don’t know that I’ve been infected by a recently discovered germ which goes by the name of Paulococcus Sunstoneria. It gets into the brain and causes its victims to write shameless nonsense. Click on the link below to find out more about this. I make no apology for bringing up Paulococcus Sunstoneria, since, despite its peculiar nature, it is believed to be a deterrent against war.

So, back to the challenge:

A three-day lyrical challenge

The Rules:

1 .Thank the person who nominated you.
2 .Share one of your favourite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
3 .Nominate three other bloggers each day. (or one, one is probably enough)

Day 1, I’m nominating Paul.

Heh heh heh

I have to start with Leonard Cohen; he has been with me since he released his first single, Suzanne, in the late 1960s. His voice and lyrics have soothed me through all kinds of tribulation and continue to do. These days I have a need for silence, but I hear his songs in my head and I sing along with him.

The song was written in 1966 by Leonard Cohen in a hotel room, where he also wrote:

The room is too hot. I can’t open the windows. I am in the midst of a bitter quarrel with a blonde woman. The song is half-written in pencil but it protects us as we manoeuvre, each of us, for unconditional victory. I am in the wrong room. I am with the wrong woman.

In 1976 I walked away from the man I love, since it was the right thing to do. By this time the song had been covered by several artists, and Cohen himself had included it in his album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen. I played the album over and over, each time holding my breath, waiting for one song, so I was unable to fully enjoy the other tracks – all of which deserved my full attention. The song is Hey, That’s No Way to say Goodbye.

I’ve chosen the Leonard Cohen/Julie Felix version. I was fortunate enough to see Cohen live in the mid 1970s when his encore stretched out to become a repeat of the set arrangement. It was almost the end of a tour, and he was emotional. Rather than looking forward to a rest, he seemed to wasn’t it to go on forever.

I’ve seen Julie Felix twice, a pleasant, friendly woman who cheerfully converses with  her fans during the interval – and in the street, as my mother discovered.

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But now it’s come to distances and both of us must try
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

I’m not looking for another as I wander in my time
Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me
It’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

 

 

10 thoughts on “3 Day Lyric Challenge: Day 1

  1. Great Article dear Jane, as my nominee, I think that’s right, you’ve done me proud, me girl done good, as they say here in Aussie land. Anyhow, “That’s no way to say good night” xxx

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      1. Oh Jane, you’ve made me smile, and I loved your introduction to Day – 1, very whimsical indeed. And I’m more than happy that you’re enjoying the Lyric Challenge as much as I did… xxxxxx

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