Not so silly love songs

 

Lately a few of the old favourite love songs have been popping up out of the blue unexpectedly .Take for example I was down at Maroochydore Plaza not long ago  It was school holidays and pretty full on with all the school kids milling around and I was standing there in a daze  feeling a bit overwhelmed in the food court  waiting for my Hungry Jacks order when suddenly the song                “Baby Its You “ explodes in my mind I havent actually heard that song on the airwaves in yonks but it was a smash hit around the word in 1978  I. thought it was sung by Jon Waite of the Babys but actually no it was sung by  “The Promises” a talented trio of siblings Leslie Jed and Benny Knauers who hailed from Canada  . Benny Knauers male vocalist and keyboard player was incredibly talented and looked even better than he sounded with his baby oiled smooth hairless chest and blow waved blond locks having the wind machines working overtime  and looking very “Abbaesque .”   “Umhum”  and Leslie Maria Knauer belted out the chorus with such power and passion and drive  she won hearts all over the world not only for her singing but for her looks eg long legs for miles and other womanly attributes.Their official  video of “Baby its You” is well worth a listen/watch . The Promises  were an incredibly talented band and deserved  to be much more globally successful than they actually were .Apparently  they didn’t get off the ground in the USA  when there were mismanagement hassles with Capitol  records and Leslie Knauer disagreed with the record companies  recording strategies  and wanted to sing songs her way and everything went pear shaped  with regards to their commercial future but reading  some of the 10o0s of comments  people just loved that song and its one of  of the golden oldies people go back to as a reference to define a golden era of music making the 70s and 80s when it seems “they just dont make music like that anymore.”

Mind you the lyrics for “Baby its You”  were pretty twisted  and can we say  depicted a dysfunctional scenario where someones lover is sending mixed messages  their words at complete odds with their actions  leaving the singer a twisted mess of frenzied passion pain and confusion  Its actually a pretty dark subject matter e.g .a cruel and twisted game playing lover ,wrecking havoc in their lovers life  but a lot of people around the world  related to it and loved the song …personally  I could relate .I have known someone like this  …..and wondered when the song popped into my head  unexpectedly  if it was this persons spirit  calling out to me across the ether?

 

Then another song another Golden Oldie that popped into my mind recently Bobby Goldsboroughs Summer (the first time ).I think it came out around 1973 ?  and I loved its  evocative sensual  and very recognizeable riff  played repeatedly throughout the song  which easily conjured  the lazy  sultry sensuality  of a stinking hot summers day  near the ocean and the sounds of the surf rolling in when all bets are off and anything can happen  .  Was Bobby singing about his own first time  or just indulging in a young mans fantasies   I wonder     ?

“She was thirty one  and I was seventeen

I knew nothing about love and she knew everything

I sat down beside her on the front porch swing

Wondering what the coming night would mean  ?

I must confess I myself was only 15 when the song was released and really  at that age I only had a really vague idea of what it was the boy did with the woman that made him see the sun rise as a man but the song still holds as much appeal to me today as it ever did .It still has the power to  take me away  and I still love that compelling riff and in a  recent listen notice at the very end of the song  is another more mystical  haunting and suggestive dimension woven into the melody  with some  descending note patterns  and interesting chord diversions of  what sounds like a rain stick and sounds like  the tinkling of falling glass Another golden oldie well worth a listen .

And lastly I must sing the praises of what must be one of the most beautiful love songs ever written  DIre Straits and Mark Knopflers “Romeo and Juliet”  I heard that recently maybe in a supermarket and found myself  once agian marvelling in the genius of the poetry.I love love love that it  evokes the feeling of a mans great depths of passion for a woman   and renders it in the plainest and simplest of everyday bloke speak  eg  “You and me babe,How about it ?”

 

Romeo and Juliet    by   Dire Straits

 

                                                                                           Lyrics  Romeo and Juliet 
A lovestruck Romeo sang the streets a serenadeLaying everybody low with a love song that he madeFinds a streetlight, steps out of the shadeSays something like, “You and me, babe, how about it?”
Juliet says, “Hey, it’s Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack”He’s underneath the window, she’s singing, “Hey, la, my boyfriend’s backYou shouldn’t come around here singing up at people like thatAnyway, what you gonna do about it?”
“Juliet, the dice was loaded from the startAnd I bet, and you exploded into my heartAnd I forget, I forget the movie songWhen you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?”
Come up on different streets, they both were streets of shameBoth dirty, both mean, yes, and the dream was just the sameAnd I dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is realHow can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals?
When you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of goldYou can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they holdYou promised me everything, you promised me thick and thin, yeahNow you just say “Oh, Romeo, yeah, you know I used to have a scene with him”
“Juliet, when we made love, you used to cryYou said ‘I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you ’til I die’There’s a place for us, you know the movie songWhen you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?”
I can’t do the talks like they talk on the TVAnd I can’t do a love song like the way it’s meant to beI can’t do everything but I’ll do anything for youI can’t do anything except be in love with you
And all I do is miss you and the way we used to beAll I do is keep the beat, the bad companyAll I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhymeJulie, I’d do the stars with you any time
“Juliet, when we made love you used to cryYou said ‘I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you ’til I die’There’s a place for us you know the movie songWhen you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?”
And a lovestruck Romeo, he sang the streets a serenadeLaying everybody low with a love song that he madeFind a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shadeHe says something like, “You and me, babe, how about it?”
“You and me, babe, how about it?”
Perhaps my favorite part is the sheer artistry and poetic genius of
“All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
 Juliet I’d do the stars with you anytime “
Simple so very clever  powerful passionate and profound
and finally
“There’s a place for us ,you know the movie song 
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong”
I can relate and I love the idea that Romeo didnt give up on his love for Juliet ,  and cant help himself  and eventually comes back around
to Juliet’s window steps out of the shade and says
You and me babe   How About It ?

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