Lyrics, then and now

A Certain Smile, made famous by Johnny Mathis in 1958. Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, an African-American lyricist born in 1907. A certain smile, a certain face Can lead an unsuspecting heart On a merry chase A fleeting glance can say So many lovely things Suddenly...

sunday lyric: pennies from heaven

Written in 1936 by Johnny Burke.  A long time ago A million years BC The best things in life Were absolutely free. But no one appreciated A sky that was always blue. And no one congratulated A moon that was always new. So it was planned that they would vanish now and...

sunday lyric: I don’t worry about a thing

Mose Allison explains how cheer up. If this life is driving You to drink You sit around and wondering Just what to think Well I got some consoloation I’ll give it to you If I might Well I don’t worry bout a thing Cause I know nothings gonna be alright You...

sunday lyric: Let’s Misbehave

One could mark the decline of western civilization as evidenced by two songs, Cole Porter’s witty, Let’s Misbehave (1927) and Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991). But on with the good: Let’s Misbehave  You could have a...

sunday lyric: haiku your favorite song

A change of pace here. This website features haiku versions of popular songs. For example, here is Springsteen’s Born in the USA” The here and the now cannot always compare to reliving the past. And the Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie We missed our...

sunday lyric: imagine

This Sunday we come not to praise lyrics, but to mock them. John Lennon wrote many fine songs. “Imagine” is not one of them. Oddly, this has become a hymn for secular liberals, sung with nauseating, weepy reverence. Imagine there’s no Heaven...