The Daily Song: Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)/Shawn James

A soulful, passionate cover of one of my all time favorite songs.



“Ain’t No Sunshine”

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

It’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she’s gone
Wonder if she’s gone to stay
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know,
Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone
But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
Only darkness every day.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.

The Daily Song: Sign of the Times/Harry Styles

I know, I know. . . it’s Harry Styles.  But I really dig this.



“Sign Of The Times”

Just stop your crying
It’s a sign of the times
Welcome to the final show
Hope you’re wearing your best clothes

You can’t bribe the door on your way to the sky
You look pretty good down here
But you ain’t really good

We never learn, we’ve been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets, the bullets?
We never learn, we’ve been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
Your bullets, the bullets?

Just stop your crying
It’s a sign of the times
We gotta get away from here
We gotta get away from here
Just stop your crying
It’ll be alright
They told me that the end is near
We gotta get away from here

Just stop your crying
Have the time of your life
Breaking through the atmosphere
And things are pretty good from here

Remember, everything will be alright
We can meet again somewhere
Somewhere far away from here

We never learn, we’ve been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets, the bullets?
We never learn, we’ve been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets, the bullets?

Just stop your crying
It’s a sign of the times
We gotta get away from here
We gotta get away from here
Stop your crying
Baby, it’ll be alright
They told me that the end is near
We gotta get away from here

We never learn, we’ve been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
The bullets, the bullets?
We never learn, we’ve been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
Your bullets, the bullets?

We don’t talk enough
We should open up
Before it’s all too much
Will we ever learn?
We’ve been here before
It’s just what we know

Stop your crying, baby
It’s a sign of the times
We gotta get away
We got to get away
We got to get away
We got to get away
We got to get away
We got to—we got to—away
We got to—we got to—away
We got to—we got to—away

The Daily Song: Life on Mars (David Bowie)/Aurora

Eerie, haunting cover of David Bowie’s Life on Mars



“Life On Mars?”

It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling, “No!”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen

But the film is a saddening bore
For she’s lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

[Chorus:]
Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man!
Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It’s on America’s tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns

But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It’s about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

[Chorus]

Dring-dring-dring.

(Mind the phone)

The Daily Song: Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince)/Chris Cornell

Heartbreaking.  Beautiful. Chills.



“Nothing Compares 2 U”

It’s been seven hours and fifteen days
Since u took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since u took your love away

Since u been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues

`Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

It’s been so lonely without u here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong

I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they’d only remind me of you
I went to the doctor and guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said, “Girl, you better try to have fun no matter what you do.”
But he’s a fool

`Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

All the flowers that u planted, mama
In the back yard
All died when u went away
I know that living with u baby was sometimes hard
But I’m willing to give it another try

Nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u
Nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u
Nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

The Daily Song: Life Lesson & Sick of Losing Soulmates (Live)/Dodie Clark

I find Dodie Clark and her music delightfully quirky.  You can experience in her all her charmingly awkwardness in this recent live performance.  Because shouldn’t we all have cat ears made out of daisies?


 


Sick Of Losing Soulmates

What a strange being you are, God knows where I would be
If you hadn’t found me, sitting all alone in the dark
A dumb screenshot of youth
Watch how a cold broken teen
Will desperately lean on a superglued human of proofWhat the hell would I be, without you
Brave face talk so lightly, hide the truth‘Cause I’m sick of losing soulmates, so where do we begin
I can finally see, you’re as fucked up as me
So how do we win?
Yeah, I’m sick of losing soulmates, won’t be alone again
I can finally see, you’re as fucked up as me
So how do we win?

We will grow old as friends, I’ve promised that before
So what’s one more?
In our grey-haired circle, waiting for the end
Time and hearts will wear us thin
So which path will you take, cause we both know a break
Does exactly what it says on the tin

What the hell would I be, without you
Brave face talk so lightly, hide the truth

‘Cause I’m sick of losing soulmates, so where do we begin
I can finally see, you’re as fucked up as me
So how do we win?
Yeah, I’m sick of losing soulmates, won’t be alone again
I can finally see, you’re as fucked up as me
So how do we win?

I won’t take no for an answer (I won’t take no for an answer)
I won’t take no for an answer (I won’t take no for an answer)
I won’t take no (I won’t take no)
I won’t take no (I won’t take no)

‘Cause I’m sick of losing soulmates, so where do we begin
I can finally see, you’re as fucked up as me
So how do we win?
Yeah, I’m sick of losing soulmates, won’t be alone again
I can finally see, you’re as fucked up as me
So how do we win?

The Daily Song: J.J. Shiplett Waters

A recent Spotify discovery is J.J. Shiplett and his incredible song Waters.   Seems just the right song for this rainy May morning. . .


 


Waters by JJ Shiplett

Into your stream,

where you led me time before,

out of this once-used body,

that uses curtains for a door.

Into your calm,

that storms out like a cannon ball,

where you lead me I will lie,

until the morning comes.

So would you take me to your waters tonight?

There’s a man who’ll sell you all you need to know and if you want more than you need well then more you shall recieve.

And in your cave where there’s room enough for me,

safe within your arms for weeks,

on the promise of new days.

So would you take me to your waters tonight.

And for the rush of a thousand men who knock at your door;

every single one has more than I but together we’re made whole

Oh, let me feel your body,

let me touch your soul.

Let me feel the sweetest taste of warmth that’s coming from your core.

So when I die,

don’t you bury me in the ground,

don’t you leave my body to deamons that just seem to roam around.

To your waters where I will finally rest,

in your river I’ll lay deep,

until you come again.

So would you take me to your waters,

take me to your water,

and take me to your waters, tonight.

Would you take me to your waters tonight?

 

The Daily Song: Rise Up (Andra Day) The Nor’easters

I gave a lot of thought this afternoon to what I wanted to choose as my Daily Song before deciding on this cover of Andra Day’s Rise Up.  There were other directions I could have gone but song always reminds me of our strength and resilience as human beings, our capacity for compassion, for empathy.


 


Rise Up

You’re broken down and tired

Of living life on a merry go round

And you can’t find the fighter

But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out

And move mountains

We gonna walk it out

And move mountains

And I’ll rise up

I’ll rise like the day

I’ll rise up

I’ll rise unafraid

I’ll rise up

And I’ll do it a thousand times again

And I’ll rise up

High like the waves

I’ll rise up

In spite of the ache

I’ll rise up

And I’ll do it a thousands times again

For you

For you

For you

For you

When the silence isn’t quiet

And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe

And I know you feel like dying

But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet

And move mountains

We’ll take it to its feet

And move mountains

And I’ll rise up

I’ll rise like the day

I’ll rise up

I’ll rise unafraid

I’ll rise up

And I’ll do it a thousand times again

For you

For you

For you

For you

All we need, all we need is hope

And for that we have each other

And for that we have each other

We will rise

We will rise

We’ll rise, oh oh

We’ll rise

I’ll rise up

Rise like the day

I’ll rise up

In spite of the ache

I will rise a thousands times again

And we’ll rise up

Rise like the waves

We’ll rise up

In spite of the ache

We’ll rise up

And we’ll do it a thousands times again

For you oh oh oh oh oh

For you oh oh oh oh oh

For you oh oh oh oh oh

For you

Written by Cassandra Monique Batie, Jennifer Decilveo

The Daily Song: All or Nothing/Ryan Montbleau (feat. Tall Heights)

Such evocative poetry to explore

 

All or Nothing

Not for nothing
But you look so lonely
Out on the back stairs
Like you lost the only thing
Keeping you here
So the rest disappears
All or nothing

You keep one eye open
But you keep both eyes crying
You’re recklessly hoping
To rearrange time
It ain’t no magic trick, dear
Make the clock disappear
All or nothing

Hold on for one more day
I know it’s not all getting better
Brief little moments
Sure have a way of coming together
With a word that can’t be spoken
And it only says something

The porch light is shining
But your back is turned to it
You shape the light
When your shadow cuts through it
It ain’t no magic trick, dear
Get in or get out of here
All or nothing

Hold on for one more day
I know it’s not all just getting better
Brief little moments
Sure have a way of coming together
With a word that can’t be spoken
And it only says something

Love love when it’s on
Crave it when it’s gone
And if you need some advice
Look to the tide
And hang on

Hold on for one more day
I know it’s not all getting better
Brief little moments
Sure have a way of coming together
Coming together

Oh, with a word
A word that can’t be spoken
With a word that can’t be spoken
Sweet little moments
Sure have a way of coming around
Coming around

With a word that can’t be spoken
With a word that can’t be spoken
With a word that can’t be spoken

And it only says something

The Daily Song: Diana Krall (Joni Mitchell)/A Case of You

One of my all-time favorites

Case Of You

by Joni Mitchell

Just before our love got lost you said
“I am as constant as a northern star”
And I said “Constantly in the darkness
Where’s that at?
If you want me I’ll be in the bar”

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid

I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
“Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed”

Oh but you are in my blood
You’re my holy wine
You’re so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
I would still be on my feet