Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why Can't We Be Friends? (Smash Mouth / War)

Smash Mouth covered the song with this uptempo version on their debut album Fush Yu Mang (1998):



Why Can't We Be Friends? was recorded in 1974 aand released in 1975 by the band War:



Lyrics

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la

Why can't we be friends
Why can't we be friends
Why can't we be friends
Why can't we be friends

I seen ya around for a long long time
I really remember you when you drank my wine

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Billie Jean (The Civil Wars / Michael Jackson)

The  American musical duo composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White recorded this cover of Billie Jean in their EP from 2013, called Between the Bars:



Billie Jean is one of the most famous songs included in Michael Jackson's album Thriller (1982):




Lyrics:

She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said don't mind, but what do you mean, I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She said I am the one, who will dance on the floor in the round

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dancing in the Dark (Ruth Moody / Bruce Springsteen)

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born singer singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark was one of CBC Radio 2’s most played played songs of 2013. This live recording dates from April in the same year:



Bruce Springsteen wrote Dancing in the Dark in 1984. The song was included in his famous album Born in the USA:



Lyrics:

I get up in the evening, and I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning, I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain't nothing but tired, man I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help
(Chorus)
You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

Message just keep getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving round my place
I check my look in the mirror wanna change my clothes my hair my face
Man I ain't getting nowhere I'm just livin in a dump like this
There's something happening somewhere baby I just know that there is

(Chorus)

You sit around getting older there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
I'll shake this world off my shoulders come on baby the laughs on me
Stay on the streets of this town and they'll be carving you up alright
They say you got to stay hungry hey baby I'm just about starving tonight
I'm dying for some action I'm sick of sitting 'round here trying to write
This book
I need a love reaction come on baby give me just one look

(Chorus)
You can't start a fire, sittin' 'round cryin' over a broken heart
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

You can't start a fire, worryin' about your little world falling apart
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark

Hey baby!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Ghost of Tom Joad (Rage Against the Machine/Bruce Springsteen)

Rage Against The Machine covered The Ghost of Tom Joad in 1997:



Bruce Springsteen wrote and released The Ghost of Tom Joad in 1995. The song was included in the album with the same name. Tom Joad is the main charachter of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath". Springsteen has performed the song live several times, including this one with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine in The Madison Square Garden, NYC, in 2009:



Lyrics

Men walking 'long the railroad tracks
Going someplace, there's no going back
Highway patrol choppers coming up over the ridge
Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
Shelter line stretching 'round the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleeping in the cars in the southwest
No home, no job, no peace, no rest

Well the highway is alive tonight
But nobody's kidding nobody about where it goes
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
Searching for the ghost of Tom Joad

He pulls a prayer book out of his sleeping bag
Preacher lights up a butt and he takes a drag
Waiting for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
In a cardboard box 'neath the underpass
You got a one-way ticket to the promised land
You got a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
Sleeping on a pillow of solid rock
Bathing in the city's aqueduct

Go!

Well the highway is alive tonight
Where it's headed everybody knows
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
Waiting on the ghost of Tom Joad

Now Tom said, "Mom, wherever there's a cop beating a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me, Mom, I'll be there

Wherever somebody's fighting for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody's struggling to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, and you'll see me"
Yeah!

The highway is alive tonight
Where it's headed everybody knows
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of old Tom Joad

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Loco-Motion (Kylie Minogue / Grand Funk Railroad / Little Eva)

The Loco-Motion, also known just as "Locomotion", was the first-ever single released by the Australian pop star Kylie Minogue. It was 1987:



Grand Funk Railroad recorded in 1974 the first successful cover of The Loco-Motion:



The original song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1962, and originally recorded by Eva Boyd, known as Little Eva:



Lyrics:

Everybody's doing a brand-new dance, now
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion)
I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now
(Come on baby, do the Loco-motion)
My little baby sister can do it with me
It's easier than learning your A-B-C's
So come on, come on, do the Loco-motion with me
You gotta swing your hips, now

Come on, baby
Jump up
Jump back
Well, now, I think you've got the knack
Wow, wow