Song Lyric Sunday: A Rose By Any Other Name

Jim Adams is the host for Song Lyric Sunday.
This week’s theme is  Died at the Age of 27 Club.

Today, I’m not strictly following the prompt because I’ve chosen The Rose by Bette Midler. Who, at the age of 76, is not a member of the 27 Club.

But The Rose is taken from the 1979 film of the same name which was loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin. Who, unfortunately, is a member of this select club.

Yup, she left a fabulous back catalogue of music, but this beautiful song must rate as one of the best tributes, ever! Enjoy.

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger
An endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower
And you, its only seed

It’s the heart, afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It’s the dream, afraid of waking
That never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose

Songwriter(s): Amanda McBroom
© Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Third Story Music, Inc.

And here’s a bonus track: Janis rocking out with Tom Jones…

One-Liner Wednesday – The Sun Shines on the Righteous

LindaGHill hosts One-Liner Wednesday  
Check out her blog for the rules, read other one-liners, and join in the fun!

I celebrate everyone’s religious holidays: if it’s good enough for the righteous, it’s good enough for the self-righteous, I always say.

Bette Midler

Song Lyric Sunday: Ladies Who Lunch

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Snack, Supper.
The song must contain one of these words in either the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.

Written by Cole Porter in 1934, Miss Otis Regrets is a jolly song about a society lady who murders her unfaithful lover. A lynch mob then kills her. But with her dying breath, she sends an apology for breaking a lunch date.

In spite of its grisly theme, and slightly tongue-in-cheek lyrics, this is a minor key little beauty of a tune. And has been covered by many. Including a growly version by Marlene Dietrich, Bette Midler giving it a jazzy swing and Kirsty MacColl accompanied by the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards(!?).

But my go-to artist for this track is Ella Fitzgerald, and here she is.

Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today
She is sorry to be delayed
But last evening down in Lover’s Lane she strayed, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

When she woke up and found that her dream of love was gone, madam
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray
And from under her velvet gown
She drew a gun and shot her lover down, madam
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today

When the mob came and got her and dragged her from the jail, madam
They strung her upon the old willow across the way
And the moment before she died
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam
Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

Miss Otis regrets she’s unable to lunch today

Songwriters: Cole Porter
© Warner Chappell Music, Inc