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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
23 avril 2010 5 23 /04 /avril /2010 12:55

Yesterday was Earth Day, and everybody knows the major area of our planet is covered with water... Well, though mountain landscapes happen to be dazzlingly beautiful, I still prefer landscapes with water  :o) (1) 

This just reminded me of an old song I'm really fond of. Its title is part of its chorus  -welcome to the Home by the Sea !

Beware... not only is the song very long, but you'll discover a "home by the sea" that looks rather mysterious...

Read the song lyrics : all you need is

clicking the manuscript below :



(1) = Hey... what's the use of your "You've got lakes in the mountains, they're water too..." ?? :-D

landscape (paysage)   /  dazzling = extremely attractive

dazzlingly : adverb -intensely   /   a chorus = a definition   >>>    here

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22 février 2010 1 22 /02 /février /2010 16:59
Living  Darfur
In September 2007, the Brtish duo  Mattafix  official website <<  sang the soundtrack of the film "Living Darfur". At first  the song was only downloadable ; it was the first music video clip  shot inside a war zone.
Darfur map released into the public domain by its author, ChrisO
The first seconds of the video  feature an American actor you probably know... can you recognize him ?  I'm helping you : he's one of the lead roles in the latest film by Clint Eastwood  'Invictus', currently on the French screens...



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14 février 2010 7 14 /02 /février /2010 23:15
... well, who knows, maybe right now

you're thinking "Oh no, not another of those blog articles on Valentine's Day !! O.K.,  in this case, I'm not bugging you with this  -though the non commercial tradition might look nice ;-)  Yet, let me just tell you about a song where love isn't evoked the classic way :
"Soldier of love"

Official video by GaGa-Vision
  It's Sade's last album and the title of one of its songs too ; to discover the lyrics on the official site of the album, click  here   !
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14 décembre 2009 1 14 /12 /décembre /2009 13:09
Copenhagen +7
'River Runs Red'


"When Midnight Oil released this song (1990), the "world's largest-ever pollution incident, involving the supertanker   Exxon Valdez <<< off Alaska's pristine coasts, had [just] sent shockwaves around the world [1989].
Midnight Oil's response, by playing a guerrilla gig on a flatbed truck outside Exxon's headquarters in New York, brought areas of the city to a standstill and was hailed by environmentalists trying to put as much pressure on big business as possible." (from >>> hBBC h2g2   -see "Blue Sky Mining").
The spine-chilling video mixes reports from the disaster with the band legendary gig.
pristine = new or almost new, and in very good condition  |  a gig = (colloquial) rock concert, performance  |  a flatbed truck = camion à plateaux (ici, pour le concert)  |  (to) hail = acclaim, greet enthusiastically  |  spine-chilling = so frightening... that it makes your back (spine) shiver and chill (get cold)

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16 août 2009 7 16 /08 /août /2009 18:15

"Final straw"

"The last straw... that broke the camel's back" means
enough is enough, and you can't bear any more weight.
Can you find the French equivalent phrase ?



As I raise my head to broadcast my objection
As your latest triumph draws the final straw
Who died and lifted you up to perfection?
And what silenced me is written into law.

I can't believe where circumstance has thrown me
And I turn my head away
If I look I'm not sure that I could face you.
Not again. not today. not today.

If hatred makes a play on me tomorrow
And forgiveness takes a back seat to revenge
There's a hurt down deep that has not been corrected.
There's a voice in me that says you will not win.

And if I ignore the voice inside,
Raise a half glass to my home.
But it's there that I am most afraid,
And forgetting doesn't hold. it doesn't hold.

Now I don't believe and I never did
That two wrongs make a right.
If the world were filled with the likes of you
Then I'm putting up a fight. I'm putting up a fight.
Putting up a fight. make it right. make it right.

Now love cannot be called into question.
Forgiveness is the only hope I hold.
And love- love will be my strongest weapon.
I do believe that I am not alone.

For this fear will not destroy me.
And the tears that have been shed
It's knowing now where I am weakest
And the voice in my head. in my head.

Then I raise my voice up higher
And I look you in the eye
And I offer love with one condition.
With conviction, tell me why.
Tell me why.
Tell me why.
Look me in the eye.
Tell me why.

The original version of the song was made available
 as a free download on the American band's website on March 25, 2003,
as the American government had just started invading

More information on the group here :
> > >  R.E.M. on Wikipedia 

                                                                                               By the way... the French equivalent is
                                                                              "C'est la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase" :o)

Except when otherwise mentioned, any part of this blog is licensed under the / Sauf mention contraire partie ou totalité de ce blogue est sous  Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 France License Creative Commons License &  created / crée...

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10 juillet 2009 5 10 /07 /juillet /2009 17:19

This song tells the story of Elisa Day and her lover...
how romantic  
Yet, if you listen to its lyrics more attentively,
you'll also be told about murder !



The rock song was written by the Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave
(vocals by the Australian pop-singer Kylie Minogue).
Nick Cave wrote the song after he heard the traditional song "The Willow Garden
which basically tells the story of a man courting a woman (Rose Connelly)
and eventually killing her.

"Where the wild roses grow" was released
in 1995
and became the band's most triumphant single
throughout the world.

Why not listen to it again while reading its lyrics ?

They call me 'The Wild Rose'
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
As she stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
They grew down the river, all bloody and wild

When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped the tears that ran down my face


On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen
I said, 'Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?'

On the second day he came with a single rose
Said: 'Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?'
I nodded my head, as I layed on the bed
He said, 'If I show you the roses will you follow?'


On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist

On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
As I kissed her goodbye, I said, 'All beauty must die'
And lent down and planted a rose between her teeth


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22 juin 2009 1 22 /06 /juin /2009 10:08

... based upon an English rock band of the 60's :
the Beatles

Videogames, advertising and music blend into this smart 2'36" video
that advertises the upcoming music videogame : "THE BEATLES - Rock Band"

Today's music lovers are offered a chance to discover the "Fab' Four"
( = the fabulous four members of the Beatles band)-


The four friends from Liverpool  -John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr-
enjoyed a global celebrity.
At that time, the Fab Four  literally were the most famous human beings on the planet :
whether you liked it or not... the band shook the world :o)

Want to learn some more about the Beatles ?
Have a look at this :
the Beatles 
in "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", a site run by the BBC.

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17 juin 2009 3 17 /06 /juin /2009 18:38

sings  "Like a Hobo"

I had a crush on this song the first time I heard it on the radio... 
Now it has become a hit in France too.
Though you  might  already  have heard the tune, I thought it was worth listening to once again :-)
Besides, the graphics of this video are a pleasure to view !

You will get the official video of the song here :
> > >   "Like a Hobo" : official video - 3'39''
This one is more true to life !

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1 juin 2009 1 01 /06 /juin /2009 18:17

"Dear Mr President"

 (featuring the Indigo Girls)



Pink sings "Dear Mr President" Live In Wembley,
during her 'I'm Not Dead Tour', in April 2007


Dear Mr. President,
Come take a walk with me.
Let's pretend we're just two people and
You're not better than me.
I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why?

Dear Mr. President,
Were you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
How can you say
No child is left behind?
We're not dumb and we're not blind.
They're all sitting in your cells
While you pave the road to hell.

What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away?
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?

Let me tell you 'bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you 'bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you 'bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you 'bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don't know nothing 'bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work

How do you sleep at night?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Dear Mr. President,
You'd never take a walk with me.
Would you?

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