Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 6:Marillion-Lavender

‘Kayleigh’ is the most played Marillion song by far. This kind of surprises me a small bit, although it is a good song, but Marillion has produced so many better songs,

Like ‘Kayleigh’ ,”Lavender” is also a ballad but a much better one.

It was released as the second single from their 1985 UK number one concept album Misplaced Childhood. The follow-up to the UK number two hit “Kayleigh”, the song was their second Top Five UK hit, entering the chart on 7 September 1985, reaching number five and staying on the chart for nine weeks. None of the group’s subsequent songs have reached the Top Five and “Lavender” remains their second highest-charting song.

Lyrics


I was walking in the park dreaming of a spark
When I heard the sprinklers whisper
Shimmer in the haze of summer lawns
Then I heard the children singing
They were running through the rainbows
They were singing a song for you
Well it seemed to be a song for you
The one I wanted to write for you, for you
Lavenders blue, dilly dilly, lavenders green
When I am King, dilly dilly, you will be Queen
A penny for your thoughts my dear
A penny for your thoughts my dear
I.O.U. for your love, IOU for your love
Lavenders green, dilly dilly, lavenders blue
When you love me, dilly dilly, I will love you
A penny for your thoughts my dear
A penny for your thoughts my dear
IOU for your love, IOU for your love
For your love
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Derek William Dick / Ian Mosley / Mark Kelly / Pete Trewavas / Steve Rothery
Lavender lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

source

https://genius.com/Marillion-lavender-lyrics

Epic Rock-Episode 12:Megadeth-Peace sells..But who is buying??

“Peace Sells” is a song by American thrash metal band Megadeth from their 1986 album Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, written by Dave Mustaine. It has since been a constant at Megadeth concerts. According to David Ellefson, it became quickly apparent when playing the song live prior to recording the album that “Peace Sells” would be a hit. In 2006, VH1 ranked “Peace Sells” at number 11 on their list of the “40 Greatest Metal Songs” of all time.The song is also known for the distinctive bass intro played by Ellefson.

Happy Birthday Dave Mustaine

Lyrics
What do you mean I don’t believe in God?
I talk to him everyday.
What do you mean, I don’t support your system?


I go to court when I have to
What do you mean, I can’t get to work on time?
I got nothing better to do.
And, what do you mean, I don’t pay my bills?


Why do you think I’m broke? Huh?
If there’s a new way,
I’ll be the first in line.
But it better work this time.


What do you mean, I hurt your feelings?
I didn’t know you had any feelings.
What do you mean, I ain’t kind?
Just not your kind.


What do you mean, I couldn’t be the President
Of the United States of America?
Tell me something, it’s still We the people, right?


If there’s a new way
I’ll be the first in line
But it better work this time
Can you put a price on peace?


Peace,
Peace sells…
Peace,
Peace sells…
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
No, peace sells
Peace sells
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Dave Mustaine
Peace Sells lyrics © Mustaine Music

Trying to bring joy in a dark time.

They say that music soothes the savage beast, But it can also bring joy and transport you back to a better time in your life. Benny Behr must have known this because he tried to keep up the spirits, by playing music.

Benny was Jewish Jewish and was married to a non-Jewish woman, Wien Bouwina Sijtina Havinga. Mixed-married Jewish people were exempt from deportation to concentration camps or death camps,initially. This meant that Benny Behr’s identity card not only had a stamp with the letter J, but also a Sperr stamp. He was one of the first mixed-married Jewish men to be forced to work in March 1944 at Fliegerhorst Havelte, a location in Drenthe that had been chosen by the German occupier for the construction of an airport.[Benny Behr was housed in the barracks camp at De Doeze on the Hunebedweg, which was also called the Jewish camp.

He became a room guard and was therefore able to access the leave passes. On leave without permission, however, the punishment for the Jewish men was immediate transport to camp Westerbork, a transit camp in Drenthe. When Benny Behr and a few other camp mates went home on July 28, 1944 with leave cards written out by himself, they were betrayed. As punishment, Benny Behr was transferred to Westerbork on August 1, 1944.

Benny started playing musical instruments when he was nine. He played violin, flute, saxophone and piano. Jazz in particular fascinated him immensely and it was obvious that he, like his two other brothers, became a musician. In 1920 he became involved in the musical life of Groningen and in 1937 he left for Amsterdam. He was taught there by the concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In Amsterdam Benny established his name in various orchestras. He used his talents to keep the spirits up in Westerbork.

Camp Westerbork could best be characterized with terms such as defeat but also hopeful expectation. You could see from the faces of the people that they were on the list to go on transport.

Education was compulsory in Westerbork for children aged 6 to 14. truants were severely punished by order of camp commander Gemmeker. Classes were regularly canceled because teachers were deported. At the end of a class period, a report in German was distributed to the children. From July 1942 to September 1944, a total of 17,500 children were deported from Westerbork to the extermination camps.

This is Benny’s story of his time in Westerbork.

“I played in the penal barracks for the children and also for the older people. Of course I played happy school songs for the children. The elderly also wanted to hear something classic. I have played pieces by Kreisler, among other things. And so I tried to amuse people. I was there in the penal barracks with Jews in hiding who, in the eyes of the Germans, had committed a criminal offense: they had tried to save their lives. They immediately put me to work. I got to the batteries. We were all sitting at long tables where we had to split these batteries, a terribly dirty job. After an hour you were pitch black from that powder that was in those batteries.

We all were terribly afraid, especially for the transports that went on Tuesday evenings. Then someone from the Ordedienst came to read the list of people who had to get ready for transport the next morning, or already that night. When the ‘B’ of my name was over, I must confess, I heaved a sigh of relief. So I wasn’t there this week. The next week you might have been there. But thank goodness I survived. And so the penal barracks slowly emptied.

At one point there was a court hearing. There were the so-called judges: Aus der Fünten, Gemmeker and Fischer. When that court hearing was held and I entered, the gentlemen were seated behind a table. I heard one say to the other: “Wieder ein Jude”. Within a minute the trial was over for me. So everyone was brought before the penal barracks. One or two days later, the news came that 59 persons were exempted from transport ‘bis auf weiteres’.(until further notice) And there I was at the top. The list started with the ‘B’. And so I stayed behind with 58 other people, the others all went on transport. This was at the beginning of September 1944. The 59 were discharged from the penal barracks and were allowed to join the so-called ‘free camp’.

After that I had several jobs. That’s how I started in the field. I also worked in the sawmill where I had to supply planks. In between the acts I also played the violin regularly. I also played there for the German Jews, some of whom lived in separate houses. Then I sometimes got cigarettes and some extra food. I also played in a trio with others.

Perhaps the best was my performance on the day of the liberation. Then that same evening I played for the Canadian commander and for the officers in the great hall. It was incredible. I then played for an hour in a row. Afterwards I got a lot of boxes of Sweet Caporal cigarettes, I can still remember that. I didn’t smoke myself and handed them out to the boys when I got back to the barracks. And those guys said, “Are you going to play again tomorrow night?” I said, “I don’t know yet. I haven’t been invited to that yet.” But I did play again the next night. That was my liberation.'”

After the war, Benny continued with his music career. In 1949 he started a weekly radio performance with a radio quartet, where he plays together with Sem Nijveen, whom he played with prior to the war and with whom he also had been with in Westerbork.

Benny formed a jazz orchestra: Benny’s Big Five, which became a success. Sem Nijveen and Benny Behr’s breakthrough internationally came in 1959 and gave many performances, including for the BBC in England. In 1963 Benny starred in a movie with Dutch comedian Tom Manders aka Dorus.
In 1967 he started playing in the Metropole Orkest in Amsterdam.In 1981 he played a violinist in a Dutch TV production of Mata Hari.

Benny Behr died on August 16, 1995 in Hilversum.

Benny’s family, like many other Jewish families, did not survive the war. His father, Hartog Behr died in Blechhammer , on March 31, 1944. His mother, Trijntje Behr was murdered in Auschwitz on October 26, 1942.

sources

https://westerborkportretten.nl/bevrijdingsportretten/benny-behr

http://www.holocaust-lestweforget.com/musician-benny-behr.html

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 5:Queensryche-Silent Lucidity

Not just an epic ballad, but THE ballad. Well at least in my opinion, however, I am a bit bias when it comes to Queensryche, especially from the time when Geoff Tate was still the lead vocalist.

Lyrics
Hush now, don’t you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You’re lying safe in bed


It was all a bad dream spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you, leaving the game of life


So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day, your dream is over
Or has it just begun?


There’s a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run to in the night
Relax child, you were there


Only didn’t realize, and you were scared
It’s a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years


And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you’ll hear and see


This magic, new dimension
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through


I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you
In silent lucidity


Visualize your dream (yes)
Record it in the present tense
Put it into a permanent form (yes)


If you persist in your efforts, you can achieve dream control (help me)
How are we feeling today, better?


Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)


If you open your mind for me
You won’t rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within


Come tumbling down and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You’re safe from pain in the dream domain


A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize


Your dream’s alive, you can be the guide but
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through


I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you


Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Chris Degarmo
Silent Lucidity lyrics © Tri-ryche Corp.

Epic Rock-Episode 11:Linkin Park-In the End.

“In the End” is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It is the eighth track on their debut album, Hybrid Theory (2000), and was released as the album’s fourth and final single.

“In the End” received positive reviews by music critics, with most reviewers complimenting the song’s signature piano riff, as well as noting rapper Mike Shinoda’s vocal prominence in the song. “In the End” also achieved mainstream popularity, and was a commercial success upon release. The song reached the top ten on numerous worldwide music charts and reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, the band’s highest peak on the chart, as well as their first song that peaked within the top 40 in early 2002, making it a sleeper hit. It also reached number one on the Z100 top 100 songs of 2002 countdown. It ranked at number 121 in Blender magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born. In June 2021, it became the first nu metal song to surpass one billion streams on Spotify.

One thing I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time


All I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day


The clock ticks life away
It’s so unreal
Didn’t look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Tryin’ to hold on, did-didn’t even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go
I kept everything inside and even though I tried


It all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually
Be a memory of a time when I tried so hard
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all


But in the end it doesn’t even matter
One thing, I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To remind myself how I tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mockin’ me
Acting like I was part of your property


Remembering all the times you fought with me
I’m surprised it got so far
Things aren’t the way they were before
You wouldn’t even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end


You kept everything inside and even though I tried
It all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually
Be a memory of a time when I tried so hard
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all


But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I’ve put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I’ve put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go


For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn’t even matter

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joseph Hahn / Brad Delson / Mike Shinoda / Robert G. Bourdon / Chester Charles Bennington
In the End lyrics © Universal Music – Z Tunes Llc, Universal Music – Mgb Songs, Universal Music – Z Songs, Sony/atv Tunes Llc, Nondisclosure Agreement Music, Big Bad Mr. Hahn Music, Rob Bourdon Music, Kenji Kobayashi Music, Zomba Enterprises Inc., Big Bad Mr Hahn Music

How “Bridge over Troubled Water” nearly became a Pitcher of water.

Who doesn’t know this classic song by Simon and Garfunkel? It is loved by music fans of all genres, basically because it is a great song.

In an interview Paul Simon said that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was influenced by the gospel music to which he was listening toat that time, especially the Swan Silvertones and their song “Mary Don’t You Weep” He had composed it on his guitar.

It became one of the duo’s biggest hits and their signature song, topping the U.S. and U.K. charts and picking up five Grammy awards in 1971, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Although Paul Simon wrote it, he wanted Art Garfunkel to sing it.

But it could have gone so wrong. The arranger Ernie Freeman had paid so little attention to the lyrics that the sheet music was titled Like a Pitcher of Water. He also wrote Garfunkel’s name incorrectly ‘GarFunkel’, and the string part was unsatisfactory.

Recording the song began in August 1969 in Hollywood, where producer Roy Halee gathered the elite session musicians known as the Hollywood Golden Trio: drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Joe Osborn and keyboardist Larry Knechtel. It was Knechtel’s challenging job to translate the music from guitar to piano according to Simon’s paradoxical brief: “Paul wanted it to be gospel but not gospel,” he recalled. Simon imagined that Bridge Over Troubled Water would be a “little hymn” but Garfunkel and Halee insisted that the song needed to be immense. It therefore needed a third verse, which Simon reluctantly and eventually wrote in the studio. It opened with a message to his wife-to-be Peggy Harper, who had recently fretted about finding her first grey hairs: “Sail on, silver girl.”

The rest of course is musical history.

sources

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200122-the-forgotten-political-roots-of-bridge-over-troubled-water

https://www.biography.com/news/simon-garfunkel-relationship-facts

Going Dutch

“Going Dutch”is a term that indicates that each person participating in a paid activity covers their own expenses, rather than any one person in the group defraying the cost for the entire group. The term stems from restaurant dining etiquette in the Western world, where each person pays for their meal. It is also called Dutch date, Dutch treat (the oldest form, a pejorative),and doing Dutch.

However this blog is more about Dutch music, basically Dutch music sung in English but never really became hits outside the Netherlands.

The Classics: Yellow sun of Equador (1976)

The Cats – One Way Wind (1971)

BZN – Pearlydumm • TopPop

The NITS- In The Dutch Mountains

Spargo – You And Me (1980)

Time Bandits – I’m Specialized In You

Diesel – Sausalito Summernight

Epic Rock- Episode 10: Heroes del Silencio-Entre Dos Tierras

“Entre dos Tierras” is the first song that was released as a single from the album Senderos de treason released in 1990, by the Spanish rock group, Héroes del Silencio.

If there ever was any proof that a good song doesn’t always have to be in English, then this is it.

Te puedes vender
Cualquier oferta es buena si quieres poder
Qué fácil es
Abrir tanto la boca para opinar


Y si te piensas echar atrás
Tienes muchas huellas que borrar
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer


Si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Pierdes la fe
Cualquier esperanza es vana y no sé qué creer
Pero olvídame,
que nadie te ha llamado, ya estás otra vez
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar


Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Déjalo ya
No seas membrillo y permite pasar
Y si no piensas echar atrás
Tienes mucho barro que tragar
Déjame


que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar

English lyrics(kind of)

you can sell yourself
Te puedes vender

Any offer is good if you want to be able
Cualquier oferta es buena si quieres poder

how easy it is
Qué fácil es

Open your mouth so much to comment
Abrir tanto la boca para opinar

And if you think to back down
Y si te piensas echar atrás

You have many traces to erase
Tienes muchas huellas que borrar
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
Si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
you lose faith
Pierdes la fe

Any hope is vain and I don’t know what to believe
Cualquier esperanza es vana y no sé qué creer

But forget me
Pero olvídame,

that no one has called you, you’re here again
que nadie te ha llamado, ya estás otra vez
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If it’s not my fault to see that
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar
give it up
Déjalo ya

Don’t be a quince and let it pass
No seas membrillo y permite pasar

And if you don’t plan to back down
Y si no piensas echar atrás

You have a lot of mud to swallow
Tienes mucho barro que tragar
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If it’s not my fault to see that
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If it’s not my fault to see that
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Source: LyricFind

Elvis Presley, King of Rock N Roll-Robert Johnson. King of the Blues: RIP.

August 16 is not a good day in Music History. On August 16,1938, legendary Blues musician Robert Johnson died at the age of 27. Making him of the first members of the elusive club of 27.

Johnson’s death was not reported publicly. Almost 30 years later, Gayle Dean Wardlow, a Mississippi-based musicologist researching Johnson’s life, found Johnson’s death certificate, which listed only the date and location, with no official cause of death. No formal autopsy had been done. Instead, a pro forma examination was done to file the death certificate, and no immediate cause of death was determined. It is likely he had congenital syphilis and it was suspected later by medical professionals that this may have been a contributing factor in his death. Although rumour has it thet he sold this soul to the Devil, in order to become the best Blues guitarist to ever walk the earth.

39 years later fate would strike the King of Rock N Roll.On the evening of Tuesday, August 16, 1977, Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour. That afternoon, Ginger Alden discovered him in an unresponsive state on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion. According to her eyewitness account, “Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the toilet and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position, directly in front of it. … It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn’t moved.” Attempts to revive him failed, and he was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital at 3:30 p.m. He was 42 years old.

While an autopsy, undertaken the same day Presley died, was still in progress, Memphis medical examiner Jerry Francisco announced that the immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest. Asked if drugs were involved, he declared that “drugs played no role in Presley’s death”, but we now know that drugs had played a major part in his death.

Both men changed the music scene forever. The were both Kings in their genre. Tow genres that soo often intertwined. If Rock N Roll and Blues were human beings they would have been brothers.

Finishing up with the music that made them so famous.

sources

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 4: The Who/Limp Bizkit-Behind Blue Eyes

This episode of Epic Rock ballads, you will get 2 for the price of one. The original by the Who and the cover version by Limp Bizkit.

“Behind Blue Eyes” is a song by the English rock band the Who, recorded in 1971. It was the second single from their fifth album Who’s Next and was originally written by Pete Townshend for his Lifehouse project.[3][4] The song is one of the Who’s best-known recordings and has been covered by many artists, including Limp Bizkit and Tokio Hotel.

Behind Blue Eyes” originated after a Who concert in Denver on 9 June 1970.[5] Following the performance, Townshend became tempted by a female groupie, but he instead went back to his room alone, possibly as a result of the teachings of his spiritual leader, Meher Baba.[6] Upon reaching his room, he began writing a prayer, the first words being “When my fist clenches, crack it open…” These words later appeared as lyrics in the “climactic rocking section” of “Behind Blue Eyes.”

[Verse 1]
No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man, to be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
No one knows what it’s like
To be hated, to be fated
To telling only lies

[Chorus]
But my dreams, they aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance that’s never free
[Verse 2]
No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings like I do
And I blame you
No one bites back as hard
On their anger, none of my pain and woe
Can show through

[Chorus]
But my dreams, they aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance that’s never free

[Bridge]
When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool
And if I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
And if I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

[Outro]
No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man, to be the sad man
Behind blue eyes.