Tell me if I start Ramblin’

An oldie but a goodie:

I am not a Ramblin’ Man, but I was married to one, when it came to leavin’ he thought I’d understand…now I am married to a doctor, we have a big house, I have a walk-in closet the size of my former kitchen, a library, an art studio and a BIG BIG smile on my face. No hard feelings and I still like the song.

Ramblin’ Man is an Allman Brothers song from their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters.

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This southern rock standard has been featured in in several movies, including The Exorcist, Big Fish, and When Harry Met Sally.

The song was their only top ten single, climbing the charts to number 2 but edged out of number 1 by Gregg Allman’s future wife’s – Cher – Half Breed. There’s a kitchy song if you’re in the mood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=CA&v=Z6E98ZRaU1s

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Cher’s chart topping triumph aside, the song made it onto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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http://rockhall.com/inductees/the-allman-brothers-band/

The Allman Brothers’ Ramblin’ Man is based on a classic Hank Williams song of the same name.

Take a listen to both versions below, and remember: it’s a song not life advice.

Allman Brothers Band Ramblin’ Man Lyrics:

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

My father was a gambler down in Georgia
He wound up on the wrong end of a gun
And I was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus
Rollin’ down highway forty-one
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’
I’m leavin’ out of Nashville, Tennessee
They’re always having a good time down on the bayou
Lord, them Delta women think the world of me

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

Hank Williams Ramblin’ Man lyrics:

I can settle dow-own and be doin’ just fine
Til I hear an old train rollin’ down the line
Then I hurry strai-aight home and pack
And if I didn’t go, I believe I’d blow my stack
I love you ba-aby, but you gotta understand
When the Lord made me
He made a Ramblin’ Man.

Some folks might sa-ay that I’m no good
That I wouldn’t settle down if I could
But when that open ro-oad starts to callin’ me
There’s somethin’ o’er the hill that I gotta see
Sometimes it’s har-rd but you gotta understand
When the Lord made me, He made a Ra-amblin’ Man.

I love to see the tow-owns a-passin’ by
And to ride these rails ‘neath God’s blue sky
Let me travel this la-and from the mountains to the sea
‘Cause that’s the life I believe He meant for me
And when I’m go-one and at my grave you stand
Just say God called home your Ra-amblin’ Man.

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Dreamweaver

This one is thanks to a co-worker, as a result of a coffee break debate on whether love at first sight is possible. I think I lost the debate and this song was my punishment.

Some fun facts; the song was featured in Wayne’s World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im8uIoq1fjs) and in the opening credits for The People VS Larry Flint.

Gary Wrights’ official site has some fun sites fun facts (http://www.thedreamweaver.com/) like: the songs was inspired by a trip Gary took to India with George Harrison; is done with keyboards and drums, no guitar, very unusual for the 70’s. He has collaborated with/worked with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.

Gary Wright fronted Spooky Tooth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spooky_Tooth)  famous for the song That Was Only Yesterday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGxRstWAZBc)

Listen to Dreamweaver here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hdx9JjzDfo

I have just closed my eyes again

Climbed aboard the Dream Weaver train

Driver take away my worries of today

And leave tomorrow behind

Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night

Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light

Fly me high through the starry skies

Or maybe to an astral plane

Cross the highways of fantasy

Help me to forget today’s pain

Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night

Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light

Though the dawn may be coming soon

There still may be some time

Fly me away to the bright side of the moon

And meet me on the other side

Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night

Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light

Good morning, singer

I wake up EVERY morning with a song stuck in my head. A random song. A song that may have been long buried in my subconscious mind, or may have been playing while I stood in line to buy a vente latte on the way to work.

Why, you ask? What does that say about me, I don’t know. But I am sure that something that weird should not go to waste. So I am going to write the songs down, do I little research, and post my ramblings here. Shall we begin?

Good morning, singer. Make me some coffee…

I woke up this morning and thought, Peggy Sue; is that you?

BuddyHolly http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1875021_1837072,00.html                                                                   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Holly                                                                                                                                               penned the song and named it for a band member’s girlfriend (obviously named Peggy Sue).

The song was followed by a song called Peggy Sue Got Married, which inspired the 1986 movie by the same name.

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The movie starred Nicolas Cage (directed by his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola)  and Kathleen Turner.

Jim Carrey played a supporting role, as one of the guys who sang in a quartet with her high school sweet-heart come husband (Nicolas Cage).

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Really interesting to me, researching for this blog I discovered that Maureen O’Sullivan was also in this movie. She played Kitty in a 1935 version of Anna Karenina. Recently I have been ranting about the soon to be released version of the same, which will star Keira Knightly as Anna. And they are not friendly rants, I loathe Knightly, and Anna Karenina is among my favourite novels of all time. I have to find a source for this version of the book, because Greta Garbo plays Anna and that strike me as all wrong as well, though for a different reason.

If you knew, Peggy Sue
Then you’d know why I feel blue
About Peggy, my Peggy Sue
Oh well, I love you, gal
and I love you Peggy SuePeggy Sue, Peggy Sue
Oh how my heart yearns for you.
Oh P-e-ggy.. P-e-ggy Sue
Oh, well, I love you gal
Yes I love you Peggy SuePeggy Sue Peggy Sue
Pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue
Peggy oh Peggy Sue
Oh well I love you gal and I need you Peggy SueI love you Peggy Sue
With a love so rare and true
Oh, Peggy, my Peggy Sue-ue-ue-ue-ue-ue-ue-ue
Oh, well, I love you gal
I want you, Peggy SuePeggy Sue, Peggy Sue
pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy sue
oh Peggy, my Peggy Sue-ue-ue-ue
Oh, well, I love you gal
yes I need you, Peggy Sue
I love you Peggy Sue
With a love so rare and true
Oh, Peggy, my Peggy Sue-ue-ue-ue-ue-ue-ue-ueOh, well, I love you gal
Yes, I want you, Peggy Sue
Oh, well, I love you gal
Yes, I want you, Peggy Sue