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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Give Me The Lyric That Inspires You

Last week, we posted some (okay, a few) lyrics that were giggle-worthy.

This time - it's serious.

Tell me the lyric that has moved you. I want to know what song made you leap for joy, what song made you go over and ask your husband to marry you, what song made you get up and go to college, what song made you join the church choir, what song inspired you to do anything! What song does your church pianist start playing that makes you say "AMEN!"? ("It is Well With My Soul" is the one for me...) What song comes on the radio and makes you stop whatever you're doing to turn it up and just listen...

It will come as NO surprise that I announce here and now that I'm a huge Duran Duran fan (going on 24 years) and every time I hear "Girls on Film," whether it's live, on CD, on DVD, in the car, on the radio (I heard it on a radio station driving back from the John Taylor-Juicy Couture event in Atlanta a couple weeks ago and nearly drove off I-75), I get the happiest feeling in my stomach...and that's not even my favorite Duran song. The two best lyrics (so far) that I believe Simon LeBon has penned are "Keep Me in the Dark" and "Palomino". I'll post the entire lyric to "Keep Me in the Dark" below.

But the song that has most recently inspired me - the one that has given me courage and encouragement is from Mr. Barry Manilow. I owe him many thanks, because his song is correct. Not everyone achieves his or her dream on the first try, especially in the publishing business. (Can I get an amen?) Going through the agent-querying process in the book-publishing industry is a futile exercise, but did I give up on my novel Choices Meant for Gods? No. I tried a different route. I bypassed the people who wouldn't give me the time of day, and now Choices Meant for Gods will be released this March from ArcheBooks Publishing. See, if you give up, you'll never get a "yes". If you stop, if you quit, if you give lose and your dream fades out as it dies without you to support it. And if you don't believe in your dream, well, gee, why should anyone else? Mr. Manilow, you're an inspiration, and your song is fabulous.

God Bless the Other 99
I learned more from failure than I learned from success
I learned from no thank you so much more than from yes
I learned to be willing to lead with my chin
And if I were willing to lose I could win
I learned from the losers who got right back in line
The dimmer their future then the brighter they’d shine
Three cheers for the one, the one in a hundred
But God bless the other ninety nine
Those courageous people changed my life
They taught me
You can give in, you can give out, but you don’t give up

Now the rest of you!

What lyrics have inspired you? Share! And share why!

"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."

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Blogger unwriter said...

What lyrics inspired me? We don't have the room for that here! Let's start with Amazing Grace then go on to anything with Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul, and Mary, over to Moody Blues, to Patti Page and we could go on from there. Some make me cry, others to laugh and all to enjoy life and the friends and family I have been blessed with.

8:02 PM  
Blogger gale said...

We both lie silently still
In the dead of the night.
Although we both lie close together
We feel miles apart inside
Was it somethin' I said or somethin' I did
Did my words not come out right
Tho' I tried not to hurt you
Tho' I tried
But I guess that's why they say
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings the same, same old song
Every rose has its thorn
Yea it does
I listen to your favorite song
Playin' on the radio
Hear the DJ say love's a game of
Easy come and easy go
But I wonder does he know
Has he ever felt like this
And I know you'd be here right now
If I could have let you know somehow
I guess
Though it's been awhile now
I can still feel so much pain
Like a knife that cuts you
The wound heals, but the scar, that scar remains
I know I could have saved our love that night
If I'd known what to say
Instead of makin' love
We both made our separate ways
Now I hear you've found somebody new
And that I never meant that much to you
To hear that tears me up inside
And to see you cuts me like a knife

8:20 PM  
Blogger gale said...

pretty obvious to anyone who loves me

8:29 PM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

I'm with ya. It seems there's a song that fits any significant occasion in a person's life. And the Moody Blues's "Nights in White Satin" is bloody amazing! Although I'm pretty keen on "Tuesday Afternoon", too...
Sandy L.
"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."

9:21 PM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

I'm assuming that's Poison and not GNR?

"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."

9:32 PM  
Blogger Angry Jezebel said...

Why can't I be like you?
Flying so high as a kite
Never knowing what you do it for
When you are young
No one tells you anything
They just hope you don't make the same mistake and become
just like them
Oh, I would wait a thousand years
I'd roll a thousand stars
I'd wait until the sun eclipsed the moon
Oh, I would give the kiss of life
If only you would say
Oh, come live with me and love me
And, I will surely stay
I will stay
Oh, why can't I be like you?
Always so wrong, but so right
Never knowing what you'd do it for
For you are young, no one tells you anything
I just hope you don't make the same mistakes and become
just like them
And, I would wait a thousand years
I'd roll a thousand stars
I'd wait until the sun eclipsed the moon
Then, I would give the kiss of life
if only you would say
Come lay with me and love me
And, I would surely stay, I will stay
(what are you wondering?)
(what are you hungry for?)
(why do you worry?)
Oh, I will wait a thousand years
to share my world with you
I'll wait until the sun should kiss the sky
Oh, I would give the kiss of life
if only you would say
Oh, come lay with me and love me
Ah, tell me that you'll stay, I'll stay
tell me you'll stay, tell me you'll stay
say you'll you'll stay
(what are you wondering?)
(what you hungry for?)
(why do you worry?)
(what are you waiting for?)
I would give
I would give
I would give you the stars
Till the moon is lovers own
I will follow wherever you are
(My kiss for your dreams)
Oh, I would give the kiss of life
if only you would stay
come lay with me and love me
and I will surely stay, I will stay

9:38 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Geez Louise Girl! A particular song? No way there is A song! Lots and lots of music floats in my mind from time to time - Yesterday by the Beatles is one of my favorite songs for just about any mood. Church music is something I love though - my all-time favorite church-related song is one I learned as a child in Swedish - Children of the Heavenly Father, with a close second being another Swedish Christmas song though -more of an anthem - called "Lyssna, Lyssna" -I can't spell it in Swedish and don't know the lyrics to it in English, but it is the traditional "call to worship" song, done sans accompaniement by our choir at the opening of the Christmas Eve Service and in my mind, I sing every word of it in Swedish as the choir sings it from the narthex.

A true-blue Lutheran, one of my other favorites is "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and the Scottish-Methodist part of my ancestry loves "Amazing Grace" too. Oh, and lest I forget - I also love anything by the Rightous Brothers and Johnny Cash! Then too - Tom T. Hall's "Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine" is an old favorite of mine as well! Celine Dion - yeah, I'm guilty there of liking her music - a lot!
Eclectic? Probably cause I can listen to classical too and enjoy that!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

Amazing Grace is a good one, but I've got a special place in my heart for "It is Well With My Soul". I also love "Victory in Jesus" because my chuch family back home in K.C. was waiting around for our chairman of the deacons to call our new pastor on the phone one evening and Aunt Aimee (wonderful lady...miss her like you wouldn't believe) got us up and singing "Victory in Jesus" just because...and now I can't sing that song without getting tears in my eyes. It moves my soul because it always takes me back to that moment with that family around me.

And have you heard the version of "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" Mr. Manilow does on his "The Greatest Songs of the Sixties" album? I think you'd like it...he does a nice tribute to the Righteous Brothers, I'd say.

Sandy L.
"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."

12:06 PM  

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