Monday, April 2, 2018
Darling Be Home Soon by John Sebastian
Here's where I ruin that John Sebastian song everyone likes.
I think this song is usually sung much more upbeat than the words tell it to be. John Sebastian performed it on a lark at Woodstock, which I think is so cool. He just happened to be backstage and they needed an acoustic act, so he grabbed a guitar, took the scaffold, and happened to have Darling Be Home Soon in his head from his days with Lovin' Spoonful (they'd recently broken up).
He tells the whole story in this awesome book I love.
I enjoy the idea that all a person wants is to talk with his lover while she's away. I'm kind of going through this with someone right now. All I can really imagine is lying in bed and discussing and hatching adventures we can go on together.
I hope my interpretation conveys that feeling a little more than the original.
Achy Breaky Heart Acoustic Cover
Here's where I ruin that Billy-Ray Cyrus song everyone liked. I always thought it would be better as a sad song because the lyrics are really a downer. It reads like what you would write if you were making fun of an old-fashioned country break-up song.
I especially like all the poetic turns the song makes around body parts in general and fingers/lips in particular.
You can tell my lips to tell my fingertips they won't be reaching out for you no more.
You can tell your brother Cliff whose fist can tell my lip he never liked me anyway.
That's pretty golden because it rhymes both halves of the song in a way that links them thematically and gives your brain a little flash of slanted recollection. It's a neat little song, and even though it does not stand up to the test of time, I can see why it was such a huge success.