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Sunday Sounds – Graham Cash

Songs for Beginners is Graham Nash’s first solo album, released in May 1971, and one of four high-profile albums released by each partner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Déjà Vu album of 1970.

At its heart, however, Songs For Beginners is an album of love songs…tales of lost love, yes, but a romantic collection nonetheless.

No less than three songs among the eleven – “Better Days,” “Simple Man,” and “I Used To Be A King” – deal with Nash’s heartbroken break-up with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, of whom he wrote the CSNY gem “Our House.”

“I Used To Be A King” – Graham Nash

I used to be a King and everything around me turned to gold
I thought I had everything and now I’m left without a hand to hold
But it’s all right I’m O.K. How are you?
For what it’s worth I must say I loved you
And in my bed late at night, I miss you
Someone is going to take my heart
But no one is going to break my heart again

I used to be a King and everything around me turned to rust
It’s `cause I built my life on sand
And I watched it crumble in the dust
But it’s all right I’m O.K. and I want to know
how you are
For what it’s worth I must say I loved you as you are
And in my bed where are you?
Someone is going to take my heart
But no one is going to break my heart again
I used to be a King and everything around  me turned around
But I know all I have to do is sing
And I’ll lift myself way off the ground
Yeah, but it’s all right I’m O.K. How are you?
For what it’s worth I must say I loved you
And in my bed late at night where are you?
Someone is going to take my heart
But no one is going to break my heart again

Another song here, “Wounded Bird,” was written for friend and bandmate Stephen Stills, who was going through his own break-up with folk singer Judy Collins.

“Wounded Bird” – Graham Nash

I’ve watched you go through changes
That no man should face alone
Take to heel or tame the horse
The choice is still your own
But arm yourself against the pain
A wounded bird can give
And in the end remember
It’s with you you have to live
And in the end remember
It’s with you you have to live
Stand your ground I think you’ve got
The guts it takes to win
But you must learn to turn the keys
Before she’ll let you in
And understand the problems of the girl you want
So near or you’ll wear the coat of questions `til the
Answer hat is here
You’ll wear the coat of questions `til the
Answer hat is here
Serenade your angel with a love song from your eyes
Grow a little taller even though your age defies
Feel a little smaller
And in stature you will rise
A hobo or a poet must kill dragons for a bride;
And humble pie is always hard to swallow
With your pride

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June 27, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

24

When we last saw Jack Bauer (Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Kiefer Sutherland), his life was hanging in the balance. But, true to form, the hardest man in television is back for another heart stopping, action-packed series of the award-winning US drama series 24. With a relocation to New York, the return of CTU and new exciting cast additions, this season looks set to follow Day 7 in being one of the best yet when it returns to Sky1 HD and Sky1 on Sunday 24 January.

At the start of 24’s new, eighth season, Bauer is hoping for a quiet life with his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert, Captivity) and his granddaughter. However, a group of terrorists have other plans and an assassination plot against a visiting Middle Eastern leader Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor, Slumdog Millionaire) is uncovered. It’s not long before Bauer is called upon to help prevent Hassan’s murder.

Kiefer Sutherland said: “Season 7 and 8…are really connected together. The storylines from Season 7 really do play all the way through into Season 8. The setup for [this season] is the most realistic political thing that I think we’ve ever done since we started the show. This season is more grounded in what possibly could happen. There’s a sense of reality that almost brings it back to Season 1.”

CTU is back in action and based in New York, headed up by Special Agent Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson, Forrest Gump). He is joined by brainy bombshell Dana Walsh (Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica) and her fiancé, head of field operation Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr, I Know What You Did Last Summer).

Returning for Day 8 are CTU devotee Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub, Little Miss Sunshine), Renee Walker (Annie Wersching, General Hospital) and President Allison Taylor played by Cherry Jones (Ocean’s Twelve) fresh from her Emmy® win for her work on Day 7. Plus, villainous ex-president Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin, The Mentalist) is set to return when Taylor enlists him to assist with an escalating crisis. “The opportunity for these two remarkable actors to share the stage was simply too compelling to pass up,” said executive producer Howard Gordon of the unison of the current and previous presidents.

24 Day 8 looks set to add another enthralling, shock-filled chapter to the series when it launches with a double bill in January 2010.

This is all an excuse to post this track which was a favourite of Fiona’s.

“4+20” – Crosby Stills Nash & Young

4+20 years ago
I come into this life
The song of a woman
And a man who lived in strife
He was tired of being poor
And he wasn’t into selling door to door
And he worked like the devil to be more

A different kind of poverty now upsets my soul
Night after sleepless night
I walk the floor and I want to know
Why am I so alone?
Where is my woman can I bring her home?
Have I driven her away?
Is she gone?

Morning comes to sunrise
And I’m driven to my bed
I see that it is empty
And there’s devils in my head
I embrace the many colored beast
I grow weary of the torment
Can there be no peace?
And I find myself just wishing that my life would simply cease

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Television | , , | 2 Comments

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is the third track on Neil Young’s album After the Gold Rush. The song was supposedly written for Graham Nash after Nash’s split from Joni Mitchell, though Young in interviews has been somewhat tentative in admitting or remembering this. Released as a single in October 1970, it became Young’s first top 40 hit as a solo artist, peaking at number 33 in the U.S. The single was issued with a Crazy Horse version of “Birds” (rather than the solo piano version of the album) on the B-side, apparently accidentally.

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This version however is taken from the recent Neil Young Archives collection and is a live take by Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

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“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” – CSN&Y

When you were young
and on your own
How did it feel
to be alone?
I was always thinking
of games that I was playing.
Trying to make
the best of my time.

But only love
can break your heart
Try to be sure
right from the start
Yes only love
can break your heart
What if your world
should fall apart?

I have a friend
I’ve never seen
He hides his head
inside a dream
Someone should call him
and see if he can come out.
Try to lose
the down that he’s found.

But only love
can break your heart
Try to be sure
right from the start
Yes only love
can break your heart
What if your world
should fall apart?

I have a friend
I’ve never seen
He hides his head
inside a dream
Yes, only love
can break your heart
Yes, only love
can break your heart

To buy the music of Neil Young click HERE

 

Here is a cool cover version:-

 

By co-incidence you can pop over to the great Vinyl Villian where you can download a MP3 of a version of this version

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Our House…………….not

“Our House” – Crosby Stills Nash & Young

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October 7, 2009 Posted by | Humour, Interesting Fact, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Crosby Stills Nash & Young

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A hard week awaits as Fiona would have been 50 years young come 12.20pm on Wednesday, so in her memory the posts this week will feature her favourite music.

First up is “Deja Vu”  the 1970 album from Crosby Stills Nash & Young.which was one of Fiona’s all time favourite albums.

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March 23, 2009 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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