Saying goodbye might be the hardest thing in life. Whether we have to separate from a friend or someone we love, goodbyes can completely change you and leave an everlasting impact. However, the change doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad one. Sometimes people say goodbye to save themselves and start a new life. Regardless of the situation, the theme of saying farewell to a loved one or to a friend has been a popular music theme for generations. Here is a personal selection of 10 songs that deal with the issue of saying goodbye and experiencing pain when the person you love is no longer here with you. I do hope you enjoy the playlist and remind yourself of those classics! ^^
Def Leppard – Goodbye Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday Motley Crue – Time For Change Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me Ozzy Osbourne – See You On The Other Side
The Guess Who – No Time
Roy Orbison – Cryin
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Def Leppard – Goodbye
You won’t ever have to say goodbye You won’t ever have to say “I’ve wasted all my time” If the dream you dream ain’t what it seems Just look into my eyes You won’t ever have to say goodbye…
Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye
Remember how we used to talk About busting out – we’d break their hearts Together – forever Never say goodbye, never say goodbye You and me and my old friends Hoping it would never end Say goodbye, never say goodbye Holdin’ on – we got to try Holdin’ on to never say goodbye
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same If I saw you in heaven? I must be strong And carry on, ‘Cause I know I don’t belong Here in heaven…
Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
She would never say where she came from Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone While the sun is bright Or in the darkest night No one knows She comes and goes Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday Who could hang a name on you? When you change with every new day Still I’m gonna miss you…
Motley Crue – Time For Change
The lines on their faces so deep, yeah A revolution, or reach out And touch the day We’re overdue, child Change Now it’s time for change Nothing stays the same Now it’s time for change…
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
…Love’s strange so real in the dark Think of the tender things that we were working on Slow change may pull us apart When the light gets into your heart, baby Don’t You Forget About Me Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t You Forget About Me…
Ozzy Osbourne – See You On The Other Side
Leaving, I Hate To See You Cry Grieving, I Hate To Say Goodbye Dust And Ash Forever, Yeah Though I Know We Must Be Parted As Sure As Stars Are In The Sky I’m Gonna See You When It Comes To Glory And I’ll See You, I’ll See You On The Other Side Yes, I’ll See You, I’ll See You On The Other Side…
The Guess Who – No Time
No time for a summer friend No time for the love you send Seasons change and so did I You need not wonder why You need not wonder why There’s no time left for you No time left for you…
Roy Orbison – Cryin
Oh, you wished me well You, you couldn’t tell That I’d been crying over you Crying over you When you said, “So long” Left me standing all alone Alone and crying, crying Crying, crying…
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
…Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone Only darkness every day. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone And this house just ain’t no home…
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Women will always remain the number one inspiration for all rock musicians. In addition to the theme of heartbreak, sadness and betrayal, however, throughout the years we have also witnessed how rockers incorporate the theme of “femme fatale” in their songs. Personally, I’m quite fond of the “tough girl” topic and I really enjoy songs that portray women in such way. I thought about this topic and came up with this playlist, featuring classic rock songs about girls who know how to leave an impression and make a man’s heart go wild… I would also like to focus on the lyrics because above all, that’s how musicians convey their thoughts and feelings…and in these cases, the lyrics are more than brilliant…
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough (1993) Foreigner – She’s Too Tough (1984) Foreigner – Woman in Black (1981) Survivor – Popular Girl (1894) Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (1988) Queen – Killer Queen (1974) AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie (1977) AC/DC – She’s Got Balls (1975) Simple Minds – She’s a River (1995) Billy Joel – Stiletto (1978) + Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale (1967)
Hall & Oates – Maneater (1982)
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough (1993)
Love loaded she’s got plenty to spare She’ll pull your trigger if only you dare She’s no angel… … She’s too tough Can’t help it, She just can’t help it She’s too tough Can’t help it, She just can’t help it … Hands off, well it’s Catch-22 Y’ can’t touch if she can’t have you She’s no angel, oh no… Whiplash give you six of the best Lay back let her mind do the rest She’s no angel…
Foreigner – She’s Too Tough (1984)
Well, she’s a hard headed woman Got a mean attitude I may have bitten off more than I can chew I get a little light headed At her altitude But she goes one step higher If I’m going to spend the rest of my life With a woman like that, I better think twice … She’s too tough I said she’s too tough From the moment she wakes up Her mind is made up She’s too tough, she’s too tough…
Foreigner – Woman in Black (1981)
I knew the moment I walked through that door I felt so close to a burning sensation It got so warm As I moved across the floor My body aching with anticipation … I saw a dark silhouette, at the table I tried to talk, but I was unable She drew me in right under her spell I was hypnotized by the sudden temptation … Of that woman in black, she’s a mystery She’s everything a woman should be Woman in black, she’s got a hold on me She’s in control, she won’t set me free…
Survivor – Popular Girl (1894)
When she walks in the room, every eye in the place Turns to follow her every move She’s arrived on the scene in her diamonds and jeans World class — she’s got nothing to prove It takes a long time to know her, whe gives it up a little at a time … She’s gettin’ what she wants She’s a popular girl Settin’ those hearts on fire Everybody wants to be Part of her world She’s a popular girl Such a popular girl … She walks down the street, knocks ’em dead on their feet With a casual nonchalance When she’s breaking your heart, she’s the state of the art With license to take what she wants It takes a hard man to hold her, she likes to get a little out of line…
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (1988)
…She’s Saying That’s Ok Hey Baby Do What You Please I Have The Stuff That You Want I Am The Thing That You Need She Looked Me Deep In The Eyes She’s Touchin’ Me So To Start She Says There’s No Turnin’ Back She Trapped Me In Her Heart Dirty Diana…
Queen – Killer Queen (1974)
Caviar and cigarettes Well versed in etiquette Extraordinarily nice … …Perfume came naturally from Paris For cars she couldn’t care less Fastidious and precise … She’s a Killer Queen Gunpowder, gelatine Dynamite with a laser beam Guaranteed to blow your mind Anytime…
AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie (1977)
Wanna tell you story About woman I know When it comes to lovin’ She steals the show She ain’t exactly pretty Ain’t exactly small Fourt’two thirt’ninefiftysix You could say she’s got it all … Never had a woman Never had a woman like you Doin’ all the things Doin’ all the things you do Ain’t no fairy story Ain’t no skin and bones But you give it all you got Weighin’ in at nineteen stone You’re a whole lotta woman A whole lotta woman Whole lotta Rosie…
AC/DC – She’s Got Balls (1975)
She’s got style that woman Makes me smile that woman She’s got spunk that woman Funk that woman She’s got speed my lady Got what I need my babe She’s got the ability, hey To make a man outta me … But most important of all Let me tell you My lady’s got balls…
Simple Minds – She’s a River (1995)
Shadow let go There’s something you should know I just found my new direction And I hope you like the key Like the air that led me to it She’s like the wind that sucked me through it She’s a river and she’s turning there in front of me Stand back – get back She’ll paint your blue skies black She gives bullet proof protection Got a resurrection feel When I’m scared, and ’bout to lose She gives me travelling shoes She’s a river and she’s turning in front of me And I go blind Wasting my time While the rivers in front of me That’s where I’m goin’ to be….
Billy Joel – Stiletto (1978)
She cuts you once, she cuts you twice But still you believe The wound is so fresh you can taste the blood But you don’t have strength to leave You’ve been bought, you’ve been sold You’ve been locked outside the door But you stand there pleadin’ With your insides bleedin’ ‘Cause deep down you want some more Then she says she wants forgiveness It’s such a clever masquerade She’s so good with her stiletto You don’t even see the blade…
+ Bonus Tracks
Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale (1967)
Here she comes, you better watch your step She’s going to break your heart in two, it’s true It’s not hard to realize Just look into her false colored eyes She builds you up to just put you down, what a clown ‘Cause everybody knows (She’s a femme fatale) The things she does to please (She’s a femme fatale) She’s just a little tease (She’s a femme fatale) … See the way she walks Hear the way she talks You’re put down in her book You’re number 37, have a look She’s going to smile to make you frown, what a clown Little boy, she’s from the street Before you start, you’re already beat She’s gonna play you for a fool, yes it’s true…
Hall & Oates – Maneater (1982)
I wouldn’t if I were you I know what she can do She’s deadly man And she could really rip your world apart Mind over matter Ooh, the beauty is there But a beast is in the heart … (Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy She’ll chew you up (Oh-oh, here she comes) She’s a maneater…
P.S. – Let’s keep an open mind; Every song is open to interpretation based on personal perceptions! Cheers!
Greetings, everyone! Happy weekend – I hope you guys are doing well and having a wonderful “no-work-for-two-days” time!
For this Saturday’s publication I really wanted to prepare something informative and interesting for my readers. Then, I came up with an idea which hopefully will clear things up for some of you or reaffirm the knowledge of others. Nevertheless, it always feels quite amusing to go back to the beginning of the story of our favorite rock bands and understand how they came up with their music, lyrics, style and unique approach that was able to differentiate them among the numerous other artists in the industry. One of those special and extremely essential aspects of any rock band is of course… their name! Needless to say, in any given situation, whether it’s a company, a product, a person, a street, a city, a rock band…we define, refer, recognize and remember through names.
Some bands have indeed rather peculiar and extraordinary names which clearly identify their music, genre, characteristics and expression. With the following publication, I am going to reveal the origin of their names and try to explain why they chose to call themselves like that. I am sure that many devoted rock fans are quite familiar with the stories behind the names; however there might be people out there who are not so sure and would like to know.
We love and listen to the music of bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, The Ramones and we can’t stop repeating their names. Now, it’s time to find out how they came with them… I chose ten classic, old-school rock bands which I believe have some of the most interesting and memorable names in the history of rock music. Forgive me for the rather peculiar mixture, however those bands do have a lot in common…and it starts with having very cool names!
Let’s start with the fab five! The story begun in 1957, when young John Lennon assembled his skiffle group, first calling it the Black Jacks and eventually changing it into the Quarry Men. Throughout the years, they had a few name changes, such as Johnny and the Moondogs, the Beatals, the Silver Beetles, the Silver Beats, and the Silver Beatles, before they finally settled on the Beatles. John Lennon actually wrote a humorous story about how the name came from. It appeared in an article in a Liverpool magazine. He said, “It came in a vision–a man appeared in a flaming pie and said unto them “From this day on you are Beatles with an A.” “Thank you, Mister Man,” they said, thanking him.” (Paul McCartney even put an album called “Flaming Pie.”)
As far as the serious version is concerned, it’s quite simple – The Crickets (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, and Joe B. Mauldin) were cited as a major inspiration for the name. Furthermore, the misspelling of “beetles” is a play on words, basically describing the unique “beat” of the band. In an interview, Lennon stated, “Well, I remembered the other day when somebody mentioned the Crickets at a press conference. I’d forgotten all about that. I was looking for a name like the Crickets that meant two things, and from Crickets I got to Beatles. I changed the B-e-a because it didn’t mean two things on its own — B, double-e-t-l-e-s didn’t mean two things. So, I changed the ‘a,’ added the ‘e’ to the ‘a’, and it meant two things, then….. It was beat and beetles, and when you said it people thought of crawly things, and when you read it, it was beat music.”
The Rolling Stones
Now I can’t talk about the Beatles and not talk about The Rolling Stones now can I? The story of how they decided to call themselves like that is pretty short and simple as well. The band was heavily influences by Chess Records artists, such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Howlin’ Wolf and many other blues musicians. In June 1962, the band’s line up consisted of Jagger, Jones, Richards, Stewart, Taylor, and drummer Tony Chapman. According to Keith Richards, Brian Jones saw a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor, while he was talking toJazz News on the phone. When they asked him what his band was called, he thought of Muddy Waters’ track “Rollin’ Stone”…the rest is history.
Why did choose to call themselves the Doors? It’s very philosophical and poetical but what else did we expect from the most intense and progressive rock bands of the 60s? Jim Morrison came up with the name which was derived from a passage in William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” – “When the doors of perception are cleansed, things will appear to man as they truly are… infinite.”The same passage also inspired the title of Aldous Huxley’s 1954 essay on his first psychedelic experience – “The Doors of Perception” which Jim Morrison had read.
The details behind the origin of their band name vary, however the story goes like this: At first, the band was playing under multiple names, including “Tea Set”. However, imagine their surprise when they turned up at a gig and found up that another band on the lineup was also called “Tea Set”. Syd Barret, under pressure, had to quickly come up with a new name. The alternative he settled on was The Pink Floyd Sound, after two blues musicians – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council – two of his favorite artists. Barret took the names from his record collection – perhaps he saw the sleeves side by side and had a sudden inspiration – we don’t know for sure. There’s no evidence that those two bluesmen have ever worked or recorder together, despite the fact that some people wishfully believe that Anderson and Council actually made a recording together. The Sound part was dropped quite quickly, but The was kept for a while, until 1970. David Gilmour is also known to have referred to the group as The Pink Floyd as late as 1984.
Queen were originally called “Smile” – quite nice and lovely, right? Singer Freddie Mercury was the one who came up with the new name and this is what he said about it, “Years ago I thought up the name ‘Queen’ … It’s just a name, but it’s very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid … It’s a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of gay connotations, but that was just one face of it.” Many people associate the band name with Freddie’s sexual orientation; however that’s not the case – Queen is a very powerful word and it did open quite a few doors for the band!
When you heard the name “KISS” for the first time you thought about lovely kisses and smooches, right? Well, you may be so close and yet so far… There have been a few speculations about the name of the band. According to a rumor, going around in the 1980s, their name as an acronym for (K)ids (I)n (S)atan’s (S)ervice. Well, KISS did piss a lot of people off with their image and music, so naturally you have no idea how many of them thought of KISS as a “devil band”. Some people even believed that their records included Satanic messages when played backwards. The not so evil version of the story goes like this: Peter Criss, the original drummer of the band was in a car with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley in New York. The members knew that Peter used to be in a band named LIPS. They were brainstorming some ideas about a band name when Paul suddenly said, “How about KISS?”… the rest is history. Ace Frehley was the one who designed the KISS logo in 1973, which is still used today.
It’s time for YES to make their official debut on my blog! I have to say, the band can’t really brag about their name since honestly it’s not so clever or that original. However, that’s the magic of it! The details behind the origin story of the name once again vary. What we know so far is that the band members were having a hard time coming up with a good name but their first gig was coming so they had to think of something quite fast. For their debut gig, they chose the name YES, suggested by Banks as being “short, positive, direct, and memorable”. It was supposed to be a temporary solution but obviously, the name stuck.
Jon Anderson told Yesspeak that while they were brainstorming for band names, Jon Anderson thought of Life, Chris Squire thought of World, and Peter Banks, kept saying yes. They asked him, whether he means “The Yes?” but he said “No, Yes”…
There’s also the “Yellow Submarine” theory, according to which they got the name from the long scene during “It’s Only a Northern Song” where the word “Yes” multiples on the screen in big bold block letters with exclamation points.
Say hello to TheRamones – the Punk Rock Gods I love so much! I’m sure that at one point we were all asking ourselves what does “Ramones” stand for and how did they chose this particular family name? Well, according to sources, they chose the name as a tribute to Paul McCartney who used the alias “Paul Ramone” when he would book or check into hotels, incognito. All band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname “Ramone”, even though that was not their given name and were not related in any way – original members named themselves Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone; other members include Marky Ramone, Richie Ramone, Elvis Ramone and C. J. Ramone.
Guns N’ Roses
I decided to include Guns N’ Roses because to my surprise, a lot of people are not so familiar with the origin story of the band name, which by the way is so short and simple.
When I heard the name for the first time, I thought it was a clever symbolic representation of their music: “guns” – something deadly and dangerous, and “roses” – something gentle and romantic. However, the reason why they chose the name is because of the members’ previous bands. Axl Rose and and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin of Hollywood Rose, joined forces with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. They simply combined the names of both previous group and settled upon Guns N’ Roses.
Coming from Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is probably the heavy metal band that matters the most, judging by the nickname they got – The Metal Gods. The expression “Judas Priest” was once used to cloak the words “Jesus Christ” when these were intended as a curse – something like “Gee” or “Gosh!” However, that’s not the case with Judas Priest. The inspiration for the band name was the song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”, carved into vinyl by Bob Dylan in 1967. Bruno Stapenhill was the one who came up with the name. The band was also regularly rehearsing at his house in Stone Cross.