Come on come on, untwist my legs
Pull my arms a lot
How did I get so tied up
In this yoga knot
You tell me just how
I can take this yoga serious
When all it ever gives to me
is a pain in my posteriors
~ Elvis Presley “Yoga is as Yoga Does”
ADDENDUM TO YOGA PLAYLIST (Draft 1A)
Additions to our yoga playlist (mostly from Jesse) with the Dylan numbers that Anne suggested but I missed:
- If Not for You ~ Bob Dylan
- Shelter from the Storm ~ Bob Dylan
- Gotta Serve Somebody ~ Bob Dylan
- Jenny (867-5309) ~ Tommy Tutone (for Jen R)
- Love Shack – The B-52s
- Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On – Jimmy Buffett
- Southern Cross – Crosby Stills & Nash
- Bring Back the Magic – Jimmy Buffett
- Wiggle It – 2 in a Room
- Let’s Get This Party Started – Pink
- Come Together – The Beatles
- All You Need is Love – The Beatles
- Dancing in the Streets – The Grateful Dead
- Lean on Me – The Temptations
- Yoga Is as Yoga Does – Elvis Presley (WHAT??? Click here for these lyrics)
- Do You Believe in Magic ~ The Lovin’ Spoonful
- Cast Off All My Fears ~ The Allman Brothers Band
- Don’t Look Back ~ Boston
- Accentuate the Positive ~ Frank Sinatra/Perry Como/Al Jerreau/Willie Nelson
- Time to Change ~ The Brady Bunch (Jesse assures us the lyrics are worthy. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!)
- Alice’s Restaurant ~ Arlo Guthrie (in honor of our girl)
- I Can See Clearly Now ~ Jimmy Cliff
- Positive Vibration ~ Bob Marley
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How to Find Song Lyrics Online
It’s not too hard to find lyrics when you know the name of the song and/or artist, but sometimes those two pieces of information elude you. The following tip my son taught me is worth having in your back pocket — thanks Austin — especially if the idea of using song lyrics for a class theme appeals to you. It’s also handy for those times a song line gets stuck in your head but you can’t remember any more. A phenomenon that usually happens in the middle of the night.
Simply type the line or phrase into the Google search bar WITH QUOTES AROUND IT followed by the word lyrics. Let’s use an example from the Simon & Garfunkel song The Sounds of Silence. Suppose all that was rattling around in your head was the first line: “Hello darkness, my old friend.” Open Google and type: “hello darkness” lyrics in the search bar. Note: the more unusual the phrase the less words you have to use inside the quotes. Using that trick, I can find the lyrics, song title and artist to just about any song in less than a minute. Then, it’s over to iTunes where it’s WAY too easy to purchase a song in just a few clicks.
I found a great online article ~ How to Find a Song ~ with much more detailed information and advanced search techniques to find songs, sheet music, MP3’s and even vinyls which may be more obscure, including oldies (like what’s on the “B” side) and even instrumentals. Check it out at: AllButForgottenOldies.net. Okay, I really am sounding like an old lady now!
Lyrical License: Kiss this Guy
I use lyric searches with regularity because I tend to be uncertain of exactly what’s being said. More than a few times, I’ve been wrong. (The audience gasps!) A line from the song Bitch that I wrote about in my last post is one such example: “I’m your hell, I’m your dream.” Until yesterday, I thought she was singing: “I’m your ‘F,’ I’m your dream.” ‘F’ as in … well, never mind … but literally, I thought she was saying the letter “F”!
All of which reminds me of one of the funniest websites I’ve run across, Kiss This Guy, a collection of misheard lyrics and the stories behind them. I found it one night as I was attempting to settle an argument about a line from Maria Maldaur’s 1974 hit Midnight at the Oasis. The question at hand … “Did she SING the camels to bed or SEND the camels to bed?” Turning to the computer for answers, we stumbled across Kiss This Guy and stayed there for the next several hours laughing until we cried at some of the mistakes and the stories behind them.
- From Midnight at the Oasis … “Midnight after your wasted” Actually, that one makes more sense with the whole camel thing. By the way, she SENT them to bed.
- From The Sounds of Silence (Hello Darkness) … “Hello Douglas my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you and Jen.” The guy wondered whatever happened to the couple after that first stanza.
- From More than a Woman ~ BeeGees … “Bald-headed woman, bald-headed woman to me,” I don’t know WHAT to say here.
- From The Authority Song ~ John Cougar Mellencamp (I fight authority, authority always wins) … “I fight Dorothy, Dorothy always wins!” Obviously, a Wizard of Oz reference.
- From Addicted to Love ~ Robert Palmer (You might as well face it, you’re addicted to love) … “My name is Perry Mason, I’m addicted to drugs.” Do you think Earl Stanley Gardner knew about this?
- From Stairway to Heaven ~ Led Zeplin (And as we wind on down the road) … “There’s a wino down the road.” Okay, certainly not out of the realm of possibilities, we’re talking Led Zeplin!
- From O Canada, the Canadian national anthem ~ have to include this one where I graduated from high school. (O Canada, we stand on guard for thee) … “Oh Canada, we stand on cars and freeze!” Again, this one actually makes more sense. I know … I lived there, I froze there!
I am sure you all have a couple of your own — and please share — but in the meantime, here’s a link to their RSS feed. The site itself is set up as a database that you can search by song title or artist, so look for your favorites. Be sure and check it out, but do fix yourself a cup of tea and go to the bathroom first. You’ll be there awhile.
Yoga is as yoga does there’s no in-between
Your either with it on the ball
or you’ve blown the scene.
Goodnight everybody, Elvis has left the building.