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Lyrics that would make interesting books
Another fun theme from these imaginative folks! This week’s theme is about music . . . specifically, songs that I think would make interesting books. That topic makes me think of ballads. These songs were all popular in my teenage years and I still enjoy them today. (Click on titles for YouTube viewing.)
The MTA (The Kingston Trio)
Whether it was the Kingston Trio, Brothers Four, or New Christy Minstrels, folk music was and continues to be one of my favorite musical genres. The MTA tells of a man named Charlie trapped on Boston's subway system, then known as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). The song was originally recorded as a mayoral campaign song for Progressive Party candidate, Walter A. O'Brien.
Well, let me tell you of the story of a man named Charlie
On a tragic and fateful day
He put ten cents in his pocket, kissed his wife and family
Went to ride on the MTA
Charlie handed in his dime at the Kendall Square station
And he changed for Jamaica Plain
When he got there the conductor told him, "One more nickel"
Charlie couldn't get off of that train
Now, ye citizens of Boston, don't you think it's a scandal
How the people have to pay and pay?
Fight the fare increase, vote for George O'Brian
Get poor Charlie off the MTA
Or else he'll never return
No he'll never return and his fate is still unlearned
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned
Reuben James (Kenny Rogers)
Reuben James, which tells the story of a share cropper and the white child he befriended, was the first song I ever heard by Kenny Rogers and is still my favorite of his.
Reuben James, in my song you’ll live again
And the phrases that I rhyme
Are just the footsteps out of time
From the time when I knew you Reuben James
The gossip of Madison County died with child
And although your skin was black
You were the one that didn’t turn your back
On a hungry white child with no name, Reuben James
With your mind on my soul and a Bible in your right hand
You said turn the other cheek
There’s a better world a waiting for the meek
In my head those words remain from Reuben James
The Long Black Train (Josh Turner)
Just watch this video and imagine what stories it could inspire!
There's a long black train comin' down the line
Feeding off the souls that are lost and cryin'
Rails of sin, only evil remains
Watch out, brother, for that long black train
'Cause there's victory in the Lord, I say
Victory in the Lord
Cling to the Father and his Holy name
And don't go ridin' on that long black train
Three Coins in the Fountain (Frank Sinatra)
Three coins in the fountain
Each one seeking happiness
Thrown by three hopeful lovers
Which one will the fountain bless?
Ballad of a Teenage Queen (Johnny Cash)
Girl in love with the boy next door…enticed by all that Hollywood offered…realizes her mistake…comes back to boy next door. Now isn’t that the perfect romance storyline?
There's a story in our town
Of the prettiest girl around
Golden hair and eyes of blue
How those eyes could flash at you
Boys hung 'round her by the score
But she loved the boy next door who worked at the candy store
He would marry her next spring
Saved his money, bought a ring
Then one day a movie scout
Came to town to take her out
Hollywood could offer more
So she left the boy next door working at the candy store
Then one day the teenage star
Sold her house and all her cars
Gave up all her wealth and fame
Left it all and caught a train
Do I have to tell you more
She came back to the boy next door who worked at the candy store
Now this story has some more, you'll hear it all at the candy store
Healing Rain (Michael W. Smith)
To be washed in Heaven’s rain...This video gives me chills. Watch it if you have time. Imagine a book filled with stories of grace, forgiveness and hope!
Healing rain is coming down
It's coming nearer to this old town
Rich and poor, weak and strong
It's bringing mercy, it won't be long
Healing rain is coming down
It's coming closer to the lost and found
Tears of joy, and tears of shame
Are washed forever in Jesus' name
And only You, the Son of man
Can take a leper and let him stand
So lift your hands, they can be held
By someone greater, the great I Am
Healing rain, I'm not afraid
To be washed in Heaven's rain
So many other songs came to mind after I finished this post – like Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry, Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra. What are some of your ideas?