Tag Archives: 80s

I’ve lived to see the sun break through the storm…

Joe Cocker was nominated for a Grammy for this song in the early 80s, but somehow it never made it onto one of his albums and I don’t think it was performed in concert.  It’s a pity- it’s a beautiful song. Full lyrics HERE.

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Eyes On

I think this video appeals to me because it’s the 80s viewed through the eyes of a 70s guy– like me.  I also like the way he wails like an air raid siren at about the  2:43 mark.  🙂 Full lyrics HERE.

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Let There Be Songs To Fill The Air

 And that, of course, reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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The Other End

 This song was cowritten by Elvis Costello and Aimee Mann, and they both used it on their respective albums.  You can hear Costello singing in the background of Mann’s version. Full lyrics HERE.

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Crimson, White, and Indigo

  A beautiful rendition of a beautiful song.  I love the interaction between Phil and Jerry (bass and guitar) at the end. Full lyrics available at The Annotated Grateful Dead, HERE.

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And forgetting the love we bring

This is Deadhead (and former Senator) Al Franken’s favorite version of Althea: Full lyrics HERE.

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Night Fever

I was surprised at how much I liked this! Full lyrics HERE.

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The Sun Will Shine If We Let It…

This was not a big hit (or even a small one) for Joe Cocker, but it’s one of my favorites; just a sweet, gentle love song: Full lyrics HERE.

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Are we the masqueraders?

Full lyrics HERE.

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Do you wonder?

Full lyrics HERE.

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Alliteration

When I was growing up the local pizza place, DeLios, had a jukebox, and I would always bring a few dimes to play this song. If I hadn’t told you it’s by ZZ Top you might think it’s a Bob Seger song. The vocal style is similar. (Of course, if you’re not Of A Certain …

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Brokedown Palace

Lyrically, I think this is one of the Grateful Dead’s very best.  You can read them HERE.

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Still searching for salvation…

One of the best duets of all time. Full lyrics HERE.

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Dropping all that

“Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.”  ~Charlotte Joko Beck And that reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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Ha’ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana

This song is absolutely beautiful and completely ridiculous. Full lyrics HERE.

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What It Takes

If you ever meet a man who claims to have been the accordion player in Aerosmith, he might not be lying. Full lyrics HERE.

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And Smiled

“You could be intimidated by him, his height and thinness and black-clad persona and sunglasses, but if he pushed his sunglasses onto the bridge of his nose, you saw his turquoise eyes, and when he looked at you and smiled, it was like, ‘Oh my God, the sun came out!’” ~Paulina Porizkova, about her late …

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Tragic Young Girls

I remember the first time I heard Teen Angel as a kid, on the radio.  It was so ridiculously over-the-top that I burst out laughing, certain that everyone was in on the joke– then turned to see my little sister, tears streaming down her face, glaring at me as if I were some kind of …

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The Breakup Song

This one took me a while to find because all I could remember was “Uh-uh-uh, uh-uh-uh-uh-uh,” and you can’t Google that. The Greg Kihn Band is still together and still touring, although not as much as they did when they were young.  Their website is HERE. Full lyrics HERE.  

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The future’s open wide…

I like two things about this song:  the interesting way they use the drums to emphasize the chorus, and the optimism of the lyrics. Full lyrics HERE.

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