I watch it all roll by…

Standing on the moon
With nothing left to do
A lovely view of heaven
But I’d rather be with you…

Full lyrics HERE.

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It Takes Two

I’ve never actually seen a couple dance the tango, except in movies.  In the movies it’s always an overdressed couple in an expensive nightclub, and the dance scene is seldom about the dance.

This setting gives it a whole different feeling.

But I’m never alone…

Full lyrics HERE.

It’s easy to forget how expressive Alice Cooper could be on the slow songs.  The makeup and goofy anthems like School’s Out came to define him, and he is so much more than that.  I’m sure the song above is largely autobiographical, whether or not he realized it at the time.

If you like concept albums, be sure to look up The Last Temptation. It’s all about sin, fall, and redemption– not exactly themes he is known for– and I’d rank it high on my list of favorite albums. You have to listen to it in its entirety at least the first time; out of order, the songs lose their context. But this is one I’d recommend everyone listen to at least once.

Fading

 

I remember missing the bell at recess when I was a small boy.  While I was engrossed watching bugs in a field, the rest of the class had lined up in rows and marched in unison back to their desks.  I looked up and found myself all alone.

It’s a peculiar kind of loneliness when you realize everyone has left, and no one noticed you weren’t with them.

The older I get, the more familiar that feeling becomes.

Full lyrics HERE.

Running Scared

This is a weird little song.  It’s very short, has a military feel to it, and there’s no chorus; it’s sort of an operatic vignette.  The range is so extreme that it’s almost never been covered, although Jeff Lynne did give it his best (link).

It’s a neat little thing.