The Four Seasons – “Beggin'”

Beggin’” is a song by the American band The Four Seasons also known as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It was released in February 1967. This song was composed by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina.

The second single from the Four Seasons’ New Gold Hits album in 1967, “Beggin’” marked Gaudio’s “return” as the Seasons’ songwriter, with a combination of Valli’s impassioned soul singing and the band’s more contemporary instrumentation. It reached the #16 position on the Hot 100 charts, continuing the group’s string of Billboard Top 20 hits.

Lyrics:

Put your lovin’ hand out, baby
I’m beggin’
Beggin’, put your lovin’ hand out, baby
Beggin’ you, put your lovin’ hand out, baby
Ridin’ high when I was king
Played it hard and fast cause I had everything
Walked away, wonderin’ then
But easy come and easy go and it would endI’m beggin’ you, won’t you give your hand out, baby
Beggin’, put your lovin’ hand out, babyI need you to understand
That I tried so hard to be a man
The kind of man you’d want in the end
Only then can I begin to live again

An empty shell I used to be
Shadow of my life is hangin’ over me
Broken man that I don’t know
Will leave it standing, devil’s dancing with my soul

Beggin’ you, won’t you give your hand out, baby
Beggin’ you, put your lovin’ hand out, baby

I’m fightin’ hard to hold my own
No, I just can’t make it all alone
I’m holdin’ on, I can’t fall back
Now that big brass ring is a shade of black

I’m beggin’ you, give your hand out, baby
Beggin’, won’t you put your lovin’ hand out, baby

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Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”


Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is a song by the English band Tears for Fears. It was released in 18 March 1985. It was the band’s ninth single release in the United Kingdom and seventh UK Top 30 chart hit, peaking at number two in April 1985. In the U.S., this was their first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit on 8 June 1985, remaining there for two weeks.

The concept is quite serious – it’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes.
Curt Smith

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is a line from the 1980 Clash song “Charlie Don’t Surf.”This song is about the quest for power, and how it can have unfortunate consequences. In an interview with Mix magazine, the band’s producer Chris Hughes explained that they spent months working on “Shout,” and near the end of the sessions, Roland Orzabal came into the studio and played two simple chords on his acoustic guitar, which became the basis for the song.

It was written and recorded in two weeks and was the final track to be added to the Songs from the Big Chair album. The shuffle beat was alien to our normal way of doing things. It was jolly rather than square and rigid in the manner of ‘Shout’, but it continued the process of becoming more extrovert.
Roland Orzabal

Lyrics:
Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

Acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most

Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can’t stand this indecision
Paired with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you’ll never never never never need it
One headline why believe it ?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

Metallica – “Wherever I May Roam”

“Wherever I May Roam” is a song by Metallica which was released as the fourth single from their eponymous fifth studio album, Metallica (also known as The Black Album). Released in October 19, 1992, this song was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich about their life on the road. At the time of the release of the album, Metallica had been on the road for nearly a decade. They used to have up to 200 shows on their tours. The song talks about the weary travels during and at the end of the tour.
The original recording of the song is notable for its interesting instrumentation: Asian instruments such as a gong and sitar feature, along with an overdubbed Warwick twelve-string bass used by the bassist Jason Newsted.

Lyrics:
(And the road becomes my bride)

And the road becomes my bride
I have stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need

And with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay a slave

Roamer, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

(And the earth becomes my throne)

And the earth becomes my throne
I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I’ve grown
By myself but not alone
I ask no one

And my ties are severed clean
Less I have the more I gain
Off the beaten path I reign

Roamer, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll never mind anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind
And I’ll take my find anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home
I say!

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

Carved upon my stone
My body lie, but still I roam,
Yeah yeah!

Wherever I may roam
Wherever I may roam
Woah

Wherever I may roam
Wherever I may roam
Yeah!

Wherever I may wander, wander, wander
Wherever I may roam

Yeah, yeah, wherever I may roam

Yeah, yeah, wherever i may roam
Wherever I may roam
Wherever I may roam

Review: The Song of Achilles

The Song of AchillesThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a novel set in ancient Greece and tells the story of the love between Achilles and Patroclus. The title could refer to a song sung by Achilles or it could also refer to a song sung about Achilles.

The title of the book may be The Song of Achilles but the story is narrated by Patroclus, an awkward young prince who has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia after accidentally murdering his friend over a game of dice. Achilles, ‘best of all the Greeks’, is everything Patroclus is not — strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess and yet Achilles takes Patroclus under his wing and soon they develop steadfast friendship. From there on, their bond develops into something deeper, much to the outrage of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

 

“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.” – Patroclus

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Achilles joins their cause to fulfill his destiny to become the greatest warrior of all time. Patroclus, through fear and love for his companion, follows Achilles to fight in the war, neither of them knowing what tests the future years will hold for them.

I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology. So, I decided to read this modern retelling of Homer’s the Illiad. Miller has taken one of the most legendary and familiar of stories from the Illiad and successfully managed to create a modern masterpiece out of it. In the Illiad, Patroclus is a relatively minor character. But in this book Patroclus is chosen as the narrator which would have been quite tricky after his death but Miller pulls it off brilliantly. Patroclus’s narration gives a convincing account of his childhood, the events leading up to the Trojan War and the War itself.

This depiction of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a overwhelming love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

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