The Beatles – “Love Me Do”

Love Me Do” is the Beatles’ first single released on 5 October 1962. When it was released in England by Parlophone Records, it peaked at number seventeen; in 1982 it was re-promoted and reached number four. In the United States the single was a number one hit in 1964.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this in 1958, when John was 17 and Paul was 16. They made time for songwriting by skipping school. They had written songs before, but this was the first one they liked enough to record. When they played this for an audition with Parlophone Records, the producer they auditioned for was George Martin, who became a key figure in Beatles history as he helped shape their sound. He started tinkering with the song right away, adding the harmonica part. Fortunately, John Lennon knew how to play the harmonica and was able to come up with something.

When this was released in England, it was not a big hit. The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was so confident in the group that he gave the single a big marketing push by buying a bunch of copies of it (some say 10,000) for his record store, which helped get it on the charts and ensured more exposure for the band. Before they recorded this, Lennon always sang the lead vocal, but when his harmonica part was added, McCartney had to sing it because Lennon’s mouth was full of harmonica. Paul claims that you can hear the fear in his voice at the audition.

The Doors – “The End”

The End” is a song by The Doors from the album The Doors. Released in 4 January 1967, it was written by Jim Morrison. The Doors developed this song during live performances at the Whisky a Go Go, a Los Angeles club where they were the house band in 1966. They had to play two sets a night, so they were forced to extend their songs in order to fill the sets. This gave them a chance to experiment with their songs. This started as a short song about a farewell to a girl, and developed into an 11 minute epic. The band would perform the song to close their last set. It was first released in January 1967. The song was recorded live in the studio with no overdubbing. Two takes were done and the second take is the one that was issued.

In 1969, Morrison stated:

Everytime I hear that song, it means something else to me. It started out as a simple good-bye song…. Probably just to a girl, but I see how it could be a goodbye to a kind of childhood. I really don’t know. I think it’s sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be.

Interviewed by Lizze James, he pointed out the meaning of the verse “My only friend, the End”:

Sometimes the pain is too much to examine, or even tolerate….That doesn’t make it evil, though – or necessarily dangerous. But people fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah – I guess it is a friend…

This is supposedly the last song Morrison heard. The night he died, he was playing old Doors albums, ending with this one. This was the last song on that album. This was recorded with the lights off and only one candle burning next to Morrison.

Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams”


“You Make My Dreams” is a single by Hall & Oates. Released in May 2, 1981, this single is from their album Voices. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981.

In the October 16, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Daryl Hall listed this as one of his Top 5 Hall & Oates songs. He explained:

“It’s funny – it’s ubiquitous, especially now. I think because it’s such a happy song, just a pure expression of joy. And it’s set to a really old-time-gospel kind of groove. The fact that they use it in a pivotal scene in (500) Days of Summer… I’m very flattered.”

Hall & Oates wrote this keyboard-driven classic with Sara Allen, who was Daryl’s girlfriend and the subject of the song “Sara Smile.” John Oates in 2011 said of the track:

“It’s a great song, simple as that. Good songs are good songs. They stand on their own, they can be stripped away of the production. A song is what happens when a writer sits down on their individual instrument and creates something out of nothing. And there’s magic involved and there’s inspiration involved. ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ represents a vibe, it represents a collaboration between myself and Daryl and the band in the studio in the ’80s. Its simplicity and directness is where the charm lies in that song.”


LYRICS:

What I want, you’ve got
And it might be hard to handle
But like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame
What I’ve got’s full stock of thoughts and dreams that scatter
You pull them all together
And how, I can’t explain
But you make my dreams come true
On a night when bad dreams become a screamer

When they’re messin’ with the dreamer
I can laugh it in the face
Twist and shout my way out
And wrape yourself around me
‘Cause I ain’t the way that you found me
I’ll never be the same
‘Cause you make my dreams come true
I’m down on the daydream
That sleepwalk should be over by now
I know that you make my dreams come true

The Beach Boys – “Feel Flows”

Feel Flows” is a song by the American rock band The Beach Boys from their 1971 album Surf’s Up. Released in August 30, 1971, this song was written by Carl Wilson and Jack Rieley. Carl Wilson’s lead vocals were recorded using reverse echo.

We have Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wison and their manager at the time, Jack Rieley, to thank for this ethereal song packed with lyrics like “Encasing all embracing wreath of repose.” While his brother Brian Wilson wrote most of The Beach Boys classics, Carl had a big part in the Surf’s Up, doing a lot of production work on the album and also co-writing “Long Promised Road” with Rieley – Carl sang lead on both tracks as well. Explaining the spiritual nature of his songs, Carl said, “We believe in God as universal consciousness. God is love, God is you, God is me, God is everything here in this room.”

Lyrics:
Unfolding enveloping missiles of soul
Recall senses sadly
Mirage like soft blue like lanterns below
To light the way gladly
Whether whistling heaven’s clouds disappear
Where the wind withers memory
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Unbending never ending tablets of time
Record all the yearning
Unfearing all appearing message divine
Eases the burning
Whether willing witness waits at my mind
Whether hope dampens memory
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Encasing all embracing wreath of repose
Engulfs all the senses
Imposing, unclosing thoughts that compose
Retire the fences
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether harps heal the memory
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel flows (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feelings to grow (White hot glistening shadowy flows)

White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows

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

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