January 21st, 2020 – Constant Contact

Every once in a while there comes a voice that is unidentifiable yet familiar. Just different enough to make you sit up and take notice but once you do, it puts you so at ease that you can’t imagine your world without it.

This artist is hard to categorize and there are many who have tried. While she is the first to say her roots are in country, she also adds a punk style. And she wasn’t the first to introduce that hybrid genre.

k.d. lang – “Constant Craving”

k.d. lang‘s single “Constant Craving” from her 1992 release “Ingénue” was her biggest hit and a Grammy award winning song but, Lang was a bonafide superstar long before it came out. Indeed she won a Grammy in 1989 with Roy Orbison for a duet of Orbison’s hit “Crying“. That same year she also won a Grammy as Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her album “Absolute Torch and Twang“.

In an interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, k.d. revealed that she was comfortable with the fact that she was never really categorized or fully embraced by the country & western scene. And she understood why. But one thing the music industry and the listening public could not ignore was her tremendous talent. From a small town in Alberta Canada to Nashville, to L.A. to the Pacific Northwest, mainstream success did not elude the vocal powerhouse who could handle country, pop, folk, jazz and probably just about anything else she wanted to sing.

A 2010 performance at the opening of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Lang performed an incredible rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” If you have any curiosity about what a gift from God sounds like, check out that performance. It’s what you crave.

~Lew Hastings

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Constant craving
Has always been

Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
That feeds wisdom
To its youth

Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been

Constant craving
Has always been
Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been

Writer/s: K. D. LANG, BENJAMIN MINK 
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

January 20th, 2020 – A Walk in the Park

I have never been a fan of musicians who feel the need to shout or scream their performances at the top of their lungs. I don’t find that enjoyable, relaxing or mood inducing. However, there is a time and a place for angst laden lyrics and hardcore heavy metal music. Or so I understand.

In all seriousness, there are bands with singers who can express themselves with terrific range taking the listener on a journey through their darkest nightmares and their deepest pain. This song and this band delivers all of that and more.

Linkin Park – “Breaking the Habit”

Linkin Park released “Breaking the Habit” as the fifth single from their second album Meteora. No other album on the alternative charts has been as successful as this one. The album made the top 3 on charts in 24 countries and this single topped out at number 20 on the Billboard charts in the U.S.

There is so much more to the story of Linkin Park, frontman Chester Bennington, and this song. Songwriting credits are listed as Linkin Park but guitarist and keyboardist Mike Shinoda began composing this song long before the band’s first album. It was originally a long instrumental but after the lyrics were added some 6 years after the first concept it became an emotional powerhouse particularly for Chester Bennington who had struggled with addition for a long time. The song affected him to the point where he struggled to sing it live for a year after its release. Bennington also traveled in the same circles as good friend Chris Cornell, frontman for Soundgarden and he replaced Scott Weiland as frontman for Stone Temple Pilots for a time before coming back to Linkin Park.

Sadly, Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose in 2015, Chris Cornell took his own life in May of 2017 and despondent Chester Bennington committed suicide on what would have been Chris Cornell‘s birthday July 20th 2017. The demons that stalk creatives is well known and storied and it’s always tragic when talent is silenced by an untimely end.

~ Lew Hastings

Memories consume like opening the wounds
I’m picking me apart again
You all assume
I’m safe here in my room
Unless I try to start again
I don’t want to be the one the battles always choose
’cause inside I realize that I’m the one confused

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don’t know why I instigate
And say what I don’t mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I know it’s not alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

Clutching my cure
I tightly lock the door
I try to catch my breath again
I hurt much more than any time before
I have no options left again
I don’t want to be the one the battles always choose
’cause inside I realize that I’m the one confused

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don’t know why I instigate
And say what I don’t mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I’ll never be alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

I’ll paint it on the walls
’cause I’m the one at fault
I’ll never fight again
And this is how it ends

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
But now I have some clarity to show you what I mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I’ll never be alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

Writer/s: BRAD DELSON, CHESTER CHARLES BENNINGTON, DAVE FARRELL, JOSEPH HAHN, MIKE SHINODA, ROBERT G. BOURDON 
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

January 19th, 2020 – Who you calling crazy?

This song is an excellent mixture of club and trance, pop and R&B with a little bit of soul added in for good measure. The lyrics are a hazy trip through the world with concepts of people coming together, breaking apart and becoming delirious and angry with the singer wondering if to keep it all together, perhaps we all need to be a little bit off.

This song does not match any of the profiles I normal look for in a playlist selection. But I feel that the artist’s voice draws me in because it’s a little different. Matching that up with a slick, heavy drum beat through a synth/trance track with a slight nod to repeated guitar power chord strums. I think it’s a cool driving tune.

Seal – “Crazy”

Seal literally came out of nowhere. A musician who can sing, play guitar, bass and keyboards, he simply handed a demo tape to UK club DJ and producer Adamski and the rest is history. It probably wasn’t as simple as all that, truth be told, but suffice it to say that it didn’t take long for Seal to burst onto the scene and take the music industry by storm. The album “Seal” was released in 1991 and “Crazy” charted well, won Seal a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal, an Ivor Novello award, and the video was nominated in multiple categories for MTV music awards.

I really enjoy this song and when I began my Red Road Radio Show back in 2014, I chose this song as the shows closing theme. It tied into the content of the news I was delivering and how it made me feel after really digging into the issues of the day. It kind of left me thinking that the World was mad and not interested in changing in the least. Call me crazy.

~Lew Hastings

In a church, by the face
He talks about the people going under

Only child know

A man decides after seventy years
That what he goes there for, is to unlock the door
While those around him criticize and sleep
And through a fractal on a breaking wall
I see you my friend, and touch your face again
Miracles will happen as we trip

But we’re never gonna survive, unless
We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive, unless
We are a little crazy

Crazy yellow people walking through my head
One of them’s got a gun, to shoot the other one
And yet together they were friends at school
Ohh, get it, get it, get it, get it no no

If all were there when we first took the pill
Then maybe, then maybe, then maybe, then maybe
Miracles will happen as we speakBut we’re never gonna survive unless
We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive unless
We are a little crazy
No no, never survive, unless we get a little bit

Oh, a little bit
Oh, a little bit

A man decides to go along after seventy years

Oh darlin’
In a sky full of people, only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy
In a world full of people, only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy, crazy
In a heaven of people there’s only some want to fly
Ain’t that crazy
Oh babe, oh darlin’
In a world full of people there’s only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy, isn’t that crazy, isn’t that crazy, isn’t that crazy

But were never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy
No were never gonna to survive unless we are a little
But were never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy
No were never gonna to survive unless, we are a little, crazy
No no, never survive unless, we get a little bit

Someday, only child know

Them things
The size of which you’ve never known before

They’ll break it

And then you see things
The size of which youve never known before

Someday…
Someway…

Songwriters: Guy Sigsworth / Seal Samuel

January 18th, 2020 – Good Lord

I know that this will not be a favorite of many people following this blog or for fans of music in general. I know this because I caught a lot of flack back when I was listening to them. Well, fear not, the band broke up long ago. But I think after hearing some neat facts about the band and the song, you may look at them with a tiny bit more respect.

This song has a big, sing along chorus with dramatic keyboards leading it and a pounding drum to accent the power chords of the electric guitar.

Mr. Mister – “Kyrie”



Formed in Arizona but quickly residing in L.A., Mr. Mister had been kicking around in one form or another from the late 70’s and early 80’s. That’s a sound right in my wheelhouse. The lineup of Richard Page, Steve George, Steve Farris and Pat Mastelotto broke out with their first album in 1984 on RCA records. Not a critical success but the industry attention got frontman Richard Page offers to front bands like Toto and Chicago, both jobs he wound up turning down. Prior to the first album Page and George were already pretty much industry insiders having working as session musicians for Quincy Jones and having written songs for the likes of Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Rick Springfield and others.

Popular success came with the release of their second album “Welcome to the Real World” in 1985. “Kyrie” was the second single and made it to number 1 on the Billboard charts riding the success of the albums first single “Broken Wings“. Richard Page, who was heavily into meditation and introspection and personal power, wrote “Kyrie” he says, as a prayer. In fact, Kyrie Eleison translates to “Lord have mercy” in Greek. Page remember singing this in church services he attended as a kid.

The song was a blockbuster hit worldwide reaching Number 1 in the U.S., Canada and Norway. It made the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. And it made the top 100 in Australia, Italy, and New Zealand. If you ask me this might be one of the quintessential 80’s tunes of all time. Hallelujah and Amen.

~Lew Hastings

Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie

The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old, of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road, or only wished what I could be

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

Writer/s: JOHN ROSS LANG, RICHARD JAMES PAGE, STEVEN PARK GEORGE 
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

January 17th, 2020 – Get Lit

I remember watching American Idol. I wasn’t a regular viewer by any means but it was enjoyable seeing talented folks getting a chance to show their stuff to industry players who could change their lives. Ultimately, someone was gonna get their big break and TV viewers not only got to be along for the ride but could vote on who it would be.

Well season 7 was a game changer for me. I saw this cat sing for the first time and knew he was going to win. Sure enough he did. And he deserved it.

David Cook – “Light On”

Born in Houston Texas and raised in Missouri, David Cook brought the goods to American Idol and he originally did not intend to audition. He was actually there to support his brother who did audition. David’s mother and brother both encouraged him to audition as well. David Cook was well into music by the time American Idol came around for him at age 27. David’s first guitar was given to him at age 2 and he had worked playing in bands since high school. In fact, Cook was working as a bartender at the time of his audition and playing gigs with his band as he was able.

Winning American Idol set David Cook on a path from season finale in May to a record deal with RCA and a debut album released in November of the same year, 2008. The self titled album had Cook working with rock and grunge artists and producers including Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell who co-wrote the top 20 hit “Light on

This song ranks up there with some of my favorite all time. It’s got power, range and emotion delivered by a new voice in music. I definitely pegged David Cook a winner from early in the season and he did go on to break some Billboard records including having 11 songs debut in the Hot 100 the week of his win. I just wish he had more star and staying power. The music industry and the American public is fickle and if you’re not careful they just may turn out all the lights and pretend they’re not home when you come around hawking your wares. Where’s Tom Bodett when you need him?

~Lew Hastings

Never really said too much
Afraid it wouldn’t be enough
Just try to keep my spirits up
When there’s no point in grieving
Doesn’t matter anyway
Words could never make me stay
Words will never take my place
When you know I’m leaving

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

You know we’ve been down that road
What seems a thousand times before
My back to a closing door and my eyes to the seasons
That roll out underneath my heels
And you don’t know how bad it feels
To leave the only one that I have ever believed in

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone yeah

Sometimes it feels like we’ve run out of luck
When the signal keeps on breaking up
When the wires cross in my brain
You’ll start my heart again
When I come along

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

Writer/s: BRIAN HOWES, CHRIS CORNELL 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

January 16th, 2020 – Jet Set

First a confession. I have held most metal progressive bands in contempt for a good portion of my life. That having been said my former band mates may be shocked to hear me say this…I actually like this band. I should say, I prefer them more now than I did back in the day.

This song however is from a time when I was not so keen on the band- so go figure. I think this song, a product of the 80’s even though it’s official release was 1991, reached me because I felt it was a more straight forward piece from a band who created more complex music than I was able to enjoy.

Queensrÿche – “Jet City Woman”

Jet City Woman” is a single from Queensrÿche‘s album Empire released in 1991. A top ten charted song out of many top ten songs the band would have over its career of 15 albums, the song is attributed to singer Geoff Tate‘s longings for his then girlfriend now wife who was a flight attendant and was away a lot.

The band hails from Bellevue, Washington (ironically at this writing I currently sit only a few miles from that very town) a suburb of Seattle which has the nickname Jet City, a nod to the home of the Boeing company.

Sadly, Queensrÿche split with longtime lead singer Geoff Tate in 2012 citing creative differences while Tate maintained it was business differences that led to his dismissal from the group. In true rock star fashion, Tate had a few tantrums onstage towards the band members during three shows that year leading the band to the decision that they could no longer work or perform with Tate.

This did not deter Queensrÿche from continuing with a new singer and after a brief legal struggle with Tate over the rights to use the name, which they won, they did just that. I like some of the stuff that came out with the new singer Todd La Torre better than with Tate. But I just don’t know if they deserve a spot on regular rotation just yet. In the meantime, Jet City Woman will represent the band for me on my playlist.

~Lew Hastings

Every time I leave you say you won’t be there
And you’re always there
Every time I cry your name at night
You pull close and say it’s alright
I look in your eyes, just like the rain
Washing me, rain wash over me
Touching your face, I feel the heat of your heartbeat
Echo in my head like a scream
What you do to me!
Waited so long I can’t wait another day without you

Jet city woman
It’s a long way, home to my
Jet city woman
I see her face everywhere, can’t get her out of my mind

Whenever I’m alone I’m thinking
There’s a part missing from my life
Wonder where I’d be without your love
Holding me together now I’m
Watching the time tick, tick away
Face grows longer every day
Fortunes are lost on the women I’ve seen
But without you I can’t breathe, you’re the air to me!
Waited so long I can’t wait another day without you?

Jet city woman got to find my way home to her
Jet city woman I see her face everywhere I look!
Jet city woman just a thousand miles and I’ll be there
Jet city woman, to make the clouds go away
Time for some blue sky!

Waited so long now the plane’s delayed an hour
Reminds me of all our days apart 
Hold on, just a little longer

Jet city woman Wonder where I’d be, you’re the air to me
Jet city woman Eyes like the rain, rain down on me
Jet city woman No more nights alone
I’m almost home now Jet city woman
Close my eyes, I’m there in my jet city, jet city

Writer/s: CHRIS DEGARMO, GEOFF TATE 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

January 15th, 2020 – Endless Summer

The more I look into the history and stories of the songs on my playlist the more I see the thread that connects so many genres. When you look at the timeline in decades the music builds upon itself with an occasional jaunt left or jog right off the artistic path. Of course sometimes everything old is new again and I feel that the “new country” genre is a repackaging of 80’s pop rock. And that is my jam.

This song is a fun, poppy song perfect for a long road trip. I see the bonus of this song being that it was co-written by one of the most popular singers of the 80’s.

Keith Urban – “Long Hot Summer”

Long Hot Summer” was the third single from Keith Urban’s eighth album Get Closer in 2010 and was co-written with Richard Marx. The song reached number one on Billboard‘s Hot Country chart and crossed over and made the Top 50 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 as well.

It makes sense that Keith Urban, born in New Zealand and raised in Austrailia, would blend pop rock with his preferred genre of Country. A session and touring musician for popular acts like Brooks and Dunn and Alan Jackson among others, Urban developed his musical chops playing covers of his musical influences, bands like Judas Priest, AC/DC, Whitesnake and The Scorpions. Urban is quite a good guitarist as a result.

Keith Urban wrote this tune because he felt he needed at least one summer song and something that he could envision on the radio in the car. Which he admitted was his favorite way to listen to music. Mine too and not just in summertime.

~Lew Hastings

I can’t sleep, ain’t no sleep a’coming
I’m just lying here thinking ’bout you
I’m in deep, falling deep into the picture
In my mind of everything we’re gonna do

Over at the lake and down by the river
You can feel it start to rise
Wanna jump in my car, go wherever you are
‘Cause I need you by my side

It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, we should be together
With your feet up on the dashboard now
Singing along with the radio, it’s such a beautiful sound
But when you say my name in the middle of the day,
I swear I see the stars come out
When you hold my hand in the back of my mind,
Just waiting on the sun to go down, the sun to go down

I wanna see your brown skin shimmer in the sun for the first time
I try to be the one who knows just what to do to you to get me that smile
One chance of meeting, you were walking by me on the street and I said hi
And that was the beginning of my heart spinnin’ like these wheels in my head tonight

It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, we should be together
With your feet up on the dashboard now
Singing along with the radio, it’s such a beautiful sound
But when you say my name in the middle of the day,
I swear I see the stars come out
When you hold my hand in the back of my mind,
Just waiting on the sun to go down, the sun to go down

The only place that I wanna be is where you are
‘Cause anymore than a heartbeat away is just too far

It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, we should be together
All I really want is more than this moment right now
‘Cause when you say my name in the middle of the day,
I swear I see the stars come out
And when you hold my hand and I look into your eyes
Oh I swear it looks like you’re waiting on the sun to go down, the sun to go down

I swear it’s like you’re waiting on the sun to go down
Waiting on the sun to go down
Hey, yeah oh, I’m loving thinking ’bout you
I can’t sleep, I’m just lying here thinkin’ ’bout you

Writer/s: RICHARD N. MARX, KEITH LIONEL URBAN 
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

January 14th, 2020 – Rock On

Back in the early 80’s if you were a rock music fan, you owned at least one of this band’s albums. Maybe you went to their concerts. If you did, you came out with one of their t-shirts and wore it until the washing machine faded it into oblivion.

I bought AC/DC‘s eighth album and played this song over and over. To me it was a validation for all of the fan loyalty and attention I was paying to my favorite bands. A true rock anthem. This was my thank you.

AC/DC – “For Those About to Rock”

AC/DC had long established themselves as a hard rock act and “For Those About to Rock” from the album of the same name released in 1981 solidified their place on the charts. While the single made it to fifteen on the Billboard charts, the album reached number one riding the coattails of the band’s last album the highly successful Back in Black.

Guitarist Angus Young told a music trade the song’s theme is loosely based on an old Roman salute by those condemned to die in the Colosseum. The soldiers would utter “Hail Caesar, we who are about to die, salute you.” Interestingly the cannons blasting in the song came from when the band was rehearsing the song before recording when from the TV in the other room, cannons were going off during the Royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. The band heard this and it was decided that it would be a perfect compliment to the song to add them in.

I have to admit that I can’t actually listen to a full album of AC/DC. I have an aversion to gravelly, voiced singers. I can only take them in small doses. Perhaps it stems from the time I was in a band. I associated that rough voice to a painfully, damaged throat or vocal cords. The thought of singing through that kind of pain always made me cringe. I salute those that can do it.

~Lew Hastings

Yeah, yeah, oh
Oh oh oh
We roll tonight 
To the guitar bite
Yeah, yeah, oh

Stand up and be counted 
For what you are about to receive
We are the dealers 
We’ll give you everything you need
Hail hail to the good times 
‘Cause rock has got the right of way
We ain’t no legend, ain’t no ’cause
We’re just livin’ for today

For those about to rock, we salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you

We rock at dawn on the front line
Like a bolt right out of the blue
The sky’s a-light with the guitar bite
Heads will roll and rock tonight

For those about to rock, we salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you, yes we do
For those about to rock, we salute you

Oh, salute
Oh, oh yeah

We’re just a battery for hire with a guitar fire
Ready and aimed at you
Pick up your balls and load up your cannon
For a twenty-one gun salute

For those about to rock, fire
We salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you
For those about to rock 
Fire (we salute you)
Fire we salute you
We salute you
Come on, whoa

For those about to rock, we salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you
For those about to rock, we salute you 
For those about to rock, we salute you
Shoot, shoot 
Shoot, shoot

For those of you, for those who rock (ain’t gonna get tired, won’t take a break, we salute you, yeah)
We salute you 
We salute you
We salute you
Fire

Writer/s: BRIAN JOHNSON, ANGUS MCKINNON YOUNG, MALCOLM MITCHELL YOUNG 
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

January 13th, 2020 – Good on ya

I know what you’re thinking, what in the bleep? But hang on a minute. Playlists should not be all classic and prodigy. They should also be fun. Remember, this is for a road trip or drive time as I have titled my list. I also started this thing saying there would be some Tunes Less Traveled. Well I’m doing my best to get my mileage out of this one.

Good Charlotte – “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”

Call them punk pop or pop punks, Good Charlotte burst onto the scene just as grunge was getting it’s due bringing with them their lighthearted answer to those brooding, emo, flannel wearing hippie types.

Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous” put Good Charlotte on the map after the release of their second album “The Young and the Hopeless” in 2002. The album ended up in the Top 10 on Billboard and the single followed suit settling in at number six on the pop charts. Technically alternative, these guys crossed over genres and their albums landed in the Top 40 for over a decade. After their initial success here in the U.S. this band continues to chart well in Europe and other countries.

Ironically, the song that launched them to fame was poking fun at unhappy celebrities whose excess would be a dream come true for most people including the members of Good Charlotte. They also take a jab at celebrity crimes being dismissed if you have cash to spend or political clout. See the references to OJ Simpson and former DC mayor Marion Barry in the lyrics. Lead singer Joel Madden recalls that writing the song was a way for them to say hey if you are unhappy with what you have we’ll gladly take it. He claims that singing the song every night reminded him to be thankful for what the band now has.

Clever, poppy and fun the song (and in this rare occasion the video) paints the band as thugs who would break the law. Madden revealed in an interview with a trade that he couldn’t and had never stolen anything in his life. So much for the bad boys from Maryland personas. Good for you boys.

~Lew Hastings

Always see it on T.V.
Or read in a magazines
Celebrities want sympathy
All they do is piss and moan
Inside the rolling stone
Talkin’ about how hard life can be

I’d like to see them spend a week
Livin’ life out on the street
I don’t think they would survive
If they could spend a day or two
Walking in someone else’s shoes
I think they’d stumble and they fall
(they would fall, fall)

Lifestyles of the rich and the famous
They’re always complainin’
Always complainin’
If money is such a problem
Well they got mansions
Think we should rob them

Well did you know when you were famous you could kill your wife
And there’s no such thing as 25 to life
As long as you’ve got the cash, to pay for Cochran
And did you know if you were caught and you were smokin’ crack
McDonalds wouldn’t even want to take you back
You could always just run for mayor of D.C.

I’d like to see them spend a week
Livin’ life out on the street
I don’t think they would survive
If they could spend a day or two
Walking in someone else’s shoes
I think they’d stumble and they fall
They would fall

Lifestyles of the rich and the famous
They’re always complainin’
Always complainin’
If money is such a problem
Well they got mansions
Think we should rob them (rob them)
(They would fall, they would fall)

Lifestyles of the rich and the famous
They’re always complainin’
Always complainin’
If money is such a problem
You got so many problems
Think I could solve them

Lifestyles of the rich and famous
We’ll take your clothes, cash, cars, and homes just stop complainin’
Lifestyles of the rich and famous
Lifestyles of the rich and famous
Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Writer/s: JAMES J. CALLOWAY, LEROY BURGESS, AARON T. DAVENPORT, NATHANIEL THOMAS WILSON 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

January 12th, 2020 – Brother Can You Spare a Doobie?

Fifty years, or just about, of this band just isn’t enough. The songs are truly the soundtrack for generations of music fans and they stand the test of time. I could have picked many songs from this band and snapped them into my playlist and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I would most likely know every lyric.

Long before the lineup changed in 1975 and with it the musical direction of the band, this group was turning out the hits. For some reason, this song speaks to me just a bit above the others. I like the sound, the hook and the emotion that this track delivers.

Takin’ it to the Streets” was the title track from The Doobie Brothers sixth album and was written by new singer Michael McDonald. The song was inspired by, but not totally based on, an essay Michael’s sister had written. “Take a message to my brother..” McDonald’s naturally soulful voice delivers an R&B/Gospel vibe to every bit of a rock n roll tune. Truly one of my favorite songs of all time.

The Doobie Brothers can boast, like most bands I’m finding out, their members having some success and/or involvement with other well known bands of the 70’s. Michael McDonald was with Steely Dan as keyboardist and vocalist and was signed up by The Doobie Brothers as a temporary replacement for ailing singer/frontman Tom Johnston. That gig lasted more than a few years and spawned many Billboard charting hits.

A couple years back I was covering the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale Florida and I had the very great pleasure of interviewing Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee for my radio show. The Doobie Brothers were on the bill for that show and they thrilled a 70,000 strong crowd of young and old who were more than willing to sing back the choruses of some of rock music’s most enduring classics. Check out the about page of this blog to see me mugging with my Brothers Doobie.

~Lew Hastings

You don’t know me but I’m your brother. 
I was raised here in this living hell. 
You don’t know my kind in your world. 
Fairly soon the time will tell. 

You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me. 
I ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. 
Takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the streets, no more need for runnin’, 
takin’ it to the streets. 

Take this message to my brother. 
You will find him everywhere. 
Wherever people live together, 
tied in poverty’s despair. 

Oh, you, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me. 
I ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. 
Takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the streets, no more need for runnin’, 
takin’ it to the streets. 
Takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the streets, no more need for hidin’, 
takin’ it to the streets. 
Takin’ it to the streets, takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the… 

Oh, you, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me. 
I ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. 
Takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the streets, no more need for runnin’, 
takin’ it to the streets. 
Takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the streets, 
takin’ it to the streets.
Words and Music by 
Michael McDonald