Friday, August 29, 2008

Gustav Watch, View From My Porch, Friday Random Name That Tune

from U.S. Weather Service Mobile (8:40 a.m. Pacific) *click to enlarge*

Gustav Follows Katrina's Path

It's looking bad, not just for New Orleans, but also for Mobile and Biloxi. Please folks, keep yourselves safe.

View From My Porch - Black Headed Grosbeak (thanks to FDChief for the correction)

This is a much better picture of the bird we call a Mexican Oriole down here, but a wee bit of research in my bird book identified it as "Bullock's Oriole." Which has now been corrected to be "Black Headed Grosbeak."

*click to enlarge*

You can get a much better idea of the brilliant colors on these guys. Juveniles and Females are a dingy brown. The males are bright and bold. Although in the mesquite and brush the patterns and colors camoflage as effectively as a tiger. If they don't move, they're very easy to miss.

Now, for the Game!

Answer Key at Harp and Sword

1. murfmom gets "At Last" although she heard the Etta James version in her head, mine was the Joni Mitchell version, standards are like that

At last,
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song

2. "New Paint" Louden Wainwright III

At the station you can meet her, with that smile you couldn't cheat her
A woman that kind, is hard to find.
It's good to take a girl in the not so very good world
And walk in the park until it gets dark

3. "Living in the Future" John Prine

Jehosaphat the mongrel cat
Jumped off the roof today
Some would say he fell but I could tell
He did himself away

4. LiteralReddy is correct on the title "Sweet Thing." I was listening to Rufus do it though. Yes, it is a standard. I loves me some Rufus.

I will love you anyway
Even if you cannot stay
I think you are the one for me
Here is where you ought to be

5. "Dead Love" Little Milton

Lost my mind
Digging a hole
Bury a heart
Bury my soul

6. Gabe Nichols gets this one, "Summer Wages" by Ian Tyson

Never hit seventeen when you're playing against the dealer
For you know the odds don't ride with you
Never leave your woman alone with friends around to steal her
Years are gambled, and lost, like summer wages

7. "Feelin' The Same Way" Norah Jones

The sun just slipped its note below my door
And I can't hide beneath my sheets
I've read the words before so now I know
The time has come again for me

8. In a total blind guess murfmom also picks "There She Goes" by Sixpence None the Richer

There she goes again
Racing through my brain
And I just can't contain
This feeling that remains

9. Gabe Nichols got this one too. "Hard Times" Stephen Collins Foster. Although there was no chance of him calling up this version. It's a bootleg off the mixing board from Emmylou Harris, with me on bass vocals

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh Hard times come again no more.

10. "Lo Siento Mi Vida" written by Gilbert Ronstadt, with English lyrics by Linda and Kenny Edwards. live bootleg of Linda Ronstadt at a benefit concert for the Tucson Boy's Choir, with me on Celtic Harp. (a word of warning, I do not allow anyone to express anything but superlatives and positives about Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, you fuck with them you gotta fight with me, sorry, that's just how it is, I adore them both.)

Lo siento mi vida (My life is sadly)
Yo sé que ya terminó (already finished)
Corazones quebrados (heart broken)
Esperanza que se fué (hope that went away)
Cuando brille la luna (When the moon shines)
Yo sé que no dormirás (I know I will not sleep)
Ni tú (Nor you)
Ni yo (Nor I)
Ya ha llegado el triste pesar (the sad one has already arrived)
Debemos siempre separarnos (we must always be apart)

La noche que te fuiste (that night you were yourself)
Cambió mi pobre vida (changed my poor life)
Quedo mi alma triste (I am a sad soul)
Pensando en mi dolor (thinking about my pain)
Cuando brille la luna (when the moon shines)
Yo sé que no dormirás (I know I will not sleep)
Ni tú (Nor you)
Ni yo (Nor I)
Ya ha llegado el triste pesar (the sad one has already arrived)
Debemos siempre separarnos (we must always be apart)

I wait for the night to pass and turn to day
I can't make this feeling go away
'Cause I get so weak when the day is through
And I think of you
I'm gonna see it through

Lo siento mi vida
Yo sé que ya terminó
Corazones quebrados
Esperanza que se fué
Cuando brille la luna
Yo sé que no dormirás
Ni tú
Ni yo
Ya ha llegado el triste pesar
Debemos siempre separarnos
Siempre separar

A lot of these titles are included in the lyric, that's sometimes a function of random. Have fun with these. I know I did.