Saturday’s Song: Footloose

Today’s song was a request from one of my readers.  I have to say, it’s completely appropriate as a weekend pick-me-up.  But, it’s also a little bittersweet for me to post it because this movie (the original, of course!) was one I wanted to watch with Ex-BF and the boys.  I always thought Drake would love it, and I wonder if he’s seen it yet.  On a happier note, my college roommate once told me that she used to kick off her shoes and sing this song to her sister after returning from church with her family.  That story makes me smile.

If anyone has seen the remake of the movie, please comment and let me know if it was decent.  I don’t want to tarnish the classic by feeding myself a poor substitute.  Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Video:

Footloose lyrics
Written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford

I’ve been working so hard
I’m punching my card
Eight hours for what?
Oh, tell me what I got

I’ve got this feeling
That time’s just holding me down
I’ll hit the ceiling or else I’ll tear up this town
Tonight I gotta cut

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise pull me off a my knees
Jack, get back c’mon before we crack
Lose your blues everybody cut footloose

And you’re playing so cool
Obeying every rule
I dig a way down in your heart
You’re burning, yearning for songs

Somebody to tell you
That life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You can fly if you’d only cut

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Oowhee, Marie shake it, shake it for me
Whoa, Milo c’mon, c’mon let’s go
Lose your blues everybody cut footloose

Cut footloose
Cut footloose
Cut footloose

We got to turn me around
And put your feet on the ground
Now take a hold of the phone
Whoa, I’m turning it loose

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise pull me off a my knees
Jack, get back c’mon before we crack
Lose your blues now everybody cut footloose

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise pull me off a my knees
Jack, get back c’mon before we crack
Lose your blues

Everybody cut everybody cut
Everybody cut everybody cut
Everybody cut everybody cut
Everybody everybody cut footloose

Saturday’s Song: Blue Orchid

Throughout the Summer of ’07, The White Stripes were a staple on the playlist.  It was the first I’d heard them and I quickly fell in love with the album, Get Behind Me Satan.  A few weeks ago, out of the blue, this song crept into my head.  Five years from the first listen, it’s taken on a whole new meaning.

The video (which is kinda creepy, you might not want to watch it), features Karen Elson, who later married and divorced Jack White.  I’m noting this fact because, when the couple split, they did so amicably and even held a divorce party (I hope you click that link and read the invitation).  #awesome (am i allowed to use hashtags outside twitter?)

Anyway… here’s Blue Orchid, by The White Stripes.  Have a great weekend!

Video:

“Blue Orchid”

You got a reaction
You got a reaction, didn’t you?
You took a white orchid
You took a white orchid turned it blue
Something better than nothing
Something better than nothing, it’s giving up
We all need to do something
Try to keep the truth from showing up
How dare you
How old are you now, anyway?
How dare you
How old are you now, anyway?
You’re given a flower
But I guess there’s just no pleasing you
Your lip tastes sour
But you think that it’s just me teasing you
You got a reaction
You got a reaction, didn’t you?
You took a white orchid
You took a white orchid turned it blue
Get behind me
Get behind me now, anyway
Get behind me
Get behind me now, anyway
You got a reaction
You got a reaction, didn’t you?
You took a white orchid
You took a white orchid turned it blue

Saturday’s Song: Be OK

Today’s song is a request from one of my earliest readers.  I remember being in a hotel room in Connecticut when I received a comment from the author of It Never Rains In Seattle.  Since then, I’ve followed his story through marriage and divorce.  A few days ago, he contacted me and suggested Ingrid Michaelson’s, Be OK for Saturday’s song.  I’m happy to oblige.

Enjoy, everyone.  And have a great weekend 🙂

Video:

“Be OK” (written by Ingrid Michaelson)

I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today
I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok todayI just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today
I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today[CHORUS:]
Open me up and you will see
I’m a gallery of broken hearts
I’m beyond repair, let me be
And give me back my broken partsI just want to know today, know today, know today
I just want to know something today
I just want to know today, know today, know today
Know that maybe I will be ok[CHORUS]Just give me back my pieces
Just give them back to me please
Just give me back my pieces
And let me hold my broken parts

I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today
I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today

I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today
I just want to know today, know today, know today
Know that maybe I will be ok
Know that maybe I will be ok
Know that maybe I will be ok

If you have a request for Saturday’s Song, let me know @relativevolutns, divorce.encouragist@gmail.com or tell me on Facebook.

Saturday’s Song: Let That Pony Run

I have plans to do something touristy today, and I considered sightseeing on horseback… until I saw the price tag.  I decided to save a few (and by “few”, I mean “a lot of”) bucks and travel on foot instead.  The reason I’m telling you this is that the brief consideration, combined with the fact that it’s Saturday, reminded me of this particular song.

I don’t think I’ve heard this one on the radio since the 90s.  Too bad, it’s a good story— one that’s all-too-familiar for many.  In some way, there’s a little bit of “Mary” in all of us.  And I love the part about hanging on and then letting go.

Here’s Pam Tillis with Let That Pony Run

Video:

Let That Pony Run (written by Gretchen Peters)

Mary was married with children,
had the perfect suburban life,
’til her husband came clean with the help of Jim Beam
and confessed all his sins one night.
Said he’d fallen in love with a barmaid,
said she made him feel reckless and young.
And when he got through, what else could she do?
She just let that pony run.

(chorus)
‘Cause you do what you gotta do,
and you know what you know.
You hang on till you can’t hang on,
then you learn to let go.
You get what you want sometimes,
but when it’s all said and done,
you do what you gotta do
then you let that pony run.

Now Mary moved to West Virginia,
after the shock wore off.
She got a divorce and a chestnut horse
and a barn with an old hayloft.
Sometimes she rides down by the river,
said it makes her feel reckless and young.
She just closes her eyes, and she holds on tight,
and she lets that pony run.

(repeat chorus)

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Saturday’s Song: Ring Of Fire

Today’s song was the suggestion of my favorite stepmom supporter, Heather Hetchler, of Cafe Smom.  During the years I spent as the partner of a divorced dad, Heather was both an inspiration and a lifeline.  If you’re a stepmom or even a biomom, Heather offers heartfelt encouragement and perspective.  She believes stepmoms are the heart of a blended family and she lives her role to the fullest.  I’m happy to serve up one of her favorites today… here’s Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Live performance, 1968:

Ring Of Fire Lyrics (written by Merle Kilgore and June Carter)

Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet
{ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/j/johnny-cash-lyrics/ring-of-fire-lyrics.html }
I fell for you like a child
Oh, but the fire went wild

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire

And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
The ring of fire
The ring of fire
The ring of fire

Saturday’s Song: Here I Go Again

Twice over the past week, Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again has come on the radio in my car.  Hearing it while driving reminds me of the days when I used to listen to the song on cassette while cruising in my Camaro.  Now that I’ve said that, I feel the need to disclose that I’m not quite as old as that statement might lead one to believe 😉  I should also note that I have an issue with the second verse.  Love isn’t “charity”.  And that whole “rescue” idea isn’t healthy, regardless of whether you’re the one looking to be rescued or doing the rescuing.  (OK, Tara.  Now shut up and stop pissing on this retro 80s awesomeness.)

Anyway… the fact that I heard the twenty-five-year-old (whoa, really??) song twice in the past seven days made me think it would be a good one to share here today…

Video:

Here I Go Again, written by Bernie Marsden and David Coverdale

No, I don’t know where I’m going
But, I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises
In songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go again
Here I go again

Tho’ I keep searching for an answer,
I never seem to find what I’m looking for
Oh Lord, I pray
You give me strength to carry on,
‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time

I’m just another heart in need of rescue,
Waiting on love’s sweet charity
An’ I’m gonna hold on
For the rest of my days,
‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time

But, here I go again,
Here I go again,
Here I go again,
Here I go

‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/w/whitesnake/here+i+go+again_20146215.html ]

A friend of mine once told me he believed this was his personal theme song.  Do you have a theme song?  Or just a request for Saturday’s Song?  Feel free to share it with me @RelativEvolutns or divorce.encouragist@gmail.com

Saturday’s Song: Already Gone

(I know I posted this song once before, but I hope it’s been long enough that my devout followers don’t notice …or, at least, can forgive… the repetition)

May 24 was the anniversary of the night my husband said we should separate.  Six years ago this weekend, I walked through a street fair with an old friend and told him, “I’m still sleeping and eating, so I know I’m ok.”

All of this reminds me of the song that was my personal anthem (well, one of them) during that period of my life and I thought it would be fitting to share it here today.  I love this song because it represents the power that we have to take control of a situation instead of simply letting things happen to us.  Today I’m going to take control of the weathering process and paint the trim on my shed doors 😉

Have a happy and safe Holiday Weekend, everyone!  Enjoy Already Gone, by The Eagles…

Video (live performance, 1974)

“Already Gone”
(written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund)

Well, I heard some people talkin’ just the other day
And they said you were gonna put me on a shelf
But let me tell you I got some news for you
And you’ll soon find out it’s true
And then you’ll have to eat your lunch all by yourself
‘Cause I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song, woo, hoo,hoo,woo,hoo,hooThe letter that you wrote me made me stop and wonder why
But I guess you felt like you had to set things right
Just remember this, my girl, when you look up in the sky
You can see the stars and still not see the light (that’s right)And I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song, woo, hoo,hoo,woo, hoo,hooWell I know it wasn’t you who held me down
Heaven knows it wasn’t you who set me free
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains 
And we never even know we have the key 

But me, I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song
‘Cause I’m already gone
Yes, I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song
‘Cause I’m already gone
Yes, I’m already gone
Already gone
All right, nighty-night

 

If you have a request for Saturday’s Song… something that makes you feel good and gets you through the weekend, let me know:  divorce.encouragist@gmail.com