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Go on–tell us your favorite lyrics. You know, the ones you can’t get out of your head and sing over and over and over. Who knows, your favorite just might be the one we feature on tomorrow’s post! [vfb id=1]

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Jackson Browne—Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate

Jackson Browne—Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate

Submitted by Dicky E. of Spotsylvania By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Released in 1976 on Browne’s fourth album The Pretender, “Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate” is the only song he said directly influenced by his wife’s suicide which occurred during the album’s recording. Deeply sad and moving (especially the line about the kindness in his baby’s...

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Fleetwood Mac—Dreams

Fleetwood Mac—Dreams

Submitted by Doug S. of Lakeport, Ca. By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Written in 1976 by Stevie Nicks “Dreams” is a philosophical ode to the end of a love affair. Exceptionally personal and painfully honest the song was written during the recording of Rumours and directed at her life and business partner of six years Lindsey Buckingham....

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Marshall Crenshaw—Like A Vague Memory

Marshall Crenshaw—Like A Vague Memory

Submitted by Darlene A. of Fairfax, Va. By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   At the end of the day, all the people and places of our individual lifetimes are reduced to memories. Some memories, the really great and happy ones tend to stay vivid in our minds. We relive them over and over trying to keep them alive fresh in our minds and recapture that special...

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Joni Mitchell—Big Yellow Taxi

Joni Mitchell—Big Yellow Taxi

Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Whether it’s a relationship, a friend, a job, your health or a way of life, most people don’t know or fully appreciate what they’ve got till it’s too late and it’s gone. These lyrics though are a 1970 commentary on the destruction of natural beauty...

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Dan Fogelberg—Part Of The Plan

Dan Fogelberg—Part Of The Plan

For Tim S. of Rochester, NY.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio Sometimes when life seems at it’s most random a strange thing happens. All of a sudden the seemingly disjointed and unmeaningful pieces of a life—some long forgotten—magically fall together in a most perfect way. The clarity is so immediate and so vivid that you know in your heart...

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The Rolling Stones—You Can’t Always Get What You Want

The Rolling Stones—You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Submitted by Russ A. By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio If there was a Song Lyrics Hall of Fame, this one would probably be engraved on the front door. Released in 1969 the turbulent themes of the decade — war, politics and drugs brought about a new reality. The world can really suck sometimes. There’s a difference between want and need and just getting what...

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Bob Dylan—The Times They Are A-Changin’

Bob Dylan—The Times They Are A-Changin’

Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   In honor of the final week of programming for the Late Show with David Letterman and a rare TV performance by Bob Dylan who’s words ring as true today if not more so than they did over 50 years ago.   Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in...

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Kansas—Carry On Wayward Son

Kansas—Carry On Wayward Son

By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   By the time Livgren became an Evangelical Christian in 1980, he had already been soul searching for many years. Wayward Son is a reflection of his quest to find a deeper meaning. Always a personal favorite, the opening cappella vocals have a way of drawing me in and have kept me hooked for almost 40 years.    ...

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Bob Seger—Against The Wind

Bob Seger—Against The Wind

Submitted by John Friedman of Annandale, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Ironically, the featured lyric of this song was one Seger debated whether or not to keep. Citing it as grammatically awkward it just bothered him. But now years later used by other song writers this phrase has come to symbolize the lost innocence of youth.   Wish I...

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Harry Chapin—Flowers Are Red

Harry Chapin—Flowers Are Red

Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   In the summer of 1977 I was interning on Capitol Hill for the Congressman from my home district in New York. Harry had lived and attended college in my home district and paid a visit to our office while visiting DC that summer while participating in the creation of the...

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Billy Joel—I’ve Loved These Days

Billy Joel—I’ve Loved These Days

Submitted by John Friedman of Annandale, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Vintage Billy Joel in a 1976 farewell to life in the fast lane. A tribute to the high life of caviar, silken robes, fine wine and cocaine. An enjoyable but excessive lifestyle he regrettably acknowledges as unsustainable beyond a “passing phase”.   We...

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Mary Chapin Carpenter—Halley Came to Jackson

Mary Chapin Carpenter—Halley Came to Jackson

Submitted by Stuart W. of Vienna, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Halley came to Jackson is both a song and a children’s book by Mary Chapin Carpenter about an incredibly rare and historic moment experienced together by a father holding his baby girl in his arms. Together in 1910 they witnessed the magic of Halley’s comet flashing...

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The Beatles—All You Need Is Love

The Beatles—All You Need Is Love

Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Simple words with a powerful message. That was the magic of John Lennon. Commissioned by the BBC nearly 50 years ago for Our World, the first live global link television event ever, The UK asked the Beatles to create a song which would be universally appealing and understood. And...

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Jackson Browne—Doctor My Eyes

Jackson Browne—Doctor My Eyes

Submitted by John F. of Sonora, Ca.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   I loved this song for the upbeat rhythm and snappy tune but the beat defies the message. Written at the age of only 24, Browne already knew how life’s hardships can numb the heart and still emotion. A brilliant wordsmith with the vision of a sage.       Doctor, my...

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young—Ohio

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young—Ohio

For Pat W. of Fairfax Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   In remembrance of the 45th anniversary of Kent State-May 4, 1970. No explanation necessary.           Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’ We’re finally on our own This summer I hear the drummin’ Four dead in Ohio     Ohio Written by Neil...

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The Temptations—War

The Temptations—War

Submitted by Joann Nagell of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   40 years ago this week, The US departed the tragedy of Vietnam for the last time. The images of human beings desperately struggling to be recused-literally hanging off the evacuation helicopters in Saigon are still bone chilling. The Vietnam war changed us individuals and a...

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Buffalo Springfield—For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield—For What It’s Worth

  By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   I recently met Richie Furay, formerly of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and now a solo artist. Meeting this lovely, gentle and talented man took me back to some of the legendary songs of the 1960’s and of course Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth. Mistakenly thought by many to have been written as a Vietnam War...

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Billy Idol—White Wedding

Billy Idol—White Wedding

Submitted by Denise A. of Ashburn, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Shotgun wedding? Sounds like someone “got in trouble”. Rumor has it the song is about his own sister or girl friend. The reference to a virgin white wedding is just a tad on the facetious side. The scene depicted in the video is hardly a celebration. With a gruesome guest...

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Coldplay—Magic

Coldplay—Magic

Submitted by Susan C. of Leesburg Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   In this case I can’t decide which is better, the actual song or the video. With more on-line analysis available than the King James version of the Bible the video is a work of art in itself. Basically the story line veiled in biblical overtones with interesting allusions to magic...

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