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Don McLean—American Pie

Don McLean—American Pie

Submitted by Helen Kruger   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   When I was in high school I was never able to successfully memorize the periodic table (hence I am not a chemist today…okay maybe not) but I had no trouble whatsoever memorizing all the words to American Pie. Written in 1971, McLean contrasts the post World War ll 1950’s, a decade of hope,...

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse—My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse—My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)

Submitted by Nanci A. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Is it better to burn out, fade away or rust? Who knows. These words brought to you by the man who’s managed to avoid all of them and stay relevant for nearly 50 years.         It’s better to burn out than it is to rust     My My, Hey Hey (Out of...

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Paul Simon—Still Crazy After All These Years

Paul Simon—Still Crazy After All These Years

Submitted by Iman B. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Recently I was talking to a friend and I inquired about a mutual acquaintance. He paused and then said “you know Helen, she’s fine I guess but she’s still crazy, still crazy after all these years just like the song”. He didn’t mean it in a bad way. it was just an...

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Jackson Browne—The Pretender

Jackson Browne—The Pretender

Submitted by Nanci A. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Who is the Pretender? Was it Jackson Browne writing about himself? Anybody who’s ever traded in a dream or an ideal to sustain an existence or create a material life through pursuit of the almighty dollar may be “caught between the longing for love and the struggle for...

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Eagles—Hotel California

Eagles—Hotel California

  Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio What were those boys writing about? Over the years speculators have theorized everything from satanism, hedonism and drug addiction to insanity and materialism. Who knows. For me. well it’s just a reminder that some situations are just futile and some things in life are simply out...

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John Fogerty—Centerfield

John Fogerty—Centerfield

Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio Baseball’s Opening Day is just about my favorite day of the year. In honor of what should, in my opinion be a national holiday, we’re recognizing the lyrics from John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” as our daily pick. Inspired by his childhood love of the game and stories about the New York...

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Bob Seger—Old Time Rock And Roll

Bob Seger—Old Time Rock And Roll

Submitted by Nancy K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio If ever there was a classic rock song, this is it. Put on the map by Bob Seger and immortalized in the film Risky Business, Old Time Rock and Roll was ranked #2 on the Amusement & Music Operators Association Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time list in 1996 and #100 on AFI’s 100...

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Elton John—Grey Seal

Elton John—Grey Seal

Submitted by Marcia G. of Cheyenne, WY   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio From sequin and feather jackets, platform shoes and neon glasses to elder statesman and title of Sir Elton John, I have loved every word and song ever written by John and Taupin. This one goes out to my childhood best friend. I still remember the day we bought our Yellow Brick Road...

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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole—Over The Rainbow

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole—Over The Rainbow

Submitted by Ruth K. of Reston, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio. In 1939 Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) sang Over the Rainbow to the world in the The Wizard Of Oz. A little girl with her dog Toto dreamed of finding “’some place where there isn’t any trouble.’ Named the number one song on the “Songs of the Century” list by the Recording...

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Joan Armatrading—Down To Zero

Joan Armatrading—Down To Zero

Submitted by Judy G. of Omaha, NE By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Sometimes a song writer’s lyrics seem ambiguous. While you know there was intention in the writer’s mind, the words are open to a variety of interpretations. Not so with Down To Zero. Joan Armatrading’s rich and soulful voice delivers the message on rejection so clearly you can almost feel...

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The Moody Blues—Isn’t Life Strange

The Moody Blues—Isn’t Life Strange

Submitted by Tim S. of Rochester, N.Y.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio What a beautiful song. Written by a much younger John Lodge so many years ago, it’s hard to know if he realized just how philosophical he was at the time. The music’s classical format performed by a full orchestra strikes the human chord of emotion, touches the heart and can even make...

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Dire Straits—Romeo And Juliet

Dire Straits—Romeo And Juliet

Submitted by John F. of Annandale, Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Romeo and Juliet-an ode to being dumped. In typical Dire Straits melancholy Knopfler laments his breakup with Holly Vincent-lead singer of Holly and the Italians. The way a painter uses a brush or a photographer uses the camera’s lens a musician uses words and song to express...

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Jimmy Buffet—Cowboy In The Jungle

Jimmy Buffet—Cowboy In The Jungle

Submitted by Tim H. of Ashburn Va.   By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   Jimmy Buffet was born and raised in the deep south. In the late 1960’s he made his way to Nashville to fulfill his dream of becoming a country singer. But over the years Jimmy found there was more to music than just country. His love of folk rock and pop music as well as tropical,...

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The Doobie Brothers—What A Fool Believes

The Doobie Brothers—What A Fool Believes

by Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio   I loved The Doobie Brothers. If ever a song could conjure up memories, What A Fool Believes does it for me. Maybe it’s the phrase “nostalgic tale” that takes me back to 1979. Every time I hear this one, I immediately think of my college days, living in DC and the prospect of all things possible for the future. The people...

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Phil Collins—Another Day In Paradise

Phil Collins—Another Day In Paradise

by Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio Whether you love or hate Phil Collins the man, few would dispute the enormity of his professional achievements. Having sold over 150 million albums as a soloist, Collins drew criticism over the years for selling out Genesis in exchange for the promotion of his own career. His acerbic personality and controversial public remarks on...

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Grateful Dead—Brokedown Palace

Grateful Dead—Brokedown Palace

Today’s Daily Lyric was submitted by listener Kenny B. Delhi, New York   by Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio My Generation, the original “Dead Headers” of the 1970’s found a kind of soulful connection and comfort in so many Grateful Dead songs. Breakdown Palace became the the official closing anthem at GD concerts. A song about leaving people and things...

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Stevie Nicks—Landslide

Stevie Nicks—Landslide

by Susan Colwell, Music Planet Radio   Stevie Nicks writes because she has to. In an interview with Cerphe, (listen here) Stevie points out that her greatest joy is getting a note pad and pencils, holing up in a hotel room or wherever she happens to be, and putting lyrics to paper. And, oh, those lyrics are beautiful. . . Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?...

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The Beatles—In My Life

The Beatles—In My Life

by Susan Colwell, Music Planet Radio They say all song writers are poets and that certainly is the case with Lennon & McCartney. Their lyrics (together and separately) create lovely vignettes and vivid snapshots of life. In My Life paints a beautiful picture of old love and new love and all the people and places that have shaped the writer’s own life. It...

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Journey—Any Way You Want It

Journey—Any Way You Want It

by Susan Colwell, Music Planet Radio Not to brag, but once upon a time, I WAS Mrs. Steve Perry. This is a fact that my husband accepts and we talk about freely in our marriage. I was 12 and Steve Perry, my then husband, was the freshly-minted lead singer of Journey. It was a hard-knock rock-n-roll life. I utterly adored him, knew every Journey song by heart, talked...

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Simon and Garfunkel—The Boxer

Simon and Garfunkel—The Boxer

No self-respecting blogger on lyrics could pass up the opportunity to feature Simon and Garfunkel. This dynamic song-writing duo met as kids in 1953 in Queens and went on to achieve super stardom. While the partnership didn’t last, their songs remain timeless. This lyric is from The Boxer off Bridge Over Troubled Water. All lies and jest, still, A man hears...

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