So, I am a very old-fashioned girl, and I listen to old songs quite often.
I thought it would be fun to share some that you more than likely don't know, and add a little bit of why I love them so much. ;) here goes:
As Time Goes By: sung by Vera Lynn
This song is from the WWII era, and like most of those songs, it really pulls at my heartstrings.
Some of the lyrics go like this:
It's still the same old story, a fight for love and glory, a case of do or die. The world will always welcome lovers as time goes by...
I guess the reason I love this song so much is that it reminds me of the passage in the Bible that says there will be marriages until the end of time.
Isn't that a lovely thought?
I think it is so wonderful of God to show us, that even as time goes by, and the world goes on in it's sad, evil ways, love is forever.
For God is love.
The White Cliffs of Dover: sung by Vera Lynn
Also from WWII, this song is about England's famous White Cliffs of Dover, and how someday, the war will be over, things will be peaceful again, and 'there'll be bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover...'
A pretty song, that expresses the hope and courage that the people of England kept strong during the frightening war.
We'll Meet Again: sung by Vera Lynn
Okay, so I like a lot of Vera Lynn. ;) But she sings them all so beautifully, and with such meaning, it's no wonder she is called, The Forces Sweetheart.
Another hopeful song during a dark time in history, assuring all of the lonely fighting men, 'we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again, some sunny day..."
Side by Side: No particular singer
Now this song dates back to the twenties, I believe, although it became much more popular during the hard times of the Depression.
The singer is telling his/her love, that no matter what happens, no matter how dark the skies, they'll face it together.
I think it's a beautiful message that the couples of today should follow.
'Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money, maybe we're ragged and funny, but we'll travel along, singing a song, side by side.
Oh, we don't know what's coming tomorrow. Maybe it's trouble and sorrow, but we'll travel the road, sharing our load, side by side..."
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: sung by Peter, Paul and Mary or Vera Lynn
This song is a sad one, and it makes one think.
I am not sure the year it was written, but I know Vera Lynn sang it, and she was from the forties, so I'm guessing it's from around that time.
The singer first asks, where have the flowers gone, then answers, 'young girls picked them', and in turn, 'where have all the young girls gone?'
'gone to young men', then 'where have all the young men gone?'
'gone for soldiers' then, 'where have all the soldiers gone?'
'gone to graveyards', and finally 'where have the graveyards gone?'
"Gone to flowers." which in turn, the young girls pick them again.
In other words, it describes the ever-present cycle of wars, soldiers and dying.
It became much more popular in the troubled 70's, and I guess you can understand why, although I'm not saying I support the peace-protestors of the hippie age.
I thank God for the men of the Vietnam War, and feel terrible when I see the pain in the veterans' eyes. Know that I respect you, please!
In the song, they ask the question, "When will they ever learn?"
We know that man will never learn, and that as long as time passes, there will be wars and rumors of wars, and men must take up arms to protect their homes and families.
Just a thoughtful song, and a very pretty tune.
The Life of a Song: sung by Joey+Rory
This isn't a old song, but I thought it was worth mentioning. :)
This song talks about the way music touches people, but the lyrics say it much better than I could;
'A song lives forever and never, ever dies. It sings enemies together, and touches so many lives. Words and melody will always be after we are gone. Oh, how I wish that I could live the life of a song.
I could mean the broke and wounded, I could prove that love is real. And take someone from China to a Carolina cotton field.
I could comfort every soldier, hum all the homeless home. I could change the world if I was just a song...'
I know I have a lot more, but I can't think of any at the moment.
Just to name a few of the old singers I listen to:
Vera Lynn ;)
Clint Eastwood (yes, he sings! I was shocked, too)
The Lennon Sisters
The Everly Brothers
Well, that's all I can think of for now.
I hope to do a post on the campout sometime, but until then,