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“America – Tin Man (w/ lyrics)”

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Tin Man” is a 1974 song by the pop rock band America. It was written by band member Dewey Bunnell and produced by George Martin, who also plays the piano part on the recorded version. The song was included on the band’s album Holiday, also from 1974.

Background

The song’s title and some of its lyrics refer to the Tin Woodman from The Wizard of Oz.[3] Songwriter Bunnell was quoted describing the parallel: “My favorite movie, I guess. I always loved it as a kid. Very obscure lyrics. Great grammar – ‘Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man.’ It’s sort of a poetic license.”[3]

Dan Peek – who describes “Tin Man” as “quintessential Dewey, easy stream of consciousness with a major seventh acoustic bed” – states that Bunnell “actually begged us not to record the song. Knowing Dewey it was probably reverse psychology; if it was, Gerry and I fell for it, insisting it was perfect for the album.”[4]

Released as the first single from Holiday, “Tin Man” became the band’s fourth top-ten hit in the US, spending three weeks at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1974.[5] The song reached number one on the Billboard easy listening chart in October of that year.[3] In the UK, the song was relegated to the B-side of another album track, “Mad Dog”, released in July, but both sides failed to chart.

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“Kimmie Rhodes ~ I’m Not An Angel”

Kimmie Rhodes (born March 6, 1954) is a singer-songwriter who has written multi-platinum selling songs. Among the artists who have recorded her songs are Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. She has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs, written and produced three musicals and published a novella/cookbook, served as an associate producer for a documentary, They Called Us Outlaws presented by the Country Music Hall Of Fame and produced radio documentary/music programming for her show Radio Dreams, which focused on the history of American roots music and artists. She has also appeared in multiple films and a theatre production, Is There Life After Lubbock? Her songs have appeared on multiple television and film soundtracks. She has established and released her own records on her label, Sunbird Music for over 25 years. Kimmie’s promotional tours created a solid fan base in the U.K., Ireland and Europe. She has headlined with her band at festivals throughout the world and has appeared on many European and American TV and radio broadcasts and at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid concerts and July 4 Picnics. Together with Willie Nelson she recorded two of her originals for his album Just One Love and a duet CD, “Picture in a Frame”. She lives and records in Austin and tours internationally with her son and producer/multi-instrumentalist, Gabriel Rhodes.

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“Way over Yonder” Carol King

“Way over Yonder” Carol King

Way Over Yonder” (6). “Beautiful” is a song written by Carole King that was first released on her 1971 award-winning album Tapestry. It has also been covered by other artists, such as Barbra Streisand and Richard Marx, and included on several of King‘s live albums.

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JEWEL “YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME”

JEWEL “YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME”

“You Were Meant for Me “is a folk pop song written by Jewel and Steve Poltz and performed by Jewel on her first album, Pieces of You. It relates the singer’s incomprehension of a failed relationship, and her inadequate attempts at moving on with her life. It was the second single from that album and went on to receive a great deal of recognition. It became a hit and reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, (held off by “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy & Mase & “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.) & and went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a single week.

You Were Meant For Me ranked at number 15 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100 in 2008. When the All Time chart was retabulated for the chart’s 55th anniversary in 2013, it remained in the top 20 at number 17.  Enjoy Jewel

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“AMOS LEE – SWEET PEA (with lyrics)”

“AMOS LEE – SWEET PEA (with lyrics)”

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Amos Lee (born Ryan Anthony Massaro, is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English. After working as a schoolteacher and bartender he began to pursue a career in music. His manager submitted a demo recording to Blue Note Records which resulted in a recording contract and an association with singer Norah Jones.

CAREER

After returning to Philadelphia, Lee worked as a second grade school teacher at the Mary McLeod Bethune School and as a bartender at local music venues. He performed at “open mic” events in the area and, through his contacts with promoters, was hired as an opening act for artists like Mose Allison and B.B. King.[7]

In 2003, Lee’s manager sent a four-song demo CD to several record labels, and the representative at Blue Note Records was “immediately struck by his [Lee’s] voice”.[8] Afterwards, Norah Jones heard Lee’s music while visiting the record company and invited Lee to be the opening act for her 2004 tour.[5]

The friendship between Lee’s manager and the manager for Bob Dylan resulted in Lee touring with Dylan as his opening act in early 2005.[7][11][12][13] Later Lee began touring on his own and recorded his self-titled and “widely praised” debut album of “subtle, folky soul”[6][10][14][15] which included vocals and instrumentation by Norah Jones and members of her band.[8] After it was released, the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and Lee was named one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch.”[9][16] One song from the album, called “Colors”, appeared on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and in the film Just Like Heaven.[17] Lee’s music received additional media attention when he performed on late night TV shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman[18] and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[19]

In 2006, Lee recorded his second album, Supply and Demand which was produced by Barrie Maguire. An NPR Music reviewer described it as having “more complicated instrumentation and production” than his prior work.[15] The song “Shout Out Loud” was released as a single and peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard 200,[20] and another song, called

“Sweet Pea”,

was used in an ad campaign.[17]

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Jewel – Foolish Games

Jewel – Foolish Games

Foolish Games” is a song by American recording artist Jewel from her debut studio album Pieces of You (1995). It was also the third single to be lifted from the Batman & Robin motion picture soundtrack. Jewel re-recorded the single for the soundtrack to produce a more radio-friendly version, similar to her other singles “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “You Were Meant for Me“. This version is shorter than the album version by one verse. The song details the frustration and agony of knowing that the intensity of one’s love is not reciprocated by one’s lover. The melodic line and chord progression of the verses in “Foolish Games” carry echoes of “Diamonds & Rust“, recorded by Joan Baez.

ish Games” was able to continue the chart life of “You Were Meant for Me”. The latter, which was on its 41st week on the chart at number 25, rebounded to number 12 as “Foolish Games”, eventually peaking at number 7 eight weeks later. Despite this, Billboard counted the two singles as one, and such, “Foolish Games” was also listed for peaking at number two, despite the song never actually peaking at that position, thanks to the peak of the second single.[1] “Foolish Games/You Were Meant for Me” was listed as the second best-performing song of 1997 by Billboard, behind Elton John‘s “Candle in the Wind 1997“.

“Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me” ranked at number 15 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100[2] and held the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest chart run of a single for “Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me”, which charted for 65 weeks. This record was later surpassed by “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes, also in 1997 and 1998 with 69 weeks, and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz in 2008 and 2009 with 76 weeks, and then “Sail” by Awolnation at 79 weeks and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons at 87 weeks in 2013 and 2014. Jewel was also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this song.

The song is featured on Jewel’s Greatest Hits as a duet with Kelly Clarkson.

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“Fleetwood Mac ~ Stevie Nicks GYPSY!!

“Fleetwood Mac ~ Stevie Nicks GYPSY!!

Fleetwood Mac ~ Stevie Nicks GYPSY!!

“Gypsy” is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks wrote the song originally circa 1979, and the earliest demo recordings were recorded in early 1980 with Tom Moncrieff for possible inclusion on her solo debut Bella Donna. However, when Nicks’ friend Robin Anderson died of leukemia, the song took on a new significance and Nicks held it over for Fleetwood Mac. “Gypsy” was the second single release and second biggest hit from the Mirage album, following “Hold Me”, reaching a peak of #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

Stevie Nicks’ inspiration for the song

There are two points of inspiration behind “Gypsy”, as stated by Stevie Nicks. The first of which is a point of nostalgia for Nicks: her life before Fleetwood Mac. Before joining the iconic band, Nicks lived with Lindsey Buckingham, who would also join Fleetwood Mac. Nicks and Buckingham were partners in both the musical and romantic sense; however, only their musical partnership has survived. Nicks met Buckingham at a high school party, where he was singing “California Dreaming” by the Mamas and the Papas. Nicks joined in with perfect harmony, then they introduced themselves. They didn’t see each other again until college, where they started a relationship, and started a duo called Buckingham Nicks. They barely got by with Nicks’ waitress and cleaning-lady income.[1] They couldn’t afford a bed frame, so they slept on a single mattress, directly on the floor. Nicks says the mattress was decorated in lace, with a vase and a flower at its side. Whenever she feels her famous life getting to her, she goes “back to her roots,” and takes her mattress off the frame and puts it “back to the floor” and decorates it with “some lace, and paper flowers.” [2] It takes her back to the days when she had no wealth—back to herself as a poor gypsy. Some speculate the rest of this song is directed at Buckingham, assuming the lyrics depict her leaving him. On March 31, 2009, Nicks gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly discussing the inspiration for the song:

“Oh boy, I’ve never really spoken about this, so I get verklempt, and then I’ve got the story and I start to screw it up. Okay: In the old days, before Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey [Buckingham] and I had no money, so we had a king-size mattress, but we just had it on the floor. I had old vintage coverlets on it, and even though we had no money it was still really pretty… Just that and a lamp on the floor, and that was it—there was a certain calmness about it. To this day, when I’m feeling cluttered, I will take my mattress off of my beautiful bed, wherever that may be, and put it outside my bedroom, with a table and a little lamp.”

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