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Lovin the bends in this one. Ya get the feeling the strings are about to break.

Texas Flood Stevie Ray Vaughan.

This song was written and originally recorded by Arkansas Bluesman Larry Davis in 1958.


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I use to work for "American Musical/Archives" We stored all his original 2 inch audios. His brother picked them up, within days of his death. Great artist.
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Ce que j'ai fais, ce soir la
Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir la
Realisant mon espoir
Je me lance, vers la gloire, OK
We are vain and we are blind
I hate people when they're not polite

This was the result of lead singer David Byrne trying to write an Alice Cooper song, but it came out much more introspective. It ended up being about the thoughts of a murderer.

Part of the chorus and the bridge are in French. The verse translates to "What I did, that evening, what she said, that evening fulfilling my hope I throw myself towards glory."

The lyrics were inspired by the character Norman Bates in the movie Psycho.
The "Fa Fa" part comes from an Otis Redding song called "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)." Redding and other Soul singers were a big influence on Talking Heads.
Byrne wrote this two years before it was recorded. It was Talking Heads' first album.
Byrne never thought this would be a hit. He considered it a "silly song" at the time, and was surprised when it took off.

I still remember this song kicking off Stop Making Sense such a rad way to start a concert. One of the most original concerts in rock I became a hugely adoring fan of the Heads.

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Captain says "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle" on the only working engine not long after failing simulator tests.

Seconds later the ATR 72-600, which had 58 people on board, crashed upside down into a shallow river in downtown Taipei after it lurched between buildings, clipping an overpass and a taxi. Fifteen people survived.

Taipei cereal makers vow not to include pilots licenses as free giveways in their cereal boxes anymore until Warcraft users can achieve standard level.
Captain turns off only working engine of TransAsia plane, lurching it through buildings and into a river.
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The ultra cool Alannah Myles.

This song is about Elvis Presley. Here's some lyric analysis:

"Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high" - Jimmy Rogers, an early Blues singer, influencing Elvis (the baby) at an early age. The Victrola is the record player, played loudly.
"Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder" - Gladys Presley dancing with the infant Elvis.

"Black velvet and that little boy's smile" - You can buy a black velvet Elvis painting at any respectable yard sale. Early female fans were drawn to his "Little boy smile."

"Black velvet with that slow southern style" - Elvis delivered some of his songs with slow, undulating hips. Check out "Steamroller Blues" live.

"Up in Memphis the music's like a heatwave" - Sun Studios. The epicenter of early rock music and where Elvis recorded.
"White lightning, bound to drive you wild" - rock music and booze.

"Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl" - A reference to the baby in the early part of the song, being loved by all the young girls.

"Love Me Tender leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle" - Love Me Tender was a huge hit for Elvis in 1956.

"The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true" - Elvis' legendary hips swivel, the Pelvis.

"Every word of every song that he sang was for you. In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could you do?" - Elvis died suddenly in 1977.

This was a Canadian production: the song was written by the Canadian musicians David Tyson and Christopher Ward, and Myles is from Toronto. Ward and Myles were a couple and also worked together - she sang on his 1981 solo album Time Stands Still. Teaming up with Tyson, Ward put together a demo tape for Myles which got her a deal with Atlantic Records.

Produced by Tyson and Ward, Alannah Myles was her first album, and it was a huge hit in Canada, becoming the top-selling debut album in Canadian history. "Black Velvet" was the first US single, and it was a massive hit, rising to #1 in March, 1990, where it stayed for two weeks. The US follow-up single was another song written by Tyson and Ward, "Love Is." That song went to #36 and was her last chart entry in America. She did have several more hits in Canada.

Christopher Ward got the idea for this song when he was a VJ for the Canadian music channel MuchMusic. He was sent to Memphis to cover the 10th anniversary of Elvis' death (August 16, 1987), which exposed him to many fervent Elvis fans. Inspired by their passion for the rocker, he took notes while he was working on the special (which was called Mecca in Memphis), writing lyrics based on what Elvis meant to his fans and what it must have been like for him growing up in the South.

Myles won a Grammy award for Best Female Rock Performance for this song, along with several Juno Awards. Additionally, this won a Diamond award for sales in excess of 1,000,000 in Canada, the only time an artist has won this for her debut record. ASCAP awarded the song a 'Millionaire Award' in 2005 for over 4 million radio plays in the USA.

According to the song's writer Christopher Ward, a key line in this song is "A new religion that will bring you to your knees." He says he got the idea for that line after realizing that Elvis' affect on fans was similar to what churchgoers would feel after being exhorted by Fundamentalist preachers.

The country singer Robin Lee, also signed to Atlantic Records, recorded a popular cover of this song on her 1990 album, which was also called Black Velvet.

Another popular cover of the song was by Crystal Bowersox, who performed the song when she was a contestant on season 9 of American Idol, where she finished second. Released as a single, her version bubbled under at #124 on the Hot 100.

In a CBC Newsworld interview, Myles revealed that she was cheated by her record company, which kept her from cashing in on this song. Myles said she received her first-ever royalty check for the song on April 1, 2008.

She signed that record deal when she was young and naive; the singer ended up paying $7 million on expenditures for her first three albums, all deducted out of her take. Myles said that when she should have been dining out on the success of this song and her other recordings, instead she had been living in poverty, at times struggling to pay her rent.

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I always understood "black velvet" to refer to the iconic prints of Elvis that were very popular at one time (all on black velvet).Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
I've always loved this soulful, sexy song but for some reason, I thought it was done by Heart until last night when I heard it on Sirius and saw that it was by Alannah Myles, about whom I really know nothing. Alrighty, then! Good job, Alannah! I'm a Northern girl but have always been susceptible to Southern guys== NOT Elvis! So I hope it's OK if I fantasize about guys I have known over the years when I hear this smokin' tune.Sandy - Enterprise, Fl
Melissa Etheridge did NOT sing Black Velvet. I repeat: Melissa Etheridge did NOT sing Black Velvet. The song is NOT on any of her albums (CDs). That's the first clue that she did not sing this song. The second clue: She didn't write the song. Melissa Etheridge writes her own music and lyrics (I can only think of two exceptions). I repeat again: Melissa Etheridge did NOT sing Black Velvet.Pat - Virginia Beach, Va
Black Velvet by Alannah Myles is a fantastic song. The 'S. K. Shuffle' line dance was choreographed and danced to this song.Paddle - Melbourne, Australia
There was a controversy if you remember when this came out. It was said Alanah Myles was speaking of a womens crotch. Even religious groups wanted it banned but Myles later denied it saying it was about Elvis. The same year it was made into a country song by Robin Lee and also Melissa Etheridge sang it as wellGhostgetter - Dallas, Tx
It doesn't matter if thesong Black Velvet was or was not about Elvis in my opinion it is just a darn good song to listen to.
Mary lancaster,OHMary - Lancaster, Ohio, Oh
I agree.. "Black Velvet" is Elvis's hair, voice (which is like the whiskey, smoothe, sweet and smoky). Don't know about the sweater. In the south it is common to call your mother "Mama". Elvis did dye his hair - to black. January in Mississippi is part of the dry season. "The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true" = I remember seeing an early recording of someone asking Elvis why he moved that way - he said it was ... automatic Sweet and true. That slow southern style.. we are know for taking things slow in th south (lol). Loved that little boy smile....Glenda - Eustis, Fl
Actually, Black Velvet refers to all these things: his hair, his voice (which is like the whiskey, smoothe, sweet and smoky), and that sweater.

But the "Mama's Baby's in the heart..." line, is not in fact referring to the 'baby Elvis' but the fact that he was always 'mama's baby'. Elvis was a notorious momma's boy.Sandra - Jax, Fl
the next to last "If you please" is my favorite.Michelle - Sin, Nc
Black Velvet is the name of the Hair Dye Elvis used to get that shade (It's also called Blue/Black). Today it's very popular with the Punks, Goths and Emo's. The song is NOT about Robert Read the lyrics and LISTEN to the song.Voodoo - Sydney, Australia
I think that "Black Velvet" refers to his singing voice -- dark, deep, smooth. I'm talking Elvis, of course. Not a big fan, but's it's a type of voice I like.Ae - Seattle, Wa
Black Velvet is also a brand of cheap Canadian whiskey.Lars Ulrich - Denmark, Sc
I also thought it was about Tiny Tim.Griffin - Middlesbrough, United States
check out her remastered re-arranged version of black velvet for the anniversary of Elvis' death at - Shrewsbury, Ma
Also..I Would Like 2 Add Is That During The Song When She Sings " A New Religion That'll Bring Ya All To Your Knees "...Could Refer To The Religion Of Rock And Roll And The Religion That Elvis Created!Sammy - Sydney
Alannah Myles had the rock version of this song and at the same time on the same label singer Robin Lee had a country version that was very simular. Infact at the time there was a rumor that they were the same person, but of course that was not true. Both were brunette's but look little to nothing alike.Troy - Pensacola, Fl
True Robert Plant and Jimmy Page fans will know this was sung for Robert Plant.Lana - Sydney, Australia
I would also like to point out that the first line in the song, "Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell"....Elvis was born in Tupelo Mississippi in January...
This song gives almost a short map of his life...
Mississippi, Memphis, and in a flash he was gone.Larissa - Gainesville, Fl
Elvis' mom made him a black velvet sweater and this is what the song is about --> Elvis in black velvet. The sweater elvis' mama made him. True Story!Jessica - Memphis, Tn
Will somebody PLEASE tell me what she's whispering at the beginning??? I'v tried many different sites, but never found ANYTHING about it!Ken - St. Louis, Mo
Myles is usually thought of a one-hit wonder in the U.S., but she had more hits in Canada.Andy - Arlington, Va
This song scares meAshley Jade - Cleveland, Ga
FYI Black Velvet is a popular Rye....thats
Canadian Whisky to the rest of the world.Rob - Vancouver, Canada
Crazy, I think someone told me once that it was about a woman's child she had with a black man. Haha, they were confused! Hmm, I think everyone's been romantically linked to Robert Plant.Tiffany Candelaria - Phoenix, Az
alanah used to be romantically linked to led zeppelins robert plantMarlow - Perth, Australia
when i first heard it on the radio, it sounded like an old olivia newton-john singingMarto - Sydney, Australia
I think that "black velvet" refers to the famous black velvet shirt worn by Elvis on stage :

It became a part of his style that all his fans know and that many have tryed to imitate. According to what I once read, it was handmade espacialy for him by his mother, which Elvis called "Mama" instead of Mummy, or something else. It's another reason why the song says "Mama's dancing...". Well, that's how I see it.Sam - Toulouse, France
I have often wondered if Black Velvet refers to the coctail....Shyla - Didsbury, Canada
it's the only theory we have pete so i sort of believe it. it is a good theoryPaddymac - Newry, Ireland
yeah i'm jokin'....but you just never knowPete - Nowra, Australia
The song was written by Christopher Ward, who was Myles' beau at that time. Ward was one of the original "veejays" on Canada's "MuchMusic," along with present-day CBS news anchor, John Roberts, who was called "J.D." back then.Shell - Toronto, Canada
Actually all of the facts are correct except for one, black velvet doesn't refer to a velvet painting it refers to his hair which was really black!Clarissa - Valdosta, Ga
hey pete yur jokin right? lolJason - Wylie, Tx
how do we know it's about Elvis?? could be about Tiny TimPete - Nowra, Australia


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This tune made the summer of 90 feel like Rock n Roll was alive and well
Every station played it up.
Being born and raised 30 miles from Cash and 2 and a half hours from Memphis.
All of our mothers went crazy when he played and I do not know life without him.
I love this tune today as much as the first time I heard it.
That soft Southern style. Perfect!
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More requests for kiwi rock so here's Hello Sailor.... Blue Lady. Graham Brazier a well known identity in Auckland. Hello Sailor on their 40th anniversary. A big local act they opened recently here for The Who. Blue Lady is a reference to Brazier's drug of choice.

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When the sex pistols grew up they still only knew 4 chords. Public Image were the grown up version as punk tried a social message other than totally anarchy... and to be mainstream. It didnt really work as punk needs to be punk. .. challenging everything. . not being grown up and boring and helpful.

"Anger is an energy" I remember that though... and "may the road rise to you"

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Personally I reckon love and hate and anger all come from the same source and aren't all that different. They just come out of the volcano a bit differently and how that happens depends on the volcano owner a bit.
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One of rock's biggest imho. The power anthem Simple Man.


Shortly after Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother and Gary Rossington's mother died, they got together in Van Zant's apartment and started telling stories about them. Rossington came up with a chord progression, and Van Zant wrote the lyrics based on advice the women had given them over the years. They wrote it in about an hour.

Frontman Johnny Van Zant discussed this song in a track-by-track commentary to promote the band's 2010 CD/DVD Live From Freedom Hall. He said: "Well that's a great song and something that I think we all live by. I think anybody out there needs to respect their mother, and the words of their mother. It's mama talking to you in that song and I think it's probably one of my favorite's if not my favorite to do live. It's just a great song and that one stays in the set and the crowd always goes crazy on that one."

Skynyrd producer Al Kooper didn't like the way this was coming out, so the band recorded it without him and had him add his organ part later. He didn't think they should release it, but realized he was wrong when it went over so well with their fans.

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Watch out for the signals people send.
Better watch out for the Skin Deep.

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There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's going down

Written by Buffalo Springfield guitarist Stephen Stills, this song was not about anti-war gatherings, but rather youth gatherings protesting anti-loitering laws, and the closing of the West Hollywood nightclub Pandora's Box. Stills was not there when they closed the club, but had heard about it from his bandmates.

In the book Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History, Stephen Stills tells the story of this song's origin: "I had had something kicking around in my head. I wanted to write something about the kids that were on the line over in Southeast Asia that didn't have anything to do with the device of this mission, which was unraveling before our eyes. Then we came down to Sunset from my place on Topanga with a guy - I can't remember his name - and there's a funeral for a bar, one of the favorite spots for high school and UCLA kids to go and dance and listen to music.

[Officials] decided to call out the official riot police because there's three thousand kids sort of standing out in the street; there's no looting, there's no nothing. It's everybody having a hang to close this bar. A whole company of black and white LAPD in full Macedonian battle array in shields and helmets and all that, and they're lined up across the street, and I just went 'Whoa! Why are they doing this?' There was no reason for it. I went back to Topanga, and that other song turned into 'For What It's Worth,' and it took as long to write as it took me to settle on the changes and write the lyrics down. It all came as a piece, and it took about fifteen minutes."


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at very least...itza great thang that Donald "open-wide ur pie hole & insert both stankee feet" GOT-TRUMPED-AGAIN.....and he neva picked-up a PHAATT ALVAREZ DREADNAUGHT git fiddle...whew! That really wood be the END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT...!   hehehehehehee!   REM!
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Ann and Nancy Wilson used to OWN that stage. STILL own that stage! Here's Heart... Crazy on You live with masterful guitar work and vocals.

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The electricity in the music only brings out more of the lyrics! <3 them!! Thanks for sharing! 
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Our senses are bollocks compared to many other species. Compared to them we are often blind deaf ignorant lazy slow mutants

We're not as smart as we like to think. In just a few short years we've been tamed by the descendants of wolves and cats who have carefully engineered us to do whatever they want.... house them, feed them, exercise them, pay for all their needs. And even better they've got us believing we are the masters so that we will keep on doing it forever.

We go round believing they are our pets when really who is at who's beck and call?

Don't believe for a minute that we are the smart ones. We might have learned to use our hands, create tools and speak.

But we interpret the world and other species in a totally ass about face fashion where we believe we are the superior ones, yet its animals who hold more special powers in their senses.

Watch 10 extreme animal senses at work.

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Our hunting prowess was awesome in that we could collectively run down prey (even animals like horses) who would collapse of heat exhaustion long before a human. A marathon runner is an example of how we can out do other animals. After that, our Adaptation Instinct (thinking) allowed us many other ways to become supremely dangerous above all other animals.
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Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn't help thinkin'
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin'
She had one little promise she was gonna keep


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