*New Music* My Version of “Run To Me” by The Bee Gees

219. Bee Gees

Run To Me 

If ever you got rain in your heart
Someone has hurt you, and torn you apart
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

And let it be like they said it would be
Me loving you girl, and you loving me
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

Run to me whenever you’re lonely
Run to me if you need a shoulder
Now and then, you need someone older
So darling, you run to me

And when you’re out in the cold
No one beside you, and no one to hold
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

And when you’ve got nothing to lose
Nothing to pay for, nothing to choose
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

Run to me whenever you’re lonely
Run to me if you need a shoulder
Now and then, you need someone older
So darling, you run to me

Written by Barry Gibb

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*New Music* My Version of Graham Nash’s “Simple Man”

218. Graham Nash

This week’s new music is a short but beautiful song by Graham Nash that contains the wonderful refrain “I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down.” This my version of “Simple Man”:

Simple Man

I am a simple man
So I sing a simple song
Never been so much in love
And never hurt so bad at the same time

I am a simple man
And I play a simple tune
I wish that I could see you once again
Across the room like the first time

I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down
I hear what you’re saying and you’re spinning my head around
And I can’t make it alone

The ending of the tale
Is the singing of the song
Make me proud to be your man only you can make me strong
Like the last time

I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down
I hear what you’re saying and you’re spinning my head around
And I can’t make it alone

Written by Graham Nash

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*New Video* My Version of “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”

Yes, dear reader, you read that right. This may be the strangest choice of a cover song yet. But never let it be said that things were ever boring around here! This is my version of “Let It Go”:

Let It Go

Let It Go

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Emanuel Kiriakou & Robert J. Lopez

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*New Music Week* My Version of Sugar’s “J.C. Auto”

221. Bob Mould

Today’s new music is one for all the 80s and 90s kids out there. Anyone remember Bob Mould of Husker Du? This is a song from his subsequent band, Sugar. This is my version of their kickass tune, “J.C. Auto”:

JC Auto

I’m on a holiday wasting my time away
Writing a book on you born on a holiday
In the December snow wasting my time away
Writing a book on you born on a holiday

Somewhere in this song
A little clue to something (clue to something)
Parts of it seem over now
You expect a real solution (real solution)
I’ve got to go with what I know
Taking it on a holiday

I’ve done my share of drugs (they drag me down)
I’ve done my share of speed (it kept me up)
I’ve had the strangest love (it’s all I need)
I’ve had the things I need (I need it now)

When everything seems wrong
I need to look to something (look to something)
People outside inside staying
Out for nothing (out for nothing)
And if you’re in I can’t let go
Short of the long holiday
I think you know what I’ve been saying

When there’s nothing left to all
The colors that you sprayed upon it
Passing judgment on my life
You never really got it right
I can’t believe in anything
I don’t believe in anything
Do you believe in anything?
Do you believe me now

Look like Jesus Christ
Act like Jesus Christ I know…
Here’s your Jesus Christ
I’m your Jesus Christ I know…

Bleeding to death again (my bleeding heart)
Stuck in the heart again (goes out to you)
Somebody nail my hands (I needed pain)
Somebody take my hand (I bleed again)

I knew it all along and now
We’re screwed forever (screwed forever)
Shake these demons off my back
And I can make it better (make it better)
But I can’t go on knowing I am
Permanent on this holiday
I think you know what I am saying

I became the big disgrace
I know that I’m the ugly face
I need some time to reconcile
I need some time to heal a while

Look like Jesus Christ
Act like Jesus Christ I know…
Here’s your Jesus Christ
I’m your Jesus Christ I know…

You’ll be sorry when I’m gone
I guess you knew this all along

Written by Bob Mould

 

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It’s New Music Week! My Version of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lilac Wine’

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As I’m about to host the Irish launch of my new album ‘Debris’, this week is going to be ‘New Music Week’ on the ‘Rant’. I’ll be posting a diverse group of songs all week that i hope you’ll enjoy. First up is my version of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lilac Wine:

Lilac Wine

I lost myself on a cool damp night
Gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree

I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see…
And be what I want to be

When I think more than I want to think
Do things I never should do
I drink much more than I ought to drink
Because I brings me back you…

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me… I cannot see clearly
Isn’t that she coming to me nearly here?

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, wheres my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where’s my love?
Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isn’t that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?

Lilac wine, I feel unready, for my love
I feel unready for my love…

Written by Jeff Buckley

 

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*New Music* Brand New Original Song “Summer Storm”

219. Summer Storm

This week’s new music is a new original song taken from my upcoming new album “Debris”. This song is a collaboration with the brilliant spoken word poet Erin Fornoff, using her words and my music. This is “Summer Storm”:

Summer Storm

I don’t know why we went
Driving down a back road through a summer storm
Flying sideways as we skipped the highways
Headed east as the soil turned to sand
Doesn’t matter where we’ve been
The tide is always gonna roll in again

Maybe I’ll forgive you
And you might forgive me
For not having a lick of sense
And letting you go
Ah, but I don’t know
I really don’t know

You and me in that warm car
Driving down a back road
Through a storm with the rain pounding outside
As long as I’m breathing I’ll remember that drive
Running through the storm to buy you a soda
You said you wouldn’t kiss me if I ate a hot dog off the rollers
But I knew you were lying then
The tide is always gonna roll in again

We reached out our arms wide like kids
As we stood before the sea
And wondered what we did
To deserve a thing like this
You know it never made any sense
We can make a list in the sand of all our sins
But I knew you were lying then
The tide is always gonna roll in again

Words by Erin Fornoff

Music by Derek Flynn

Erin is one of the people behind LINGO, Ireland’s first spoken word festival which takes place October 17th, 18th & 19th, 2014. You can find out more about it here: http://www.lingofestival.com/

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