Yep. It’s who you think it is…and she rocks. 🎸 Happy Monday.

932C83D2-9360-48F8-8B23-88F9E4F8F588You say I seem so grim, darlin do you forgive me?
Well, I went out on a limb cause I needed to be
near the fireflies flying high above me,
and then I hit the sky, and it fell down on me.

You said it wasn’t sharp, but I cut my fingers.
You said it just wouldn’t burn, and I scarred my face.

You know I bite my nails, my skin, and my fingers.
I’ve heard that’s my liver, my nerves, and my brain.
I said: “I just like to bite on my fuckin fingers.
Do you have another intelligent answer for me today?”

You said it wasn’t sharp, but I cut my fingers.
You said it just wouldn’t burn, and I scarred my face.

You said it just wastn’t there, when it fell down on me.
I’m just a sonafabitch no matter what you say.

I lost my trust in you. You were dangerous and scary.
And you poisoned me with the fruits everyone was intrigued by, and I finally got buried…

You said I won’t forget, and I don’t remember.
You said I’m something I’m not, and I fell on my face.

You said I wouldn’t rot, but worms are crawlin on me.
I’m just a sonafabitch no matter what you say.

Writer(s): Glen Ballard, Lisa Marie Presley, Clifton Magness

“You Keep Coming Back Like A Song” (Tony Perkins, 1958) Is Played in New Horror Film: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House Dir. by Son, Osgood Perkins

You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, Sung by (Anthony) Tony Perkins, 1958. What a beautiful rendition of this classic song. (See text that follows the video)

Tony Perkins Sings You Keep Coming Back Like a Song

 

The song first appeared in the film Blue Skies in 1946, performed by Bing Crosby and Betty Russell. The song was a big hit and since that time, has been recorded by a number of famous songsters, including Perkins…

Recording History

  1. Bing Crosby & Betty Russell (Blue Skies Film Soundtrack), 1946
  2. Dinah Shore, 1946
  3. Jo Stafford, 1946
  4. Bing Crosby, Solo, 1946
  5. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (with Johnny Thompson) , 1946
  6. Chuck Foster & His Orchestra  (with Tommy Ryan) , 1946
  7. Ted Heath & His Music (vocal: Paul Carpenter) , 1946
  8. Dennis Day, 1946
  9. Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson, 1946
  10. Georgia Gibbs, 1946
  11. Frank Sinatra (Radio Transcript), 1946
  12. Gordon MacRae, 1952
  13. Ella Fitzgerald, 1958
  14. Anthony (Tony) Perkins,1958
  15. Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians – 1958
  16. Margie Gibson, 1993
  17. Andrea Marcovicci, 1994
  18. Elisabeth Welch, 1995
  19. Phillip Officer, 2000
  20. Jane Scheckter, 2003
  21. Maude Maggart, 2005
  22. Also Recorded by: Dick James with Bob Farnon’s Orch.; Mantovani & His Orch.; Charlie Kunz; Jackie Davis; John Arpin; Marlene Ver Planck; Geraldo & His Orch.; Frank Strazzeri ……… and others.

Tony Perkins’ Sons Make a Masterpiece: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, 2016

Note of Trivia: The 1958 Perkins version of the song was recently featured in a horror film, I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (film poster, inset), written and directed by Tony’s son Osgood (Oz) Perkins; the music for the film was composed by Tony’s son, Elvis Perkins. The film, a unique ghost story, is a ghost masterpiece of subtlety, beauty, and creeping dread—unlike anything I have ever seen before—and I highly recommend it (5 out of 5 stars).

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Anthony Perkins’ son, Oz Perkins, wrote and directed the October 2016 Netflix Original horror film, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, a subtle and hauntingly dreadful ghost story with cameo appearances by Deborah Harry (Blondie), as the creepy Mrs. Plum. Elvis Perkins, Tony Perkins’ other son, wrote the film’s eerie score. This film is a must-see. (5 out of 5 stars)

Lyrics as Sung by Tony Perkins, 1958

You keep coming back like a song
A song that keeps saying “Remember”
The sweet used-to-be that was once you and me
Keeps coming back like an old melody

The perfume of Roses in May
Returns to my room in December

From out of the past
Where forgotten things belong
You keep coming back like a song

<Trombone Solo Interlude>

From out of the past
Where forgotten things belong
You keep coming back like a song

You keep coming back like a song

(Transcribed by Sanguine Woods in October 2017 from Tony Perkins original 1958 recording.)

Boulder to Birmingham (The Poetics of the Song)

Emmylou-Harris

It is very important to me that as time goes by, the poetry of our song lyrics—and the soulful scribes that pen them—mirrors of our everchanging culture as human beings are not forgotten.

This is my first post to honor the “poetics of the song”. I have created a special category for this because I am so passionate about it.

This song by folk rock singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris is among my favorite songs ever written. It is the poetry of the sunset of the heart…

 

I don’t want to hear a love song
I got on this airplane just to fly
And I know there’s life below
But all that it can show me
Is the prairie and the sky

And I don’t want to hear a sad story
Full of heartbreak and desire
The last time I felt like this
It was in the wilderness and the canyon was on fire
And I stood on the mountain in the night and I watched it burn
I watched it burn, I watched it burn.

I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
I would hold my life in his saving grace.
I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham
If I thought I could see, I could see your face.

Well you really got me this time
And the hardest part is knowing I’ll survive.
I have come to listen for the sound
Of the trucks as they move down
Out on ninety five
And pretend that it’s the ocean
coming down to wash me clean, to wash me clean
Baby do you know what I mean

I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
I would hold my life in his saving grace.
I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham
If I thought I could see, I could see your face.

– Emmylou Harris81n7P7uz9UL._SL1426_