Ma Belle

I was listening to this Beatles song and it’s strange how I’ve all but forgotten that I was baptised Michelle. My aunt/godmother chose it because she was a Beatles fan and because the priest who baptised me (Father Martin) was French.

When I was little, family members would randomly sing this song to me. Listening to ‘Michelle’ again really takes me back.

I haven’t been called Michelle for years. I don’t miss it. I’ve never really liked the name, but I do love this song despite its extreme cheesiness and silly lyrics.

Michelle
Michelle, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Michelle
Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I love you, I love you, I love you
That’s all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that
You’ll understand
Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I need to, I need to, I need to
I need to make you see
Oh, what you mean to me
Until I do I’m hoping you will
Know what I mean
I love you
I want you, I want you, I want you
I think you know by now
I’ll get to you somehow
Until I do I’m telling you so
You’ll understand
Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I will say the only words I know
That you’ll understand, my Michelle
Songwriters: LENNON JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY PAUL JAMES

Angel[s] of My Lifetime

While we’re on the subject of boy bands, I can’t believe this was released in 1992. I can’t believe I was twenty-five. I can’t believe I was ever twenty-five.

But Take That was not, to me, what BTS is to my daughter. I am only a ‘greatest hits’ fan of their’s. My BTS was probably Duran Duran or Culture Club (although neither could be described as a boy band), but there wasn’t a Yoonmin equivalent. I can’t imagine shipping any of the members of either band. But I imagine that if Duran Duran were a band today, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes might get shipped — Jick? Or Simon and Nick — Sick? Brilliant, definitely Sick! Or maybe a Taylor three-way — Jorandy!

Favourite BTS Songs

Five years ago, in response to one of my Facebook posts, a friend remarked that I was living in a Korean drama. At that point, I hadn’t watched any of these Korean series, and never imagined that I’d become low-key hooked on them. Or that I’d have a BTS playlist and it’d be on repeat all the time!

Anyway, that’s what this post is about, my favourite BTS songs. Do NOT read if you’re not a fan!Read More »

I’ll Climb Every Mountain

Because it’s Monday and laughter is the best medicine. If you don’t know this video, Billy Ocean’s backup singers are just what the doctor ordered.

All the Knives

This is such a great song to sing when you’re feeling melodramatic, especially the last bit (in red). The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Station to Station were the albums that got me through ‘A’ levels revision and I remember scribbling the lyrics to various songs on the margins of my English Lit notes.

‘Oh no, LOVE, you’re NOT ALONE!’

I’ve been listening to lots of Ziggy of late. Seems to suit my mood even though I’m exhausted and feeling generally blah. Perhaps I need some of its energy.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
You pull on your finger, then another finger, then cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
Oh, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll suicide
You’re too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clock waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe, but you don’t eat when you’ve lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll suicide
Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead, so you hurry home
Don’t let the sun blast your shadow
Don’t let the milk float ride your mind
You’re so natural, religiously unkind
Oh no, love, you’re not alone
You’re watching yourself, but you’re too unfair
You got your head all tangled up, but if I could only make you care
Oh no, love, you’re not alone
No matter what or who you’ve been
No matter when or where you’ve seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I’ve had my share, I’ll help you with the pain

You’re not alone

Just turn on with me, and you’re not alone
Let’s turn on and be not alone
Gimme your hands, ’cause you’re wonderful
Gimme your hands, ’cause you’re wonderful
Oh, gimme your hands

~ David Bowie