#SLS ~ Deep Greens and Blues

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. No one commented about what I wrote in this section last week, so I’m assuming that everyone skips it, even though I change it every week. Maybe I’ll start writing some random, unrelated, crazy stuff just to keep myself entertained.

This week the theme words are –Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet

I tried to find a song with Delightful or Pleasant that I liked, but couldn’t find one that felt right. There are tons of songs with Sweet though, so the difficult part became trying to decide which was least likely to be used by everyone else. The rockers will likely use Sweet Emotion or Sweet Child O’ Mine, maybe Sweet Home Alabama. The Gen X-ers would take Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Paula gets dibs on Neil Diamond since she suggested these words.

I could’ve used many songs that have one or more of the prompt words, but all three words taken together as a theme brought me to James Taylor, a man a few of my reader do NOT care for (Sorry dudes! Don’t worry I won’t name you or shame you), but I really DO enjoy.

Sweet Baby James was written in 1969 when James Taylor got back to America from touring and found out his older brother, Alex, had become a father for the first time. Alex and his wife, Brent Taylor, had given birth to their first child, a baby son, which Brent wanted to name Richmond, after the city in which he was born. However, Alex wanted to name the child James, after his younger brother. So after a few arguments, the couple named the boy James Richmond Taylor. James was elated to discover that he had a new baby nephew, also named James. 

The song never charted, but remains a fan favorite. It’s from his second studio album, released in 1970 and also titled Sweet Baby James. That album also has JT’s breakthrough song Fire & Rain.

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There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range. His horse and his cattle are his only companions
He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons, waiting for summer, his pastures to change
And as the moon rises he sits by his fire, thinking about women and glasses of beer
And closing his eyes as the dogies retire, he sings out a song which is soft but it’s clear
as if maybe someone could hear…

Goodnight you moon light ladies, rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose, won’t you let me go down in my dreams?
And rock-a-bye sweet baby James

Now the first of December was covered with snow
and so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
Though the Berkshires seemed dreamlike on account of that frosting
with ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go
There’s a song that they sing when they take to the highway
a song that they sing when they take to the sea
a song that they sing of their home in the sky, maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep
but singing works just fine for me

So, goodnight you moon light ladies, rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose, won’t you let me go down in my dreams?
And rock-a-bye sweet baby James

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What song would you choose for this theme? Are you a JT fan or hater? Let me know in comments, or why not join the #SLS fun and create a post of your own. Thanks for reading!

(Things at the Casa went a little better this past week, but it’s still just too much! We are trying to get a routine going and Mr Murphy keeps interfering. I’m still lurking when I can, which isn’t as often as I’d like. My contact page will get an email to me and I check that every day, if you want to get ahold of me. Otherwise, I’ll be back next Sunday… hopefully.)

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HUGS!!

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