#SLS ~ Oh, Oh, Oh

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Random stuff… This past week has been another rough one. I finally went to the eye doc for new glasses since mine were more tape than frame, plus I needed a stronger prescription. As I was leaving, I bent down to grab my purse and my glasses fell off, and broke in half. I used more tape so I could drive home. They are toast though… completely unusable. I found a pair of old, but still sealed contact lenses and have been using those, waiting for my new glasses.

Then the next day was my pump fill. I wasn’t seen until 1:40pm for a 1:00pm appointment and it took forever for the doctor to do the fill. Apparently their office, and the surgical center downstairs, were raided by the DEA last month. They didn’t find any violations, just caused a bunch of havoc and tighter restrictions. Add the wonky weather that goes from highs in the low 60s one day, then low 90s two days later… OY! Casa Cuckoo, and my life are still a roller-coaster ride and it just hasn’t stopped! How have you guys been?

The prompt words for this week – Communication, Information, News, Telephone

As usual, I had several songs immediately jump into my head. The first obvious one was Communication Breakdown by my favorite band of all time, and Tom Petty’s I Need To Know, plus a couple more. Ultimately I chose Straight Up performed by Paula Abdul cuz it’s such a fun, catchy song.

Songfacts tells us the Forever Your Girl album, released in 1988, did not hit #1 in the US until its 64th week on the chart, the longest ever journey to the top. It eventually became the best-selling single of 1989.

This song was the breakout hit for Paula Abdul, who before she was a singer, was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers and a dancer. She had a knack for creating dance moves that went over well on MTV and became an in-demand choreographer after working with Janet Jackson on videos for “Nasty,” “When I Think of You,” and “What Have You Done For Me Lately.” She went on to work with ZZ Top, Duran Duran and Debbie Gibson before starting her own career as a singer.

This song was written and produced by Elliot Wolff… He wrote Straight Up for a new singer he was working with who was signed to Virgin Records, but she was dropped from the label before releasing any material. Wolff’s demo made its way to Abdul when she was looking for material for her first album. The demo was low quality, but Abdul loved the song and convinced her record company to let her record it, which she did in Wolff’s studio apartment. Abdul recalls using Wolff’s shower as a vocal booth, and the neighbors banging on the walls to complain.

Wolff also wrote Cold Hearted, for Abdul, which was also a #1 hit. He died in 2016 at age 60 when he went on a solo camping trip in New Mexico and never returned.

Lost in a dream
I don’t know which way to go.
(A-let me say it.)
If you are all that you seem
Then, baby, I’m movin’ way too slow.

I’ve been a fool before.
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught in the slammin’ door.
How about some information, please ?

Straight up!
Now tell me, do you really wanna love me forever
(Oh, oh, oh.)
Or am I caught in a hit-and-run?
Straight up!
Now tell me, is it gonna be you and me together
(Oh, oh, oh.)
Or are you just having fun?

Time’s standing still.
Waiting for some small clue.
(A-let me tell ya now.)
I keep getting chills
When I think your love is true.

I’ve been a fool before.
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught in the slammin’ door.
How about some information, please?

Straight up!
Now tell me, do you really want to love me forever
(Oh, oh, oh.)
Or am I caught in a hit-and-run?
Straight up!
Now tell me, is it gonna be you and me together
(Oh, oh, oh.)
Or are you just having fun?

You are so hard to read.
You play hide-and-seek
With your true intentions.
If you’re only playing games,
I’ll just have to say
A-bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye.

A-do-do you love me, do-do you love me, baby?
A-do-do you love me, do-do you love me?
A-hey, baby.
A-do-do you love me, do-do you love me, baby?
Come on now.
A-do-do you love me, do-do you love me?
A-tell me, baby.

I’ve been a fool before.
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught in the slammin’ door.
Are you more than hot for me
Or am I a page in your history book?

I don’t mean to make demands,
But the word and the deed go hand in hand.
How about some information, please?

Straight up. Now tell me (tell me)…
Straight up. Now tell me (tell me)…
Straight up. Now tell me (tell me)…
Straight up. Now tell me…
Straight up. Now tell me…

Straight up!
Now tell me, do you really want to love me forever
(Oh, oh, oh.)
Or am I caught in a hit-and-run?
Straight up!
Now tell me, is it gonna be you and me together
(Oh, oh, oh.)
Or are you just having fun?

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Whew! That’s a lot of lyrics! What song comes to mind for you? Did you know Paula Abdul was a singer, choreographer and Lakers cheerleader before she was an American Idol judge? Thanks for stopping by!

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HUGS!!

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