♫ After All ♫

As we’ve discussed before, understanding the lyrics to a song is not my strongsuit, for I am nigh on deaf.  For example, tonight daughter Chris was talking about a project she was going to start for Christmas gifts, handmade dishtowels.  She showed me the snowflakes she had designed to decorate a set of dishtowels, and then I thought she said she would be adding pineapples to them.  I was puzzled … snowflakes and pineapples, snowflakes and tropical fruit on the same pattern?  Turns out she said something about  ‘design apps’, not pineapples.

Anyway … I had a point … what was it?  Oh yeah, lyrics.  Do you know what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head for days and not know enough lyrics to even Google it?  If you have, say, a five-word string of the lyrics, Google does a fine job of finding the song.  But, when this first dropped into my head on Friday, I had nary a word.  I tried humming it for my resident musical expert daughter Chris, but she finally looked bewildered and asked if I was about to be ill, so I gave that up.  Eventually, over the course of the weekend, enough lyrics crept back into the brain that I was able to successfully Google and come up with this after all!  Yes, After All!

This was the theme song to the 1989 movie Chances Are, starring Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan O’Neal. The song was written by Dean Pitchford (lyrics) and Tom Snow (music), who couldn’t use the title Chances Are because it is the name of a famous Johnny Mathis song that I played back in February.

According to Pitchford …

“The movie was about a woman who falls in love with a man only to lose him. He gets killed, and then his soul migrates into another body and comes back in a younger man. And that soul is trying to reunite with her, but inevitably she ends up with a man who has been staying by her side all her life, and has been there for her. And that’s the soul match that was to have been made. So when she walks down the aisle at the end of the movie with Ryan O’Neal, it’s the end of a long journey. So I wrote ‘After all the stops and starts, we keep coming back to these two hearts. Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall.’ I thought that that was really the summation of the movie, because you get some scenes in Heaven, where the soul gets misassigned. And I always liked the idea of angels being rescued from the fall, and I also liked that ‘fall’ rhymed with ‘all.’ So I brought Tom the ‘After All’ concept of ‘we keep coming back to these two hearts,’ and that was the taking off point.”

The single peaked at number six in the United States and Canada. It also managed to enter some European charts, including Ireland, where it peaked at 24, and the United Kingdom, where it reached 84.

After All
Peter Cetera & Cher

Well, here we are again
I guess it must be fate
We’ve tried it on our own
But deep inside we’ve known
We’d be back to set things straight
I still remember when your kiss was so brand new
Every memory repeats
Every step I take retreats
Every journey always brings me back to you

After all the stops and starts
We keep comin’ back to these two hearts
Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall
After all that we’ve been through
It all comes down to me and you
I guess it’s meant to be, forever you and me, after all

When love is truly right
(This time it’s truly right)
It lives from year to year
It changes as it goes
Oh, and on the way it grows
But it never disappears

After all the stops and starts
We keep comin’ back to these two hearts
Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall
After all that we’ve been through
It all comes down to me and you
I guess it’s meant to be, forever you and me, after all

Always just beyond my touch
You know I needed you so much
After all, what else is livin’ for?

After all the stops and starts
We keep comin’ back to these two hearts
Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall
After all that we’ve been through
It all comes down to me and you
I guess it’s meant to be, forever you and me, after all

Songwriters: Dean Pitchford / Tom Snow
After All lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Karen Schauben Publishing Administration

♫ Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves ♫

I did not play a song on Sunday night/Monday morning, for by the time I finished my Jolly Monday post, responding to comments, catching up email, I was exhausted and struggling for breath due to the humidity, so I went to bed instead.  I hang my head in shame as I realized that it was singer Cher’s 73rd birthday … an occasion that deserved at least a bit of a tribute.  However, I will not kick myself over it, for I am only human with the limitations of an almost-68-year-old woman, and … I can make up for my lapse tonight!

Now, my inclination was to play the Sonny & Cher song, I Got You Babe, or The Beat Goes On.  But, I had already played the first some time ago, and as I thought more about it … well, it was Cher’s birthday, not Sonny’s.  So, to honour Cher, I picked my favourite, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves.

According to SongFacts …

This was Cher’s first #1 solo hit, and part of a big comeback. 1967 was the last time she had a hit either on her own or with Sonny & Cher. She released a financially disastrous movie in 1969 called Chastity, and that same year released an album that tanked. That year she and Sonny revived their nightclub act, which Cher credits with improving her vocal skills. In 1971 the couple got a deal for their own variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, and Cher got a record deal. The show launched in August and was a ratings success; “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” came out in September, and in early November, it became the #1 song in America for two weeks. The show stayed on the air until 1974, and Cher charted six more times in the ’70s before a career lull that set the stage for an even more remarkable comeback in the late ’80s.

This was written by a music producer named Bob Stone, who also wrote Dottie West’s 1981 country hit “Are You Happy Baby?” Cher’s producer was Snuff Garrett, who was known for hiring Phil Spector to work at Liberty Records. Garrett was looking for a song that would accentuate Cher’s husky voice and exotic image, and Stone delivered it. The song was originally titled “Gypsies and White Trash,” but Garrett had Stone revise it to make the title less offensive.

I like this song, more for the beat and the tune than for the lyrics.

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
Cher

I was born in the wagon of a travellin’ show
My mama used to dance for the money they’d throw
Papa would do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of doctor good

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Picked up a boy just south of mobile
Gave him a ride, filled him with a hot meal
I was sixteen, he was twenty-one
Rode with us to Memphis
And papa woulda shot him if he knew what he’d done

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

I never had schoolin’ but he taught me well
With his smooth southern style
Three months later I’m a gal in trouble
And I haven’t seen him for a while, uh-huh
I haven’t seen him for a while, uh-huh

She was born in the wagon of a travellin’ show
Her mama had to dance for the money they’d throw
Grandpa’d do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of doctor good

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
They’d call us gypsy’s, tramps, and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

Songwriters: Bob Stone
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group