♫ Tin Man ♫

This one popped into my head tonight as I was working on my Jolly Monday post, and one of the cartoons just seemed to cry out for me to play this song …toon-6

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

This is a 1974 song by the pop rock band America. It was written by band member Dewey Bunnell and produced by George Martin, who also plays the piano part on the recorded version.

The song’s title and some of its lyrics refer to the Tin Woodman from The Wizard of Oz. Songwriter Bunnell says …

“My favorite movie, I guess. I always loved it as a kid. Very obscure lyrics. Great grammar – ‘Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man.’ It’s sort of a poetic license.”

Released as the first single from their album Holiday, Tin Man became the band’s fourth top-ten hit in the US, spending three weeks at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1974. The song reached number one on the Billboard easy listening chart in October of that year. In the UK, the song was relegated to the B-side of another album track, Mad Dog, released in July, but both sides failed to chart.

Tin Man
America

Sometimes late
When things are real
And people share the gift of gab
Between themselves

Some are quick
To take the bait
And catch the perfect prize
That waits among the shelves

But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn’t, didn’t already have
And cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad

So please believe in me
When I say I’m spinning ’round, ’round, ’round, ’round
Smoke glass stain’d bright colors
Image going down, down, down, down
Soapsud green like bubbles

Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn’t, didn’t already have
And cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad

So please
Believe in me
When I say I’m spinning’ round, ’round, ’round, ’round
Smoke glass stain’d bright colors
Image going down, down, down, down
Soapsud green like bubbles

No, Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn’t, didn’t already have
And cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad

So please believe in me

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dewey Bunnell
Tin Man lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

♫ Ferry Cross The Mersey ♫

This is the first time I’ve featured a song by the group Gerry and the Pacemakers, in part because I can only think of two songs by them … this one and Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.

Gerry and the Pacemakers were an English beat group prominent in the 1960s. In common with the Beatles, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin.  Gerry Marsden formed the group in 1959 with his brother Fred, Les Chadwick, and Arthur McMahon. They rivalled the Beatles early in their career, playing in the same areas of Hamburg and Liverpool.

This song was written by Gerry Marsden and released in late 1964 in the UK and in 1965 in the United States, becoming a hit in both countries, #8 in the UK and #6 in the U.S.

“Mersey” refers to the River Mersey in northwest England, a river that flows into the Irish Sea at Liverpool. The Mersey Ferry runs between Liverpool and Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral.

Ferry Cross The Mersey
Gerry and the Pacemakers

Life goes on day after day
Hearts torn in every way

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey
‘Cause this land’s the place I love
And here I’ll stay

People they rush everywhere
Each with their own secret care
So ferry ‘cross the Mersey
And always take me there
The place I love

People around every corner
They seem to smile and say
We don’t care what your name is boy
We’ll never turn you away

So I’ll continue to say
Here I always will stay

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey’
Cause this land’s the place I love
And here I’ll stay
And here I’ll stay
Here I’ll stay

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Gerard Marsden / U. S. Income Only
Ferry Cross The Mersey lyrics © Pacermusic Ltd.

♫ Daisy Jane ♫

I’ve been working hard today, between the usual Friday cleaning/laundry, plus an unplanned trip to the grocery, making homemade stuffed pepper soup and wheat rolls, and preparing for a get-together with friends tomorrow.  The whole time, I had this song rambling through the cobwebs of my mind, without consciously realizing it.  That ever happen to you?  Finally, when I was pondering my music post for tonight, I tried to put a name to the tune that had been meandering through my head, and simply couldn’t … but I had a few lyrics … “does she really love me, I think she does”, and that was enough for Google to help me out.  Still, quite honestly, I don’t believe I ever knew the title of this song was Daisy Jane!

Daisy Jane is a song written by Gerry Beckley of the group America included on the 1975 America album Hearts.  Recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, California, Daisy Jane had a big-name producer: George Martin, famous for his work with The Beatles.

The heartbeat that starts this song isn’t an actual human heart. David Dickey, who played bass on the track, created the sounds by hitting muted strings on his guitar.  According to Beckley …

“Every fourth one, we heard this little kind of pumped heartbeat, and said, ‘David, how are you doing that?’ And he said, ‘I’m not doing anything!’  It took a while to solo all the tracks to realize that little extra ‘ca-clump’ was my foot coming off the sustain pedal on the piano. You have to listen closely, but those are the funny little things that happen, so we kept it in. It made an interesting little bit for all the headphone fanatics.”

The song was never all that popular anywhere … it hit #20 in the U.S., #16 in Canada, and didn’t chart in the UK or anywhere on the other side of the pond as best I can tell … but I just happen to like the tune.  Nobody ever accused me of having good taste … in anything!  Clothes, music, food, men … I’m basically an anomaly.

Daisy Jane
America

Flyin’ me back to Memphis
Gotta find my Daisy Jane
Well the summer’s gonne
And I hope she’s feelin’ the same
Well I left her just to roam the city
Thinkin’ it would easy the pain
I’m a crazy man and I’m playin’ my crazy game, game
Does she really love me I think she does
Like the star above me I know
Because when the sky is bright
Everything’s all right

Flyin’ me back to Memphis
Honey keep the oven warm
All the clouds are clearin’
And I think we’re over the storm
Well I been pickin’ it up around me
Daisy I think I’m sane
Well I’m awful glad
And I guess you’re really to blame, blame
Do you really love me
I hope you do
Like the stars above me how I love you
When it’s cold at night
Everything’s all right

Songwriters: Gerry Beckley
Daisy Jane lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc