Writing 101 Day 3 – 3 Songs in your life

The subject for the writing 101 class is to share your thoughts about three important songs in your life.  I am not sure these are the most important but they crossed my mind as I tried to think about all the songs I have heard in my life.

Number 1 – Once Upon a Tree by the group Vocal Union

This is a gospel song that share a thought about the classic opening story line “once upon a time”.  It reminds us that there is one story that is more important than all others and it instead of “once upon a time” it is about “once upon a tree”.  The events of that day still affect us 2000 years later and is real, unlike the tales that begin with “once upon a time”.  The complete lyrics are listed below and a youtube link is enclosed at the end of the post

Once upon a tree

He died at Calvary
Once upon a tree
He suffered loss
Greatest story told
Starting with these few words
No not with once upon a time
But once upon a tree

Chorus:
Once upon a tree (on a tree)
He died at Calvary
Once upon a tree (on a tree)
He suffered loss (He paid the cost)
Greatest story told (ever told)
Starting these few words (these words)
No not with once upon a time
But once upon a tree (tree, a, a tree)

Bridge:
Upon it they crucified (My Jesus)
He suffered, He bled and died
(That you and I) So that you and I can receive the gift of life
(He cried) He cried at Gethsemane
(Let this cup pass from me) “Father, please let this pass from me”
(But then He died) Then He took up His cross
The Savior of man to be (For You, for You)
To be

Repeat Chorus

No not with once upon a time,
But once upon a tree

 Number 2 – Classifed by C. W. McCall

 

I first heard this song about 40 years ago and it still brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.  This is a humorous tale of a man and his adventure (or maybe misadventure) when buying a used car listed in an ad in the newspaper.  The experience is one to be remembered and even though he got a good deal, it turns out to prove the old adage you get what you pay for.  Again the lyrics and a youtube link are included below

 

I ‘as thumbin’ through the want ads
In the Shelby County Tribune
When this classified advertisement caught my eye
It said take immediate delivery
On this ’57 Chevrolet
Half ton pickup truck
We’ll sell or swap for a hide-a-bed an’ thirty five bucks
Call one four O, ring two and ask for Bob

Well I called Bob up on the telephone
He says “Hello this is Bob Speakin'”
I says is this here the Bob got the pickup truck for sale
He says “Yeah” I says where are ya
He says “fourteen east on county twelve
Turn right on the one lane gravel road,
You can park in the yard, beware of the dog
Wipe yer feet off, knock three times’n bring yer billfold

Well I tooled on east on county twelve
Turned right on the one lane gravel road
And I parked in the yard and a German Sheppard come out’n grabbed onto my leg
Then I knocked three times’n wiped my feet
The dog let go an’ the screen door opened
And Bob come out’n says “whadaya want”
I says I come to see yer truck
He says “follow me…come on Frank”…Dogs name is Frank

Well we all went passed the chicken house
Through the hog pen and down to the tractor shed
And then wound up in back of the barn in afield of cow pies
And settin’ right there in a pool of grease was a half ton Chevy pickup truck
With a nineteen sixty license plate
A bumper sticker that says vote for Dick
And a Brillo box full of rusty parts
And Bob says “Whadaya think?”

Well I kicked the tire and then got in the seat
And set on a petrified apple core
And found a bunch of field mice livin’ in the glove compartment
He says “her shaft is bent and the rear end leaks
You can fix ‘er quick with an oily rag
Use a nail to start her, I lost the key
Don’t pay no mind to that whirin’ sound
She’ll use a little oil, but outside of that she’s a cherry

I says what’ll it take
He says “whadaya got”
I says twenty eight dollars and fifteen cents
He says “you got a deal, sign here
I’ll go get the title an’ a can full of gas
I put the nail in the slot and fired her up
And she coughed and belched up a bunch of smoke
And I backed her right through the hog pen into the yard

Well Frank jumped in and bit my leg
And I beat him off with a crowbar
He jumped on out an’ the door fell off
And the left front tire went flat
I jacked it up and patched the tube
And Frank tore a piece of my shirt off
Then Bob come out an’ called him off
Says “you better get on outta here

I went left on the one lane gravel road
Went fourteen west on county twelve
Took two full quarts of forty weight oil just to get her to the Conoco station
And I pulled up to the regular pump
And then Harold Sykes an’ his kid come out
Said “I’ve seen better stuff in a junkyard
And where’d you ever get that truck
I said that’s a long story Harold

I’as thumbin’ through the want ads
In the Shelby County Tribune
When this classified advertisement caught my eye
It said take immediate delivery
On this ’57 Chevrolet
Half ton pickup truck
We’ll sell or swap for a hide-a-bed an’ thirty five bucks
Call one four O, ring two and ask for Bob…

Number three – Return to the Earth by Mannhiem Steamroller.

This song is on two different Mannhiem Steamroller albums, Fresh Aire V and Yellowstone – The Music of Nature.  There are no lyrics that I know of but whenever I hear it I feel energized.  The song has a lively pace and slowly builds to a level that has me thinking I can accomplish more than I have been.  It is a piece that reminds me that although the words of a song can inspire emotion, so can the music. I actually got to hear this song in concert about 20 years ago when the group was doing a series of concerts to benefit the recovery of Yellowstone after a set of fires damaged the part. No lyrics this time but it is amazing what you can find on youtube.

 

Well, that is my 3 songs.  3 different emotions(Thoughtfulness, humor, energy).  I guess I am a man of many moods

 

Youtube Links

 

Once Upon a Tree  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccsjGjHw0vE

 

Classified – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjeTq2fShRc

 

Return to the Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_NmBMy6PHc

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