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When was the last time you listened to a song with lyrics so simple, it seemed like a poem; but at the same time amazed you with the effect those simple words had on the song? I’m guessing you’ll have to recollect songs from the past thirty years and then sort your way through them. I came across this song on the morning of Christmas Eve, whilst I was strolling around in a mall, wondering what I should buy for my family. The moment the song was played, my ears commanded my brain to stop analyzing the discounted goods and listen to the song. I stood still, enjoying the warmth generated as the simple lyrics echoed through my ears. Thankfully, I could muster up some common sense and whip out my smartphone, start the ‘Shazam‘ app (thank God for technology), and identify the song. As soon as the result came up, I breathed a sigh of relief and continued with my not-so-successful shopping venture. The simplicity of the song really got to me, and I was so obsessed with the tune of the song that I drove past my house three times. Go ahead, give it a listen.

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg

History:Same Old Lang Syne‘ is a song composed by Dan Fogelberg. The song was released to the public in 1980 as a single, only to be re-released as a part of his album titled ‘The Innocent Age‘ (1981). The song peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is also one of the most frequently played songs on Christmas Eve (keep your ears open in the mall!). The song, as I suspected, is an autobiographical incident. He was visiting home after a long musical tour, when he happened to run into his old lover in the nearby grocery store. As the song suggests, they awkwardly exchanged pleasantries and decided to spend some time catching up. What follows is accurately described in the song. Jill (Dan’s former girlfriend) heard the song, and pointed out two mistakes he made – Her eyes were green, not blue; and the man she married was a teacher, not an architect. The fact being that she didn’t come forward with these inaccuracies, as it would disrupt Dan’s marriage. For the complete story, click here. There is only one version of this song, viz. the 5 Minute 20 Second Album Version.

What the song conveys: It’s painfully simple, really. The song is written in First person, and it starts with a man stumbling upon his former lover in a grocery store. They exchange awkward formalities, and decide to catch up on all the time lost. They go to have drinks in a nearby bar, but find it’s closed. Hence, they get a six-pack from the liquor store and carry on with the conversation in her car. She tells him that she’s married to an architect and, though she’d love to say it, isn’t really happy. She acknowledges his success as a singer, and proceeds to leave by giving him a kiss and driving away to her normal life.

Review: The song starts with a soothing piano note (Fogelberg), and Fogelberg initiates the vocals at 00:19. As you must have already heard, the lyrics are dreadfully simple, and powerful too. This song stands up proudly among many others and proves that it isn’t necessary to have complex words thrown in a song just to make it listenable; and that sometimes, all it takes is a simple poetic approach. The first verse, which describes their meeting, ends at 00:54. A short piano interlude ensues, after which the second verse follows suit at 01:12. Again, the simplicity of the song is the winning formula. This verse describes the transition of their conversation from the grocery store to her car. The chorus follows right after the second stanza has its share of the spotlight (01:48). The chorus features Fogelberg in a slightly higher pitch and tone. The third stanza, however, brings things back to normal (02:04). This part describes the current happenings in the woman’s life (with a nice little double entendre added in there. Tell me what you thought it was in the comments). As the third verse ends at 02:58, the chorus takes over again, and loops a second time (with slight modifications in the last two lines). The song audibly slows down after the second repetition, with the beats fading off, and extra emphasis added to the piano. The last stanza always seems to catch my attention, as the last four lines (for me) are the best lines of the song. They are:

“Just For a Moment I Was Back In School,

And Felt That Old Familiar Pain;

And As I Turned To Make My Way Back Home,

The Snow Turned Into Rain”

Beautiful, isn’t it? The song gradually fades off, ending with the original ‘Auld Lang Syne’ piano piece. If you’ve really liked the song, I’m sure you won’t hesitate hitting the repeat button again! R.I.P Dan Fogelberg!

 

Lyrics For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://artists.letssingit.com/dan-fogelberg-lyrics-same-old-lang-syne-hpx5xm1#axzz2k98mbQcV

Download Link For “Same Old Lang Syne”http://www.dididoo.com/fordid/ddd/SameOldLangSyne.mp3 (Right Click on Link, Click ‘Save Link/Target As’)

 

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“Same Old Lang Syne” is a song from Dan Fogelberg’s 1982 album titled ‘The Innocent Age’

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Whom do I go to when I want to listen to mesmerizing vocals, beats and lyrics? No one else except Roland Kent Lavoie, better known by his stage name viz. Lobo comes to my mind. In my observation over the past few years, I have noticed that a very handful of my friends knew who Lobo was. I was a bit disappointed, acknowledging that a man like Lobo, who had a voice to die for, was quite unheard of. The lyrics of his songs are out of this world, the rhythm and beats are soft and subtle (Don’t except too much bass in these songs). Among many of his hits such as “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo“, “Goodbye Is Just Another Word”, “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend“, my personal favorite is “I’d Love You To Want Me“, which I’ll be reviewing today. So lets get to it.

History: “I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from Lobo’s 1972 album “Of A Simple Man”. It was release as a single in the fall of 1972. The song peaked at the Number two position on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two weeks. It was denied the top position by Johnny Nash‘s hit song, “I Can See Clearly Now“. Not surprisingly, it didn’t perform too well when released in the UK. Fortunately, Lobo re-released the song again in 1974 and it hit bull’s-eye this time, skyrocketing the song to a  commendable Number 4 position. It also topped in Austria, Germany and Canada. There is only one version of this song viz. the 4 Minute 4 Second Album Version. [Source : Wikipedia]


Review: Lobo starts with the vocals and the acoustic guitar from the start itself. The acoustic guitar is a superb touch to the song. Don’t expect anything fancy here. The song is simple, but extremely charismatic. You’ll fall for it as soon as the song starts, because of the sheer brilliance of Lobo’s vocals. If not, then the beats and the rhythm surely will.The beats merge into the song at 00:30, and stay soft and subtle till the very end. Another extremely alluring part of this song is it’s chorus (The first one starts at 00:53). The acoustic guitar and the beats merge very nicely. The lyrics of the song are totally mesmerizing. The song is VERY infectious, and has it’s own aura, spreading love and happiness all around. The second chorus starts at 01:43, and it sounds even better than the previous one, simply because of the fact that there are some extremely soft “Oooh’s” and “Aaah’s” added to it. The vocals and the tune of the song keep you hooked until the end. The instrumentals begin at 03:34, signalling the end of the song. It slowly fades OUT of your ears, but gradually fades INTO your heart. Believe me guys, this is one song you DON’T want to miss!

Rating: 10/10. Nothing more to add. Listen to the song and enjoy! I’m sure you’ll love it! Die hard romantics, BEWARE. You’ll find yourself getting a little TOO lost in the song!

Lyrics for “I’d Love You To Want Me” : http://artists.letssingit.com/lobo-lyrics-id-love-you-to-want-me-lnxvss6

Download link for “I’d Love You To Want Me” : http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=10083526&song=I%27d+Love+You+To+Want+Me

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“I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from the album “Of A Simple Man”