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Lullabys , Ballads, and Rock Songs.

Updated on November 9, 2012

Love Songs Wrapped Up In Rock Songs

Brahms lullaby must be the first piece of music to ever register in my brain, because my dad would hum the tune gently to me at bedtime.Sometimes he´d add a few of his own words

¨Go to sleep little one, OR your daddy loves you.´´

l guess it must have worked , because l don´t remember any more than that.

l tried it on my great-grandson recently when his lip quivered as he looked up at this face which was new to him , . l suspect , though that the fact that l put the baby over my shoulder as l gently hummed into his ear, and he couldn´t see my face might have had more to do with it than anything else.

Nevertheless Brahms lullaby is a beautiful tune.

My mum and dad were always singing around the house. Both had such excellent voices.

When Frank Sinatra brought out a song called Nancy with the laughing eyes(or was it laughing face?) l remember my dad telling me that Nancy was Frank Sinatras´daughter, and how lovely it must have been for her to hear her dad singing a song especially written for her.



Paul Rodgers, singing his heart out..
Paul Rodgers, singing his heart out..

As l grew up and continued to love music of all sorts, l felt that the most romantic thing anyone could ever do for me was to write a song for me.

Maybe this is something to do with one tiny incident in my early childhood, but it seems unlikely doesn't it? Especially since , in general l became a very unromantic sort.. Sloppy love songs and worse, boys saying sloppy things to me just made me feel cynical.

Like a great ,humorous, loving young man l went to school with. We were good friends,until the day he said he´d been accepted for The Merchant Navy, something he´d always wanted, but it would obviously mean him being on a ship travelling to faraway places a lot of the time.

His first six months would be at college a few hundred miles away., and ... er.. please. (gentle kiss on the forehead , at this point) .... er would l ´wait for him´

Eeeeeek! l couldn´t run (which was my initial instinct) because we were right at my front door. This was his´romantic ´goodnight. He was a wonderful person but yikes! l was 16 and just knew there was more out there in the world than waiting at home for a seamans´return.

All l could do was as gently as possible remind him that we were both 16 and it may be too strong a commitment but l would definitely write to him regularly and we could see how our lives went along. PHEW!!!

Most of my teenage years were spent enjoying the Yippy Hippy days, Having boyfriends , then running a mile once the word ´love´was mentioned. Why? . l´m still working on ´why?´....

When it came to music l loved all the latest love songs, , l´d been writing poetry from the age of 14, so what was it? Maybe l was a romantic at heart, but my head told me there was more to life. l don´t know. What l do know is that when l met my husband to be l knew straight away he was THE ONE.! He made me laugh till l cried., and l think my romantic feelings can be summed up in the first annivesary card l sent him.

Pretty hearts on the front but with a gloomy face,

It read: Ok , so l´m in love with you.....

Inside the card.¨:..... And when l find that cupid l´m going to break his fat little legs.!!!!

l knew l was done for . The end of my life. l was in love and it was too soon.. He was so UNromantic l adored him. (Still do) My friends thought the card l got for him was awful.....

My husband and l laughed for days, to think l´d found a card which explained exactly how l´d felt when l realised l was in love with him.

At the time we both loved Bob Dylan (still do) and his songs were sometimes so deep., sometimes so crazy, there was no fear my sloppy love-song phobia.

l discovered that lDID enjoy love songs but with a bit of oomph! This became apparent when The group¨FREE¨ with Paul Rodgers as lead singer would bring out great rock music , but with loving words.. Áll Right Now¨ l notice is still played at weddings and such like occassions where everyone and his grannie can get up and dance.

It slowly made sense to me that while l was a child in the 50s, many of the modern songs were about someone who´d just died.! Ugh! l can still see in my mind an old black and white image of a blonde girl dressed in black leather singing for ´Terry´ to please wait at the gates of Heaven for her, since he had crashed his motorbike and not recovered.. Nice tune, but the words? Yuk. Similar with ¨Tell Laura l love her¨ the dying words of a racing car driver , having crashed his car. Please pass the sick bag.!!!

Now what a contrast to see Axle Rose bounding across the stage in his kilt/skirt, long hair and a beard belting out the beautiful words of ¨Sweet child of Mine¨.....Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place , where as a child l´d hide.,¨l´d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain.¨¨...Wonderful.!

Bon Jovi have got the rocked-up love song nailed right down, l think.

It´s not possible to sit still at one of their concerts, l discovered when l took my sister in law (not a Bon Jovi fan) to one of their large football arena concerts. Up she got as soon as she heard Bad Medicine thumping out.(your love is like bad medicine. bad medicine is what l need)

She was mesmerised when Jon sang Älways¨ ...... l will love you always, if the stars don´t shine, ..........still love you always.¨¨, but l think she was completely converted to being a Bon Jovi fan when ¨Thank you for loving me ¨¨ came thundering across the field.

...¨Thank you .......for being my eyes when l couldn´t see, for parting my lips when l couldn´t breathe...... Thank you for loving me.¨¨

So romantic songs don´t have to be the slow-crooning type suitable for dancing close together (yes that can be a rather wonderful situation to be in also), but romantic doesn´t HAVE to be sloppy and slow, Heavy rock songs have beautiful words too. You sometimes just have to look out for them. !!!

Picture below, is Paul Rodgers , singing with Queen.






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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Dim, this is great! I like love songs that rock so much more, too. Unfortunately, I still remember that 'Tell Laura" business and let's not forget that dreadful "Last Kiss" which for some odd reason, I can still recall most of the lyrics. I'm betting that most of our generation can sing it!

      That anniversary card sounds hilarious! :)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi there! Thanks for such a lovely comment.

      You´ll have to find a way of reminding me of ´Last Kiss¨ please.!!! l can´t think of it at all.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      "Well where oh where can my baby be..." 1964. For some unknown reason Pearl Jam recorded it, too LOL. Here it is in all its 1964 glory hahahaha

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh4se9YMV3A

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      you are a gem. Thanks a lot.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      You are most welcome, Dim! Glad I could help add to the macabre love song collection! Isn't it awful?

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      hee hee maybe between us we could find the top 10 worst lyrics of the 50s. Thanks Silvergenes.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Oh Dim! I found one! 1960. I almost had an accident of my own after I hit play! hahahahaha

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVoQElxqlZ4

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Ha! Ha! Ha! Oh no , that was just too much. He didn´t even sing, just talked us through...Hee! Hee!

      Thanks a million.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Dim,

      I loved this one and push all the buttons.

      Here's to many more hubs to share.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you, Eiddwen, you are very kind.

      Take Care,

      Dim

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you, Eiddwen, you are very kind.

      Take Care,

      Dim

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      deblipp 6 years ago

      Very charming. I love rock love songs and I do love "standards." Maybe "The Power of Two" by the Indigo Girls says everything I think a love song should say. Or "Come Rain and Come Shine."

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Lovely comment . Thank you for reading.

      Come ran or come shine says a lot too.

      Take care

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Ah, ah - great!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi acaetnna,

      Thanks for reading and leaving you´re comment-

      Take care.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well I feel like the luckiest guy in the (hub) world when I receive your comments - I was feeling kind of blue tonight and very anxious - and you arrived at my hub at a very good time to pick up my spirits - so thank you for your timing and your support and your friendship.

      And I absolutely love this hub subject (perhaps it's the master musicologist in me) and it's one of my favorites by you - I will share this on my Facebook page with a direct link back here and hopefully more people will see your wonderful words and thoughts ......

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh Colin, you are so kind,

      Thank you for the wonderful comment and the iea of putting it on your facebook.

      you are good to me. Thanks again,

      Dim x

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Oh Dim - what a wonderful hub! Did you really get him a Valentine's card like that? Oh and I much prefer the rocked-up songs to the whiny ones too!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Shalini...... Yes, l´m afraid l really did buy that card. Sorry if l have gone down in your estimation, but we found it to be hilarious and we are still together after 42 years...........

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Dim - I thought it was hilarious! Just wished I could have laid my hands on something like that! :D

      I'm sure it is part of the glue that's made for all those years!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...I love this hub subject so I just had to re-visit this classic - because we both share a precious love for music ...... and of course, each other!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      WOW! l don´t ever expect a return visit. Thank you so much. Cheers! To music and love.

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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      Oh dear Dim! You should have sonnets written about you. I love you dear Dim!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Bless you, for saying that. It´ll never happen now, but never mind. We can´t always get what we want, right?. l´m so blessed to have friends like you.

      l hope you are looking after yourself.

      love you too, man.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Yippy Hippy! Really enjoyed this Dim. Saw recently on PBS Paul with Queen playing to a HUGE crowd in the Ukraine. They looked like they were were very happy-band and crowd. Do you by any chance remember a one hit wonder song from around 70 or 71 called DOA by Bloodrock? And yes, slow romantic songs danced too very closely rule!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      DOA by Bloodrock???? Sorry, doesn´t ring any bells.

      Glad you liked the hub.

      Paul and Queen in the Ukraine must have been really ¨something¨ to watch.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Take care... love and peace, man. x

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      Karen Szklany Gault 5 years ago from New England

      Great hub, Dim.

      Enjoy funny love songs, too, like "Love Potion Number Nine."

      Have you ever heard of Richard Thompson's "Vincent Black Lightning"? If so, what do you think of it?

      Just thought I'd let you know I enjoyed reading this.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks a lot. Feedback is like gold to a writer, l think.

      l remember ´´love potion number 9´´´but l don´t know the other one you´ve menioned.?????

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