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“Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man)”


I know every Star Wars and music geek out there has probably seen this (and memorised it), but I thought it might be fun to include a little bonus for those of you who read Zen And The Art.  Okay, so this a capella “Star Wars” track gained notoriety when Corey Vidal uploaded his split-screen lip-synch video to YouTube.  Yeah, it’s a lip-synch.  The actual recording is a vocal group out of Provo, Utah called moosebutter [sic], and they’re pretty spectacular.  I mean, they’re not Rockapella, but they are pretty fantastic.  So go, watch the video, check out the moosebutter website, and oh, what’s this…?Click Me!

Don Henley, “Dirty Laundry”


I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something, something I can use
People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

Well, I could’ve been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em all around

We got the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde, comes on at 5
She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation? Is the head dead yet?
You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
Get the widow on the set, we need dirty laundry

You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough alone, keep your dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re stiff, kick ’em all around

Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
Love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

“Bang Bang” by Nancy Sinatra


I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black and I wore white
He would always win the fight

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
“Remember when we used to play?”

Bang bang, I shot you down
Bang bang, you hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, I used to shoot you down.

Music played, and people sang
Just for me, the church bells rang.

Now he’s gone, I don’t know why
And till this day, sometimes I cry
He didn’t even say goodbye
He didn’t take the time to lie.

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down…

“Second Chance” by Shinedown


My eyes are open wide
By the way, I made it through the day
I watch the world outside
By the way, I’m leaving out today

I just saw Hayley’s Comet she waved
And said, “Why you always running in place?”
Even the Man in the Moon disappears
somewhere in the Stratosphere

Tell my mother,
tell my father
I’ve done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I’m not angry,
I’m just saying
Sometimes goodbye
is a second chance

Please don’t cry one tear for me
I’m not afraid of what I have to say
This is my one and only voice,
So listen closely, it’s only for today

I just saw Hayley’s Comet she waved
And said, “Why you always running in place?”
Even the Man in the Moon disappears
somewhere in the Stratosphere

Tell my mother,
tell my father
I’ve done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I’m not angry,
I’m just saying
Sometimes goodbye
is a second chance

Here is my chance
This is my chance

Tell my mother,
tell my father
I’ve done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I’m not angry,
I’m just saying
Sometimes goodbye
is a second chance

Sometimes goodbye
Is a second chance

Sometimes goodbye
Is a second chance

“I, Don Quixote” from Man of La Mancha


Hear me now,
Oh thou bleak and unbearable world,
Thou art base and debauched as can be;
And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled
Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!

I am I, Don Quixote,
The lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!
Whithersoever they blow,
Onward to glory I go!

Hear me, heathens and wizards
And serpents of sin!
All your dastardly doings are past,
For a holy endeavour is now to begin,
And virtue shall triumph at last!

I am I, Don Quixote,
The lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!
Whithersoever they blow,
Onward to glory I go!
Yes, onward to glory I go!

“We Will Win” as performed by Lynn Minmei (Reba West)


**A recent post from–well, you can probably imagine–prompted this entry. After reading said post, I fell into a tempest of emotions bringing me to another state of grief and guilt, but, thanks to strong words from one of my best friends, I am pulling myself back from a state of abject pity. Anyway, this song from ROBOTECH has always been very poignant–both in its minor key and forceful lyrics–to me, and, like my fictional brother Veritech pilots, a rally-cry to never give up even if the odds seem more than impossible.

Life is only what we choose to make it.
Let’s just take it,
Let us be free.
We can find the glory we all dream of.
And with our love, we can win.

Still, we must fight or face defeat.
We must stand tall and not retreat.
With our strength we’ll find the might.
There’s no fight we can’t fight together,
All together,
We can win.

Blessed with strong hearts that beat as one,
Watch us soar.
And with love that conquers all
We’ll win this battle, this last battle.
We will win… We must win…
We will win… We can win…
We can win…

As the battle goes on we feel stronger.
How much longer
Must this go on?
Each and every day we dream of winning
and beginning a new life.

Still, we must fight or face defeat.
We must stand tall and not retreat.
With our strength we’ll find the might.
There’s no fight we can’t fight together,
All together,
We can win.

Blessed with strong hearts that beat as one,
Watch us soar.
And with love that conquers all
We’ll win this battle, this last battle.
We will win… We must win…
We will win… We can win…
We can win…