Songs You Can't Get out of your Head


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6 hours ago, Peter said:

What is the best James Bond theme? "You Only Live Twice." 

Peter,

I am really partial to "For Your Eyes Only."

This is my favorite Bond theme, but it's also the only thing by Sheena Easton I ever heard that I like.

One flash of genius and poof. She's gone.

:) 

I could have embedded the version with the movie intro images, but they kind of spoil the song for me. It feels like the song goes one way (wonder of love in all its glory) and the images go another (cool dangerous secret agent man striking poses with gun and hot chick floating around). I don't even like the picture of Sheena above for this song. 

But I love the song.

Michael

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4 hours ago, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

But I love the song.

It is great but I still like the combination of the instruments in "You Only Live Twice" and the singing though I think Nancy Sinatra? fumbles a couple of notes.   

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I like Sheena’s duet with Kenny Rogers singings “We’ve Got Tonight.” She goes from pop to country and reminds me of Reba. And then there is the beautiful duet with Dolly Parton and Vince Gill singing, “I Will Always Love You.” I still like Dolly's solo version better though.

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The screen writer for “You Only Live Twice” was Roald Dahl. Dahl is probably more famous for his children’s books which include, “James and the Giant Peach,” “The BFG,” “Matilda,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

From Wikipedia: In 1990, The Witches was adapted into a film starring Angelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson.  

A 2020 version of “The Witches” stars Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway (as the top witch) and was directed by Robert Zemeckis. Chris Rock narrates.

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For Your Eyes Only sung by Sheena Easton is superb. After listening to it for a few more times I am starting to like this as the number one James Bond theme song. And the lyrics are upbeat and inspirational. Most quirky Bond theme? “Live and Let Die,” by Paul McCartney, though cold finger, “Gold Finger,” is also quirky. Peter

For Your Eyes Only

For your eyes only
Can see me through the night
For your eyes only
I never need to hide

You can see so much in me
So much in me that's new
I never felt until I looked at you

For your eyes only
Only for you
You see what no one else can see

And now I'm breaking free
For your eyes only
Only for you
The love I know you need in me

The fantasy you freed in me
Only for you
Only for you

For your eyes only
The nights are never cold
You really know me
That's all I need to know
Maybe I'm an open book
Because I know you're mine
But you won't need to read between the lines

For your eyes only
Only for you
You'll see what no one else can see
And now I'm breaking free
For your eyes only
Only for you
The passions that collide in me
The wild abandon side of me
Only for you
For your eyes only

Songwriters: Leeson Michael David, Conti William

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Peter,

I love that song.

But there are a couple of things--only a couple, well maybe three--I would have done differently had I produced it.

The first is that the keyboard pounds too aggressively in the portion of the song where the rhythm kicks in. For a heroic sound, that's what brass are for. There are other options, too. But a keyboard pounding that hard sounds like it is trying too hard and pulls the ear a little out of the magic.

The second is that I would have stylized the rhythm a bit more where the rhythm kicks in instead of just a standard chuggie-chuggie-chuggie. There are some really cool things that would have laid down a commercial drum set groove with without trying to sound so commercial pop.

The third is in the words. There is a line that is a clunker to me: 

Maybe I'm an open book
Because I know you're mine
But you won't need to read between the lines

I would change the last line to keep to the "total giving over to love of you" theme of the rest of the words. This line in the future tense clunks (stay in the fucking present tense, goddammit) and sounds like a first draft that didn't get corrected for whatever reason (too much whiskey and other goodies in the studio? :) ). I would have the songwriter change it to this or something similar:

Maybe I'm an open book
Because I know you're mine
There's only you to read between the lines.


For your eyes only...

Something like that. 

And if the songwriters didn't want to change it, I would shoot them dead and do it my way anyway.

:)

I'm almost afraid to make these complaints, though.

This song is magnificent.

Michael

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