Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty

Ferry Aid—Let It Be

A song that makes you feel guilty? I pondered. There isn’t one. How can a… and then I remembered this song.

Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song “Let It Be” in 1987. The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster, which had occurred on 6 March 1987 involving the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, which killed 193 passengers and crew.

My dad bought me this single when it came out, and I remember sitting in my room, with my back to the door, with some school friends. Someone picked up this single and started teasing me for owning it.

Those immature days when anything less heavy than Slayer was a shameful offence.

So I joined in, so to be a part of the group, to be accepted. “Oh, my Dad bought it for me, I don’t know why I don’t even like it. What a…”

And then I turned around and standing in the doorway was my Dad. He’d heard everything that I’d said. He looked hurt, quietly closed the door and walked away.

I can’t remember what I did. Whether I chased after him or not. But the truth is I really did like the song. It’s by The Beatles, to whom I’d been introduced by my Dad. It features cracking guitar solos by Mark Knopfler and the late, great Gary Moore.

The thing is though, because it was a Beatles song and they hail from Liverpool, and have a ferry for all these years I’ve always been convinced that this was a song to raise money for a Mersey ferry disaster!

Day 27: A song that you wish you could play #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 27: A song that you wish you could play

Slayer—Seasons in the Abyss

There really is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to play this song, taken from Slayer’s 1990 album of the same name: Seasons in the Abyss. I’ve got the TAB music for it and I can play along to the intro.

That said, this song has one of the best intros to any metal song. In the history of metal. Ever.

Fact!

(There’s a really great cover of the song by palendre, an older-looking, white-haired guy on YouTube.)

Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument

Lazarus—Porcupine Tree

I can play that song.

On a guitar.

I’ve played it live and everything. In front of a human audience, no less.

Day 25: A song that makes you laugh #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 25: A song that makes you laugh

Tenacious D—Tribute

Needless to say,
the beast was stunned.
Whip-crack went his whippet tail,
And the beast was done.
He asked us:
“(snort) BE you angels?”
And we said,
“Nay.
We are but men
Rock!!
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahn,
Ohhh, whoah, ah-whoah-oh!

This is not The Greatest Song in the World, No
This is just a tribute.

Day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral

Megadeth—A Tout Le Monde

Music and lyrics: Dave Mustaine

Don’t remember where I was
I realized life was a game
The more seriously I took things
The harder the rules became
I had no idea what it’d cost
My life passed before my eyes
I found out how little I accomplished
All my plans denied

So as you read this know my friends
I’d love to stay with you all
smile when you think of me
My body’s gone that’s all

A tout le monde (To all the world!)
A tout mes amis (To all my friends)
Je vous aime (I love you)
Je dois partir (I must leave)
These are the last words
I’ll ever speak
And they’ll set me free

If my heart was still alive
I know it would surely break
And my memories left with you
There’s nothing more to say
Moving on is a simple thing
What it leaves behind is hard
You know the sleeping feel no more pain
And the living all are scarred

A tout le monde
A tout mes amis
Je vous aime
Je dois partir
These are the last words
I’ll ever speak
And they’ll set me free

So as you read this know my friends
I’d love to stay with you all
Please smile, smile when you think about me
My body’s gone that’s all

A tout le monde
A tout mes amis
Je vous aime
Je dois partir
These are the last words
I’ll ever speak
And they’ll set me free