Six songs in six days.
Learn them.
Perform them.

Day 8: Quelqu’un M’a Di (Carla Bruni)

On me dit que nos vies ne valent pas grand chose,
Elles passent en un instant comme fanent les roses.
On me dit que le temps qui glisse est un salaud que de nos chagrins il s’en fait des manteaux pourtant quelqu’un m’a dit…

Refrain
Que tu m’aimais encore,
C’est quelqu’un qui m’a dit que tu m’aimais encore.
Serais ce possible alors ?

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu’il ne nous donne rien et qu’il nous promet tout
Parais qu’le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou
Pourtant quelqu’un m’a dit …

Refrain

Mais qui est ce qui m’a dit que toujours tu m’aimais?
Je ne me souviens plus c’était tard dans la nuit,
J’entend encore la voix, mais je ne vois plus les traits
“Il vous aime, c’est secret, lui dites pas que j’vous l’ai dit”
Tu vois quelqu’un m’a dit…

Que tu m’aimais encore, me l’a t’on vraiment dit…
Que tu m’aimais encore, serais ce possible alors ?

On me dit que nos vies ne valent pas grand chose,
Elles passent en un instant comme fanent les roses
On me dit que le temps qui glisse est un salaud
Que de nos tristesses il s’en fait des manteaux,
Pourtant quelqu’un m’a dit que…

Refrain

Day 7: Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler

Ma Chambre A La Forme D’une Cage
le Soleil Passe Son Bras Par La Fen?tre
les Chasseurs ? Ma Porte
comme Des Petits Soldats
qui Veulent Me Prendre

{Refrain:}
je Ne Veux Pas Travailler
je Ne Veux Pas D?jeuner
je Veux Seulement Oublier
et Puis Je Fume

d?j? J’ai Connu Le Parfum De L’amour
un Millions De Roses
n’embaumeraient Pas Autant
maintenant Une Seule Fleur
dans Mes Entourages
me Rend Malade

{Au Refrain}

je Ne Suis Pas Fi?re De ?a
vie Qui Veut Me Tuer
c’est Magnifique
etre Sympathique
mais Je Ne Le Connais Jamais

{Au Refrain}

je Ne Suis Pas Fi?re De ?a
vie Qui Veut Me Tuer
c’est Magnifique
etre Sympathique
mais Je Ne Le Connais Jamais

{Au Refrain}

Day 6: Stella

( Jim Campilongo - American Hips LP - 2003 )

Stella came on a midnight train
Travelled through a drizzlin rain
I paced for hours by the station door
How I did pine as I waited for her

A thumb on the bass
A brush on the drum
A bow on the fiddle
We’ll play all night long
Play all night by the firelight
Until the break on dawn

Slow motion and the train stops short
She’s under his arms in her vinyl coat
A dream came true when I tucked her ‘neath mine
I played her like a songbird divine

A thumb on the bass
A brush on the drum
A bow on the fiddle
We played all night long
Played all night by the firelight
Until the break of dawn
That night I played for Stella
I sang this song

Day 5: Who’d Have Known?  By Lily Allen

Who’d Of Known

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning
Conversation got boring
You said you’re going to bed soon
So I snuck off to your bedroom
And I thought I’d just wait there
Til I heard you come up the stairs
I pretended I was sleeping
And I was hoping you would creep in
With me

You put your arm around my shoulder
It was as if the room got colder
We moved closer in together
And started talking bout the weather
Said tomorrow would be fun
We can watch A Place In The Sun
I didn’t know where this was going
When you kissed me

Are you mine?
Are you mine?
Cause I stay here all the time
Watching telly, drinking wine
Who’da known, who’da known
When you flash up on my phone
I’d no longer feel alone
No longer feel alone

I haven’t left here for days now
And I’m becoming amazed how
You’re quite affectionate in public
In fact, your friend said it made her feel sick
And even though it’s moving forward
There’s just the right amount of awkward
And today you accidentally
Called me baby

Are you mine?
Are you mine?
Cause I stay here all the time
Watching telly, drinking wine
Who’da known, who’da known
When you flash up on my phone
I’d no longer feel alone

Let’s just stay
Let’s just stay
I wanna lie in bed all day
We’ll be laughing all the way
Told your friends
They all know
We exist but we’re taking it slow
Now let’s just see how we go
Now let’s see how we go

Let’s just stay
Let’s just stay
I wanna lie in bed all day
We’ll be laughing all the way
Told your friends
They all know
We exist but we’re taking it slow
Now let’s just see how we go
Now let’s see how we go

Day 4: “By Your Side?” By Sade

You think I’d leave your side baby?
You know me better than that
You think I’d leave down when your down on your knees?
I wouldn’t do that

I’ll do you right when your wrong
I——-ohhh, ohhh

If only you could see into me

oh, when your cold
I’ll be there to hold you tight to me
When your on the outside baby and you can’t get in
I will show you, your so much better than you know
When your lost, when your alone and you can’t get back again
I will find you darling I’ll bring you home

If you want to cry
I am here to dry your eyes
and in no time you’ll be fine

You think I’d leave your side baby
You know me better than that
You think I’d leave you down when your down on your knees
I wouldn’t do that

I’ll do you right when your wrong
I——-I, ohhhh, ohhh

If only you could see into me

Oh when your cold
I’ll be there
To hold you tight to me
Oh when your alone
I’ll be there by your side baby
[repeat 1x]

guitar—>keyboard

These chords are too damn hard for me.  
Think rudimentary guitar,
then crank that down a few notches,
and that's about the level I am at.
I can't make this sound good.
Moving over to the keyboard.
So happy I now have that option.
The vocals are sounding pretty good though. :-)

Intro

F F#dim Gm C7/9
F F#dim Gm C7/9



F F#dim
There were bells on a hill

Gm Bbm
But I never heard them ringing

F Am G#m Gm C7/9
No I never heard them at all

F Gm C7/9
Till there was you



F F#dim
There were birds in the sky

Gm Bbm
But I never saw them winging

F Am G#m Gm C7/9
No I never saw them at all

F F7/9
Till there was you




Bb Bbm F
Then there was music and wonderful roses

D7/9 Gm D#5 G7 C7/9 C#5
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows of dawn and dew

F F#dim
There was love all around

Gm Bbm
But I never heard it singing

F Am G#m Gm C7/9
No I never heard it at all

F Gm C7/9
Till there was you




Solo: F F#dim Gm Bbm F Am G#m Gm C7/9 F F7/9




Then there was

Bb Bbm F
music and wonderful roses

D7/9 Gm D#5 G7 C C9 C7/#5
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows of dawn and you




F F#dim
There was love all around

Gm Bbm
But I never heard it singing

F Am G#m Gm C7/9
No I never heard it at all

F
Till there was you

C E C F C# F Fmaj7/9
Till..........there was you.............



Till There Was You

Day 3: “Till there was you” by Meredith Willson, performed by Barbara Cook in the original Broadway recording of The Music Man (1957) and later performed by the Beatles (1964).  I’ve included the Beatles version here because this is the one I fell in love with as a kid, riding in my parents’ red volvo station wagon, listening to a cassette tape dub of my mom’s old (scratched) vinyls. (I always sang it with a skip in the lyrics because of that scratch!).

You know how childhood memories tend to be amazing or or awful?  Listening to this song as a kid falls into the amazing category.  Warm summer days, singing along to the Beatles, Dylan and Guys and Dolls in the car with my sister and mom, swimming pools… and that exalted calm you can only feel as a kid after a day of carelessly exhausting every every muscle in your body.

3rd Song: “Till There Was You”

There were bells on a hill
But I never heard them ringing
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was you

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
they tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No I never heard it at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
they tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you
Till there was you

Bright Side of the Road

Day two.  Swamped at work and no time to learn this right now.

I love this song.  It makes me think of my good friend, Johnna.  We were chatting over IM the night of the inauguration last year—I had just come home after a long day at work and felt very sad to not be in D.C. with many of my colleagues and friends.  But it was freezing outside, I had a better view of the performances than anyone there, and I had Johnna.

I got home just in time to catch Shakira performing this song at the neighborhood ball.  I thought she was adorable (nevermind her her throaty vocal style—she can still belt it and she’s sexy as hell and she’s Colombian performing at the headlining US presidential inaugural ball).  I loved the song and didn’t realize it was Van Morrison’s until Johnna told me.

Day 2: “Bright Side of the Road” by Van Morrison

From the dark end of the street, baby
To the bright side of the road
We’ll be lovers, lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

Little baby take my hand
You can help me share this load
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road

And into this life we’re born
Baby, sometimes we don’t know why
And it goes by so, oh so fast
It’s like the twinkling of an eye

Let’s enjoy it while we can
Little darlin’ come along
Take my hand into that sunny land
On the bright side of the road

Yeah, into this life we’re born
Sometimes we don’t know why
It seems to go by so terribly fast
In the the twinkling of an eye

Let’s enjoy it while we can
Oh my lover come along
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road

From the dark and lonely street
To the bright side of the road
We’ll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

Yeah, put it down for me one more time

From the dark and lonely street
To the bright side of the road
We’ll be lovers, lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

We’ll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road
We’ll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

Say it one more time again
We’ll be lovers, lovers once again


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