Lyrics Undercover 305: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

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  ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams was the song that inspired a new wave of online parodies, including Weird Al Yankovic’s ‘Tacky’. With its ear worm phrasing and heavy repetition this song will be rattling around your head hours after you’ve heard it. Williams wrote and sang this song for the soundtrack to the movie, Despicable Me II, following his success with the theme song to the first Despicable Me film.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 304: “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin

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  AA band best known for their psychedelic melodies and mythological lyrics, Led Zeppelin defined themselves with their take on the rock genre.  Creating albums with songs carefully selected and arranged and refusing to release any of them as singles. One of their proudest accomplishments, a song which took several years to come to fruition, contained on the 1975 double record Physical Graffiti, it is – ‘Kashmir’
 

Lyrics Undercover 303: “Touch Of Grey” – The Grateful Dead

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  The Grateful Dead have always traveled their own road when it comes to music. Never giving in to the production companies while building one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world of music. Even when their biggest hit, ‘Touch of Grey’ made it to the top of the charts the band would not cater to their new found fame but kept touring and releasing their albums as they always had.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 302: “Dust In The Wind” – Kansas

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  Inspired from a line in Native American poetry, ‘Dust In The Wind’ is the first acoustic song performed by Kansas. It was a highly unusual song for the band to create, with a sound unlike that of which they were commonly associated, however it did bear the same philosophical reflection. It is the song that was the band’s peak selling track, yet it invoked reflection on the finality of death.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 301: “All Of Me” – John Legend

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  A piano love ballad sung by John Legend was written for and about his fiancee at the time, Chrissy Teigen. The song ‘All of Me’ is a soulful love song that focuses on the piano and vocal skills of John Legend alone. It’s simplicity is something that is not commonly played on the radio, containing no drums and does not have a dance rhythm it saw a long slow climb up the charts.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 300: “Take Me To Church” – Hozier

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  An Irish solo artist, Andrew Hozier Byrne had been a little known singer before his song ‘Take me to Church’ started getting airtime on Irish and British Radio stations. Before too long, his song made it across the pond and the US listeners showed their love by pushing it to #2 on the Billboard top charts.
 

Lyrics Undercover 299: “’39” – Queen

  Written by Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May, ’39 sounds like a sea shanty tale, and is even sung like one for live performances. Based off Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, this “sci-fi folk song” was released on ‘A Night at the Opera” and is unlike most popular songs the band is known for, firstly because Brian May would perform lead vocals, and also because it does show the softer side of Queen.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 298: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult

  Among the most disturbing songs created, ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ has repeatedly landed on the top Halloween song charts. The heavy metal group Blue Oyster Cult created their ode to death using a haunting guitar reverb and whispering vocals. Written by lead guitarist Buck Dharma, this song would be the first success for the group.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 297: “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” – Cher

  Released in 1971 “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” was Cher’s first number 1 hit since 1967 either solo or with Sonny Bono. A somber pop ballad about a girl born and raised on the road by her parents, she tragically follows the same path and has her own child in the very same wagon she was born in. This song set the success for Cher in her solo career, distinguishing her talent from the Sonny and Cher duo.
 
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