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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Lyrics Undercover 296: “Sunglasses At Night” – Corey Hart

  “Sunglasses at Night,” with its synthesizer hook, brooding saxophone, and obscure lyric, is an unflagging example of ‘80s pop. The AllMusic website describes the song as “an instant classic with its distinctive melody and catchy chorus.” This week on Lyrics Undercover I’ll go behind the work of Canadian singer-songwriter Corey Hart, and a song that was a staple in MTV’s rotation.
 

Lyrics Undercover 295: “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” – Tom Lehrer

  Fans of Dr. Demento know him. Weird Al Yankovic has said he “is one of my two living musical idols;” he’s talking about Tom Lehrer, the 86-year-old who penned only 37 songs but made an immeasurable mark. In 1959, the year that the New York Times wrote that “Mr. Lehrer’s muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste,” he released his second studio album, “More of Tom Lehrer.” It contained a dark little ditty entitled “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.”
 
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Lyrics Undercover 294: “Every Single Night” – Fiona Apple

  This week’s Lyrics Undercover looks at a stream of consciousness description of interior mayhem set against a minimalist accompaniment by a celesta and a marimba. The 2012 release, “Every Single Night,” stands at a far remove from “Criminal,” the song that in 1996 brought Fiona Apple into the spotlight.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 292: “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” – Steely Dan

  Steely Dan has been together, in one form or another, for the better part of 45 years. They stand as an example of that which cannot be imitated, a sound to which other musicians may aspire but never reach. This week’s song, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” was released in 1974 as the opening track of their third album “Pretzel Logic.” It is the highest charting single of the group’s career.
 
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