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#SLS 7/19/20 – Sunshine cake, sugar pie on a picnic

Today Jim has given us the prompts of Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic for #SLS. I kid you not, I have over 3,000 songs in my Apple Music library and I could not find any songs that met the criteria. So I did what all writers do when they are looking for their topic – I did some research and I found three oldies but goodies. So yes, you are getting a three-fer!!

That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

The first is from Bing Crosby called Sunshine Cake which he sung in the movie Riding High in 1950.

Lyrics

We ought to bake a sunshine cake
It does more good than a big thick steak

Start with a tablespoon of trouble
Then add a smile and let it bubble up
We ought to bake a sunshine cake
It isn’t really so hard to make
Fresh tears, a pound or two of pleasure
Kind words you needn’t use a measure cup

It’s not from a recipe book
You don’t have to be a good cook
Or run to the oven and look

With such a simple dish, all you do is wish
So why not bake a sunshine cake
Of course it may keep your dreams awake

Friends say there’s nothing like the flavor
Don’t wait to do your friends a favor
And for goodness sake, let’s bake a sunshine cake

It’s got vitamins A, vitamins B
Vitamins L-O-V-E
If you’re fat, it’s for that
If you’re thin, stuff it in

What’s wrong if you get a double grin
We ought to bake a sunshine cake

It’s not from a recipe book
You don’t have to be a good cook

Or run to the oven and look
With such a simple dish, all you do is wish
So why not bake a sunshine cake
Of course it may keep your dreams awake
Friends say there ain’t nothing like the flavor
Don’t wait to do your friends a favor
And for goodness sake, let’s bake a sunshine cake

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen

Sunshine Cake lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

The second one is from 1955 and the Mc Guire Sisters called “Theme from Picnic” is a popular song, originated in the 1955 movie Picnic, starring Kim Novak and William Holden, which was based on the play of the same name. The song is often referred to simply as “Picnic.” The music was written by George Duning

Lyrics

On a picnic morning without a warning
I looked at you and somehow I knew

On a day for singing
My heart went winging
A picnic grove was our rendezvous

You and I in the sunshine
We strolled the fields and farms
At the last light of evening
I held you in my arms

Now when days grow stormy
And lonely for me
I just recall picnic time and you

Now when days grow stormy
And lonely for me
I just recall picnic time and you

Songwriters: George W Duning

The third song is from The Four Tops, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch from .

Can’t Help My Self

Ooh
Sugar pie, honey bunch
You know that I love you
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else
In and out my life (in and out my life)
You come and you go (you come and you go)
Leaving just your picture behind
And I kissed it a thousand times

When you snap your finger or wink your eye
I come a-running to you
I’m tied to your apron strings
And there’s nothing that I can do (ooh)

Can’t help myself (no)
No, I can’t help myself (ooh)

‘Cause sugar pie, honey bunch (sugar pie, honey bunch)
I’m weaker than a man should be
I can’t help myself
I’m a fool in love, you see

Wanna tell you I don’t love you
Tell you that we’re through and I try
But every time I see your face (can’t help myself)
I get all choked up inside

When I call your name
Girl, it starts to flame (burning in my heart, tearing it all apart)
No matter how I try
My love I cannot hide

‘Cause sugar pie, honey bunch (sugar pie, honey bunch)
You know that I’m waiting for you (waiting for you)
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else, ooh

Sugar pie, honey bunch (sugar pie, honey bunch)
I’d do anything you ask me to (ask me to)
I can’t help myself
I want you and nobody else, ooh

Sugar pie, honey bunch (sugar pie, honey bunch)
You know that I love you (love you)
I can’t help myself
No, I can’t help myself, ooh

Sugar pie, honey bunch (sugar pie, honey bunch)
You know that I love you

Songwriters: Edward Jr. Holland / Lamont Dozier / Brian Holland

#SLS 7/12/20 – Firelight, Water

This week Jim has given us the four elements of Air/Earth/Fire/Water as our prompts for #SLS. I have chosen to share Matt Maher’s Firelight and on a different chord Brad Paisley’s Water. I love both of these songs for different reasons. Firelight is a reminder that I do need God and Jesus to be my FIRELIGHT in my life. Brad Paisley’s love affair with water is every child and adult’s story if you think about it, the video for this song is pretty cool also!!

Firelight Lyrics

Dear Jesus where are you tonight
I bear a sadness deep inside
I’m aching for a faith in things I strain to feel
I need to know that you are real

Oh Savior open up my eyes
I wanna see You like a child
There is a haze on the horizons of my heart
Dear Jesus show me where you are

Be my firelight, be my firelight
Burning fierce and bright, be my firelight

How do I move on and be free
From all these things that I have seen
All of my memories are turning into scars
Oh my God put back what’s been torn apart

Be my firelight, be my firelight
Burning fierce and bright, be my firelight

If anyone remembers my name
If I’m ever known for anything
Let it be I ran into the night
Running with a firelight, firelight

Cause I don’t wanna stroll the streets of gold
While there’s still a soul to love
Let me run into the night
Running with a firelight, firelight
Burning with a firelight, firelight

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Hank Bentley / Mia Leanne Cherie Fieldes / Matthew G Maher

Firelight lyrics © Sony/atv Tree Publishing, Upside Down Under, I Am A Pilgrim Songs

Water Lyrics

Inflatable pool full of dad’s hot air
I was three years old
Splashin’ everywhere
And so began my love affair
With water

On a river bank
With all my friends
A big old rope tied to a limb
And your a big old wuss
If you don’t jump in
The water

Yeah when that summer sun starts to beatin’ down
And you don’t know what to do
Grab your swimming trunks
Ice up that old Igloo
Drive until the map turns blue

Daytona Beach on spring break
Eighteen girls up on stage
White t-shirts about to be sprayed
With water

Oh let’er go boys

Yeah when that summer sun starts to beatin’ down
And you don’t know what to do
Just go and grab someone you wanna see in a bathing suit
And drive until the map turns blue

You can stay right there
When the daylight’s gone
Play truth or dare
And it won’t take long
‘Fore you and her got nothin’ on
But water

All you really need this time of year
Is a pair of shades
And ice cold beer
And a place to sit somewhere near
Water

Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Bradley Baker / Thomas Cohen / Sam Kilcoyne / Melissa Rigby / Huw Webb

Water lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group

#SLS 07/5/20 – The Great Adventure

This week Jim has given us the prompts of Best/Better/Good/Great for #SLS. So, I have chosen Steven Curtis Chapman’s The Great Adventure. This song is just a constant reminder that if you have faith in a Higher Power, I just happen to call mine God, then you really are on a great adventure.

My great adventure has just surpassed the 6 month mark of SOBRIETY and I am loving this adventure as it is so much more this time. I am seeing things come true that weren’t even close to coming true when I had the previous 2 1/2 years of sobriety before I turned 50 in September of 2016. At that time I had quit doing service work in both my online meetings with Global Steps AA and my face to face meetings with my home group The Goliad Group. I have realized that that was the primary cause of my major relapse and then my continued roller coaster ride over the last 3 1/2 years. I am very proud and blessed to be on this GREAT ADVENTURE of RCOVERY!!

That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

Lyrics

Saddle up your horses
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head
I thought I had to do today
Another time around the circle
Try to make it better than the last
I opened up the Bible
And I read about me
Said I’d been a prisoner
And God’s Grace had set me free
And somewhere between the pages
It hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me
And I heard somebody say let’s go

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Oh oh oh
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown
This is the life like no other whoa whoa
This is the great adventure

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh yeah, yeah

So come on, get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion
In a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons
Just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for, yeah

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Oh oh oh
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown
This is the life like no other whoa whoa
This is the great adventure

We’ll travel on, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey
That the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far
Beyond our wildest dreams

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Oh oh oh
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze (we’ve got a trail we’ve got a trail to blaze)
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown
This is the life like no other whoa whoa
This is the great adventure

Oh oh oh oh (this is the great adventure)
Oh oh oh oh (this is the great adventure)
Oh oh oh oh (this is the great adventure)

Saddle up, saddle up your horses

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Steven Curtis Chapman / Geoff Moore

#SLS 6/28/20 – I Melt With You

This week Jim has given us the prompts of Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt for #SLS. When I was 17 in 1983 a little movie came out starring Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman. I loved the movie but there was a particular song that even when I hear it now all these years later makes me tingle because it is a quintessential love song. Below I have included a trailer clip with the song from the movie Valley Girl along with the official music video from Modern English and a remake by Jason Mraz.

Below the videos are the lyrics. That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

Lyrics

Moving forward using all my breath
Making love to you was never second best
I saw the world crashing all around your face
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference
And it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

Trapped in the state of imaginary grace
I made a pilgrimage to save this human race
Never comprehending the race has long gone by

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference
And it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

The future’s open wide

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
I’ve seen some changes
But it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you, yeah

The future’s open wide
Let’s sing along

Hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
(Woah woah woah woah woah)
Woah woah woah
Woah woah woah woah (Pathetic, absolutely pathetic)
Woah woah woah
Woah woah woah woah

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference
And it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Michael Frances Conroy / Stephen James Walker / Robert James Grey / Gary Frances Mcdowell / Richard Ian Brown

A little Late #SLS – Ave Maria – Oh maria

This week Jim gave us the prompts of  Maria/Marie/Mary for our #SLS. I love this prompt because I have been planning this post since a few weeks ago when I saw it was coming up.

German priest Johann Georg Seidenbusch published a hymn entitled “Gegrüßet seist du, Königin” in his 1687 devotional book Marianischer Schnee-Berg. This hymn was inspired by the pilgrimage devotions at Aufhausen Priory, and contains various salutations taken predominantly from the Salve Regina.

This hymn was soon to be found in various forms in many Catholic devotional books, and a Latin translation, “Salve Regina coelitum“,  was soon created. The modern melody first appeared in the 1736 hymnal Geistliche Spiel- und Weckuhr, and Melchior Ludwig Herold’s 1808 hymnal Choralmelodien zum Heiligen Gesänge contained the version that is standard today.

The English translation “Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above” first appeared in The Roman Missal in 1884. This translation gained worldwide popularity after being featured in the 1992 film Sister Act.

I am a very proud God loving God fearing Catholic and I was a singer in the 8 AM Choir when we were still having choir. Every time we sing “Hail, Holy Queen” or “Oh Maria”, I have to be careful because I always want to break into the version from Sister Act because they truly did that song in an uplifting appropriate manner.

I am going to include two versions of the song. The first version is performed by a Catholic Priest acapella l and the other will be of course from Sister Act.

That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

Lyrics

Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hail, Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

To thee do we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, O Maria!
Towards us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina! O Maria!

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy Son, our Jesus sweet, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

O clement, gracious Mother sweet, O Maria!
O virgin Mary we entreat, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Very Late #SLS 6/14/20 – You Don’t Know JAck

I apologize for posting this entry for #SLS for 6/14/20, for which Jim provided the prompts of JACK/JOHN on Wednesday 6/17/20, however I have been wanting to write this post but I just did not have a chance to do so until now, for the reason why you can visit my post Very Late #SoCS 6/13/20.

So for this week’s post I have chosen a song that reflects the notion that everyone begging for change in downtown San Antonio or downtown anywhere USA or the world are simply bums or low lifes that refuse to get a job and are simply looking for a hand out. You and I do not know the situation that put that person where they are at. I know at one point my mother was living in her car and not because of any particular thing, it was a whole lot of things that put her in that situation.

I am extremely blessed that I have not ever hit such a horrible rock bottom abd lost my home, my family, – I have lost jobs – that I have been on that end of having to beg for money on the street. “THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I“.

This proverb is an expression of humility; in using it, a speaker acknowledges that outside factors (such as God’s grace, or one’s upbringing) have played a role in one’s success in life. The adverbial phrase is often set off with commas: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

So, for this weeks selection I give you one of my favorite Luke BRyan songs, You Don’t Know Jack”.

Lyrics

He asked me for a dollar, I said “Go get a job”
I turned up my collar and started walkin’ off
He said “I don’t blame you, I know what you think
I’d just spend your money, to buy another drink”

But you don’t know Jack
Double shot, eighty proof, on the rocks
Until you’ve lost it all
And you can’t go back
To your life, and your kids, and your ex-wife
With just a telephone call
If you think it’s just a bottle
In an old brown paper sack
You don’t know Jack

He showed me a picture, of two little girls
Wearin’ Easter dresses, hair done up in curls
He said “God bless their mamma
She said I couldn’t stay
And buddy if you’re wonderin’
How could I throw it all away

“You don’t know Jack
Double shot, eighty proof, on the rocks
Until you’ve lost it all
And you can’t go back
To your life, and your kids, and your ex-wife
With just a telephone call
If you think it’s just a bottle
In an old brown paper sack
You don’t know Jack

If you never felt the fire
Running through your veins
If you’ve never seen the devil
Face to face

You don’t know Jack
Double shot, eighty proof, on the rocks
Until you’ve lost it all
So brother just be glad, and tonight
Hold your kids, kiss your wife
And when you talk to God
Count up all your blessings
And thank the good Lord that
You don’t know Jack


You don’t know JackSource: LyricFind

Songwriters: Erin Enderlin / Shane Lamar Mcanally

You Don’t Know Jack lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

#SLS 6/7/20 – Little Bits of Lightening

This week Jim gave us the prompts of Big/Large/Little/Small/Tall/Tiny for #SLS. I have chosen one of the most beautiful songs that I ever heard in the show Touched By An Angel, one of my favorite shows of all time. Martina McBride’s Little Bits of Lightening from 1998.

I was unable to find an official video for the song but I did find a beautiful lyric video that I wanted to share. I hope you enjoy the song. That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!!

Lyrics

I have listen to the sound
Of a lonely night
Gone a thousand miles
Through a storm-filled sky
Looking for some light

Never dreamed of turning back
But faced the wind instead
‘Cause I knew somewhere
You’d be waiting there
Down the road ahead

All through the longest night
Your burning light did shine
Like little bits of lightning
Lighting up the whole world with your flame
Every day to make it better
Strong enough to carry the weight
Your love became my saving grace
Like little bits of lightning
Shining through the rain

If I should ever lose my way
Find the strength in me is gone
I won’t worry what to do
‘Cause Darlin’ I know you
Will come and take me home

All through the longest night
Your burning light did shine
Like little bits of lightning
Lighting up the whole world with your flame
Every day to make it better
Strong enough to carry the weight
Your love became my saving grace
Like little bits of lightning
Shining through the rain

Strong enough to carry the weight
Your love became my saving grace
The kind of feelin’ words can’t explain
Like little bits of lightning
Shining through the rain
Like little bits of lightning
Shining through the rain

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Robin B. Lerner / Steve Booker

Little Bits of Lightning lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

A Little late #SLS 5/31/20 – Cinnamon Girl – Prince

This week Jim gave us the prompts of seasoning prompts Cinnamon/Mint/Parsley/Pepper/Rosemary/Sage/Salt/Thyme for #SLS. Prior to writing my post I wanted to see if anyone else had posted a song called Cinnamon Girl, I did notice that the only deadhead in the hameau and Fandango over at This, That, and the Other posted the song by Neil Young.

I have chose a different route with Prince’s song that I feel is very apropos for all the racial unrest going on in the United States due to the death of Houston Native, George Floyd by excessive force of the Minneapolis Police Officer and his colleagues that stood by and allowed it to continue.

While this song is about a Holy War, it is still relevant to our current situation of racially charged violence that our current president seems to enjoy stoking.

Please enjoy Cinnamon Girl by Prince from his Musicality album. That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

Lyrics

As war drums beat in Babylon
Cinnamon girl starts to pray
I’ve never heard a prayer like this 1
Never before that day

Tearful words of love for people she had never met before
Asking God to grant them mercy in this face of a holy war

Cinnamon Girl

Cinnamon Girl of mixed heritage
Never knew the meaning of color lines
Nine one one turned that all around
When she got accused of this crime

So began the mass illusion, war on terror alibi
What’s the use when the god of confusion keeps on telling the same lie?

Cinnamon GirlDon’t cry,

Don’t shed no tears
1 night won’t make us feel
Cause we know how this movie’s ending

Cinnamon Gir

lAs war drums beat in Babylon
And scorch the blood red sky
Militants bomb the foreign gun
Both sides truly die

Cinnamon girl opens the book she knows will settle all the scoresThen she prays after the war that there will not be anymore

Cinnamon Girl

Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Prince Rogers Nelson

Cinnamon Girl lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

A Very late#SLS 5/24/20 – Finish What He Started

So, the last two weekends have been dedicated to trimming trees and hedges for four different yards, getting ready for the big brush pick-up that happens every six months. They will pick up today 6/1/20.

Today I am playing catch up for #SLS on 5/24/20. That week Jim gave us the prompts of END/FINISH/OVER/STOP.

One of my favorite Contemporary Christian bands is Mercy Me. This week I have chose a great song from their Welcome to the New CD. The song is called Finish What He Started. For me this song represents everything that is happening in my life right now. I am continuing to see changes within in me as I continue my journey through recovery. I am blessed to know that God is doing for me what I could not do for myself.

Enjoy this music from Mercy Me. that’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by.

Lyrics

I don’t have to know you
To know that you will go through hard times
It’s just part of life
Don’t let that moment blind you
And don’t let it define you
Take heart, that’s not who you are

Our God is able, more than capable
And to be faithful until the end
And finish what he started

No matter what you’ve done
Grace comes like a flood
There’s hope to carry on
He’ll finish what he started
No matter what you face
His mercy will not change
He’s with you all the way
He’ll finish what he startedRemember

you’re forgiven
So there’s no need to give
Into the lie, you’re disqualified

Our God is able, more than capable
And to be faithful until the end
And finish what he started

No matter what you’ve done
Grace comes like a flood
There’s hope to carry on
He’ll finish what he started
No matter what you face
His mercy will not change
He’s with you all the way
He’ll finish what he started

This work he started in you now
He is faithful to complete it
The promise was sealed when he cried out
It is finished

He’ll finish what he started

No matter what you’ve done
Grace comes like a flood
There’s hope to carry on
He’ll finish what he started
No matter what you face
His mercy will not change
He’s with you all the way
He’ll finish what he started

What he started (What he started)
What he started (What he started)
Oh, He’ll finish what he started

Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Barry Graul / Bart Millard / Ben Glover / David Arthur Garcia / Mike Scheuchzer / Nathan Cochran / Robby Shaffer

Finish What He Started lyrics © Essential Music Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group, Music Services, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Spirit Music Group

#SLS 5/17/20 – 180

song-lyric-sunday

This week Jim has given us the prompt of finding a song that includes a number for #SLS.

In many of my other posts I have written about my strong Catholic Faith along with many other aspects of my personal life. Today I have chosen a song by Jordan Feliz called “180”.  It is song about an individual asking for God to assist him in doing a 180 degree turnaround in their life and returning to remain in their faith.

This happens a lot to individuals like myself who suffer from the disease of alcoholism or any other addiction problems. But in order for a person to truly make that 180 degree turnaround they must truly do the work and have faith in a Higher Power that will be there through the good and the bad. I have truly turned my will back over to my Higher Power whom I choose to call God and I am happy that the 180 degree turnaround is happening in me and I am truly loving life and myself today.

That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

Lyrics
Father, can You hear me now?
I’m feeling like I’ve let You down
I’ve lost the strength to turn myself around
I really hope You hear me now
How’d I get so far away?
What if I outrun Your grace?
Can You replace these broken yesterdays?
And promise me I’m not too late
Call me home, I want to be Your own
I’m running desperately into Your arms where I belong
And I know Your love can turn this heart
A hundred and eighty degrees to bring me back to where You are
Tell me I am welcomed in
Show me mercy doesn’t end
Wash these muddy stains that marked my skin
And tell me I can start again
Call me home, I want to be Your own
I’m running desperately into Your arms where I belong
And I know Your love can turn this heart
A hundred and eighty degrees to bring me back to where You are
I can barely believe it
You’re racing to meet me
Your eyes filled with healing, oh
Restoring, redeeming
Forgiving, receiving
This is my beginning, oh
Call me home, I want to be Your own
I’m running desperately into Your arms where I belong (I belong)
And I know Your love can turn this heart
A hundred and eighty degrees to bring me back to where You are
I’m running desperately, ooh
A hundred and eighty degrees, I’m back to where You are
A hundred and eighty degrees
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Colby Wedgeworth