Comparing Tributes – you’re not dead you’re in my head

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A few weeks after John Lennon was murdered and much of the world was in shock I clearly remember the surprise of the sudden appearance in record stores of a 45 by Roxy Music with the words “A Tribute” – a cover Jealous Guy. So much more meaningful than the non stop news cycle about the murderer or the grieving Beatle fans. Loved Bryan Ferry for that.

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Many tribute songs emerged over the years, the one I like most is by Estonian band – Ruja. Maybe because English isn’t their first language they nail the sort of primitive raw thing John Lennon sometimes did so perfectly. “You’re in our hearts we don’t leave your parts”

To Mr. Lennon
Lennon, Mister Lennon how do you feel today
Lennon, Mister Lennon how can you feel my pain
Lennon, Mister Lennon then are you going away
Lennon, Mister Lennon but i promise you to play
You are not dead you’re in my head
You’re in our hearts we don’t leave your parts
You’re in my brain you remain
In the same way i will play your game again
Lennon, Mister Lennon so they said that king is gone
Lennon, Mister Lennon so i said my god is gone
You are not dead you’re in my head
You’re in our hearts we don’t leave your parts
You’re in my brain you remain
In the way i will play your game again
Lennon, Mister Lennon you’re in deep dream well
Lennon, Mister Lennon sleep tight sleep well

 

McCartney Here Today

George Harrisons All Those Years Ago

Bob Dylan Roll On John

David Gilmour Murder

Elton John Empty Garden

Queen Life is Real

Should Have Been

There was a band in the 80s with one of the dumbest names I ever heard. They were called Itsa Skitsa. I wouldn’t be bothered to check out band with such a dumb name but one day I ended up at the El Mocambo and Itsa Skits was playing and they killed me especially the bass player who was formerly in The Demics .

I was thinking about that while listening to certain songs that have everything going for them yet never got to the bigger places they deserved. Like Wah Wah by George Harrison. Brilliant  guitar line.

George had great song instincts…how couldn’t he being the younger brother of those other guys. Also thought this song was destined for greatness but seems I was wrong.

 

Now I’m on a roll. A quick list of songs I thought should have been mega more enormous.

I Never Said by Liz Phair

Speak To Me by Jackie Lomax

Sorry Son by Jamie Ward

Johannesburg by Gil Scott Heron

Going Home by Dory Previn

Love And Affection by Joan Armatrading

All The Diamonds by Bruce Cockburn

Come Tomorrow by Patti Scialfa

Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies