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Any Major Love Mix 2009

February 10th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Amid all the heartbreak and unrequited love (with lovelessness and death still to come) we are looking at this month, we need a respite from the gloomy tears and instead frolic in the calm waters of true love reciprocated “” which in itself, as some of the lyrics here suggest, is a source of anxiety and uncertainty. And, well, perhaps some lucky person might need a decent mix for Valentine”s Day which does not include the unlovely horrors perpetrated by Chris DeBurgh, Jennifer Rush, Peabo Bryson, Céline Dion, Engelbert Humperdinck, Stevie Wonder and, of course, Michael Bublé ““ and who prefer to do without “edgy” comps featuring the love musings of Coldplay, U2, Avril Lavigne and James Blunt. As always, the mix is timed to fit on a CD-R. It might be a good alternative to an overpriced VD card (and if anybody tries that, please let me know if it was a good idea).

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1. Donny Hathaway – A Song For You (1971)
You taught me precious secrets of the truth withholding nothing, you came out in front and I was hiding. But now I’m so much better and if my words don”t come together, listen to the melody, “cause my love is in there hiding.

2. Carpenters – I Won”t Last A Day Without You (1972)
When there”s no gettin” over that rainbow, when my smallest of dreams won”t come true, I can take all the madness the world has to give, but I won”t last a day without you.

3. Ben Kweller – Sundress (2006)
I don”t need a smile from a mannequin, I just want to hold you in my hands. I do everything you want me to”¦for you.

4. The Weepies – Happiness (2004)
Friday 13, lights go red, green, in a coffee shop. I”m giving you the look while someone else is fingering your wallet in my pocketbook. It”s a mean town, but I don”t care. Try and steal this! Can”t steal happiness.

5. Mindy Smith ““ Falling (2004)
When I”ve almost had enough, something about you draws me back again. When I”ve almost given up, something about you pulls me in. And we”re falling”¦

6. John Prine with Iris Dement – In Spite Of Ourselves (1999)
She thinks all my jokes are corny, convict movies make her horny. She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs, swears like a sailor when shaves her legs. She takes a lickin” and keeps on tickin”. I”m never gonna let her go.

7. Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You (2001)
Here is the church and here is the steeple, we sure are cute for two ugly people, I don”t see what anyone can see in anyone else but you.

8. Simone White – The Beep Beep Song (2007)
(Yeah, the one from the Audi commercial) Despite all the warnings I landed like a fallen star in your arms.

9. Curtis Mayfield – So In Love (1975)
This love affair is bigger than we two. Lose our faith and it will swallow you. Loving you is what I”ll always feel, never ever doing things against our will. Loving means, never require any kind of test “¦ Ya got me so in love.

10. Aretha Franklin – Baby I Love You (1967)
If you want my lovin”, if you really do, don”t be afraid, baby. Just ask me, you know I”m gonna give it to you. Oh, and I do declare: I want to see you with it. Stretch out your arms, little boy, you”re gonna get it ““ “cause I love you.

11. Ron Sexsmith ““ Never Give Up On You (2006)
I”d never give up on you because I know you”d do the same for me. Never give up on you because you take me as I am, how I”ll always be.

12. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Grow Old With Me (1999)
Grow old along with me. Two branches of one tree face the setting sun when the day is done. God bless our love. (Beautifully sung by Carpenter, the real poignancy of this song derives from its authorship: written and demoed by John Lennon shortly before his murder in December 1980, it first appeared on his posthumous Milk And Honey album)

13. Tom Waits – Falling Down (1988)
For she loves you for all that you are not “¦You forget all the roses, don”t come around on Sunday. She”s not gonna choose you for standing so tall; go on and take a swig of that poison and like it.

14. Alexi Murdoch – Love You More (2006)
Love you more than anyone. Love you more than anyone. Love you more in time to come. Love you more. (That”s the complete lyric”¦)

15. Finley Quaye ““ Dice (2003)
I was crying over you. I am smiling, I think of you. Misty morning and water falls, breathe in the air if you care, you compare, don”t say farewell. Nothing can compare to when you roll the dice and swear your love”s for me.

16. Dexys Midnight Runners – This Is What She”s Like (1985)
“Well how did all this happen?” “Just all at once really. The Italians have a word for it.” “What word what is it?” “A thunderbolt or something.” “What, you mean the Italian word for thunderbolt?” “Yeah, something like that. I don”t speak Italian myself you understand?” “No.” “But I knew a man who did. Well, that”s my story. The strongest thing I”ve ever seen.” (Single version)

17. The Cure ““ Lovesong (1989)
Whenever I”m alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again. Whenever I”m alone with you , you make me feel like I am whole again. Whenever I”m alone with you, you make me feel like I am young again. Whenever I”m alone with you, you make me feel like I am fun again.

18. Jens Lekman – I Saw Her In The Anti-War Demonstration (2004)
And the skies were clear blue skies, and her eyes were clear blue eyes, and her thighs were about the same size as mine, and we were walking in the anti-war demonstration; it was a sweet sensation of love.

19. Kacy Crowley ““ Kind Of Perfect (2004)
The last few years have been much harder than we ever thought they”d be. I know you hate it when I say I”m sorry, but I”m sorry. There was never a point in our love that I didn”t love you; not a point in our love. I always did, I always will, I always do, love you still, I always would, how could I not? Just look at us baby, we”re kind of perfect.

20. Joshua Radin – The Fear You Won”t Fall (2007)
I know you”re scared that I”ll soon be over it. That”s part of it all, part of the beauty of falling in love with you is the fear you won”t fall.

21. Nina Kinert – Through Your Eyes (2004)
All the time I stood here holding dandylions and chocolate for you. Tumbleweeds and fireworks go by. It”s hard to keep them still for you to see, nut you know that I try. I want to see you watching what I see, now that you”re mine, through your eyes.

22. Sarah Bettens ““ Grey (2005)
Will you be my everything? Maybe just this time we can really think that I am yours and you are mine; I am yours and you are mine…

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  1. AR Pedant
    February 10th, 2009 at 09:16 | #1

    A Song For You is from 1971 dude.
    John Prine’s novelty duet soon becomes annoying, like listening to 3 minutes of Jeff Foxworthy. Flyover country music from the guy who penned Angel from Montgomery… good grief.

  2. February 10th, 2009 at 09:40 | #2

    Quite right, it’s from 1971. Thanks for pointing that out. I was thinking of Curtis’ song during a serious lapse of concentration

    I take it you’re not a fan of the Prine song. But Angel From Montgomery (or Hello In There or Christmas In Prison) is just one side of Prine. Our man also gets down to some novelty stuff occasionally (Dear Abby, for example, which makes me smile even after the 9,000th listen).

  3. AR Pedant
    February 10th, 2009 at 11:36 | #3

    … and Illegal Smile has me giggling after the fifth drag :-) I enjoy Prine’s humour, it’s just that he lapses into easy gimmickry every so often. His debut is sublime – listenining to it right now. Unfortunately my mediamonkey also found an awful Hello In There cover by Joan Baez – ugghh! Did Bette Midler also stuff it up? Too scared to touch it. Will have to find Christmas in Prison somewhere (always assumed it was part of his novelty act).

  4. February 10th, 2009 at 12:13 | #4

    Oh no, Christmas In Prison is not a novelty song at all. It’s actually very touching. A Cash kind of song (which I think The Pogues might have covered profitably). It’s on one of the Christmas mixes I made in December.

    Hello In There by Joan Baez? I don’t think I would have the will to live if I heard that. I probably would have fallen in love with her in the Newport scene days, but I could never abide by her voice.

  5. February 10th, 2009 at 18:53 | #5

    Any list that makes its way from John Prine to Dexys is a winner for me!

  6. February 10th, 2009 at 21:37 | #6

    Dexys! I can hardly wait to get home to download it. Thank you!

  7. February 11th, 2009 at 00:58 | #7

    Joan does “Hello In There” on “Diamonds & Rust” (1975), which is one of three or four of her albums I can generally enjoy. “Hello” is not the best track on the album, but it’s not a total train wreck either. (She is entirely capable of a train wreck; see her version of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” as Exhibit 1.) Some nice posts here these few days. Thanks for the nod on “Cherish”!

  8. February 12th, 2009 at 18:17 | #8

    What, no Damien Jurado? Nice compilation, though. My favourite (transitory) love lyric is from Aztec Camera’s Just Like Gold: “When you’re asking me to/Define that feeling for you/What can I say?/It’s there until it goes away.” More of a crush lyric, I guess.

  9. February 12th, 2009 at 18:33 | #9

    Ah, just noticed you had DJ on your previous post. I’m always one step behind. Apologies!

  10. February 12th, 2009 at 19:39 | #10

    Very nice compilation dude! I like the fact that you haven’t picked the obvious. Thanks you!

  11. kitiara
    April 11th, 2009 at 15:17 | #11

    just happened upon your site while looking for new songs to listen to. this is a very good site. thanks for your time making it. happy easter

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