From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.

I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Talkin' Basketball on the Music Blog?

So the college basketball journey is over, Congratulations to Louisville... not that I really care. But I woke up this morning thinking of a bouncing basketball (don't ask) and my mind went to the song, "Red Rubber Ball." And yes I know a basketball is orange. A little bit of writer's privilege is exaggeration.

Today's song goes back, way back. It was a hit in the mid 60's, was co-written by one of the greatest songwriters of his generation and it is incredibly infectious. Even though it's a melancholy song, there's no way to not smile when you hear it.

Totally pop in sound, the organ sounds like it came out of the circus. But is has a wonderful tempo and the lyrics are nearly spot-on perfect in the way they convey the message: You treated me like shit, I'm over it and movin' on.

Written by Paul Simon and, Bruce Woodley of The Seekers, the song hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a band called The Cyrkle.


"I should have known you'd bid me farewell
There's a lesson to be learned from this and I learned it very well
Now, I know you're not the only starfish in the sea
If I never hear your name again, it's all the same to me

And I think it's gonna be alright
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin' sun is shinin' like a red rubber ball

You never care for secrets I confide
For you, I'm just an ornament, somethin' for your pride
Always runnin', never carin', that's the life you live
Stolen minutes of your time were all you had to give

And I think it's gonna be alright
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin' sun is shinin' like a red rubber ball

The story's in the past with nothin' to recall
I've got my life to live and I don't need you at all
The roller-coaster ride we took is nearly at an end
I bought my ticket with my tears, that's all I'm gonna spend

And I think it's gonna be alright
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin' sun is shinin' like a red rubber ball

Oh, I think it's gonna be alright
Yeah, the worst is over now
The mornin' sun is shinin' like a red rubber ball"

So much fun.
"The roller-coaster ride we took is nearly at an end
I bought my ticket with my tears, that's all I'm gonna spend" 
Perfect. Now take a listen.




Written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley. All rights reserved.

5 comments:

  1. Hi again...

    I was in a bar, in Rhode Island, honest.... and the basket ball game was on the TV. A guy asked me the score - when I said I didn't know, he looked at me as if I was from another planet !!

    Nope - not another planet - just another country..... plus, I didn't really care what the score was !!

    Take care

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    1. You're in the states? wonderful, glad you stopped by to visit me while on your trip. Basketball, college or pro, is not my thing, but so many people are. Enjoy your time here. Kat

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  2. Hi

    Don't upset... it was many years ago........ December '86 infact !! On our next trip - I'll let you know we're coming.....

    Take care

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    1. look forward to it. you take care too.

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  3. Hi

    All I can think of - is 'Basketball Jones' !! I can't get the blooming song out of my head..... oh well..

    Take care

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