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Lyr Req: Songs about radio

Jim Dixon 29 Jun 18 - 11:55 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 11:55 AM

How many songs do we know about radio, listening to the radio, etc.?

Here are the ones I can find whose lyrics have already been posted at Mudcat:

GOD'S RADIO PHONE by Wade Mainer
HEAVEN'S RADIO by the Carter Family
I HEARD IT FIRST ON THE RADIO by the Gaither Vocal Band
MOHAMMED'S RADIO by Warren Zevon
ONE HAND ON THE RADIO by Aengus Finnan
RADIO FRAGILE by Nanci Griffith
RADIO LADY by Andy Roberts
RADIO STATION S-A-V-E-D by the Blue Sky Boys
SINCE WE PUT A RADIO OUT IN THE HENHOUSE by the Hoosier Hot Shots
STATIC ON YOUR RADIO by the Poozies
TEN-POUND RADIO by Jerry Rasmussen
THE OLD RADIO by Pine Mountain Railroad
THEY DON'T PLAY OUR SONGS ON THE RADIO by the Wolfe Tones
TURN YOUR RADIO ON by Lulu Belle And Scotty
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY by Jo Drew

If you post a title that broadly fits the category of "songs that some Mudcatter might like to sing" I might look it up and post the lyrics here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 12:29 PM

Michael Marra's "SCHENECTADY CALLING PEERIE WILLIE JOHNSON".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Jos
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 12:42 PM

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 01:55 PM

RADIO GA GA

Caroline, Caroleye-yeye-yeye-yine (adopted by a radio station if not originally written for it!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 07:25 PM

The Crackling Radio (Wolfe) by Any Old Time (Dara Records 1995)


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Subject: Lyr Add: LISTEN TO THE RADIO (Nanci Griffith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 12:21 AM

LISTEN TO THE RADIO
As recorded by Nanci Griffith on "Storms" (1989)

1. I am leaving Mississippi in the evening rain.
These Delta towns wear satin gowns in a high-beam frame.
Loretta Lynn guides my hand to the radio.
Where would I be in times like these without the songs Loretta wrote?

CHORUS: ['Cause] when you can't find a friend, you still got the radio.
[And] when you can't find a friend, you still got the radio.
The radio-o, listen to the radio.
The radio-o, listen to the radio. [repeat this line ad lib]
[It's the] radio-o-o.

2. I left a handsome two-steppin' good old boy in Tennessee.
Now he's sittin' on the sofa; he's lookin' for his supper, wonderin' what's become o' me.
I got a double-o-eighteen Martin guitar in the back seat of the car.
I am leaving Mississippi with the radio on. CHORUS

3. There's a moon across the border in the Louisiana sky.
I smell the Pontchartrain; I hear "Silver Wings", and then away Merle Haggard flies.
That good old boy will find a band o' gold on the stereo.
Hey, then my mama's gonna call, say, "Where's she gone?" He'll say, "Down the road with the radio on." CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: MR. RADIO MAN (TELL MY MAMMY TO COME BACK
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 12:57 AM

You can hear this recording at the Internet Archive.


MR. RADIO MAN (TELL MY MAMMY TO COME BACK HOME).
Words by Ira Shuster & Johnny White; music by Cliff Friend, ©1924.
As recorded by Lewis James, 1924.

Little broken hearted Sammy,
Sitting on his daddy's knee,
List'ning to the radio,
But his heart was aching so.
Since the angels took his mammy,
Any wonder why he sighed?
While his daddy fell asleep,
Sammy then did creep
To the radio and cried:

"Mister radio man,
Tell my mammy to come back home,
Won't you do what you can
'Cause I'm so lonely?
§ I've been list'ning in ev'ry day
Since she went away,
But no word from heaven's been heard.
Can't the angels hear me pray?
When the sandman is nigh,
Off to slumber-land I must go.
I know she hears me sigh
Over my radio.
And the reason I'm sighing, crying, I'm all alone.
Mister radio man,
Tell my mammy to come back home."

[Repeat from §]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 02:56 AM

I find this PRETTY ATMOSPHERIC
Jim Carroll

Allende    (Don Lange)

The nighthawk flies and the owl cries
As we're driving down the road
Listening to the music on the all-night radio show
The announcer comes on, says if you've got ideas
I'll file the patent for you
What's an idea that's not in the store
Making a buck or two

We drive to the town but the shutters are down
And the all-night restaurant's closed
It's the land of the free, they've got booze and TV
And there's tramps in the telephone booths
The stars and the trees and the early spring breeze
Says forget what assassins have done
Take our good soil in the palm of your hand
And wait for tomorrow's sun

A truck driver's wife leads a rough life
He spends his time on the road
Carrying the goods, all the copper and wood
That's what makes America great
But the dollars like swallows they fly to the south
Where they know they've got something to gain
Allende is killed, and the trucks are soon rolling again

The nighthawk flies and the owl cries
As we're driving down the road
The full moon reveals all the houses and fields
Where good people do what they're told
Victor Jara he lies with coins in his eyes
There's no one around him to mourn
Who needs a poet who can't take commands
Who'd rather make love than war

CH: It's a long way from the heartland
To Santiago Bay
Where the good doctor lies with blood in his eyes
And the bullets read U S of A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 05:30 AM

Joni Mitchell's song, YOU TURN ME ON, I'M A RADIO.

DEPORTEES:
Who are these dear friends who are falling like dry leaves?
Radio said, "They are just deportees"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Johnny J
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 05:53 AM

Nobody mentioned HArry Chapin

https://youtu.be/QVh6aOwY08g

Or
Elvis Costello

https://youtu.be/UPyHgKSN5Vk

And getting even poppier

https://youtu.be/Iwuy4hHO3YQ


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Subject: Lyr Add: RADIO LADY O' MINE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 06:47 AM

You can hear this song at the Internet Archive.


RADIO LADY O' MINE
Words, Sam Coslow & Bernie Grossman; music, Frank A. Wright & Frank Bessinger. ©1924.
As recorded by Frank Bessinger, 1924.

I'm in love with someone I have never met,
Someone I have never seen.
Ev'ry time I tune in on my crystal set,
There's a certain station
Fills me with elation.

Sweet radio lady o' mine,
All through the day, you're on my mind, dear.
When silvery evening stars shine,
How I rejoice when your voice I find!
Though millions of others hear you,
I feel I'm the one you're near to, near to.
Please sing me that one little line.
It goes: "I love you," sweet radio lady o' mine.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RHYTHM ON THE RADIO (Louis Prima)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 07:07 AM

You can hear this recording on The Internet Archive:


RHYTHM ON THE RADIO
(Prima-Hain)
As recorded by Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang, 1937.

You catch it, you can't let go.
It's nothing like "Old Blind Joe."
It's la-di-dah, ho-ho-ho—
Rhythm on the radio!

You whistle it then you sing.
It's music that makes you swing.
It's la-di-dah, ho-ho-ho—
Rhythm on the radio!

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la—
Just keep on singin' .
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la—
When you sing it, you will start to swing.

The opera once held sway.
Marconi got hot one day.
It's la-di-dah, ho-ho-ho—
Rhythm on the radio!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Johnny J
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 07:17 AM

Benny Hill.... Transistor Radio.

Also a big contender for "the Worst Song in The World Thread"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfdvlRP2h2U


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Subject: Lyr Add: RADIO BOOGIE (Hot Rize)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 08:52 AM

RADIO BOOGIE
As recorded by Hot Rize on "Radio Boogie" (1981).

1. Well, I got me a hat and an old guitar
And I made a down payment on a second-handed car
I got me a job on the radio.
Now I'm savin' up money for a fiddle and a bow.

CHORUS: Do the radio boogie all over the dial.
With a solid kick, and a red-hot lick, it's a Tennessee style.

2. Well, early in the mornin' when the sun comes up,
I pull the cork from the jug and I take a little sup.
If the sun keeps a-shinin' I'll plow some corn.
If it starts to rain, I'll just grind it in the barn.

3. Well, I call my gal on the telephone:
"Whatcha doin', honey? Are ya all alone?
Come on over 'bout an hour or so,
And we'll both do the boogie by the radio."

4. Since I got me a job in a hillbilly band
I got brand-new clothes; I got money to spend;
And everybody asks everywhere we play.
The Radio Boogie's all they can say.

[There was an earlier recording by L. C. Smith, Ralph May and the Southern Mountain Boys, ca. 1952.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 10:24 AM

The Radio Song, by Gene Clark? First appearing on The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark.


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Subject: Lyr Add: VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR (The Buggles)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 11:29 AM

Suggested by Jos, above:


VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
Words and music by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley, ©1978.
As recorded by The Buggles on "The Age of Plastic" (1980).

I heard you on the wireless back in fifty-two,
Lying awake intent at tuning in on you.
If I was young, it didn't stop you coming through.
Oh-ah-oh.
They took the credit for your second symphony,
Rewritten by machine on new technology,
And now I understand the problems you can see.
Oh-ah-oh.
I met your children.
Oh-ah-oh.
What did you tell them?
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.
Pictures came and broke your heart.
Oh-ah-ah-oh.

And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago,
And you remember the jingles used to go:
Oh-ah-oh.
You were the first one.
Oh-ah-oh.
You were the last one.
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.
In my mind and in my car,
We can't rewind; we've gone too far.
Oh-ah-oh-oh-oh.
Oh-ah-oh-oh-oh.

Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.
In my mind and in my car,
We can't rewind; we've gone too far.
Pictures came and broke your heart.
Put the blame on VCR.

You are a radio star.
You are a radio star.
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.
Video killed the radio star.

[overlapping:] You are a radio star./Video killed the radio star. [repeat and fade]

["The song's music video was written, directed, and edited by Russell Mulcahy, and is well-remembered as the first music video shown on MTV in the United States at 12:01 a.m. on 1 August 1981."--Wikipedia.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Jos
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 11:41 AM

Thanks, Jim.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RADIO GA GA (Queen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 12:09 PM

Suggested by Tattie Bogle above. I must admit, I've never listened closely to these lyrics before, and I'm finding rock music can be deeper than I thought—both this and VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR. I still can't quite imagine somebody singing this is a folksy style, but maybe somebody's clever enough to make it work.


RADIO GA GA
Words and music by Roger Taylor
As recorded by Queen on "The Works" (1984)

I'd sit alone and watch your light,
My only friend through teenage night,
And everything I had to know,
I heard it on my radio.
You gave them all those old-time stars,
Through wars of worlds invaded by Mars.
You made 'em laugh; you made 'em cry.
You made us feel like we could fly. (Radio)

So don't become some background noise,
A backdrop for the girls and boys
Who just don't know or just don't care
And just complain when you're not there.
You had your time; you had the power.
You've yet to have your finest hour,
Radio. (Radio)

All we hear is radio ga ga.
Radio goo goo.
Radio ga ga.
All we hear is radio ga ga,
Radio blah blah.
Radio, what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you.

We watch the shows; we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours.
We hardly need to use our ears.
How music changes through the years!
Let's hope you never leave, old friend.
Like all good things, on you we depend.
So stick around 'cause we might miss you
When we grow tired of all this visual.
You had your time; you had the power.
You've yet to have your finest hour,
Radio. (Radio)

All we hear is radio ga ga,
Radio goo goo,
Radio ga ga.
All we hear is radio ga ga,
Radio goo goo,
Radio ga ga.
All we hear is radio ga ga,
Radio blah blah.
Radio, what's new?
Someone still loves you.

Radio ga ga,
Radio ga ga,
Radio ga ga.

You had your time; you had the power.
You've yet to have your finest hour,
Radio. (Radio)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: DaveRo
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 12:10 PM

"Are you out there" by Dar Williams
Are you out there, can you hear this?
Jimmy Olson, Johnny Memphis,
I was out here listening all the time
Lyrics


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 03:23 PM

To the Zenith Trans-Oceanic; Sears & Roebuck (aka The World's Largest Store – 890kHz) and good times:

Caravan, 1970

And the caravan is on it's way
I can hear the merry gypsies play
Mama mama look at Emma Rose
She's a-playin with the radio
La, la, la-la...

And the caravan has all my friends
And they'll stay with me until the end
Gypsy Robin, Sweet Emma Rose
Tell me everything I need to know
La, la, la-la...

Turn up your radio and let me hear the song
Switch on your electric light
Then we can get down to what is really wrong
I long to hold you tight so I can feel you
Sweet lady of the night I shall reveal you
If you will

Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio
Turn it up, burn it up, so you know, radio
La, la, la-la...

And the caravan is painted red and white
That means everybody's staying overnight
And the barefoot gypsy player round the campfire sing and play
And the woman tells us of her ways
La, la, la-la...

Turn up your radio and let me hear the song
Switch on your electric light
Then we can get down to what is really wrong
I long just to hold you tight so maybe I can feel you
Sweet lady of the night I shall reveal you
If you will

Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio
Turn it up, that's enough, so you know it's got soul
Radio, radio turn it up,
La, la, la-la…

YT: Studio Version (4:57)

Live (9:20 w/band intros)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 03:24 PM

FM
Steely Dan

Hurry the bottle, mama,
It's grapefruit wine.
Kick off your high heeled sneakers,
It's party time.

The girls don't seem to care... what's on
As long as they play till dawn.
Nothing but blues and Elvis
And somebody else's favorite song.

Give us some funked up Muzak,
She treats you nice.
Feed us some hungry reggae,
She'll love you twice.

The girls don't seem to care... tonight
As long as the mood is right.
No static at all,
No static at all,
No static at all.
FM, no static at all.

Give us some funked up Muzak,
She treats you nice.
Feed us some hungry reggae,
She'll love you twice.

The girls don't seem to care... tonight
As long as the mood is right.
No static at all,
No static at all,
No static at all.
FM, no static at all.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 03:25 PM

Radio Radio
(Elvis Costello, 1978)

I was tuning in the shine on the late night dial
Doing anything my radio advised
With every one of those late night stations
Playing songs bringing tears to my eyes
I was seriously thinking about hiding the receiver
When the switch broke 'cause it's old
They're saying things that I can hardly believe
They really think we're getting out of control
Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason
So you had better do as you are told
You better listen to the radio
I wanna bite the hand that feeds me
I wanna bite that hand so badly
I want to make them wish they'd never seen me
Some of my friends sit around every evening
And they worry about the times ahead
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference
And the promise of an early bed
You either shut up or get cut up; they don't wanna hear about it
It's only inches on the reel-to-reel
And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools
Tryin' to anesthetize the way that you feel
Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason
So you had better do as you are told
You better listen to the radio
Wonderful radio
Marvelous radio


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU TURN ME ON I'M A RADIO (Joni Mitchell
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 05:09 PM

Gerry mentioned this earlier:


YOU TURN ME ON I'M A RADIO
As recorded by Joni Mitchell on "For the Roses" (1972)

If you're drivin' into town with a dark cloud above you,
Dial in the number. Who's bound to love you?
Oh, honey, you turn me on. I'm a radio.
I'm a country station. I'm a little bit corny.
I'm a wildwood flower wavin' for you,
A broadcasting tower wavin' for you,
And I'm sending you out this signal here.
I hope you can pick it up loud and clear.
I know you don't like weak women; you get bored so quick,
And you don't like strong women 'cause they're hip to your tricks.
It's been dirty for dirty down the line,
But you know, I come when you whistle when you're warm, lovin' and kind.
If you've got too many doubts,
If there's no good reception for me, then tune me out,
'Cause, honey, who needs the static? It hurts the head,
And you wind up cracking and the day goes dismal
From "Breakfast Barney" to the sign-off prayer.
What a sorry face you get to wear!
I'm going to tell you again now if you're still listening there:
If you're drivin' into town with a dark cloud above you,
Dial in the number. Who's bound to love you?
If you're lyin' on the beach with the transistor goin',
Kick off the sandflies, honey. The love's still flowin'.
If your head says "Forget it" but your heart's still smokin',
Call me at the station. The lines are open.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Johnny J
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 05:47 PM

"Turn your radio on" Ray Stevens..... Comp Albert Brumley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTPmCSu_55M


Come and listen in to a radio station where the mighty hosts of heaven sing
Turn your radio on, turn your radio on, turn your radio on, turn your radio on
If you want to hear the songs of zion coming from the land of in the spring
Get in touch with God, turn your radio on

Turn your radio on
Turn your radio on and listen to the music in the air
Turn your radio on
Turn your radio on and glory share
Turn the lights down low
Turn the lights down low and listen to the masters radio
Get in touch with God
Get in touch with God, turn your radio on
The Statler Brothers - Turn Your Radio On

Listen to the songs of the fathers and mothers and the many friends gone on before
Turn your radio on, turn your radio on, trun your radio on, turn your radio on
Some eternal morning we shall meet them over on the alleuia shore
Get in touch with God, turn your radio on

Turn your radio on
Turn your radio on and listen to the music in the air
Turn your radio on
Turn your radio on and glory share
Turn the lights down low
Turn the lights down low and listen to the masters radio
Get in touch with God
Get in touch with God, turn your radio on

Turn your radio on
Turn your radio on and listen to the music in the air
Turn your radio on
Turn your radio on and glory share
Turn the lights down low
Turn the lights down low and listen to the masters radio
Get in touch with God
Get in touch with God, turn your radio on


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about radio
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 05:55 PM

The first YouTube video that Johnny J linked to is W-O-L-D by Harry Chapin, from "Short Stories" (1974). Lyrics have been posted in another thread—click the link.

The second is RADIO RADIO by Elvis Costello & the Attractions from "This Year's Model" (1978). For lyrics, see above.

The third is VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR—also see above.


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