Lily Allen: It’s not me, it’s you

Lily Allen

Cheeky and outspoken London singer-songwriter Lily Allen looks the part of a carefree party girl ready for a night out on the town so it is hard to imagine her, even a little, as the forlorn mum she feels like. Sometimes the plain speaking is disconcerting for the politically-correct-verging-on-hypocritically-intolerant listener but the no-nonsense audience will filter through the not-always-comfortable form. Lily says it as she feels it and means it, and so she writes and sings it. So what sometimes … Read on…

Roland Orzabal: I Write The Songs 49

Roland Orzabal: I Write The Songs 49 – features songwriter of the week Roland Orzabal and quite a lot of his ventures with band Tears for fears, original or covered. Roland Orzabal: I Write The Songs 49 – part 1 Woman in chains, Tears for Fears Roland Orzabal’s duet with Oleta Adams Roland Orzabal is our songwriter of the week – Lo-Fang, You’re the one that i want (John Farrar), 2014 Norah Jones, Shoot the … Read on…

I Write The Songs #43

Burt Bacharach

Special Burt Bacharach and Brazil World cup 2014 Dream a little dream of me, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (music: Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt; lyrics by Gus Kahn cover), from c.1931 Somethin’ stupid, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman (written by C. Carson Parks and best known in the hit version by Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra) These are the days, Jamie Cullum (Ben Cullum), 2003, England Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple Royals, Lorde, 2013, New Zealand … Read on…

I Write The Songs #42

Main theme: Guitars Bye, Bye Baby, Janis Joplin a song written by Powell St. John, interpreted by Big Brother and the Holding Company on their first album, featuring Janis Joplin) 1966 – Angel, Jimi Hendrix – This garden, Jo Bywater, 2013, England – Wind cries Mary, Jimi Hendrix, 3.21, 1967, USA – You know, Laura Marling, 2013 – Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen, USA Against All Odds, Phil Collins, England – Elderflower Fall, Pitch Feather, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #39

Crossroads, Tracy Chapman, 4.11, 1989 Grace, Jeff Buckley, 5.21, 1994 No more I love yous, Annie Lennox, 4.49, 1995, Scotland Ashes, Ben Harper, 3.51 Still, Macy Gray, 4.13, 1999, USA I need a dollar, Aloe Blacc, 4.03, 2011, USA Somewhere only we know, Lily Allen Everybody’s changing, Keane Beautiful that way, Noa, Israel Complainte de la butte Rufus Wainwright, Canada Confusion, The Zutons, England Feel it all, KT Tunstall, 3.46, 2013 Carolina on my mind, James Taylor, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #34

After the gold rush (look at Mother Nature on the run in the 21st century), Dolly Parton with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris (Neil Young cover), 1999, 3.30, USA/Canada Walking my baby back home, James Taylor (Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert cover), 2.27, USA Love hurts (live), with Gram Parsons, 3.13, 1974 Bridges, Krista Detor, 4.37, 2014, USA Easy, Sheryl Crowe, 2014, 3.37, USA Valentine, Willie Nelson, 3.36, 1973  Cold cold heart, Norah Jones (Hank Williams), 3.37, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #31

Home, Gabrielle Aplin, 2013, England Writing To Reach You, Travis, 3.41, 1999, Scotland Rivers Run, Karine Polwart, 3.09, 2008, Scotland The Sound Of Silence, (Solo), 3.05, USA Rowing Song, Patty Griffin, 2004, USA My Valentine, Paul McCartney, 2012, England Bye, Bye Baby, Janis Joplin, USA Layla (acoustic album version), Eric Clapton, 4.00, England Born A Lion, Ani di Franco, 1.44, USA Grace, Jeff Buckley, 5.21, 1994, USA This Garden, Jo Bywater, 4.34, 2013, UK High … Read on…

Playlist 29 I Write The Songs

Special superb covers Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen covered by musician KD Lang in 2004 Canada/Canada Lilac Wine written by James Shelton in 1950 and rendered by Jeff Buckley, 04.29, 1994, US A whiter shade of pale (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher – English band Procol Harum), Annie Lennox, 05.16, 1995, Scotland Fire, Des’ree and Babyface (Radio Edit, Bruce Springsteen cover), 03.47 Man in the Mirror, James Morrisson (Michael Jackson cover), UK Toxic, Yael Naim (Cathy … Read on…

I Write The songs #24

RIP Lou Reed with a double bill of him at the end A Woman’s Worth, Alicia Keys, 5.30, 2002, USA You Make It Real, James Morrison, 3.31, 2008, UK Woman, Neneh Cherry, 4.10, 1996, Sweden To Hide Your Love Away, Eddie Vedder (Lennon-McCartney cover), 2.08, USA Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple 3.44, 2005, USA Streets Of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen, USA — Your Song, Ellie Goulding (Elton John cover), 3.00, 2011, England Sunday Morning, Maroon 5, 4.01, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #19

Willow, Joan Armatrading, 4.47, xxxx, x Planet Telex, Radiohead, x.xx, xxxx, x Eye In The Sky, Noa (cover), x.xx, xxxx, Israel/UK Chemical World, Blur, x.xx, xxxx, x Littlest Things, Lily Allen, x.xx, xxxx, UK x, x, x.xx, xxxx, x As, Stevie Wonder, 3.27, 1976, USA My Kind Of Love, Emile Sande, 3.16, 2012, Scotland Redemption Song, Richard Bona (Bob Marley cover), 4.53, xxxx, Cameroon/Jamaica Everybody Hurts (unplugged), The Corrs (cover), 5.15, 1993, x The River, … Read on…