Modern Poetry Edition #77 {A New Kind Of Man}


Modern Poetry #77 {A New Kind Of Man}
[8/11/11]
She Is Always Seventeen by Harry Chapin
Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan
Brahms' Lullaby by Celine Dion
Someone Like You by Adele
Bring Your Fine Self Home by The Robert Cray Band


This is only the second MP in 19.25 months.  I counted! Hey, at least
I haven't forgotten ya, my little poet society.  Nothing this time that starts
with "Yo Baby you look fine, spread 'em" -- this is a kinder gentler MP.

First lines:
"She has no fear of failure, she's not bent with broken dreams."
"Nobody feels any pain tonight as I stand inside the rain"
"Lullaby and good night.  In the sky, stars are bright"
"I heard, That you're settled down.  That you found a girl, And you're married now."
"Oh, baby... Honey, why don't you bring your fine self home?"

Vote if you remember how.  You know you want to.  
I like all of these, but one does seem substantially best as a poem, IMO.
Now, let's just see if that one wins.

 
--Sean
 
 
 

She Is Always Seventeen by Harry Chapin
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She has no fear of failure, she's not bent with broken dreams.
For the future's just beginning when you're always seventeen

It was nineteen sixty-one when we went to Washington;
She put her arms around me and said, "Camelot's begun."
We listened to his visions of how our land should be;
We gave him our hearts and minds to send across the sea.

Nineteen sixty-three, white and black upon the land;
She brought me to the monuments and made us all join hands.
And scarcely six months later she held me through the night
When we heard what had happened in that brutal Dallas light.

Oh, she is always seventeen;
She has a dream that she will lend us and a love that we can borrow.
There is so much joy inside her she will even share her sorrow;
She's our past, our present, and our promise of tomorrow.
Oh, truly she's the only hope I've seen, and she is always seventeen.

It was nineteen sixty-five and we were marching once more
From the burning cities against a crazy war.
Memphis, L.A. and Chicago we bled through sixty-eight
Till she took me up to Woodstock saying with love it's not too late.

We started out the seventies living off the land;
She was sowing seeds in Denver trying to make me understand
That mankind is woman and woman is man,
And until we free each other we cannot free the land.

Oh, she is always seventeen;
She has a dream that she will lend us and a love that we can borrow.
There is so much joy inside her she will even share her sorrow;
She's our past, our present, and our promise of tomorrow.
Oh, truly she's the only hope I've seen, and she is always seventeen.

Nineteen seventy-two, I'm at the end of my rope,
But she was picketing the White House chanting, "The truth's the only hope."
In nineteen seventy-five when the crooked king was gone
She was feeding starving children saying the dream must go on.

She is always seventeen;
She has a dream that she will lend us and a love that we can borrow.
There is so much joy inside her she will even share her sorrow;
She's our past, our present, and our promise of tomorrow.
Oh, truly she's the only hope I've seen, and she is always seventeen.


Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan
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Nobody feels any pain tonight as I stand inside the rain
Ev'rybody knows that baby's got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
Have fallen from her curls

And she takes just like a woman
And she aches just like a woman
And she wakes just like a woman
Yeah but she breaks just like a little girl

Queen Mary, she's my friend yes, I believe I'll go see her again
Nobody has to guess that baby can't be blessed
Till she sees finally that she's like all the rest
With her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls

She takes just like a woman
And she wakes just like a woman
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl

It's was raining from the first and I was dying there of thirst
So I came in here and your long-time curse hurts
But what's worse is this pain in here
I can't stay in here ain't it clear that

I just don't fit yes, I believe it's time for us to quit
When we meet again, introduced as friends
Please don't let on that you knew me when
I was hungry and it was your world

You take just like a woman
And you ache just like a woman
And you make love just like a woman
But you break just like a little girl


Brahms' Lullaby by Celine Dion
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Lullaby and good night
In the sky stars are bright
'Round your head Flowers gay
Set you slumbers till day

Lullaby and good night
In the sky stars are bright
'Round your head Flowers gay
Set you slumbers till day

Close your eyes Now and rest
May these hours Be blessed

Close your eyes Now and rest
May these hours Be blessed

Bonne nuit cher enfant
Dans tes langes blancs
Repose joyeux
En revant des cieux

Good night dear child
In your white sheets
Rest happy
Dreaming of Heaven

Quand le jour reviendra
Tu te reveilleras
Quand le jour reviendra
Tu te reveilleras

When day will be back
You'll wake up again
When day will be back
You'll wake up again

Lullaby and good night
In the sky stars are bright
'Round your head Flowers gay
Set you slumbers till day


Someone Like You by Adele
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I heard, That you're settled down
That you found a girl, And you're married now
I heard, That your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things I didn't give to you

Old friend,
Why are you so shy
It ain't like you to hold back
Or hide from the light

I hate to turn up out of the blue Uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it
I'd hoped you'd see my face
And that you'd be reminded That for me It isn't over

Never mind I'll find Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you two
Don't forget me... I beg, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

You know How the time flies
Only yesterday Was the time of our lives
We were born and raised In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise Of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue Uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it
I'd hoped you'd see my face
And that you'd be reminded That for me It isn't over
Yeah

Never mind I'll find Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you two
Don't forget me... I beg, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Nothing compares, No worries, or cares
Regrets and mistakes, They're memories made
Who would have known how... Bittersweet... This would taste

Never mind I'll find Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you two
Don't forget me... I beg, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Never mind I'll find Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you two
Don't forget me... I beg, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Sometimes it lasts in love But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah
Yeah, Yeah..


Bring Your Fine Self Home by The Robert Cray Band
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"Hey, Albert!"
"Oh, yeah, what's up, Johnny?"
"You got your harmonica with you today, man?"
"Yeah, brought it with me today, man"
"I think we better get on down, you know, 'cause I got the blues"
"You know I got 'em, too"
"Well, hear it is"
"So hear it is, man"

Oh, baby
Honey, why don't you bring your fine self home?
Oh, baby
Honey, why don't you bring your fine self home?
Don't you send no letters to me
Don't call me, woman
What I need I can't get on no telephone

I know we had our problems, baby
In every life there's some ups and downs
I know we had our problems, baby
In every life there's a little ups and downs
But you kissed the first thing smokin'
And your man sure ain't jokin', woman
Get in this town!

Now play the blues for me Albert
Play the blues!

(Collins solo)

Well, you touched me with the feelin'
And it was such a perfect blend
And now I want it over and over, over and over again

Come on, baby
Get your fine self back in this town
Don't you stop to think about it
Don't you stop to talk to nobody
Bring it on home

Don't you stop to think about it
Don't you stop to talk to nobody
Bring it on home