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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Musical Sundays #04 – Neil Diamond

(En español más abajo)
 
CanadaI mentioned Neil Diamond a while back, when I was talking about the long trips we use to make, all of us crammed in the back of a Ford Fairlane. That car had an 8-track player, and if my memory doesn’t fail me, we only had two 8-tracks for this one 12-hour long trip, which we would play all the time: one was by Italian singer Nicola Di Bari, and the other one by Neil Diamond, to whom I dedicate today’s post.
 
Neil Leslie Diamond (yes, that’s actually his real name!) was born in New York City in 1941. Known as ‘the Jewish Elvis’, he’s still active and touring; he has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. One of his biggest hits ever, “Sweet Caroline” was featured in one of this season’s episodes of the very successful TV show “Glee”.
 
Yes, I know, he might not be everybody’s favourite, but he has some impressive numbers! See below for three of my favourite Diamond songs.
 
 
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Mencioné a Neil Diamond hace un tiempo, cuando hablaba de esos largos viajes que solíamos hacer, con todos nosotros apretados en el asiento trasero de un Ford Fairlane. El auto tenía un reproductor de magazines (8-tracks) y si mi memoria no me falla, para un viaje de 12 horas que hicimos sólo teníamos dos magazines, los que sonaron todo el tiempo: uno era del italiano Nicola Di Bari, y el otro de Neil Diamond, a quien le dedico mi post de hoy.
 
Neil Leslie Diamond (sí, créanlo o no, es su nombre real!) nació en New York City en 1941. Es llamado ‘el Elvis judío’, y todavía sigue activo y de gira; ha vendido más de 120 millones de discos en todo el mundo. Uno de sus más grandes éxitos, “Sweet Caroline” fue incluído en uno de los episodios de esta temporada de la muy exitosa serie de TV “Glee”.
 
Sí, lo sé, tal vez Diamond no sea un favorito de las masas, pero tienen que admitir que tiene una carrera impresionante! Aquí tienen tres de mis canciones preferidas.
 
 

Neil Diamond - Song sung blue  (1974)

Song sung blue, everybody knows one
Song sung blue, every garden grows one
Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song
You sing them out again
Some sing them out again

Song sung blue, weeping like a willow
Song sung blue, sleeping on my pillow
Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know it start to feeling good
You simply got no choice

Song sung blue, everybody knows one
Song sung blue, every garden grows one
Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
And before you know, start to feeling good
You simply got no choice

Song sung blue, everybody knows one
Song sung blue, every garden grows one
Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
And before you know it start to feeling good
You simply got no choice

 
 

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

Where it began, I can't begin to know when
But then I know it's growing strong
Oh, wasn't the spring, whooo
And spring became the summer
Who'd believe you'd come along

Hands, touching hands, reaching out
Touching me, touching you

Oh, sweet Caroline
Good times never seem so good
I've been inclined to believe it never would

And now I, I look at the night, whooo
And it don't seem so lonely
We fill it up with only two, oh
And when I hurt
Hurting runs off my shoulder
How can I hurt when holding you

Oh, one, touching one, reaching out
Touching me, touching you
Oh, sweet Caroline
Good times never seem so good
Oh I've been inclined to believe it never would

Ohhh, sweet Caroline, good times never seem so good

 
 

Neil Diamond – Soolaimon

Come she come say, ride on the night
Sun becomes day, day shall provide

Soo, soolaimon
Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
Soo, soolaimon
Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
Soo, soolaimon
Soolai, soolai, soolaimon

God of my want, want, want
Lord of my need, need, need
Leading me on, on, on
On to the woman, she dance for the sun
God of my day, day, day
Lord of my night, night, night
Seek for the way, way, way
Taking me home

She callin'
Bring home my name
On the wings of a flea
Wind in the plains
Dance once for me

Soo, soolaimon
Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
Soo, soolaimon
Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
Soo, soolaimon
Soolai, soolai, soolaimon

 
 
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