What’s your #1 Throwback song?
I always have a song in my head. A rhythm, melody or harmony I like (vocal or instrumental) that just pops and I sing!
It’s been that way since I was a little girl, recanting the 5 part harmony of my mom and her sisters and the deep and robust alto voice of my grandmother.
On any given day and time you were in the mist of any one of these ladies, you were hearing a tune, If not the lyrics, they were humming.
When the sisters came together in song… you clapped, dance or sang (quietly) as not to disturb the perfect a cappella rendition of the songs they sang for fun or as The Clark Sisters
Today the song that popped and stuck is “Tell it Like it Is” by Arron Neville (1966). It’s one of my all time singing favorites. I know every word and note.
Remembering the times (1966) I recall the lyrics mirroring my life in many ways and I adopted the title and used it like my own…
I used the lyrics to this song like my Keds sneaker collection I wore back then. often changing the words to fit a circumstance, situation or decision – weird but true!
The words speak to honesty, love, desire and commitment, the characteristics I embrace today for myself first…truth!
When I hear the song, the title, reminds me that success is an inside job and I sing… answering question for me.
it’s my way of checking if my thoughts and feelings are in sync with the “who” and “what” I’m pursuing.
“Tell It Like It Is”
If you want something to play with
Go and find yourself a toy
Baby, my time is too expensive
And I’m not a little boy
If you are serious
Don’t play with my heart, it makes me furious
But if want me to love you
Then, baby, I will, girl, you know I will
Tell it like it is
Don’t be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide
But I-I-I-I-I know deep down inside of me
I believe you love me, forget your foolish pride
Life is too short to have sorrow
You may be here today and gone tomorrow
You might as well get what you want
So go on and live, baby, go on and live
Songwriters: GEORGE DAVIS, LEE DIAMOND