A Song For Today: JUNE

June 1: There is wonder in most everything I see… “Top of the World” written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis and performed by Richard and his sister Karen as The Carpenters.  Happy Birthday to my wonderful friends: Ellen Hardy, Sarah Kochanski & Lesli Shapiro.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

June 2:  No pill’s gonna cure my ill…I got a “Bad Case of Loving You” by Robert Palmer.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 3:  It’s the sweetest thing I know of…“Back Home Again”  by John Denver. (Thinking of all who’ve lost someone special today….) LYRICS   SPOTIFY

June 4:  Live your life with arms wide open…the rest is still  “Unwritten”… by Natasha BedingfieldLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 5: Come and sit by my side if you love me…. “Red River Valley” sung by Suzy Bogguss, plus a lyric video so that you can sing along. (Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.) Happy Hoedown to all GFS 3rd Graders!  Have fun today…  SONG HISTORY & LYRICS  SPOTIFY

June 6: Turn me up or turn me down… “Flying On The Ground” written by Neil Young and performed here by Rainy Day.  Thanks and happy birthday to Julie Owen Bain for introducing me to this song in Alta in 1985.  And happy birthday to Lauren Addario, too.  Love you ladies… LYRICS  SPOTIFY (the Buffalo Springfield version)

June 7: There I was, picking a tomato… At the Sav-A-Penny Superstore by Les Paul & Mary Ford.  There appear to be no lyric videos or links to lyrics available for this song, so just hum along on the verses and sing the title when it comes around.  Thanks to DJ Uncle Donny Sherman for the suggestion. SPOTIFY

June 8:  “S’Wonderful” that there are people in this world who  make me smile every time I see or think of them.  Happy birthday to Dodo Bacharach who inspires me and keeps me believing that the world s’wonderful place.  This song was written by George & Ira Gershwin and sung here by Fred Astaire & Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face“.  LYRICS SPOTIFY

June 9: May you always be living in a Rainbowland (by Miley Cyrus & Dolly Parton).  Happy Birthday to my wonderful niece, Sophia Sherman. I am so proud of you for already making such a difference in this world. I love you… LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 10:  It’s life’s illusions, I recall; I really don’t know life at all…. “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell.  For me, this song is about understanding that we think about the same things in many different ways, so it’s ironic to me that, as I searched for lyric videos, I learned that many people think that the first word of this song is “Rows” even though I would have sworn it was “Bows”.  (The “Joni Mitchell Anthology” and the “Great Songs of the Sixties” songbooks both say “Bows”, but the lyric page on the Joni Mitchell website says “Rows”.  Here is an article that mentions the discrepancy.)   What did you think it was??  E-mail me at suzanne@proppmail.com.  And, when you’re done thinking about this, check out another incredible video with Joni, Mary Travers  & Mama Cass)   LYRICS & SONGFACTS different LYRICS, GUITAR CHORDSSPOTIFY

June 11: All the monkeys aren’t in the zoo; every day you’ll meet quite a few… “Swinging On A Star” sung by Frank Sinatra (and here’s one by Bing Crosby).  The music is by Jimmy Van Heusen and the lyrics are by Johnny Burke.  LYRICS and SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

June 12:  Don’t be afraid to let them show…“True Colors” written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.  This song was a number one hit for Cyndi Lauper in 1986.  I have chosen the version sung by Marina & The Diamonds, and I also love Eva Cassidy’s version and Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick’s version from the movie “Trolls”.  But my absolute favorite is the version sung by the GFS Chorus; good luck in your concerts today & tonight!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 13:  Somebody holds the key…. “Can’t Find My Way Home” written by Steve Winwood and performed by Blind Faith.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 14:  Forever in peace may you wave…. “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan for the musical “George Washington, Jr.” (1906) and sung here by James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942).  Happy Flag Day, folks!  (And happy birthday to one of my first babysitters and an amazing artist, Suzanne Ebeling-Urban!)  LYRICS & HISTORY  SPOTIFY

June 15:  It’s the little things in life that mean the most… “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown BandLYRICS  SPOTIFY

June 16:  I’ll be the wind at your back… “Boat Song” by JJ Heller.  (Here’s the LYRIC VIDEO.) Looking forward to ukeing on the Ferry with you, Cukes!  LYRICS SPOTIFY

June 17:   Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there and a special shout-out to the fabulous, kind man who taught us the true meaning of love:  “Too Young” by Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee and sung here by Nat King Cole.   LYRICS SPOTIFY

June 18:  Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night… “Stray Cat Strut” by the Stray Cats (written by Brian Setzer).  Happy Birthday to one of the coolest cats I know, David Burke.   LYRICS  SPOTIFY

June 19: I once was lost, but now am found…  “Amazing Grace” written by John Newton in 1779 and sung here by Susan Boyle.  Today some are celebrating birthdays, wedding anniversaries and Juneteenth while others are mourning the loss of a life ended too soon.  We will miss you, Perrin Delorey.  LYRICS and SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 20:  Try to love one another right now… “Get Together” by The Youngbloods.  Happy Birthday to Mary Ellen; Happy Anniversary to Russell & Lisa; Love to James & Angela; Thank you to Heidi.  LYRICS and SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 21:  Let me know everything’s alright…”Summer Breeze” makes me feel fine!   Happy Summer and Happy Birthday to Alisyn Camerota!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 22:   Her family’s in Africa; do you think she’ll see ’em?? “Patches” written and performed by me (because yesterday was World Giraffe Day).   It’s the last day of school for GFS kids; Patches will miss you! SPOTIFY

June 23:  When your world seems cold you got to let your spirit take control…“Soulshine” by Allman Brothers Band.  Happy Birthday to Jen Purdy!  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

June 24:  Oh, summer sun, hold me in your arms… “I Love” by Lennon And Maisy.  Thanks to Maya for sharing her favorite song from last summer… I wonder what this summer’s favorite song will be?  Please let me know and don’t forget to Sing Daily! xo LYRICS  Not available on SPOTIFY. 🙁

June 25: Daylight come and me wanna go home… “Day O” (The Banana Boat Song) sung by Harry Belafonte.   LYRICS & SONG FACTS SPOTIFY

June 26:  We’ll have a wonderful time…. “I’ll Dance At Your Wedding“.  Happy Anniversary to my parents; I’m so glad you got married 58 years ago today and, a few years later, taught me this song by Herb Magidson & Ben Oakland.  It has been sung by many people but I chose Buddy Clark with Ray Noble because it reminds me of my dad’s beautiful voice.  (P.S. Did you know that Buddy Clark was born Samuel Goldberg on July 26, 1911 in Dorchester, Massachusetts – the day before my beautiful grandmother Rose Klayman?!?)   LYRICS  SPOTIFY

June 27:  I want to stop and thank you, baby…. “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” written by Brian Holland, Edward Jr. Holland, Lamont Dozier and sung here by Marvin Gaye.  Happy Anniversary, Peter Propp. ILY.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 28:  Got my rubber sandals, got my straw hat… “Summer’s Here” by James Taylor.  LYRICS SPOTIFY

June 29:  I look across the water and in my head I paint a picture… “Valerie” performed by Mark Ronson and Amy WinehouseLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 30:  I just can’t contain this feeling that remains… “There She Goes” written by Lee Mavers and performed here by The La’sLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

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