Lyrics  

Posted by Tony Guerrero

GOOD LYRICS:
Daddy’s just like Coltrane
Baby’s just like Miles
Lady’s just like Ella
When she smiles…
(“Lady Wants to Know” by Michael Franks)

BAD LYRICS:
She's a dancer
A romancer
She's a Capricorn
And I'm a Cancer
("C'Mon And Love Me" by KISS)

(So, why do I have the KISS album in my collection and not the Michael Franks album?!? Yep, I'm a little embarrassed.)

I love good lyrics, but, man, they are hard to come by. Lyrics are always a challenge as I write songs, but I love coming across a great lyric, whether I write it or someone else does.

This blog was prompted by a song I heard last night that really moved me, both musically and lyrically. It was written by Clint Eastwood with his son Kyle and is the closing theme to the movie "Gran Torino" (a GREAT movie to check out, but sit through the closing credits because this song will mean much more).

The song is sung by Jamie Cullum, although the first part is Clint singing (which makes more sense in the movie).

Click and play this YouTube video of the song, then read along the lyrics below. Beautiful.

[Side Note: My Clint Eastwood connection...Clint once brought his son Kyle, now a very established jazz bassist, in to the Baked Potato Jazz Club in No Hollywood to hear my band. Later, when Clint's L.A. home was converted into an office, my manager had her office in it.]



THEME FROM GRAN TORINO

[*Sung By Clint Eastwood*]
So tenderly your story is
nothing more than what you see
or what you've done or will become
standing strong do you belong
in your skin; just wondering

gentle now the tender breeze blows
whispers through my Gran Torino
whistling another tired song

engine hums and bitter dreams grow
heart locked in a Gran Torino
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long

[*sung by Jamie Cullum*]
Realign all the stars above my head
Warning signs travel far
I drink instead on my own Oh! how I've known
the battle scars and worn out beds

gentle now a tender breeze blows
whispers through a Gran Torino
whistling another tired song

engines hum and bitter dreams grow
heart locked in a Gran Torino
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long

these streets are old they shine
with the things I've known
and breaks through the trees
their sparkling

your world is nothing more than all the tiny things you've left behind

So tenderly your story is
nothing more than what you see
or what you've done or will become
standing strong do you belong
in your skin; just wondering

gentle now a tender breeze blows
whispers through the Gran Torino
whistling another tired song
engines hum and bitter dreams grow
a heart locked in a Gran Torino
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long

may I be so bold and stay
I need someone to hold
that shudders my skin
their sparkling

your world is nothing more than all the tiny things you've left behind

so realign all the stars above my head
warning signs travel far
i drink instead on my own oh how ive known
the battle scars and worn out beds

gentle now a tender breeze blows
whispers through the Gran Torino
whistling another tired song
engines hum and better dreams grow
heart locked in a Gran Torino
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long
it beats a lonely rhythm all night long

This entry was posted on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Saturday, January 03, 2009 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .

3 comments

I gotta see that movie.

1/06/2009 4:37 PM
Anonymous  

Wonderful lyric...love this song and I recommend the movie.

1/25/2009 7:46 PM

Agreed. I absolutely love the theme from "Gran Torino". Very poignant, moving lyrics and the music is simply stunning. My favorite line has perfect musical and lyrical synergy: "Your world is nothing more than all the tiny things you've left behind". Chills!! I hope to someday have a chance to record this or at least perform it sometime.

7/28/2009 11:56 AM

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