My Alphabet of Songs: L

Lookie here — we’re at L now!  This is a longer list because there are an awful lot of L songs on my iPod.  I hope you like them!

1. Little Sister by Elvis Presley – when my sister Missy and I used to go dancing, I always requested this song, and it reminds me of the fun times we had. Little Sister, don’t you do what your Big Sister done.
2. The Lumberjack by Hal Willis – Pa had a 45 of this and we played it a lot when I was a kid.  Well, I’m a-sittin’ on a tree stump, eatin’ Johnny cake/ I heard the whistle blow, I had to take a break/ I’m a-boilin’ up my tea in an old tin can/ For that is the life of a Lumberjack man.
3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens – A wimoweh a wimoweh a wimoweh a wimoweh a wimoweh a wimoweh a wimoweh a wimoweh…fun karaoke song!
4. Layla by Derek & the DominoesEric Clapton, the master.  I actually prefer the ‘Unplugged’ version he did in the 90’s to the original, but I do love the piano in the original.
5. Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys – I used to play Endless Summer in the car while taking my sons to daycare when they were small; Number One Son, who was probably 4 or so, sang it, “Little Bit Scoop.”
6. The Lady is a Tramp by Frank Sinatra – Great song.  I think he sang it differently, even with altered lyrics, each time.  Doesn’t matter — it’s that VOICE.
7. Love Shack by the B-52’s – what a fun song to dance to!  When Mr. Stuck and I were dating, we used to go see a hot, local band called Combo Plate, and they did a great version of this song.
8. Living in the Past by Jethro TullDigging the jazzy rock flute!  Once I used to join in/Every boy and girl was my friend/Now there’s revolution, but they don’t know/What they’re fighting.
9. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green – The Reverend Al Green and his silky, seductive voice…what a classic.
10. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac – Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?  Can I handle the seasons of my life?
11. Losing My Religion by REM – Liked this song from the first time I heard it…it might be the mandolin.  It most certainly isn’t Michael Stipes’ dance moves.  He said it was a song about obsession, about unrequited love.
12. Loves Me Like a Rock by Paul Simon – because we Mamas do love our boys like a rock.
13.  Livin’ Thing by ELO – Again, I love the strings at play in this band.  Had to share this video — it has Jeff Lynne without his trademark sunglasses, a blue violin, and all that colorful satin.  Groovin’ in 1977!
14.  Long Distance Runaround by Yes – I saw this live; in fact, it was the setting for one of my most embarrassing moments.  It really is a cool piece of music.  Listen to the drums and keyboards in 5/4 time against the guitars in 4/4.
15. The Logical Song by Supertramp – These guys were terrific in concert.  I like the wry humor of this song.

Check out the rest of the Alphabet!

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10 thoughts on “My Alphabet of Songs: L”

  1. Had never heard the Long Distance Runaround, but was familiar with Yes. I like another one of theirs…the title escapes me now. Jethro Tull was another favorite with his jazzy flute. Wasn’t into much rock in the 70’s. Good list; I knew them all but one.

  2. Thanks! Long Distance Runaround was the B-side to Roundabout, but became a hit in its own right for Yes. I love Ian Anderson’s flute and his crazy eyes. I picture him as a court jester, mostly. So that Yes one is the only one you hadn’t heard? Most excellent!
    I have others that I really wanted to include, but was getting tired of typing. Eminem (Lose Yourself). Kinks (Lola). Hollies (Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress). and Elton John (Levon). My better half’s first guess for a good “L” song was Live and Let Die. It was fun making this list, but hard to choose.

  3. Okay, for the rest – the only one I really question is “Let’s Stay Together”. Snoozer! My idea of a love song is more like “You Shook Me All Night Long”, but that doesn’t start with an L. The lists are ALWAYS hard, you are right about that, Becksters. Long Train Running. LA Woman. La Bamba. Land of Confusion. Once you start it’s hard to stop. One of my favorite party killers is to walk into a group, say “So what is the greatest Rock and Roll song of all time?”, then walk away and watch the fun.

    1. Hi, Lonnie — thanks for reading and commenting!
      You’re right — lists are definitely tough. I like your suggestions — I could have gone on for a lot longer, but it was getting late. I might have to add more later.
      Love the party killer question. You always did like to leave ’em slack-jawed. 😉

  4. I love Dwight Yoakam’s version of “Little Sister”. I have been a huge Beach Boys fan for years, and have actually seen them in concert 3 times, which is no small feat considering I live in Kansas! lol I too, favor the “unplugged” version of Layla. I actually just heard an interesting tidbit about “Landslide” the other day–that Stevie Nicks wrote it while kind of regrouping in the mountains of Colorado.

    I just love these lists, and it’s pure torture, because they could go on and on!!

    1. Didn’t I ever reply to you on this? Shame on me!
      I will have to listen to Yoakam’s version. I will check that out. I love that you’re a Beach Boys fan! I’ve only seen them once – at the county fair. Still, they were great.
      Cool about Landslide. I go back and forth with Stevie — sometimes I can’t stand to listen to her voice, and then sometimes I just crave it. Strange.
      Glad you like the lists — I really like doing them. They can be torture on this end, too — that’s for sure. 😉

  5. Nice selection.

    Kenny Everett had a thing for “The Lumberjack” by Hal Willis on his BBC Radio 1 show back in the late 1960s, and its a fun song.

    “Let’s Stay Together” is pure class. It’s been done many times since, but nobody comes close to Al Green’s reading of it.

    Little Deuce Coupe is one of the Beach Boys best ever songs (that and “Surf’s Up”). Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out their recent single “That’s Why God Made the Radio” – that’s really excellent and the subject matter makes it magic.

    Thanks for posting.

    1. Hi, Alan — thanks for stopping by and leaving me this nice comment! I am glad to find another soul who remembers The Lumberjack! It is a fun song, and I have such good memories associated with it!
      And another Al Green fan. Yes, I can’t imagine anyone bettering the original on that song.
      Little Deuce Coupe is at the top for me, too, and I like Catch A Wave, God Only Knows, and Shut Down a lot, too. I will check out that new song, too! Thanks for the heads up!
      Thanks for reading, and please stop by again!

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