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.

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