Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird
Yellow Bird Necklace by McGlamorous

It’s time for a brighter post to thaw the cold. Let’s talk about “Yellow Bird”, originally a “Choucoune”, or lyrical poem that praises the beauty of a Haitian woman with the same nickname. It became a popular merengue lente (slow merengue) in Haiti,and was played prominently during celebrations at Port-Au-Prince in 1949.

It is one of Haitian poet Oswald Durand’s’ most famous works. There is a great in depth article here that tells the story of the poem and links to the original. Michel Mauleart Morton, an America-born pianist with a Haitian father and American mother, composed music for the poem in 1893. Naturally, it combines some French and Caribbean fragments to create a tune, but the lyrics for YB have no connection with the narrative of the poem. It became a minor hit on Billboard Hot 100 for the Mills Brothers in 1959, and continues to be popularly associated with Calypso and the Caribbean. It is often performed by steel-pan bands, but some versions  such as Chris Isaacks show a Hawaiian influence.

 

 

American Lyrics ::

Yellow bird, up high in banana tree.
Yellow bird, you sit all alone like me.
Did your lady friend leave the nest again?
That is very sad, makes me feel so bad.
You can fly away, in the sky away.
You’re more lucky than me.
I also had a pretty girl, she’s not with me today.
They’re all the same those pretty girls.
Take tenderness, then they fly away.
Yellow bird, yellow bird.
Did your lady friend leave the nest again?
That is very sad, makes me feel so bad.
You can fly away, in the sky away.
You’re more lucky than me.
Wish that I were a yellow bird, I’d fly away with you.
But I am not a yellow bird, so here I sit.
Nothing I can do.
Yellow bird, yellow bird.

 

 

 

Yellow bird was a dream
The dream came to be
Bright and beautiful
Caged not and free
He sang on his branches
He danced in the rain
The rays of the sunshine
Caused him no pain
His song now is lovely
Hopeful and true
He speaks of the ocean
Skies of bright blue
Sunshine sweet sunshine
Please come to me
Just like my Yellow Bird
I want to be free
~ Alison M.
P.S. My Mother plays this as a Tango for ballet barre and I wrote my own poem above. Thanks for reading and please share!
~ McGlamorous

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Christmas Hymns & Carols :: Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Favorite Christmas Hymns & Carols :: Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

As part of the 2018 Christmas season I am sharing some on-the-spur thoughts of some great hymns and classics played on the radio or by my Mom (and Dad) at church. Here goes the lyrics to one of my favorites at Christmas.

Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem
Shinning far through shadows dimmed
Giving the life for those who long have gone on
Guiding the wise men on their way
Unto the place where Jesus lay
Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on
Oh beautiful star the hope of light
Guiding the pilgrims through the night
Over the mountains ’till the break of dawn
Into the land of perfect day
It will give out a lovely ray
Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on
Oh beautiful star (beautiful, beautiful star) of Bethlehem
Star of Bethlehem
Shine upon us until the glory dawn
Give us a lamp to light the way
Unto the land of perfect day
Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on
Oh beautiful star the hope, the grace
For the redeem of good and blessed
Yonder in glory when the crowd is one
Jesus is now the star divine
Brighter and brighter he will shine
Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on
Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on
Songwriters: Al Phipps
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem lyrics © Carlin America Inc

Gaither Version With Ben Speer

 ~ McGlamorous
Music Monday Review :: His Hand In Mine ::  Elvis Presley

Music Monday Review :: His Hand In Mine :: Elvis Presley

His Hand in Mine

 

I have been daydreaming about posting music reviews because I love music so much, but did not know what to begin with. That choice has come, and happily, it is a gospel cd by none other than Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll. Best of all, he sings to THE King of all Kings on this short and sweet gem with the Jordanaires as backup.

This is a fresh review for a cd I can truly recommend. It was also a bargain at five dollars, and the best five spent this month. There is not much to say about Elvis himself here. We all know his sound, so I’ll move to the lyrics and composers on the album, and perhaps mention some faves :

{1} Track one begins with a Mosie Lister ( Georgia born, BTW ) piece called His Hand in Mine. Elvis PresleyThis is a sweet intro with beautiful lyrics that speak of God’s love. If you’ve had “one of those weeks” or longer, then you will find comfort in this one. I particularly love the line,

Till the day He tells me why He loves me so (He loves me so)
I can feel His hand in mine
That’s all I need to know

 

Like clockwork, this came at a time of great need and perhaps I can pass the epiphany along. Nothing could be more true in the saying :

 

Where words fail, music speaks.

~Hans Christian Andersen

 

{2} Secondly we have I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs. Cully Holt / The Jordanaires.

This one is very jumpy and fun. A foot tapper that takes you back to Andy Griffith type singing scenes. Totally happy.

 

{3} In My Father’s House. Sings of the truth of our eternal home . Shoots straight with a bow of beautiful lyrics from the good book :

 

In my father’s house are many mansions
If it were not true he would have told me so

 

{4} Milky White Way. One of the Personal Faves Alert. The best space song out there so far. It just has that blues rock swagger that makes you want to move. Very Elvis-y. Repeat button ready. Favorite part :

I’m gonna sit down and tell Him my troubles
About the world that I just came from

~Traditional

 

{5} It’s a Secret Known Only to Him. ( Stuart Hamblen ) Love the background on this one from Stuart Hamblen, one of radio’s first singing cowboys. Also the composer of favorite of my Mom’s, “It is No Secret”. This has the same trustworthy feel. A comfort piece for sure.

 

{6} I Believe in the Man in the Sky. Super favorite, and the reason for the purchase. Favorite line is about sparrows. Don’t know why I love to sing with it, but :

 

Though a sparrow is all I may be (Is all I may be)

On me He will still keep an eye

 

{7} Joshua Fit The Battle. I wish every story in the Bible were told like this. Self-explanitory.

 

{8} He Knows Just What I Need. Another beautiful composition by Mosie Lister. The title alone is of great comfort. A must listen when you need to know He is there and that you can trust and believe. Top of the list. He knew I needed this album!

 

{9} Swing Down Sweet Chariot. Hand clapping, foot stomping.Tambourine required. Reminds me of childhood and family gatherings. Has a really cool Rock Me Lord, Rock Me Lord lyric.

 

{10} Mansion Over The Hilltop. Another peaceful description of heaven and our / your home there.

 

{11} If We Never Meet Again. Love the rhythm here and mostly the comfort of seeing those that we have to be separated from until the time comes.

 

Where the charming roses bloom forever
And where separation comes no more
If we never meet again this side of heaven
I will meet you on that beautiful shore

 

{12} Working On The Building. A very fun beat and cheerful approach to our work for God. I can see workers moving around and hammering, nailing, or whatever!

 

Last but not least Bonus Tracks include the wonderful There’ll Be Peace (In The Valley) It is No Secret (What God Can Do), I Believe, and Take My Hand , Precious Lord. All of these are worthy of review as well. Perhaps a future post. 

 

Elvis PresleySo I’ll end here with a link to the album, and a link to the album on YouTube here.

 

Thanks for sticking with me on this first music loving post. Enjoy!

 

~ McGlamorous