Music Monday- Friends Don’t

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It’s Monday, so you know that means Music Monday! Each Monday, I post the lyrics and video to a song that serves as inspiration for later in the week. I will try to match my Wordless Wednesday and Thursday Three Hundred posts to the song. Maddie and Tae’s song “Friends Don’t” is just begging for a story.

Friends Don’t

They don’t cancel other plans
Have conversations with nothing but their eyes
They don’t hear each others’ names and forget to concentrate
Hits a nerve and lights you up like dynamite

Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night
Couldn’t even tell you why, they just felt like saying “hi”
Friends don’t stand around playing with their keys
Finding reasons not to leave, trying to hide the chemistry
Drive a little too slow
Take the long way home
Get a little too close
We do but, but friends don’t

They don’t almost say “I love you”
When they’re downtown somewhere, just a little drunk
They don’t talk about the future and put each other in it
And get chills with every accidental touch

Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night
Couldn’t even tell you why, they just felt like saying “hi”
Friends don’t stand around playing with their keys
Finding reasons not to leave, trying to hide the chemistry
Drive a little too slow
Take the long way home
Get a little too close
We do but, but friends don’t

I keep telling myself this might be nothing
But one look in your eyes and god, there’s something
You can lie to me and say you don’t
But I know you do
And I love you, too

Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night
Couldn’t even tell you why, they just felt like saying “hi”
Friends don’t stand around playing with their keys
Finding reasons not to leave, trying to hide the chemistry
Drive a little too slow
Take the long way home
Get a little too close
We do but, but friends don’t…
Friends don’t

Read more: Maddie & Tae – Friends Don’t Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Music Monday- Mercy

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I first heard this song a few weeks ago and it’s been haunting me ever since. Just sooo much emotion. And it’s a tear jerker. Not safe for listening if you’re emotionally vulnerable or aren’t willing to cry. It’s the first time I really considered how hurtful some women can be during break ups. I just watched the video for the first time and I’m crying again! Can you guess which Austen couple this made me think of?

 

Mercy
Why you gotta show up lookin so good just to hurt me
Why you wanna stop this whole damn world from turning
Mercy
Why you hanging on so tight if this ain’t working
Why you wanna stop this flame if it’s still burning
Cause it’s still burning

So if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it
Take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me
Have mercy

If you go out tonight and get drunk and lonely
Wind up home alone
Please don’t call me
And say you miss me
No

So if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it
Take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me
Have mercy

Woah
Oh have mercy

If you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
If you’re gonna take your shot, take it
Take it
Oh if you’re gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you’re gonna take your shot, then take it
Take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me
Mmmh if you ever loved me
Have mercy
Oh have mercy
Oh have mercy
Have mercy

Copyright Brett Young and Sean McConnell. Performed by Brett Young.

Music Monday- Just to See You Smile

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This song came on the radio the other day and it made me think of Mr. Darcy. Couldn’t you see him just doing anything to make Elizabeth happy and smile–even if it means seeing her with another man? This was certainly something the Mr. Darcy in my book, The Secrets of Pemberley had to live through. Of course, I gave them a happier ending than poor Tim McGraw gets in this song. Who would you do anything for?

 

Lyrics:

“Just To See You Smile”

You always had an eye for things that glittered
But I was far from being made of gold
I don’t know how but I scraped up the money
I just never could quite tell you no

Just like when you were leaving Amarillo
Takin’ that new job in Tennessee
And I quit mine so we could be together
I can’t forget the way you looked at me

Just to see you smile
I’d do anything that you wanted me to
When all is said and done
I’d never count the cost
It’s worth all that’s lost
Just to see you smile

When you said time was all you really needed
I walked away and let you have your space
‘Cause leavin’ didn’t hurt me near as badly
As the tears I saw rollin’ down your face

And yesterday I knew just what you wanted
When you came walkin’ up to me with him
So I told you that I was happy for you
And given the chance I’d lie again

Just to see you smile
I’d do anything that you wanted me to
When all is said and done
I’d never count the cost
It’s worth all that’s lost
Just to see you smile

Just to see you smile
I’d do anything that you wanted me to
When all is said and done
I’d never count the cost
It’s worth all that’s lost
Just to see you smile

Written by: Mark Nesler and Tony Martin
Performed by: Tim McGraw

Music Monday- I Don’t Dance

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I was a new and unpublished writer to the JAFF genre the first time I got inspiration from a song. I was actually buying clothes for my kids and it came over the store’s speakers. It struck me as so very Darcy-like. I hope you enjoy!

 

I’ll never settle down,
That’s what I always thought
Yeah, I was that kind of man,
Just ask anyone
I don’t dance, but here I am
Spinning you around and around in circles
It ain’t my style, but I don’t care
I’d do anything with you anywhere
Yes, you got me in the palm of your hand
‘Cause, I don’t dance
Love’s never come my way,
I’ve never been this far
‘Cause you took these two left feet
And waltzed away with my heart
No, I don’t dance, but here I am
Spinning you around and around in circles
It ain’t my style, but I don’t care
I’d do anything with you anywhere
Yes, you got me in the palm of your hand, girl
‘Cause, I don’t dance
No, I don’t dance
I don’t dance, but here I am
Spinning you around and around in circles
It ain’t my style, but I don’t care
Well I’d do anything with you anywhere
I don’t dance, but here I am
Spinning you around and around in circles
It ain’t my style, but I don’t care
I’d do anything with you anywhere
Yeah, you got me in the palm of your hand, girl
‘Cause, I don’t dance
No, ooh
Songwriters: Dallas Davidson / Lee Brice / Rob Hatch
I Don’t Dance lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Mike Curb Music

Music Monday- Fallen

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It’s Memorial Day in the United States. A day we remember the men and women who died to give us freedom and safety. There’s a lot in the news these days about the US that would make it seem unworthy of the sacrifice others have given. There’s probably even more around the world that would say what I am calling sacrifices were acts of aggression rather than defense. Having gone to a Mennonite college, I know there are definitely those who despise any form of war or self-defense.

To those arguments, I would have to say that I’ve never really described myself as patriotic but I am thankful to live here. I have been to other countries. I have studied international relations and human rights. I have seen many protests and news reports in my life. They were as sensationalist in 2004 when I was a college student as they are in 2018. Spoiler alert: the world did not end just because xyz was elected president. I have studied languages, religion, and cultures and found beauty in them all. No nation is perfect or without its blemishes in history. I hope every nation is on a forward trajectory of improving the lives of its citizens. I am conscious of the fact that my freedom and comparative luxuries come at the cost of others. When diplomacy fails and tanks roll in, it is not the leaders with evil intentions that suffer but rather innocents who are fighting to protect their home as much as US soldiers do. I dream of a world where there is perfect peace but I know it won’t be achieved on this earth. Despite all the drawbacks and whether the government and any of its actions are right or wrong, the USA is my home and I am profoundly grateful for those who have defended it and preserved my way of life.

I think that is a sentiment that is nearly extinct these days. Honoring the veterans and the fallen shouldn’t be political. It shouldn’t be about demanding, expecting, hoping, or even working for perfection. It’s acknowledging that some went on a very different path of extreme sacrifice not for whoever was in the White House or the four-star general dictating battle plans, but for their families, friends, and neighbors. They acted with the best of intentions and for the purest motives: to protect home. They are worthy of my respect and admiration. Thank you to all who have served and the families who gave them up.

This is one of my favorite patriotic songs (although it mentions Veterans Day and not Memorial Day it is very much about those we remember en memoriam).

 

He stood beside his daddy
And watched the solders marching by
It was Veteran’s Day and he wondered
Why there were tears in daddy’s eyes
Later they laid flowers
Beside a monument of stone
He said, My daddy went to fight
And didn’t make it home

CHORUS:
Fallen, not forgotten
He was a hero
He stood so tall
And forever, we will remember
With honor and glory
He gave his all

They left behind their families
And the towns where they were born
For the rice paddies of Vietnam
And the sands of Desert Storm
They were soldiers in Korea
And World War One
And World War Two
They paid the price
Some gave their lives
And they fought for me and you

They were the heroes
Who stood so tall
And forever, we will remember
With honor and glory
They gave their all

Now freedom is a blessing
But freedom has a price
And we must remember those
Who paid it with their lives

Remember the
Fallen, not forgotten
They were the heroes
Who stood so tall
And forever, we will remember
With honor and glory
They gave their all
Fallen, not forgotten
They were the heroes
Who stood so tall
And forever, we will remember
With honor and glory
With honor and glory
With honor and glory
They gave their all

Copyright Ray Boltz / Steve Millikan

Music Monday- Unforgettable

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I grew up in a conservative Christian household and only listened to various forms of music in the Christian genre. My favorite was bluegrass gospel. I love a banjo! I also listened to classical instrumental music.

As a writer, I have recently begun tuning into country love songs. Maybe I should consider pop or rock songs too but something about contemporary country gets me even though you seldom hear a banjo or mandolin. At any rate, I skip the songs that aren’t about happy love stories. I’m such a romantic sap! So, that’s just an explanation of the type of tunes you’ll find on this thread because I have very limited experiences in anything else unless I hear it in a movie.

Inspired by Leenie Brown, I am going to try matching my posts for the week to my Music Mondays and start a micro fiction thread on Thursdays. Stay tuned!

I’ve loved “Unforgettable” by Thomas Rhett since I first heard it. I was on a road trip the other day and this time when it came on, I started thinking about a Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley scene. Can you pinpoint why?

It was the 14th of October
And that t-shirt off your shoulder
I was drunk, said I was sober
And you said “yeah, right”
We were talkin’ for a minute
Then some guy tried to cut in
You took my hand and we pretended
Like I was your guy
Oh, and I tried to guess your middle name
For thirty minutes bet we played that game
That mango-rita you were drinkin’
And that Coldplay song that you were singin’
And I bet right now you’re probably thinkin’
That it’s crazy I remember every detail, but I do
From your blue jeans to your shoes
Girl, that night was just like you
Unforgettable
We were dancin’, we were buzzin’
Takin’ shots like it was nothin’
Did the runnin’ man, you loved it
Yeah, you laughed out loud
You brushed away your blonde hair
And you kissed me out of nowhere
I can still show you the spot
Where everything went down
Oh, I told you I was gonna marry you
You probably didn’t think that it was true
That mango-rita you were drinkin’
And that Coldplay song that you were singin’
And I bet right now you’re probably thinkin’
That it’s crazy I remember every detail, but I do
I can still smell your perfume
Girl, that night was just like you
Unforgettable
Oh, that night was just like you, baby
I can taste the mango-rita you were drinkin’
And it feels just like it was last weekend
That we jumped in
Right off the deep end
That mango-rita you were drinkin’
And that Coldplay song that you were singin’
And I bet right now you’re probably thinkin’
That it’s crazy I remember every detail, but I do
I can still smell your perfume
Girl, that night was just like you
Unforgettable
From your blue jeans to your shoes
Girl, that night was just like you
Unforgettable
Songwriters: Ashley Gorley / Jesse Frasure / Shane L McAnally / Thomas Rhett
Unforgettable lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd

Music Monday- Lose My Mind

Certain songs just remind me of characters and various scenes I put them in. The following song comes on my writing playlist regularly and I think perfectly fits how the young Fitzwilliam Darcy of Loving Elizabeth feels when he meets his best friend’s little sister, Elizabeth.

Will’s lips left hers, desperate for the taste of her skin. Elizabeth moaned, bringing some of his mind back to the present. Still, he trailed down her neck, pressing kisses on the sensitive flesh until he found her pulse point and could feel her heart’s rapid beats for him. Elizabeth shuddered against him and he dropped his head to her shoulder.

“Elizabeth,” Will rasped as both of their chests rose and fell in quick spurts. “You drive me out of my mind.”

“You make me crazy and I kinda like it.” That’s the epitome of their early relationship. This young Darcy is far less well-regulated than the man we know from Jane Austen’s story. He and Elizabeth butt heads but he sure enjoys it.

I’m hoping to start posting Loving Elizabeth in a few weeks!