Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Songs about pregnancy, birth & babies - My Radio Boo broadcast (Wednesday 14 September 2016)


Today's broadcast is a tribute to life. Songs about yet-to-be-born & newborn babies, lullabies & songs dedicated by famous singers to their children and songs about pregnancy, birth and even... sad & unexpected death.

Listen to the broadcast here:

http://yourlisten.com/lefteris.lalos.7/songs-about-pregnancy-birth-babies


22:00 - 23:00

01Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) - ROGER HODGSON (LP In The Eye Of The Storm1984)
US # 48
At the beginning of the song you can hear the cry of a newborn baby. Also, at the beginning of the video -apart for the baby's cry- we see an animated unborn baby (fetus), almost... ''terrified'' at the idea of being born.
Lyrics: Had a dream I was born to be naked in the eye of the storm...


02Young Turks - ROD STEWART (LP Tonight I'm Yours1981)
US # 5, UK # 11, BE # 5, NL # 14, DE # 30, NZ # 19
Lyrics: Billy wrote a letter back home to Patti's parents tryin' to explain. He said we're both real sorry that it had to turn out this way. But there ain't no point in talking when there's nobody list'ning so we just ran away Patti gave birth to a ten pound baby boy, yeah!


03Papa Don't Preach - MADONNA (LP True Blue1986)
US # 1UK # 1, NL # 1, BE # 1, NO # 1, DE # 2, CH # 2, FR # 3, AT # 4, ES # 4, SE # 6, EUROPEAN # 1, AU # 1, NZ #
Lyrics


04Babies - ASHFORD & SIMPSON (LP Solid1984)
DE # 53, UK # 56, US # 102
A fair warning to parents: When you talk to your children about sex, tell them the truth and not some fairytale about the birds and the bees... ''Your mama shouldn't have told you, babies were made in heaven''
Lyrics


05Baby, Baby - AMY GRANT (LP Heart In Motion1991)
US # 1, UK # 2, SE # 5, NO # 6, AT # 7, DE # 8, CH # 11, BE # 17, NL # 23, AU # 5, NZ # 2
About her daughter Millie Chapman (born: 1990)
Lyrics


06Precious - ANNIE LENNOX (LP Diva1992)
UK # 23, BE # 27, SE # 28, CH # 37, NL # 39, DE # 49
About her daughter Lola Fruchtmann (born: 1990)
Lyrics


07Just The Two Of Us - WILL SMITH (LP Big Willie Style1997)
UK # 2, US # 20, BE # 49, NL # 46, SE # 53, DE # 81, AU # 27, NZ # 6
About his son Trey Smith (born: November 11, 1992)
Lyrics


08Isn't She Lovely - STEVIE WONDER (LP Songs In The Key Of Life1976)
UK # 94
About his daughter Aisha Morris (born: February 2, 1975)
Lyrics


09Josephine - CHRIS REA (LP Shamrock Diaries1985)
FR # 7, NL # 8, BE # 13, DE # 31, UK # 67
About his daughter Josephine Rea (born: Sep 16, 1983)
Lyrics


10Sarah - THIN LIZZY (LP Black Rose: A Rock Legend1979)
UK # 24
About his daughter Sarah Lynott (born: Dec 19, 1978)
Lyrics


11.All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - HEART (LP Brigade1990)
US # 2, UK # 8, SE # 2, NL # 4, BE # 4, CH # 12, DE # 23, AT # 30, AU # 1, NZ # 4
Cover version of ''All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You'' by Dobie Gray (1979) but with different lyrics.
Lyrics


12All My Love - LED ZEPPELIN (LP In Through The Out Door1979)
It was written in honour of his son Karac Pendragon Plant (born: 1972), who died to a stomach virus on July 27, 1977 while Led Zeppelin was on their North American tour.
Lyrics


13Tears In Heaven - ERIC CLAPTON (OST Rush1992)
US # 2, UK # 5, IE # 1, CH # 7, AT # 10, NL # 13, BE # 16, SE # 24, DE # 42, FR # 112, EUROPEAN # 3, AU # 37, NZ # 1
The song was written about the pain and loss Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor Clapton who fell from a window of a 53rd-floor New York apartment building owned by his mother's friend on March 20, 1991. Clapton arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident.
Lyrics


14In The Ghetto - ELVIS PRESLEY (LP From Elvis In Memphis1969)
US # 3, UK # 2
Lyrics



23:00 - 00:00


15Cats In The Cradle - HARRY CHAPIN (LP Verities & Balderdash1974)
US # 1, CA # 3, AU # 6
Lyrics


16Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) - JOHN LENNON / YOKO ONO (LP Double Fantasy1980)
It's a lullaby about his 5-year old son Sean Lennon (born: October 9, 1975)
Celine Dion's cover version is about her son René-Charles Angelil (born: January 25, 2001)
Lyrics


17Good Night - THE BEATLES (The White Album1968)
A lullaby for John's 5-year old son Julian Lennon (born: April 8, 1963) sung by drummer Ringo Starr accompanied by an orchestra arranged and conducted by George Martin.
Lyrics


18For Your Babies - SIMPLY RED (LP Stars1991)
UK # 9, AT # 23, BE # 30, NL # 40, DE # 43, FR # 46, NZ # 47
Lyrics


19Lovin' You - MINNIE RIPERTON (single, 1975 / LP Perfect Angel, 1974)
US # 1, UK # 2, NL # 6, BE # 7
According to the liner notes from Riperton's compilation CD Petals, the melody for "Lovin' You" was created as a distraction for her daughter Maya Rudolph (born: July 27, 1972) when she was a baby so that Minnie and her husband Richard could hang out.
Lyrics


20(You're) Having My Baby - PAUL ANKA feat. ODIA COATES (single1974)
US # 1, CA # 1, UK # 6
Lyrics


21I've Never Been To Me - CHARLENE (single, 1977 & 1982 / LP Songs Of Love1977)
UK # 1 (1982), US # 3 (1982)
Lyrics: It's that little baby you're holding... I've been to cryin' for unborn children That might have made me complete


22Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby - B.J. THOMAS (LP Billy Joe Thomas1972)
US # 15
The song features Duane Eddy on lead guitar.
Lyrics


23Johnny's Not Here - LOVE & MONEY (LP Dogs In The Traffic1991)
Lyrics


24What It's Like - EVERLAST (LP Whitey Ford Sings The Blues1998)
US # 13, UK # 34, DE # 17, AT # 17, CH # 20, NL # 58, AU # 26, NZ # 31
Lyrics: Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom that said he was in love
He said, "Don't worry about a thing, baby doll
I'm the man you've been dreaming of."
But three months later he say he won't date her or return her calls
And she swear, "God damn, if I find that man I'm cuttin' off his balls."
And then she heads for the clinic and
She gets some static walking through the door
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner
And they call her a whore
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
Cause then you really might know what it's like to have to choose


25Forever Young - BOB DYLAN (LP Planet Waves1974)
Written as a lullaby either for 1) his eldest son Jesse, born in 1966 (according to wikipedia) or 2)  for his son Jakob (born in 1969) according to other sources. Dylan is quoted as saying that he wrote "Forever Young" in Tucson, Arizona, "thinking about" one of his sons and "not wanting to be too sentimental."
Lyrics


26Time In A Bottle - JIM CROCE (single, 1973 / LP You Don't Mess Around With Jim1972)
US # 1, FR # 106
Jim wrote the lyrics after his wife Ingrid told him she was pregnant with his son, Adrian, in December 1970. Jim died on September 20, 1973 in a plane crash. The song was released November 1973 and became posthumous his second and final US # 1 song.
Lyrics


27This Woman's Work - KATE BUSH (LP The Sensual World1989)
UK # 25
Lyrics


28Love Of My Life - CARLY SIMON (OST This Is My Life1992)
Carly has stated the inspiration for the song was her children, Ben and Sally Taylor.
She recorded an alternate lullaby version of the song for her album Into White (2007)
Lyrics: rom the moment I first saw you, the second that you were born I knew that you were the love of my life


29What A Wonderful World - LOUIS ARMSTRONG (single1967)
Charts in 1968: UK # 1, DE # 6, BE # 6, NO # 6, CH # 7
Charts in 1988: AU # 1, US # 32, NL # 5, NZ # 8
Lyrics: I hear babies crying, I watch them grow They'll learn much more than I'll never know


30Flowers For Zoe - LENNY KRAVITZ (LP Mama Said1991)
About his daughter Zoë Isabella Kravitz (born:  December 1, 1988) with Lisa Bonet.
Lyrics


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