Music Monday – No Valentines

No Love for Valentines

Everybody wants a box of chocolates
and a long stem rose.
Everybody knows.
–from “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen

It’s nearing Valentine’s Day.  No pressure on those in love, right?  Every Kiss Begins with Kay.  Diamonds are a girls best friend.  A dozen long-stemmed roses at two or three times the normal price.  If you love her, you’ll buy her a Lexus, or maybe that’s just at Christmas.  And these are just the examples of what commercialization dumps on those in love, and maybe lust, too.  Who knows what kinds of pressure the loved ones are really putting on each other.  But not everyone has someone at this time of year.  For those who’ve never found love or who’ve had it (once, twice, three times a…) and lost it, or even worse, lost a loved one, Valentine’s Day is a reminder that they (generally) are missing something.  The pressure the commercialization of this “holiday” puts on people, both in and out of love, can be daunting.  With this in mind, this year’s Valentine’s Day Music Monday is about/for those having trouble finding love.
No Valentines by Elton John
(released 1996 on the Love Songs album, not as a single)

But keep my Valentine
I’ll keep my bleeding heart
Just let me out of here
Before that sentimental music starts
And your regrets
Fall like empty lines
Like the lies we write on Valentines

Specifically written for his ‘Love songs’ album, it was never released as a single.  It probably wouldn’t have been a huge hit.  It’s not got the catchy chorus or uplifting message or chipper beat…but I like it…and it fits this post.

Mixed Emotions by The Rolling Stones
(released 1988; #1 US Mainstream Rock, #5 US Hot 100, #9 Netherlands, #20 Germany, #24 Switzerland, #25 Australia)

You’re not the only one
With mixed emotions
You’re not the only ship
Adrift on this ocean
You’re not the only one
That’s feeling lonesome
You’re not the only one
With mixed emotions

From their ‘Steel Wheels’ album, Mixed Emotions is certainly not their biggest hit, but it still has a good sound and it fits this weeks theme.  I almost titled this post “Mixed Emotions.”

Under Pressure by Queen
(released 1981; peaked #1 UK & Netherlands, #2 Ireland, #5 France, #6 Australia & New Zealand, #10 Austria & Switzerland)

Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?..

‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure

One of my favorite Queen songs.  The video begins with Freddie doing a bit of call and response with the audience before moving into the song.  The album version with David Bowie is great.

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