A Song for Today: November 2020

November 1:  It’ll be about a man who was misunderstood… “When I Write The Book” by Nick Lowe.  No lyric video today, but it’s one of our favorites.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

November 2:  To be upright, decent and honest… “Vote For Me” by The SpecialsLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 3:  Sing and bring about a change… Voting is your responsibility to me… “The Voting Song (Vote For Me)” by Faya Ora Rose Touré and performed here by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Sam Amidon, friends and family. 

November 4: I can laugh at your jokes… “Bartender’s Blues” written by James Taylor and sung here by George Jones.  Happy birthday to Julie Horowitz and thanks to Peter Propp for asking me to marry him 29 years ago today (let’s def sing this one). LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

November 5:  Seek not your fortune in the dark, dreary mine…  “Dark As A Dungeon” written by Merle Travis and sung by Willie NelsonSONG HISTORY LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

November 6:  Take me by my little hand and go like this “Let’s Twist Again” written by Hank Ballard and performed here by Chubby CheckerLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 7: The love’ll never get lost… “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  OFFICIAL VIDEO SPOTIFY

November 8: Crown thy good with brotherhood… “America The Beautiful” written by Katherine Lee Bates and sung by Ray Charles in honor of PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN and VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS.  Yay – A million times over: YAY!  VIDEO STORY LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 9:  Love will save the day… “You Gotta Be” written by Des’ree and Ashley Ingram and performed by Des’ree.  Thanks to Lisa Weitzman for the song suggestion and Happy Birthday to Jojo Werther and Ruth Goldman Heller. xoxo  OFFICIAL VIDEO  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 10:   I’m so glad you came into my life… “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” by Blood, Sweat & Tears.  Happy Birthday to my wonderful little brother, Russell Sherman, who sings this song to his wife and kids.  I remember the day you came home from the hospital; it was love at first sight! xoxo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 11:  It’s Veterans Day and I’m so grateful to all of those who’ve served in the Armed Forces and have protected our beautiful, complicated country.  This was always one of my favorite songs about a soldier, though it’s a sad one:  “Travelin’ Soldier” by Bruce Robison and sung here by The ChicksSONG HISTORY LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY (Happy birthday, also, to Melissa Balaban. xo)  Thank you to all current and veteran soldiers.

November 12:  Traveling at the speed of light… “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.  Thanks to Melissa Balaban for the song suggestion; hope you had a fabulous birthday.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 13:  I said, be careful, his bowtie is really a camera… “America” by Simon & Garfunkel.  Happy Birthday to @Emma_Wergeles, campaign worker extraordinaire and to @Lynsey_Addario, photographer extraordinaire! xoxo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 14:  I just want you to know who I am… “Iris” originally by The Goo Goo Dolls but covered here by Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers (thanks to Peter Propp for the song suggestion).  Read the story behind the cover.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 15: Hello…how are you? “Telephone Line” written by Jeff Lynne and performed by ELO.  Thanks again to Peter. xo  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

November 16:  It doesn’t matter who’s right… “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland.  Thanks for the song suggestion and happy belated birthday to Ramona Elmer. Also, happy birthday today to fellow Sugarland fan, Liza Paglialunga. LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 17:  Catch the morning sun… “76 Trombones” from The Music Man (written by Meredith Wilson and sung here by Matthew Broderick).   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY AUNTIE DEE (Diane Salzman) who asked for a Marching Song!  I now need a video of her marching (mask on, of course) up and down the streets of Fountain Valley! xoxo LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY MOVIE SCENE

November 18:  He let go a laugh… “Mr. Bojangles” written by Jerry Jeff Walker and performed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Enjoy this special version of the song by Sammy Davis Junior chosen by Miguel Valentin whose birthday was yesterday.  Happy birthday today to Liz Rosenthal Rosenberg.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 19:  There ain’t no better view…  “Eyes on You” by Chase Rice. Happy Birthday to Sophie Lev, Caren Chiarelli, Elizabeth Steffen, Kathe Charas, Cathy Ritter Rozynek, and my freshman roommate, Judy Drew Fairchild! xo   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 20:  Just turn to friends; their help transcends to love… “I Believe In Love” from the movie Mirror Mirror. The song was originally written by Nina Hart, then adapted by Alan Menken for the movie.  Happy Birthday to Fiona Moeller!  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

November 21:  I’m not shackled by forgotten words and bonds… “Gentle on my Mind” written by John Hartford and performed by Glen Campbell (check out his guitar playing)  Thanks to Kathe Charas for the song suggestion.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 22:  Today’s song has one curse word in it, so if you’re listening with kids, please consider yourself warned.  Many people have suggested this song to me and I love it, so I want to share with Sing Daily subscribers.  Enjoy:   “The Keep Going Song” by The Bengsons (Abigail & Shaun)NYTimes Review  SPOTIFY   Happy Birthday to my creative cousin Natascha Sherman Hess, who has been keeping her restaurant The Ginger Pig going strong even during this, the most troubling of times.  And happy, happy birthday to Jan Marks with a special shout out to Jo & Jud, too:  Keep it going, keep it going, keep it going…

November 23:  Should you rise with crying eyes…  “I’ll Take Care of You” by J.D. Souther and sung by The Chicks.  Happy Birthday to Lexi Levins and the inspiration for this happy little hobby of mine, Lauren TarshisLYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

November 24:  Whatcha doin’ on your back? “You Should Be Dancing” by The Bee GeesLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 25: Where my music’s playing…“Homeward Bound” by Paul Simon and sung by Simon & Garfunkel.  I wish we could all be together again at home but, more than that, I wish everyone good health, peace and comfort wherever you are. LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 26:  Sing and join in the singing  You’re my sunshine day and night…. “What A Difference You Made In My Life” written by Archie Jordan and sung here by Ronnie Milsap, though my favorite versions is sung by Amy Grant (be warned: the lyric video has a lot of typos). I am so grateful that my parents met on this day.   Happy Thanksgiving to all and Happy Birthday to Nancy Wergeles. xo  SONG HISTORY LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY (Ronnie Milsap)  SPOTIFY (Amy Grant)

November 27:  I’d give the world to keep you here…“Will You Be Staying After Sunday?” written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn and performed by Peppermint Rainbow. No lyric video today, but it’s pretty easy to catch on; click here: LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

November 28: Sing and rock with you… The more I see, the less I know…  “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Happy Birthday to Claudia Marshall; I’m so glad you were born and brought so much musical joy to our lives (and I love hearing your voice on this song on WFUV LIVE 12 from 2009!) LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 29:  For the very first time, I gave away my heart… “Poor Little Fool” sung by Ricky Nelson and written by Sharon Sheeley.  Hoping Dodi likes this one! 🙂  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

November 30:  You sure look fine… “Monday Morning” by Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac.  Thanks to Peter for the song suggestion.  No lyric video today, but you can find the lyrics here:  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY