A Song for Today: May 2021

May 1: I got a sweet tooth for my sweet heart… “Candy” with music by Alex Kramer and lyrics by Mack David and Joan Whitney and performed by Big Maybelle, who was born on this day in 1924.  Here’s to May!  LYRICS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

May 2: Let’s do the milkshake…“Pop Muzik” written by Robin Scott and performed by M.  Thanks to Peter Propp for another great song suggestion; keep ’em coming, please! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

May 3:  The distance makes me sensitive… “Unhappy Ending” by Lindsey Cohen, whose birthday is today.  (Yes, F18, OUR Lindsey Cohen.)  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

May 4:  Heading for the lights of town… “Mr. Blue” written by Dewayne Blackwell and performed by The Fleetwoods.  Thanks to Mary Ann Batsell for the song suggestion.  SONG HISTORY LYRICS SPOTIFY

May 5:  You need to have a little bit of grace… “La Bamba” a traditional Mexican folk song performed by Ritchie Valens. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SONG HISTORY  CHORDS  SPOTIFY

May 6:  Life is ours, we live it our way… “Nothing Else Matters” by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and performed by Metallica.  (Added treat: check out these covers of this song.) Happy Birthday to Steve Hess! LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

May 7:  She got the way to groove me… “Cherry Cherry” written and recorded by Neil Diamond. Thanks to Suzanne Sheridan for the song suggestion.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

May 8: I ain’t naming names… “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me” written by Warren Zevon and performed by Linda Ronstadt.  Thanks to Mr. Sing Daily for the suggestion and Happy Birthday to Lori Gazerro & Beth Heroux!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

May 9:  Kindness, compassion, contentment and peace… “Perfect Children” by me.  Happy Mothers Day to the woman who trained me to be a mother to my two beautiful children.  Sending extra love to those who are missing their moms today. xo SPOTIFY 

May 10: There was all these things that I don’t think I remember… “How Lucky” by John Prine and recorded here with Kurt Vile.  Today’s lyric video was made especially for the birthday girl Helen Rauh Glenn by Sing DailyLYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

May 11: I let my music take me where my heart wants to go… “The Wind” by Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens).  Eid Mubarek to those who celebrate.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

May 12:  The birds are singing in the trees to greet the dawn… “Ya Leilet El Eid” a song that is frequently played during Eid and sung by one of the most famous female Egyptian singers in the 1950’s, Umm Katlhum.  Thanks to Mary Ellen Barry for the song suggestion.  TRANSLATION SPOTIFY

May 13:  if I could just understand this, I might then try forgiveness “Just” by Henry Ate. Thanks to Cammy for the song suggestion!  LYRICS  SPOTIFY
May 14: Thank you for your mercy and your kindness… “Cascades” by Kishi BashiLYRICS  SPOTIFY
May 15:  Even breathing feels alright… “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch.  Happy Birthday to Megan McConaughy Lucier; thanks for introducing me to this song. xoxo LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

May 16: Heavenly blessed and worldly wise… “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk 3 (written by Pat McDonald). Happy Birthday to the wonderful Owen Sherman and Happy Anniversary to Cindy & Tom! LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

May 17:  Perhaps an open door… “Perhaps Love” written by John Denver and performed by John Denver and Plácido Domingo.  Happy Birthday to Claudia Robaina (thanks for the song suggestion) and Josh Margolis! LIVE PERFORMANCE  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

May 18:  I want to see you smile… “Happier” by Dan Smith and Steve Mac and performed by Bastille with Marshmello.  Happy Birthday to Charlie Burke! LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

May 19:  You’ve got my love to lean on, darling… “That’s What’s Up” written by Alex Ebert and sung here by Lennon & Maisy.  Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter, Rose and our wonderful friends Alison King and Debbie Halpern. xoxoxo ORIGINAL VIDEO LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

May 20: How they hypnotize…“Jeepers Creepers” with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  Performed here by Paul Whiteman with Jack Teagarden.  Happy birthday to my handsome dad, Larry Sherman and his equally gorgeous twin brother, Kenny Sherman. xoxo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

May 21: Guide them, but step away… “Children Will Listen” from “Into The Woods” by Steven Sondheim.  This lyric video (so you can sing along) is sung by Petula Clark, though my favorite is Bernadette Peters’ version. Break a leg to Katie Kohlun who stars as Cinderella this weekend!  And Happy Anniversary to Donna & Vinny! xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

May 22:  I’ve landed in a pot of jam… “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity performed by Linda Clifford.  (Lyric video made by SingDaily!) Check out Gwen Verdon singing it on the Ed Sullivan Show and Sutton Foster singing it, too.  Happy Birthday to Josefina Blavia and thanks for the song suggestion to Donna Santorella! xo SONG HISTORY LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

May 23:   I look around me and I see it isn’t so… “Silly Love Songs” by Paul McCartney & Wings.  Happy Birthday to Steve Dean and thank you SO much for all of the wonderful song suggestions!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

May 24: Your love is worth all the gold on earth…  “Good Luck Charm”  by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold and sung here by Elvis Presley.  Good luck to all who are taking exams this week!  Happy Birthday to Karen Frawley & Danielle Burke! LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

May 25:  We could change this whole world with a piano… “What Do I Know” by Ed Sheeran.  Thanks to Helen for the song suggestion!  Happy Birthday to Estelle Mackenzie who’s changed many worlds with her piano…  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

May 26:  You belong somewhere you feel free… “Wildflowers” written and sung by Tom Petty.  Happy Birthday to Mannasses Ogutu, Carey Leonard (stay tuned for Billy Joel) & Amy Murtagh (thanks for the song suggestion)!  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

May 27: Sing and slow the world down. Everybody needs a way to hold on… “Cemetery” by Run River North (written by Alex Hwang).  Check out 9 AAPI Musicians You Need To HearLYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

May 28: It’s what you make it… “Life Is But A Dream” by Raoul J. Cita and The Harptones (Lyric video made by Sing Daily for Buffy French in honor of her family friend, Carol Murphy.)  Check out the LIVE performance with Vietnamese SubtitlesLYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

May 29:  I’ve been missing yesterday, but what if there’s a better place? “Cover Me In Sunshine” by Pink and her daughter Willow Sage Hart (written by Amy Allen & Maureen “Mozella” McDonald).  Happy Birthday to Anne Rydfors, Billy Finnegan, Candi Innaco, Fred Rubin, Kim Grayson, Sharman Propp & Sheila McGrath Wulf.   Watch Pink At The Billboard Music Awards OFFICIAL VIDEO  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

May 30: Send yours in right away…“Love’s In Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder.   In memory of Betsy Morris Rosen (please consider donating to the Pan Mass Challenge in honor of Betsy).  Also, happy birthday to Susan Terry and Happy Anniversary to long-time PMC riders, Greg & Dana! LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

May 31:  Oh, boy, that’s what I call a tune! “I Love A Parade” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler and sung by The Boston Gay Men’s Choir.  No lyric video today, but check out Harry Richman’s version from 1932 and  Peter Gennaro on The Judy Garland Show in 1963.  Enjoy!  SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY