Rock Ballad of the Week: John Lennon “Grow Old With Me”

[Verse 1]
Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be

When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love

[Verse 2]
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting Sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
God bless our love

[Bridge]
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
World without end

[Verse 3]
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
God bless our love

*Songwriters: John Lennon

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John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in musical history.[3] In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued as a solo artist and as Ono’s collaborator.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

Wise men say
Only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
Shall I stay?
Would it be a sin
If I can’t help falling in love with you?

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand,
Take my whole life, too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand,
Take my whole life, too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
For I can’t help falling in love with you

*Songwriters: Creatore Luigi / Peretti Hugo / Creatore Luigi / Peretti Hugo

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Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known simply as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “The King”.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Staind “Tangled Up In You”

You’re my world
The shelter from the rain
You’re the pills
That take away my pain
You’re the light
That helps me find my way
You’re the words
When I have nothing to say

And in this world
Where nothing else is true
Here I am
Still tangled up in you
I’m still tangled up in you
Still tangled up in you

You’re the fire
That warms me when i’m cold
You’re the hand
I have to hold as I grow old
You’re the shore
When I am lost at sea
You’re the only thing
That I like about me

And in this world
Where nothing else is true
Here I am
Still tangled up in you
I’m still tangled up in you

How long has it been
Since this storyline began
And I hope it never ends
And goes like this forever

In this world
Where nothing else is true
Here I am
Still tangled up in you
Tangled up in you
I’m still tangled up in you
Still tangled up in you

*Songwriters: Aaron Lewis

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Staind (/steɪnd/ STAYND) is an American rock band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1995. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki. The lineup has been stable outside of the 2011 departure of Wysocki, who was replaced by Sal Giancarelli. Staind has recorded seven studio albums: Tormented (1996), Dysfunction (1999), Break the Cycle (2001), 14 Shades of Grey (2003), Chapter V (2005), The Illusion of Progress (2008), and Staind (2011). The band’s activity became more sporadic after their self-titled release, with Lewis pursuing a solo country music career and Mushok subsequently joining the band Saint Asonia, but they have continued to tour on and off in the following years. As of 2016, Lewis has reiterated that the band has not broken up, and will possibly create another album, but that his current focus is on his solo career. As of 2019, the band is on hiatus. Staind has sold over 15 million records worldwide.  Many of their singles have reached high positions on US rock and all-format charts as well, including “It’s Been Awhile“, “Fade“, “Price to Play“, “So Far Away“, and “Right Here“.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Southern Sons “You Were There”

I guess you heard, I guess you know
In time I’d have told you, but I guess I’m too slow.
And it’s overly romantic but I know that it’s real
I hope you don’t you mind if I say what I feel.
It’s like I’m in somebody else’s dream,
This could not be happening to me.
[Chorus:]
But you were there, and you were everything I’d never seen.
You woke me up from this long and endless sleep.
I was alone.
I opened my eyes and you were there.
Don’t be alarmed, no don’t be concerned.
I don’t want to change things
Leave them just as they were.
I mean nothing’s really different
It’s me who feel strange.
I’m always lost for words when someone mentions your name.
I know I’ll get over this for sure
I’m not the type who dreams there could be more.
[Chorus:]
But you were there, and you were everything I’d never seen.
You woke me up from this long and endless sleep.
I was alone.
I opened my eyes and you were there.
Can I take your smile home with me,
Or the magic in your hair?
The rain has stopped, the storm has passed
Look at all the colors now the sun’s here at last.
I supposed that you’ll be leaving but I want you to know
Part of you stays with me even after you go.
Like an actor playing someone else’s scene
This could not be happening to me.
But you were there, and you were everything I’d never seen.
You woke me up from this long and empty sleep.
I was alone.
I opened my eyes and no, I’m not alone, I’m not alone.
I opened my eyes and you were there.

*Songwriters: Buckle Phillip Andrew

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Southern Sons was an Australian rock band, formed in MelbourneVictoria in 1989 by members of The State along with lead vocalist and guitarist Irwin Thomas, who was then using the stage name Jack Jones. They are best known for their Australian top ten hits “Heart in Danger“, “Hold Me in Your Arms“, and “You Were There“.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Papa Roach “No Matter What” (acoustic version)

I need you, right here
By my side
You’re everything I’m not, in my life
We’re indestructible, we are untouchable
Nothing can take us down tonight
You are so beautiful
It should be criminal, that you could be mine
And we will make it out alive
I promise you this love will never die
No matter what
I got your back
I’ll take a bullet for you if it comes to that
I swear to god
That in the bitter end
We’re gonna be the last ones standing
So believe me
When I say
You’re the one
They’ll never forgive us for the things we’ve done
We will make it out alive
I promise you this love will never die
No matter what
I got your back
I’ll take a bullet for you if it comes to that
I swear to god
That in the bitter end
We’re gonna be the last ones standing
We’ll never fall
We’ll never fade
I promise you forever
And my soul to take
No matter what
Until the bitter end
We’re gonna be the last ones standing
And everybody said that we would never last
And if they saw us now
I bet they’d take it back
It doesn’t matter what we do
Or what we say
‘Cause nothing matters anyway
No matter what
I got your back
I’ll take a bullet for you if it comes to that
I swear to god
That in the bitter end
We’re gonna be the last ones standing
We’ll never fall (we’ll never fall)
We’ll never fade (we’ll never fade)
No matter what
Until the bitter end
We’re gonna be the last ones standing

*Songwriters: David Jonathan Bendeth / Jacoby Dakota Shaddix / James Michael / Jerry Allan Jr. Horton / Tobin Joseph Esperance / Tony Palermo

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Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California, formed in 1993. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, drummer Dave Buckner, bassist Will James, and trombonist Ben Luther.

After two EPs, James left and was replaced by Tobin Esperance. The band independently released two more EPs before signing with DreamWorks Records in 1999. It released the triple-platinum Infest in 2000, the gold album Lovehatetragedy in 2002 and the platinum album Getting Away with Murder in 2004. A year after The Paramour Sessions, Buckner left in 2007, and was replaced by Tony Palermo. They then made Metamorphosis (2009), Time for Annihilation (2010), The Connection (2012), F.E.A.R. (2015), and Crooked Teeth (2017). The tenth studio album, Who Do You Trust?, was released on January 18, 2019.

Papa Roach has sold more than 20 million album copies worldwide and are known for their songs “Last Resort“, “Between Angels and Insects“, “She Loves Me Not“, “Getting Away with Murder“, “Scars“, “Forever“, “Lifeline“, and “Face Everything and Rise“.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Incubus “Wish You Were Here”

I dig my toes into the sand
The ocean looks like
A thousand diamonds
Strewn across a blue blanket
I lean against the wind
Pretend that I am weightless
And in this moment
I am happy, happy

I, wish you were here
I, wish you were here
I, wish you were here
I, wish you were
Here

I lay my head onto the sand
The sky resembles
A back-lit canopy
With holes punched in it
I’m counting UFOs
I signal them with
My lighter
And in this moment
I am happy, happy

I, wish you were here
I, wish you were here
I, wish you were
Here
Wish you were here

I, oh
The world’s a roller coaster
And I am not strapped in
Maybe I should hold with care
While my hands are
Busy in the air
Saying

I, wish you were here
I, wish you were
I, wish you were here
I, wish you were here
I, wish you were
Here

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Wish you were here Writer/s: Steffen Aaskoven, Marc George Andersen, Klaus Bau, Lars Erlandsson, Fredrik Lenander, Jan Winther 

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Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded to include bassist Alex “Dirk Lance” Katunich, and Gavin “DJ Lyfe” Koppell; both of whom were eventually replaced by bassist Ben Kenney and DJ Kilmore respectively.

Incubus has attained commercial success, reaching multi-platinum sales, as well as releasing several successful singles. After their first two albums, Fungus Amongus (1995) and S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997), the band earned mainstream recognition with the release of their 1999 album Make Yourself which spawned several hits, including the band’s highest charting song “Drive.” Success continued with the albums Morning View (2001) and A Crow Left of the Murder… (2004). Their sixth studio album, Light Grenades, debuted at No. 1 in 2006 and was followed by Incubus’ first greatest hits album Monuments and Melodies in June 2009 and the band’s 2011 album, If Not Now, When?. Incubus also released an EP, Trust Fall (Side A), in early 2015, and two years later, the band released their eighth studio album, titled 8, on April 21, 2017. Worldwide, Incubus has sold over 19 million albums.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Air Supply “Every Woman In The World”

 

Every night seems, dinner and wine
Saturdays, girls
I was never in love, never had the time
In my hustle and hurried world
Laughing my self to sleep, waking up lonely
I needed someone to hold me, oh

It's such a crazy home town
It can drag you down
Till you run out of dreams
So you party all night to the music and lights
But you don't what happiness means
I was dancing in the dark with strangers
No love around me
When suddenly you found me, oh

Girl, you're every woman in the world to me
You're my fantasy, you're my reality
Girl, you're every woman in the world to me
You're everything I need, you're everything to me
Oh girl

Everything good, everything fine
That's what you are
So put your hand in mine and together we'll climb
As high as the highest star
I'm living the life time in every minute
That we're together
And I'm staying right here forever, oh

Girl, you're every woman in the world to me
You're my fantasy, you're my reality
Girl, you're every woman in the world to me
You're everything I need, you're everything to me
Oh girl

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Songwriters: Dominic Roy King / Frank John Musker
Every Woman in the World lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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Air Supply are a soft rock duo, consisting of English singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and Australian lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. They formed in Australia in 1975 and have included various accompanying musicians and singers. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) inducted Air Supply into their Hall of Fame on 1 December 2013 at the annual ARIA Awards.
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Rock Ballad of the Week: Bread “If”

If a picture paints a thousand words
Then why can’t I paint you?
The words will never show
The you I’ve come to know

If a face could launch a thousand ships
Then where am I to go?
There’s no one home but you
You’re all that’s left me too
And when my love for life is running dry
You come and pour yourself on me

If a man could be two places at one time
I’d be with you
Tomorrow and today
Beside you all the way

If the world should stop revolving
Spinning slowly down to die
I’d spend the end with you
And when the world was through
Then one by one the stars would all go out
Then you and I would simply fly away

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Bread was an American soft rock band from Los AngelesCalifornia. They placed 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1970 and 1977.

The band consisted of David Gates (vocalsbass guitarguitarkeyboardsviolinviolapercussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion) and Robb Royer(bass guitar, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorderbacking vocals). On their first album session musicians Ron Edgar played drums and Jim Gordon played drumspercussion, and pianoMike Botts became their permanent drummer when he joined in the summer of 1969, and Larry Knechtel replaced Royer in 1971, playing keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, and harmonica.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Lifehouse “Everything”

Find me here, and speak to me
I want to feel you, I need to hear you
You are the light that’s leading me to the place
Where I find peace again
You are the strength that keeps me walking
You are the hope that keeps me trusting
You are the life to my soul
You are my purpose
You’re everything
And how can I stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms and you give me rest
You hold me in your hands
You won’t let me fall
You steal my heart and you take my breath away
Would you take me in, take me deeper now
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this

Cause you’re all I want, you’re all I need
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want
You’re all I need
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want
You’re all I need
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want
You’re all I need
Everything, everything

And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better-any better than this
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this

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“Everything” as written by Sarah Blackwood, Kate Holmes

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Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles comprising Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums, percussion) and Bryce Soderberg (bass, vocals). The band came to mainstream prominence in 2001 with the hit single “Hanging by a Moment” from their debut studio album, No Name Face.  The song was number one for three weeks on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the single won a Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year, having spent twenty weeks in the top 10 and more than a year on the charts.

In 2002, Lifehouse released their follow-up album Stanley Climbfall. Since then, they have released five more albums: the eponymous Lifehouse in 2005, Who We Are in 2007, Smoke and Mirrors in 2010, Almería in 2012 and Out of the Wasteland in 2015. These albums have spawned the singles “You and Me“, “First Time“, and “Whatever It Takes“, which have all been top 40 hits in the US. 

To date, Lifehouse has sold over 15 million records worldwide.

In response to questions about the spiritual overtones of some of their songs, singer Jason Wade has stated that Lifehouse is not a ‘Christian band’ but that he is a Christian.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Passenger “And I Love Her”

She’s a whistle on the wind
A feather on the breeze
A ripple on the stream
She is sunlight on the sea
She’s a soft summer rain
Falling gently through the trees
And I love her

She’s cunning as a fox
Clever as a crow
Solid as a rock
She is stubborn as a stone
Shes a hardheaded woman
And the best one that I know
And I love her
Yeah well I love her

She’s as new as the springtime
Strong as autumn blows
Warm as the summer
And soft as the snow
She’s a thousand miles from here
But she’s everywhere I go
Cuz I love her

She loves me like a woman
She looks like a lady
She laughs like a child
And cries like a baby
I think that maybe she’s the one that’s gonna save me

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Michael David Rosenberg (born 17 May 1984), better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Previously the main vocalist and songwriter of Passenger, Rosenberg opted to keep the band’s name for his solo work after the band dissolved in 2009. His most successful single, “Let Her Go“, has topped the charts in many countries. In 2014, the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.

*source: Wikipedia