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Did you sing a Karaoke song this past week or recently? Please archive and share your contributions here.

Last night, we met at the local country Diner from 6-8pm. The rain kept half the regular Karaokers away, so I had to croak out 3 all by myself, too. I have to say, The first two went well, then I did one that changes keys after every chorus, which was 4 times, and I fell flat on my face. The first two went reasonably well, considering I am a novice and do not have all that high a bar to reach since I cannot read music, only go by pitch and once in a while, a 1-finger playing of the actual tune on a Casio home piano/organ that's been around the living room a couple of years. As bad as I may be, I try really hard to deliver a good performance, but I forgot how hard it is to sing a song from years ago without realizing the Fifth Dimension was challenging themselves to deliver a popular song with several chord changes. They bad. :19:

The other two were songs of yesteryear as well...


Oh, yeh, the 5th Dimension which I need to practice, get back up on that nag and try to ride it next week:
 
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Didn't exactly make it to karyoke this week, but maybe next week. In addition to My Beautiful Balloon, these need to be practiced!

This Marvin Gaye one takes about two and a half minutes...

Sara McLaughlin is fun, but takes about 4 and a half minutes. (huff, puff)
 
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This one was a favorite for a long time at Karaoke night:


And she does another so beautifully I'd like to do sometime:

 
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Thinking this one would be nice, it's so sweet...
 
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O Australia, what more is there to say?


From the first time I heard this one from the Proclaimers, I was a fan forever!


Tie me Kangaroo Down, this one made everybody laugh back then.


More laughs...My Boomerang Wont Come Back!

 
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One for to listen to, the other for to learn this song again...:eusa_angel: … and one to really learn to sing it karaoke style *sigh*



 
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For future reference when there doesn't seem to be anything else to karaoke..



 
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Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," Sung in 1987


~ with Lyrics ~


The Karaoke version of you're so vain by Carly Simon

 
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John Denver's beautiful, wonderful Calypso was written after/during his with French oceanographer Jacques Costeau, his lasting legacy to Ocean Health




To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean
To ride on the crest of a wild raging storm
To work in the service of life and the living
In search of the answers to questions unknown
To be part of the movement and part of the growing
Part of beginning to understand

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to
The things that you've taught us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

Like the dolphin who guides you
You bring us beside you
To light up the darkness and show us the way
For though we are strangers in your silent world
To live on the land we must learn from the sea
To be true as the tide
And free as the wind-swell
Joyful and loving in letting it be

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to
The things that you've shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to
The things that you've shown us
The stories you tell
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well
 
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Oh, Dear Ringo Star! :113:


Stage 2: Sing with lyrics


Now, ready to go karaoke it. :)

 
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This one I just found, don't remember it even. Prolly too busy raising a family...

La de da! :113:


And the lyrics... I mean, this is such a difficult song...


And finally, you're ready to karaoke … or are you ready? :muahaha:

 
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Last night when I arrived at the Karaoke Night, I forgot how La-De-Da started, so I settled for an old favorite that I learned last year and came to love because of John Denver's summer spent with Jacques Coustteau's shipmates on the Calypso (above). It came out okay, but brought up stuff from my lungs and a 2-month bout with pneumonia that I got as a consequence of taking this year's pneumonia "inoculation" - yeah, right. 3 days later, I had full-blown pneumonia with a 102 degree fever, and have trouble singing now, not good for my karaoke at all. Well, anyway, I had to leave early because my coughing became a little more obnoxious than I could bear. I just wonder if any singers who wind up looking this thread over has had a bad experience with singing after a long battle with pneumonia that gets better, then one song, kaput! The funny thing is, I'm fine this morning, but last night, the only relief I got from coughing was falling asleep with the aid of melatonin. :shok: :sleep: Woke up like I never coughed before.

Anyway, I came here and saw longknife's thread on "Africa" [Go here > Toto - Africa ] and that I had earmarked some time ago for singing sometime. Was so inspired, may use it next week at Karaoke night. So I'm posting Toto's version, one with lyrics, and one with a Karaoke backdrop. It's tough for me to sing something unless I've practiced it for 3 weeks, so my next new songs will likely be La De Da with Ringo Starr (above^) and Africa (below).

Written lyrics may be helpful here, because the only 2 "lyrics" editions found didn't come up quickly enough unless you have Deja vu! lol

Africa
Toto

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But he (she) hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
He's (She's) coming in 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me
towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way,
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient
melodies
He turned to me as if to say,
"Hurry girl (boy), he's (she's) waiting there for you"

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever
do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (Oh
uh)

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the
Serangeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside,
Frightened of this thing that I've become

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever
do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (Oh
uh)

"Hurry girl (boy), he's (she's) waiting there for you"

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever
do
I bless the rains down in Africa,
I bless the rains down in Africa, (I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa, (I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa,
I bless the rains down in Africa (I'm gonna take some
time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (Oh
uh)



 
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Carly Simon, That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be - 1971


With lyrics:


Finally, Karaoke style (advanced)


Lyrics

My father sits at night with no lights on
His cigarette glows in the dark.
The living room is still;
I walk by, no remark.
I tiptoe past the master bedroom where
My mother reads her magazines.
I hear her call sweet dreams,
But i forgot how to dream.

But you say it's time we moved in together
And raised a family of our own, you and me -
Well, that's the way I've always heard it should be:
You want to marry me, we'll marry.

My friends from college they're all married now;
They have their houses and their lawns.
They have their silent noons,
Tearful nights, angry dawns.
Their children hate them for the things they're not;
They hate themselves for what they are-
And yet they drink, they laugh,
Close the wound, hide the scar.

But you say it's time we moved in together
And raised a family of our own, you and me -
Well, that's the way I've always heard it should be:
You want to marry me, we'll marry.

You say we can keep our love alive
Babe - all i know is what i see -
The couples cling and claw
And drown in love's debris.
You say we'll soar like two birds through the clouds,
But soon you'll cage me on your shelf -
I'll never learn to be just me first
By myself.

Well o.k., it's time we moved in together
And raised a family of our own, you and me -
Well, that's the way I've always heard it should be,
You want to marry me, we'll marry,
We'll marry.
 
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I've loved this version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Peter Paul and Mary, which I feel is the best rendition ever of Ewan McCall's work, but there's neither lyrics added nor Karaoke of this version that I could find on youtube. Other artists sing this song so slowly it tends to border on boring, although sentimentally beautiful just because some people are.


Lyrics
The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes and the moon and stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the empty skies, my love, to the dark and the empty skies.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand - like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love, that was there at my command.

The first time ever I held you near and felt your heart beat close to mine,
I thought our joy to fill the earth
And would last until the end of time, my love, and would last till the end of time.
 
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