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May 7 2009 5 07 /05 /May /2009 13:00
Paul Revere and the Raiders is an American rock band which had enormous success in the second half of the 1960's and early 1970's.

Indian Reservation, the Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian is the Raiders' biggest hit. You'll find the lyrics are on page 61(New Live 3e).

 

The song refers to the forced removal and relocation of Cherokee people from Georgia to Oklahoma. This removal in the 1830's is known as the “Trail of Tears.” (New Live 3e page 60)

 

THE TRAIL OF TEARS

Painting by Robert Lindneux

Courtesy of Woolaroc Museum, Oklahoma

 

It followed the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This action was part of a larger United States policy of Indian removal.

 

Cherokee men, women and children had to leave their homes and walk a thousand miles. They had little food.


The song became #1 on the U.S. chart on July 24, 1971. The Raiders sold over a million copies.

 

Here's a video :



LA PISTE DES LARMES

Here's another interesting video in French, this time!



How many Cherokees died during the winter ?

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April 13 2009 2 13 /04 /April /2009 09:31

Rusted Root is an American band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rusted Root is famous for their fusion of  bluegrass rock with a strong percussion section that draws from Native American, Indian influences.

Rusted Root's Send me on my way which hit # 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 is its most commercially popular song.

It was used on the soundtracks of Matilda (see article published earlier on  MATILDA by Danny DeVito), the 1996 film Pie in the Sky and the film Race the Sun.


  Send me on my way was used in another famous movie which was released in 2002 and which you've all seen, I'm sure.
What computer-animated film was it ?

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April 13 2009 2 13 /04 /April /2009 09:06

"Little Bitty Pretty One" is a rock'n'roll song written and originally recorded by Bobby Day, and popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957. His version reached # 6 on the U.S.Billboard Hot 100.

 

It has most notably been covered by Frankie Lymon in 1958, Clyde McPhatter in 1962, the Jackson Five in 1972, Cliff Richard in 1983, Huey Lewis and the News in 1994, and Billy Gilman in 2000.

The song has also been covered by The Doobie Brothers and has become a crowd favourite at their shows. 

 

The song has made appearances in ads, television and films, including the following:

  • A commercial for Lipton Green Iced Tea
  • The British television serial Lipstick on your collar.
  • The films Matilda by Danny DeVito (see article) , Christine (and its soundtrack), Corrine,Corrina, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.





Here are the lyrics but there are a few words missing. Can you fill in the blanks for me ?

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

Little bitty pretty one
____ __ ___ ____ __ __
A-lovey dovey dovey one
Come sit down on my knee

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

____ ___ _ _____
Happened ____ ____ ___
A-little bitty pretty one
I've been watchin' you grow

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

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March 20 2009 6 20 /03 /March /2009 19:58
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Mme Jeanjean, our music teacher , told me she's studying and singing "Yellow submarine" with her  year7-pupils. She asked me to sing it with you.
 
You can watch this clip. It's really good, I think, because the successive pictures illustrate what the song is about.




Here are the lyrics :
   

YELLOW SUBMARINE


In the town where I was born,
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life,
In the land of submarines,

So we sailed on to the sun,
Till we found the sea of green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our yellow submarine,

We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

And our friends are all aboard,
Many more of them live next door,
And the band begins to play.

(Trumpets play)

We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
We all live a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

(Full speed ahead, Mr. Parker, full speed ahead!
Full speed over here, sir!
Action stations! Action stations!
Aye, aye, sir, fire!
Captain! Captain!)

As we live a life of ease
Every one of us has all we need,(has all we need)
Sky of blue, and sea of green,(sky of blue and sea of green)
in our yellow(in our yellow) submarine.(submarine) ( Hahaha! )

We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

(fading)

We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
We all live in a yellow submarine,
yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

THE END



By the way, who were The Beatles ?

How many members were there in the band ? Can you give me their names ?

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March 5 2009 5 05 /03 /March /2009 14:00

The Corrs are the Pride of Ireland.

They are a traditional Irish pop-rock group whose music has Celtic roots.

The family band is made up of 4 siblings : 3 sisters, Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and 1 brother, Jim. They created their band 19 years ago, in 1990, in Dundalk, which is 50 miles to the north of Dublin.

The Corrs write their own songs. The originality of their music comes from the unique blend of traditional Irish music and modern pop-rock.


The Corrs were always a very musical family. Their parents were musicians and so their 4 children grew up surrounded by music of all kinds.
They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
If you've enjoyed the song which we listened to and studied in class, here is the video recorded on Saint Patrick's day at the Royal Albert Hall.


Andrea Corr is the lead singer but she sometimes plays a musical instrument.
  What kind of musical instrument can she play ? (see Dreams, Only when I sleep or Haste to the wedding for a hint ).

Great job, Jérémie ! I agree. Andrea Corr plays the tin whistle.

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January 6 2009 3 06 /01 /January /2009 22:54
The song White Christmas  is a famous and popular Christmas song. The music and lyrics were written by Irving Berlin in 1942 and sung by Bing Crosby.
The lyrics of White Christmas struck a chord with the soldiers fighting in the Second World War and their families waiting for them back home.
Here is an extract from the film which was released in 1954.




But we could have sung this one by The Corrs...





On December 10th, 2000 the Corrs played for the President of the USA and all those present at the annual "Christmas in Washington" concert. They sang So this is Christmas, (the war is over).

  Which war were they referring to ? Who was the American President at the time ? When had he been elected ? How long was he elected ?

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