Photo By Jools Thatcher

Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Female Singers “.

Good afternoon Jon and once again greetings from Coventry.

I use the term “afternoon” for your benefit, not mine, given it’s a bit after five in the morning over here, and hopefully I’m sleeping soundly as this goes to air.

Great theme again this afternoon, I look forward to hearing the show when I finally drag myself from bed, and I can, thanks to the RRR Website and Radio on Demand – I hear everything you say Jon and I’m taking notes!

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Also have a listen to the songs on the New Album “Angel In Reverse

Female Singers

I was raised by Connie Francis
Born to Doris Day
Little Pattie taught me how to stomp
Rosemary Clooney how to sway

Grew up with Yvonne Barrett
Lynne Randell and Dinah Shore
I learned to waltz with Patti Page
I partied with Leslie Gore

Sarah Vaughn had me misty
Ella Fitzgerald as well
But I drew the line at the Singing Nun
Rather take my chance in hell

Caught a midnight bus with Betty McQuade
Gladys Knight, a midnight train
Thanks to Chrissy Amphlett
Found the line between pleasure and pain

Sammi Smith, with some help from Kris
Helped me make it through the night
Aretha Franklin taught me respect
With Emmy Lou, I saw the light

Felt the earth move with Carole King
Yet I couldn’t say a word
I was barely seventeen
She was thirty three and a third

I got stoned with Janis Joplin
Fell in love with Sandra Dee
Patsy Cline drove me crazy
I caught a fever from Peggy Lee

With a bit of help from The Go-Go’s
I learned to eat to the beat
Martha Reeves had me so fired up
I was dancing in the street

Alice Russell, Linda Ronstadt
The Junes, Sally and Kerry
Wendy Saddington, Siouxsie Sioux
Bjork and Neneh Cherry

Roberta, Grace, Shirley, Deborah
Lisa, Vicka and Linda
Pearl, Ruby, McGarrigle Sisters
The Supremes, Joan and Lucinda

Eartha, Etta, Bonnie and Dolly
Sandy, Dusty, and Nina
Renee, Amy, Fiona, Angie
Dionne, Maddy and Lena

Marianne Faithful, Mary Wells
Madeline and Maggie, a pair of Bells
Edith, Billie, Joni and Stevie
PP, KT, PJ and KD

When I die, if there’s anyone there
When they’re loading me into the hearse
Don’t want My Way, Memories, Stairway to Heaven
Or Fields of Gold, even worse

As they fire up the gas, pump up the volume
For the last song I’ll ever hear
Sandy Denny’s dulcet tones
Singing “Si tu dois partir”

That’s French Jon, French – look it up!

© Copyright 2013 Ian Bland

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