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Larry Franz

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Sometimes you want to get away from something or someone, or the world as it is, if only in your mind.

This week's theme is "Escape", loosely-defined.

The four songs are:

The Beach Boys -- "In My Room" (1963). 

Written by Brian and Gary Usher. It's been in the battle twice before, in seasons 3 and 8. 

"There's a world where I can go and tell my secrets to... in this world I lock out all my worries and my fears."


The Drifters -- "Up on the Roof" (1962). 

Written by the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil -- correction, Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  It's the first time in the battle for the Drifters.

"I get away from the hustling crowds and all that rat race noise down in the street... on the roof, it's peaceful as can be and there the world below can't bother me."


The Byrds -- "Goin' Back" (1968). 

Also written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (and produced by Gary Usher). This is the group's 4th song in the battle.

"Let everyone debate the true reality, I'd rather see the world the way it used to be...So catch me if you can, I'm goin' back... "


Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run" (1975). 

He wrote it. He has had six different songs in the battle, including this one in season 1.

"Someday girl I don't know when, we're gonna get to that place where we really wanna go, 'Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run..."

To repeat:

The Beach Boys, "In My Room"

The Drifters, "Up On The Roof"

The Byrds, "Goin' Back"

Bruce Springsteen, "Born To Run"

Ok, let's go away for a while.

Darren J. Ray

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Felt certain we were about to hear this.....


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Larry, Up on the Roof was another Goffin/King.

I didn't realise the Drifters did a version.  But I was going to post this one:

John E

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All great, but here's my order:

1. Bruce Springsteen

2. Beach Boys

3. Byrds

4. Drifters

Plus a few more escape songs:

NEeMA "Escape": 

Bob Dylan "Drifter's Escape":

John Leyton "The Great Escape":

David W

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Dustys version of Going Back

Al Forsyth

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And the song keeps on going in 2019:

A diamond necklace played the pawn...
paul g adsett

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hey, another brilliant theme
- it can go in any / every direction...
so, to pick up on last week and connect a few,
here's the animals with 'we gotta get out of this place'
from 1965, written by the great barry mann and cynthia weill
(a diveo i've not seen before here)

next, there's georgie fame and the blue flames
(here he's playing guitar nor keyboards!) also from 1966 
with a song what he wrote 'get away' (or 'getaway').

ex-member of the the animals, alan price, of course, recorded with georgie fame
and, though the pairing of fame and  price together on an album named
(who'd've thunk if?) 'fame and price / price and fame / together' 
resulted in some soppy numbers in 1971
this funky blues track posits a bit of a solution to being stuck with working class unemployment,
as alan price's composition considers a way of getting out of the rut
on their 'the dole song'.
'my philosophy is plain
as  i've nothing much to gain
i'll take as many as i can
when i go my way
burn it to the ground!
(burn baby burn)
i wanna watch it all burn down...'

of course, those trying to beat the system and live outside the law 
don't forever escape and make their getaway,
as a pair of notorious  felons found in 1934.
here's georgie fame again with his 1967 song,
which hit number 1 in uk in jan '68, knocking the beatles 'hello goodbye' 
(which sort of fits the theme, too) off the top of the charts
'the ballad of bonnie and clyde' 

John B

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Larry almost does this a lot--come up with 4 Golds, all great and classic, that can arguably not be separated except by personal taste at the moment.  Sorry, about tie votes, but had to do it this time.

1/1. (tied)

'In My Room' by Brian & the Boys  ('...but I won't be afraid...') &
'Born to Run' by Bruce  ('...for a walk in the sun...')

3/3.  (tied)

two songs Bruce covered memorably:

'Up on the Roof' by the Drifters  &
'Goin' Back' by the Byrds

uh...would Spike Lee permit 'Oliver's Army'? by Elvis C. ("...and I would rather be anywhere else but here, today...").   I hear he only likes that word used in his own films.

Cindy Hood

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Larry, Excellent theme!   All are very good songs, but it's easy for me to decide the orderl

GOLD:  The Beach Boys for In My Room.  This is one of their finest.  I don't think any other artist could touch the Boys' when it comes to songs like this one in battle.  Those voices and the harmonizing are exquisite!

SILVER:  The Drifters for Up On The Roof.  An oldie, but goodie.  Brings back memories from my childhood.  

BRONZE:  Bruce Springsteen for Born To Run.  This is one of his early hits and one that I really do like, as well as Hungry Heart.  After 1985's Dancing In the Dark, it all goes mostly downhill as far as I'm concerned.  I do like this one and probably one of the slower songs he did that I can remember:

TIN:  The Byrds for Going Back.  I hadn't heard this one and it's very nice.

Some more escape songs:

Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul & Mary

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John.

The Beach Boys for Leaving This Town.

The Beatles for She's Leaving Home.

Paul Simon for 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.

The Beach Boys for Full Sail/Goin' South

Jefferson Starship for Run Away.

"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God".
paul g adsett

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on another tack,
like fractals, everything has a point...
(and, cynthia, you beat me to it with the 'yellow brick road' comparison,
even if you over-laboured it with the same clip for different songs.
i, too did exactly that, which meant i had quickly to redo my previous post!.
such are the cut'n'thrust perils along the way of 'cut'n'paste', eh!).

taking the theme of escape / getting away from somewhere
and its concomitant, striving to get somewhere,
with all the obstacles that may intervene,
allows the whole of 'smile' to be seen as a parable, an allegory, 
a journey to some desired destination,
like tamino in mozart's 'the magic flute'  (seeking truth / reason / enlightenment)
or bunyan's everyman in 'the pilgrim's progress' (heading for the celestial city)
or dick wittington following the yellow brick road to oz
(um, i might be a bit off piste there...),
hansel and gretel finding their way out of that predicament of theirs,
or alice meeting the caterpillar 
(i'll resist including grace slick's '...feed your head' 'white rabbit' )
nd the contradictory tweedledum & tweedledee in lewis carroll's 'alice in wonderland'

harry nilsson took this whole topic and created a fabulous fable, 'the point' in 1970 / 71,
where oblio with his trusty arrow by his side,
is banished to the pointless forest for being pointless
and has his own encounters on his escapade, including meeting the pointed man
who suggests that it's not worth trying to escape from anywhere or aim for anything
because 'a point in every direction is the same as no point at all'.
we were fortunate enough to see two different casts perform this onstage in 1977 at the mermaid theatre in london,
(starring davy jones and mickey dolenz and later with dancer wayne sleep). 

now, where was i...???
paul g adsett

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two movies that involve escape from the confines of pop stardom:
the beatles, of course, with 'a hard day's night' directed by richard lester.

john boorman directed his first movie in 1965 'catch us if you can'
derived from the 1964 hit by and starring the dave clarke five

(no similarities withthe above, of course...).
over and out
Larry Franz

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Darren -- You're the second person who mentioned that pina colada song. I didn't know it was called "Escape". 

D.A.N. -- Thanks for the correction regarding Goffin and King. The great Weil/Mann song by the Animals that paul has kindly posted was going to be in the battle for a long time. That probably contributed to my confusion.

John E -- Thanks for your early votes and those escape songs (the first two seem to be blocked in the US, but I'll look for them). I had no idea that the great movie The Great Escape generated a record.

David W -- Thanks for Dusty's version. I didn't know she'd recorded it first until yesterday.

Al -- It's good to see the other Al is keeping busy.

paul -- Thanks again for one of my favorite Animals songs and all of your other videos and cogitations. You posted two of Georgie Fame's songs that did well in the US. The other was "Yeh Yeh" which I am enjoying right now. 

John B -- Two ties? Oh, no! You want to think about it a little more? I didn't know Bruce covered those two. He has good taste. And I'll add "Oliver's Army" to my list.

Cindy -- Thank you and thank you for you easy votes and all those other escapes.  "Leaving on a Jet Plane" is a really good one, my favorite of those. Your Springsteen link leads us to "Streets of Philadelphia".

Another Jefferson Airplane song that fits the theme, "White Rabbit", which I now see paul passed by in favor of a few other classics.

Finally, speaking of the Beatles, two that were in the running for this week since they involve escaping from mundane reality:

"I'm Only Sleeping" ("When I'm in the middle of a dream, stay in bed, float up stream")

"Tomorrow Never Knows" ("relax and float down stream")

Thanks again everyone for kicking off our escape week with a bang.

Larry Franz

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Two more in memory of t. bedford:

The Kinks -- "Set Me Free" and "Shangri-La"

paul g adsett

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how about the 1995 album by blur
'the great escape'
 coming after 'modern life is rubbish' and 'parklife'.
plenty of kinks and small faces connotations and similar sounds.
the whole album is a sort of study in anomie, detachment from 'normality',
unable to escape to somewhere away from boredom and prying eyes.
whether it's (maybe more appropriate to last week's theme) the character
'dan abnormal' 
'...not normal at all...
...teleport me...
meanie leanie come on down

come and entertain the town
it's friday night and we're all bored
time's been called there is no more
time's been called it's such a bore...'

or 'the universal'
'no one here is alone, satellites in every home
yes the universal's here, here for everyone...'

escaping the ratrace only to live a boring existence in a 'country house'
'oh, it's a century's remedy
for the faint at heart
a new start, try the simple life...
on the animal farm in the country...'

i found it hard to enjoy at the time,
but really appreciate the album, the band and damon albarn
(note the anagram of the above name) a lot more now.
'yes, it really, really, really could happen...'

John B

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nope, sorry, final answer.  2 ties.  could have been 4...

anyway, I was thinking of lyrics.


Checkpoint Charlie
Walls so wide, can't get around it
Walls so high, can't climb over
Gotta come down

Checkpoint Charlie
Brothers and Sisters on the other side
livin' in the shadow of a wall so high
Make me want cry baby

I know that someday we'll be together
if we really want it badly
Nothin' that hurts can last forever
oh, Why do we let it happen?
Or is it that we don't mind
Somebody punished for their father's crimes

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