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*ALL MEMBERS OF SONGFACTS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE * Join us, and share your knowledge and your love of the thing that keeps SONGFACTS the community we all know and love, MUSIC ! The basic guidelines are simple....

* The Songfactors' Music of Choice is decided by your nominations and votes. For each edition we'll ask that you nominate 1 OR 2 selections that meet the guidelines for that edition.

* With each nomination, we ask that you give us a review, a few thoughts or just a description of how your selection makes you feel. No one is being graded on their writing here. What we want is for you to share your knowledge and feelings about the music you love.

* Each edition will run about 3 weeks or so. At the end of that time, we'll ask you to vote, and you know how that works! These lists will number 5, so we'll ask that you compile your list of 5 choices for the final Songfactor's Music of Choice. We will tally them, just like The Songfactors' Choice Top Ten, 1 through 5. At the close of voting, we will have our Songfactors' Music of Choice.

* Be as creative with this as you'd like. We want to encourage an exchange of thoughts, so this will be a place to learn about and enjoy the nominations, as well as the final choices. The guidelines will change with each edition.

..... So, here we go .....

THE SONGFACTORS' CHOICE: Top Ten Love Songs and Ballads of All Time

**NOTE: After much (stress much) discussion we went with songs this time, and this theme is easy and different. Everybody has a couple of favorite love songs, the ones that get to you everytime you hear them. Easy (or hard) enough to choose a list of ten, so we're going with a Top Ten this time. Sound good? Good. ;)


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My first one will be Hearts by Marty Balin. This song brings back some very rough memories for me. I will try not to get to wordy with it or to personal. It will be tough tho :( .

I think this could be a very sad top ten listening to all the nominated heartbreak songs but then, that could just be me. :D

I love the idea tho. :thumbsup:

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When A Man Loves A Woman ~ Percy Sledge ~ 1966

(My favorite love song to slow dance to. And wow, what a voice he had!)

When a man loves a woman,

Can't keep his mind on nothing else

He'll trade the world for the good thing he's found

If she's bad he can't see it, she can do no wrong

Turn his back on his best friend if he put her down

Bell Bottom Blues ~ Derek And The Dominoes ~ 1970

From: Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

(A very heart wrenching song, such sad lyrics..)

Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.

I don't want to lose this feeling.

And if I could choose a place to die

It would be in your arms.

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"To Love Somebody" - Bee Gees

What can I say? One of my favorite songs by one my favorite singers/writers. A sad sight on love.

"She" - Elvis Costello

The original is by Charles Aznavour, in English (he and Herbert Kretzmer are the authors). But I prefer this version. It´s just so beautiful and so simple, the way he explains what she means to him...

EDIT: I´m sorry, I edited my previous post and deleted it... (it´s almost midnight, we´re having a brownie, etc) Well, my previous post wasn´t important at all anyways... :grin:

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I nominate my two favorite love songs~

God Only Knows-The Beach Boys

With lilting melodies and a simple, to the point declaration of love, God Only Knows is one of the most beautiful pop songs ever recorded.

Buckets of Rain-Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's usual word play makes something as intricate as love seem easy and sunny and light, yet full of complexity.

I like the smile in your fingertips

I like the way that you move your hips

I love the cool way you look at me

Everything about you is bringing me misery

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Both are dedicated to the love of my life, the fantastic Mr. Peaches...

Let's Stay Together - Al Green

I, I'm so in love with you

Whatever you want to do

Is all right with me

'Cause you make me feel so brand new

And I want to spend my life with you

They say since, baby, since we've been together

Loving you forever

Is what I need

Let me be the one you come running to

I'll never be untrue

Let's, let's stay together

Lovin' you whether, whether

Times are good or bad, happy or sad

Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Sweet Life - Paul Davis

She's got your eyes

She's got my nose

Oh, and I get high just watching her grow

We always dreamed we'd live in a castle, oh but

We're in the same old shack

Sometimes we get into a hassle

But we always take each other back

Oh, you know

This whole world seem to be in a hurry

But darlin' we'll just keep on taking our time

'Cause we're living such a sweet life,

oh what a neat life

Sharing my love with you

Oh, we're living such a sweet life,

oh what a neat life

making our dreams come true

we're makin our dreams come true

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Silver Springs ~ Fleetwood Mac

For Lindsey from Stevie, her last ditch attempt at hope for their relationship, after which he slapped her with "Go Your Own Way."

In my personal experience, this song was parallel to my love life. I was dating someone in my senior year, and then one day he decided to go back to his old girlfriend, and I didn't find out until the deed was done. It hurt - a lot So the song's message of "don't say that she loves you, baby I don't wanna know." And "Time cast a spell on you that you won't forgoet me" were all very in-the-moment for me.

Plus the fact that it's a hauntingly beautiful song.

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Invincible ~ Muse (Video)

During the struggle

They will pull us down

But please, please

Let's use this chance

To turn things around

And tonight

We can truly say

Together we're invincible

Everytime I hear it the power of these words strike me..

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For my second nomination it's between "Golf Girl" by Caravan and "Lady Fantasy" by Camel. I'll decide once I see some others.

I love "Golf Girl"... :) I will vote for it as a tribute to my beloved best friend, he made me love Caravan 35 years ago... it brings such a warm feeling that it´s real love song for me.

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Hearts - Marty Balin

Is everything alright?

I just called to say how lost

I feel without you

Miles away

I really can't believe I'm here

and how I still care about you

Hearts can break

And never mend together

Love can fade away

Hearts do cry

when love won't stay forever

Hearts can be that way

Is everything the same?

do you ever think of me

and how we loved one another

Will you change your mind

Will you change it back again

Or have you found yourself a new lover

Is everything o.k.?

I just thought I'd write a song

to tell the world how I miss you

'Cause each and everyday

I think of all the words I never said

and all the chances that I had to

Is everything alright?

Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

Oh, my love

my darling

I've hungered for your touch

a long lonely time

and time goes by so slowly

and time can do so much

are you still mine?

I need your love

I need your love

Godspeed your love to me

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Alright then Edna I'll nominate Golf Girl- Caravan for my second.

Standing on a golf course

Dressed in PVC

I chanced upon a Golf Girl

Selling cups of tea

She asked did I want one

Asked with a grin

For three pence you can buy one

Full right to the brim

And so of course I had to have one

In fact I ordered three

So I could watch the Golf Girl

Could see she fancied me

And later on the golf course

After drinking tea

It started raining golf balls

She protected me

Her name was Pat

We sat

Under a tree

She kissed me

We go for walks

In fine weather


On the golf course

We talk in morse

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