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This song has been in my head all day long at work. LOL!

"Kissing You" by Total

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Knuckle Down ~Ani Difranco

That's just my cowgirl alter-ego

Riding on her bar room bull

Dripping with the sweat of irony

As the cowboys whoop and drool

Shooting glances at the mirror

To see if her scar is showing

She is truly going nowhere tonight

Lecherous old lady wanna-be

Much too young and shy

Flailing her whole life

Just thinking she can teach herself to fly

Vehement romantic

Frantic for forever right now

But forever's going nowhere tonight

Sick of goading her self-loathing

She thinks, I think I'd better leave

'Course whiskey makes me smarter

And I'm happy as can be

But please excuse me darlin

It's not you

It's me

And there's a dusty old dust storm on mars, they say

So tonight you can't see it too clear

Still I stood in line to look through their telescope

Looked like a distant ship light

As seen from a foggy pier

And I know that I was warned

Still it was not what I hoped

Yes I know that I was warned

Still it was not what I hoped

I think I'm done gunnin to get closer

To some imagined bliss

I gotta knuckle down

And just be ok with this

I'm gonna knuckle down

Just be ok with this

'Course that star struck girl is already someone I miss

I swear some stuff you just see better from further away

And I think I communicate best now, the less I say

And I can't dance if the band can't play

And the vibe is going nowhere tonight

'Cuz somewhere between Hollywood and its pretty happiness

And an anguish so infinite it's anybody's guess

Is a place where people are all teachers

And this just one long class

And that ass will get you nowhere tonight

There's a dusty old dust storm on mars they say

So tonight you can't see it too clear

Still I stood in line to look through their telescope

Looked like a distant ship light

As seen from a foggy pier

And I know that I was warned

Still it was not what I hoped

Yeah I know that I was warned

Still it was not what I hoped

I think I'm done gunnin to get closer

To some imagined bliss

I gotta knuckle down

Just be ok with this

Gotta knuckle down

Just be ok with this

'Course that star struck girl

Is already someone I miss

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Okay... "Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson is the jam. While looking for videos on YouTube, I found this cool "music video" that some guys made. It really has that 70s vibe to it, special effects, everything! They got that coolness of the 70s soul/psychedelic vibe down pat. What a trip! LOL!

...and then here's an awesome animated video that uses rotoscoping, tracing over live action, to capture this song. This video uses the original version of "Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis. It also does a excellent job of capturing the vibe of the song and times.

I swear there's something really inspirational about this song.

By the way, the title isn't a misnomer. Although the lyrics say "...a present from you, strawberry letter 22...," Shuggie Otis written this song in regards to his girlfriend who would write letters to him on strawberry scented paper. There's two theories for the title. A ) He's singing about letter 22 and the title is in hopes for her to send him letter 23, or B ) his song is in response to her letter 22, making his song letter 23.

I love finding out cool info/backstories on songs.

Edited by crc

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