Two Texas Mysteries – Song Lyric Sunday – Comparisons

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Two Texas Mysteries – Song Lyric Sunday – Comparisons

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For SLS today we have songs that feature comparisons between two different songs. Thanks, Jim!

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Quite a different kind of prompt today for SLS. We are to chose two songs and compare why they are similar, or different, in our opinion.

Some have chosen songs that are the same song, but done by different singers, as in cover tunes. Some have gone with songs that have the same title, but are completely different songs.

For mine, I chose these two different songs by two different bands. What makes them similar is:

  • Both bands are from Texas
  • They are singing about something that happened in Texas
  • Both songs tell a story about some kind of mystery that happened
  • Both songs are sad
  • In both songs the people in the story die a horrible death

What makes them different:

  • One song “The Way” tells the story of real people who disappeared while on a confusing journey ending in death from a tragic accident.
  • One song ‘Possum Kingdom” tells the story of a fictional cult legend that happened around a real TX lake resulting in death and murder.

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Anyway, this song I’m featuring today has a very catchy tune, and I like it, but it give me chills, and tears. The thing is, it is actually based upon a very sad, and tragic true story. I’d heard of this story, before, but not in much detail, until I was researching the back story of the song. We even lived close by the town where this story began, and have visited there. It is a quiet, quaint little town, and it’s hard to believe how the story unfolds from there.

Give it a listen, and please listen to the reading of the circumstances of this tragedy in the short video after the song. I found this reading on the “Creepypasta” site. It’s called, “The Disappearance of Lela and Raymond Howard”. (the home page of the Creepypasta site can be found here  http://www.creepypasta.org/  )

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“The Way”, by Fastball, was released in 1998, from the album, “All the Pain Money Can Buy”. It is on the Hollywood label, and was written by Tony Scalzo.

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They made up their minds
And they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever knowing the way
They drank up the wine
And they got to talking
They now had more important things to say
And when the car broke down
They started walking
Where were they going without ever knowing the way
Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved in gold
And it’s always summer
They’ll never get cold
They’ll never get hungry
They’ll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won’t make it home
But they really don’t care
They wanted the highway
They’re happier there today, today
Their children woke up
And they couldn’t find ’em
They left before the sun came up that day
They just drove off and left it all behind ’em
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?
Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved in gold
And it’s always summer
They’ll never get cold
They’ll never get hungry
They’ll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won’t make it home
But they really don’t care
They wanted the highway
They’re happier there today, today
Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved in gold
And it’s always summer
They’ll never get cold
They’ll never get hungry
They’ll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won’t make it home
But they really don’t care
They wanted the highway
They’re happier there today, today
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Scalzo Anthony M
The Way lyrics © Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp., Emi April Music Inc., Enrique Iglesias Music, Merchandyze Music
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“Possum Kingdom”, by The Toadies, was released in 1994, from their album, “Rubberneck”. It was written by Todd Lewis.

~note~ This song, from what I read, is about folklore and cult activities heard here in Texas around the actual Possum Kingdom Lake (North Texas near Ft. Worth) My Dad and Uncles always went fishing there years ago.

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Make up your mind
Decide to walk with me
Around the lake tonight
Around the lake tonight
By my side
By my side
I’m not gonna lie
I’ll not be a gentleman
Behind the boathouse
I’ll show you my dark secret
I’m not gonna lie
I want you for mine
My blushing bride
My lover, be my lover, yeah
Don’t be afraid
I didn’t mean to scare you
So help me, Jesus
I can promise you
You’ll stay as beautiful
With dark hair
And soft skin, forever
Forever
Make up your mind
Make up your mind
And I’ll promise you
I will treat you well
My sweet angel
So help me, Jesus
(hey, hey, hey)
Give it up to me
Give it up to me
Do you wanna be
My angel?
So help me!
Be my angel
Be my angel
Do you wanna die?
I promise you
I will treat you well
My sweet angel
So help me, Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Todd Lewis
Possum Kingdom lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

8 responses »

    • Thanks, Paula! Same here that I really like the way the song sounds. Then looking into it, well that it was based on a true tragedy, made it all the more interesting. 🙂

  1. I have listened to The Way by Fastball before and I have always liked that song, although I didn’t know it was about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The Toadies Possum Kingdom is new to me, but I think it has a nice beat. Your connection between these two songs made a lot of sense to me Barbara.

    • Thanks so much, Jim! Glad you like these. It took me awhile to think of two songs that could be compared, but I like both of these a lot, and it was fun to connect them in some way. Wonderful way to do a SLS prompt! 🙂

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