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Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) thread.

The Diary of Horace Wimp

A favorite from the Discovery album.



Monday:
Late again today
He'd be in trouble though he'd say he was sorry
He'd have to hurry out the bus

Tuesday:
Horace was so sad
He'd never had a girl that he could care for
And if he was late once more, he'd be out
Uh-oh!

[Chorus]
Don't be afraid, just knock on the door
Well, he just stood there mumbling and fumbling
Then a voice from above said:
"Horace Wimp, this is your life
Go out and find yourself a wife
Make a stand, and be a man
And you will have a great life plan."
You can do it, come on Horace!

Wednesday:
Horace met the girl
She was small, and she was very pretty
He thought he was in love, he was afraid
Uh-oh!

Thursday:
Asked her for the date
The cafe down the street, tomorrow evening
His head was reeling when she said "yes"
OK!

[Chorus]

Friday:
Horace, this is it
He asks the girl if maybe they could marry
When she says, "Gladly!", Horace cries
Boo-hoo!

Sunday:
Everybody's at the church
When Horace rushes in and says
"Now here comes my wife, for the rest of my life"
And she did!

[Chorus]
"Horace Wimp, this is your wife
Go out and find yourself a life
Take a stand and be a man
And you will have a great life plan."

Horace, Horace, Horace, Horace
Horace, Horace, Horace, Horace
Horace, Horace, Horace, Horace

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Friday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday... (repeat through fade)

Horace Wimp...
Horace Wimp...
Horace Wimp...
Horace Wimp...
Horace Wimp...

Songwriters: Jeff Lynne



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Secret Messages




[Reversed]
Secret messages
Secret messages
Secret messages

[Reversed]
Welcome to the show

And again

[Reversed]
Welcome to the show

Secret. Messages

[Morse code]
[Instrumental]

[Verse 1]
A moving stream of information that is floating on the wind
The secrets never end
And now they call, they sing, they play
They dance for you from out of the blue
What can you do

[Chorus]
The secret messages are calling to me endlessly
They call to me across the air
The messages across the atmosphere
They whisper in your ear, they're calling everywhere
They're calling everywhere

[Verse 2]
Where words cascade like rainbows tumbling from the sky
Then I'll be there
I'll be there
When messages will call to you, there's secrets all around
Without a sound they're all around

[Chorus]
The secret messages are calling to me endlessly
The call to me across the air
The messages across the atmosphere
They whisper in your ear, they're calling everywhere
They're calling everywhere
They're calling everywhere

[Verse 3]
Those secret messages that spill into the air
From far away, so far away
A flowing river of illusion running with confusion
Never gone, it goes on and on

[Chorus]
The secret messages are calling to me endlessly
They call to me across the air
The messages across the atmosphere
They whisper in your ear, they're calling everywhere

[Outro]
Secret messages
(The message across the atmosphere, they whisper in your ear)
Secret messages
(The secret messages are calling to me endlessly)
(The messages across the atmosphere, they whisper in your ear) Secret messages

Secret

[Morse code]


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Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:52 pm

Another song from the discovery album. What are your favorite ELO albums and songs?






[Verse 1]
Although the things you've done
I wouldn't criticize
I guess you had your way

You see, I gotta make you understand
I know it sounds a foolish thing to say
But it don't matter, baby
Cause today's another day

[Chorus]
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
And let me see

[Verse 2]
Remember, tonight
We're gonna run till dawn
Remember, tonight
We're gonna say, we'll never stop
We got a good thing going on

I know you've heard it all before
But I really need you, darling
Every day, I need you more

[Chorus]
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
And let me see

[Bridge]
Can you understand (yes, I understand)
Can you feel it's right
(I know it is) Will you be the same
(I'll do it all again)
Hu, hu, hu-ha, hu-ha, hu-ha, hu-ha

[Verse 3]
It's been a year now
And it's getting so much better
You came home without a word
Though everybody said
You'll soon forget her

They couldn't see and
They just didn't understand
And looking in the mirror
There were fools at either hand

[Chorus]
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
And let me see

[Bridge]
Can you understand (yes, I understand)
Can you feel it's right
(I know it is) Will you be the same
(I'll do it all again)
Hu-ah-aah-aah-aah-aah-hu-aah

[Verse 4]
How many days had I been
Waiting there to tell you
I really can't believe
We're walking out into the world tonight

We'll do it all again
Until the break of light
And the feeling in your heart
Will soon be shining in your eyes

[Chorus]
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
And let me see

[Outro]
You shine a little love on my life (Shine on me)
You shine a little love on my life (whoa, whoa, whoa)
You shine a little love on my life
And let me see

You shine a little love on my life (Shine)
You shine a little love on my life (E.L.O.)
You shine a little love on my life
And let me see


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Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:05 am

Livin' Thing Jeff Lynne's ELO Live with Rosie Langley and Amy Langley, Glastonbury 2016

Popular rumour states this song is about anti-abortion, but Jeff Lynne says it's about loss of love. This song gives me shivers every time.



Livin' Thing Lyrics

Sailin' away on the crest of a wave
It's like magic
Oh, rollin' and ridin' and slippin' and slidin'
It's magic

And you, and your sweet desire
You took me higher and higher, baby
It's a livin' thing
It's a terrible thing to lose
It's a given thing
What a terrible thing to lose

Making believe this is what you conceived
From your worst day
Moving in line then you look back in time
To the first day

And you, and your sweet desire
Don't you do it, don't you do it
You took me, oh higher and higher, baby
It's a livin' thing
It's a terrible thing to lose
It's a given thing
What a terrible thing to lose

Takin' a dive 'cos you can't halt the slide
Floating downstream
So let her go don't start spoiling the show
It's a bad dream

And you, and your sweet desire
You took me higher and higher, baby
It's a livin' thing
It's a terrible thing to lose
It's a given thing
What a terrible thing to lose

It's a livin' thing
It's a terrible thing to lose


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Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:19 pm

Jeff Lynne's ELO performing ""Telephone Line"" live at Wembley Stadium 2017

The soothing sound of Jeff Lynne. The magical times of the 70's. His voice is a tone down of his younger days. Without doubt the best producer of all time - Yaassmin

“I sound really desperate and lonely on this one, and maybe I was. It’s about trying to find a girl every night and you just can’t get through to her. It was a scenario I thought of, but maybe it was prompted by the fact that I wasn’t happy at the time. When I was a kid, I loved the plaintive songs of Del Shannon and Roy Orbison. They wrote songs that were really sad and those were the best. I thought I was writing those sort of songs. People tell me the song gives them a boost, but I never dreamed I was doing that for anybody.”
Jeff Lynne (699)




Telephone LIne Lyrics

Hello, how are you?
Have you been alright through all those lonely
Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely nights?
That's what I'd say, I'd tell you everything
If you pick up that telephone, yeah, yeah, yeah

Hey, how you feelin'?
Are you still the same, don't you realize the things we did
We did were all for real, not a dream
I just can't believe they've all faded out
Of view, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ooh

Blue days, black nights
I look into the sky (the love you need ain't gonna see you through)
And I wonder why (the little things you planned ain't comin' true)
Oh, oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight
Oh, oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight

Okay, so no one's answering
Well, can't you just let it ring a little longer
Longer, longer oh, I'll just sit tight
Through shadows of the night
Let it ring forever more, oh

Blue days, black nights, doo wah doo lang
I look into the sky (the love you need ain't gonna see you through)
And I wonder why (the little things you planned ain't comin' true)
Oh, oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight
Oh, oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight

Oh, oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight
Oh, oh, telephone line, give me some time, I'm living in twilight


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Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:34 pm

Very interesting posts Yaassmin. To hear the stories behind the songs is insightful.


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Check out all three versions of "Don't Bring Me Down".

Studio



Live 1986



Live 2017




Don't Bring Me Down Lyrics - Electric Light Orchestra


[​Intro]

[Verse 1]
You got me running, going out of my mind
You got me thinking that I'm wasting my time

[Chorus]
Don't bring me down
No, no, no, no, no
Ooh-ooh-hoo
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down

[Verse 2]
You wanna stay out with your fancy friends
I'm telling you, it's got to be the end

[Chorus]
Don't bring me down
No, no, no, no, no
Ooh-ooh-hoo
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down

[Hook]
Don't bring me down, Groos
Don't bring me down, Groos
Don't bring me down, Groos
Don't bring me down

[Verse 3]
What happened to the girl I used to know?
You let your mind out somewhere down the road

[Chorus]
Don't bring me down
No, no, no, no, no
Ooh-ooh-hoo
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down

[Verse 4]
You're always talking 'bout your crazy nights
One of these days, you're gonna get it right

[Chorus]
Don't bring me down
No, no, no, no, no
Ooh-ooh-hoo
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down

[Hook]
Don't bring me down, Groos
Don't bring me down, Groos
Don't bring me down, Groos
Don't bring me down

[Verse 5]
You're looking good, just like a snake in the grass
One of these days, you're gonna break your glass

[Chorus]
Don't bring me down
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
Ooh-ooh-hoo
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down

[​Verse 6]
You got me shaking, got me running away
You got me crawling up to you everyday

[Chorus]
Don't bring me down
No, no, no, no, no
Ooh-ooh-hoo
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down, down, down, down, down, down

[​Outro]
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down


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Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:51 pm

This song sounds like it has a Roy Orbison influence.





Well, I came a long way to be here today
And I left you so long on this avenue
And here I stand in the strangest land
Not knowing what to say or do
As I gaze around at these strangers in town
I guess the only stranger is me
And I wonder (Yes, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (Oh, I wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

Although it's only a day since I was taken away
And left standing here looking in wonder
(It's your life, it's your life)
Oh, the ground at my feet, maybe it's just the old street
But everything that I know lies under
(It's your life, it's your life)
And when I see what they've done
To this place that was home
Shame is all that I feel
Oh, and I wonder (Oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (Wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

Too late, too late to cry
The people say
Too late for you, too late for me
"You've come so far, now you know everything my friend
Look and see the wonders of our world"

And I wonder (Oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (Yes, I wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

As I wander around this wreck of a town
Where people never speak aloud
With its ivory towers and its plastic flowers
I wish I was back in 1981
Just to see your face instead of this place
Now I know what you mean to me, ooh
And I wonder (Oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder (Yes, I wonder)
Is this the way life's meant to be?

And I wonder (Oh, I wonder)
Yes, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder
Is this the way life's meant to be?
Ooh, I wonder
Oh, I wonder, wonder, wonder
Is this the way life's meant to be?
Oh, is this the way life's meant to be?
Mmm, is this the way life's meant to be?
I wanna know now
Is this the way life's meant to be?


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Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:35 pm

When I Was A Boy

Written By Jeff Lynne
Release Date September 10, 2015

When Lynne was a boy, music on the radio caught his attention. The video shows his life flash in front of our eyes.



When I Was A Boy
Lyrics

When I was a boy, I had a dream
All about the things I'd like to be
Soon as I was in my bed
Music played inside my head
When I was a boy, I had a dream

When I was a boy, I learned to play
Far into the night and drift away
Don't want to work on the milk or the bread
Just want to play my guitar instead
When I was a boy, I had a dream

And radio waves kept me company
In those beautiful days when there was no money
When I was a boy, I had a dream

When I was a boy, I had a dream
Finding out what life could really mean
Don't want a job cause it drives me crazy
Just wanna sing, "Do you love me, baby?"
When I was a boy, I had a dream

And radio waves kept me company
In those beautiful days when there was no money
When I was a boy, I had a dream

When I was a boy



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Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:47 am

Jeff Lynne Interview (2014)



Turn to Stone - Studio quality in a live performance. In his 70's and sounds like he is in his 20's. Look at all those happy faces.



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