Friday, September 4, 2009

Looking so long at these pictures of you

I've been communicating with a very dear person over the last three weeks or so. Time has slipped by quickly as we correspond. Because it has been so long since we've seen each other, and really talked, it's only natural to exchange photos. Surely it has been over 20 years. Recent photos are mostly shared because of the ease of digital cameras.

Though there are a deeper lines on our faces, change in hair style (or color) and additional weight (me), one thing is remains the same. The smile and expressions that we developed early on in our lives remain evident despite the trials and tribulations we've encountered along the way. I do have to say he's even more handsome now than he was back then. I think maturity and life experiences add character to a person. Some of us don't wear our age well at all. My friend does.

Though I do seem to be doing more of the sharing, I hold out hope to some day have a mailbox filled with photos of him with the kids, pets, friends, etc...

What all this picture sending has done is make me curious about the number of songs written about photographs. In addition to the inspiration the photos I've exchanged with my dear friend has brought, my friend Rupe posted this video today on Facebook.

It's a really sweet rendition. If you're more interested in the Cure original, here's the link with lyrics.

I need help compiling a playlist featuring songs about pictures, snapshots, photos ... you get the idea. Here's my starter list:

Pictures of You -- The Cure
If -- Bread
Photograph -- Def Leppard
Turning Japanese -- The Vapors
Let Me Take Your Photo -- The Speedies
Photograph -- Ringo Starr
Pictures of You -- The Last Goodnight
Girls on Film -- Duran Duran
Snapshot -- Sylvia
Photographs and Memories -- Jim Croce

I know somebody will have a few more songs to throw on the playlist (Nickelback need not apply -- gack!) Help a sister out! Thanks a bunch.


  1. While not appropriate for your situation, the Paul Thorn song "Every Little Bit Hurts" features my favorite photo-centric lyrics:

    "I soaked all your pictures/in gasoline/I prayed for a miracle/but the phone never rang"

    It's stalker-ific!

  2. I turned your picture to the wall - Norah Jones

  3. Sherrie, "Girls on Film" isn't exactly subject matter appropriate (he's not getting *those* kinds of pics) but it's the picture theme :) I dig it. I'll give it a listen.

    Most excellent, Yoonie! Thanks for contributing. I do love Norah.

    Arc -- groovy, for sure.

  4. Jackson browne - Doctor My Eyes
    J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame
    Van Halen - dreams
    Jack Johnson - F stop Blues
    A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
    The Tubes - Talk To You Later
    Sarah MacLachlan - Black & White
    Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
    Filter - Take A Picture
    Michael Stipe & Natalie Merchant - Photograph
    Rush - The Camera Eye

  5. I just thought of a really great photo song, I know it's a late entry but it's such a good'un I had to send it. I thought you would appreciate the full lyric.

    (Beveridge / Oakman)
    Joe Brown & The Bruvvers - 1962
    In the night there are sights to be seen
    Stars like jewels on the crown of a queen
    But the only sight I’m gonna view
    Is that wonderful picture of you

    On a streetcar or in the café
    All of the evening and most of the day
    My mind is in a maze, what can I do
    I still see that picture of you

    It was last summer, I fell in love
    My heart told me what to do
    I saw you then on the crest of a hill
    And I took a little picture of you

    Then you were gone like a dream in the night With you in my heart, my love and my light
    I didn’t know your name, what could I do?
    I’ve only a picture of you

    Then you were gone like a dream in the night With you in my heart, my love and my light
    I didn’t know your name, what could I do?
    I’ve only a picture of you, oh yeah
    That wonderful picture of you
    I’m left with a picture of you, oh yeah
    That wonderful picture of you

  6. Jeff! That's so wonderful. Thanks for providing the lyrics. It's never to late to add. Playlists have no determined limit.

  7. Bucks Fizz - My Camera Never Lies
    Boyzone - Picture Of You
    REM - Camera
    Death cab For Cutie - photobooth
    Weezer - Photograph
    Ringo Starr - Photograph
    Tommy Steele - Flash Bang Wallop
    Elliott Smith - Pictures Of Me
    Kinks - Picture Book
    Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
    Kinks - People Take Pictures Of Each Other
    Wilco - Kamera
    The Who - Pictures Of Lily
    The Sea And Cake - All The Photos
    Amanda Lear - I Am A Photograph
    Pavement - Camera
    Winterpills - Portrait
    Margo Guryan - Take A Picture
    Pat Metheny - Pictures
    Peter Gabriel - Family Snapshot
    Jane's Addiction - Ted, Just Admit It
    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
    Son Volt - Out Of The Picture
    Hank Thompson - Faded Photograph
    Orla - Camera
    Crosby, Stills & Nash - Camera
    Electric Doormat - Stock Photo Man
    Quarterflash - Take Another Picture
    Graham Dean - Photo In A Frame
    Jamie Cullum - Photograph
    Michael Franks - Popsicle Toes ("how come you always load your Pentax when I'm in the nude?")
    Willie Nelson - Picture In A Frame
    Ben Harper - Picture Sitting In A Frame
    Yes - Into The Lens
    Jim Croce - Photographs And Memories
    Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
    John Mayer - 3x5
    The Fixx - Cameras In Paris
    Paul McCartney - Darkroom
    Comsat Angels - Eye Of The Lens
    George Jones - Developing My Pictures
    Buggles - I Am A Camera
    Boomtown Rats - Having My Picture Taken
    Morrissey - The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye
    Basement Jaxx - La Photo
    Randy Travis - Old 8x10
    Verve pipe - Photograph
    Depeche Mode - Photographic AND A Photograph Of You
    Echo & The Bunnymen - Pictures On My Wall
    Shawn Colvin - Polaroids
    Blinker The Star - Pretty Pictures
    Art Of Noise - Snapshot
    RuPaul - Snapshot
    Peter Gabriel - This Is The Picture
    Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now ("I have a picture, pinned to my wall...")
    Bishop Allen - Click, Click, Click, Click
    Astrud Gilberto - Photograph
    Neil Young - Distant Camera
    Robbie Williams - life Through A Lens
    Outkast - Hey Ya!("Shake it like a Polaroid picture...")
    K.T. Oslin - Old Pictures
    Patsy Cline - She's Got You
    ("I’ve got your picture that you gave to me
    And it’s signed with love just like it used to be
    The only thing different, the only thing new
    I’ve got your picture, she’s got you")

    Well, I think that's finally it. Phew!

  8. Dude!!! This is fantastical! You f'ing rockstar, you!


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