Shower the People


Last night Amy and I had a great night out.  Sometime in February I purchased  concert tickets.  After a year of snow, tornadoes, and Amy moving to a new school building this week, we needed a night out.  After a dinner at Olive Garden, a walk around a store or two, we made our way to the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Concert Hall for an evening with James Taylor and His Legendary Band.  for two hours JT played songs we all knew stopping between songs to tell us why he wrote certain lyrics and why certain stories about some songs were not true.  He traded comments with audience members and took time after an intermission to sign autographs for a fortunate few.  This concert now ranks on my top experience list.  JT treated us like family not like ticket holders.  Below are the lyrics from a JT song and  a video (via YouTube) from a similar setting to my experience.  The song is one of my favorite James Taylor songs: “Shower the People.”

You can play the game and you can act out the part

Though you know it wasn’t written for you

But tell me, how can you stand there with your broken heart

Ashamed of playing the fool

One thing can lead to another; it doesn’t take any sacrifice

Oh, father and mother,and sister and brother

if it feels nice, don’t think twice (yes)

Shower the people you love with love

Show them the way that you feel

Things are gonna work out fine if you only will(do as i say, yeah)

Shower the people you love with love

Show them the way that you feel

Things are gonna be much better if you only will

You can run but you cannot hide

This is widely known

And what you plan to do with your foolish pride

When you’re all by yourself alone

Once you tell somebody the way that you feel

You can feel it beginning to ease

I think it’s true what they say about the squeaky wheel

Always getting the grease.

Better to shower the people you love with love

(Yes and) show them the way that you feel

(I know) Things are gonna be just fine if you only will

(what i’d like to do to you)

Shower the people you love with love

Show them the way you feel

Things are gonna be much better if you only will

Shower the people you love with love

Show them the way that you feel

They say in every life

They say the rain must fall

Just like the pouring rain

Make it rain

Make it rain

Love, love, love is sunshine oh

Oh yes, Make it rain

Love, love, love is sunshine yeah

Oh, right, Everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody

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