Songs about love, sex, and drinking…

Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lieber

“So Elvis, whaddaya think? Any of these songs take your fancy?” “Erm… got any songs about footie?”

… though not all at the same time, obviously – I’d end up spilling my pint.

Most of my songs are about love, I guess: falling in love, falling out of love, being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back, being loved by someone you really just don’t fancy, etc.

I got to thinking the other day, what else do I write about other than love? What else is there that’s important in my life that I’ve written about? And is there anything that plays a big part in my life that I’ve yet to write about?

So I looked at my list of songs, and these are the broad topics that I’ve put to music so far:-

  • Love: love lost, love found, love momentarily mislaid
  • Dancing (I can’t dance)
  • Nostalgia
  • Irritating songs on TV adverts
  • New Year’s Day
  • Stupid bosses
  • Sex
  • Parties at my house
  • Cheating on your other half (not from experience, I hasten to add!)
  • Friends
  • Suicide (again, not from experience)
  • Anti-depressants and other drugs (ditto)
  • Drinking
  • Christmas Day
  • Cream cakes
  • My friend George who plays the flute
  • Folk music
  • Selling out
  • Videos of funny cats on Youtube
  • Getting old
  • Shopping in Morrisons
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Writing songs
  • Writing songs about songs
  • Nick and Emmie, my good friends in Palo Alto, California
  • My friend Neall on his 40th birthday
  • The blues of various kinds
  • Those really high shoes that girls wear on a night out
  • Whether I’d be allowed through the Pearly Gates when I die

I realized that the only thing missing from that list is a song about football, a sport I still play twice a week despite creaking joints, advancing years and aggravating teammates. So the day before yesterday I rectified that glaring omission, and tonight at my gig at the White Lion I shall perform my latest magnum opus, cleverly entitled It’s Only Just a Game.

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