Song Lyric Sunday — It Takes Two

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams asked us to come up with songs by duets, songs where two performers sing in unison and have equal importance to the piece. The song I chose for this prompt is a duet performed by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, “It Takes Two.”

“It Takes Two” was written by longtime Marvin Gaye collaborator William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Sylvia Moy. The song was centered on a romantic lyric that depicted many things in life (dreams, love, wishes, etc.) being better with two people instead of one. It was produced by Stevenson, Kim Weston’s husband, and was released in December 1966 from the album Take Two. The song peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Pop charts and number 4 on Billboard’s Soul Singles chart in January 1967. “It Takes Two” was also Gaye’s first major hit in the UK, where it peaked at number 16 on the British singles charts in the spring of that same year.

Shortly after the album Take Two was released in August 1966, but before the single “It Takes Two” was released the following December, Kim Weston left Motown in a dispute over royalties. Weston’s replacement as Gaye’s duet partner was Tammi Terrell, who recorded several successful hit singles with Gaye during the late 1960s.

There have been several covers of the song, the most notable being this one from Rod Stewart and Tina Turner in 1990.

Here are the lyrics to “It Takes Two.”

One can have a dream, baby
Two can make a dream so real
One can talk about being in love
Two can see how it really feels

One can wish upon a star
Two can make a wish come true, yeah
One can stand alone in the dark
Two can make a light shine through

It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby,
Me and you
You know it takes two

It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
Make a dream come true
It just takes two

One can have a broken heart
Living in misery
Two can really ease the pain
Like a perfect remedy
One can be alone in a bar,
Like an island he’s all alone
Two can make just any place
Seem just like bein’ at home

It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
Me and you
It just takes two
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby,
To make a dream come true
It just take two

Just takes two
Just takes two

One can go out to a movie
Looking for a special treat
Two can make that single movie
Something really kind of sweet
And one can take a walk in the moonlight
Thinking that’s it’s really nice
But two lovers walking hand in hand
Is like adding just a pinch of spice

It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
Me and you
Just takes two
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
To make a dream come true

FOWC with Fandango — Wait

FOWCWelcome to January 26, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “wait.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Trump’s Space Force

I saw on my newsfeed on my iPhone today that yesterday afternoon Donald Trump tweeted out the brand spanking new U.S. Space Force logo.AC998F23-C9C9-417D-ACCD-3C37006B648450207286-F6A8-40BB-9C16-2540E6311F22I thought to myself, “That looks strangely familiar.” So I search the archived recesses of my memory vault and came up with this:FB2A0941-FE35-4509-9715-9B02C56F1C5ANo shit. Trump stole the Starfleet Command United Federation of Planets logo from Star Trek for his Space Force. What a copycat! Is there nothing sacred anymore? 

I wonder if Captain Kirk knows about this.

SoCS — The Last Call

Linda G. Hill, the creator of One-Liner Wednesday, JusJoJan, and Stream of Consciousness Saturday, has asked us to “talk about the enterprise (sales or service) conducted by the last phone call you received from a business you’re not associated with, or talk about that phone conversation itself.”

Okay, I’m going to bend the rules a little and instead of relating a phone call I had with a business I’m not associated with, I’m going tell you about a series of text messages I had yesterday with an electrician I hired to swap out the 125 amp main electric panel with a 200 amp main panel in the house we just bought and will be moving into in two weeks.

Upgrading the main electric service to 200 amps is a pretty involved process. I had to get a permit from the town, arrange for the local utility company, PG&E, to disconnect the power to the house, hire an electrician to remove the old panel and install the new one, get the town to inspect and approve the installation of the panel by the electrician, and then get PG&E to come out and turn the electric service back on.

Anyway, at 12:45 yesterday afternoon, I got a text in which the electrician said the work, which he had started on Wednesday, was finished.A6FA501E-35C4-46B6-8C91-E25E560B54EBVia text, he gave me the final fee for his work. I asked him if I could give him my credit card number, but he asked me to Venmo him the money. I told him I’d be back at the house on Monday and could give him a check then, but he said he’d prefer being paid through Venmo.

Maybe I’m old school, but I don’t have a Venmo account. I told him that my bank, Bank of America, offers a similar service, and although I’d never used it, I could set up the transfer of funds to his Venmo account from my the online banking app on my iPhone. I started the process and was ready to initiate the transfer when I got this text message:ED1C913E-CE9D-4D3B-9373-7F85309D9783Well, at least I tried to be a thoroughly modern, technology savvy man.

FOWC with Fandango — Ethnicity

FOWCWelcome to January 25, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “ethnicity.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.