Song Lyric Sunday — Fire and Rain

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the elements of Air, Earth, Fire, and Water to play with. With that in mind, I chose to play with fire as my element with James Taylor’s Classic “Fire and Rain.”

“Fire and Rain” was a folk rock song written and performed by James Taylor. It was released as a single from his second album, Sweet Baby James, in February 1970. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was about the high and low points of Taylor’s early career. He was only 20 when he wrote it in 1968, but was battling depression and drug addiction.

In one part of the song, Taylor recalls his reaction to the suicide of Suzanne Schnerr, a childhood friend. Another part focuses on Taylor’s struggle to overcome drug addiction and depression over the failure of his new band, The Flying Machine, to achieve success. The lyric “Sweet dreams and Flying Machines in pieces on the ground” was referring to the band’s failure. And finally, the song is about his coming to grips with fame and fortune.

Here are the lyrics to “Fire and Rain.”

Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can’t remember who to send it to

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again

Won’t you look down upon me, jesus
You’ve got to help me make a stand
You’ve just got to see me through another day
My body’s aching and my time is at hand
And I won’t make it any other way

Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it’ll turn your head around
Well, there’s hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things
To come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought I’d see you one more time again
There’s just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I’d see you, thought I’d see you fire and rain, now

FOWC with Fandango — Callous

FOWCWelcome to July 12, 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 “callous.”

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. Please 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.

#writephoto and 3TC — Pastoral Vista

A22F08CE-D842-4877-A86C-751DDB0B4E26“So where are we exactly?” Dan, looking at the pastoral vista of the valley below them, asked Jim.

Jim pulled out his compass. “This is not normal,” he said, a sense of dread in his voice

“What do you mean by not normal,” Dan asked.

“The bearings are all fucked up,” Jim said. “It’s like there’s some geological phenomenon going on.”

At that moment, the earthquake hit, swallowing up the two hikers.


Written for the Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101. The three things are “normal,” “exactly,” and “bearings.” And for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Cavalier

95BECA97-C33A-49E0-9BBA-A743BE435BC1“I assume you still want those earrings with the feathers I got you,” Don said.

“Please, Don, let’s not make a big deal about my birthday,” Megan said.

“I really wish,” Don said, “you wouldn’t be so cavalier about your birthday.”

“On balance, it’s no different from any other day. I just need some space to deal with getting older, that’s all,” Megan said.

(64 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “cavalier” and the word count must be 64 words.E16CC861-2708-43FA-A13F-1258BCB62319Also written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (assume), Ragtag Daily Prompt (feathers), The Daily Spur (birthday), Word of the Day Challenge (wish), Your Daily Word Prompt (balance), and Jibber Jabber (space).