The Five Greatest Songs Ever Written

Updated on November 29, 2017

Old Wolf Cottage The Guitar Man

Introduction

I started out with one idea for one song based on the fact that no-one had written a Christmas song that would be as evergreen as the songs from the 1970’s but this time with meaningful, emotional and sentimental lyrics. Once written and recorded on YouTube I thought about what other songs I could write that not only had a memorable musical score but also had meaningful, heartfelt and touching lyrics. The next four flowed easily once I had decided on the subjects; Love, Pets, Mother Nature and Nostradamus.

I have published this article to show that anyone can compose the perfect song on any subject when they have the right inspiration. As you know someone who creates a song knows that it is the best song ever written so why not shout that out from the mountain tops. Your song is the greatest, or saddest, or funniest, or most beautiful song of all time. There is nothing wrong with that.

Contents

1. Mama Used to Say (hey kids its Christmas Day)

2. My World, Our World, One World

3. My Loyal Old Friend

4. The Last Question

5. Rainbow Obsidian

MAMA USED TO SAY (HEY KIDS ITS CHRISTMAS DAY)

The story behind Mama Used to Say (hey kids its Christmas Day)

As related in the introduction I set out to write the Christmas Song I would like to hear. It had to be unique to stand out from the other Christmas songs that have been around for years and played over and over again.

I started with a list of what I wanted incorporated into the lyrical themes of the song;

● Warm childhood memories,

● Lovely memories of a person’s mother,

● Sad slow verses,

● Natural flowing engaging lyrics with an original approach,

● A Radio, TV and Social Media friendly melody,

● A sing-a-long easy to remember chorus,

● An introduction that ensures people listening instantly know what song is about to play.

Having a detailed list made writing the song so much easier. With everything on the list then integrated into the song. I included in the chorus two prompt phrases used in everyday life “Don’t do that. You can’t do that.” which I hoped would mean that when these phrases were randomly used by an individual in everyday life it would trigger memories of the chorus and the song.

Coming up with a uniquely memorable introduction was more difficult. For no other reason than the fact I hadn’t heard it start any other song I chose an Old Ship’s bell. I then incorporated a reference to why the bell was used in the third verse with regard to the children’s granddaddy.

So far the prompt phrases in the chorus have been well received and people comment that it does make you think of the song when they say “Don’t do that” or “You can’t do that”. Any comments on this melodic theme are most welcome.

The lyrics to the most Magically Nostalgic Christmas Song Ever

“Hey kids, time to come down stairs… it’s Christmas Day”

VERSE 1

The four of us huddled round the log fire,

Old memories in the flames rising higher,

Melodies and voices seem so clear,

Of Christmases past treasured so dear,

Dancing and laughing at the Christmas fair,

While our cold breath hung in the air.

Playing under a bright frosty moon,

Whilst singing the latest Christmas tune.

VERSE 2

Bedtime at last on a snowy Christmas Eve,

Santa will soon be here as long as we believe,

So much excitement and a long restless night,

Sitting by the window just wishing for one sight,

Of Santa and his reindeers flying above the land,

While holding my favourite Teddy by the hand,

Finally there’s a feeling of magic in the air,

When mama calls us all to come on down the stairs.

“Though sometimes Mama also did have to say”

CHORUS

Don’t do that. You can’t do that. Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved Santa’ll bring us presents on Christmas Day.

Don’t do that, You can’t do that, Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved we’d get to stay up late on Christmas Day.

VERSE 3

Mama raised us all, on her own,

She worked three jobs but would never moan,

We learned from her to cherish what little we had,

Mama loved us all even when she was sad,

We all remember the last time she cried,

Was the day our only granddaddy died,

Since that time on special days as if to say farewell,

Mama would always ring his old ship’s bell.

“Not on those days, but sometimes Mama did have to say”

CHORUS

Don’t do that. You can’t do that. Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved Santa’ll bring us presents on Christmas Day.

Don’t do that, You can’t do that, Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved we’d get to stay up late on Christmas Day.

VERSE 4

Now another year has gone since mama passed away,

We will always remember that awful Christmas Day,

The sorrow, sadness and heartache never fade,

But we have learned to live without being afraid,

Now while talking brings so many memories back,

We laugh now seeing that mama had the knack,

To get us all to behave and never slack,

Without ever once having to give us a whack!

“Though sometimes Mama did have to say”

CHORUS

Don’t do that. You can’t do that. Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved Santa’ll bring us presents on Christmas Day.

Don’t do that, You can’t do that, Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved we’d get to stay up late on Christmas Day.

CHORUS

Don’t do that. You can’t do that. Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved Santa’ll bring us presents on Christmas Day.

Don’t do that, You can’t do that, Don’t do that or you’ll get a whack.

Mama used to say if we behaved we’d get to stay up late on Christmas Day.

MY WORLD, OUR WORLD, ONE WORLD

The story behind My World, Our World, One World

My beautiful wife Valerie, who guides and supports me everyday, was the inspiration for My World, Our World, One World. She alone knows and trusts me like no other and the song reflects our reciprocal feelings for each other. From the first time we met to what our future together will be like, Forevermore. I hope others find a partner to love and care for and be loved and cared for by them with mutual respect.

The lyrics to the Most Beautiful Love Song Ever

VERSE 1

When first I saw your radiant beauty across a crowded station,

Your golden smile filled my senses with anticipation.

Then our first embrace on that universal stage,

Like a fairy story lifted from an ancient page.

VERSE 2

Walking hand-in-hand along an ocean’s restless coastline,

We realise that all our thoughts and wishes intertwine.

So many things to say about our tranquil living way,

With each tender smile our fears slowly fade away.

CHORUS

My love to you is tenderness,

My respect for you is intense,

My trust in you is my strength,

My world is being with you forevermore.

Our love is gentleness,

Our respect is through devotion,

Our trust is in understanding,

Our world is being as one forevermore.

VERSE 3

Watching the moon rise in a starlit autumn sky,

Drifting ever closer emotional but shy.

An enchanted embrace is tender warm perfection,

Then the feeling of nature’s assent with our intimate connection.

CHORUS

My love to you is tenderness,

My respect for you is intense,

My trust in you is my strength,

My world is being with you forevermore.

Our love is gentleness,

Our respect is through devotion,

Our trust is in understanding,

Our world is being as one forevermore.

VERSE 4

Now secure in our log cabin by the spirit of the sea,

Our commitment to each other is effortless empathy.

I will give you perfect memories in my love to you always,

For these precious times together are our halcyon days.

CHORUS

My love to you is tenderness,

My respect for you is intense,

My trust in you is my strength,

My world is being with you forevermore.

Our love is gentleness,

Our respect is through devotion,

Our trust is in understanding,

Our world is being as one forevermore.

MY LOYAL OLD FRIEND

The story behind My Loyal Old Friend

I had written a poem after we lost our beloved Labrador Nero to cancer to celebrate his life and how we thought of him not as a pet but as a friend. The title was never in doubt. We considered our Labrador to be more than a pet but “My Loyal Old Friend”.

Two years later I decided to put the poem to music. I wanted to give the song a universal appeal to anyone who had lost a pet whether it was a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or any other pet. The important part was to have everyone who listened to the song share their thoughts and memories of a beloved pet. The song/poem embraces the sad memories of losing a pet but also the happy memories of the time someone’s pet was with them.

I didn’t deliberately set out to make people cry but I knew the lyrics would, and they have on a number of occasions. Don’t ever be ashamed or afraid to cry.

The Lyrics to the saddest most Heartbreaking Song ever about losing a pet

VERSE 1

If I had given you another name what would it have been?

Looking back on your life what would that name mean?

Something that says everything I treasured and still do,

A name that tells everyone how special you were too.

VERSE 2

Someone who was always happy to be by my side,

Who never questioned me and would never hide,

You were always there for me right up to the end,

I am so proud to have known you my loyal old friend.

VERSE 3

When I felt my world was empty and I only wanted to cry,

When I was feeling low or troubled by my side you'd lie,

That tender look in your eyes encouraged me to carry on,

My old friend I miss you so much now that you are gone.

VERSE 4

Memories of our time together are precious now to me,

Those pictures will never fade so clear for all to see,

For I will always find the time to remember you,

My old friend I know you will remember me too.

VERSE 5

If only I could see you again I wish there was a way,

To have you by my side for just one more precious day,

My faithful partner for now my love, is all that I can send,

Until we are together again my loyal old friend.

THE LAST QUESTION

The story behind The Last Question

Someone, Somewhere, Someday, will ask the last question and Mother Nature will no longer be there to answer or care. Those words came into my mind one day when I was watching the video by LinkinPark “What I’ve Done”. This is well worth watching as it has a strong environmental message and of course is sung by the much missed Chester Bennington. If only I could write a song similar to that was my initial thought, even though I knew it would never be as incredible as “What I’ve Done”. Well I gave it a try using the tag lines “nobody cares”, “someone else will sort it”, “not my problem” and the theme of losing our precious animals, insects, birds, trees, flowers, marine life, and even sand and rocks bit by bit until there is nothing left. So if there is nothing left then, there will not be any humans either. Please keep asking the right questions until we get the right answers.

The Lyrics to the most Thought Provoking Song ever written about Nature

VERSE 1

What if we lost a grain of sand? What if we lost a foreign land? What if we lost a honey bee? What if we lost an Arctic sea?

What if we lost a stone on a beach? What if we lost the freedom of speech? What if we lost an oak tree leaf? What if we lost a coral reef?

What if we lost another blue whale? What if we lost a wooded trail? What if we lost the soil to grow? What if we lost the last plateau?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

VERSE 2

What if we lost one drop of rain? What if we lost the will to complain? What if we lost just one emotion? What if we lost a deep blue ocean?

What if we lost a brown tree ant? What if we lost a garden plant? What if we lost a great white shark? What if we lost a wooded park?

What if we lost a shallow lagoon? What if we lost the evening moon? What if we lost the will to conform? What if we lost the need to inform?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

VERSE 3

What if we lost a butterfly wing? What if we lost a scorpion sting? What if we lost a tiger’s claw? What if we lost the rule of law?

What if we lost a flake of snow? What if we lost a glacier flow? What if we lost the need to explore? What if we lost the last wild boar?

What if we lost the sound of a choir? What if we lost the warmth of a fire? What if we lost the winter snow? What if we lost the gulfstream flow?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

VERSE 4

What if we lost The Northern Lights? What if we lost Dark Sky nights? What if we lost a rainforest tree? What if we lost the ability to see?

What if we lost our standing stones? What if we lost all dinosaur bones? What if we lost our oil and gas? What if we lost the pampas grass?

What if we lost a reason to laugh? What if we lost the first born calf? What if we lost the citrus lime? What if we stopped measuring time?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

VERSE 5

What if we lost another wildcat? What if we lost one more fruit bat? What if we lost China’s great wall? What if we lost the name of Nepal?

What if we lost an elephant seal? What if we lost the need to feel? What if we lost the Olive Baboon? What if we lost the seasonal Monsoon?

What if we lost the Rocky Mountains high? What if we lost the ability to cry? What if we lost a cool sea breeze? What if we lost the seven seas?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

VERSE 6

What if we lost hot water springs? What if we lost Saturn’s rings? What if we lost a polar bear? What if we lost the fresh morning air?

What if we lost a tiger snake? What if we lost a freshwater lake? What if we lost every mountain range? What if we lost the need to change?

What if we lost a northern gannet? What if we lost a single blue planet? What if we lost a dragonfly? What if we lost the stars in the sky?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

VERSE 7

What if we lost the Cherokee Nation? What if we lost all vegetation? What if we lost a bird of prey? What if we lost the Milky Way?

Who’s gonna notice? Who’s gonna care?

Who’s gonna question? Before they’re not there.

Who is gonna to notice? Who is gonna to care?

No one but me… But I’m no longer there.

And because you didn’t notice and because you didn’t care.

Now there’s no need to question… They’re no longer there.

RAINBOW OBSIDIAN

The Story behind Rainbow Obsidian

Some of you may find the last subject rather unusual, but I will explain. I had finished recording four songs and felt that I had accomplished what I set out to do, so I hung up my guitar and pen. Then one day as I walked along a beautiful wind swept beach on the West coast of Scotland glistening on the ground was a small dark rock. After some research it was identified as Rainbow Obsidian which interestingly was used by Nostradamus as part of his mixture in a bowl of brine to create a mirror to predict the future. Whether you believe this, or not, further study revealed that he was certainly an intriguing character. From that information on his life, predictions, and death the song Rainbow Obsidian was created.

The Lyrics to the most Mystical and Poetic Song ever written about Nostradamus

VERSE 1

Named Michel he was born in France in 1503,

An astrologer and physician he would come to be,

A traveller to ancient schools of mystery,

Then the occult did call unveiling present day history.

VERSE 2

Using Rainbow Obsidian and herbs in brine,

With candles in the night and an astrologers sign,

The future was seen through the darkness of time,

Recorded in French in four lines of rhyme.

CHORUS

What did he see is the question to be asked?

Witnessing the future, now a present from the past,

His prophesies and predictions for 2,000 years proclaim,

Forever we will remember Michel de Nostredame.

VERSE 3

There will be no messages from the stars,

No man shall ever travel from earth to mars,

The continuing “great silence” will last for evermore,

Near the Southern Cross will burn the remains of Centaur.

CHORUS

What did he see is the question to be asked?

Witnessing the future, now a present from the past,

His prophesies and predictions for 2,000 years proclaim,

Forever we will remember Michel de Nostredame.

VERSE 4

Colossal floating cities will roam the seven seas,

Ageless heads shall wake again from their ice and metal freeze,

In the year of 2065 the age of oil will end,

The Tradewinds then fall silent and chaos will descend.

CHORUS

What did he see is the question to be asked?

Witnessing the future, now a present from the past,

His prophesies and predictions for 2,000 years proclaim,

Forever we will remember Michel de Nostredame.

VERSE 5

In June 1566 the day finally came,

When Charon the Ferryman called out his name,

One final prophecy from behind his tired eyes,

“You will not find me alive at the dawn of sunrise”

CHORUS

What did he see is the question to be asked?

Witnessing the future, now a present from the past,

His prophesies and predictions for 2,000 years proclaim,

Forever we will remember Michel de Nostredame.

Copyright

The music and lyrics for these songs and this article were written by BH McKechnie and VHM McKechnie who equally own the musical and literary copyright and have the sole authority and rights to licence and allow: copying, issuing, lending, renting, performing, showing, playing or broadcasting of this song. The stated owners of the music and lyrics also have the right to equitable remuneration.

The copyright of the sound recordings are also equally owned by BH McKechnie and VHM McKechnie as the record producers, who have the sole authority and rights to licence and allow: reproduction, distribution, rental, lending and to make this recording available. The stated owners of this recording also have the right to equitable remuneration.

An Invitation

We would appreciate it if you would please let us know what you think of this article. Thank You. Brian & Valerie.

BH & VHM McKechnie © 2017/2018

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      Brian The Guitar Man 2 weeks ago from Old Wolf Cottage

      Thank You Larry.

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      Larry Rankin 2 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting analysis.