Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal

Good indie music: The Fleet Foxes (die flotten Füchse) who debuted this year with an album that sounds like the Beach Boys jamming with Neil Young and Bill Withers in a trance. “To me, the most enjoyable thing in the world is to sing harmony with people,” Robin Pecknold told NPR. Stunning private session at the Grand Palais, courtesy of La Blogotheque. They make the line “Light up with me, my dear” (= komm’ rauch mit mir, Liebes) sound vaguely Gregorian and definitely like a religious act – fantastic.

Sun Giant

What a life I lead in the summer
What a life I lead in the spring
What a life I lead in the winded breeze
What a life I lead in the spring

What a life I lead when the sun breaks free
As a giant torn from the clouds
What a life indeed when that ancient seed
Is a berry watered and plowed


Fleet Foxes – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

White Winter Hymnal

I was following the pack
all swallowed in their coats
with scarves of red tied ’round their throats
to keep their little heads
from fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ’round and there you go
And, Michael, you would fall
and turn the white snow red as strawberries
in the summertime.


White Winter Hymnal from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

learning english with songs :-) englischlernen mit liedern

Java Jive

I love this animation by Kristyna Baczynski. This little java bean is from Brazil, not from Java. But then, in the US any good cup of coffee is “a cup of java”.

The Ink Spots

The King Sisters

The Manhattan Transfer

I love coffee, I love tea,
I love the Java Jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

I love java sweet and hot,
Whoops, Mister Moto, I’m a coffee pot
Shoot me the pot, and I’ll pour me a shot,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

Oh slip me a slug from the wonderful mug
and I’ll cut a rug ’til I’m snug in a jug
A slice of onion and a raw one,
Draw one!
Waiter, waiter, percolator!

I love coffee, I love tea,
I love the Java Jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

Boston beans (soy beans)
I said the little itty-bitty green bean
(cabbage n’ greens)
You know that I’m not keen about a bean,
unless it is a chili chili bean! (Talk it, boy!)

I love java sweet and hot,
Whoops, Mister Moto, I’m a coffee pot (yeah)
You shoot me the pot, and I’ll pour me a shot,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

Blow me a slug from that wonderful mug
And I’ll cut a rug that’s snug in a jug
Drop a nickel in my pot – Joe
Takin’ it slow
Waiter, waiter percolator

I love coffee, I love tea,
I love the Java Jive an’ it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup – BOY!

learning english with songs :-) englischlernen mit liedern