Tuesday, February 1, 2011

the tide is high








Blondie waded into the reggae pool and rode the tide to number one with this remake of a reliant rocksteady raver. It had already overtaken the UK singles chart ten weeks earlier and was a worldwide smash. John Holt wrote the song in 1967 for his group the Paragons who were one of the most popular acts in Jamaica. 


Debbie Harry says, "I first heard 'The Tide Is High' on a compilation tape that someone had given me while we were in London. Chris (Stein) and I both fell in love with the song and decided it was too good to resist."


The Specials were asked to back Harry on the song; but they refused. The band gave it a new arrangement with horns and strings and hired out additional percussion, which, according to Chris Stein, involved "8 tracks of drum sticks tapping on a piano bench."

"The Tide is High" and the followup "Rapture" drove their album 'Autoamerican' to the top ten around the world. It would be the last time one of their albums reached platinum sales.







The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.

I'm not the kinda girl who gives up just like that, oh no.
It's not the things you do that tease and hurt me bad ooo, ooo, ooo,
But it's the way you do the things you do to me.
I'm not the kinda girl who gives up just like that, oh no.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.
Number one.
Number one.

Every girl wants you to be her man, ooo, ooo, ooo,
But I'll wait, my dear, 'till it's my turn.
I'm not the kinda girl who gives up just like that, oh, no.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.
Number one.
Number one.

Every girl wants you to be her man ooo, ooo, ooo, but I'll wait, my dear, 'till it's my turn.
I'm not the kinda girl who gives up just like that, oh no.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.
Number one.
Number one.
Number one.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one.

The tide is high but I'm holding on.
I'm gonna be your number one, your number one.









"Suzy And Jeffrey" 
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