Sweet Dreams

“Some days I feel my life is a Patsy Cline playlist.” – Ezzie Ortega

Cline at WSM studios in Nashville, Tenn. in 1963

Cline at WSM studios in Nashville, Tenn. in 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Crazy, baby, it’s so crazy
I fall to pieces
I love you so much it hurts
I can’t help it – If I am still in love with you

You were only fooling – While I was falling in love
Now baby, I’m Walkin’ after midnight
On these Lonely streets
Always having Sweet dreams of you

So wrong
I’ve loved and lost again
How can I face tomorrow
Remember me – I’m the one who loved you

She’s got you
Strange you had
Leavin’ on your mind
That’s how a heartache begins

I’ve been Lovin’ in vain
Cryin’ Seven lonely days
Who can I count on
Not that you’re Foolin’ ‘round

You belong to me
Someday – You’ll want me to want you
That’s my desire
Crazy these Lovesick blues

You made me love you – I didn’t want to do it
Your cheatin’ heart
Gave mine Heartaches
Imagine that

Crazy, it’s so crazy
He called me baby
Back in my baby’s arms

Sweet dreams – of you
I can’t help it – If I am still in love with you
Does your heart beat for me
Crazy – I fall to pieces

Crazy, it’s So wrong
I fall to pieces
I love you so much it hurts
I can’t help it – If I am still in love with you

(All Patsy Cline song titles italicized. Ezzie Ortega is a fictional character, and for your listening pleasure, Jessica Lange singing Patsy Cline. )

What is your favorite song? Why?


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39 thoughts on “Sweet Dreams

  1. I don’t know if I have a favorite song. I have one for each book I write, though. For the conclusion of my Game. Set. Match. Heartbreak. novella series, it’s “Never Be the Same” by Red. I’ve felt every emotion in that song.
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    • Kelly – that’s a good song and one I’d hate to live through again, but we do, at least as writers we do. Life and art, ever crossing and taking us on unexpected journeys.

    • Patricia – I know Charles, definitely and acquired taste. For me he conjures dinner parties from years ago. Friends of mine loved him and he was always playing during the evening. Thanks for the time travel. I hadn’t thought about them in years.

  2. I don’t really know a favorite song, I like so much music. I like this song that goes “Take my hands, Lord, take my feet, use my mouth Lord speak through me.” I like the song, even though I don’t think of Spirit as “Lord” in any sense of the meaning. I like the service promise. It just does something to me.

    • Sharon – he is a goodie. I like him too, but I am more of a Dean Martin fan. My dad listened to all sorts of music, which stuck to me, and since I listen to all his stuff and mine, it stuck to my kids. I love seeing the generational gifts that continue to pay forward.

  3. I love the original song, “Three Coins in the Fountain.” As a teenager, I used to fantasize about throwing a coin in the Trevi fountain in Rome and having my wish come true. I love the song so much I refer to it in my novel, “Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever,” which has been optioned for the big screen. Maybe my wish will finally come true.

    • Judith – I remember that song. A few years back I through several coins in that fountain. It was chilling to live a wish like that… And your wish, it will .. just wait.

    • Astra, that’s a good one. It’s not a favorite of mine, but like you said, I never get tired of hearing it when it circles round. It is one of those songs that makes you stop to listen.

  4. My favorites run the gamut – classical, rock, folk, show tunes….always depends on my mood. Enjoyed the clip above and your intertwining of Patsy with your own text.

  5. I am similar to many who have already commented in that I cannot choose a single, favorite song. There are so many. I have often said that I climb right into the heart of a given song, diving into the lyrics, the harmonies and nuances.

    Currently, Jason Mraz’s “I won’t give up” is very significant to me and I suspect it always will be. “In my life” by the Beatles is another constant, as I am always so appreciative and conscious of the blessings that those around me bring.

    I know this much – life without music to add texture and depth and sheer enjoyment would be lacking in an essential level of dimension for me. I’ve written several blog articles about my relationship with music; it’s that intrinsically tied to who I am.

    Miss Patsy Cline was an incredible talent!

    – Dawn
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    • Dawn – I am surprised that more didn’t have an all time favorite song or album to be honest. I know it’s hard selecting one from millions. I have the same connection to music, what I am listening to is a telltale sign of where I am in my head and heart. I do have one favorite song, but there are always contenders and flights of fancy for the top spot.

  6. I love Patsy Cline!!! Haven’t listened to her in a long while, Brenda, and you’ve made me want to go hunt up my CD with her most popular songs on it.
    Oh, and how I loved your weaving of her lyrics with your own words – that’s not an easy thing to do. Wow!
    Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!
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    • Martha – she’s the best. It was easier than you might think.. lots of cutting and pasting. I still think it could use some more edits, but time. Thanks kindly, as always.

  7. Oh Patsy Cline, singer of my favorite karaoke songs.
    One song? Who can pick one? According to itunes it is, Come Rain or Come Shine by Aaron Neville. That whole album gets a lot of play time. It is soulful, and moving.

    Funny-I was listening to Led Zep writing this which segued to Les Paul and Mary Ford’s Lover, followed by Linkin Park’s In the End. Apparently, I’m quite fickle.
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    • Lynne – I remember you saying once you like Patsy. I totally understand being fickle with music, I am too. It really depends on my mood and where my head is when I pop on a play list. I don’t have any Linkin Park on my Ipod, but all the others, yes.

    • Hi Galen, I can’t go a day without music of some sort. I have some playing now as I type. I think music is my quiet. Thanks for visiting, hope you yours had a wonderful holiday..

    • Debra – you’ve been on my mind of late.Yes, she can. I think there are a handful of actors who are talented that way (yes, I’m jealous). I never got into Eva, but I’ll give it a listen. Thanks for sharing the links. I’ll give them a listen. Hugs.

    • Linda my dear, thanks for appreciating my strange mind and Patsy Song List poem. My newest novel is being penned with Patsy in my mind and soul. The lyrics in the song reflect the character’s own quest for love. I like that song.. Heaven… (imagine that I can carry a tune, you’ll have to imagine really hard…)

  8. I have way too many favourite songs. Lately it’s ‘Lies’ by Glen Hansard, ‘In These Arms’ by The Swell Season, ‘Wayward Son’ Kansas, ‘Lullaby’ by Sia, ‘Somewhere Different Now’ by Girlyman.

    All-time faves: ‘Yellow Brick Road’ by Angus & Julia Stone; ‘Angel’ Sarah Mchlachlan; ‘Brothers In Arms’ Dire Straits; ‘I’ll Say I’m Sorry Now’ Shawn Colvin

    And yesterday, I just bought ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘A Case of You’ (James Blake version) on iTunes.

    See, way too many, right?

    As for why, my answer is shorter: They are honest and they paint pictures in my head.

    (Haven’t heard of Patsy Cline, can’t wait to listen to her songs. :))

    • Claudine – I like Glen’s and Sia’s song a lot, as well. If you like Shawn and Sarah, you’ll like Patsy. She is old school but has a unique voice. I like, even love a lot of songs, but I have one favorite that hasn’t been kicked off the top spot. I like your reason why – honest and paint pictures. Good post topic.

  9. I created a playlist for our family’s field trip year- being a film major, I felt we needed a soundtrack for our travels.

    Here are my top ten:

    (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon
    This Year by Chantal Kreviazuk
    He Went to Paris by Jimmy Buffett
    These Days by The Foo Fighters
    Waiting in Vain by Annie Lennox
    Minutes to Memories by John Mellencamp
    Satisfaction Guaranteed by The Firm
    Handle With Care by The Traveling Wilburys
    Luckenbach, Texas by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
    Lullaby by The Dixie Chicks

    Now, these songs trigger memories of our year’s adventures that I replay over and over in my mind while listening. That is the gift of music to me.

    • Jennifer – LOVED THIS LIST… There is something about a playlist that resonates every time you hear it. You’ll leave it for a while, go off to create new ones or get hooked on a new artist, and then one day you’ll land on this list. The memories you made during the trip will wash over you and your heart will expand. Thanks much for sharing and stopping by.

  10. Brenda, my visit to your blog has been long overdue. I apologize for my absence. If you’ve read my latest posts you know the crazy spin my life has taken lately. In any case, I’m sorry! And I’m back! I love the creative spin you’ve done with Patsy’s lyrics. You’ve artfully tied them in to your own life and the final result is superb! I love it! Happy holidays to you and your family! :)

    • Bella -I stop by Gypsy every other post or so. And no worries, I know how hectic life can be… is. I do my best to stay caught up with the blogs that give me pleasure, but I don’t always make it around. Thanks for your kind words and wishing you the same. Hope the heater was fixed.

  11. Reading through all of your favorite songs and playlists has sparked memories of my own favorites for sure. Most anything by the Beatles tops my list. But just the thought of Patsy Cline brings up memories of my parents playing a lot of Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee. IMO no other artist comes close to duplicating the sultry vocal of Ms. Lee singing “Fever.” Thanks for your post, Brenda!
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    • Thanks for sharing yours, Nancy. Patsy is before my time but once I discovered her I feel in love. Peggy Lee – I remember watching a movie, can remember which one, but one of Peggy’s songs was featured, and since, I’ve loved listening to her. My parents listened to Nat… hard not to forget our parents music.

  12. I like so many different songs it’s hard to choose. I like John Lennon’s “Imagine”..also Nirvana’s “Hurt”..particularly because of the line, “Everyone I know goes away in the end”…that’s so true..not quite a happy theme, but true and drives home the reality of impermanence, something we all can relate to.

    • Jessica – I was surprised to see others had a hard time choosing a favorite song. I have many top contenders, but there is only one that maintains the top spot. Imagine, is a good one.

  13. What a clever homage to Patsy Cline. Crazy is one of the all time classic songs that I love. Have you ever heard KD Lang perform it? She’s another whose vocals I enjoy. Anyway, well done, love how you handled the song titles in such a beautiful way. Hope you’re having a happy holiday!

    • Thanks, Monica, and yes, I have. I have the cover addiction, thus always looking to hear others sing the fits of another. And I am having a merry season. Wishing you a merry merry.

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