Song of the Day #3,372: ‘September’ – Earth, Wind & Fire

Pull out the bell bottoms, because Day 13 of the 30 Day Music Challenge asks you to offer up ‘One of Your Favorite 70s Songs.’

I could cheat and name any number of songs by favorite artists of mine who happened to record in the 70s. Tracks by Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen would be easy picks. But that would be adhering to the letter of the law but not its spirit.

Another option is to represent the chill 70s singer-songwriter vibe embodied by people like Jackson Browne, Carole King and even Fleetwood Mac. Much of the Yacht Rock I featured a few weeks back falls into that category, too.

But I felt I had to go with a disco/funk track here, and setting aside the obvious Bee Gees pick, I landed on one of my favorites: ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. I featured the original a little more than a year ago, and found this nice live version today.

[Verse 1]
Do you remember the 21st night of September?
Love was changing the mind of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember, how the stars stole the night away, yeah yeah yeah

[Chorus 1]
Hey hey hey
Bada Ya, say do you remember
Bada Ya, dancing in September
Bada Ya, never was a cloudy day

[Bridge]
Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda, badu
Ba duda, badu, ba duda, badu
Ba duda, badu, ba duda

[Verse 2]
My thoughts are with you
Holding hands with your heart to see you
Only blue talk and love
Remember, how we knew love was here to stay
Now December found the love that we shared in September
Only blue talk and love
Remember, the true love we share today

[Chorus]
Hey hey hey
Bada Ya, say do you remember
Bada Ya, dancing in September
Bada Ya, never was a cloudy day

There was a
Bada Ya, say do you remember
Bada Ya, dancing in September
Bada Ya, golden dreams were shiny days

[Verse 3]
The bell was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember every cloudy day

[Chorus 2]
There was a
Bada Ya, say do you remember
Bada Ya, dancing in September
Bada Ya, never was a cloudy day
And we’ll say
Bada Ya, say do you remember
Bada Ya, dancing in September
Bada Ya, golden dreams were shiny days

[Outro]
Bada ya da ya da ya
Bada ya da ya da ya
Bada ya da ya da ya da ya
Bada ya da ya da ya
Bada ya da ya da ya
Bada ya da ya da ya da ya

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,372: ‘September’ – Earth, Wind & Fire

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Wow, this is such a broad category! So many great songs come to mind. I confess that, as an assist, I googled greatest songs of the 70’s to see what popped up and caught my eye. There were, of course, several great ones on there, but one that stuck out for some reason was Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” That’s one of those songs that both feels very much of its era but also timeless and falls into that other category of this challenge of Songs I Never Get Tired Of.

  2. Rob says:

    WOW!!! This one is tough. The 70’s is my favorite decade of music. It had everything – singer/songwriters, bubble-gum pop, punk, great rock and roll – the whole nine yards. The first song that came to mind was “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen No song before or since spoke to me the way this song did. But I gave it a little more thought and settled on “Nights On Broadway” by the Bee Gees. An outstanding R&B track, with a muscular groove, and the trademark Brothers Gibb harmonies. They had bigger songs in the seventies, but to me, this is the one that stands out.

  3. Maddie says:

    I’m gonna give this one to Elton John, one of the only saving graces of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. This is a favorite song of mine and Elton is a defining artist for the 70s.

  4. Amy says:

    I considered “Superstition,” as well as a song by the Bee Gee’s (“Stayin’ Alive” would have been my pick) and Elton John (would have gone with “Tiny Dancer”), but, ultimately I wanted to pick a song that actually made an impression on me during the 70’s and the truth is I became fans of all of those songs and artists in the early 80’s. I, as Clay had, also considered songs I think of as quintessential 70’s songs (such as Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle or Jim Croce’s “Operator”)

    Finally, I settled on the song that had my adolescent self fascinated to learn who the mysterious subject was of Carly Simon’s revenge track. Though it was released in ’72 when I was a mere child, this album played throughout the decade and, therefore, feels just right to represent the category.

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