A Cornucopia of Thanks Songs

 

 gramophone cornucopiaIn keeping with the approaching season, I offer an early post, a playlist of songs about thanks. Turn that frown upside down and let your toes start tapping through the madness of the moment. Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

We start with a 1942 song from Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For.”

 

If that calls to mind a tune from Porgy and Bess, “I’ve Got Plenty of Nothing (and nothings plenty for me)” then you do you. We’re jumping forward to the 1970s and a tune that is stuck in most of our heads. In 1978, Andrew Gold wrote and recorded “Thank You For Being A Friend.”

 

A little too sweet? Step back earlier in the decade and bring the funk. Earth, Wind and Fire were enjoying great success and expressed their “Gratitude.”

 

Take it back to 1969, when Sly & The Family Stone recorded “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”

 

That same year, Led Zeppelin recorded a power ballad, “Thank You.”

 

Now jump forward to 2008 and the beauty of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s quiet meditation on Thanksgiving gatherings, “Thanksgiving Song.”

 

As we go deeper into the meaning of thanks, we go back to Walter Hawkins’ 1990 “Thank You.” I chose a more recent recording by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir for clarity and because it includes the lyrics in subtitles. This song could have been written today, as the troubles in our land from that day have not changed. And yet the songwriter says he has much for which to be thankful.

 

Where Walter Hawkins expressed thanks for protection, Marvin Sapp, in this trying year, expressing thanks for all the trials and tribulations, as well as the good times.

 

Natalie Cole sums it up nicely in a toe-tapping tune: “(we should) Be Thankful (for what we got).”

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  1. Jimmy Carter Member
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    It’s kinda like “Thanks”:

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  2. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    It’s kinda like “Thanks”:

    Yes, and written in another troubled time, 1967.

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  3. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    Ray from the Kinks:

     

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  4. Addiction Is A Choice Member
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  5. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    No disco here. Yet.

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  6. MarciN Member
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    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and this is my favorite Thanksgiving hymn:

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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    I almost included this. Excellent addition.

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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Ray from the Kinks:

     

    A new one for me, thanks!

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  9. Mim526 Member
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    Today I gave thanks for my country, the United States of America.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw_MbY7rfww

     

    Thanks for the beautiful music everyone.  Think I’ll pull out some Mary Chapin Carpenter soon…forgot how good a singer she is.

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  10. Midwest Southerner Member
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    Mim526 (View Comment):

    Today I gave thanks for my country, the United States of America.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw_MbY7rfww

    Chills — what an amazing voice — and a great reminder that we live in the best country on this big, beautiful, blue marble.

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  11. Midwest Southerner Member
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    Wowza! Adding all of these to a new Spotify playlist. Thanks @cliffordbrown.

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  12. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Midwest Southerner (View Comment):

    Wowza! Adding all of these to a new Spotify playlist. Thanks @cliffordbrown.

    You are welcome. I enjoy creating these playlists because of all the other songs that members add in the comments. 

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  13. Addiction Is A Choice Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    I almost included this. Excellent addition.

    Addition is a choice  *wink*

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