Monday, 4 November 2013

My Top Ten 'Born To...' Songs

Still celebrating the birth that changed our lives forever... and wondering just what our son, Sam, will be born to do...

There will be no prizes for guessing Number One.

10. Transvision Vamp - Born To Be Sold

My first piece of fatherly advice... keep away from girls who look like Wendy James, lad. They'll only bring you trouble.

9. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime
Words to live by, Lana. 

8. Pulp - Born To Cry

Well, he's a baby, Jarvis. They do cry. We'll deal with that in more detail in a future Top Ten.

See also the cool Tony Christie version.

7. The Rare Earth - Born To Wander

Embrace your right to ramble... 
Cause the wind was my mother
The highway is my brother
I was born to wander
And it's time for movin' on
I was born to wander
Turn around and I'll be gone, gone, gone
6. Patrick Hernandez - Born To Be Alive

Possibly the campest record ever made. FANTASTIC.

5. The Go-Betweens - Born To A Family

Sometimes I feel this could be about me.
Born to a family of honest workers... then I came along
Everyone else in my family has a trade. They do good, honest, skilled work.
I was square into the hole
There was something in my soul
What could I do... but follow the calling?
Son, whatever you want to do with your life, I hope to encourage you. But people will always need plumbers...

4. Bon Jovi - Born To Be My Baby

Look, you can come in here with your cool, hip, indie-kid shoes on... I wear those shoes plenty myself. But if you try and deny the supreme majesty of the Jove at their rocking best... well, don't let the door hit your backside on the way out.

3. Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Get your motor running...
This song was written by Mars Bonfire. Yes, I said Mars Bonfire.

We were struggling a long time to think of a name for our baby. Mars Bonfire Hirst came very close.

2. Dion - Born To Be With You

Originally recorded by The Chordettes in 1956, Dion's Phil Spector-produced cover from the mid-70s is a record of staggering beauty.
All my life through I was born, born, born, born, born to be with you
1. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Only one of the greatest songs ever written.
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul

Which were you born to choose?


  1. HWMBO says Born to Rock. Which appears to be called (we were) born to rock by quiet riot.

    I do not say that.

  2. Then he added this born to lose Motörhead but apparently he didn't mean that, he meant

    There just can't be enough born to lose songs by Motörhead.

    Actually there can!

    1. There can't ever be enough Motörhead.

  3. I'm going to write my own called 'born to slowly sell off your metal cd collection on eBay without you noticing'

    Although in fairness I found lana del ray born to die on youtube and decided 127million people can be wrong and I'd rather listen to Motörhead.

    I like your list best.

    1. Yes, but can I refer the honourable lady... etc. etc. etc.... Number 9?

      Or perhaps I should just keep schtum and enjoy the compliment.

  4. To be honest I couldn't get beyond Bruce.

  5. Wendy James....Wendy James....Wendy advice is to meet a girl like Wendy James once, at a party, and then never again....oh yes Bruce is quite good too!

  6. Been a little while since I poked my nose into your blogworld, been keeping my head down rather a lot amongst my online world lately. And I see you've joined the ranks of the new dads. Congratulations to you and yours. It's the toughest job I've ever done in my life. By far and away. But the best. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks, Simon, I'm finding it the same (re: toughness and bestness!) Good to hear from you again - hope all's well.

  7. Love Born To Be Alive - good shout :)

    I'd be remiss if I didn't sneak in a mention of Masta Ace's Born To Roll

    1. Well, somebody has to... but I still prefer Pat H.


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