Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #40

by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

It is easy to be excited by someone else. Their look, their aura, or even the sound of
their voice. In the same way we can watch a person declare their love to another and
be repulsed by that, especially if that love is untrue or secretly promised to someone else. Why does love have to be so complicated? For many of us love either works out great or love causes a big mess.

For the ever-changing San Francisco rock band, Journey, love is the source of most of
their successes and ironically the reason they changed singers in the 1990s. It all began when lead vocalist Steve Perry joined the group in 1976. At that time the band’s futuristic sound would change direction and most assuredly love would be the dominant song topic.

Steve collaborated on compositions with band members Neal Schon, Ross Valory, and Gregg Rollie. They had co-written 17 songs by the time the “Evolution” album was
recorded in 1978. Keeping the pulse of the band throughout the changes was drummer Steve Smith. Most of the recordings exuded happy beats evoking feelings of devotion and the occasional heartbreak of separation.

Steve had been inspired by a Sam Cooke tune which professed undying love. The lyrics for Steve’s new work however, showcased love that had gone real bad. What should we do if the person we love pushes us away, or cheats on us? We can find some comfort in what goes around usually comes back around.

Number 41
The song “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” was released as a single in 1979 just five
months after the “Evolution” album release. Fans established and new to their sound
were already jazzed about the song being played on album oriented FM radio. Fans then began to demand it be played on Top 40 radio stations. The management gave in and released it as a single for a proper hearing. And the inspired love-gone-bad ballad became Journey’s first ever Top 40 hit reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

While it is difficult to be rejected, it is not always the worst thing that could happen. If we are strong and have a healthy love for ourselves, we can choose to be happy in our own skin all the time. Losing that strength only makes us vulnerable for the next wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Anyway, it isn’t such a bad thing, watching the one who let us go be the person who gets cheated on by our replacement. Na na na na na na!

Lyrics: written by Steve Perry

You make me weep and wanna die
Just when you said we’d try

Lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’ each other
When I’m alone all by myself
You’re out with someone else
Lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’ each other

You’re tearin’ me apart
Every, every day
You’re tearin’ me apart
Oh what can I say?
You’re tearin’ me apart

It won’t be long, yes, till you’re alone
When your lover, oh, he hasn’t come home
Cause he’s lovin’, who he’s touchin’,
He’s squeezin’ another

He’s tearin’ you apart
Every, every day
He’s tearin’ you apart
Oh girl what can you say?
Cause he’s lovin’, touchin’ another
Now it’s your turn girl to cry

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na

If you are feeling depressed, do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click this resource, the National Institute of Mental Health.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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