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Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #39

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by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

No matter if we are famous or the quiet type, we fail ourselves and fail others from time to time. Psychologists say we should forgive ourselves for our faults and try to not repeat the same mistakes. They also insist that when we ask for forgiveness from others it is a sign we are taking responsibility for our actions. Receiving that forgiveness we beg for from a hurt loved one is another topic for a different day.

Claude Russell Bridges (1942-2016) best known as Leon Russell was an American pianist and musician and songwriter whose career spanned 60 years. He wrote pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf songs in all that time. He also achieved six gold records for some of his works. Leon had been married and divorced three times during these creative days and had fathered six children. He made his share of mistakes in life and in love.

His first break was playing with The Beach Boys. After that gig he composed a self-titled debut album. Leon was mentored by Elton John on this effort and recruited musicians such as Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. At the time Leon was romantically involved with Carla McHenry. She may have been the inspiration for his iconic ballad that seeks forgiveness. Sometimes when we hurt the one we love it cuts deep into our souls, too. What we do about reconciling with the one we hurt can leave an impression on many more peoples’ lives than we had planned on.

Number 39
The slowly paced melody with Leon’s contrite voice on “A Song for You”  was released as a single more than a year after his 1970 album first appeared in stores. It is plea for forgiveness and understanding from an estranged lover. This song quickly became  popular for America since it was still embroiled in exiting the Vietnam War.

One of the first covers of the song that brought it broader attention was by American pop singer and TV showman Andy Williams.  His rendition peaked at #29 on the Adult Contemporary charts and #82 on the Billboard Hot 100. Jazz singer Donny Hathaway covered the song later that same year. Even the Genius, Ray Charles recorded a version which earned him a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal.

The song let’s us walk in Leon’s shoes, putting the apologetic words of this American classic right onto our tongues. We can heal a lot of the wounds we have inflicted on others by sincerely asking for forgiveness.

Lyrics:  written by Leon Russell

I’ve been so many places in my life and time
I’ve sung a lot of songs, I’ve made some bad rhymes
I’ve acted out my love on stages
With 10,000 people watching
But we’re alone now and I’m singing this song to you

I know your image of me is what I hope to be
I treated you unkindly, but darling can’t you see
There’s no one more important to me
Darling can’t you please see through me
‘Cause we’re alone now and I’m singing this song to you

You taught me precious secrets
Of the truth, withholding nothing
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now, I’m so much better
And if my words don’t come together
Listen to the melody, ’cause my love’s in there hiding

I love you in a place where there’s no space and time
I love you for my life, you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song to you

But I love you in a place where there’s no space and time
I love you for my life, you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
We were alone and I was singing this song for you
We were alone and I was singing my song
Singing this song for you

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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3 thoughts on “Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #39

  1. How great is this?

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  2. This song will be played at my funeral I can tell you that!

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