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The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #31

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by Lawrence J. J, Leonard

Discovery is the best part of living. It can be surprising and enjoyable. It might also cause us to stumble upon someone’s secret. Most of us these days keep a record of our communications on a cell phone or on a social media page. Yet, there are still a few of us who journal thoughts down using pencil and paper. Remember cursive letters and correctly spelled words? Remember when the passed note in class was not meant for you?

This method of honestly pouring out feelings on a page involves a secret revealed for songwriter and leader singer David Gates. He formed the soft rock band Bread with Jimmy Griffin on guitar, Jim Gordon then later Mike Botts on drums, Robb Royer then later Larry Knechtel who replaced Royer in 1971 on bass guitar and keyboards. It seems David was inspired to write about his exploits of college life. His parents gave him the green light to put school on hold in 1965 and explore his musical tastes after only two years of classes. This freedom to write and sing inspired him to put down on paper his many relationship experiences.

For David reading someone’s private thoughts about love and mistaking those intentions as directed at you can be quite embarrassing.  But, it was just the predicament that he could craft into a song that many lovelorn people could sympathize with. Sometimes we see what we want to see when we fall in love.

Number 31
The song “Diary” was part of a string of hits from Bread. This David Gates original shot up the charts to # 15 in 1972. It was released just three months after the album, “Baby I’m-aWant You,” was released in January of the same year. The album itself reached number three on the Billboard 200 Album charts.

Bread produced 12 Top 40 hits throughout the 1970s. With the exception of the hard rock hit, “Mother Freedom,” each song described a love relationship – some that worked and some that didn’t. The toughest part about letting ourselves fall in love with someone is getting the courage to tell them how we feel.

Lyrics:  written by David Gates

I found her diary underneath a tree
And started reading about me
The words she’d written took me by surprise
You’d never read them in her eyes
They said that she had found
the love she’d waited for
Wouldn’t you know it
She wouldn’t show it

When she confronted with the writing there
Simply pretended not to care
I passed it off as just in keeping with
Her total disconcerting air
And though she tried to hide
the love that she denied
Wouldn’t you know it
She wouldn’t show it

And as I go through my life
I will give to her my wife
all the sweet things I can find

I found her diary underneath a tree
And started reading about me
The words began to stick and tears to flow
Her meaning now was clear to see

The love she’d waited for
was someone else not me
Wouldn’t you know it
She wouldn’t show it

And as I go through my life
I will wish for her his wife
All the sweet things she can find
All the sweet things they can find

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.

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder (ED) CLICK HERE to get more information from the NIMH.

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

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