So the girl of (gorilla?) your dreams comes along and suddenly there’s that feeling that your heart is glowing like the sun
The following favorite love songs are in alphabetical order.
Hank Williams Junior
It was written by Fats Waller and it’s been sung by everyone with a tongue, but no one ever had more fun with it than Hank Junior. The Countess and I – this was “our” song.
Song Sample: Ain’t Misbehavin’
At times I just don't know
And you were made for me
A beautiful song titled what it is. I once told my Ma that this song made me think of her, and then I played it. Naturally, she cried.
Song Sample: Beautiful
What a dream I had
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
Simon & Garfunkel
To me, it’s not just a love song, it’s a symbol of 'The Unknown Girl'. [For mo’ info, see the link at the end of this Blog Bit.]
Song Sample: For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
Somewhere there's got to be
Heaven Can Be Anywhere (Twin Pines Theme)
The Charlie Daniels Band
My old friend Louie George turned me on to the “Midnight Wind” album in 1977. The Charlie Daniels Band ain’t ordinarily my type of music, but this song is atypical of them and really, really lovely. I had to wait an awful lot of years before this was released on compact disc.
Song Sample: Heaven Can Be Anywhere (Twin Pines Theme)
As we eye
The blue horizon's bend
Earth and sky
Appear to meet and end
But it's merely an illusion
Like your heart and mine
There is no sweet conclusion
I can see
No matter how near you'll be
You'll never belong to me
But I can dream
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
No, a person cannot be trained to sing like this; they either have “it” or they don’t. Karen Carpenter had “it” and then some. That unfathomable melancholy quality in her voice was being tapped at the soul level - good luck teaching that. Few people realize that Karen had an impressive vocal range from D below middle C to G above high C. But for her, it wasn’t about showing off her voice – it was about expressing the song’s feeling.
Song Sample: I Can Dream, Can’t I?
If Ever I Would Leave You
The original version is from the movie “Camelot” and it includes lyrics. But this instrumental version by Richie Cole blows the original version away. Who needs words when the music says it ALL? [See my “film noir” review of Richie’s playing in the link section at Blog Bit’s end.]
Song Sample: If Ever I Would Leave You (Play Track #7)
Hey, have you ever tried,
Make It With You
I heard it when it was being played regularly on AM radio in 1970. Loved it then, love it now. The “Emily” I wanted to try to “make it with” never showed up, but a couple of songs still make me think of her – wherever she is.
Song Sample: Make It With You
I should go out and honk the horn, it's Independence Day
The shadows on the wall look like a railroad track
This One’s From The Heart
Tom Waits / Crystal Gayle
Written by the brilliant Tom Waits, it’s a duet with Crystal Gayle and features the romantic trumpet playing of Jack Sheldon, who put on one of the five most memorable concerts I ever attended. Saw Jack Sheldon in Las Vegas, appropriately enough.
Song Sample: This One’s From The Heart
Just you know why
True Love Ways
I’ve never been a Buddy Holly fan, but I gotta say, this song is as pretty as it is simple.
Claire had all but given up
Where’ve You Been?
Wow. If the end of this song doesn’t make you misty eyed, there is something seriously wrong with you. Seek treatment.
Video: Where’ve You Been?
I’m adding a couple of ‘Honorable Mentions’ because these songs only missed making my list by the mere width of a wiener dog’s whisker:
Hello, it's me
Hello, It’s Me
I heard this song when I was still a boy in 1973. I always loved it but never knew who the artist was until I met “Toddfan Discman”, that is L.C. of DiscConnected. It’s a wonder L.C. even maintains a friendship with me seeing as how ignint I was until just the last 8 years or so.
Song Sample: Hello, It’s Me
You are the sunshine of my life
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Well, what do I need to say about this one? Everyone knows it, everyone loves it.
Song Sample: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
So then the inevitable breakup comes and you’re left feeling as though your icy heart has a huge hole cut out of the center of it
Broken bicycles, old busted chains
Lyrical brilliance from the brilliant songwriter, Tom Waits. The distant train whistle at the end just tears me apart!
Song Sample: Broken Bicycles
Where did your long hair go?
The Beach Boys
How great is this song? Well, when I was a young teenager, I would play it while lying on my bed in the dark and I'd cry about the loss of my girlfriend. And I'd never even HAD a girlfriend! That’s how great it is.
Song Sample: Caroline No
This time we almost made the pieces fit, didn't we?
This one reminds me of the second and last time The Countess and I broke up. But we almost made it that time.
Video: Didn’t We?
If you could read my mind, love,
I never thought I could act this way
I hear it, and Inga from Wisconsin is immediately in my mind.
Song Sample: If You Could Read My Mind
Wrapped around each other
In my book, one of the all-time great One-Hit Wonders.
Song Sample: Key Largo
Photographs and memorie
Photographs And Memories
It reminds me of a certain someone and it still crushes me.
Song Sample: Photographs And Memories
Put another log on the fire.
Put Another Log On The Fire
This must be the funniest breakup song of all time. One person commenting on the YouTube video (see link below) had this to say: “Oh baby, wait till I play this for my old lady. I got my suitcase in the truck already!!!!!!”
Video: Put Another Log On The Fire
Softly, I will leave you softly
Softly, As I Leave You
So sad because it really did happen this way.
Song Sample: Softly, As I Leave You
No tears, no fears,
Your kiss, your smile,
We’ll Be Together Again
This is the song that was used in the last scene of the TV series “Moonlighting”. It made my Ma cry. I played it for her in 2005 at the hospice facility where she passed away after a few days. It was the right way to say “Goodbye”.
Song Sample: We’ll Be Together Again
Our conversation was short and sweet
You’re A Big Girl Now
This is my favorite song from the “Blood On The Tracks” album – a collection of breakup songs that are absolutely great for drinking to. (Lock away all sharp objects first!) This song – as well as the entire album – is all about Terrill and me. But then you already knew that.
Song Sample: You’re A Big Girl Now
(Sadly, just 29 seconds and not the “Blood On The Tracks” album version)
I’m adding a couple of ‘Honorable Mentions’ because these songs only missed making my list by the mere width of a politician’s honesty:
I'm just a scarecrow without you
I got a bottle for a trumpet
I got upset,
I'd give you Boardwalk
I Beg Your Pardon
Name a better songwriter!
Song Sample: I Beg Your Pardon
I followed her to the station, with her suitcase in my hand,
Love In Vain
Classic stuffs. One of the bluest of The Blues.
Song Sample: Love In Vain
And what do I do with this? . . .
Hasn't it been a long hard climb?
Long Hard Climb
Is it a love song or a breakup song? The words say love but the haunting melody says it’s over. If not now, soon. I love it but I'm not sure how to classify it.
Song Sample: Long Hard Climb
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
“If Ever I Would Leave You” – A Film Noir Review
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