Song Lyric Sunday — Solitary Man

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has offered us up a lonesome theme during these dark days of social distancing. He gave us the words Alone, Confined, Depressed, Isolated, Restless, and Solo for our consideration. The song I chose is one where the singer makes a choice to go solo, at least until he finds the right woman: Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man.”

“Solitary Man” was written and composed by American musician Neil Diamond. It was released in February 1966 from the album The Feel of Neil Diamond. It was Diamond’s first charting single as a recording artist.

Diamond said that “Solitary Man” was his first song where he tried to really raise the level of his songwriting. It was inspired, he said, by the Beatles’ song “Michelle,” which was also written in a minor key. “I don’t think I’d ever written a song in a minor key before, it was the first and it kind of broke the dam for me,” Diamond said.

The song is about a lonely man, looking for true love, but until he can find someone faithful, he will remain a solitary man, a man resigned to loneliness until he finds “a girl who’ll stay and won’t play games behind him. In a 2005 interview, Diamond said, “After four years of Freudian analysis I realized I had written ‘Solitary Man’ about myself.”

Here are the lyrics to “Solitary Man.”

Melinda was mine ’til the time
That I found her
Holding Jim
And loving him
Then Sue came along, loved me strong
That’s what I thought
Ya, me and Sue
But that died too

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man

I’ve had it to here
Bein’ where love’s a small word
Part-time thing
Paper ring

I know it’s been done
Havin’ one girl who’ll loves you
Right or wrong
Weak or strong

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man
Solitary man
Solitary man

13 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Solitary Man

  1. newepicauthor April 26, 2020 / 6:51 am

    I always liked this song, but I never paid much attention to the lyrics before. I had no clue that Melinda was cheating Holding Jim and loving him. I wonder if things are going to work out with Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Maggie April 26, 2020 / 7:57 am

    Love this song and I am a huge Neil Diamond fan. It always strikes me how upbeat and likable so many of these songs are. This was a perfect choice for today. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. msjadeli April 26, 2020 / 11:16 am

    One of my favorite songs by Neil Diamond. He’s a first class songwriter.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lisa Coleman April 26, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    That was quite appropriate for this weeks challenge. It’s a great song and now I understand the lyrics! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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