Song Lyric Sunday — Tutti Fruity

So much to choose from this week, with Jim Adams giving us “banana,” “cherry,” “strawberry,” “orange,” and “olive” as the Song Lyric Sunday themes. I first thought of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Then it was the old “Yes! We Have No Bananas” song. I even thought about Little Richard’s Tutti Fruity, but the lyrics to that song don’t mention bananas, cherries, strawberries, or olives. So I finally decided to go with Neil Diamond’s “Cherry, Cherry.”

“Cherry, Cherry” was a 1966 song written, composed, and recorded by American musician Neil Diamond. Diamond got some help writing this song from Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who worked with him after he signed with Bang Records and produced the song. It started out with a guitar lick Diamond came up with that caught Barry’s ear. He and Greenwich loved it and encouraged Neil to finish the song. It was Diamond’s first big hit, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After the song became a hit, Diamond’s songs were in demand. This led to The Monkees recording of Diamond’s “I’m A Believer,” which was the biggest hit of 1967.

And, by the way, contrary to what the above video says, Neil Diamond was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011.

Jeff Barry said that the song was originally titled “Money, Money,” but he and Bang records owner Bert Berns persuaded Diamond to make it lighter and more teen-friendly. There are no drums in this song. The version you hear was intended as a demo, with hand claps providing the drum beat. Diamond recorded the demo with Barry and Greenwich on backing vocals and with Artie Butler on piano and Hammond organ. When they recorded the song in an official session complete with horns and drums, they couldn’t capture the exuberance of the demo.

Diamond made his TV debut performing this song on American Bandstand in 1966. He said that, “American Bandstand was the holy grail of television shows for any Rock and Roll artist at that time.”

Here are the lyrics to “Cherry, Cherry.”

Baby loves me
Yes, yes she does
Ah, the girl’s outta sight, yeah
Says she loves me

Yes, yes she does
Gonna show me tonight, yeah

She got the way to move me, Cherry
She got the way to groove me
She got the way to move me
She got the way to groove me

Tell your mamma, girl, I can’t stay long
We got things we gotta catch up on
Mmmm, you know
You know what I’m sayin’

Can’t stand still while the music is playin’
why ‘ain’t got no right
No, no you don’t
Ah, to be so exciting

Won’t need bright lights
No, no we won’t
Gonna make our own lighting

She got the way to move me, Cherry
She got the way to groove me
She got the way to move me
She got the way to groove me

No, we won’t tell a soul where we gone to
Girl, we do whatever we want to
Ah, I love the way that you do me
Cherry, babe, you really get to me

She got the way to move me, Cherry
She got the way to groove me
She got the way to move me
She got the way to groove me

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

Weekly Song Challenge — Tributes, Animals, and Resonates

60A25535-5237-4C1A-8A60-109A5196E9B9For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post three videos — a tribute song, a song about an animal, and a song that resonates with us.

Her rules are:

  • Copy rules and add to our own post, pinging back to her post.
  • Post music videos for our answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people anyone who wants to participate!

So here goes.

1. Post a video of an artist singing a song by another artist as tribute.

This song by Don McLean is a tribute to early rock and roll performers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens who died in a plane crash in 1959.

2. Post a video of a song about an animal or has the word animal in it.

3. Post a video of a song that resonates with you.

Okay, now it’s your turn.

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Day 14 — Wedding Song

Okay. I got married 40 years ago, I’m still married, and I have no plans to get married again. So when it comes to choosing “a song [I’d] love to be played at [my] wedding,” let’s go tongue-in-cheek with a song that no woman I know would love to be played at her wedding, Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man.”

Solitary Man

Today’s Daily Addictions one-word prompt is “solitary.” When I saw that prompt, I knew that I would do what I’m about to do, and that is to post one of my favorite songs by Neil Diamond.

I didn’t get married until I was 32 because I wanted to wait until I could find me a girl who’d stay and wouldn’t play games behind me. Until I did, I would stay what I was: a solitary man. And then I met the future Mrs. Fandango.

So many prompts, so little time

I wasn’t able to get around to writing a post today that used all of the other daily prompts, including my own, “parking.” Hopefully I’ll get back on track tomorrow.