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.”

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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.

Solitary Man

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I’ve written several posts lately that are based upon songs I’d grown up with. When I saw today’s one-word prompt, “solitary,” I was reminded of yet another such song, Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man.” The refrain of that song goes:

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

I didn’t get married until I was 32, which, back in the day, was considered to be old.

But then I met a girl who I knew would stay and not play games behind me. We married. I am no longer a solitary man.