August 4, 2007

A Past Hit Rediscovered

Posted in music at 10:02 am by berzerkeleyan

I’ve spent a large part of this year collecting music from my childhood — music I grew up listening to on the radio. It’s mostly been through “Billboard Best of…” compilations. Strewn throughout are an overwhelming majority of one-hit wonders, for sure (Gilbert O’Sullivan, anybody?). But there are also plenty of artists who churned out hits like they were a Ford assembly plant. The Jacksons, The Osmonds, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, The Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, etc. Each had that rare gift of crafting a perfect hook each time the masses demanded more.

The Commodores were one such band. And before Lionel Richie became tabloid fodder and an 80’s Pop Music charlatan, he wrote a large bulk of their biggest songs. I rediscovered one a few weeks ago, and it struck a nerve.

“Still”

Lady
Morning’s just a moment away
And I’m without you once again

You laughed at me
You said you never needed me
I wonder if you need me now

So many dreams that flew away
So many words we didn’t say
Two people lost in the storm
Where did we go?
Where’d we go?
We lost what we both had found
You know we let each other down

But then most of all
I do love you…still

We played the games that people play
We made our mistakes along the way
Somehow I know deep in my heart
You needed me
‘Cause I needed you so desperately
We were too blind to see

But then most of all
I do love you…

Still.

I haven’t read lyrics that devastating in a long time. Morrissey and Trent Reznor would each give his left testicle to write something this bleak.

Lionel, you are the winner.

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