♫ September Morn ♫

Okay, I have a number of friends a generation or so younger than I who laugh and say I’m showing my age when I say I like Neil Diamond, but they don’t scare me off.  I like Neil Diamond.  There, I said it.  Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, I am … I said, Song Sung Blue … and all the rest … they resonate.  Fine, throw those rotten tomatoes if you will, but I still like them.

I was feeling a bit nostalgic tonight … it’s been rather the week from hell and I am, as I told my daughter, rather mad at the world at the moment.  As I was reading and responding to comments tonight, a friend had mentioned the word “September” and that was all it took for my mind to start playing this song, September Morn, in my head.  “We danced until the night became a brand new day …” over and over.

There isn’t a lot of interesting trivia about this song, except perhaps this …

The Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo was 20 years old when she vanished on April 13, 2011. As usual in cases of this nature, a number of “psychics” came forward with information that could assist the investigation. Authorities made it clear that these dubious tips were interfering with the investigation, but volunteer groups pushed to follow the leads.

Among the calls that came in was one from a person who insisted that the lyrics to “September Morn” contained clues to Bobo’s disappearance. Just what the lyrics supposedly revealed about the case was unclear, but it made news along with other odd claims.

Naturally, nothing came of it, although sometime later, one September in 2014, her remains were found.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you … Neil Diamond …

September Morn
Neil Diamond

Stay for just a while
Stay and let me look at you
It’s been so long, I hardly knew you
Standing in the door

Stay with me a while
I only wanna talk to you
We’ve traveled halfway ’round the world
To find ourselves again

September morn
We danced until the night
Became a brand new day
Two lovers playing scenes
From some romantic play
September morning
Still can make me feel that way

Look at what you’ve done
Why, you’ve become a grown-up girl
I still can hear you crying
In a corner of your room
And look how far we’ve come
So far from where we used to be
But not so far that we’ve forgotten
How it was before

September morn
Do you remember
How we danced that night away
Two lovers playing scenes
From some romantic play
September morning
Still can make me feel that way

September morn
We danced until the night
Became a brand new day
Two lovers playing scenes
From some romantic play
September morning
Still can make me feel that way

September morn
We danced until the night
Became a brand new day
Two lovers playing scenes
From some romantic play
September morning
Still can make me feel that way
September morning
Still can make me feel that way

Songwriters: Gilbert Becaud / Neil Diamond
September Morn lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

14 thoughts on “♫ September Morn ♫

  1. There are people that don’t love Neil Diamond, why you might just as well say that you don’t love Barry Manilow either…this is just beyond belief! These men gave us 50+ years of their lives with some of the greatest songs ever written. I’ll not go on about Barry at present, but shall permit my propensity for loquacity to have full unfettered rein with regard to Neil Diamond. I’ll start back in 1980 with the fantastic film “The Jazz Singer”…I mean really, need I say more? NO, but of course I will! Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz (remember her?) were in this must see movie. Neil had already appeared in the 1978 documentary “The Last Waltz” which also had a long laundry list of appearances by other stars…do you remember “The Band”, the Canadian-American rock group that this film was about? But, I digress. I have probably been to more of Neil Diamond’s concerts than any other, although Barry Manilow’s concerts were also well attended. I was devastated after learning of his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis in January 2018 and announced that he would not tour anymore. I was heartbroken when I was unable to attend his 50 Year Anniversary Tour in Philadelphia on June 20, 2017 due to minor surgery, as it turned out it had been my last opportunity to ever attend another concert by him. My only solace was that my children gave me the “Neil Diamond 50 – 50th Anniversary Collection” in an attempt to bolster my spirits amidst physical pain and mental anguish. This 3 disc boxset has 50 songs from 1966-2014 that were personally chosen by him and placed in the order he wanted them played, starting with “Solitary Man”. One of my very favorites, “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” is included as well as your chosen song. I will just add that this is the most perfect collection of his songs, marvelously remastered and he has never sounded better…unless you heard him live in concert! Thank-you! P.S. September must take its share of responsibility for this P for L episode!

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    • The same people who don’t love Neil Diamond also don’t love Barry Manilow. Hmmm … I haven’t played any Manilow, have I? Stay tuned! Would you believe that I have never seen The Jazz Singer, even though I am a huge fan of jazz and loved Al Jolson? I knew Olivier was in it, but was not aware that Lucy (yes, of course I remember her from I Love Lucy) was in it also! No, I don’t remember ‘The Last Waltz’ or ‘The Band’ … I shall have to travel over to Wikipedia! I also didn’t know Neil Diamond had Parkinson’s!!! Whatever did I do before I met you??? I am so happy that you’ve failed to squelch your P for L, else I would never learn all these fascinating facts! Thank YOU!

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    • I think perhaps his style is not so popular with the generations that follow our own, and may be a dying breed. Too bad, for it has much to offer as did the big band era. I wonder, if I played a Duke Ellington song here, how many would like it, or even listen?

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  2. Have I told you my Niel Diamond story, Jill? About the origin of Cracklin’ Rosie? I was a fan of his right from Solitary Man, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, and so many more. He always sang from his heart. A great artist.
    (Unrelatrd note to Jill. I am having trouble fulfilling your COEXIST request. I really wanted to approach this subject from a different viewpoint. As someone said in their comments, we are pretty much preaching to the choir. We all know trumpo’s tricks, his tantrums, idiosyncracies, lack of honor, and all that. I really wanted to say something different! But so far I have not found that viewpoint. He is what he is, totally transparent to everyone but those too blind to look. A rabble rouser without a conscience! A human without a heart! Can you be human if you have no heart? Anyway, I might have to give up on that idea, or just write what we already know. I guess you’ll see when you get it. Sorry. LuL)

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    • No, you haven’t told me the Neil Diamond story! I will ask you about it when I answer your email later today. As re the guest post request … what if you tackle it from the point of view of what effect he has had on your own country, rather than just how you view him which, yeah, probably isn’t much differently than David, Gary and Colette view him. But … they are all in the UK, 4,000 miles across the big pond, whereas you are right next door, so to speak, so in some ways your perspective might be a bit different. If you can’t find your voice here, I do understand, but you’re a good writer and I would love to have you write one if you can and if you feel like it. Do you think the “Trump-effect” will affect your own upcoming election? Do you think Trump’s influence had anything to do with Doug Ford’s election? Just a few thoughts. LuL

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  3. Never heard this song from Mr. Diamond, I like it! I first learned of Neil Diamond from a movie cover song, Pulp Fiction/ Urge Overkill – “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman”. Then I searched online and found his movie, The Jazz Singer, which I loved. He has a really great voice, and such emotion! *Swoon*

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