♫ Just When I Needed You Most ♫

A bit of angst tonight, worried about a friend, and so my mind is somewhat jumbled … yeah, yeah, I know … when isn’t my mind jumbled, right?  So anyway, I was in the shower a bit ago, around 1:00 a.m., and I found myself literally belting this one out … which, I am hoping didn’t wake my daughter, who has to get up at 5:00 a.m. to go to work!

Randy VanWarmer wrote this when he was just 18, after being dumped by a girl.

VanWarmer was living in England when he wrote this song. About five years later, he landed a record and publishing deal with Albert Grossman’s Bearsville Records and moved to Woodstock, New York, where the label was located, to record his first album. The first song he recorded there was Your Light, with Just When I Needed You Most as the B-side. Bearsville saw a lot more hit potential in Just When I Needed You Most, so they made that the A-side. It was a good choice: the song went to #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

VanWarmer died in 2004 at age 48 after a battle with leukemia.

Just When I Needed You Most
Randy VanWarmer

You packed in the morning, I stared out the window
And I struggled for something to say
You left in the rain without closing the door
I didn’t stand in your way

But I miss you more than I missed you before
And now where I’ll find comfort, god knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most

Now most every morning, I stare out the window
And I think about where you might be
I’ve written you letters that I’d like to send
If you would just send one to me

‘Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most

You packed in the morning, I stared out the window
And I struggled for something to say
You left in the rain without closing the door
I didn’t stand in your way

Now I love you more than I loved you before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Oh yeah, you left me just when I needed you most
You left me just when I needed you most

Songwriters: Randy Van Warmer
Just When I Needed You Most lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

21 thoughts on “♫ Just When I Needed You Most ♫

  1. What a wonderful song! I definitely “LIKE” this but WP happiness engineers are at it again, won’t allow any likes or reblogs… the whole like section is missing! Anyone else experiencing this problem with the Likes button?

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  2. I am not surprised that you finally came upon my song without my assistance, just that you had not come upon it sooner! I remember so well when this song came out as a single in February of 1979. This was in the early part of the unravelling of a life that I was desperately trying to hold together, to no avail. Upon the release of VanWarmer’s debut album “Warmer”, also in 1979, it was purchased as a cassette and played on my old Philips cassette player/recorder that was showing its wear. In late 1979, in a fit of pique, I took the sum of $175 from our savings account and gifted myself with a brand new Sony Walkman…total aside, but I was the only one of us putting money into the savings account. How I loved that blue and silver piece of heaven, rebellion felt so good. But, I digress. If you only own one of Randy VanWarmer’s albums, “Warmer” is the one to choose. There are 9 other songs on that album that never reached anywhere near the acclaim that I feel they deserve. “Forever Loving You”, “Gotta Get Out of Here”, “Losing Out on Love”, “The One Who Loves You” and your featured song are the ones that I sang along with Randy, most times shedding buckets of tears as well. The Sony Walkman is somewhere amidst my Son’s stash of memorabilia. The cassette plays on to this day, in recent years on the oldest of my two Bose Wave radios…that one has a cassette and CD player, the newer one only plays CD’s. Thank-you!! P.S. The wasted tears dried up decades ago! Excuse me, I have a cassette that wants to be played and appreciated!

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    • AHA!!! So, this is the song you have been alluding to, is it? ‘Twas quite by accident that I played this one, you know … it literally just popped into my head! I am glad to know the tears dried up decades ago and that my post didn’t cause a flood in your house last night, but am so sorry for what you went through way back when. Enjoy the cassette, my friend. Hugs! ❤

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  3. Relationships are very funny things, but there is one thing my ex-wife taught me which I have never forgotten. Love is not about need, though I grew up thinking it was. Need puts a burden on a partner. I will be with someone because I want to be with them, not because I need to be with them. Want is love, need is possession. That is what she taught me.

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    • That is one thing I somehow seem to have known from a very early age, fortunately. It probably saved me a lot of heartbreak. I’ve always felt that to hold somebody else accountable for your happiness places a tremendous burden on that other person and ultimately likely dooms the relationship.

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      • It doomed my marriage, cuz I wasn’t ready to hear it from her. Maybe for a guy it is different, I don’t know, but I was more or less brought up to be needed by a woman, so that is what I expected. When my wife first said that to me I was devastated. By the time I understood it, we had already split.
        Live and learn.

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        • Part of the problem in the world of humans is that they often have trouble differentiating between “need” and “want”. Our needs, if you think about it, are actually very few. Water, air, food, shelter. All else falls under the category of ‘want’, but we often mistake them for ‘needs’. At least, that is the opinion of this bare-bones pragmatist. I am guilty of the same, however. I “need” another onion for tonight’s soup, or I “need” new socks … sigh.

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            • Awww … how very kind of you! A medium Vidalia or red onion would have been perfect, but the soup is now done, has been eaten twice, and there is still about a quart left in the fridge! Thanks anyway. 😊

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              • Gail thinks you would probably have preferred a leek? She tells me a Vidalia is a squat fat onion from Washington, but doesn’t think that’s what you mean, she thinks they are too sweet for soup.. Red onions are basically only used in fresh salads up here, we hardly ever see them in regular grocery stores. She thinks what you call Vidalias might be what we call white onions, which are not too popular either. We use yellow onions ourselves, which are quite sharp. We like our tongues to tingle, lol.

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                • Not this time, although I do make a potato-leek soup on occasion with … leeks and potatoes! It’s a creamy soup using both buttermilk and heavy cream. But this was a veggie-beef soup, so really just any ol’ onion would work. Vidalia onions originated in Vidalia, Georgia, hence the name. I like them because they are sweeter and milder than most other yellow onions. Red onions are mostly for salads here, too, but I like them on pizza, and when I make roasted veggies, I like to use reds.

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