♫ Through The Years ♫

I had another song already scheduled for this morning.  I was finishing up responding to comments, was on the last one, in fact, and planning to head upstairs to bed at just after 3:00 a.m., when a ‘Breaking News’ banner flashed on my screen:  “Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Dies at 81”Noooooooooooooooooooo.  cryingI am not a country music fan, but for the most part, I didn’t think of Kenny’s music as hardcore country.  I loved his voice, loved his music, and he wasn’t too hard on the eyes either. 😉 So, tonight I shed a tear and play one two of my favourite Kenny Roger’s songs, Through the Years and Islands in the Stream.

Released in 1981, this song was written by Steve Dorff and Marty Panzer.  The song was produced by Lionel Richie, and it was Richie who decided Through The Years was a good fit for Rogers.  According to co-writer Steve Dorff …

“Kenny was actually the third or fourth person that was approached with that song. Barry Manilow and Mac Davis passed on it. Glen Campbell passed on it. Those were the notable ones. Lionel Richie had heard the song and loved it and played it for his people and that’s how it happened. I got a phone call from Gene Page, that great arranger, who called me and said, ‘Congratulations! We just cut your song with Kenny Rogers, and it sounds amazing.'”

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Through the Years
Kenny Rogers

I can’t remember when you weren’t there
When I didn’t care for anyone but you
I swear we’ve been through everything there is
Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed
Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do

Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
I’ve never been afraid
I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed
Right here with you
Through the years

I can’t remember what I used to do
Who I trusted whom, I listened to before
I swear you’ve taught me everything I know
Can’t imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more

Through the years
Through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had
I’ve always been so glad
To be with you
Through the years
It’s better everyday
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay
I’ll stay with you
Through the years

Through the years
When everything went wrong
Together we were strong
I know that I belonged
Right here with you
Through the years
I never had a doubt
We’d always work things out
I’ve learned what love’s about
By loving you
Through the years

Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
It’s better everyday
You’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay
I’ll stay with you
Through the years

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Martin Panzer / Stephen Hartley Dorff
Through the Years lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


Islands in the Stream
Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers

Baby, when I met you there was peace unknown
I set out to get you with a fine tooth comb
I was soft inside
There was something going on

You do something to me that I can’t explain
Hold me closer and I feel no pain
Every beat of my heart
We got something going on

Tender love is blind
It requires a dedication
All this love we feel needs no conversation
We ride it together, ah ha
Making love with each other, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha

I can’t live without you if the love was gone
Everything is nothing if you got no one
And you did walk in the night
Slowly losing sight of the real thing

But that won’t happen to us and we got no doubt
Too deep in love and we got no way out
And the message is clear
This could be the year for the real thing

No more will you cry
Baby, I will hurt you never
We start and end as one
In love forever
We can ride it together, ah ha
Making love with each other, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb / Barry Alan Gibb
Islands in the Stream lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

41 thoughts on “♫ Through The Years ♫

  1. Jill, good song choice given its words. He has had many memorable songs, even before his country music fame. “Ruby” and “Lucille” are two of the best songs about a man’s angst over his woman leaving him. He was a great talent. Keith

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  2. I am officially in mourning since learning of Kenny’s death at 6 AM this morning! Honestly, I changed from a white to a black shirt, though I did not change the jeans. I have tried to remember all of the times over the years that I have seen him in concert, but is far too many to recall each of them, although several do stand out in my mind. Old albums are packed away, but the newer CD’s of them are often played and have been today. IF memory serves me correctly, you have had several of Kenny’s songs featured since I became a follower…”Islands in the Stream” (more than once, could this be the third?), “Lady”, “The Gambler” (a favorite of mine), and his presence in “We Are the World”. Might I suggest honoring Kenny Rogers with a week long tribute? One of my all time favorites is the 1984 album “What About Me” and same title song with a threesome consisting of Kim Carnes, James Ingram and Kenny. Another favorite song is “We’ve Got Tonight” a duet with Sheena Easton on the 1983 album of the same title. In my mind he will always have the adorable Teddy Bear looks before the surgeries. Thank-you!

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    • P.S. I returned to show the art at the top of the page to my eldest Daughter, a Country music fan and a huge Kenny Rogers fan, with the intention of trying to see if a signature or source for it is included…without success. She did read my comment and then proceeded to read the other comments. At the end she said…”Considering all of the songs that were mentioned it will take more than one week.” No problem, right?? Thank-you!

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    • I actually thought about a week-long tribute, but I’m not sure whether I can keep people interested … but, I did the week-long Beatles tribute and people seemed to like that. I’m definitely going to play his for a night or two, anyway. I have a second request from rawgod for tomorrow/today/Sunday’s, and now have made note of your favourites as well! I’m with you … I loved his look before he tried to beat the natural aging process with plastic surgery.

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  3. That beautiful voice, and as you say, not bad on the eyes either ~sigh~
    I listened to a few more songs that came up, including “Coward of the County”. That’s a really interesting song. It has such a jaunty rhythm but is about dark issues. Then, to my mind, it is rather skewed. Firstly, that you can’t be a Man without beating up people. Equally disturbing to me is that even though his wife has been horrifically raped the song is about him. He has now redeemed himself in the eyes of the County, whereas I still imagine her on the kitchen floor……sorry, this comment has gone off into a weird place!

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    • Yeah, the lyrics are a bit off-putting. It’s not one of my favourites, but it is one of those that has a tune that stays in my head for days after I’ve heard it. So … since I’ll be playing a few more of his songs in the coming week … what’s your favourite?

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    • I know … hard to believe, isn’t it? He did look older the last few times I’ve seen pictures, but even in his most recent, I wouldn’t have guessed him to be 81. He will be missed, but we will always have the legacy of his music. Your fave is duly noted … I’ll likely be playing some of his songs over the next week or two.

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  4. I’ve not heard this one; nice.
    I can remember him when it was just ‘The First Edition’ with three lead singers and he was lead on ‘What Condition My Condition Was In’- which I loved.
    ‘Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town’ was always my favourite- he did sound like the ‘vet’ hung out to dry by a forgetful nation.

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  5. I saw him live once at the Ohio State Fair (visiting relatives – they are all American!). I remember it was so hot, my aunt fainted as we were going to see him, or after – don’t remember as I was only 13 or maybe 16 at the time, I think. Anyway, loved his music when I was younger for sure.

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