♫ You Needed Me ♫

Last night I played a song that was co-written by Randy Goodrum, and since the name didn’t ring any bells, I did a bit of research on Mr. Goodrum, which led me to this long-time favourite sung by Anne Murray.

This was the first hit written by Randy Goodrum, a Nashville songwriter and keyboard player.  In an interview, Goodrum explained …

“It was sort of an unconditional undeserved love. How could you love me as if I’m perfect, when I’m not? It was a disclaimer, sort of, for the other person. How could you need me? It’s not exactly the same premise as ‘I wouldn’t belong to a club who’d have me as a member,’ but it’s a small sliver of unconditional love, which to me is a broad piece of pizza that you can take a lot of minute slivers from along the way. I’ve always thought that songs, even positive songs, needed to have a certain amount of shadow in them for the light to be significant. And I think too many songwriters are afraid to offend the world, and they never write anything dramatic. They never put anything negative. But to me, you can have negative in a song, as long as there’s a ray of hope somewhere. Maybe a way out. Not a saccharine, syrupy way out. It’s like in a movie where you see somebody locked in a cave, and suddenly they see a rock fall away and they see a little piece of light come in, they say, ‘Ah, maybe if I work really hard I can get out that way.'”

Anne Murray was struggling with the pressures of juggling her career and her family life with her husband Bill Langstroth and her toddler son William. One day she was going through a box of tapes when she came across a song that expressed just how she was feeling. Unfortunately, only the writer’s name, Randy Goodrum, was on the cassette but her producer researched his name in the phone book and she recorded his song. It became her second U.S. #1 and to this day it remains the favorite of her own recordings.

The song hit #1 in Canada and the U.S., and #22 in the UK.

You Needed Me
Anne Murray

I cried a tear, you wiped it dry
I was confused, you cleared my mind
I sold my soul, you bought it back for me
And held me up and gave me dignity
Somehow you needed me

You gave me strength to stand alone again
To face the world out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity
You needed me, you needed me

And I can’t believe it’s you
I can’t believe it’s true
I needed you and you were there
And I’ll never leave, why should I leave?
I’d be a fool ’cause I finally found someone who really cares

You held my hand when it was cold
When I was lost you took me home
You gave me hope when I was at the end
And turned my lies back into truth again
You even called me “friend”

You gave me strength to stand alone again
To face the world out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity
You needed me, you needed me

You needed me, you needed me

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Randy Goodrum
You Needed Me lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Miranda Millsap D/B/A Ironside Music, Warner Chappell Music Inc

10 thoughts on “♫ You Needed Me ♫

    • I had no idea you were a songwriter! Being nearly deaf, I couldn’t compose music if my life depended on it. My girls immediately don their headphones if I even look like I might burst into song! I’m really glad you enjoyed this one.

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