♫ Let Your Love Flow ♫

Well, folks, the weekend is finally here.  Has this been a long week or what?  So much angst-inducing news all week long, from mass shootings to voting rights being taken away from millions … but no matter how stressed we are, there’s always … MUSIC!

A search of my archives shows that I haven’t played anything by the Bellamy Brothers since I began doing these music posts two-and-a-half years ago!  Of course, that might be because I only know one of their songs!  They are a country duet and I’m not a big fan of country, but I always rather liked this song — it has a certain beat to it.

According to Howard Bellamy, who is half of the Bellamy Brothers duo …

“Around ’74, we moved from Florida to L.A. to kind of pursue a career. We’re from here in Central Florida in a little community called Darby – there is not much of a music scene here, to say the least. So we moved out there and met a lot of guys and met Neil Diamond’s band, became good friends with his band. And one day Neil’s drummer came over to our house and brought the demo of ‘Let Your Love Flow,’ and said, ‘Hey, this sounds like something you guys would do.’ So we went off to record that, and the rest is kind of history. It became not only the largest song of that year, it’s become somewhere in the area of one of the largest songs ever, as far as being played. And it’s become a standard, basically. I wish another one of those would come along.”

Larry Williams, who was one of Neil Diamond’s roadies, wrote this song. Neil Diamond, however, turned it down. Says Bellamy …

“Well, it really wasn’t in Neil Diamond’s vein. I would say the guy who wrote this song is the wealthiest roadie now that ever was. Actually, Johnny Rivers had passed on the song. It had been pitched to a few people. It was recorded once by a guy named Gene Cotton; he recorded a kind of unusual version. But when we heard it we had an idea of how we wanted to record it because it kind of fit our style, acoustic bass with a groove, and I think that has a lot to do with it. You’ve got to really match songs with artists, and I think it was the perfect song for us, a great match.”

The song hit #1 in the U.S., #3 in Canada, and #7 in the UK in 1976.

Let Your Love Flow
The Bellamy Brothers

There’s a reason for the sunshine in the sky
And there’s a reason why I’m feeling so high
Must be the season
When that love light shines all around us

So let that feeling grab you deep inside
And send you reeling, where your love can’t hide
And then go stealing
Through the moonlit nights with your lover

Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show
And you’ll know what I mean, it’s the season

Let your love fly like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you to all living things
And let your love shine
And you’ll know what I mean, that’s the reason

There’s a reason for the warm, sweet nights
And there’s a reason for the candle lights
Must be the season
When those love lights shine all around us

So let that wonder take you into space
And lay you under it’s loving embrace
Just feel the thunder as it warms your face
You can’t hold back

Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show
And you’ll know what I mean, it’s the season

Let your love fly like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you to all living things
And let your love shine
And you’ll know what I mean, that’s the reason

Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show
And you’ll know what I mean, it’s the season

Let your love fly like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you to all living things
And let your love shine
And you’ll know what I mean, that’s the reason

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Larry E. Williams

25 thoughts on “♫ Let Your Love Flow ♫

  1. Not sure if this is the last thing Country Music lovers can stand before they cross into pop. or the last thing pop music lovers play before they pass into Country & Western but it’s living proof there’s a middle ground.,that both love that has a great beat and good words.
    Cwtch

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    • It is rather a cross between the two, and I never really thought of it as ‘country’, though I knew the Bellamy Bros were a country duo. Clive pointed me to one of theirs that hit #3 on your side of the pond and … it literally caused me pain to listen to! Glad you liked this one, though … just don’t tap your toes right now, for it will cause you pain.
      Cwtch

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  2. I remember this, Jill, but only faintly. Had no idea who did it. But never heard the one line I can key on as a very spiritual line, and I am more than impressed it came from a Country and Western group: And let your love bind you to all living things. I could not have said it better myself, so my admiration and love goes out to Larry Williams. Thank you, sir, for a beautiful line.
    And thanks, Jill, for bringing it to me.

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      • I like most of the songs you post, Jill. Not all, but most. Some of them I even love. Your most-posted song, Imagine is my favourite song of all time. Let Your Love Flow was not even on my radar until you played it. I remember it being out, could even pretend to sing a line or two, but really it was just one of those songs that came and went, like Pushing Too Hard by the Seeds, a minor hit in its time, but no need to ever hear it again. Except, you made the Bellamy Bros. song more memorable when you posted the lyrics. That other song, notice I am not posting it for you, worse than Manitoba gumbo.
        But, and here is a new but, one good favour deserves a good flavour in return. It’s been a long time since we exchanged food discoveries, and I have a new one for you–at least Gail and I both love it. (And maybe it is not new to everyone, but it is certainly new to us.) Crushed gingerbread over butterscotch pudding. A flavour and texture sensation for tongues everywhere.
        We were given an unconstructed gingerbread house for xmas, and ignored it. Neither of us is into gingerbread. As we were putting away xmas decorations I picked up the unstructured gingerbread house parts and wondered what to do with them. I remember thinking, I could break them up and feed them to the ravens, so I dropped them on the floor to break them into smaller pieces which I could throw outside in our raven-feeding area. They might not like it, but they are ravens, they eat almost anything. So I dropped them a few more times, to make even smaller pieces. As I took them out of the plastic bag to throw them out, I got some gingerbread dust on my fingers, and licked it off. As I said, I was not into gingerbread, but this powder had an interesting appeal to it. I had just made butterscotch pudding for dessert that night, and me being me, I sprinkled some powder on my pudding. Forgetting about it, I served the pudding after supper, and Eureka!, a new dessert was born. Needless to say, the ravens never got the gingerbread house. Next day I took the rolling pin, put all the pieces of gingerbread into a plastic freezer bag, and proceeded to turn the whole house into fine powder. Now, whenever we have butterscotch pudding, we add the gingerbread to it, and enjoy the combination much more than the basic parts alone.
        Yes, we tried it with our other favourite pudding flavours. Sadly they did not work together. But gingerbread butterscotch, to die for.
        Please let me know what you think, if you try it.

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