♫ We’re All Alone ♫

There almost wasn’t a music post tonight.  After I wrote my early morning post, DOA, I was frustrated, angry, just wanted to go for a long walk, but as it was nearly midnight, that was out of the question.  So, I picked a random song from my playlist, We’re All Alone, and by the second verse tears were rolling down my cheeks.  Sigh.  Sometimes it all takes a toll, y’know?  Anyway … on to cheerier stuff …

Did you know that Rita Coolidge was once married to Kris Kristofferson?  I didn’t!  Sheesh … these people do get around, don’t they?

This song was written and originally recorded in 1976 by Boz Scaggs.  Any relation to Ricky?  I dunno … just a sec while I go check.  Nope, it appears that they are even spelled differently, with Ricky spelling his Skaggs, and from all I can figure in a 3-minute search, they are not related.

Rita Coolidge released her version, featured on the album Anytime…Anywhere, in March 1977.  According to Ms. Coolidge …

“When I was with A&M Records, it was like a family. I would visit Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, and it was a very open, communicative group of people. One day I was in Jerry Moss’ office and he said that the Boz Scaggs album Silk Degrees was in a million homes and there was a song on it that was perfect for a woman to sing. He said, ‘It’s called “We’re All Alone” and as he’s not doing it as a single, I think you ought to record it.'”

And the rest is history.

I think I shall dedicate this one to … well, you know who you are … the rest of you, just listen to the song.

We’re All Alone
Rita Coolidge

Outside the rain begins
And it may never end
So cry no more
On the shore, a dream
Will take us out to sea
Forever more, forever more

Close your eyes and dream
And you can be with me
‘Neath the waves
Through the caves of ours
Long forgotten now
We’re all alone, we’re all alone

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Learn how to pretend

Once a story’s told
It can’t help but grow old
Roses do, lovers too
So cast your seasons to the wind
And hold me, dear
Oh, hold me, dear

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
All’s forgotten now
We’re all alone, oh, we’re all alone

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Owe it to the wind
My love

Songwriters: William R. Royce Scaggs
We’re All Alone lyrics © Spirit Music Group, BMG Rights Management

♫ How Am I Supposed To Live Without You ♫

This was the song that launched Michael Bolton’s singing career.  Laura Branigan took this song, written by Bolton and Doug James, to #12 in 1983, but Bolton himself did not release it until his 1989 album, Soul Provider.  Before Branigan recorded it, it was supposed to have been recorded by Air Supply, but when Arista President Clive Davis asked for permission to change the lyrics of the chorus, Bolton refused, and Davis let go of the song.

How Am I Supposed to Live Without You
Michael Bolton

I could hardly believe it
When I heard the news today
I had to come and get it straight from you
They said you were leavin’
Someone’s swept your heart away
From that look upon your face, I see it’s true

So tell me all about it
Tell me ’bout the plans you’re makin’
Oh, tell me one thing more before I go

Tell me how am supposed to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I supposed to live without you?
And how am I supposed to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone

I’m too proud for cryin’
Didn’t come here to break down
It’s just a dream of mine is coming to an end
And how can I blame you
When I build my world around
The hope that one day
We’d be so much more than friends
I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming
Oh, even now it’s more than I can take

Tell me how am supposed to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I supposed to live without you?
And how am I supposed to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone

Now I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming
Oh, now that your dream has come true

Tell me how am supposed to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I supposed to live without you?
And how am I supposed to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone

Songwriters: Doug James / Michael Bolton
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Delilah ♫

David mentioned this song the other day when I erroneously claimed that Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler was the first song by a Welsh artist to top the U.S. charts.  I stand corrected on that, by the way, as Tom Jones’ Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow claimed the #1 spot in the U.S. on February 26th, 1977.  Anyway, long story short, after he mentioned Delilah, it became stuck in my head, and the entire time I was in the kitchen preparing lemon-chicken and teriyaki noodles this evening, I was belting out “my, my my, Delilah …”, and my favourite line of all, “I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more”.  And so, as always, in order to send it packing from my head, I share it with you and let it take up residence in your heads for a day or so!tom-jonesTom Jones released this song in December 1967, but it had previously been recorded by P. J. Proby in late November, 1967. Proby hated the song and refused to include it on his album Believe It Or Not, which was being compiled and recorded at the time.

Is there a real Delilah? Depends who you ask. The official writer credits for this song go to the English team of Les Reed and Barry Mason.  However, Sylvan Mason, who was married to Barry when these songs were written, claims that she is a co-writer.  Her claims have been verified through court records from her divorce settlement that prove her authorship. She has also been vetted by major newspapers that acknowledge her as a co-writer, and Tom Jones mentions her as a lyricist on the track in his autobiography.

In 2001, Barry Mason told the UK newspaper The Sun that he based the song (minus the bloodshed) on a girl he met on vacation in Blackpool, England when he was 15. They had a summer fling, but when it came time for her to return home to Llandudno in North Wales, she told Barry that she had a boyfriend, and it was over between them. Mason is quoted in the paper as saying, “I was shattered. I never shook it off and I became sick with jealousy and a whole lot of pain. She had dark hair, brooding eyes and she was really feisty. If there’s a typical Welsh girl, she was the one.”

Mason said that her name was Delia, which was impossible to integrate into a song (“Why, why, why Delia” didn’t work). A decade later, working with Reed, he got the idea to change her name to Delilah, and they wrote the famous song.

“I just got more and more worked up with each line. I put my heart and soul into that song – and that’s how ‘Delilah’ was born.”

The Sun embarked on a search for the mystery woman who inspired the song, asking readers to call in if they knew Delia from Llandudno. They called off the search when they heard from Sylvan Mason, who explained that she co-wrote the song and that there was no Delia. According to Sylvan, Les Reed had already written the chorus “Why, why, why Delilah,” and the lyric is based on the 1954 musical Carmen Jones. “Les Reed’s idea was to write a modern-day Samson and Delilah song but we got carried away and it ended up like Carmen Jones.”

Asked to respond, Barry Mason told The Sun, “I have no comment on the opinions of my former wife.”

Delilah
Tom Jones

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind

My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
I could see, that girl was no good for me
But I was lost like a slave that no man could free

At break of day when that man drove away I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn’t take any more

She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn’t take any more

Forgive me Delilah I just couldn’t take any more

Writer/s: BARRY MASON, LES REED
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

♫ You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me ♫

I always seem to learn something new when I post these music posts.  This one is a 1966 hit by singer Dusty Springfield (nee Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien) who I had no idea was an English singer!  Sigh … I repeat my question of a few nights ago … where have I been?

This song turned out to be her most successful song, hitting #1 in the UK and #4 in the U.S.  It was originally a 1965 Italian song by Pino Donaggio and lyricist Vito Pallavicini: “Io che non vivo (senza te)”.  Turns out that Dusty Springfield was in the audience at the 1965 Sanremo Festival when Donaggio and his team partner, Jody Miller, sang the song, and despite having no awareness of the lyrics’ meaning the song moved Springfield to tears.

In 1970, Elvis released his own version, which was also a hit in both the UK (#9) and the U.S. (#11), but I think I like Springfield’s the best.  What say you?

Dusty?

Or Elvis?

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Dusty Springfield

When I said I needed you
You said you would always stay
It wasn’t me who changed but you and now you’ve gone away
Don’t you see that now you’ve gone
And I’m left here on my own
That I have to follow you and beg you to come home

You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand
You don’t have to stay forever I will understand
Believe me, believe me I can’t help but love you
But believe me I’ll never tie you down
Left alone with just a memory
Life seems dead and quite unreal
All that’s left is loneliness there’s nothing left to feel

You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand
You don’t have to stay forever
I will understand believe me, believe me
You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand
You don’t have to stay forever
I will understand, believe me, believe me

Songwriters: Giuseppe Donaggio / Simon Napier-Bell / Vicki Wickham / Vito Pallavicini
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

♫ You’re So Vain ♫

An old friend sent me a text message yesterday:

Got a song that you may want to delve in. “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon. A good investigating song. Try and figure out who the three men are that it’s about.

Well, me being me … half deaf and never paying much attention to music trivia until recently … I had no idea that the song was actually ‘about’ anybody, but his challenge piqued my curiosity.

The song, written by Carly Simon herself in 1971, was released the following year, and apparently each of the three verses is about a different ‘vain’ man.  In 2015, she admitted that one of the men was Warren Beatty, but other than that she has only given clues, such as that one of the men’s name contains ‘A’, ‘E’, and ‘R’.  She has also said it is not about Mick Jagger, who contributed uncredited backing vocals to the song, or her ex-husband James Taylor.  Wait … what???  I never knew that James Taylor was married to Carly Simon!  And here I thought James Taylor was saving himself for me!  Where have I been all my life?

In 2015, Simon published her memoir titled “Boys in the Trees”, but she gave away no answers to the puzzle there, either, and the book is largely about her often tumultuous relationship with Taylor.

In short, I don’t know the answer.  Howard Stern does, for she reportedly told him, but swore him to secrecy.  But here are some of the possibilities:

  • Sean Connery
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Terrence Malick  (who???)
  • Bob Rafelson (again, who???)
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Cat Stevens

It is said that during each of the verses, you can hear a whisper of the name that verse is about.  Now, since I do well to even hear the words that are sung, I’ll leave it up to you guys to listen for the whisper.  And thank you, J.R., for issuing the challenge … it was fun!

You’re So Vain
Carly Simon

You walked into the party
Like you were walking on a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf, it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror
And watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner
They’d be your partner, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain,
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

Oh, you had me several years ago
When I was still naive
Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, you’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

Well I hear you went to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you’re where you should be all the time
And when you’re not, you’re with some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend,
Wife of a close friend, and

You’re so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You’re so vain, you’re so vain
I’ll bet you think this song is about you
Don’t you?
Don’t you?

Songwriters: Carly E. Simon
You’re So Vain lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

♫ Total Eclipse Of The Heart ♫

This song from 1983, recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, became Tyler’s biggest career hit.  The song peaked at No. 1 in the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. At its peak, it sold 60,000 copies per day, and approximately 6 million copies in total.  It was written by Jim Steinman, producer for Meat Loaf (the band, not the food), who said …

“With ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, I was trying to come up with a love song and I remembered I actually wrote that to be a vampire love song. Its original title was ‘Vampires in Love’ because I was working on a musical of Nosferatu, the other great vampire story. If anyone listens to the lyrics, they’re really like vampire lines. It’s all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love’s place in the dark…”

Myself being somewhat dimwitted when things are elusive or cryptic, I did not understand this video until I read …

“The music video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was directed by Russell Mulcahy and was filmed on location at the Holloway Sanatorium, a large Victorian Gothic hospital near Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The video features Bonnie Tyler clad in white, dreaming or fantasizing about her students in a boys’ boarding school. Young men are seen dancing and participating in various school activities and singing in a choir.”

I love the song, but frankly found the video a bit off-putting.  Incidentally, this was the first record by a Welsh artist to top the US chart.

Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bonnie Tyler

Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit lonely
And you’re never coming ’round
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit tired
Of listening to the sound of my tears
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit nervous
That the best of all the years have gone by
Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit terrified
And then I see the look in your eyes
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together
Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
There’s nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there’s only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight (and I need you now)
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight (if you only)
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together (’cause we’ll never be wrong)
Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)
I don’t know what to do, I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart
A total eclipse of the heart
A total eclipse of the heart
Turn around bright eyes

Songwriters: James Steinman
Total Eclipse of the Heart lyrics © Carlin America Inc

♫ How Deep Is Your Love ♫

It seemed that I had played every one of my favourite artists lately, and last night I was randomly searching my dusty memory banks for somebody I hadn’t played in the past month when I hit on the Bee Gees.  Odd, but I haven’t heard their music or thought about them for years.  So, then I had to try to remember which of their repertoire was my favourite, and I came up with this one, How Deep Is Your Love.

The track for this one was written mainly by the Gibb brothers — Barry, Robin and Maurice.  Barry worked out the melody with keyboard player Blue Weaver, though he is not credited officially as a songwriter.  The song was originally written for Amrican singer Yvonne Elliman, but Robert Stigwood, who produced the movie Saturday Night Fever, insisted the Bee Gees perform it themselves for the soundtrack.

The song won Best Pop Performance by a Group at the 20th Grammy Awards which were held on 23 February 1978.

An interesting bit of trivia … according to SongFacts …

A songwriter/antiques dealer in Illinois named Ronald Selle sued the Bee Gees, claiming a song he wrote in 1975 called “Let It End” was the basis for “How Deep Is Your Love.” The case went to a jury in 1983. The Bee Gees claimed that they had never heard “Let It End,” and there was no evidence that they did (that song was never released – Selle made a home recording that he had sent to music publishers). The case was based on the similarities between the songs, and an expert witness for Selle – a musicologist named Arrand Parsons – tried to convince the jury through technical analysis of the notes that the Bee Gees plagiarized the song. The jury bought it, and ruled that the Bee Gees did copy Selle’s song. The judge, however, nullified the verdict. Selle later appealed, and was once again rebuffed.

The case underscored the problem of juries making judgments on music, and it led to a landmark ruling that “striking similarities” between songs was not enough to prove plagiarism (something George Harrison would have appreciated). Henceforth, a songwriter had to prove that the infringing party actually heard the song before the case could move forward. This is one reason why music publishers and songwriters refuse to hear most unsolicited material.

How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I want to feel you in my arms again
And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my savior when I fall
And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside that I really do
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb
How Deep Is Your Love lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

♫ Tears Of A Clown ♫

I find that when I am disturbed or sad, I turn to Motown.  I suppose I have always done so, or for many years anyway, but I only noticed it since I started doing these music posts.  Tonight I am still suffering the after effects from the afternoon post I did, the one titled Darkness, that took every bit of the wind out of my sails.  And so, I turn once again to one of my favourite Motown groups, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

I always learn something new when I research the background of the songs I play here, and tonight I learned that Tears of a Clown was written by Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder!  I had no idea Stevie Wonder had a role in it.  I also had no idea that it was based on the Italian opera Pagliacci, which is about a clown who must make the audience laugh while he weeps behind his makeup because his wife betrayed him.

Stevie Wonder came up with the music for this song with Motown producer Hank Cosby. They recorded an instrumental demo and asked Robinson to complete the song – it was common practice for Motown writers to work on each other’s songs at the time.

Robinson listened to the song for a few days and decided it sounded like a circus – he came up with the lyrics based on the clown …

“I was trying to think of something that would be significant, that would touch people’s hearts, but still be dealing with the circus.  So what is that? Pagliacci, of course. The clown who cries. And after he makes everyone else happy with the smile painted on his face, then he goes into his dressing room and cries because he’s sad. That was the key.”

First released in 1967, this one was a hit on both sides of the pond, and reached the #1 slot in both the U.S. and UK, though Smokey had not had much luck in the UK up to that point.

Tears of a Clown
The Miracles

Oh yeah yeah yeah
Now if there’s a smile on my face
It’s only there trying to fool the public
But when it comes down to fooling you
Now honey that’s quite a different subject

But don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Really I’m sad, oh I’m sadder than sad
You’re gone and I’m hurting so bad
Like a clown I appear to be glad (sad, sad, sad, sad)

Now they’re some sad things known to man
But ain’t too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there’s no one around, uh
Oh yeah, baby

Now if I appear to be carefree
It’s only to camouflage my sadness
And honey to shield my pride I try
To cover this hurt with a show of gladness
But don’t let my show convince you
That I’ve been happy since you
‘Cause I had to go (why did you go), oh I need you so (I need you so)
Look I’m hurt and I want you to know (want you to know)
For others I put on a show (it’s just a show)

Now they’re some sad things known to man
But ain’t too much sadder than
The tears of a clown when there’s no one around, uh
Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the crowd I try
But in my lonely room I cry
The tears of a clown
When there’s no one around, oh yeah, baby
Now if there’s a smile on my face
Don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Don’t let this smile I wear
Make you think that I don’t care
‘Cause really I’m sad

Songwriters: William Jr. Robinson / Stevie Wonder / Henry Cosby
Tears of a Clown lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Somewhere Out There ♫

The first time I heard this song was when I saw An American Tail … probably some years after its 1986 release.  It’s a cute film and I fell in love with the song.  The only other song I can remember right offhand from that film is There Are No Cats In America, the title of which, of course, is a blatant lie!

The song was written by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and produced by Peter Asher and Steve Tyrell.  It is sung by James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt.  The story goes that Stephen Spielberg, who produced An American Tail, invited songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to collaborate with James Horner on four songs for its soundtrack, to be completed in a four-week timeframe. The composers “felt no pressure to come up with a radio-friendly hit” and were surprised when Spielberg felt the song had Top 40 hit potential and recruited world-renowned recording artists, Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, to record a pop version of it for the film’s closing credits.

At the 30th Grammy Awards, the song won two awards, one for Song of the Year and the other for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. It also garnered Ronstadt and Ingram a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Somewhere Out There
James Ingram, Linda Ronstadt

Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight
Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
That we’ll find one another in that dream somewhere out there

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there, if love can see us through
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

Songwriters: James Horner / Cynthia Weil / Barry Mann
Somewhere Out There lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

♫ Can’t We Try ♫

Dan Hill is probably best remembered for Sometimes When We Touch, which is a good song and you will likely see it here (if I didn’t already play it once upon a time) in the future, but I love this one, too.  No, Jerry, I’m not pining for a lost love, I promise — I just like the song.

Dan Hill’s wife, Beverly, got songwriting credit on this one.  This was a duet with Vonda Shepard, who would go on to fame as the musical voice of the hit TV show Ally McBeal. She was 23 years old and working as a backup singer when she got the opportunity to record the song in 1986.  According to Ms. Shepard …

“Dan Hill was recording at a place five blocks from my house in Los Angeles, and I used to go there and work sometimes. The studio manager was a woman who knew me. They were auditioning singers and he wasn’t happy with any of them, and she said, ‘You should check out this girl, Vonda. She’s really good. She always plays at this little club here.’ She had my number, so she called me. I literally walked to the studio that day, auditioned, sang with him, and he said, ‘That’s great. Come back tomorrow.’ And that was the 4th of July. I just have such a visual of that. The 4th of July, went up to the studio again and recorded the song. Totally fun and easy and he was great to work with. We really only met once or twice, that’s the irony of it.

I was on the road with Al Jarreau, and the bus driver was playing the radio. And all of a sudden, there my voice comes – there’s Dan Hill and then my voice coming over the radio. It became a huge hit and I was on the road, so I had to fly home and do a video on an off day. We shot the video, and I flew back out on the road with Al. And then eventually I got my record deal on Warner Brothers.”

Can’t We Try was released as a single from Dan Hill’s 1987 self-titled album. The song reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also on Cash Box, making it Dan Hill’s second-biggest hit behind Sometimes When We Touch, which hit No. 3 back in 1978, and was Vonda Shepard’s only Top 10 Pop hit.

Can’t We Try
Dan Hill, Vonda Shepard

I see your face cloud over like a little girl’s
And your eyes have lost their shine
You whisper something softly I’m not meant to hear
Baby, tell me what’s on your mind

I don’t care what people say
About the two of us from different worlds
I love you so much that it hurts inside
Are you listening?

Listen to me, girl

Can’t we try just a little bit harder?
Can’t we give just a little bit more?
Can’t we try to understand
That it’s love we’re fighting for?
Can’t we try just a little more passion?
Can’t we try just a little less pride?
Love you so much baby
That it tears me up inside

I hear you on the telephone with God knows who
Spilling out your heart for free
Everyone needs someone they can talk to
Girl, that someone should be me

So many times, I tried to tell you
You just turned away

How did I know?

My life is changing so fast now
Leaves me lonely and afraid

Don’t be afraid, girl

Can’t we try just a little bit harder?
Can’t we give just a little bit more?
Can’t we try to understand
That it’s love we’re fighting for?
Can’t we try just a little more passion?
Can’t we try just a little less pride?
Love you so much baby,
That it tears me up inside

Don’t let our love fade away
Don’t let our love fade away
No matter what people say
No matter, no matter what they say
I need you more and more each day
Don’t let our love fade away
No matter what people say
No matter, no matter what they say

Can’t we try just a little bit harder?
Can’t we give just a little bit more?
Can’t we try to understand
That it’s love we’re fighting for?
Can’t we try just a little more passion?
Can’t we try just a little less pride?
Love you so much baby,
That it tears me up inside

Can’t we try just a little bit harder?
Can’t we give just a little bit more?
Can’t we try to understand
That it’s love we’re fighting for?
Can’t we try just a little more passion?
Can’t we try just a little less pride?
Love you so much baby,
That it tears me up inside

Songwriters: Bev Hill / Daniel Grafton Hill
Can’t We Try lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC