♫ Danny’s Song ♫ (Redux)

It’s been a few years since I played this one, and it was brought back to the forefront of my mind when Keith recalled singing it to his children when they were young.  Ever since his mention of it, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head, so … let me see if I can plant it in your head instead!

Danny’s Song was written by singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, as a gift for his brother Danny for the birth of his son, Colin.  Although Anne Murray made it famous in 1973, taking the song to #1 in Canada and #7 in the US, this is more associated with Kenny Loggins, and frankly I like the Loggins/Messina version best.  However, since I realize that my opinion is not the only one that counts, I offer both, so you can take your pick.

Danny’s Song
Kenny Loggins

People smile and tell me I’m the lucky one
And we’ve just begun
Think I’m gonna have a son
He will be like she and me, as free as a dove
Conceived in love
Sun is gonna shine above

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
Bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Seems as though a month ago I was Beta Chi
Never got high
Oh, was a sorry guy
And now I smile and face the girl that shares my name, yeah
Now I’m through with the game
This boy’ll never be the same

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
Bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be all right

Pisces Virgo rising is a very good sign
Strong and kind
And the little boy is mine
Now I see a family where there once was none
Now we’ve just begun
Yeah we’re gonna fly to the sun

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be all right

Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup
Drink it up
Love her and she’ll bring you luck
And if you find she helps your mind
Buddy, take her home
Yeah, don’t you live alone
Try to earn what lovers own

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Songwriters: Kenneth Clark Loggins
Danny’s Song lyrics © Gnossos Music / Milk Money Music

♫ 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

♫ Danny’s Song ♫

Danny’s Song was written by singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, as a gift for his brother Danny for the birth of his son, Colin.  Although Anne Murray made it famous in 1973, taking the song to #7 in the US, this is more associated with Kenny Loggins, and frankly I like the Loggins/Messina version best.  However, since I realize that my opinion is not the only one that counts, I offer both, so you can take your pick.

Danny’s Song
Kenny Loggins

People smile and tell me I’m the lucky one
And we’ve just begun
Think I’m gonna have a son
He will be like she and me, as free as a dove
Conceived in love
Sun is gonna shine above

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
Bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Seems as though a month ago I was Beta Chi
Never got high
Oh, was a sorry guy
And now I smile and face the girl that shares my name, yeah
Now I’m through with the game
This boy’ll never be the same

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
Bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be all right

Pisces Virgo rising is a very good sign
Strong and kind
And the little boy is mine
Now I see a family where there once was none
Now we’ve just begun
Yeah we’re gonna fly to the sun

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be all right

Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup
Drink it up
Love her and she’ll bring you luck
And if you find she helps your mind
Buddy, take her home
Yeah, don’t you live alone
Try to earn what lovers own

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with you honey
And everything will bring a chain of love
And in the mornin’ when I rise
You bring a tear of joy to my eyes
And tell me everything is gonna be alright

Songwriters: Kenneth Clark Loggins
Danny’s Song lyrics © Gnossos Music / Milk Money Music