♫ A Lover’s Concerto ♫ (Redux)

Tonight, after ranting and thoroughly wrecking my psyche over things I cannot control, I went in search of a fun song … you know, something that just gets the feet tapping and makes you wanna move!  Just for fun.  I did not intend to redux a song, but thought that the least I could do was come up with an original, but … try though I might, I guess my heart just wasn’t into it and every song I seized on was a downer.  So, I went back to my archives and found this song that I haven’t played since August 2018 … and best of all … it is a fun, toe-tapping song!


A Lover’s Concerto is a pop song written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, who wrote some of the Four Seasons’ biggest hits, and recorded in 1965 by the Toys. A Lover’s Concerto sold more than two million copies and was awarded gold record certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Critic Dave Thompson wrote of the Toys’ version, “Few records are this perfect. Riding across one of the most deceptively hook-laden melodies ever conceived …”  I don’t know that I would go that far, but it is a pretty decent song.

The melody was adapted from Minuet In G,  a composition written by Christian Petzold. Minuet In G is often thought to be by Johann Sebastian Bach because it was included in a book of sheet music kept by Bach’s wife Anna Magdalena.

As re the origins of the song, Denny Randell explains …

“In those days, I used to see a lot young girls, and they would like to write poetry of sorts. So I wanted this to be basically a romantic poem, and I came up with the title, which also reflected the classical background of ‘A Lover’s Concerto.’ I just felt that it could work, I just had this feeling about it, even though it is not generally the way you write songs and hooks. The title was the combination of the feeling of both the lyric and the music. And it worked.”

And it did work … the song hit #1 in both the U.S. and Canada, and #5 in the UK.

A Lover’s Concerto
The Toys

How gentle is the rain, that falls softly on the meadow;
Birds high upon the trees serenade the flow’rs with their melodies.

Oh, see there beyond the hill, the bright colors of the rainbow;
Some magic from above made this day for us, just to fall in love.
How gentle is the rain, that falls gently on the meadow;
Birds high upon the trees serenade the flow’rs with their melodies.

Oh, see there beyond the hill, the bright colors of the rainbow;
Some magic from above made this day for us, just to fall in love.
You’ll hold me in your arms, and say once again you love me;
And if your love is true, ev’rything will be just as wonderful.
You’ll hold me in your arms, and say once again you love me;

Songwriters: Sandy Linzer / Denny Randell
A Lover’s Concerto lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Let’s Hang On ♫

In search of something cheerful tonight, having just finished yet another post about a school shooting … I decided to go all the way back to the 60s when most music was cheerful, when life seemed less weighted down, more hopeful.  And, guess who I ran into on my search?  Yep … Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons!Four-SeasonsFour Seasons producer Bob Crewe wrote this song with Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, who were frequent collaborators with the group.  According to Randell …

“That was the first record that had a certain sound about it. We put some R&B there, we came in with a really interesting horn section that wasn’t one of the big things in their repertoire at that time. We really put it into a pop R&B bag with the horns and different kinds of background vocals.”

In 1966, this was reworded as a jingle for a Beech-Nut Spearmint Gum TV commercial. The Four Seasons sang on the ad, and Frankie Valli was the narrator, explaining how the flavor of the gum hangs on. It was an early use of a hit song being transformed for a commercial.

A personal aside:  You all know I have been hard of hearing all my life, and I often misunderstand song lyrics.  Well, the line that goes “Got a lotta love between us”?  I always thought it was “Gotta lot of lucky peanuts”.  Sigh.

Let’s Hang On
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

There ain’t no good in our goodbyein’
True love takes a lot of tryin’
Ohh, I’m cryin’

Let’s hang on
To what we’ve got
Don’t let go girl
We got a lot
Got a lotta love between us
Hang on
Hang on
Hang on
To what we’ve got

You say you’re gonNa go call it quits
Gonna chuck it all and break
our love to bits
Break it up
(I wish you’d never said it
Break it up
Oh, no we’ll both regret it)

That little chip of diamond on your hand
Ain’t a fortune baby byt you know it stands
For the love
(A love to tie and bind ya)
Such a love
(We just can’t leave behind us)
Baby
Don’t you know
Baby
Don’t you go
Think it over and stay

Let’s hang on
To what we’ve got
Don’t let go girl
We got a lot
Got a lotta love between us
Hang on
Hang on
Hang on
To what we’ve got

There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do
I’d pay any price to get in good with you
Patch it up
(Give me a second turnin’)
Patch it up
(Don’t cool off while I’m burnin’)

You’ve got me cryin’ dyin’ at your door
Don’t shut me out,
ooh let me in once more
Open up
(Your arms I need to hold you)
Open up
(Your heart, oh girl I love you)
Baby
Don’t you know
Baby
Don’t you go
Think it over and stay

Let’s hang on, girl
To what we’ve got
Don’t let go girl
We got a lot
Got a lotta love between us
Hang on
Hang on
Hang on
To what we’ve got

Songwriters: Bob Crewe / Denny Randell / Sandy Linzer
Let’s Hang On lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ A Lover’s Concerto ♫

A few night ago, when I was searching for that Four Seasons song … no, no, don’t worry, I promise I am not about to play another by the Four Seasons tonight … I came across one that I had long since forgotten, but it struck a chord and I’ve had it in my head, off and on, ever since!  Do you guys remember a group called The Toys?  Though I remember this song well, I do not recall ever hearing of The Toys!!!  Senility has, obviously, set in.  I blame it all on Donald Trump.

A Lover’s Concerto is a pop song written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, who wrote some of the Four Seasons’ biggest hits, and recorded in 1965 by the Toys. A Lover’s Concerto sold more than two million copies and was awarded gold record certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Critic Dave Thompson wrote of the Toys’ version, “Few records are this perfect. Riding across one of the most deceptively hook-laden melodies ever conceived …”  I don’t know that I would go that far, but it is a pretty decent song.

The melody was adapted from Minuet In G,  a composition written by Christian Petzold. Minuet In G is often thought to be by Johann Sebastian Bach because it was included in a book of sheet music kept by Bach’s wife Anna Magdalena.

As re the origins of the song, Denny Randell explains …

“In those days, I used to see a lot young girls, and they would like to write poetry of sorts. So I wanted this to be basically a romantic poem, and I came up with the title, which also reflected the classical background of ‘A Lover’s Concerto.’ I just felt that it could work, I just had this feeling about it, even though it is not generally the way you write songs and hooks. The title was the combination of the feeling of both the lyric and the music. And it worked.”

And it did work … the song hit #1 in both the U.S. and Canada, and #5 in the UK.

A Lover’s Concerto
The Toys

How gentle is the rain, that falls softly on the meadow;
Birds high upon the trees serenade the flow’rs with their melodies.

Oh, see there beyond the hill, the bright colors of the rainbow;
Some magic from above made this day for us, just to fall in love.
How gentle is the rain, that falls gently on the meadow;
Birds high upon the trees serenade the flow’rs with their melodies.

Oh, see there beyond the hill, the bright colors of the rainbow;
Some magic from above made this day for us, just to fall in love.
You’ll hold me in your arms, and say once again you love me;
And if your love is true, ev’rything will be just as wonderful.
You’ll hold me in your arms, and say once again you love me;

Songwriters: Sandy Linzer / Denny Randell
A Lover’s Concerto lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Opus 17 ♫

Alright, friends … I know I just played the Four Seasons on Sunday, and I know I make it a point not to play the same artist or group twice within a few weeks, but … this bloomin’ song has been in my head for two solid days now, and gave me much grief because I had no idea what the song was, but the tune and a word or two were rattling around in that empty shell where a mind once resided.  I didn’t know the title, only a word or two of the lyrics — certainly not enough for a lyrics search — and couldn’t tell you the artist.  I was rolling smokes a few minutes ago, and I thought I might whistle a bit of it into an audio file, post it here, and see if any of you could help me out, when all of a sudden, a full line of lyrics popped into my head.  I had them wrong, of course, but Google is used to my misdeeds and figured out what I was trying to say.  Well, after all that trouble, I’m not going to set it aside for a few weeks just to play by the rules … my own rules, I might add.  So, here again in all their glory are … the Four Seasons!!!

Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’bout Me) is a song composed by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and recorded by The Four Seasons in 1966 for their album Working My Way Back to You.  According to Denny Randell …

“Although the melody I wrote there was totally original, I purposely gave it a classical feel. And again, the title for ‘Opus 17’ does not actually appear in the song. It’s more of the way they titled classical pieces. But in this case, because I wanted to play up the hook, you know, ‘don’t worry about me.’ I also put that in as a secondary title, so it’s ‘Opus 17, Don’t Worry About Me.'”

Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)
The Four Seasons

I can see there ain’t no room for me
You’re only holding up your heart in sympathy
If there’s another man, then girl I understand
Go on and take his hand and don’t you worry ’bout me

I’ll be blue and I’ll be crying too
But girl, you know I only want what’s best for you
What good is oh my pride if our true love has died
Go on and be his bride and don’t you worry ’bout me

I’ll be strong, I’ll try to carry on
Although you know it won’t be easy when you’re gone
I’ll always think of you, the tender love we knew
But somehow I’ll get through so don’t you worry ’bout me, ooh, baby

Baby blue
Crying too, crying too
Baby, worry ’bout me

Sweetie pie, before you say goodbye
Remember if he ever leaves you high and dry
Don’t cry alone in pain, don’t ever feel ashamed
If you want me again just don’t you worry ’bout me

I love you no matter what you do
I’ll spend my whole life waiting if you want me to
And if he says goodbye you know I’d rather die
Than let you see me cry ’cause then you’d worry ’bout me

I’ll be strong, I’ll try to carry on
Although you know it won’t be easy when you’re gone
I’ll always think of you, the tender love we knew
But somehow I’ll get through so don’t you worry ’bout me

Songwriters: S. LINZER / D. RANDELL
Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me) lyrics © Screen Gems-emi Music Inc., Seasons Four Music, SEASONS FOUR MUSIC CORP, SCREEN GEMS-EMI MUSIC INC

♫ Working My Way Back To You ♫

Working My Way Back to You is a song made popular by The Four Seasons in 1966 and again by The Spinners in 1980.

Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, the song was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in 1966, reaching number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In the UK Top 50 chart it spent three weeks – all at No. 50. It is the only hit to feature the group’s arranger Charles Calello in the temporary role of bassist/bass vocalist, having replaced original member Nick Massi.

Another story-telling song, like Lying Eyes, the song is about a man who cheated on his girlfriend and also emotionally abused her. When she leaves, he realizes that he did love her and is very remorseful about his past actions. He vows to win her love back.  Why do all the ‘story-telling’ songs have to be about cheating?

My preference by far is The Spinner’s version, but I tender both here, in the interest of fairness, and you can choose your own fave.  The video quality on The Spinner’s version is poor, for which I apologize, but this one had the best sound quality of the 3-4 I listened to, so I went with it.

Working My Way Back to You
The Four Seasons/The Spinners

I’ll be working my way back to you, babe, with a burning love inside
Yeah, I’m working my way back to you, babe, and the happiness that died
I let it get away
(Been payin’ ev’ry day)

When you were so in love with me, I played around like I was free
Thought I could have my cake and eat it too, but how I cried over losin’ you
See me down and out, but I ain’t about to go living my life without you
For every day I made you cry
I’ll pay and girl, till the day that I die

I’ll keep working my way back to you, babe, with a burning love inside
Yeah, I’m working my way back to you, babe, and the happiness that died
I let it get away
(Been payin’ ev’ry day)

Oh, I used to love to make you cry
It made me feel like a man inside
If I’d been a man in reality, you’d be here, babe, lovin’ me
Now my nights are long and lonely, and I ain’t too strong, babe
I just miss you so
Girl, but you’re too proud, and you won’t give in
But when I think about all I could win

I’ll keep working my way back to you, babe, with a burning love inside
Yeah, I’m working my way back to you, babe, and the happiness that died
I let it get away
(Been payin’ ev’ry day)

My road is kind alone
I just gotta get back home
I’m really sorry for acting that way
I’m really sorry
Oh little girl I’m really sorry
For telling you lies for so long
Oh please forgive girl
Come on (give me a chance)
Won’t you forgive me, girl
Hey (let’s have romance)
Ooh, forgive me, girl (let’s try again)
Come on, forgive me, girl
I want you over and over
And over and over again

I’ll keep working my way back to you, babe
With a burning love inside
Yeah, I’m working my way back to you, babe
And the happiness that died
I let it get away
(Been paying every day)
I’ll keep working my way back to you, babe

Songwriters: Denny Randell / Sandy Linzer
Working My Way Back to You lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC