♫ We’re All Alone ♫ (Redux)

I apologize … I know I only played this just over a year ago (January 2020), but tonight … well, tonight I have less hope than at any other time in my life, less faith in people than ever before, and  for the past two days, tears have been flowing and the smile I paste on for my family is as false as a clown’s mask.  I needed this song tonight, so please forgive me.

An aside … last time I played this, blogging friend Jim Borden left the following comment:

“The Boz version will always be one of my favorites, just like Boz. My first date with the woman whom I have now been married to 38 years was a Boz concert… ” 

So for you and your lovely wife, Jim, I have added the Boz version.


This song was written by Boz Scaggs who introduced it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees. The song was first a hit for Frankie Valli.  But the version that made it to the top ten on the charts in both the UK and the US was the one released in 1977 by Rita Coolidge, and it is that one I want to play for you tonight.

The Rita Coolidge version of We’re All Alone was featured on the album Anytime…Anywhere released in March 1977.  According to 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.'”

The original lyrics of We’re All Alone include lines “Close your eyes ami” and “Throw it to the wind my love”. Coolidge sings these lines as “Close your eyes and dream” and “Owe it to the wind my love”.  And, on a personal note … you guys know my poor hearing and how I always get lyrics mixed up … in the line that says “Close the window, calm the light”, I always thought it was “Close the window, come alive”.  Oh well.  🙄

For some reason that I cannot identify, and don’t feel like digging too deep to find, this song always first takes my breath, then brings a tear to my eye.

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
Forevermore, forevermore

Close your eyes and dream
And you can be with me
‘Neath the waves, through the caves of hours
Gone, 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, 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, hold me dear

All’s forgotten now, my love
We’re all alone

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

♫ Our Day Will Come ♫

I only started doing these music posts back in 2018, but already every song I think of to play, I have already played.  I do quite a few ‘redux-es’, but I really like doing something new, or at least something I haven’t played here before.  Tonight, a song was going through my head, but nope … already played that.  However, that led to another that I haven’t played!

If a song’s staying power can be judged by the number of covers, then this one is here to stay!  First recorded by R&B group Ruby & the Romantics in early December 1962, Our Day Will Come hit #1 in the U.S., #19 in Canada, and #38 in the UK.  

The song’s composers, Mort Garson and Bob Hilliard, were hoping to place Our Day Will Come with an established easy listening act and only agreed to let the new R&B group Ruby & the Romantics record the song after Kapp Records’ A&R director Al Stanton promised that, if the Ruby & the Romantics’ single failed, Kapp would record the song with Jack Jones.

Dionne Warwick recorded the original demo of the song for songwriter Bob Hilliard and she told him how much she liked it. Dionne recalls …

“It was written during that period of time when I met Bacharach and David. Bob Hilliard wrote the song also and he said: ‘I’ve got a good little song here and there’s a new group called ‘Ruby and the Romantics’ and will you do the demonstration record?’ I said: ‘Of course. I’d love to. And I did. And I told him then that it was a really pretty song.”

In 1975, Frankie Valli recorded the song featuring Patti Austin on accompanying vocals.  Valli’s version reached #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Internationally, it also reached #30 in Canada, but did not chart in the UK.  

I count no less than 77 cover versions of this song, including ones by Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee, Percy Faith, Pat Boone, Trini Lopez, the Lennon Sisters, Doris Day, the Supremes, Cher, James Brown, the Lettermen … whew, the list is exhaustive!  For tonight, however, I offer, for your dining listening pleasure, both the Ruby and the Romantics and the Frankie Valli versions.

Our Day Will Come
Ruby and the Romantics/Frankie Valli

Our day will come (our day will come)
And we’ll have everything
We’ll share the joy (we’ll share the joy)
Falling in love can bring

No one can tell me that I’m too young to know (young to know)
I love you so (love you so)
And you love me

Our day will come (our day will come)
If we just wait a while
No tears for us (no tears for us)
Think love and wear a smile

Our dreams have magic because we’ll always stay in love this way
Our day will come (our day will come, our day will come)

Our dreams have magic because we’ll always stay in love this way
Our day will come (our day will come, our day will come)
Our day will come (our day will come, our day will come)
Our day will come (our day will come, our day will come)
Our day will come (our day will come, our day will come)
Our day will come

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Mort Garson / Bob Hilliard
Our Day Will Come lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Bourne Co.

♫ We’re All Alone ♫

I was rolling smokes a bit ago, and humming a song by Little River Band … Reminiscing.  Perfect song for tonight, yes?  Sure … it was … ’til I realized I had already played it last January.  I considered redux-ing it, since I had my little heart set on that one, but I try to keep my redux-ing to a minimum, so I headed toward my TBP (to be played) list and closed my eyes and pointed.  And I wasn’t in the mood for the first song my pointy finger chose, so I tried again, and … BINGO!

This song was written by Boz Scaggs who introduced it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees. The song was first a hit for Frankie Valli.  But the version that made it to the top ten on the charts in both the UK and the US was the one released in 1977 by Rita Coolidge, and it is that one I want to play for you tonight.

(Is anyone else having trouble the last 2-3 days with the autosave in WordPress, or is it just me?)

The Rita Coolidge version of We’re All Alone was featured on the album Anytime…Anywhere released in March 1977.  According to 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.'”

The original lyrics of We’re All Alone include lines “Close your eyes ami” and “Throw it to the wind my love”. Coolidge sings these lines as “Close your eyes and dream” and “Owe it to the wind my love”.  And, on a personal note … you guys know my poor hearing and how I always get lyrics mixed up … in the line that says “Close the window, calm the light”, I always thought it was “Close the window, come alive”.  Oh well.  🙄

For some reason that I cannot identify, and don’t feel like digging too deep to find, this song always first takes my breath, then brings a tear to my eye.

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
Forevermore, forevermore

Close your eyes and dream
And you can be with me
‘Neath the waves, through the caves of hours
Gone, 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, 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, hold me dear

All’s forgotten now, my love
We’re all alone

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

♫ 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

♫ My Eyes Adored You ♫

Lately, it is hard to have a song in your heart.  Well, for me it is anyway.  For the first time in my life, I find that some days music annoys me.  Yes, I know … music hath charms to soothe the savage beast … and as a rule, I love music.  I always have a song in my head, and until recently, in my heart.  Last night (Monday) there was no song anywhere … not in my head, my heart, or even my big toe!  But tonight, this one keeps playing over and over.  I asked it to leave … just go and leave me to my misery.  But, it persisted.  It was warned, but it persisted.  So …

Released in November 1974, this song was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan.  It was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in early 1974. After the Motown label balked at the idea of releasing it, the recording was sold to lead singer Frankie Valli for $4000.  Though credited only to Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons sang on it with him.

The single was Valli’s first #1 hit as a solo artist on Billboard’s Hot 100, and remained there for one week, being knocked out of the top spot by another Crewe/Nolan-penned song, Lady Marmalade.

My Eyes Adored You
Frankie Valli

My eyes adored you though I never laid a hand on you
My eyes adored you like a million miles away from me
You couldn’t see how I adored you
So close, so close and yet so far

Carried your books from school
Playin’ make believe you’re married to me
You were fifth grade, I was sixth when we came to be
Walkin’ home ev’ry day over Bonnicut Bridge and Bay
Till we grew into the me and you who went our separate ways

My eyes adored you though I never laid a hand on you
My eyes adored you like a million miles away from me
You couldn’t see how I adored you
So close, so close and yet so far

Headed for city lights, climbed the ladder up to fortune and fame
I worked my fingers to the bone made myself a name
Funny I seemed to find that no matter how the years unwind
Still I reminisce ’bout the girl I miss and the love I left behind

My eyes adored you though I never laid a hand on you
My eyes adored you like a million miles away from me
You couldn’t see how I adored you
So close, so close and yet so far

All my life I will remember how warm and tender we were way back then
Whoa baby
Oh the feeling, sad regrets I know I won’t ever forget you
My childhood friend

My eyes adored you though I never laid a hand on you
My eyes adored you like a million miles away from me
You couldn’t see how I adored you
So close, so close and yet so far

Songwriters: Kenny Nolan / Robert Crewe
My Eyes Adored You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

♫ Rag Doll ♫

I know, I know … I’ve already played Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons twice in the past week, thereby breaking my own rules.  But see, I rather promised this one to a dear friend, Roger, a few days back, and I don’t ever like to go back on a promise if I can help it.  I’m rather the opposite of … er um … he who shall remain nameless for tonight.  Promises mean something to me, and I try my best to keep them.  So, anyway, this one is for you, Sir Roger, from Filosofa and the Feral Five!  😽😽😽😽😽

Released in 1964, this song reached #1 in both the U.S. and Canada, and #2 in the UK.

Group member and chief songwriter Bob Gaudio wrote this. He was driving his car to the studio in New York City when he was stopped at a “three-minute light.” A little girl – with ragged clothes and dirty face – ran up to the car and cleaned the windshield. As the light changed, Gaudio rummaged frantically through his pockets in an effort to find a quarter to pay the girl, who did indeed look like a Rag Doll. The smallest piece of money he could find was a five-dollar bill (sometimes Gaudio would say “ten-dollar bill” when he tells this story), so he gave her the currency. She was speechless, but he remembered her stunned look at the studio, where he composed the song.

Rag Doll
Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons

When she was just a kid
Her clothes were hand-me-downs

They always laughed at her when she came into town
Called her rag doll
Little rag doll

Such a pretty face should be dressed in lace
Ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
(Shag rag doll)

I’d change her sad rags into glad rags
If I could (if I could)
My folks won’t let me
‘Cause they say that she’s no good
She’s a rag doll, such a rag doll
Though I love her so
I can’t let her know

Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh oh
Aah aah aah aah aah
I love you just they way you are
Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh
I love you just they way you are (Rag doll, ooh)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh
(Rag doll, ooh)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh

Songwriters: Bob Crewe / Bob Gaudio
Rag Doll lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

♫ 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

♫ December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) ♫

I don’t remember how or why, but for some reason the Four Seasons came into my head today and they took up residence there, demanding to be noticed.  My head is a frightening place these days, and I don’t really know why they even wanted to be there, but they did.  Now, the Four Seasons have done many songs that I love … Who Loves You, My Eyes Adored You, Opus 17, Let’s Hang On! … but how to choose?  Eenie, Meenie, Minie … Oh What a Night!

This song, written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker, produced by Gaudio, and included on the group’s album, Who Loves You, hit #1 on the charts in the U.S., UK and Canada (notice, John Fioravanti that I did not leave you out this time!)

Gaudio wrote the tune with a young songwriter named Judy Parker, who later became his wife. Originally, it was called “December 5th, 1933,” and was a joyful ode to the repeal of Prohibition. That lyric didn’t fly, so Gaudio gave it a more universal theme: a guy, a girl, and one special night.

The group had to play down the sexual overtones in this song to appease conservative radio stations (go figure), but lead singer Frankie Valli later admitted that the song was about a guy having sex for the first time.

A dance remix by the Dutch producer/DJ Ben Liebrand hit #14 US in 1994, introducing the song to a new generation. The remix stayed in the Top 40 for a stunning 20 weeks, and if combined with the 15 weeks the original spent on the chart, the song has had the longest stay on the Top 40. Valli, however, is not a fan of the new version. He told Billboard: “I’ll never like it better than when it was pure.”  Frankly, I am not a fan of the remix either, which is why you don’t see it here, but you can find it here if you’re interested.  For me … the original has a beat that just can’t be … beat!

Dec ’63 (Oh What A Night)
The Four Seasons

Oh, what a night
Late December back in ’63
What a very special time for me
As I remember, what a night

Oh, what a night, you know I didn’t even know her name
But I was never gonna be the same
What a lady, what a night
Oh, I, I got a funny feelin’ when she walked in the room
Oh my, as I recall it ended much too soon

Oh what a night, hypnotizin’ mesmerizing me
She was ev’rything I dreamed she’d be
Sweet surrender, what a night
I felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder
Spinnin’ my head around n’ takin’ my body under

Oh, what a night
Oh, I, I got a funny feelin’ when she walked in the room
Oh my, as I recall it ended much too soon

Oh, what a night
Why’d it take so long to see the light
Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right
What a lady, what a night

I felt a rush like a rollin’ ball of thunder
Spinnin’ my head around n’ takin’ my body under
Oh what a night
Oh what a night
Oh what a night
Oh what a night

Songwriters: Bob Gaudio / Judy Parker
Dec ’63 (Oh What A Night) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC