♫ 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

♫ Foolish Heart ♫

These days it’s harder than usual to keep a song in my heart.  I think of one whilst in the shower or up to my elbows in sudsy dishwater, I think I’ll still remember it when I return to the computer, but … POOF … it vanishes into thin air.  Of late, I don’t sing, I whistle … if I even do that.  Usually, I don’t have to go in search of new music for these music posts … the music finds me.  But lately, I admit I’ve struggled to find a song anywhere in my head or heart.  So, tonight when I went in search of, determined to find one that made me want to sing along, this is what I stumbled across.  I’ve always loved this one, especially that one line, “You’ve been wrong before, don’t be wrong anymore”.

This song, written by Steve Perry, formerly of the band Journey, and Randy Goodrum, was performed by Perry from his first solo album, Street Talk. It was released as the fourth single from the album in November 1984 and peaked at #18 in the U.S.

Says Goodrum of the joint effort …

“It seemed like such an unlikely match, Steve and me. Shortly before I flew out, I thought, I’ve got to put together some song ideas or some starts or something. I had this little vamp idea which I said, Well, Steve is calling me probably because he wants a certain thing that I do, so I will give him a piece of what I do. So that little vamp at the very beginning in the general chord progression of the verse was something I brought. He had a little writing room set up and he had this Fender-Rhodes there, and a little Linn machine, and a little Teac 4-track cassette player.

I drove up to the house in this little mid-size rental, and I looked like some guy from Connecticut – I had an English riding cap, and corduroy pants – and he opens the door, and he’s got a fire-engine red jumpsuit, sweat shirt and pants like he’d been exercising at a fire station or something. And hair down to his feet. He was a great guy. Instantly we hit it off, and we were good friends. So we went into the room to kind of kick around, and I played him that little start, and he liked it right away, and he started jamming some melodies.

My style from starting out in Nashville was to write lyrics and music simultaneously. That’s really the style I prefer, because the music is sort of telling you what it’s about from the get-go, and I don’t think he was used to that style, because we started about 11 in the morning, and about 11 that night we had the song done and demoed. I think he was pretty exhausted from it, and I was pretty tired, too. We ended up writing four songs, I wrote four days with him, and each day we wrote a totally different kind of song. And all four of them ended up on the record.”

This was the last single from Perry’s debut solo album, Street Talk. His group Journey was still active at the time, but members had taken on solo projects: guitarist Neal Schon teamed up with Jan Hammer (as Schon & Hammer) for albums in 1981 and 1982, and drummer Steve Smith released a jazz album in 1983 with his group Vital Information. Perry had by far the most successful career outside of Journey.

Foolish Heart
Steve Perry

I need a love that grows
I don’t want it unless I know
With each passin’ hour
Someone, somehow
Will be there, ready to share

I need a love that’s strong
I’m so tired of being alone
But will my lonely heart
Play the part
Of the fool again, before I begin

Foolish heart, hear me calling
Stop before you start falling
Foolish heart, heed my warning
You’ve been wrong before
Don’t be wrong anymore

Feelin’ that feelin’ again
Playin’ a game I can’t win
Love’s knockin’ on the door
Of my heart once more
Think I’ll let her in
Before I begin

Foolish heart, hear me calling
Stop before, you start falling
Foolish heart, heed my warning
You’ve been wrong before
Don’t be wrong anymore
Foolish heart
Foolish, foolish heart
You’ve been wrong before

Foolish heart, hear me calling
Stop before you start falling
Foolish heart, heed my warning
You’ve been wrong before
Don’t be wrong anymore
Foolish heart

Oh foolish foolish heart
You’ve been wrong before

Foolish foolish heart
Foolish heart

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Stephen Perry / Randy Goodrum
Foolish Heart lyrics © Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, Downtown Music Publishing