THE HANNAROSE DIARIES

“In life we all have an unspeakable secret"

Ande Bliss

Ande Bliss
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APRIL 1, 2012 10:02AM

FAVORITE SONG

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THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD SONGS.  A FEW THAT STAND OUT BECAUSE THEY TOUCH THE HEART OR SING FOR YOU RATHER THAN TO YOU.

THIS ONE SANG FOR ME.....NOT SURE WHY. 

 

LYRICS:  KILLING ME SOFTLY


Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I heard he sang a good song
I heard he had a style
And so I came to see him
And listen for a while
And there he was this young boy
A stranger to my eyes

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I felt all flushed with fever
Embarrassed by the crowd
I felt he found my letters
And read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

Killing me softly with his song.....

[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/f/fugees-lyrics/killing-me-softly-lyrics.html]

 HISTORY:

 Most people would be able to recognise that verse right away. Anyone within earshot of a radio or a jukebox over the last few months couldn’t miss hearing Roberta flack’s beautiful version of it, done with style and taste and just the right amount of world-weariness. She does it so well that any listener would think the song had been written just for her. But, oh, how wrong they would be!

The words were written by Norman Gimbel and set to music by Charles Fox, tailored specifically for the gentle unaffected voice of a young folk singer from the West Coast named Lori Leiberman. And what’s more the feelings described in it were Lori’s true feelings; the story is hers and the mood and thoughts were hers too. Even the first recording of the song was hers, though it was not until Roberta Flack cut her version that it became an international hit.

Lori was talking about it the other day. She’s happy the song has caught on, of course, but she’ll be less than human if she didn’t wish it was her version that made it so big.

The song is a strange plaintive one, a ballad in the dictionary definition of a ballad: ” a narrative composition in verse of strongly marked rythym, suitable for singing.” and I asked Lori how it came about – what or more specifically who was the inspiration for it, and her answer was so right. I wondered why I hadn’t realized it before.

“Don McLean,” she said simply. “I saw him at the Troubadour in LA last year. (”And there he was this young boy / A stranger to my eyes”) I had heard about him from some friends but up to then all I knew about him really was what others had told me. But I was moved by his performance, by the way he developed his numbers, he got right through to me.

Excerpted from DonMclean OnLine. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFr0cA77yQA&feature=player_embedded

SORRY, learning how to embed video.....need another lesson...:)

 

 

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[r] Ande, one of the best, this song. I never knew the background. Roberta Flack did knock it out of the park with that voice of hers. Makes your throat sting listening to it it is so vulnerable and tender. How interesting and understandable it was about Don McLean! libby
[r] Ande, one of the best, this song. I never knew the background. Roberta Flack did knock it out of the park with that voice of hers. Makes your throat sting listening to it it is so vulnerable and tender. How interesting and understandable it was about Don McLean! libby
I love this song. I can share with you how to embed a video if you like./r
Love that song, and I love to sing it. John Lennon's "Imagine" is another of my favorites. I have different favorites to suit different moods. I imagine most people do.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!!! Rated!
Ande, this is one of my very favorites, too. Thanks for sharing this history and the original by Lori Leiberman...it's beautiful. I also love Roberta Flack's version and the Fugees, too...it translates so well into each style. Thanks for sharing! :)
Beautiful song, Ande. Thanks for the back story.
Now matter who sings these lyrics, I do love this song.