51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 24: Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy

Back in 1993, which is where we stopped off for last week’s song, I was having the time of my life. Living and working in London, for me, the pavements were actually made of gold and, during the second half of that year, I would meet the love of my life.

Now, you may ask just where is this taking us? Well, let me take you to the year 1977 so we can listen to a song that, despite resonating with me for the wrong reasons, is now a huge favourite of mine.

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Did I mention ‘gold’ earlier on? Yes, I did. And, that just happens to be the name of this week’s featured artist. Over to you, Mr Andrew Gold…

If you listened to the lyrics of this song very carefully, you’d know that it’s a rather sad song about a young boy who feels lonely and rejected when his parents have a new baby; a new sister for him. It’s a sad song about feeling left out and rejected, and that’s what I was feeling when I first heard this song. I was going through a difficult part of my life and would often cry myself to sleep with the words of this song going round and round in my head. But, let’s not dwell on that because what I wanted to get over is that even at sad and challenging times in our lives, something which seems just as sad can grow into something that can turn into a firm favourite and become an important part of our lives.

Lonely Boy was written and recorded by Andrew Gold in 1976, but it was not until 1977 that the song became a top 10 hit in both the U.S.A and Canada. In the U.K it made it to number 11, missing out on a top 10 place by only a few hundred copies. As in a previous song choice of mine, the piano features heavily in the song, which is an excellent way to get us moving again so I can introduce you to next week’s featured artist. Now, I wonder who that can be?

Do you have a song that you listened to during a sad time in your life that has since become a firm favourite? Share a link to it in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post, and to RuthKat and Barbara who all published posts about favourite songs and linked back to this feature.

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