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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  1. I like this song too Hugh, and ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’ by him. I have often bawled my eyes out to one song or another, but I think the song that really meant a lot to me at the time was Sinead O’ Connor. I had just been through a horrendous time in hospital and my ex-husband (he was a boyfriend at the time) had just decided to call things off. I wish now I had left it at that!!!
    Anyway, I do love the song because of the emotion she puts into it, and the lyrics spoke directly to me at the time!
    I am not sure if I have mentioned this song before in my favourites though!

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    1. I think this is a song that certainly is a big part of your life because you have mentioned it before, Judy. Just goes to show how very powerful this song is to you. I just can’t take my eyes off Sinead’s eyes in the video. It’s a beautiful and haunting song and I remember it very well being played in many of the bars I frequented back in the 90s. Thanks for sharing those memories with us. This week’s challenge is quite a challenge because I know many of us don’t like to think back to points in our lives that were low. Yet, like us, music seems to survive those times.

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  2. Oh! This is so sad Hugh I remember it well. I know what you mean about songs getting us through hard times… I have so many songs that have helped me to get by and are now firm favourites. I am sorry that you had to cry yourself to sleep but hey you are who you are now such a lovely person.

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    1. Thanks, Willow. I was very young at the time, but this song is now a firm favourite of mine. We all go through these times, and it’s amazing how we can often put a song to that part of our lives. I’m nothing but smiles and happiness now. 😀

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      1. A lot of my life I have felt like I have been walking on broken glass! The song by Annie Lennox makes me feel strong now so touch would the worst is behind me!

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  3. my first year at Uni held a number of heartache lows as I tried several times to attach myself to a young lady only to find they weren’t as stuck as me; Amanda, Sue, Kate, Jannie, Hilary – ah the list is pretty comprehensive. At the time I recall the aim was to end up with the girl of choice for the last slow dance and, inevitably, it didn’t happen. So I came to loathe Whiter Shade of Pale and Knights in White Satin which I still shudder when I hear. But I’m Not In love was similarly a grim reminder but also the first slow dance I had with Linda so it redeemed itself – take it away 10CC https://youtu.be/J_cVCtw7iLA

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    1. Aww, lovely memories, Geoff. I’m so pleased you shared a song with us on the theme I set this week. Linda is a very lucky lady but, then again, you’re a very lucky man. I do enjoy listening to 10CC. As for all those rejections, it was their loss. That’s what I tell myself with all the rejections I had, anyway.

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  4. I always loved this song Hugh. I knew it had sad connotations but isn’t it funny when we’re young we don’t always delve deeper into the meaning of a song? 🙂 xx

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    1. Indeed, Debby. However, I was only 15 at the time, but those lyrics really connected with me as Andrew seemed to be singing about me. My parents had separated by then so there was no new baby, but I was in a bad place at the time. Yet, the song went on to become such a big favourite of mine. 💝

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  5. Hi Hugh,
    I’m only guessing what that tough time in your life was. Perhaps it was the same as mine. In any case, Barry Manilow and several of his songs were the one I listened and cried to. Especially “I Made it Through the Rain” Thanks again for a great post and allowing us to travel down memory lane.

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  6. I have never heard of this song before, Hugh. I feel sorry that you experienced such pain when you were young but it is wonderful that everything has worked out well for you. I like to listen to We need a little Christmas from Mame when I feel a bit down.

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  7. I remember this song. 🙂 Being the first born, I always related to it- feeling I was replaced by my younger sibling and then the next one and the one after that…. lol

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