Saturday Classics – 08042023

Bee Gees How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (Live At The MGM Grand)

Released in 1971, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” was the lead single on the Bee Gees album Trafalgar. Primarily written by Barry and Robin, this song was the band’s first U.S. number one hit!

Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees wrote this in the style of Andy Williams, who was a popular recording artist and television presenter at the time. It became the first #1 US hit for the group, topping the chart for four weeks. Later in 1971, Andy Williams identified it as a song in his wheelhouse and recorded his own version for his covers album You’ve Got a Friend.

Despite the affected tale of heartache, this song was very easy to write, as Robin Gibb claims they wrote it in about an hour and without struggle or hardship. 

Al Green recorded this in 1972 for his album Let’s Stay Together. His version was used in the 1999 movie Notting Hill. Green drew out his epic interpretation to nearly six and a half minutes. According to Mojo magazine, producer Willie Mitchell instructed the band to imagine “they were sitting by a river, a forest across the water, with all this music coming out of the forest and floating across the river, kind of delayed.” I had to include this here too.

I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see tomorrow
I was never told about the sorrow

And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
Tell me, how can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go ’round?

How can you mend a this broken man? Yeah
How can a loser ever win?
Somebody please help me mend my broken heart
And let me live again, la-la, la-la, la

I can still feel the breeze that rustles through the trees
And misty memories of days gone by
But we could never see tomorrow
Would you believe that no one, no one ever told us about the sorrow?

So how can you mend a broken heart? And mine is
How can you stop the rain from falling down? Baby
How can you stop that old sun from shining?
What makes the world go ’round? And sometime I have to say, yeah, say

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On Her page she writes: This blog is back with hosting the Classics after few years break. This time we’ll be playing on Saturdays and you can link straight here on this own page. Rules: There are no rules, as long as the song you play is a classic in your mind. Linking open 8 am and closes 12 pm.

7 thoughts on “Saturday Classics – 08042023

  1. Tuosta Bee Geesien versiosta en niin perusta, hieman liian siirappista makuuni. Al Green menettelee, mutta ei ole ihan ominta musiikkiani, liian pehmeää 😀

    Mietin tuota viimeistä kappaletta, jonka kirjoitit Craysta, olikohan se jäänne toisesta sat classikosta muutama viikko sitten.

    Kaunis, maalauksellinen maisema kuvassasi.

    1. It is, there are many of the classic songs that seem to have been written very quickly, they seem to just flow out of the artist onto the paper. Inspired by a moment or feeling. Music 🎶 wonderful

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