Those who follow my post know that I do like my rock-n-roll. Yet, what I find most fulfilling is good music paired with great lyrics. While I love Eric Clapton, Styx, Heart, Stevie Ray Vaughan, et al, I am equally thrilled to listen to Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, etc.
On the softer side of all of this is a band called “Bread,” whose lead singer and songwriter, David Gates wrote some terrific lyrics. He mostly sang of love lost, so his music will take you down a melancholy path.
My favorite of Bread’s is simply called “If.” Here is a sample of the lyrics from memory.
“If a man could be two places at one time, I’d be with you
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I’d spend the end with you and when the world was through
Then, one by one the stars would all go out
Then you and I would gently fly away.”
One of his more painful songs is called “Diary,” about a boy who feels his love is unrequited until he finds his girlfriend’s diary. He is surprised by the intensity of her feelings and then he reads on.
“I found your diary underneath a tree, and started reading about me,
The words you’d written took me by surprise, you’d never read them in your eyes.
They said the love you’d found was someone else, not me.
Wouldn’t you know it, she wouldn’t show it.”
A little more upbeat song is called “The Guitar Man.” Here is a sample of the lyrics:
“Who draws a crowd and plays so loud,
Baby, it’s the guitar man.
Who’s on the radio, who steals the show,
Baby, it’s the guitar man.”
A few other favorites include “It don’t matter to me,” “Everything I own,” “Make it with you” and “Baby I’m a want you.” Later Gates had a solo hit when he wrote “The Goodbye Girl” for the Neil Simon movie with Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfus.
If you are not familiar with their music and like the softer side, check them out. If you want to rehash some old memories, break out the CDs, albums or add to your playlist. A little Bread goes a long way.