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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Views and Review : 'Love of The Common People' by John Denver

Out of all the songs covered in this series,this is the song people can relate to the most I think,even at this time,not as a part of a movement but both individually and socially.Most people with an interest in music would perhaps prefer the Paul Young version of this song but I am so in love with the John Denver version.There are no flaws,no imperfections in this version (not that this signifies the opposite is true) and from both the artistic and humanitarian point of view,which serve to be the basic parameters used in this series,there is nothing you can't like about the song.In fact Denver's 1969 concert in Washington DC called for some half a million people to protest against the Vietnam War!

'Love of The Common People' Lyrics
(Credit : www.azlyrics.com)

Living on free food tickets. Water in the milk from the hole in the roof
where the rain came through, what can we do? Mmm.
Tears from your baby sister, crying 'cause she doesn't have a dress
Without a patch for the party to go, oh but you know she'll get by,
Because she's living in the love of the common people, smiles from the heart of a family man.
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
Mommy's gonna love you just as much as she can, and she can.

It's a good thing you don't have bus-fare, it would fall through the hole in your pocket
And you'd lose it in the snow on the ground, walking to the town to find a job.
Trying to keep your hands warm, but the hole in your shoe lets the snow come through
and it chills to the bone. Boy you better go home where it's warm.
And you can live in the love of the common people, smiles from the heart of a family man.
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
Mommy's gonna love you just as much as she can, and she can.

Living on dreams ain't easy, but the closer the knit, the tighter the fit
and the chills stay away, you take them in stride, family pride.
You know, faith is your foundation, with a whole lot of love
and a warm conversation and many a prayer, making you strong where you belong.
Living in the love of the common people, smiles from the heart of a family man.
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
Mommy's gonna love you just as much as she can, and she can.
Living in the love of the common people, smiles from the heart of a family man.
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
Mommy's gonna love you just as much as she can, and she can.


(Photograph Source : Google Images)

About The Song
(Credit : Wikipedia)

"Love of the Common People" is a folk ballad written and composed by John Hurley and his writing partner, Ronnie Wilkins, eventually released in 1970 on John Hurley's album John Hurley Sings about People,but first sung in January 1967 by The Four Preps.
This song is from the 1969 album by John Denver,'Rhymes and Reasons'.

Song Review


The song is elaborate throughout its course,describing the life of economically backward classes and subsequently citing the most precious element they have in their lives : family love.Living in unity and grasping all the non-material things that signify beauty in life is the sole subject of the song.The other thing about Denver is that his music is never monotonous,neither cynical.No matter what he has sung,all of it has a particular interesting flavour,an attractive enthusiasm always is just is there about his performances.
The lyrics of this song is emotionally appealing,the instrumentals are wonderful,simply wonderful,the accordion is perfect,the voice is beautiful and the entire performance is pitch perfect.There are no flaws in the performance,at all.I really can't figure out what I do not like about this song!



The scores are here -


Lyrics - 5/5
Instrumentals - 5/5
Melody - 5/5
The voice behind - 5/5



As a song - {(20/20 * 100)%} = 100%



You can listen to the song here,uploaded by DragonLowriders.


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1 comment:

  1. I agree -- this is by far the best of the dozen versions of this song that I have heard so far

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