Song Spotlight: Andrew Gold – “Lonely Boy”

OH, FOR THE NUMBER OF TIMES I HEARD THIS SONG when I was a kid and thought it was about me.  A kid gets upset about having a younger sister. He’s feeling alone/lonely because all the attention is on the new addition to the family. Now, I don’t remember being upset when my sister arrived, but I do remember feeling and being alone often when I was a kid (which makes me wonder about how that impacted me as an adult – another post entirely!).  Regardless, I’ve always loved this song – mainly, because it’s an awesome slice of great 70’s pop/yacht rock. Soaring hooks, big melodies, bittersweet lyrics…all the pieces are there.

And come on, the lyrics can make you weep – though let’s face it, having a younger sibling is not the end of the world:

He was born on a summer day 1951
And with a slap of a hand
He landed as an only son
His mother and father said what a lovely boy
We’ll teach him what we learned
Ah yes just what we learned
We’ll dress him up warmly and
We’ll send him to school
It’ll teach him how to fight
To be nobody’s fool

Oh, oh what a lonely boy
Oh what a lonely boy
Oh what a lonely boy

In the summer of ’53 his mother
Brought him a sister
And she told him we must attend to her needs
She’s so much younger than you
Well he ran down the hall and he cried
Oh how could his parents have lied
When they said he was an only son
He thought he was the only one

Oh, oh what a lonely boy
Oh what a lonely boy
Oh what a lonely boy

Goodbye mama, goodbye to you
Goodbye papa I’m pushing on through…

 

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