Song of the Day: I Really Loved Harold by Melanie Safka (Covered by Emiliana Torrini)

e non ci sara' nessuno by agnes-cecile

I “Really Loved Harold” is a song by Melanie Safka on her debut album Born to Be (aka My First Album) released on Buddah Records in 1968.
Emiliana Torrini covered this song on her 1996 Merman album:


They told me when I was little,
I’d go to heaven if I was good.
Now I’m a long way from little,
‘Cause I tried to find heaven,
‘Cause I thought that I could.
I thought that I could.

And I thought I loved Harold,
And I really loved John,
I really loved Alphy
I almost loved Tom.
I loved them so easy,
And I loved them so free.
Now I don’t think that heaven
Will wanna love me.

Hallo, song of the willow,
The dreams under my pillow,
Turned to tears that I cried.
Beauty and love are our riddle,
Never to answer, but always to try.
And, boy, did I try.

And I tried with Harold,
And I tried with John.
I tried with Alphy,
And almost with Tom.
I left myself open,
For the whole world to see.
Now I don’t think that heaven
Will wanna love me.

So I said goodbye to Harold,
And goodbye to John.
Goodbye to Alphy,
And goodbye to Tom.
I loved them so easy,
And I loved them so free.
Now I don’t think that heaven
Will wanna love me.

Oh say, can you see?
By the dawn’s early light
No light will shine me


Emilíana Torrini (born 16 May 1977) is an Icelandic singer, best known for her 2009 single “Jungle Drum” of the 2009 record Me and Armini, 1999 album Love in the Time of Science and for performing “Gollum’s Song” for Peter Jackson’s film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Original by Melanie

Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk (born February 3, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter. Known professionally as Melanie, she is best known for her hits “Brand New Key”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “What Have They Done to My Song Ma”, and her song about performing at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”.

Melanie Safka

Birth name Melanie Anne Safka
Born February 3, 1947 (age 67)
Origin Astoria, Queens, New York, United States
Genres Folk, pop, country
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1967–present

Emilíana Torrini

Birth name Emilíana Torrini
Born 16 May 1977 (age 36)
Origin Iceland
Genres Indie pop, alternative rock, trip hop, electronica
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Voice
Years active 1994–present
Labels Rough Trade Records
Associated acts GusGus, Kylie Minogue, Sneaker Pimps, Björk

image by agnes-cecile

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