Friday, April 18, 2014

Rock Me Gently (NaPoMo 18/30)

Neil Diamond

For some reason, I woke up this morning singing the words to a song from my younger days. When I write the lyric for you, readers of a certain age may instantly recognize the song, and possibly even begin singing along with a voice in your head.

Rock Me Gently Lyrics
(Words and Music by Andy Kim)
Ain't it good
Ain't it right
That you are with me here tonight
The music playing
Our bodies swayin' in time
In time, in time, in time
Touching you so warm and tender
Lord, I feel such a sweet surrender
Beautiful is the dream that makes you mine
Mmm
Rock me gently
Rock me slowly
Take it easy
Don't you know
That I have never been loved like this before
Baby, baby
Rock me gently
Rock me slowly
Take it easy
Don't you know
That I have never been loved like this before
Oh my darling
Oh my baby
You got the moves that drive me crazy
And on your face I see a trace of love
Of love, of love, of love
Come hold me close
Don't let me go
I need you, honey
I love you so
You were made for me by the stars above
Now, the interesting thing is that I was convinced that this was a Neil Diamond song. However, the voice I emulated in the shower this morning was that of one Andy Kim. It was Neil's contemporary Andy Kim who took this song to #1 in 1974, when I was 13 years old.

40 years later, the lyrics and the music came back to me in a moment of poetic inspiration. Such is the power of art--and of love.

Full story and a decent music video are available here: Number One Songs -- Rock Me Gently

Not Neil Diamond, but Andrew Youakim, aka Andy Kim

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