Song of the Day #1,420: ‘His Friends are More than Fond of Robin’ – Carly Simon

Best Albums of the 70s – #11
No Secrets – Carly Simon (1972)

Here’s an album I’ve been listening to, quite literally, since I was born.

Carly Simon’s No Secrets was released in the fall of 1972, a few months before I entered the world. And while I’m not sure my parents were the sort to buy a record on or around its release date, I’m not going to nitpick.

About a third of this list is made up of albums I listened to in my childhood homes, and I have to thank my parents for exposing me to those records. Who knows if I ever would have sprung for a copy of No Secrets if I hadn’t already known it was great.

The album features the hits ‘You’re So Vain,’ ‘The Right Thing to Do’ and ‘It Was So Easy’ but I love it more for the deeper cuts. Particular favorites are ‘The Carter Family,’ ‘We Have No Secrets’ and today’s SOTD, ‘His Friends are More than Fond of Robin.’

This gentle tale of unrequited love is one of the prettiest songs I’ve heard… I just love Simon’s vocal performance of the delicate melody and particularly that sublime chorus.

His friends are more than fond of Robin
He doesn’t need to compliment them
And always as he leaves he leaves them
Feeling proud just to know him

When Robin goes on holiday
There’s no-one livin’ in our lane
Oh yes, folks still live in our lane
But they’re not like Robin

Robin, I’ve never told you
But I’ll be yours until we’re old
Please learn to call me in your dreams
The way I’m lookin’ at you is just as it seems

He’s talked about before he gets there
Though he can never understand it
And I would like to be his alone
But I’m shy and can’t demand it

But when Robin gives his love to others
There’s no-one living in my heart
Oh yes, I keep others in my heart
But they’re not like Robin

Robin, I’ve never told you
But I’ll be yours until we’re old
Please learn to call me in your dreams
The way I’m lookin’ at you is just as it seems

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,420: ‘His Friends are More than Fond of Robin’ – Carly Simon

  1. pegclifton says:

    While I’m not sure exactly when we bought the album, I’m sure it was soon after the release date :) So glad you still appreciate the music you heard when you were growing up. This is one of my all time favorites as well.

  2. Dana says:

    As I did not similarly grow up with this as a family album, I did not have the same type of indoctrination. However, I did, of course, know the hits (which I recall liking forever) and, after joining up with Amy, I came to know and appreciation the rest of the album, at least to some extent.

    This album probably wouldn’t make my top 20 list from the 70′s, but I certainly understand why it makes yours.

  3. Amy says:

    Top 20?! This one is top 10 material for sure, if not top 5! I agree with Clay that the “deeper” cuts are what makes the album so fine and memorable. “The Carter Family” is probably my favorite, but today’s SOTD is just lovely.
    Since I was the ripe old age of 5 when this album came into my life, I was already mature enough to appreciate its sophistication ;) As I think I’ve mentioned before on this blog, this is one of those albums I remember listening to and feeling very much as though I was eavesdropping on an adult world, which made the songs just that much more intriguing, of course! ;)

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