Song of the Day #802: ‘Every Little Kiss’ – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Unlike Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby is an artist I know I’m missing out on. For whatever reason he just never made it on to my radar but I’ve loved everything I’ve heard from him over the years.

He’s one of those songwriters whose music is so layered and interesting that I could see listening to it without vocals. He combines jazz, blues and pop forms as effectively as anybody out there.

And that’s not to discount his vocals and lyrics. On the one full album of his I own — his debut, The Way It Is — he tells tales of the downtrodden with a novelist’s eye and sings them just beautifully.

‘Every Little Kiss’ is probably my favorite song on that album, though the competition is stiff. ‘Mandolin Rain,’ ‘On the Western Skyline’ and the title song are all strong contenders. But I’m sure there are favorites to be found on all the other Hornsby albums I haven’t yet taken the time to hear.

Way out here, working on the docks
Everyone sees the long day through
Well what would I do without the nights
And the phone
And the chance just to talk to you
Whoa, what would I do now just to talk to you?
A thousand miles away
What I wouldn’t give for only one night
A little relief in sight
Or someday when times weren’t so tight

When the day goes down on the water town
When the sun sinks low all around
That’s when I know I need you now
You’re what I miss
Every little kiss
Every little one

Everybody here’s a number, not a name
But I guess that’s all right with me
As I sit alone after a long day
In the absence of company
Oh I let my mind wander…
A thousand miles away
What I wouldn’t give for only one night
A little relief in sight
Or someday when times weren’t so tight

When the day goes down on the water town
When the sun sinks low all around
That’s when I know I need you now
You’re what I miss
Every little kiss

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #802: ‘Every Little Kiss’ – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

  1. Amy says:

    For starters, here is my favorite Hornsby tune:

    http://video.tvguide.com/Bruce+Hornsby/Fields+OF+Gray/1092888

    That could be my anthem for parenting, and I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten through it without choking up at least once.

    Anyway, it’s a week such as this one that makes me all the happier about the iTune culture. I’m pleased to be able to have a lifetime playlist which contains gems by Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby, and the many other artists you have featured on the blog before and will feature again.

    I do own a few of Honsby’s albums, and I’ve even seen him in concert twice – once with Robert Cray as his opening act (if memory serves… it was a long time ago) and once when he was Bonnie Raitt’s opening act. Both times, I was overwhelmed by how talented and personable he is. In the Gainesville concert, he asked fans to bring up requests (covers) and he pulled a few “out of a hat” and played them the way he used to when he was heading a wedding band.

    One could certainly do worse than dining on a steady diet of Bruce Hornsby, but there’s nothing wrong with going to that fine restaurant just once in a while for a special occasion, either.

  2. Dana says:

    As good as this song and this album is, I would argue that Hornsby only got better and better over successive albums, so, quite honestly, if you stop your attention span on this album you are really missing out. It would be much like stopping with the Counting Crows at August and Everything After or Lyle Lovett at his self titled debut album or Ben Folds at Whatever and Ever Amen. In short, while Hornsby’s debut is wonderful, he became even better when he was freed from the drum machine that contained his sound early on and then freed from the Range..

    As far as I’m concerned, Harbor Lights, his first solo album, which features “Fields of Gray” as highlighted by Amy, is perhaps his finest album, but other strong contenders would include A Night on The Town and Hot House.

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