Song of the Day #2,323: ‘Wrecking Ball’- Ricky Manning

ricky_manningRicky Manning turned Pharrell and Blake’s chairs in the Blind Auditions, performing John Newman’s ‘Love Me Again.’ I have no recollection of this event.

He made it through the Battle Rounds by out-performing Brittany Butler on ‘On Broadway.’ No memory of that one, either.

In the Knockouts, he went head-to-head with Elyjuh René — also known as the goofy braces kid — and delivered one of the best performances of the season so far. That was today’s SOTD, ‘Wrecking Ball,’ and I remember it well.

Astonishingly, Pharrell went with Elyjuh, leaving room for Gwen Stefani to steal Ricky and declare “I think I just won The Voice.”

America thought otherwise, because they sent Manning home the following week after a lackluster delivery of Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down.’ Gwen opted to save Ryan Sill (the boy who lived… over and over again) and that was that.

[Verse 1]
We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vain
We jumped, never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell
A love no one could deny

[Pre-Hook]
Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can’t live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

[Hook 1]
I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah you, you wreck me

[Verse 2]
I put you high up in the sky
And now, you’re not coming down
It slowly turned, you let me burn
And now, we’re ashes on the ground

[Pre-Hook & Hook 1]

[Hook 2]
I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crashing in a blazing fall
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you wreck me

[Bridge]
I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
And instead of using force
I guess I should’ve let you win
I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
I guess I should’ve let you win

[Interlude]
Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you

[Hook 1 & Hook 2]

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,323: ‘Wrecking Ball’- Ricky Manning

  1. Dana says:

    Well, the boy who lived died (not literally) last night.

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Although this guy was alright, he wasn’t that good. You can’t have too many non descript white guys on the show. Especially now that there are no girls. I wasn’t upset at all when he was kicked off, however I was rather confused with Pharrell when he chose Elijah over him. I have questioned a few of Pharrell’s choices this season. He chose Sugar and Elijah over far more talented artists.

  3. Amy says:

    I was a Ricky Manning fan from the start, so this performance just confirmed what I was awaiting all along. I was stunned when Pharrell didn’t choose him and then again when Gwen didn’t save him, a week after declaring that she thought he was her ticket to winning The Voice. Glad you gave Ricky one last chance to shine here today 🙂

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