Song of the Day #2,592: ‘I Will Be There’ – Nellie McKay

nellieIt’s been almost ten years since I last paid attention to Nellie McKay. Her 2006 album Pretty Little Head, on which today’s random SOTD appears, was an uneven follow-up to her delightful debut, Get Away From Me, and it removed any desire I had to stick with her.

In hindsight, that wasn’t very fair to Ms. McKay, who is undeniably talented at both songwriting and singing across multiple genres. Most people are allowed three strikes.

And listening to today’s track, which is delightful, I’m wondering if I never gave Pretty Little Head a fair listen in 2006.

McKay has done fine without me, and I without her, but maybe, in a parallel universe, I’m her biggest fan.

Been working a long long time
See her in the news
Calling her on her crime
But she can’t refuse
Cause she’d quit it if she could
Knowing that she should
But admitted she’s alright
Gotta keep the fight on

Ooh, and so she cries
Through weary eyes, we see

I don’t have to have you
But you know I want you
And you know I’ll love you
And so I care
But if you won’t have me
And if you won’t see me
If you ever need me
I will be there…

Been working a long long day
Now it’s getting dark
April is on the way
See you in the park
Cause she’d make it if she could
Knowing that she should
But she’s taken up above
People fall in love, oh

Ooh, and so she cries
Through wary eyes, we see

I don’t have to have you
But you know I want you
And you know I’ll love you
And so I care
But if you won’t have me
And if you won’t see me
If you ever need me
I will be there

I don’t have to have you
But you know I want you
And you know I’ll love you
And so I care
But if you won’t have me
And if you won’t see me
If you ever need me
I will be there…

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,592: ‘I Will Be There’ – Nellie McKay

  1. Dana says:

    I haven’t given her a second thought since you last posted about her. Pleasant sound.

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