Song of the Day #3,201: ‘Sweet Blindness’ – Laura Nyro

Here’s a great song written by Laura Nyro and featured on her classic album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession but turned into a hit by 5th Dimension.

Nyro wrote a ton of songs that became hits for other people but never received the acclaim she deserved as a performer in her own right. I own only this one album and it’s a knockout.

Just check out how many rhythm and chord changes she packs into a pop song clocking in under three minutes.

Let’s go down by the grapevine, drink my Daddy’s wine, get happy
Down by the grapevine, drink my daddy’s wine, get happy, happy
Oh, sweet blindness, a little magic, a little kindness. Oh, sweet blindness, all over me
Four leaves on a clover, I’m just a bit of a shade hung over
Come on baby, do a slow float you’re a good looking riverboat
And ain’t that sweet eyed blindness good to me?

Down by the grapevine, drink my Daddy’s wine, good morning
Down by the grapevine, drink my Daddy’s wine, good morning, morning
Oh, sweet blindness, a little magic, a little kindness. Oh, sweet blindness, all over me
Please don’t tell my mother, I’m a saloon and a moonshine lover
Come on baby, do a slow float you’re a good looking riverboat
And ain’t that sweet eyed blindness good to me?

Don’t ask me cause I ain’t gonna tell you what I’ve been drinking
Ain’t gonna tell you what I’ve been drinking, ain’t gonna tell you what I’ve been drinking
Wine of wonder, wonder, (by the way)
Oh, sweet blindness, a little magic, a little kindness. Oh, sweet blindness, all over me
Don’t let daddy hear it, he don’t believe in the gin mill spirit
Don’t let daddy hear it, he don’t believe in the gin mill spirit
Come on baby, do a slow float you’re a good looking riverboat
And ain’t that sweet eyed blindness good to me?
Now, ain’t that sweet eyed blindness good to me?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,201: ‘Sweet Blindness’ – Laura Nyro

  1. Dana says:

    Nyro, like Randy Newman Ana Leonard Cohen, was an artist’s artist. Elton John was strongly influenced by Nyro’s rhythmic style changes early on, which you can hear on songs like “Burn Down the Mission.”

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