Song of the Day #3,345: ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)’ – Michael McDonald

If there’s a patron saint of yacht rock, it’s gotta be Michael McDonald. The velvet-throated soul singer has either penned or contributed vocals to multiple classic songs from the era.

My favorite McDonald moment remains The Doobie Brothers masterpiece ‘What a Fool Believes,’ but among his solo work, ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)’ is the clear standout.

Rap fans will recognize this smooth groove from Warren G and Nate Dogg’s ‘Regulate’.

I keep forgettin’ we’re not in love anymore
I keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again
I keep forgettin’ how you made that so clear
I keep forgettin’

[Verse 1]
Everytime you’re near
Everytime I see you smile
Hear your “hello”
Saying you can only stay a while

Hey, I know that it’s hard for you
To say the things that we both know are true
But tell me how come (I)


[Verse 2]
Everytime I hear
How you never want to live a lie
How it’s gone too far
And you don’t have to tell me why

Why you’re gone and why the game is through
If this is what’s real, if this is what’s true
Tell me how come (I)


Don’t say that, don’t say that, don’t say that
I know you’re not mine anymore-anyway-anytime
But tell me how come (I)


4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,345: ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)’ – Michael McDonald

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m curious if you’re new found love of yacht rock has changed your mind about Steely Dan, as they are arguably the epitome of the genre.

    • Clay says:

      That’s actually a really good question for Alex, because she has loved Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and all of these yacht rock acts since she was a kid, and yet she loathes Steely Dan.

  2. Clay says:

    I like some Steely Dan songs, and I like Donald Fagen’s solo work (The Nightfly, at least) but other songs I find too free form, light jazz-y. These yacht rock songs are pretty compact and efficient, while Steely Dan can drone on and feel more like background music. That said, I should probably give them more of a chance because I really only know the hits.

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