Song of the Day #3,625: ‘Song Sung Blue’ – Neil Diamond

Two years after landing his first #1 song with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie,’ Neil Diamond did it again with ‘Song Sung Blue.’ This would be his last ever solo #1, though he did reach the top spot again with ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,’ a duet with Barbra Streisand.

I know this song best through Frank Sinatra’s cover version, recorded for his 1980 album Trilogy. Sinatra was a staple in my childhood home; Neil Diamond not so much.

‘Song Sung Blue’ is loosely based on a movement in Mozart’s ‘Piano Concerto no. 21,’ a beautiful piece of music that, to my knowledge, never reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Diamond himself was surprised by the song’s success, saying “This is one to which I never paid too much attention. A very basic message, unadorned. I didn’t even write a bridge to it… I had no idea that it would be a huge hit or that people would want to sing along with it.”

On a side note, Happy Birthday to frequent commenter Dana and occasional commenter Kerrie!

Song sung blue, everybody knows one
Song sung blue, every garden grows one

Me and you are subject to
The blues now and then
But when you take the blues
And make a song
You sing ’em out again
You sing ’em out again

Song sung blue, weeping like a willow
Song sung blue, sleeping on my pillow
Funny thing
But you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know it get to feeling good
You simply got no choice

Me and you are subject to
The blues now and then
But when you take the blues
And make a song
You sing ’em out again

Song sung blue, weeping like a willow
Song sung blue, sleeping on my pillow
Funny thing
But you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know it start to feeling good
You simply got no choice

Song sung blue
Song sung blue
Funny thing
But you can sing it with a cry in your voice

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,625: ‘Song Sung Blue’ – Neil Diamond

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes.

    I’m unfamiliar with the Sinatra cover, but certainly know Diamond’s version. I also know the Mozart piece quite well, but had never connected it to this song. Of course, once you pointed it out, the similarities are obvious.

    All that said, still not a fan.😊

  2. Peg says:

    Just listened to Sinatra’s version It’s been a long time thanks! And a happy birthday to Dana 😊

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