Song of the Day #3,899: ‘Not the Only One’ – Bonnie Raitt

My #6 album of 1991 is the female counterpart to yesterday’s selection of Marc Cohn’s debut album. As with that record, I haven’t spent a lot of time listening to Bonnie Raitt’s Luck of the Draw over the years, but there’s no denying its greatness.

Raitt has such a great voice and sound that you can listen to her singing anything and come away satisfied. One of my co-workers tunes her Alexa to the Bonnie Raitt station every time it rains, and I totally get why.

With Luck of the Draw, Raitt married that soul-stirring sound with a batch of terrific songs, including pop hits ‘Something to Talk About’ and ‘Not the Only One,’ and devastating ballads ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and ‘All at Once.’

Released 20 years into a brilliant career, Luck of the Draw sold seven million copies in the U.S. alone and remains Raitt’s top-performing album.

On a side note, today is my 22nd wedding anniversary. This album features a whole lot of sad songs but fortunately it has a sparkling love song as well, and so I dedicate today’s SOTD to my wife.

I was in a daze, movin in the wrong direction
Feelin that I’d always be the lonely one
Then I saw your face, on the edge of my horizon
Whisperin’ that I wasn’t the only one
The lonely one

One change intervention, see what it can signify
The slightest misapprehension, baby
And we’d have passed each other by
When I heard your sweet voice callin’
Saw your light come shinin’ through
I couldn’t stop my heart from turning
Churnin out my love for you, my love to you

True love or perfection
It seems like it’s overdue
Then just when you least expect it
It comes sneakin up on you
When I thought that I was dreamin
Felt your body close to mine
Now love takes on a different meaning
Together till the end of time

I was in a daze, movin in the wrong direction
Feeling that I’d always be the lonely one
When I saw your face through the web of my confusion
Whisperin’ that I wasn’t the only one
The lonely one

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,899: ‘Not the Only One’ – Bonnie Raitt

  1. Amy says:

    First, Happy Anniversary!

    Now for today’s SOTD… we have had the chance to see Raitt perform live at least a couple of times (most memorably when Bruce Hornsby opened for her and played piano for several songs in her set). To me, she is the counterpart of Lyle Lovett, which you know is the highest praise I can give someone. ‘91 was a great year for music.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Aw, happy anniversary! Great song from a great album by a great artist to mark a special occasion for a great couple!

  3. Peg says:

    Happy Anniversary ❤️ I always think of shooting pool to her music and just love her sound and music

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