Song of the Day #4,319: ‘Through the Years’ – Kenny Rogers

The biggest name the music world has lost in 2020 so far is Kenny Rogers, who passed away at age 81 on March 20. Rogers died of natural causes, and his passing went sadly unrecognized due to the increasing panic over coronavirus. In normal times, a guy like Rogers would have warranted a week’s worth of remembrances.

Rogers sold more than 100 million albums over the course of a career that spanned nearly 60 years. He had pop and psychedelic rock hits before shifting his career into the crossover country lane that brought him most of his success. Don’t forget that old Kenny was responsible for ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),’ used so memorably in The Big Lebowski.

He gave us the country classics ‘Lucille’ and ‘The Gambler,’ basically short stories set to music, and turned the latter into a successful TV franchise with himself in the starring role.

Love songs like ‘Lady,’ ‘Through the Years’ and ‘Islands in the Stream’ (performed with Dolly Parton) became wedding song staples and established the soft-hearted cowboy as a top-notch balladeer.

He even co-founded a chicken joint that competed with Kentucky Fried Chicken and kept Seinfeld‘s Kramer up at night.

My most prominent Kenny Rogers memory happened several years ago on a family trip through Utah’s national parks that started with a night in Las Vegas. During the cab ride from the airport to the Vegas strip, our driver played a Kenny Rogers greatest hits album, and sitting quietly in the front seat it struck me that I loved every song.

I love today’s SOTD most of all, and it’s a fitting closer after two weeks honoring musicians who have shuffled off this mortal coil.

[Verse 1]
I can’t remember when you weren’t there
When I didn’t care for anyone but you
I swear we’ve been through everything there is
Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed
Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do

[Chorus]
Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You turned my life around, the sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you… through the years
I’ve never been afraid, I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed, right here with you
Through the years

[Verse 2]
I can’t remember what I used to do
Who I trusted, whom I listened to before
I swear you’ve taught me everything I know
Can’t imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more

[Chorus 2]
Through the years, through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had, I’ve always been so glad
To be with you … through the years
It’s better every day, you’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay, I’ll stay with you
Through the years

[Chorus 3]
Through the years, when everything went wrong
Together we were strong, I know that I belonged
Right here with you… through the years
I never had a doubt, we’d always work things out
I’ve learned what love’s about, by loving you
Through the years

[Chorus 4]
Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You’ve turned my life around, the sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you … through the years
It’s better every day, you’ve kissed my tears away
As long as it’s okay, I’ll stay with you
Through the years

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,319: ‘Through the Years’ – Kenny Rogers

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Despite my general aversion to country music, I always had a soft spot for Kenny Rogers. His passing really should have received more recognition.

    As an aside, I recall the drive from the airport to the Strip being rather short. How many songs could you have possibly heard of that Greatest Hits album? I’m assuming you were sitting in Sonea Vegas traffic?

  2. Kenny Rogers was a key ingredient in forming the Eagles.

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