America – Lonely People

Maybe my favorite America song along with Sister Golden Hair. It peaked at #5 in the Billboard 100 and #16 in Canada in 1975. The song was a positive response to the Beatles Eleanor Rigby’s “All the lonely people: where do they all come from…where do they all belong”(according to wiki). Both songs were produced by George Martin.

From Songfacts.

Famed Beatles producer George Martin helmed this song along with the rest of the album in London. Peek recalled to Circus: “Gerry (Beckley) had been in England, and we’d talked about using George Martin as our producer. He’s such a hot arranger, thinking about all the stuff he’s done. There were several other people we wanted to use, but that idea sort of flashed and George was available. Gerry had a house outside of London where we knew we could rehearse.”

The trio met with George Martin in Los Angeles, at the offices of America’s managers, Geffen-Roberts. Peek remembered with a laugh: “The first thing he did was take his shirt, sweater and shoes off. He said it was too hot in L.A. He put everyone at ease, and we just got along well from the first second. He has a very musical mind, and as we began working we bounced ideas off of him quite a bit, with things like vocal arrangements and guitar parts. It was an amazing experience working for a mind-producer.”

 

Lonely People
This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don’t give up until you drink from the silver cup
And ride that highway in the sky

This is for all the single people
Thinking that love has left them dry
Don’t give up until you drink from the silver cup
You never know until you try

Well, I’m on my way
Yes, I’m back to stay
Well, I’m on my way back home (Hit it)

This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don’t give up until you drink from the silver cup
And never take you down or never give you up
You never know until you try

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

6 thoughts on “America – Lonely People”

  1. good song, to me, that, “Sister Golden Hair” you mention & “Ventura Highway” were their 3 highlights. Didn’t know it was inspired by “Eleanor Rigby” but it makes perfect sense when you listen.

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  2. “EleanorRigby” was a good song too, although I recall clearly a grade 9 or 10 English teacher who deconstructed the whole song line by line and analyzed it to death, which is not the most terrific way of adding to the appreciation of music

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