American Breed – Bend Me, Shape Me

I owned a softrock compilation album with this song and It’s So Nice To Be With You on it. Bend Me, Shape Me peaked at #5 in the Billboard 100 in 1968. The group was formed in Cicero, Illinois as Gary & The Knight Lites. The founding members included Gary Loizzo- vocals and guitar, Charles Colbert, Jr.- bass guitar and vocals, Al Ciner- guitar and vocals, and Jim Michalak on drums.

This was originally recorded in 1967 by The Outsiders, who were known for their hit “Time Won’t Let Me.” 

From Songfacts

This was written by songwriters Scott English and Larry Weiss. Larry Weiss later wrote “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

The song is about a guy who is so enamored with a girl that he will let her do whatever she wants to him as long as she continues to love him.

In the UK this was a #3 hit in 1968 for Amen Corner. The following year they went to the top of the UK charts with “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice.”

Bend Me, Shape Me

You are all the woman I need, and baby you know it,
You can make this beggar a king, a clown or a poet.
I’ll give you all that I own.
You got me standing in line
Out in the cold,
pay me some mind.
Bend me, shape me
Anyway you want me,
Long as you love me, it’s all right
Bend me, shape me
Anyway you want me,
You got the power to turn on the light.
Everybody tells me I’m wrong to want you so badly,
But there’s a force driving me on, I follow it gladly.
So let them laugh I don’t care,
Cause I got nothing to hide,
All that I want is you by my side.
Bend me, shape me
Anyway you want me,
Long as you love me, it’s all right
Bend me, shape me
Anyway you want me,
You got the power to turn on the light.
Bend me shape me anyway you want me

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Breed

 

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

6 thoughts on “American Breed – Bend Me, Shape Me”

  1. Good driving beat. I like the way it starts out with the horns. The lyrics are awesome, in the “Use Me” tradition. Or this probably came before “Use Me” didn’t it. These kind of songs need their own genre just like murder ballads have 😉

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    1. lol… yea I never thought of that. It’s a song that doesn’t get played everyday. The singer is pretty desparate though.
      It’s between bubblegum and soft rock…I do like the arrangement.

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