Once again my mental discography was ignited by the hosts of Sound Advice, the popular audio discussion show on National Public Radio. On a recent their subject was what they called I Want You Back tunes, and each host presented his six favorites.
One of the half dozen of Jim DeRogatis was”If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman, her first single after a successful tenure as the backing vocalist for Eric Clapton. Its lyrics lay bare the pleading to get her old!over back, Boeing that nobody else could ever replace him.
Co-just Greg Kot offered a different six pack, highlighted by”Working My Way Back To You” by the Spinners. The legendary pop band songs about a guy who has grown to repent his adultery, now that the girl he had taken for granted has left him.
Here are ten other songs that could have been cited in a program based on songs about somebody wishing to get his former lover back.
Baby Come Back by Player
In the chorus he owns up to the fact that he was wrong and cannot live her, a confession that is gorgeously backed up by a beat that would make peers Hall and Oates proud.
I’ve Returned by Squeeze
After calling her friends a bunch of Muppets and insulting her sister, the apologetic male has come back intending to win her heart again.
Bad Boy by Ray Parker Jr..
As a sequel to a previous hit on which he confessed to having fallen for another woman, the Raydio front guy is now expressing his desire to come back to the one he jilted.
Come Back To Me from the Bongos
His girl left him at the old heartless way by leaving a Dear John letter, but nevertheless he’s begging her to return to his arms.
by Bill Monroe
This timeless bluegrass classic centers on a guy full of regret after misusing his former girl, who he hopes will go back to him.
Typically the ring has to go back to the guy, but on this Sixties smash hit the jilted woman would much prefer to have the liver than the piece of jewelry.
Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford provided the words for this Imperial Bedroom monitor, which has Elvis prepared to roll over and play dead now that he’s in her doghouse.
Do not Pull Your Love by Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds
Because his former woman is leaving him, the guy swears that he will cry for a hundred years and drown in his tears.
Big Mouth Strikes Again by the Smiths
On this terrific side two opener from The Queen Is Dead, Morrissey bemoans the recent occasion on which he threatened his now ex by bludgeoning her in her bed and hammering every tooth in her head.
I Threw It All Away by Bob Dylan
One of the five sisters from Nashville Skyline, the sorrow here in evident in lyrics like”I once held the hills in the palm of my hands, and rivers ran through every day.”