Neil Diamond Solitary Man

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Neil Diamond Solitary Man

"Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond

Soft Rock

The song “Solitary Man” by Neil Diamond has not a wasted word to describe love’s heartbreak. It was written and performed by Neil Diamond, and it was his debut single as a recording artist. It is a good example of sixties soft rock. The song was also on his 1966 album The Feel of Neil Diamond. There have been a number of re-releases. The power-team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich produced it. (The horn arrangement that’s on the track definitely says sixties.) In 1966, the song went only to #55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. However, there has been a plethora of covers, including versions by Billy Joe Royal, B.J. Thomas, T.G. Sheppard, Gianni Morandi, The Sidewinders, Chris Isaak, Johnny Cash, HIM, Jay and The Americans, Johnny Rivers, and Cliff Richard, just to name a few.

Diamond was born Neil Leslie Diamond in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. A singer, songwriter, and musician, Diamond is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Here are the lyrics of “Solitary Man” by Neil Diamond:

“Melinda was mine
‘Til the time
That I found her
Holding Jim
Loving Him
Then Sue came along
Loved me strong
That’s what I thought
Me and Sue
But that died too

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man

I’ve had it to here
Bein’ where
Love’s a small word
Part-time thing
Paper ring

I know it’s been done
Havin’ one
Girl who’ll love me
Right or wrong
Weak or strong

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man…”

For other songs by Neil Diamond: “Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon” and “Cherry Cherry.”

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