Friday, 24 November 2017

Popular Songs That Feature a Verse Of Speaking Instead Of Singing

Country star Mel Tillis passed away last week, leaving a legacy beyond that of the many songs he wrote and recorded. Perhaps his most well-known song was "Ruby", which Kenny Rogers and the First Edition took to the Top Ten in 1970.
His music will certainly endure, but perhaps the most memorable mark he left exists outside American culture. He served as a great example of someone who successfully overcomes the obstacles of a speech defect.
Santa Claus, Christmas Music, Piano
Tillis throughout his life spoke with a stammer, a defect that was not present whenever he sang. Nevertheless, he managed to confront the condition, and he even publicly made light of it.
Although he could croon just about any classic country standard without revealing any evidence of his condition, some hits would have presented a huge challenge to him. Certain well-known songs have relied on the spoken word, rather than singing, to get their messages across.
Here some of the most popular songs that feature at least one verse of a spoken narrative instead of singing.
The Great Compromise by John Prine
This track from Diamonds in the Rough could serve as a metaphor for the United States and its role in Vietnam, but on the surface it is simply about a guy's girlfriend climbing into someone else's car while on a date at the drive -in. Prine decided to recite the last verse using a calm narrative voice, explaining why he chose not to fight his rival.
Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio
Listeners are told of the execution to come right from the start of the song, when guitarist Dave Guard recites the tragic love triangle that formed the basis for the group's biggest hit.
Let Me Fall by James Maddock and Wood
Songs From Stamford Hill introduced the British band to the United States, where they were received with much enthusiasm. This track about heartache and regret is representative of that album, as Maddock slowly narrates his slow walk home after his girl has called it off.
Fool To Cry by the Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger does more speaking than singing on this single from the Black and Blue album, which features his vocalizing only during the chorus.
Famous Groupies by Paul McCartney and Wings
Sir Paul does an imitation of a salesman or circus master as he narrates a spiel to introduce the title females in this track from London Town.
Hobo Song by John Prine
Bruised Orange spawned several enduring classics, such as "Dear Abby" and "That's the Way That The World Goes Round." In the final verse of this track, Prine speaks poignantly from the point of view of a homeless victim of misfortune.
Raspberries, Strawberries by the Kingston Trio
Going to Paris is justified in the young man who seeks romance in the narrative that makes up verse one, as well as in the old man whose dreams have turned to dust in the spoken finale.
Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted by the Partridge Family
David Cassidy, who passed away just one night after Mel Tillis, speaks rather than sings the last verse of this 1971 hit in his role of Keith Partridge from the classic sitcom.

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