Song Lyric Sunday ~ Knees

Song Lyric Sunday

Thanks Jim for hosting another great SLS set of prompts. I immediately chose “Layla” from Eric Clapton, a classic rock song. Eric wrote these lyrics in 1970 along with Jim Gordon, and the song was released in 1971 by Derek and the Dominos, Eric’s band at the time. The song contains two layers of meaning. First, it’s based upon an Arabian love story by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, about a man who goes crazy over his unrequited love for a beautiful girl. One of Eric’s friends had given him a book of this poetry. Second, at the time, Eric was in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of this friend George Harrison, so he was doubly inspired by that particular love story. (Later on, Pattie leaves George and marries Eric.)

“Layla” wasn’t a hit at first, but it became successful over time, eventually achieving the rank of 27 on Rolling Stone‘s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list and winning a Grammy for the 1993 acoustic version.

Onto the lyrics and video! 😻🎶❤️

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long
You know it’s just your foolish pride
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down
Like a fool, I fell in love with you
You turned my whole world upside down
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
Make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
Layla, I’m begging, darling please
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind

~*~

Image credit to Jim Adams.

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19 responses to “Song Lyric Sunday ~ Knees

  1. It’s a brilliant song. He actually makes it even better live.

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  2. My daughter was thinking of naming her 3rd daughter Layla. I begged her not too because this song would be stuck in my head for the rest of my life. I love Clapton, but this is a repetitive song that won’t go away for me. I can live with it stuck for a Sunday though. BTW….she named her Kristen. I can’t live a semi-quiet life in my head.

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  3. Brilliant – it’s been a while since I heard this song – love it! Especially that amazing guitar riff.

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  4. One of my all time favourites! I was lucky enough to see him play in Liverpool before I left (so about 10 years ago). It was magical.
    I didn’t know about the Arabian love poem; interesting.

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  5. This song, and the whole Derek and the Dominos album, is one of my all-time favorites.

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  6. Any prompt that lets you feature this song is a good one as I can never get tired of listening to this.

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  7. I probably shouldn’t add dissent. Lyrics, instrumentation, over the top a little bit, if I may say so after Last Kiss by Wayne Cochran.

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  8. Love this song. Need to listen to him again… thanks for sharing 🙋‍♀️🐝

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  9. Utterly brilliant song, thanks for the back story.

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  10. I knew about Pattie but not about the Arabian story. EC da man with his axe and he was jonesin’ bad. Great choice, Paula!

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  11. I much prefer this version, with Duane Allman, over the slow acoustic one he played on “Unplugged.”

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