SLS: Beautiful

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I have to confess that my song this week was a no-brainer as soon as I read Jim’s prompt. There are lots of tunes about beautiful women, but my favorite beautiful song is about music itself. “Beautiful Noise” is the title track from Neil Diamond’s 10th album, which was released in 1976. It was one of the three singles from the album but didn’t place as well as the other two (“If You Know What I Mean” and “Don’t Think… Feel”). That’s OK; I don’t mind having a different opinion from the majority, and in my view BN is a wonderful song. It’s actually about loneliness, even though you won’t get that at first… it starts out peppy and happy, but if you listen all the way through and read between the lines, you’ll discover it’s about a writer sitting alone in his room waiting for his muse. He discovers that the normal sounds of daily life all around him, coming up from the street, provide his inspiration.

It’s a beautiful noise
Made of joy and of strife
Like a symphony played
By the passing parade
It’s the music of life

It’s a beautiful noise
And it’s a sound that I love
And it makes me feel good
Just like a hand in a glove
Yes it does, yes it does


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20 responses to “SLS: Beautiful

  1. Well, damn that made me so homesick…sounds of the city – but you can’t go home – my New York is gone and that is as it should be…


  2. I always loved this song. I was so in love with Neil Diamond in the 7os ☺️❤️

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  3. I remember getting this album for my 18th birthday. Man, did I think I knew it all back then. Great pick Paula!!

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  4. Beautiful and Noise are contradictory terms making this song an oxymoron. Great music Paula. Neil is really a one of a kind.

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  5. Nice song about the city noises! I always like the sound of his voice in his songs. I’d say though that all that city noise would drive me crazy. We do live in a city, but we only have one tall building. Mostly it feels like a country bumpkin town here. haha 🙂

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  6. Neil could sing anything… a grocery list… and I’d love it!😍🎶💃🏼

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  7. Great choice Paula! Perfect!😊

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  8. I have sadly outgrown the song a bit. I remember absolutely adoring “Beautiful Noise” when it first came out.

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  9. I love Neil and his vocal tone! Beautiful song!

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