Who draws the crowd and plays so loud
Baby it’s the guitar man
Who’s gonna steal the show
You know, baby, it’s the guitar man
Thanks go out to Jim Adams for hosting Song Lyric Sunday each week. For today’s theme, I chose “The Guitar Man” by Bread. David Gates wrote the lyrics, and the song appeared on Bread’s 1972 album Guitar Man.
He can make you love
He can make you cry
He will bring you down
Then he’ll get you high
Somethin’ keeps him goin’
Miles and miles a day
To find another place to play
David Gates provided vocals on TGM along with Jimmy Griffin, and Larry Knechtel played lead guitar. Mike Botts was on drums. The soft rock ballad went to 11 on Billboard Hot 100 and was Bread’s third single to hit No. 1 on the easy listening chart.
Night after night who treats you right
Baby, it’s the guitar man
Who’s on the radio
You go listen to the guitar man
I’ve always loved the romantic songs by David Gates and Bread. They aren’t all pure fluff though… in TGM Gates writes about how we can fall in love with a voice and be inspired by someone else’s words, but we don’t even know this person at all. TGM ends on a rather sad note with the musician searching endlessly for an audience…
Then the lights begin to flicker
And the sound is getting dim
The voice begins to falter
And the crowds are getting thin
But he never seems to notice
He’s just got to find
Another place to play
David Gates was born in Tulsa, OK in 1940 and retired in 2007. He has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1959.
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