Una vecchia canzone country che ho amato fin dalla prima volta che l’ho ascoltata. Era l’estate del 1980 ed ero in viaggio per il Logo Tahoe, al confine tra la California e il Nevada. Avevo appena apprezzato il mio primo Martini.
Benché Dolly Parton non sia stata la prima a cantarla, è stata lei a farne un memorabile successo, proprio quell’estate. Comunque, era lei che cantava “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” quella volta. E l’impatto fu fantastico.
Io continuo a preferirla cantata da lei, ma anche questa versione live di Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash (noblesse oblige!) è piuttosto bella. Godetevela. Segue il testo della canzone (struggente come la melodia).
OLD FLAMES CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU
Downtown tonight, I saw an old friend, someone who I use to take comfort from long before I met you I caught a spark from his eyes of forgotten desire With a word, or a touch, I could have rekindled that fire
Old flames can’t hold a candle to you No one can light up the night like you do Flickering embers of love I’ve known one or two But old flames can’t hold a candle to you
Sometimes at night, I think of old lovers I’ve known I remember how holding them helped me not feel so alone Then I feel you beside me and even their memories are gone Like stars in the night lost in the sweet light of dawn
Old flames can’t hold a candle to you No one can light up the night like you do Flickering embers of love I’ve known one or two But old flames can’t hold a candle to you Old flames can’t hold a candle to you Mmmm……
Friday, January 27th was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time for people to both honor those killed under the Nazi regime and prevent future genocide. As every year at this time, I wanted to post something on the matter, but had a particularly busy day and didn’t have much time to jot down some ideas. I took advantage of the weekend and what follo […]
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