Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Have you ever felt a southern night?
Free as a breeze
Not to mention the trees
Whistling tunes that you know and love so
Just as good even when closed your eyes
I apologize to anyone who can truly say
That he’s found a better way
Southern skiesHave you ever noticed southern skies?
Its precious beauty lies just beyond the eye
It goes running through the soul
Like the stories told of old
He and his dog that walk that old land
Every flower touched his cold hand
As he slowly walked by
Weeping willows would cry for joy
Feels so good it’s frightening
Wish I could
Stop this world from fighting
Da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da
Like this and many others
In the trees
Blow in the nightIn the southern skies
They feel so good it’s frightening
Wish I couldStop this world from fighting
~ “Southern Nights”
~ written & recorded by Allen Toussaint (1938-2015) from his 1975 album “Southern Nights,” and later recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell (1936-2017). It was the first single released from Campbell’s 1977 album “Southern Nights” and reached number one on three separate U.S. charts.
The lyrics of “Southern Nights” were inspired by childhood memories Allen Toussaint had of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods, which often entailed storytelling under star-filled nighttime skies. When Campbell heard Toussaint’s version, he immediately identified with the lyrics which reminded him of his own youth growing up on an Arkansas farm. In October 1976, Campbell recorded the song with slightly modified lyrics.
The light of the looming autumn sunset dances on a pine tree that provides some lovely evening shade on a beautiful late October evening in the Lowcountry of Beaufort County, South Carolina.