Song Lyric Sunday: “Traces”

Two songs jumped into my head when I saw the prompt (picture/photograph) for today. One was just a little too on-the-nose, so I’m going with the second.

I can’t think of a song that Classics IV has done that I haven’t liked. they were one of the first “soft Southern rock” bands, and had a string of hits between 1967 and 1969, including today’s song, “Traces.” This was their highest-charting single, reaching #2 in both the US and Canada in 1969. It was written by songwriter Buddy Buie, guitarist J. R. Cobb, and producer Emory Gordy, Jr. Enjoy some breezy Southern soul…

Faded photograph
Covered now with lines and creases
Tickets torn in half
Memories in bits and pieces

Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right
Traces of love

Ribbons from her hair
Souvenirs of days together
The ring she used to wear
Pages brown from old love letter

Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right
Traces of love with me tonight

I close my eyes and say a prayer
That in her heart she’ll find
A trace of love still there
Somewhere, oh, oh

Traces of hope in the night
That she’ll come back and dry
These traces of tears from my eyes

Lyrics courtesy of AZLyrics

Classics IV went their separate ways in 1975, and some of the members formed the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for September 9, 2018.

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Traces”

  1. I love this song. It’s very touching and a sadness we have all experienced. I love the video with all the retro photos especially the one near the beginning that evokes a famous Vermeer painting. Is that Sally Field in the quick little video?

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    1. I found the clip; it sure looks like Sally Field, probably from an episode of “Gidget,” which we never watched so I couldn’t tell you which one.


  2. Good one! Glad you went with the less obvious choice. I am going through my “traces” as I still try and finish organizing my office. The songs today are giving me motivation to continue on.


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