Song Lyric Sunday: “I Found Someone Of My Own”

This week’s theme is “new.” This song jumped into my head almost immediately: from 1971, The Free Movement, “I Found Someone Of My Own.”

The lyrics, via Songlyrics.com:

I got up this morning
While I was having my coffee
My woman came in, sat down by my side
With tears in her eyes
She said “I’ve a confession to make.”
I said “Woman, speak what’s on your mind.”

She said “I’ve found somebody new
To take your place.”
I said “don’t feel so all alone
I’ve found someone of my own.”

“All those lonely nights
You left me all alone
My true love would call
And talk to me on the phone.”
I said “Woman, if that’s the way it’s gotta be
Then darlin’, don’t you worry about me.”

She said “I’ve found somebody new
To take your place.”
I said “don’t feel so all alone
I’ve found someone of my own.”

I got up from the table
Reached down and wiped the tears from her face
I put out my cigarette
Turned and walked away

She said “I’ve found somebody new
To take your place.”
I said “don’t feel so all alone
I’ve found someone of my own.”

Kind of a bummer, isn’t it? Nevertheless, I like it, and so did many listeners, who bought enough records to make this #5 on the Hot 100, #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #20 on the R&B chart. The group, comprised of three men (Godoy Colbert, Adrian Jefferson, and Claude Jefferson) and three women (Josephine Brown, Cheryl Conley, and Jennifer Gates) released the song on Decca Records, after which they signed a deal with Columbia Records and recorded an album with this as a title track. Their second single from the album, “The Harder I Try (The Bluer I Get),” reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart but failed to crack the Top 40 on the Pop and R&B charts. Two subsequent singles, a gospel-flavored version of Stephen Stills’s “Love The One You’re With” and “I Can’t Move No Mountains”, the Robert John-Michael Gately song that’s been covered many times, including by The Free Movement’s labelmates Blood, Sweat & Tears on their 1972 album New Blood, failed to chart, and the group went their separate ways.

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for December 30, 2018. If I don’t see you before then, Happy New Year! Helen, get well soon!

19 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “I Found Someone Of My Own”

    1. It is, and it’s a shame The Free Movement didn’t have more success. I linked to their other songs so you can listen to them as well. They were good singers, and their gospel cover of “Love The One You’re With” is sheer genius.

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    1. I think it depends on the city or market you live in whether you hear it (and how much). I’m always turning up songs I never heard before when I do my survey posts, and people always comment that they never heard one or more songs when I do a survey. It’s why I do the survey posts: there’s a lot of music that doesn’t get heard anymore that was a hit in a certain market and wasn’t a hit elsewhere, and I want to make sure that people heard it at least once.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too! I hadn’t thought about the song in some years, either. It just popped into my head while I was thinking about it. That happens sometimes, where my mind’s ear will hear a quick snippet of a song and I have to figure out what the rest sounds like before I can remember it.

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