Song Lyric Sunday: “An Old Fashioned Love Song”

Today’s theme is “harmony/melody/music,” and this song jumped into my head almost immediately.

“An Old Fashioned Love Song” is a 1971 song that was written by Paul Williams and done by Three Dog Night for their 1971 album Harmony. Williams had originally intended for Karen Carpenter to sing it (and wouldn’t that have been something), but Richard thumbs-downed it and Williams offered it to Three Dog Night, who had already recorded one of his songs, “Out In The Country,” the year before. Three Dog Night took the song to #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, the first time they ever topped that chart. Here’s Three Dog Night, with Chuck Negron taking the lead, from 1971, “An Old Fashioned Love Song.”

Lyrics courtesy of MetroLyrics:

Just an old fashioned love song
Playing on the radio
And wrapped around the music is the sound
Of someone promising they’ll never go

You’ll swear you’ve heard it before
As it slowly rambles on and on
No need in bringing ’em back
‘Cause they’ve never really gone

Just an old fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me
Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony

To weave our dreams upon and listen
To each evening when the lights are low
To underscore our love affair with tenderness
And feeling that we’ve come to know

Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony
Just an old fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me

Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony
Just an old fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me

Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony
Just an old fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me

Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony
Just an old fashioned love song…

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for February 24, 2019.

29 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “An Old Fashioned Love Song”

          1. Exactly, the number of times I go upstairs to do something and end up standing on the landing think ‘why am I here’ to go back downstairs then blooming remember! 🤔💜🤭🤭🤭💜💜

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  1. John,

    You can’t go wrong with the Three Dog Night. I haven’t listened to this song in a long time so it was great fun to hear it again. What a great band they were! Do they still perform together?

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