Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Miss Toni Fisher, “The Big Hurt”

Big Jim is going with “Big, Large, Little, Small, Tall, Tiny,” and I think I found the perfect song, because not only is it a great song, the title is also the nickname of one of my favorite baseball players, Frank Thomas.

Hall of Famer Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, #35 for the Chicago White Sox. source: celebsbodysize.com

Wikipedia has this to say about “The Big Hurt”:

“The Big Hurt” is a pop song that was a hit for Toni Fisher (billed as “Miss Toni Fisher”) in 1959. The song was written by Wayne Shanklin. The song went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart in the United States. “The Big Hurt” is notable because it featured phasing effects which at that time were rare in popular music; DJ Dick Biondi on WKBW [later on WLS and WCFL in Chicago – JCH] would introduce the record as “Toni Fisher’s weird one.”

Not much more to say about this…

The lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:

Now it begins, now that’s you’ve gone
Needles and pins, twilight till dawn
Watching the clock till you return
Lighting that torch and watching it burn

Now it begins, day after day
This is my life, ticking away
Waiting to hear footsteps that say
Love will appear and this time to stay

Each time you go
I try to pretend
It’s over at last
And this time the big hurt will end

Now it begins, now that’s you’ve gone
Needles and pins, twilight till dawn
But if you don’t come back again
I’ll wonder when, oh when will it end
The Big Hurt
The Big Hurt
The Big Hurt

Bruce Blackman, who was a founding member of the band Starbuck (“Moonlight Feels Right”), did a bossa nova version for his album Moonlight Feels Right 2014. Just thought you’d like to hear it.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for June 7, 2020.

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Miss Toni Fisher, “The Big Hurt”

    1. I thought it might have to do with the phasing effects they used to produce the “swooshing” in the background, but I listened to a couple more of her songs and you’re right, her voice is kind of annoying. If anything, the phasing improved her voice. I liked Bruce’s version myself.

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  1. I like the effects in Toni Fisher’s version because of the uniqueness. But, it’s one of those songs that once you’ve heard it a few times, it’s monotonous. I almost like the bossa nova version better.

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