Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: We Five, “You Were On My Mind”

Jim’s prompt for today is "Brain/Mind/Think," and the song I’d like to share is We Five’s "You Were On My Mind." According to Wikipedia,

"You Were on My Mind" is a popular song written by Sylvia Fricker in 1962, in a bathtub in a suite at the Hotel Earle in Greenwich Village. She wrote it in the bathroom because "it was the only place … the cockroaches would not go". It was originally performed by Fricker and her future husband Ian Tyson as the duo Ian & Sylvia, and they recorded it in 1963 for their 1964 album on the Vanguard label, Early Morning Rain. It was published in sheet form by M. Witmark & Sons of New York City in 1965. Ian and Sylvia re-recorded the song in 1972 with their band Great Speckled Bird, reaching #4 on the Canadian easy listening chart.

In 1965, the song was covered in an up-tempo version, with slightly altered lyrics and melody, by the California pop quintet We Five. Their recording reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1965 and topped the Billboard easy listening chart for five weeks. Billboard ranked the record as the #4 song of 1965.

Here is an apparently live performance on the ABC-TV program Hollywood Palace, hosted that week by Fred Astaire. We Five are

  • Michael Stewart (1945–2002) (baritone-bass, 5-string banjo, 6-string acoustic guitar, 9-string amplified guitar)
  • Beverly Bivens (born 1946) (low contralto to high soprano, rhythm guitar)
  • Jerry Burgan (tenor, 6-string acoustic guitar)
  • Pete Fullerton (tenor, acoustic and Fender bass)
  • Bob Jones (1947–2013) (baritone-tenor, 6-string electric jazz guitar, 12-string electric guitar)

The lyrics, from Lyrics.com:

When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
And you were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I got wounds to bind
So I went to the corner
Just to ease my pains
Yeah, just to ease my pains
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I came home again
When I woke up this morning
You were on my mi-i-i-ind and
You were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I got wounds to bind
And I got a feelin’
Down in my sho-oo-oo-oes, said
Way down in my sho-oo-oes
Yeah, I got to ramble, whoa-oh
I got to move on, whoa-oh
I got to walk away my blues
When I woke up this morning
You were on my mind
You were on my mind
I got troubles, whoa-oh
I got worries, whoa-oh
I got wounds to bind

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for February 14, 2021.

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