Song Lyric Sunday: Classics IV, “Traces”

Jim gives us today’s prompt, "appearance, image, likeness, object, picture, photograph." I chose a song from the band Classics IV, a soft-rock outfit from Jacksonville, Florida. Many of the members of that band moved to Atlanta and became the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

"Traces" was written by Buddy Buie, J. R. Cobb, and Emory Gordy Jr. It was released as a single in 1969 and was the title track from their album from that year. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, #2 on the Canadian Top 100, and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

I chose this video because the pictures looked like they were taken from my yearbook, even though I know they weren’t.

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 from

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for May 29, 2022.

29 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Classics IV, “Traces”

  1. I love this song and seeing these old pictures from people in high school or college just makes me think of those great days but I was a kid then. Now these same people are all over 65 which just makes me shake my head in disbelief


    1. I’m one of those kids, by the way, and so is your husband (happy birthday to him, I think I neglected to say that yesterday). About halfway through, there’s a picture of a guy wearing a letter jacket with “74” on it, which was my year.

      There’s a picture floating around of a bunch of high school girls from the early and mid ’70’s, dressed in hot pants, miniskirts, or tight jeans, along with a caption, “hey, millennials, these are your grandmothers”…


    1. Anyone who went to school during that era can relate to those pictures. There’s one guy in there that’s wearing a Class of ’74 jacket; that was my year…


    1. Classics IV did some great songs, and I think some are still playing. If the Allman Brothers defined Southern rock, Classics IV defined Southern soft rock.


  2. I remember this very well. It could’ve been my yearbook too. Graduated from High School in 1969. Thanks for the memories John.


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