Square Wheels Posted November 22, 2013 Share #1 Posted November 22, 2013 Life is short, if you ever get a chance to see him live, go. I saw him with Carole King a couple of years ago, holy crap, what a show. A song - from his second album, "Sweet Baby James" -about Taylor's experience in psychiatric institutions andthe suicide of his friend, Suzanne Schnerr. Taylor explained to NPR host Scott Simon that the song was written in three parts: * The first part was about Taylor's friend Suzanne, who died while Taylor was in London working on his first album after being signed to Apple Records. * The second part details Taylor's struggle to overcome drug addiction and depression. * The third part deals with coming to grips with fame and fortune, looking back at the road that got him there. It includes a reference to James Taylor and The Flying Machine, a band he briefly worked with before his big break with Paul McCartney, Peter Asher, and Apple Records. "Fire and Rain" is in the 227th position on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Lyrics follow:Just yesterday morning they let me know you were goneSusanne the plans they made put an end to youI walked out this morning and I wrote down this songI just can't remember who to send it to.I've seen fire and I've seen rainI've seen sunny days that I thought would never endI've seen lonely times when I could not find a friendBut I always thought that I'd see you again.Won't you look down upon me, jesusYou've got to help me make a standYou've just got to see me through another dayMy body's aching and my time is at handAnd I won't make it any other way.Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rainI've seen sunny days that I thought would never endI've seen lonely times when I could not find a friendBut I always thought that I'd see you again.Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sunLord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head aroundWell, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about thingsTo comeSweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rainI've seen sunny days that I thought would never endI've seen lonely times when I could not find a friendBut I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again, now.Thought I'd see you one more time againThere's just a few things coming my way this time around, nowThought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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