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#SLS — Any Day Now, by Chuck Jackson

Jim Adams is the gentlemanly host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week we have on Song Lyric Sunday Alone/Confined/Depressed/Isolated  /Restless/Solo as the prompt words, a topic that seems to relate to the pandemic that we are all dealing with.

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• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
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• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
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• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
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Chuck_Jackson
Chuck Jackson

Over 40 years ago, I owned an album of Burt Bacharach hits. This song was on it, and it affects me today the same way it affected me back then. The beauty of the lyrics and the perfect way they are sung make the anguish feel real.

Per wikipedia:
Chuck Jackson (born July 22, 1937) is an American R&B singer who was one of the first artists to record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David successfully. He has performed with moderate success since 1961. His hits include “I Don’t Want to Cry,” “Any Day Now,” “I Keep Forgettin'”, and “All Over the World”.

Chuck was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Between 1957 and 1959, he was a member of The Del(l)-Vikings, singing lead on the 1957 release “Willette.” After leaving them, he was “discovered” by Luther Dixon when he opened for Jackie Wilson at the Apollo Theater. He signed a recording contract with Scepter Records subsidiary Wand Records. “I Don’t Want to Cry,” his first single, which he co-wrote (with Luther Dixon) and recorded in November 1960, was his first hit (released in January 1961.) The song charted on both the R&B and pop charts. Jackson’s popularity in the 1960s prompted him to buy the time on his contract from Scepter and move to Motown Records. There he recorded a number of successful singles, including “Honey Come Back.”

In 1962, Jackson’s recording of the Burt Bacharach-Bob Hilliard song “Any Day Now” became his signature song and was the first version of the song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it reached number twenty-three in 1962 and spent six weeks in the Top 40. Jackson’s version appeared on his album, which was also titled Any Day Now. The song was Jackson’s highest charting hit on the US pop chart, and also peaked at number two for three weeks on the Hot Black Sides chart.

“Any Day Now” has been recorded by numerous other artists over the years, including Alan Price in 1965, Elvis Presley in 1969, and Ronnie Milsap in 1982.

 

Any day now I will hear you say goodbye, my love
And you’ll be on your way
Then my wild beautiful bird, you will have flown, oh
Any day now I’ll be all alone, whoa-oa-oa-oa-oa

Any day now, when your restless eyes meet someone new
Oh, to my sad surprise
Then the blue shadows will fall all over town, oh
Any day now love will let me down, whoa-oa-oa-oa-oa

Oh my wild beautiful bird, you will have flown, oh
Any day now I’ll be all alone

I know I shouldn’t want to keep you
If you don’t want to stay-ay
Until you go forever
I’ll be holding on for dear life
Holding you this way
Begging you to stay

Any day now when the clock strikes go
You’ll call it off
And then my tears will flow
Then the blue shadows will fall all over town, oh
Any day now love will let me down cause you won’t be around

Don’t fly away, my beautiful bird
Don’t, don’t fly away
Songwriters: Bob Hilliard / Burt Bacharach

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