#1023: 1956, Faron Young, Sweet Dreams

by Jackie_South on May 24, 2015

Firstly, my apologies for not posting a contribution to Songs to Learn and Sing for a few days. My reason is that George East set me a difficult challenge with Ray’s last song: one dedicated to Tim Farron.

If he becomes leader, Farron will be the first Liberal Democrat leader who is younger than me – so, it’s a quick step from that fact to get us to country star Faron Young (subject of a Prefab Sprout song that we’ve featured previously).

A lot of his stuff was about loneliness, which seems apt for the Lib Dems at the moment. The line “You don’t love me, it’s plain” could have been made for them.

Young first made this song a hit, although Patsy Cline’s later version is probably more famous (used in film by both Scorsese and the Coen Brothers). But unlike Patsy (or the suicidal Faron Young) Sweet Dreams really does sum up the Liberal Democrat yearning for all those voters whose support they’ll never recapture:

“Why can’t I forget you and start my life anew
Instead of having sweet dreams about you”

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So, we are now at song #2 themed on the various party leadership races. Let’s see what Charlie pulls out of the bag for our next one…

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