Song 1980-20: J.D. Souther, “You’re Only Lonely”

I know John David (“J.D.”) Souther more for his songwriting than I do his singing. He’s written plenty of songs for The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and several other Southern Californian recording acts. His 1980 “You’re Only Lonely” was released in late 1979 and reached #7 but was on its way down the charts by the time the first week of 1980 rolled around. However, it ended up becoming the #57 song of 1980.

He was a performer the 1986 We’re-Too-Country-T0-Be-Included-In-Live-Aid benefit concert Farm Aid, and the video provided here is his performance of this song at the concert.

Memorable lyric: “When you need somebody around on the nights that try you, I was there when you were a queen and I’ll be the last one there beside you.”


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