Song Lyric Sunday- Soul Train- Freda Payne

This week the theme is songs that mention Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

I’ve been extremely busy doing outdoor chores. I popped onto this week’s prompt and a song came immediately to mind. (Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have participated.)
The video I chose was from the TV show Soul Train. I enjoyed this show every weekend as a kid. Needless to say, this is a ‘golden oldie’. This song reminds me of my ‘little’ sister who was nine when it was released. She and her neighborhood best friend played it over and over … and over. I liked it but they turned it into a (somewhat monotonous) theme song. LOL
I thoroughly enjoy the memory of a time a place now. ❤
This recording became Freda Payne’s first GOLD record.

About Band of Gold

“Band of Gold” is a popular song written and composed by former Motown producers Holland–Dozier–Holland (under the pseudonym of Edythe Wayne) and Ron Dunbar. It was a major hit when first recorded by Freda Payne in 1970 for the Invictus label, owned by H-D-H. The song has been recorded by numerous artists, notably competing 1986 versions by contrasting pop singers Belinda Carlisle and Bonnie Tyler, and a 2007 version by Kimberley Locke. The legendary songwriting team of Holland–Dozier–Holland used the name Edythe Wayne because of a lawsuit in which they were embroiled with Motown. Ron Dunbar was a staff employee and producer for Invictus. When they first offered the song to Freda Payne, she balked at the idea of recording it, finding the material more appropriate for a teenager or very young woman while she was nearly 30 years old. Payne reluctantly gave in after much persuasion by Dunbar. Almost immediately following its release, the Payne record became an instant pop smash, reaching number three in the US and number one on the UK singles chart and remaining there for six weeks in September 1970, giving Payne her first gold record. 

Band Of Gold (Almighty Anthem Radio Edit)

Freda Payne

Now that you’re gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me

You took me from the shelter of my mother
I had never known or loved any other
We kissed after taking vows
But that night on our honeymoon
We stayed in separate rooms

I wait in the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Ohh

Don’t you know that I wait
In the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold

Songwriters: Dunbar Ronald, Wayne Edythe. For non-commercial use only.

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday- Soul Train- Freda Payne

  1. newepicauthor 05/22/2022 / 11:34 am

    When the guy isn’t able to perform on the wedding night, your marriage is in trouble. Great choice Susan.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/22/2022 / 11:35 am

      Glad that my nine-year-old sister had NO idea what the lyrics meant. Thanks, Jim.

  2. ghostmmnc 05/22/2022 / 5:03 pm

    Oh I love this song! …funny memory … I was listening to this song on my way to evening business college. Later that night our city was hit by an F5 tornado. We were lucky to have survived. 🙂 So I associate this song with that scary tornado night.

  3. John Holton 05/22/2022 / 8:10 pm

    Great song, and Freda Payne was a real babe…

  4. Kally 05/26/2022 / 3:20 am

    Love the song! Brings back good memories.

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