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Tired Of Being Alone


Al Green

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According to Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Singles, this came to Green when he woke up before dawn the day after a show in Detroit at a motel in rural Michigan with a song forming in his mind. Half an hour later, he had it written, but his producer Willie Mitchell wasn't much interested in Green performing his own material. Said Green: "I was toting my song around in my pocket for days on end, saying, 'Hey, I got a song.' Finally, at the end of the session, I said, 'Well, I still got a song.'" It became Green's first hit. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
This song was supposed to be released on an earlier album, Green Is Blues, but didn't make the cut for technical reasons. In 1971 it made it to Al Green Gets Next to You.
This song was possibly Green's first breakthrough success. Earlier, he'd been trying to fit into the mold of his influences, including Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sam Cooke. Hi Records vice president Willie Mitchell convinced him to be true to his own voice instead, and they produced the album Green Is Blues, which was a moderate success. Al Green Gets Next to You saw the single of "Tired of Being Alone," which was to be the first of his seven consecutive gold singles.

Al Green isn't just a successful R&B, soul, and gospel singer - he's also an ordained pastor in the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee. He was inspired to join the clergy in 1971, after a run-in with a psychologically disturbed girlfriend, who burned him in an attack before killing herself. Green cited this incident as the wake-up call to change his life.
Modern audiences might know this song better by its cover version, done in 1992 by the band Texas. Ironically, Texas is from Scotland.
"Tired of Being Alone" appeared on the soundtrack in the films Dead Presidents (1995), and Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003).
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Comments (3):

I love this song, one of Al Green's best.
- Noemi, Huntington Park, CA
I was once singing in a lounge (hard times) that had a black clientelle in the early hours. I decided to learn "Tired of Being Alone" one of my very favorite songs. I was rehearsing it during my soundcheck and the waitress turned to me and said, "Give it up. Don't try to sing Al Green!" I never did.
- Ira, San Francisco, CA
I can't believe there isn't a single comment on sucha a beautiful song. Al is the best.
- Nelle, Lima, Peru
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