Sweet Surrender

Album: Guitar Man (1972)
Charted: 15
  • Baby I'm through runnin' it's true
    I'd be a fool to try to escape you
    Maybe I'm beat but oh what a sweet surrender

    You keep your rights, I'll take your nights
    No one can lose when we turn the lights out
    Tastin' defeat, lovin' that sweet surrender

    I'm givin' up myself to you but I didn't really lose at all
    I gave the only love I've known and it never hurt me to fall

    Now that it's done, so glad you won
    I know our lives have only begun now
    No more retreat, only my sweet surrender Writer/s: DAVID GATES
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Comments: 4

  • Romanong Kurong from NagaI've given up myself to you; but I didn't really lose at all. I came gave the only love I've known and it never hurt me to fall." This irony and/or paradox, not to mention the playful, dreamy vocals makes it unforgettable.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 5th 1972, "Sweet Surrender" by Bread entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #55; and 7 weeks later on December 24th, 1972 it peaked at #15 {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    Their record that succeeded it on the Top 100, "Aubrey", also peaked at #15 and also stayed on the chart for 11 weeks...
    Between June 1970 and April 1977 the quartet had thirteen Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Make It With You" for one week in 1970...
    They just missed having a seventh Top 10 record when "Guitar Man" peaked at #11 in 1972...
    Sadly, three members of the group have passed away; guitarist Jimmy Griffin {1943 - 2005}, drummer Mike Botts {1944 - 2005} and Larry Knechtel {1940 - 2009, he replaced bassist Robb Royer in 1971}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1975 John Denver released a completely different song titled "Sweet Surrender"; it peaked at #13. Bread's version was just about as sucessful, it peaked at #15!!!
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcThe inspiration for the song clearly was the fledgling Women's Right Movement ('You take your rights, I'll take your nights').
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