Solitary Man

Album: The Feel Of Neil Diamond (1966)
Charted: 21
  • Melinda was mine 'til the time
    That I found her
    Holding Jim
    And loving him
    Then Sue came along, loved me strong
    That's what I thought
    Ya, me and Sue
    But that died too

    Don't know that I will
    But until I can find me
    The girl who'll stay
    And won't play games behind me
    I'll be what I am
    A solitary man
    Solitary man

    I've had it to here
    Bein' where love's a small word
    Part-time thing
    Paper ring

    I know it's been done
    Havin' one girl who'll loves you
    Right or wrong
    Weak or strong

    Don't know that I will
    But until I can find me
    The girl who'll stay
    And won't play games behind me
    I'll be what I am
    A solitary man
    Solitary man

    Don't know that I will
    But until I can find me
    The girl who'll stay
    And won't play games behind me
    I'll be what I am
    A solitary man
    Solitary man
    Solitary man
    Solitary man Writer/s: NEIL DIAMOND
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 19

  • Seventhmist from 7Diamond's early efforts, like this gem, made his later stuff (post-1970s) look soooo bad.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaUnderstand a lot of those lyrics too. Thanks Neil.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 21st 2001, Johnny Cash was released from the hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for pneumonia...
    Later that night he attended the 43rd Grammy Awards, where he won the Grammy for 'Best Male Vocal Country Performance' for 'Solitary Man', it would be his tenth Grammy...
    At the time his 85th studio album, 'American III: Solitary Man', was in its second of two weeks at #43 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, it had peaked at #11 on the chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 30th 1966, Neil Diamond performed "Solitary Man" on Dick Clark's ABC-TV week-day afternoon program 'Where The Action Is'...
    This appearance was five days after his national TV debut on Dick Clark's other ABC-TV program, 'American Bandstand' {See next two posts below}...
    At the time of this 'Action' appearance "Solitary Man" was at position #55 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 25th 1966, Neil Diamond made his national television debut, he lip-sync "Solitary Man" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    (See next post below).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 15th 1966, "Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; eventually it peaked at #55 and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    Four years later on July 5th, 1970 it re-entered the Top 100; and on September 6th, 1970 it peaked at #21 and the record at #22 was "Cracklin' Rosie" by Neil Diamond, and on October 4th, 1970 it became his first #1 record.
  • Gary from Clementon, NjIt's the basic version that is played on the You Tube link. I prefer this version just because it is basic, with a rustic style befitting the 'Solitary' theme of the song.
  • Gary from Clementon, NjThere are two Neil Diamond versions. A basic version which I believe was the first, and a version with extra guitars, Neil's harmonizing vocals and female backing Ahhh vocals added. When did this version with the additions come about? Which version was the 1970 hit?
  • Coy from Palestine, TxJohnny Cash won a Grammy for his performance of this song. Diamond said at one time he was embarrassed when he realized this song was on the radio and revealing a very personal experience that actually happened. But over the years he often changes the girl's name from Belinda to Melinda and back and forth.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxJohnny Cash covered this song near the end of his life, but he probably shouldn't have.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1976 country singer T. G. Sheppard released a covered version of this song; it peaked at No. 100 on the Pop chart and spent one week in the Top 100!!!
  • Zhivko from Bourgas, BulgariaVersion of this song was used as soundtrack for the TV Series Stargate Atlantis Season 5 episode 19 - "Vegas", aired January 9, 2009
  • Bob from Schenectady, NyI thought the lyric "Me and Sue, that died too" was "Me and Sue, that guy too" meaning she was cheating on him.
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzCharles is correct! A stereo remix of "Solitary Man," was issued as a single in the early summer of 1970 and peaked at #20 on Billboard.
  • Kaymichele from Austin, TxChris Isaak covered this on his San Francisco Days album.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdThis came out while I was in college, and just starting to learn guitar. Fall '66 gave us this and another artist's first singles, both of which songs were little-noted at the time, but both singers would make much bigger splashes with their 2nd efforts. Neil's was Cherry Cherry a few months after this. Cat Stevens' first, Matthew and Son, in fall '66, was even more obscure, but his second, Wild World, 4 years later, was much bigger. And in between, he had a number of his songs become hits by other artists. He then had several quite popular albums in the 70's. *** Kevin/Reading,PA - Actually, that trumpet style is quite common and probably isn't Herb, but you're right-it does sound like a lot of his pieces.

  • Kevin from Reading , PaIt's always sounded to me like Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass are playing on this, though I don't know if they are. (I'm going to go look it up right now!)
  • Michael from Chicago, IlThis is one of the songs I grew up hearing (well, thru puberty, anyway!) and came to realize what it meant when you could 'identify' with a song - change the names to 'Debra' and 'Felicia', and you'd have my adolescent adventures in a nutshell ...
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcDiamond had 5 top 40 hits in 1970, including 3 singles from the LP Tap Root Manuscript, Solitary Man and the re-released Bang single "Do It".
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