Who Sang Ballad of the Sad Young Men? Roberta Flack

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Some other versions of "Ballad of the Sad Young Men"
writers: Fran Landesman Frances, Thomas J Tommy Jr Wolf
release date: 1969
genres: Jazz Funk / Soul
styles: Rhythm & Blues/Soul
length: 7:01
producer: Joel Dorn
mixer: Bob Liftin
recording engineer: William Arlt
strings arranger: William S. Fischer
lead vocals: Roberta Flack
piano: Roberta Flack
guitar: John Pizzarelli
membranophone: Ray Lucas
double bass: Ron Carter
conductor: William S. Fischer
violin: Emanuel Green and Gene Orloff
viola: Theodore Israel, Alfred Brown and Selwart Clarke
cello: Charles McCracken and George Ricci
Sing a song of sad young men, glasses full of rye
All the news is bad again, kiss your dreams goodbye

All the sad young men, sitting in the bars
Knowing neon nights, and missing all the stars

All the sad young men, drifting through the town
Drinking up the night, trying not to drown

All the sad young men, singing in the cold
Trying to forget, that they're growing old

All the sad young men, choking on their youth
Trying to be brave, running from the truth

Autumn turns the leaves to gold, slowly dies the heart
Sad young men are growing old, that's the cruellest part

All the sad young men, seek a certain smile
Someone they can hold, for just a little while

Tired little girl, does the best she can
Trying to be gay, for a sad young men

While a grimy moon, watches from above
All the sad young men, who play at making love

Misbegotten moon shine for sad young men
Let your gentle light guide them home again
All the sad, sad, sad, young men

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Compared to What
  • 2 Angelitos Negros
  • 3 Our Ages or Our Heart
  • 4 I Told Jesus
  • 5 Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
  • 6 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • 7 Tryin' Times
  • 8 Ballad of the Sad Young Men

  • Album Information
    label: Atlantic
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 7567814462
    script: Latin