Never Leave Me Lonely

Before the Beatles wrote the song ‘Let It Be’, the song ‘Let It Be Me’ was popular, but this song was originally published in French in 1955 as ‘Je t’appartiens’ and it was written by Gilbert Bécaud and Pierre Delanoë. The first English language version used lyrics by Manny Curtis and in 1957 it was performed by Jill Corey.  It became popular worldwide with an English version by the Everly Brothers in 1960 and later, a 1964 duet by Betty Everett and Jerry Butler became a serenade that was used in a lot of weddings.  The Everly Brothers rendition of ‘Let It Be Me’ reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.  This was one of the first pop songs to use a string section, where eight violins and a cello were used.  It was also the first Everly Brothers song to use strings.  The Betty Everett and Jerry Butler ‘Let It Be Me’ climbed all the way to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Cashbox R&B chart.  

Bob Dylan recorded this on his 1970 Self Portrait album.  George Harrison recorded this song on the 2011 documentary film Living in the Material World directed by Martin Scorsese.  This is a love song that is sung to an unknown, unmentioned person, which longingly announces one’s feelings.  In this song, the singer begs for a love that is forever, so they can be complete.  The singer wants to be chosen, and comes off as being needy, but is hopeful that the choice will end up being them, so they won’t be lonely.

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet, love
I find complete, love
Without your sweet love
What would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you’ll love me only
And that you’ll always
Let it be me

Each time we meet, love
I find complete, love
Without your sweet love
What would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you’ll love me only
And that you’ll always
Let it be me

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 77 where this week’s theme is lonely from the 1981 Billy Squire song ‘Lonely Is The Night’.

9 thoughts on “Never Leave Me Lonely

  1. Love them and the song. It’s funny because 50s music takes me back to my senior year…in 1985. Our band did the music for a 50s play the drama class gave that year so that is the reason.

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      1. I never did…our band was liked by the drama teacher so we got to miss a lot of classes…I do wish I would have taken it.

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