Song of the Day, August 19: May You Never by John Martyn

Today’s song is May You Never by John Martyn. It’s another great track from his brilliant 1973 album Solid Air, a song of love, support and need. Relatively simple in comparison with much of the album, it is somehow more compelling for its lack of ornamentation.

And may you never lay your head down
Without a hand to hold
May you never make your bed out in the cold.

One of Martyn’s favorites, it was a staple of his live performances. It’s also one of his most covered songs. Eric Clapton famously included a solid version on his great 1977 album Slowhand. Other versions have come from a score of artists ranging from Rod Stewart to the Bellamy Brothers. Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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