Go on and love me, I don't care

Song: Lonely At The Top
Author: Randall Stuart Newman
Artist: Randy Newman
Album: Sail away

Newman allegedly wrote Lonely At The Top for Frank Sinatra. Mojo music magazine asked Newman in 2008 if he was not concerned that Sinatra might take offense at the song's mockery. He replied: "Yeah, it's amazing that I thought he'd do it, and I actually played it for him. But I think he was intelligent enough to laugh at the whole premise of the rich guy at the top who's lonely and unhappy. I played it for Streisand and she said, 'Well ha ha…' She liked it but thought people would believe she meant it. And it suddenly dawns on me that's why I'll never exactly win the love of the American public! They want artists to mean what they say! I don't give them that; I'm interested in something else. I like the way I write and wouldn't change it."
Here in Jamaica we think, Newman is dead right on the song. Even beloved heroes at the top get so detached from other people that most of them can share only with other topsiders and there's just to much competition up there to really be not lonely. And the bigger your world the larger the problem. Think of the son of heaven. Sadest person in the world.

I've been around the world, had my pick of any girl
You'd think I'm happy but I'm not
Ev'rybody knows my name,
But it's just a crazy game, ooh, it's lonely at the top

Listen to the band, they're playing just for me
Listen to the people paying just for me
All the applause, all the parades
And all the money I have made but ooh, it's lonely at the top

Listen all you fools out there
Go on and love me, I don't care
Ooh, it's lonely at the top

Photograph: Victoria Arocho/AP Photograph: Victoria Arocho/AP

What Mr. Newman does these days, is continue his family's grand tradition of writing film music. Carry on, yeah, and sweeter too.

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