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Jim Croce - It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
YouTube ^ | Dec 1973 | Jim Croce

Posted on 09/14/2013 10:46:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot

With all the bad news these days, something just made me want to post this song.

It harkens back to a different time, and a different America. It is generally known as a "Christmas Song", but it is really a timeless piece.

It also speaks to love, and the human heart. Because of God, we always have that gift.

Jim Croce - It Doesn't Have To Be That Way

"It Doesn't Have to Be That Way" is a 1973 single written and recorded by Jim Croce. It was released in 1973 and was the third and final single released from his album Life and Times. It reached a peak of 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent five weeks on the chart. Because of the Christmas theme and wintery images, the song is often played during the holiday season. It was also the second single released after Jim Croce's passing. The song is about a man who has recently ended a relationship and is feeling sad and lonely during Christmas time. Everything he sees in his town makes him want to return to his former relationship. He thinks that the feelings he has "doesn't have to be that way", and that if he returns to her everything will be better because "it's only right". If he stops by her house they can work the relationship out and get back together."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Doesn%27t_Have_to_Be_That_Way

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: jimcroce; song

1 posted on 09/14/2013 10:46:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Croce - another poet gone too soon. Veteran, too.


2 posted on 09/14/2013 10:56:22 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: SkyPilot

South Philly boy.


3 posted on 09/14/2013 11:05:47 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: SkyPilot

About twenty-five years ago I was given a CD with popular music Christmas tunes on it. This song is on it and became a favorite of mine. There are a lot of emotions wrapped up in Christmas, and this song taps into some of the hopeful and bittersweet ones.


4 posted on 09/14/2013 11:07:14 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SkyPilot

I just saw Karla Bonoff in a small venue in Denver who wrote Linda Rondstadt covers who can no longer sing. She mentioned working with Andrew Gold ( Lonely Boy 1978) and Kenny Edwards who founded the Stoned Ponys in 1964. Both greats, both deceased. One from prostate cancer in 2011.

I think I will get that PSA test.


5 posted on 09/14/2013 11:08:03 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: SkyPilot

Underrated song writer. His music brings back some bitter-sweet memories for me.


6 posted on 09/14/2013 11:09:42 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: jagusafr

Way, way too soon.

imagine what music is unwritten because of his death


7 posted on 09/14/2013 11:44:40 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: jagusafr

Found it, he served in the Army National guard during the war, and was a convert to Judaism.

He enlisted in 1966 so he must have been attending during much of his career.

While searching I came across this video of the dumbest bid on the Price is Right, from a sailor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMCFRElyaCc


8 posted on 09/14/2013 11:54:46 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: SkyPilot

Thanks for posting this. Jim Croce was one of my songwriting heros. I remember laying in bed listening to the radio late one night (I’m thinking I was listening to Casey Casum), when it was announced Jim Croce had been killed in a plane crash.

I’m never been much into the celebrity thing, but I remember crying for Jim Croce like he was a family member. It felt like I’d lost someone close to me.


9 posted on 09/14/2013 12:01:03 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: cicero2k

Karla Bonoff is a hugely under appreciated songwriter/singer - “Someone to Lay Down Beside” is an extraordinary song.

Linda Ronstadt has a GREAT live version on YouTube. The last verse is absolutely spellbinding! The late, great Don Grolnick on piano and “Waddy” on guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBkk3H_5Kpo

Back in the day, I saw her open for James Taylor in an outdoor concert in the Kings Island/Mason, OH tennis stadium.


10 posted on 09/14/2013 12:03:51 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Yes ... way to soon. Loved his music in my youth. He was in his way to my hometown of Sherman,TX to play a gig at Austin College when the plane crashed.


11 posted on 09/14/2013 12:21:13 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: SkyPilot

bttt


12 posted on 09/14/2013 1:07:13 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: stansblugrassgrl
I remember laying in bed listening to the radio late one night (I’m thinking I was listening to Casey Casum), when it was announced Jim Croce had been killed in a plane crash. I’m never been much into the celebrity thing, but I remember crying for Jim Croce like he was a family member. It felt like I’d lost someone close to me.

Amen. I remember someone saying to me Jim Croce died. People around me asked, "Is that the Time in a Bottle guy?"

I was extremely sad, because my cousin, who was beautiful and very gifted musically, used to play and sing "Photographs And Memories" to me. I explored more of Croce's music, and could not believe what a talented song writer he was.

13 posted on 09/14/2013 1:58:47 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: FreeAtlanta
Way, way too soon.

You bet.

Plane crash. He was 30. Wiki says he died September 20th, 1973. I didn't realize next week is the 40th anniversary of his death.

14 posted on 09/14/2013 2:04:57 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Photographs And Memories

Operator


   sigh

15 posted on 09/14/2013 2:08:23 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: SkyPilot
I didn't realize next week is the 40th anniversary of his death.

Yes, it is. I was 14 years old, riding my bike around the block with a transistor radio hanging on the handlebars when I heard the announcement. It literally seems like yesterday.

16 posted on 09/14/2013 6:07:59 PM PDT by 6323cd
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To: newfreep
Linda sure could sing......with no Auto-Tune either like today's “artists.” She had a clear, strong, natural gift.
17 posted on 09/14/2013 6:30:46 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: tomkat

In that link to Operator you posted you realize it is just him, his fellow guitarist/back up vocalist, 2 guitars and 2 stage microphones. That is it, before a live audience......and they nailed that song.


18 posted on 09/14/2013 6:38:33 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

One of the best song writer /storytellers EVER !

BTTT


19 posted on 09/14/2013 6:47:22 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SkyPilot

I remember those like it was yesterday . . .


20 posted on 09/14/2013 6:50:59 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: SkyPilot
In that link to Operator you posted you realize it is just him, his fellow guitarist/back up vocalist, 2 guitars and 2 stage microphones. That is it, before a live audience......and they nailed that song.

I didn't look at the video but I bet it's off a DVD called "Have You Heard Jim Croce Live". I think all the songs on the DVD are like that. He also goes into details about some of his songs like Bad Bad Leroy Brown which was inspired by a guy in his unit. It also gives some details about his life. I bought the DVD second hand but it's well worth new price for anyone who likes his music.

If you really want to tell how good a guitar player someone is take away the electronics and hand them an Acoustic. He was great.

21 posted on 09/14/2013 7:06:15 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: SkyPilot

Thanks for the post...i had forgotten what a great artist he was.


22 posted on 09/14/2013 10:08:30 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: jagusafr; Stentor; LostInBayport; cicero2k; LongWayHome; FreeAtlanta; ansel12; Swordmaker; ...
Jim Croce Christmas Ping.

Merry Christmas!


23 posted on 12/07/2014 4:04:48 PM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: SkyPilot
Thanks for the post. One of my all-time favorite Christmas songs, and it IS a Christmas song.

Jim Croce was just hitting his creative stride when he died in that plane crash.

Some people do not have a high opinion of "contemporary" Christmas songs but as good as the traditional songs are, there's always room for more contemporary Christmas music.

24 posted on 12/07/2014 4:08:44 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
Brings us back, doesn't it?

I went to a live acoustic house concert on Friday. It was amazing. Good music lives on.

25 posted on 12/07/2014 4:13:54 PM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: SamAdams76
Jim Croce was just hitting his creative stride when he died in that plane crash.

He really was, and from all accounts just a purely decent and hard working human being.

26 posted on 12/07/2014 4:15:16 PM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: SkyPilot
Another Christmas, and that sigh still hangs in the air.

Thanks for the ping, SP.

27 posted on 12/07/2014 4:26:42 PM PST by tomkat
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To: SkyPilot

Another song writer of that era died within the last year or so. Joe South who wrote and sang “Don’t it make you wanna go home”.


28 posted on 12/07/2014 4:35:00 PM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: SkyPilot

His best song. IMO, is a little underated gem - “Salon & Saloon”. Great little story in the lyrics...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU_ZOigB1i0


29 posted on 12/07/2014 4:37:07 PM PST by newfreep ("Evil succeeds when good men do nothting" - Edmund Burke)
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To: SkyPilot

Hoisted many a beer listening to Jim Croce. Time in a Bottle was classic Croce.


30 posted on 12/07/2014 4:43:30 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: cva66snipe

He also wrote
“Games People Play”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5znh58WITU8

And Lynn Andersons
Rose Garden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4wcNVbYOQ


31 posted on 12/07/2014 4:44:32 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

South wrote Down in the Boondocks also.


32 posted on 12/07/2014 5:33:27 PM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: SkyPilot

One of my favorite songwriters. Thank you.


33 posted on 12/07/2014 5:57:29 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: SkyPilot

Joyeux Noel!


34 posted on 12/07/2014 6:58:47 PM PST by 6323cd
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To: SkyPilot

My kingdom for a LIKE button! He and JT are my absolute favorites from that era.


35 posted on 12/08/2014 2:02:32 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: SkyPilot

And Air Force veteran.


36 posted on 12/08/2014 2:03:28 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jagusafr
Yes he was. As was Jimi Hendrix.

We should do a thread on this piece alone. Maybe I will.


37 posted on 12/08/2014 3:57:01 PM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: jagusafr
Sorry, I think this is his actual Airman's picture.


38 posted on 12/08/2014 3:58:07 PM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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