Phoebe Snow – “Poetry Man”

This song will always be a favorite top 10 of mine. Phoebe Snow’s voice is amazing and sings this song as though her heart is aching for the man she was so in love with. 

In an interview with listen.com, Phoebe Snow explained: “That was the second song I ever wrote in my whole life; the first one so lame I hardly remember it. It was just an exercise for me. I was trying so hard to be this hip and groovy person. I was so stupid. The second one, ‘Poetry Man,’ came about because I was really getting the hang of guitar picking and I had these open chords, not open tuning, open chords. And I was having a relationship with somebody. From the words, you can probably deduce that the guy was married. It was a bad thing to do. But I got a lovely romantic sonnet out of it. As it turns out, he was not a particularly great guy either. I turned it into this ode to romance. It’s funny looking back on it – I sat there and hunched over the guitar and said ‘I’m gonna finish this.’ I was in the throes of young romance.”
The Phoebe Snow album was released in 1974 when she was 22 years old and Peaked at #5 in the US.

 

She toured with Jackson Browne, but a promising career was cut short when Snow’s daughter was born with brain-damage and Phoebe stayed home to care for her. Snow had one other hit: “Gone At Last,” which she recorded with Paul Simon and The Jessy Dixon Singers. That one hit #23 US in 1975.

 
Queen Latifah recorded this for her 2007 album Trav’lin’ Light. Many thought that Jackson Browne was Poetry Man, but Snow denied this to USA Today in 1989. “No, no. It’s somebody you wouldn’t know. People just thought Poetry Man was Browne because he was the first act I toured with,” she said. Snow suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 19, 2010, and slipped into a coma. After enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure, sadly, she died on April 26, 2011, at the age of 60 in Edison, New Jersey.
 
 

Song Lyrics – 
 
Whatever it is, it’ll keep till the morning
Haven’t we both got better things to do?
Midnight blue
Even the simple things become rough
Haven’t we had enough?

And I think we can make it
One more time
If we try
One more time for all the old times

For all of the times, you told me you need me
Needing me now is something I could use
Midnight blue
Wouldn’t you give your hand to a friend?
Maybe it’s not the end

And I think we can make it
One more time
If we try
One more time for all the old times
Midnight blue

I think we can make it
I think we can make it
Oh, wouldn’t you give your heart to a friend?
Think of me as your friend

And I think we can make it
One more time
If we try
One more time for all of the old, old times

One more time
I think we can make it
If we try
I think we can make it
If we try
Looks like we’re gonna make it
Looks like we’re gonna make it
If we try
I think we can make it

 
Written by: Phoebe Snow
Credit: Songfacts