Melissa Manchester – Midnight Blue

This has to be one of the most beautifully written songs, and Melissa Manchester has the voice to sing it and make it a hit. With her sultry, soulful voice she poured her heart and soul into this song and created a masterpiece that will never grow old and those who love it, will never get tired of hearing it.
 
Not to be confused with any song of the same or similar name, this was co-written by Manchester with Carole Bayer Sager, who supplied the lyrics, although the Arista demo version credits it to Manchester and Adrienne Anderson. The official release credits it to Manchester/Bayer Sager, and the B-side is “I Got Eyes.”

Written in 1973, it was released two years later, and released in 1975 on the album titled “Melissa,” and caused George Harrison to re-title his (totally unrelated) song of the same name. The Manchester song was a big hit, and has become a standard, and peaked at #6 in the US..

 
The song is about a relationship that has been through the wringer; the singer is looking to give it another try, approaching it from a different angle: “Think of me as your friend.”

Bayer Sager’s marriage to record producer Andrew Sager was crumbling, and she poured her emotions into the lyrics. “I hoped Andrew would listen to it and make an effort to help us get whatever it was we had back on track,” she wrote in her memoir They’re Playing Our Song. “I guess, like my dummy in a ventriloquist act I had as a kid, I was letting my lyrics do the talking for me.” (The couple divorced in 1978.)

 
Other songs Carole Bayer Sager wrote with Manchester include “Just You And I,” “Come In From The Rain” and “Home To Myself” – lots of confessional songs from a female perspective. Bayer Sager explained: “I think just by writing about the things we were going through, we were able to tough the hearts of women who were also struggling, so I’m very proud of those songs.”
 
Melissa Manchester released two hit-less albums on Bell Records before signing a deal with Arista, which issued her third album, Melissa, which contains “Midnight Blue.” The song went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and established Manchester as both a songwriter and artist. Her later accomplishments include co-writing the Kenny Loggins/Stevie Nicks duet “Whenever I Call You “Friend”” and Top 10 singles as an artist with Don’t Cry Out Loud and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.”
 

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 : Carole Bayer Sager & Melissa Manchester
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