“Fire and Rain”
Just yesterday morning, they let me know you were gone.
Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you.
I walked out this mornin’, and I wrote down this song;
I just can’t remember who to send it to.
I’ve seen fire, and I’ve seen rain.
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend,
But I always thought that I’d see you again.
Won’t you look down upon me Jesus?
You gotta help me make a stand.
You just got to see me through another day.
My body’s achin’, and my time is at hand.
I won’t make it any other way.
Been walkin’ my mind to an easy time,
My back turned towards the sun.
Lord knows when the cold wind blows,
it’ll turn your head around.
Well there’s hours of time on the telephone line
to talk about things to come:
Sweet dreams and flying machines
in pieces on the ground.
This was the hit song that launched James Taylor into a leading singer, song writer in the late 60s. This gentle, plaintiff singer with effortless phrasing with every syllable in tune, touched the hearts of many music lovers especially women. There are several versions that explain the story behind this song. One is that JT was touring and very depressed missing his girl friend Suzanne. His friends arranged for her to fly to meet him, unbeknownst to him. The plane crashed and she died.
“Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground. ”
“Just yesterday morning, they let me you were gone Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you . . . .
James Taylor’s life and music reflects the pain, and struggles that he himself faced. He suffered from deep depression starting as a teen, struggled with drug addiction (heroin) for years until he finally gave it up in order to be a better father. He has been married four times but now is happily married since the 90s and has twin boys. This man who infused folk, rock and pop , lived the rock and roll lifestyle and come through the darkness of loss and redemption, light and darkness, roads taken, or not traveled with his brooding yet strong personality has survived and today is very content and still performing!