American Top 40 1971: ‘I Am..I Said’- Neil Diamond. March 27, 1971.

  • Single: “I Am.. I Said’- Neil Diamond
  • Record Company- Uni
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by Neil Diamond
  • Time: 3:32
  • B-side:’Done Too Soon’
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #4 10 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

I am a big fan of Neil Diamond’s work- up until he jumped the shark with his old high school chum Babs with “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” in 1978- but I will say he did later rehabilitate himself with some later day albums in the past 25 years. His peak though was late 60’s- early 70’s. ‘I Am.. I Said’ took Neil four months to write and came from time he spent in therapy in Los Angeles. He would tell Mojo a few decades later- “It was consciously an attempt on my part to express what my dreams were about, what my aspirations were about and what I was about. And without any question, it came from my sessions with the analyst.”

Humorist Dave Barry on “I Am.. I Said’=Consider the song ‘I Am, I Said,’ wherein Neil, with great emotion, sings: ‘I am, I said, to no one there. And no one heard at all, not even the chair.’ What kind of line is that? Is Neil telling us he’s surprised that the chair didn’t hear him? Maybe he expected the chair to say, ‘Whoa, I heard that!’ My guess is that Neil was really desperate to come up with something to rhyme with ‘there’ and he had already rejected ‘So I ate a pear,’ ‘Like Smokey The Bear” and ‘There were nits in my hair.’

6 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40 1971: ‘I AM.. I SAID’- NEIL DIAMOND

  1. I was a fan early on, then he went wonky, did an Elvis, and went Vegas, drawing adoring crowds of gray-haired admirers. Cherry Cherry might be his best rocking tune. Great acoustic guitar riff. Once he cozied up to Streisand, I lost interest. He was definitely a musical force in the early 70s.

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