The titular character, Rocky, in the song “Rocky” shares the story of his life and its manifold phases. Each stage brings anyone who could relate to it closer. The main character recalls how life turned out for him and his late wife. He was an 18-year-old college student when they first met. Young, wild, and free as they were, the two unwarily jumped into living together that early. They lived in an old house and after several months, they expected their first child.
The couple had their fair share of life’s ups and downs as many married people experience. Fortunately for them, they were able to stay on the brighter side and overcome every trial they faced. Certainly, they shared an ample amount of beautiful memories together as a family. The first birthday of their daughter came. Perhaps unprepared and with no previous experience yet, the couple held the event in a somewhat unruly manner. Still, such didn’t impact their lives negatively.
Things went well for the family until an upsetting news arrived. Rocky’s wife was diagnosed with an unidentified disease – something that can’t be operated. Soon, she died and he was left behind, a widower. Accordingly, he has to raise his daughter alone. As he watches her grow up, her resemblance to her mother gets stronger. Raising her daughter alone and doing the things his wife used to do, Rocky can’t help but feel lonely. Nonetheless, the thought of his wife watching over them gives him hope. With it, Rocky assures his love for her saying, “if the world would end, your love is safe with me.”
A Few Facts of the Song
Songwriter Jay Stevens, also known as Woody P. Snow, penned the 1975 hit “Rocky.” It was country singer-songwriter Dickey Lee who first recorded it. His one and only No. 1 single, “Rocky” gave Lee the most successful record of his career. Other artists also became successful with their cover of the song. Austin Roberts made the song famous becoming a Top 10 hit not only in the US but also in Canada. His version reached No. 9 on Billboard Hot 100 while No. 10 in Canada in 1975. The song also had a positive reception in the UK peaking at No. 22 on the UK Singles chart that same year.
Listen to Dickey Lee’s recording of “Rocky” below.
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