August 24

The Best Version of “Just Out of Reach” Performed by Solomon Burke

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Solomon Burke’s Version of “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)”

We should not judge anything until we tried it or it is proven, this goes with recording music. Solomon Burke is best known for his soul music style. However, his greatest recording is a combination of country and soul. In 1961, Solomon came into his newly signed recording label, Atlantic. He was asked to record a country song which was a surprise to him. He recorded the song “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms.)” The recording seemed not to go well, which is what they thought. However, when the song was released, his version of the song entered the Billboard pop chart at No. 24. Moreover, the song also placed at  No. 7 on the Billboard R&B chart. This song was part of his Rock ‘N Soul album.

In 1962, two songs on his album Rock ‘N Soul entered the Billboard chart. One is his versions of the song “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms,)” and the other was “Cry To Me.”

Other Versions of the Song

“Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)” is actually a country song written by Virgil “Pappy” Stewart.  The song was first recorded by Virgil and the Arkansas Cowgirls. Another country artist who covered this song was Faron Young in 1953. Patsy Cline also recorded the song. In 1989, George Jones included a recording of this song on his album One Woman Man. Jim Reeves also recorded the song in 1963.

The Song’s Content

The song is about the heartbreaking truth about losing the person you love. The reality that happens when you lose that person you always hope to be with you the rest of your life. The narrator mentions that all his dreams, his freedom and the way he feels have been gone since the woman he loves left him. Just out of reach means that it is impossible to be close to something or someone you love.

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