England Dan & John Ford Coley/Youtube.com

How unfortunate it is to be in a situation where you suddenly meet the one you believe is true and the right one, but the thing is, you’re already tied to someone else. Painful it may seem, this song makes you realize the options you make in life. The choices of you finding love or love finding you.

Oh, I wake up in the night
And I reached beside me
Hopin’ you will be there
But instead I find someone
Who believe in me when I said
“I’d always care.”

it’s sad to belong to someone else
When the right one comes along,
Yes, it’s sad to belong to someone else
When the right one comes along.

Considered a timeless music, “It’s Sad to Belong” is a country soft rock performed by England Dan and John Ford. The song was originally written by Randy Goodrum in 1977. It was one of the earlier music hits in Goodrum’s career.

In addition, the song peaked at no. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no. 1 on the easy listening (now called adult contemporary).

Furthermore, “It’s Sad to Belong” was released in May 1977 through Big Tree Records. It became one of “a string of hit singles” that England Dan & John Ford Coley had in the mid-1970s.

Story behind…

Filled with regret and emotional uncertainty, it is never false to be hurt when you deny someone you’re in love with. But looking at the bigger picture, each has his/her reasons why one does so.

The lyrics are about a man who meets the girl of his dreams but he isn’t available because he is already married.

Sparking the issue of unfaithfulness and infidelity, the man in the song wishes to be with the woman he wants to be with. He believes that the woman he is with, at present, is not his forever love. And it is very evident in the last part of the song.

So I lived my life in a dreamworld
For the rest of my days
Just you and me walkin’ hand in hand
In a wishful memory
Oh, I guess that’s all
That it would ever be.
Wish I had a time machine
I could make myself go back
Until the day I was born,
And I would live my life again
And rearrange it so that I’ll be 
Yours from now on.

A bit of trouble…

The duo ran into some trouble when they appeared on The Tonight Show, with Welcome Back Kotter‘s Gabe Kaplan filling in for host Johnny Carson, to promote the album.

John Ford Coley recalled in a classicbands.com interview,

“They got really ticked at us because the house band was playing ‘Sad To Belong.’ They were playing it slow and finally about half way through the song I stopped it and man, they were pissed at me, because you don’t do that. This is a ‘live’ show. We never got asked back. (laughs) It was so slow, they were taking seven minutes to do a two minute song.”

Watch and sing “It’s Sad to Belong” by England Dan and John Ford Coley.

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