GREATEST SONGS EVER WRITTEN: Robbie Williams, Benny Mardones


Robbie-Williams-Better-ManComing from a British Boy Band (Take That), Robbie Williams saw incredible success, especially in Europe, as a solo singer.  One international hit that was never released in the States was Better Man in 2001.  The lyrics describe a man who’s made some bad choices in life but promises to do whatever it takes, make sincere changes in his lifestyle in the hopes of finding someone to love.  It’s one of Robbie Williams’ most personal and powerful songs.

Send someone to love me
I need to rest in arms
Keep me safe from harm
In pouring rain

Give me endless summer
Lord I fear the cold
Feel I’m getting old
Before my time

As my soul heals the shame
I will grow through this pain
Lord I’m doing all I can
To be a better man

Go easy on my conscious
‘Cause it’s not my fault
I know I’ve been taught
To take the blame

Rest assured my angels
Will catch my tears
Walk me out of here
I’m in pain

As my soul heals through the shame
I will grow through this pain
Lord I’m doing all I can
To be a better man

Once you’ve found that lover
You’re homeward bound
Love is all around
Love is all around

I know some have fallen
On stony ground
But love is all around


benny mardonesIf you interpret the song as an age appropriate 18 year old singing about a 16 year old crush, it’s one of the most emotional and sensual songs of the 70’s.   New York songwriter, Benny Mardones, began his career writing for Chubby Checker and Brenda Lee.  He was encouraged by Tommy Mottola to write for himself and had his one hit wonder in 1980.  Actually, he’s a one hit wonder TWICE as the song charted again as a remix in 1989.


She’s just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they say
Separated by fools
Who don’t know what love is yet
But I want you to know

If I could fly
I’d pick you up
I’d take you into the night
And show you a love
Like you’ve never seen, ever seen

It’s like having a dream
Where nobody has a heart
It’s like having it all
And watching it fall apart
And I would wait till the end
Of time for you
And do it again, it’s true
I can’t measure my love
There’s nothing to compare it to
But I want you to know