My Gift is my song, and this one's for you / Shared gold goes not far, but a shared song lasts a long time?

Good evening R&P :)

I was relaxing with a Stevie Nicks selection earlier, and it got me thinking about songs that are written / given as gifts ~ either written about someone, or given to a singer to perform.

Now, I'm not talking about 'writer-for-hire' types who churn out songs for specific singers, but the occasions when someone is moved to share the gift of song with another.

So my Q is this:

What are your favourite songs either written for someone {dedications}, or given to someone to perform?

BQ: If you could 'gift' anyone's song to another singer / band, what and who?

BQ2: Are there any songs you think 'feel' as though they should have been dedicated to a certain someone?

BQ3: Any song(s) out there that you feel could have been written about / for you?

The songs that brought this to mind are all Stevie Nicks recordings :~

'Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?' ~ she wrote it for Joe Walsh.

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'Sometimes It's a B*tch' ~ written for her to sing by Jon Bon Jovi.

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'Leather and Lace' ~ Waylon Jennings asked her to write it for him to record with Jessi Colter, but when their marriage hit problems Waylon said he'd record it solo, and Stevie refused to let him have it, choosing instead to record it herself with Don Henley.

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'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' ~ written as a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers song, they invited her to perform on it and release it on her debut solo album.

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'Love's a Hard Game to Play' ~ given to her by Bret Michaels.

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'It's Only Love' ~ written by Sheryl Crow, she was allowed to record it for her 2001 album {featuring Sheryl}, before Sheryl recorded it herself the following year.

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'Crystal' ~ one of her original Buckingham Nicks songs, both on that album and the 1975 FM album, she let Lindsey sing it.


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Okay, a non-Stevie option!

'Ariel' ~ Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow / Blackmore's Night

When Rainbow were re-formed in 1995, Candice Night and Ritchie had written this song, and Candice allowed the band to have it for their album. Since then, BN have only put it out as a live version.


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'Mo Ghruagach Dhonn' ~ Julie Fowlis


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Blimey KP, who did you p*ss-off?!

{you can tell it's the Easter holiday ~ a feast of TD trolls are in town}

I'm not sure it is a male / female thing.

For me, I think it's because I went through an obsessive phase at about 11/12 where I had to know all the little details about some of the music I listened to {same with favourite TV programmes}. I managed to kick that after a couple of years, but some of that info and curiosity has stuck with me.

I intend to keep this open as long as possible, to let everyone have a chance to think / research.

Update 2:

Hi folks :)

No idea what happened to Killer Peaches answer, but when I last looked the trolls had given him 6 TDs, so I fear the worst...

I *will* be listening to links, as soon as I get a minute!

Update 3:

@ Captain F: I never knew Neil Diamond wrote 'I'm a Believer'! I can see why you would give 'Lazarus' to Cat. I've never listened to Silversun Pickups, and whilst it's not something I would choose, I could put up with it on the radio!

@ Jimmy: I'm sorry, but I can't stand Neil Young! It's his vocals...

@ Shades: My knowledge of Warren is about 1%, but I'm aware that back in the Buckingham Nicks days, he would crash at Lindsey & Stevie's apartment, and while Stevie was out waitressing, Warren and Lindsey would jam!

Update 4:

@ Trickzta: I hadn't realised Mick wrote that especially for Marianne.

@ DannyBoy: Thank you for dropping in here! I am really loving that Buddy Guy song.

@ Punch: Thought it was getting a bit 'Beatley' there! But I didn't know just how much Paul had written for Linda. I'm enjoying 'Nobody Wants To' as I type...

The world would be a darker, colder place if you weren't in it honey.

Ladies and gentlemen, as always, you make choosing a BA very tough due to the excellent answers you all give. As I can only pick one, I want to thank you all for taking the time and putting in the effort. It is always appreciated. I look forward to what you will offer up next time around :)

13 Answers

  • Punch
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Hello dearest Silver

    As I write this it is 3am in Los Angeles and following a late evening nap I am unable to sleep. I thought I would spend a few moments doing this wonderful question some justice, as so many of the answers above me did!

    The first thing that poped into my head was the remarkable and long standing love affair of Paul McCartney and his Lady Linda

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    Lovely Linda-Paul McCartney

    He wrote several songs for her and about her including, My Love, Owe It All To You, The World Tonight and this enduring classic, also from Paul's first album

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    Maybe I'm Amazed

    Paul also wrote a moving tribute to John Lennon called "Here Today"

    John wrote several love songs and such for his dear Yoko

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    John Lennon- Dear Yoko

    John also wrote "Beautiful Boy" for Sean

    Paul also famously composed "Hey Jude" for Julian Lennon

    George Harrison wrote "Something" for Patti Boyd

    And Eric Clapton wrote "Layla" for Patti as well!!

    Paul composed the song "little Willow" for Ringo's ex-wife Maureen who died from her battle with cancer

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    Little Willow

    Now, before this becomes an ALL BEATLES answer, and it could..

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    Aimee Mann wrote a beautiful song for Julies Shear, a songwriter

    and somebody made a very moving video to put the song on Youtube, out of context but moving, indeed

    Neil Finn wrote a couple of songs about his drummer and friend Paul Hester, one was a song called "black & White Boy" which was about Paul's mood swings & "Nobody Wants to" a song about his suicide

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    Crowded House

    Neil Finn also wrote a remarkable song about their family pet, that to this day REMAINS unreleased!!

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    Lester - Neil Finn acoustic solo

    REM wrote a very moving tribute for Kurt Cobain

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    REM- Let Me In

    I always equate this song with my own struggles with addiction, dedicating this song to my family and thinking about what life would be like today if I'd really died on May 6th 2010

    Neil young also composed a tribute to Kurt called "sleeps with angels"

    John Cale wrote a beautiful song for Brian Wilson, which sadly has never appeared on Youtube. The song was called " Mr. Wilson"

    Elton John, Barenaked Ladies and even Tears For Fears have each written tribute songs for Brian.

    Lou Reed wrote entire albums for his friends , Doc Pomus and Andy Warhol

    Leornard Cohen and Kris Kristopherson each wrote songs about Janis Joplin

    David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Martin Gore,Annie Lennox,Andy Partridge

    and Rickie Lee Jones have all written songs about their children..

    a memorable one is this one

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  • 9 years ago

    Sweet Lady Rose..

    One of my all time favorite songwriters is bluesman Willie Dixon. He wrote a song especially for Muddy Waters in 1962 called "You Need Love" released in 1963.

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    BA: Baby Please Don't Leave Me ~ Jr. Kimbrough

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    I posted Buddy Guys cover of this excellent song as there were no good versions by Kimbrough on YT.

    I bet Blackmore could also make an excellent cover with Deep Purple from 72

    BA2: So many too choose from...but none are jumping out of me noggin

    BA3: Gotta Keep A Runnin ~ The Godz

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    Diary of a Working Man ~ Blackfoot

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    Greatest Friend ~ Incredible String Band

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    Oh DannyBoy ;oP~ Celtic Woman

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    Source(s): NP: Dumbass Country Boy ~ Jackyl
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  • 9 years ago

    Good morning my Lady Rose,

    Nice question, expect an edit or 2.

    Sir Mick (eww) wrote 'As tears go by' for Marianne Faithful. She wrote the lyrics for Sister Morphine.

    The Beatles Paul & John wrote a song for the Stones ' I wanna be your man'


    Edit 1; The Beatles gave 'Hello Little Girl' to another Liverpool group the Fourmost.

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  • 9 years ago

    Good evening, Silver :-)

    Having read Warren Zevon's biography not long ago, I've got a little inside scoop on a few of his songs....

    Tenderness on the Block was written for his daughter, Ariel, when she was a baby.

    Accidentally Like a Martyr was written for his wife, Crystal, when they were separated. It 'won her back'.

    Tule's Blues is about Tule, his first child, Jordan's, mother... and about Jordan, too, for in the last verse Warren asks, "Does he ask if I'll be coming home soon?"

    And... when he found out he was dying, the first song he wrote was El Amor de Mi Vida for his longtime former girlfriend, Annette Aguilar-Ramos.

  • 9 years ago

    good evening m'lady,

    you really know your subject, don't you?

    this is indeed a wonderfully thought-provoking question, and the first name that popped up is one of the grand old men of pop, mr neil diamond

    i'm a believer and a little bit me, a little bit you - recorded by the monkees

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    sweet caroline was written for caroline kennedy, jfk's daughter

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    and perhaps not exactly in the spirit of the question, but what the heck

    girl, you'll be a woman soon - urge overkill

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    ba: i would give lazarus - porcupine tree -

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    to cat stevens

    ba2: the frontman - madrugada -

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    for michael stipe

    ba3: modesty forbids...

    np: currently very much enjoying silversun pickups -

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  • 9 years ago

    Mark Knopfler wrote Private Dancer and then gave it to Tina Turner - it was her comeback song

    Eric Bazilian of The Hooters wrote One Of Us and gave it to Joan Osborne, who had a hit with it

    Rufus Wainwright did some tribute songs:

    Matinee Idol is about River Phoenix

    Memphis Skyline is about Jeff Buckley

    Nobody's Off The Hook is about friend and fellow musician Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda Thompson)

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Great Q Lady Wolf...*-) Starred+ worthy of it....*-)

    Don't understand the thumbs down darth received , my head goes like that sometimes too. Open unashamed honesty coupled with a verbal thumbs up for the Q and he gets thumbed down?

    Loving the answers so much i will simply enjoy veiwing them as darth has done.


  • 9 years ago

    Neil Young wrote Powderfinger as a gift for Lynyrd Skynyrd although they didn't use it.

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  • 4 years ago

    Your Song/Elton John

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