“What I’ve got they used to call the blues”*

*(Wikipedia): “from “Rainy Days and Mondays”, 1971 song by the Carpenters, with instrumental backing by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew. Composed in 1971 by the then fairly unknown composers Roger Nichols and Paul Williams.”

From: Little Girl Blue (2010), by Randy L Schmidt:

“…The opening line – “Talking to myself and feeling old” – was inspired by (Paul) Williams’s mother. “She used to talk to herself,” he says. “She was a sweet little old lady who smoked cigarettes and had a little drink every night. She used to walk through the room mumbling and would swear under her breath. I would ask, ‘What the hell’s wrong, Mom?’ She’d say, ‘Oh, you wouldn’t understand. You’re too young. I’m just old. I’m feeling old.’…

…In the summer of 1971 Paul Williams treated his mother to a European vacation. He remembers she was not impressed with the desolation she saw in Germany and was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful flowers in all the window boxes as they crossed into France. Just then, “Rainy Days and Mondays” played over the car radio. “It was the first time we’d ever heard it on the radio, and my mother started crying,” he says. “I was hearing Karen singing ‘talking to myself and feeling old,’ and the woman who gave me the line – the woman who raised me – was sitting behind me, and she didn’t even know. Once I told her she laughed and said, ‘Oh, I don’t talk to myself. You’re crazy!’”…”

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