Please Send Me Someone to Love

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"Please Send Me Someone to Love"
Specialty Records

"Please Send Me Someone to Love" is a blues ballad, written and recorded by Percy Mayfield in 1950, on Art Rupe's Specialty Records label. It was on the R&B chart for 27 weeks and reached the number one position; it was Mayfield's most successful song.[1]

Song[edit]

It has been called a "multilayered universal lament"[2] The lyrics are stated as a prayer:

Heaven please send to all mankind,
Understanding and peace of mind,
And if it's not asking too much,
Please send me someone to love.

Mayfield sang it in a soft ballad style. Its appeal lay in the sensitivity of its lyrics in juxaposing an awareness of a world in conflict, with a personal expression of the need for love.[3]

Sung in Mayfield's gentle, suave vocal style, the lyrics were a combination of a romantic love ballad and a social message against discrimination.[4]

Show the world how to get along,
Peace will enter when hate is gone,
But if it's not asking too much,
Please send me someone to love.

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists, including Luther Allison, Gene Ammons, Champion Jack Dupree, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson, Bill Henderson, The Moonglows, Esther Phillips, Memphis Slim, Brook Benton, James Booker, Count Basie, Pat Boone, Elkie Brooks, Solomon Burke, Red Garland, Etta James, Gladys Knight, B. B. King, Freddie King, Peggy Lee, Paul Butterfield, Jimmy Witherspoon, The Animals, Sade, Grover Washington, Jr., Fiona Apple, Jeff Buckley, Dinah Washington, Jimmy Scott, Johnny Diesel and The Injectors, The Grateful Dead, Fred Neil, Joe Williams, Big Shoulders, E.G. Daily, Buddy Miller, Bill Callahan and Singaporean female artist Zhuang Xue Fang (莊雪芳) in edited Standard Chinese lyrics written by Suyin (舒雲/雨牛) under title name of 昨夜夢見你.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 385. 
  2. ^ "West coast artists - Percy Mayfield". Retrieved 2006-11-06. 
  3. ^ Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Rise of Rock and Roll ((2nd Ed.) ed.). New York, N.Y.: Da Capo Press. p. 146. ISBN 0-306-80683-5. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Arnold (1978). Honkers and Shouters. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. p. 193. ISBN 0-02-061740-2. 
Preceded by
"Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere" by Joe Morris and His Orchestra featuring Laurie Tate
Billboard Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records number-one single
November 4, 1950
Succeeded by
"Teardrops from My Eyes" by Ruth Brown