Ballad Of The Sad Young Men

When we write, it tends to be what is current, upcoming and exciting. Here, for a moment – we’d like to share a piece of music that personifies true beauty and timeless, enduring grace as well as something that is previously unknown to our ears.

Roberta Flack

‘Ballad Of The Sad Young Men’ appears on Roberta Flack’s debut album ‘First Take’, which was released in 1969. The song was written by Fran Landesman, who also composed the equally bewitching, ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’.

The beguiling honesty and gentle fragility of the melody coupled with the tender yet brutally crestfallen, awkwardly aware and knowing lyric that together creates the most stunning, hypnotising seven minute masterpiece you are likely to encounter.

“All the sad young men, drifting through the town
Drinking up the night, trying not to drown”.