"Timothy" was written by Rupert Holmes, who was in The Buoys, and later had a hit with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)." He says the song was intentionally controversial, to create a buzz. Holmes has done Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Podcast, where he tells the story. He's a funny guy, actually and very successful. www.gilbertpodcast.com/rupert-holmes/
The Piña Colada Song. One of my favorites. My wife and I joke that it's the song about two assholes who deserve each other LOL
The old home town looks the same As I step down from the train And there to meet me is my Mama and Papa Down the road I look and there runs Mary Hair of gold and lips like cherries It's good to touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they'll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly It's good to touch the green, green grass of home The old house is still standing tho' the paint is cracked and dry And there's that old oak tree that I used to play on Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary Hair of gold and lips like cherries It's good to touch the green, green grass of home
Then I awake and look around me At four grey walls that surround me And I realize, yes, I was only dreaming For there's a guard and there's a sad old padre Arm in arm, we'll walk at daybreak Again I touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they'll all come to see me In the shade of that old oak tree As they lay me 'neath the green, green grass of home
When I was growing up, in the early '70's, two songs that were affecting were "Alone Again Naturally" by Gilbert O' Sullivan and "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks. When I was real small "Puff The Magic Dragon" would make me cry. Still does. That damn Jackie Paper.
This may be the first American version of Seasons In The Sun(originally French-Jacques Brel):
This isn't a sad song but to me it's one of the most touchingly beautiful songs and lyrics(written by the terribly underrated John Loudermilk)I know.3 years before the hit version by Gene Hughes and the Casinos came out:
A song that's a story that might have ended badly but didn't and is a fav of mine is "Trouble Boys" by Dave Edmunds. Instead of tragedy and sadness it winds up making the listener feel good about humanity.