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Carpenters – Solitaire lyrics

There was a man

A lonely man

Who lost his love

Through his indifference

A heart that cared

That went unshared

Until it died

Within his silence

(*) And solitaire's the only game in town

And every road that takes him

Takes him down

And by himself it's easy to pretend

He'll never love again

(**) And keeping to himself

He plays the game

Without her love

It always ends the same

While life goes on around him everywhere

He's playing solitaire

A little hope

Goes up in smoke

Just how it kills

Goes without saying

There was a man

A lonely man

Who would command

The hand he's playing

Repeat (*)

Repeat (**)

Repeat (*)

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  • Ella-Anne
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    'Solitaire' was written by Neil Sedaka so it's really a Neil Sedaka song covered by several different people with the best two covers being Elvis Presley and The Carpenters.

    When people talk about 'The Carpenters' they are really talking about Karen Carpenter (1950-1983), the voice behind the Carpenters. The other member of the duo was her brother Richard, Pianist, but the sound was strictly Karen. Sadly, Karen passed away from heat failure caused by an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. She was just 32.

    Considering this song 'Solitaire' as written by Neil Sedaka, 'There was a man. A lonely man. Who lost his love. through
    his indifference.'

    It's next to impossible to tell if Sedaka was referring to himself, but he sure was talking about someone, and it wasn't Karen Carpenter the singer. This is one of those cautionary songs that on the surface sounds like a nice tune, but really is the story of a man consumed by something that kept him a loner, and sure enough, he ended up alone and lonely without ever having won the game he was playing. It's actually a very good song, and no one does it better than Karen Carpenter, although, Elvis Presley is a close second.
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    • Ella-Anne
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      'Solitaire' was written by Neil Sedaka so it's really a Neil Sedaka song covered by several... Read more →

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