"Lonely Days" is a ballad by the Bee Gees. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, and featured on their album 2 Years On, in the US it reached #3, their highest chart up to that point. Atco released it a few weeks ahead because the Bee Gees were touring the US. The record success helped establish the band as expert pop stylists. It was their first Top Five hit in the US, peaking at number three in the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number one in the Cashbox and Record World charts.
In many interviews, the Bee Gees have said that they recorded this song and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" in the same night that they reunited.
Recording and structureEdit
This song was sung by all three together to Maurice's piano and bass and Bill Shepherd's string and horn arrangement, the slow verses contrasting with the pounding chorus. The song incorporated the innovative structure and knack for changing tempos exemplified by the second side of The Beatles' Abbey Road album, released the previous year and a clear influence on this single. "Lonely Days" shifts back and forth between a piano-and-strings-dominated verse reminiscent of "You Never Give Me Your Money" and "Golden Slumbers," and an up-tempo stomping chorus that echoes "Carry That Weight"; perhaps as an acknowledgment of the debt, as the record approaches its fade-out, the lead singer's voice is filtered to sound like John Lennon's.
- Barry Gibb - lead vocals, guitar
- Robin Gibb - lead vocals
- Maurice Gibb - lead vocals, bass, piano, guitar
- Geoff Bridgford - drums
- Bill Shepherd - orchestral arrangement
- Lew Hahn - sound engineer