SIDE ONE 1.  A BUTTERFLY FOR BUCKY (Bobby Goldsboro/Doug Cox) (3:47) 2.  SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE AGAIN (Bobby Goldsboro) (4:02) 3.  BEST TO BE FREE (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:25) 4.  CHIPPIN’ AWAY (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:35) 5.  ANOTHER NIGHT ALONE (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:05) SIDE TWO 1.  LOVE ME THE AMERICAN WAY (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:34) 2.  REUNION (Bobby Goldsboro) (2:40) 3.  KIDS ARE PEOPLE TOO (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:02) 4.  CUDDLE UP (Dennis Wilson/Darryl Dragon) (4:16) 5.  I WROTE A SONG (SING ALONG) (Bobby Goldsboro) (3:31)
1976 United Artists Records UA-LA639-G
“A Butterfly for Bucky” Album Top Position:  #37 Country Billboard Magazine, July 24, 1976, Page 78, Top Album Picks, Pop A story in the form of a song is his specialty, this album is no exception.  The smooth easy flow of lyrics and melody, tightly knit with his controlled voice makes for an impressive blend.  He moves from a mellow ballad into an uptempo swinging tune with equal ease.  “Chippin’ Away,” a novelty tune focuses on his female background singers while at the same time proving Goldsboro’s versatility.  He even takes on a calypso type number, “Love Me the American Way.”  Soft guitars, piano and strings are the dominant instruments on this one.  Best cuts:  “A Butterfly for Bucky,” “Best to Be Free,” “Chippin’ Away.”  Dealers:  You can rely on Goldsboro’s following to buy this album. “I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)” Single (UA-XW681-Y) Top Position:  #16 Easy Listening “A Butterfly for Bucky” Single (UA-XW793-Y) Top Position:  #7 Easy Listening, #22 Country, #51 Pop Billboard Magazine, May 8, 1976, Page 128, Top Single Picks, Pop, Recommended “She Taught Me How to Live Again” (UA-XW866-Y) Billboard Magazine, October 23, 1976, Page 82, Top Single Picks, Pop, Recommended Billboard Magazine, October 30, 1976, Page 75, Top Single Picks, Country, Recommended
Available on Compact Disc:  “A Butterfly for Bucky,” “Reunion,” “I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)” Available Tapes: 8-Track & cassette Available on Vinyl Singles:  “A Butterfly for Bucky,” “She Taught Me How to Live Again,” “Another Night Alone,” “Reunion,” “I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)” Notable Cover:  “I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)” was done by French singer Mireille Mathieu, who also performed it with Sesame Street characters on TV. Click here for the video.
“A Butterfly for Bucky” began as a poem (or letter) sent to Bobby from Doug Cox with the alleged true story of a blind boy regaining his sight.  Bobby wrote the lyrics from that idea. “Reunion,” “Kids are People Too,” and “Cuddle Up” were featured on the earlier unreleased album, “Through the Eyes of a Man.” “Cuddle Up” was written by Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys (who appeared with Bobby in concert in the mid-60’s), and Daryl Dragon, the “Captain” of Captain and Tennille fame.  Bobby appeared on Toni Tennille’s talk show in the early 1980’s. “Best to Be Free,” a song about slavery with a spoken introduction, was released the same year as Alex Haley’s book, “Roots.” In 1977, the “Roots” mini-series became one of the most-watched events in television history. “I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)” was also referred to as “Sing Along” and “La-La-La.” “A Butterfly for Bucky” was Bobby’s last album on the United Artists Records label.
Save a butterfly for us, Bucky We’re all so blind it seems That we’ve not seen the magic In the power of a little boy’s dreams - “A Butterfly for Bucky” Take me down to the station in the late evening rain Let me listen to the leaving of that freedom train - “Best to Be Free”. You keep chip-chip-chippin’ away, now I’m startin’ to crumble You keep chip-chip-chippin’ away, now I’m not so tall I tried run-run-runnin’ away, but you’re makin’ me stumble If you keep chip-chip-chippin’ away, I’m bound to fall - “Chippin’ Away”
The dark is my companion, and the drink becomes my friend I talk to them in silence as my head begins to spin We sit here every evening, just me and my old chums Waiting for the call that never comes - “Another Night Alone” Down in Acapulco, where the moon is bright I fell in love with a dark-haired girl on a hot Acapulco night - “Love Me the American Way” I once heard it said If someone would write a song That the world could sing along The world might be in harmony - “I Wrote a Song (Sing Along)”
WITH PEN IN HAND The Songwriting of Bobby Goldsboro
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