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Gene McDaniels Tower of Strength

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When you know you need to leave –but can’t…The song “Tower of Strength” was written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard. In 1961, it went to #5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B Chart and #49 in the U.K.  The song earned  Gene McDaniels  his second RIAA Gold Record.  (The first was for his song “A Hundred Pounds of Clay.”)  “Tower of Strength” also appeared on his 1961 album of the same name.

McDaniels, born Eugene Booker McDaniels in Kansas City, Kansas, was a singer, songwriter, and a producer with an interest in jazz, pop, and political music. McDaniels  had success in the music business, and has a long list of credits that spans over  fifty years, including  as a songwriter with “Compared to What”  and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” performed by Roberta Flack.

Here are the lyrics to “Tower of Strength” by Gene McDaniels:

If I were a tower of strength, I’d walk away
I’d look in your eyes and here’s what I’d say
“I don’t want you, I don’t need you, I don’t love you any more”
And I’d walk out that door

You’d be down on your knees
You’d be calling to me
But a tower of a-strength is a-something
I’ll never be

If I were a tower of strength, I’d watch you cry
I’d laugh at your tears and tell you goodbye
“I don’t want you, I don’t need you, I don’t love you any more”
And I’d walk out that door

You’d be down on your knees
You’d be calling to me
But a tower of a-strength is a-something
I’ll never be

“I don’t want you, I don’t a-need you, I don’t love you any more”
And I’d walk out that door

You’d be down on your knees, ah, huh
You’d be calling to me
But a tower of a-strength is a-something
I’ll never be

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