What’s your favorite

Roy Orbison song? (Question inspired by PBS rerunning A Black and White Night.)

When I was a kid, I probably leaned to “Running Scared” (or ┬ámaybe “Only the Lonely”). Now I think I go for the “Crying” duet with KD Lang.

10 thoughts on “What’s your favorite

  1. Jon Cone

    So many incredible songs to choose from! But I remember listening to my brother’s transistor radio, holding it close to my ear, and hearing — and being thrilled by — the incredible power of Orbison’s ‘Pretty Woman.’ I know, I know, not at all an original choice; yet I’d be lying if I did not admit the power the song exerts even to this day.

  2. Sheila Ryan

    I’ve always been fond of Orbison’s “Leah” — he dreams himself a drowning pearl diver, wakes into a reality of emptiness and loss, and returns to sleep, where even a dream of drowning offers consolation.

    (Oh — and doesn’t kd lang look as though singing with Roy Orbison is like dying and going to heaven for her? I do love me that Black and White Night.)

  3. Jane Quigley

    “In Dreams” – any song that plays a major part in Blue Velvet AND starts, “A candy-colored clown they call the sandman…”. Eerie and hauntingly beautiful. Also a great karaoke song to do way past the midnight hour.

  4. Kris

    “Cryin'” stands out for me, but “Ooby Dooby”, “Only The Lonely”, “In Dreams”, and I really have to add “She’s a Mystery to Me”, because it did introduce me to the man’s work late on.

  5. Brandon Hobson

    I have Black and White night on dvd and watch it occasionally. When I do, I always listen to “Only the Lonely” and “Crying,” two of my favorites. A fun video, especially with Tom Waits and T.Bone Burnett. Also interesting to see Billy Idol in the crowd.

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