Always On My Mind

Single?
No


"Always On My Mind" is a song by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James, originally released as a single by Gwen McCrae in June 1972. It was covered by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers and is the twelfth track on Imposter.

Lyrics

(from original recording)

Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I am so happy that you're mine
If I made you feel second best
Girl, I'm so sorry I was blind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
Tell me
Tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me
Give me one more chance to keep you satisfied
I'll keep you satisfied
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I am so happy that you're mine


Dave's Take

Dave talks about this song in this video at the 15:50 mark:



My Take

At a minimum, I made sure to listen to the following versions of this song: the 1972 version by Gwen McCrae, the 1972 version by Elvis, the 1982 version by Willie Nelson, and the 1987 version by Pet Shop Boys. Out of all of those, it's a toss-up between the Elvis and Willie Nelson versions for my favorite, as I feel like both singers capture the remorse expressed by the lyrics well. But I will give major props to Pet Shop Boys, though, for reimagining this song in a whole new way, and I find that one quite good, as well. For some reason, I also imagine Dave and Soulsavers giving this a totally different feel than any of the aforementioned versions, though probably not as a dance track, for sure. Being the last song on the album, I kind of hope that it won't have a noisy, big production as I feel like that would actually detract from its visceral impact. Instead, I would honestly like to hear a very stripped-down instrumental with Dave pouring as much sorrow and regret as he can into the vocals. But we shall see what Soulsavers delivers...big sound or not, this could turn out to be one of their most powerful album closers yet.

Be sure to check back here for my review on Dave's version!



Music Video

There has not been a music video announced for this song.