Candi Staton, “Young Hearts Run Free”

This song is cooking dinner and contemplating life choices.

It toes a line, tone-wise: it’s not slow and with strife, despite the song’s concept. Instead, it’s fast-paced and reminiscent of Freda Payne’s 1970 hit, “Band of Gold.” The juxtaposition of lyric and music in “Band of Gold” and “Young Hearts” gives you a strange combo of emotions. It’s like listening to an older relative talk about their divorce at the kitchen table while “Uptown Funk” is on the radio — what do you do? Nod gravely while swaying your shoulders and tapping your feet?

Staton lays it pretty flat: “don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you.” And she followed that advice: she has been married and divorced five times– she knows how to love ’em and leave ’em!

Listen to it on YouTube


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