Story Behind The Song Killing Me Softly 4 Different Voices

Don McLean, btw, was the inspiration for a poem by Lori Lieberman which was later rewritten as "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and recorded by Roberta Flack in 1973.

Lori Lieberman was one of the writers of the song and was the first singer. It goes back more than 20 years before the fugees. Roberta Flack won the grammy for song of the year for this song.

Don McLean,” she said simply. “I saw him at the Troubadour in LA last year. (”And there he was this young boy / A stranger to my eyes”) I had heard about him from some friends but up to then all I knew about him really was what others had told me. But I was moved by his performance, by the way he developed his numbers, he got right through to me. (”Strumming my pain with his fingers / Killing me softly with his song/ Telling my whole life with his words.”)

1.Lori Lieberman Killing Me Softly City Winery NYC 7/27/2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFr0cA77yQA
2.Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ2t5e7stVM&feature=related
3.The Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wM78Qs2-W0
4.Killing Me Softly - Frank Sinatra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvBatzlDR5U

Killing Me Softly lyrics

I heard she sang a good song, I heard she had a style.
And so I came to see her and listen for a while.
And there she was this young girl, a stranger to my eyes.

Strumming my pain with her fingers,
singing my life with her words,
killing me softly with her song,
killing me softly with her song,
telling my whole life with her words,
killing me softly with her song

I felt all flushed with fever, embarrassed by the crowd,
I felt she found my letters and read each one out loud.
I prayed that she would finish but she just kept right on.

Strumming my pain with her fingers,

singing my life with her words,
killing me softly with her song,
killing me softly with her song,
telling my whole life with her words,
killing me softly with her song

She sang as if she knew me in all my dark despair
and then she looked right through me as if I wasn't there.
But she WAS THERE THE STRANGER, singing clear and strong.

Strumming my pain with her fingers,
singing my life with her words,
killing me softly with her song,
killing me softly with her song,
telling my whole life with her words,
killing me softly with her song

trilo2 trilo2
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1 Response Aug 10, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIM9nvwOj64&feature=related<br />
Don McLean - Empty Chairs (for Lori Lieberman / August 2011)