Burton Cummings: I'm Scared

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I'm Scared

I said, I'm scared, Lord
I'm scared, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough would like to hear the call

I'm scared, Lordy Lord
I'm shaking, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
but I sure enough just fell down on my knees

Heard the choir singing
Something about good will toward men
And even sleeping in heavenly peace
Stopped by to see Saint Thomas
On a cold and dreary New York afternoon
Something in the air was oh-so rare
I don't know what it was
But I know that it's still right there

CHORUS: Scared, Lordy Lord
I'm shaking, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough just fell down on my knees

Living in confusion
Searching the truth that I never found
I needed something to really believe

Look towards the heaven on a dark and snowy winter afternoon
Something in the was oh-so rare
I'm not really sure what it was
But I know that it's still right there
Scared, hey, hey, hey, hey, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough just fell down on my knees
Oh-oh. Scared, you know I'm shaking
I'm laying awake thinking about it now
I'm terrified.
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough would love to hear the call
Come on now, give me a sign you're listening to me
You hear me talking, you hear me crying
It's confusing to me, Lord, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough just fell down on my knees









songwriter: Burton Cummings

performed by: Burton Cummings

date released: 1977 by Burton Cummings

In 1975, Burton Cummings left his band, the Guess Who, for a solo career. Written in New York City, "I'm Scared" was intended for The Guess Who, but the band rejected it prompting Cummings to leave and branch out on his own.

The plaintive cry in this ballad leads to the question: of what was Cummings scared?
Clearly, he was pondering the purpose of his life, searching for a greater meaning in his earthly circumstance. Alluding to lines from Silent Night, was he looking for a sanctuary in the dark night of his soul?

Cummings' solo career brought him well-deserved recognition. He won four Juno Awards for Most Promising Male Singer (1977), Best Male Singer (1977, 1980) and Best Album (1980) for his album, "Dream of a Child". In 2005, Burton Cummings was inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he reached the pinnacle of recognition in Canadian citizenry by being named Officer in The Order of Canada. So, Burton, of what was there to be scared?











I'm Scared

I said, I'm scared, Lord
I'm scared, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough would like to hear the call

I'm scared, Lordy Lord
I'm shaking, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
but I sure enough just fell down on my knees

Heard the choir singing
Something about good will toward men
And even sleeping in heavenly peace
Stopped by to see Saint Thomas
On a cold and dreary New York afternoon
Something in the air was oh-so rare
I don't know what it was
But I know that it's still right there

CHORUS: Scared, Lordy Lord
I'm shaking, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough just fell down on my knees

Living in confusion
Searching the truth that I never found
I needed something to really believe

Look towards the heaven on a dark and snowy winter afternoon
Something in the was oh-so rare
I'm not really sure what it was
But I know that it's still right there
Scared, hey, hey, hey, hey, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough just fell down on my knees
Oh-oh. Scared, you know I'm shaking
I'm laying awake thinking about it now
I'm terrified.
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough would love to hear the call
Come on now, give me a sign you're listening to me
You hear me talking, you hear me crying
It's confusing to me, Lord, I'm terrified
Never been much on religion
But I sure enough just fell down on my knees









songwriter: Burton Cummings

performed by: Burton Cummings

date released: 1977 by Burton Cummings

In 1975, Burton Cummings left his band, the Guess Who, for a solo career. Written in New York City, "I'm Scared" was intended for The Guess Who, but the band rejected it prompting Cummings to leave and branch out on his own.

The plaintive cry in this ballad leads to the question: of what was Cummings scared?
Clearly, he was pondering the purpose of his life, searching for a greater meaning in his earthly circumstance. Alluding to lines from Silent Night, was he looking for a sanctuary in the dark night of his soul?

Cummings' solo career brought him well-deserved recognition. He won four Juno Awards for Most Promising Male Singer (1977), Best Male Singer (1977, 1980) and Best Album (1980) for his album, "Dream of a Child". In 2005, Burton Cummings was inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he reached the pinnacle of recognition in Canadian citizenry by being named Officer in The Order of Canada. So, Burton, of what was there to be scared?











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Quiz #: 3866
Winnipeg's Burton Cummings searches for meaning in the mystery of life. His keyboarding skills are featured in this video.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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