A Musical Note: Neil Diamond – Shiloh

Neil Diamond wrote and recorded Shilo in 1967. 

Don’t be confused, this song is neither about the battle of Shiloh in the Civil War, nor is it about the Israeli town of Shilo.  The song is about an imaginary friend who visits a lonely child.

Neil Diamond has had a checkered career singing in groups and later with his solo act.  All the time a writer of memorable songs, he has fascinated and entertained us for decades.

Today’s song, Shilo is especially poignant… at least to me.

Ladies and gentlemen, Neil Diamond sings Shilo:

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2 responses to “A Musical Note: Neil Diamond – Shiloh

  1. It says these are the ‘correct’ lyrics. It’s longer than the album, but thought you might be interested. Absolutely beautiful. Loved the rhythm….and the voice.

    Correct lyrics
    lyrics to Shilo / Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond
    Shilo

    Young child with dreams
    Dream every dream on your own
    When children play
    Seems like you end up alone

    Papa says he’d love to be with you
    If he had the time
    So you turn to the only friend you can find
    There in your mind

    Shilo when I was young
    I used to call your name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo you always came
    And we’d play

    Young girl with fire
    Something said she understood
    I wanted to fly
    She made me feel like I could
    Held my hand and I let her take me
    Blind as a child
    All I saw was the way that she made me smile
    She made me smile

    Shilo when I was young
    I used to call your name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo you always came
    And you’d stay

    Had a dream and it filled me with wonder
    She had other plans
    Got to go and I know that you’ll understand
    I understand

    Shilo when I was young
    I used to call your name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo you always came
    Come today

    Shilo….Shilo….

    Young child with dreams
    Dreaming each dream on your own
    When children play
    Seems like you end up alone
    Papa says he’d love to be with you
    If he had the time
    So you turn to the only friend you can find
    There in your mind
    Shilo when I was young
    I used to call your name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo you always came
    And we’d play
    Young girl with fire
    Something said she understood
    I wanted to fly
    She made me feel like I could
    Held my hand and I let her take me
    Blind as a child
    All I saw was the way that she made me smile
    She made me smile
    Shilo when I was young
    I used to call your name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo you always came
    And you’d stay
    Had a dream and it filled me with wonder
    She had other plans
    Got to go and I know that you’ll understand
    I understand
    Shilo when I was young
    I used to call your name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo you always came
    Come today
    Shilo….Shilo

  2. Good pik, Rik!

    Another Diamond favorite of mine ~ Sweet Caroline. : )

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