Some songs grow on you and others are instant hits. - Mike Joyce
Thanks, Mike. You hit on what is so special about "Adios", I feel: it is an instant "hit"; not referring to charting. It is love at first listen.
Glen's vocals grab you and you hang onto every word as if you are hearing this song for the first time. Linda Ronstadt's version just falls away from one's mind.
This is the type of song and production that some Glen fans have wished for for years. Glen's vocals without, for example, Al de Lory's elaborate orchestration.
Perhaps it grabs us because of the lyrics, too, as sung by a master interpreter and imbued with meaning.
I think we can link the lyrics to Glen's life (he makes the lyrics so personal on this recording) -- at the same time we know these little connections are only coincidences -- still it makes the song all the more bittersweet and "sadly, beautiful".
(my comments in parens)We never really made it babyBut we came pretty close
(harkens back to "Didn't We")Adios, adios
Our dreams of endless summer
( = Glen and The Beach Boys)Were just too grandiose
And I miss the blood red sunset
(the lights -- no longer -- shinin' on me/Rhinestone Cowboy -- or maybe this line just refers to all the beautiful things in life?)But I miss you the most
(Glen's wife, Kim)