Leon Russell’s classic “Song For You” is truly a work of art especially Donny Hathaway’s deeply soulful rendition of it, as the song talks about seducing a estranged lover by professing everlasting love while asking his lover forgiveness for his flaws. I want to be what you want me to be, he sings, and I’ve learned so much from you. “I know your image of me is what I hoped to be, I treated you unkindly and darling can’t you see. There’s no one more important to me, baby can’t you see through me cause we’re alone now and I’m singing this song to you.”
The song demonstrates the power of a great song from the deeply, relatable and honest lyrics to the beautiful arrangement that has a great cross genre appeal and his rich vocal makes the listen feel his pain and love for his lover.