Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)

Solomon Burke

About Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)

"Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)" (sometimes rendered as "Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)") is a country song written by Virgil "Pappy" Stewart and originally recorded by his band, The Stewart Family, in 1951. It was a minor country hit for Faron Young in 1952, reaching #10 on the country charts and was also recorded by Patsy Cline and Percy Sledge and many others. The most successful version was recorded by singer Solomon Burke as his second single from Atlantic Records in 1961, becoming Burke's first hit single.  


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A love that runs away from me
 Dreams that just won't let me be
 Blues that keeps on bothering me
 Chains that just won't set me free
 So far away from you and all your charm
 Just out of reach of my two empty arms
 Each night in dreams I see your face
 Memories and time cannot erase
 Then I awake and find you're gone
 Then I'm so blue and all alone
 So far away from you so sweet and warm
 Just out of reach of my two empty arms

 That lonesome feeling all the time
 Knowing you could not be mine
 Dreams that hurt me in my sleep
 Vows that we could never keep

 So far away from you and all your charm
 Just out of reach of my two empty arms, empty arms

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke was referred to as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to Burke's minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke is often described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of it… more »

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Written by: V.F. (PAPPY) STEWART

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7 facts about this song

"Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)" was written by Virgil F. Stewart.
Faron Young's Version
Country music singer Faron Young released his version of the song in 1971. - His rendition was included on his album, "It's Four in the Morning." - Although Faron Young was a notable figure in the country music industry, his recording of this song did not achieve the same level of success as some of his other hits.
Patsy Cline's Version
Renowned country artist Patsy Cline covered the song for her self-titled album, which was released globally posthumously in 1973, even though she had recorded it as early as 1961. - Cline's version echoes her usual style, showcasing her powerful and emotive voice.
Percy Sledge's Version
Rhythm and Blues artist Percy Sledge is also among the notable musicians who have covered "Just Out of Reach." - His soulful rendition of the song was included on his album, "Take Time to Know Her," released in 1968.
Solomon Burke's Version
Solomon Burke, often hailed as one of the founders of soul music, performed a soul/gospel version of the song. - His recording of "Just Out of Reach" was released as a single in 1961 and it was his first to make the Billboard Top 100, establishing his career as one of the pioneers of soul music. - Burke's version embodies his unique blend of gospel and rhythm & blues, making it distinctly different from every other rendition.
Chart Performance
Solomon Burke's version of the song reached #7 on the R&B chart and #24 on the pop chart significantly contributing to the song's overall popularity.
Variety of Musical Styles
An interesting aspect of "Just Out of Reach" is the variety of musical styles it has been performed in, showing its versatility. From country to soul, each artist offers a unique perspective on the song through their individual style.

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