Candi Staton : Young Hearts Run Free
Can anything beat an upbeat tune with downbeat lyrics? Right there with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart", we should celebrate Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free". Sure the music sounds like top of the line disco fodder, but the lyrics are sung from the point of view of a "lost and lonely wife" stuck at home with babies while her husband is out "loving every woman he can".
Songwriter David Crawford came up with the lyrics after a conversation with Staton who said later "I [noticed] that [Crawford] was taking notes, and he said, 'You know, I’m gonna write you a song. I’m gonna write you a song that's gonna last forever.'"
Was Staton's real life ex- husband, Clarence Carter, the Jay-Z to Candi's Beyonce?
Released in May of 1976, the #1 R and B single peaked at #20 on the US pop charts and UK #2.