Seven September songs to fall for

None of our marvelous months is featured in more songs than the 30 days of September, although April makes a strong song showing, too, with the musical promise of a new spring.

But just about everybody ought to be able to relate to the mood (admittedly often decidedly melancholic) and/or music of at least one of these September Seven:

7. Natalie Imbruglia’s “Come September” (2002): Amid all the painful images, her song from the album “White Lilies Island” offers one ray of hope:

“Everything wrong
Gonna be all right
Come September.”

6. Neil Diamond’s “September Morn” (1979): Neil offers more heartache, more regret and more memories but also some nice images.

5. Carole King’s “It Might As Well Rain Until September” (1962):
A longtime hit songwriter, King the singer first hit the Top 40 with this pop piece of melancholy, which proved to be a far bigger hit in the United Kingdom. It would take her nine years to make it back on the Top 40 charts here, arriving big time with a two-sided monster hit, “It’s Too Late” and “I Feel the Earth Move.”

4. The Tempos’ “See You in September” (1959): Here’s your classic “summer of heartbreak” love song – the original version that, in keeping with the song’s mood, is slower-paced than the Happenings’ up-tempo 1966 remake.

3. Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” (1978): By a long shot, the legendary R&B group offers the most upbeat song of the bunch, and you can’t go wrong when a song opens with a strong horn section.


Tough choice
It’s a toss-up for the top spot between two songs that express universal feelings of loss (in this instance, time vs. love). As a certified softie, I opted for lost love:

2. Frank Sinatra’s “September Song” (1965): This pop standard was first introduced on Broadway in 1938 by Walter Huston in the short-lived “Knickerbocker Holiday,” a “fascism allegory” by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson. Sinatra’s is one of many great versions of this song, which includes one of my all-time favorite musical couplets:

“When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame,
one hasn’t got time for the waiting game.”

1. Dinah Washington’s “September in the Rain” (1961): The incomparable Queen of the Blues succinctly sums up the end of a love affair with a vivid parallel image:

“The sun went out just like a dying ember
That September in the rain.”

Did I miss any worthy nominees? Tell me below.

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Corey Anderson on 09/18/2009 - 09:21 am.

    I would add “September Girls” by Big Star. December boys got it bad!

  2. Submitted by Dan Haugen on 09/18/2009 - 09:33 am.

    Don, you forgot Green Day! “Wake Me Up When September Ends”!

  3. Submitted by Rick Prescott on 09/18/2009 - 10:41 am.

    The month is not in the title, but it’s central to the lyrics of “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks:

    Try to remember the kind of September
    When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
    Try to remember the kind of September
    When grass was green and grain was yellow.
    Try to remember the kind of September
    When you were a tender and callow fellow.
    Try to remember, and if you remember,
    Then follow.

  4. Submitted by Janie Bygness on 09/18/2009 - 02:04 pm.

    I think “See You In September” is a June song!

  5. Submitted by Dave Thompson on 09/18/2009 - 02:33 pm.

    The Green Day song was what popped into MY head.

  6. Submitted by Karl Pearson-Cater on 09/18/2009 - 03:18 pm.

    Nice list, Don. I had not heard your No. 1 before. I can’t recall any other specific September songs, so I googl’d it. And I think this is NOT a good September song:

    Lou Reed on September Songs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHVqWRxpqXk

  7. Submitted by Candace Kragthorpe on 09/19/2009 - 09:47 am.

    Dinah Washington’s “September in the Rain” is sublime. Thank you! Don’t forget James Taylor’s “September Grass.”

  8. Submitted by Doris Skalstad on 09/19/2009 - 04:44 pm.

    Walter Huston’s rendition of “September Song” is the only version to listen to.

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