Chances are, most people coming across these words were either not alive on October 18, 1974, or were too young to remember much of anything. Al Green, however? Well, 10/18/74 was the day God looked him in the eye and altered the course of his life presumably for the better.
On said October day, Mary Woodson White attacked him while he prepared to take a shower pouring scalding hot grits on him producing burn wounds serious enough to confine him to a hospital for months. She then fled to Al’s bedroom where took her life with his gun. Green used the reality check as means to renounce the same music which helped him become one of the most popular singers of all time and re-establish his relationship with religion.
Kudos to the OG for turning his life around, and by 1976, he had already been ordained as a pastor. But as coldblooded as it may read, hot grits and a crazy ex-girlfriend can never erase the genius that was “Tired Of Being Alone.” Given the incident in question, the title of this Daily Funk is ironic to say the least, yet appropriate for the holiday weekend. We’re all more than likely attending cookouts over the weekend. And don’t be surprised if this classic from Al is belting out of speakers once day turns into dusk or dusk into night.
It’s just one of those songs we’re all better people because of its existence. Young, old, black, white, gay, straight. It doesn’t matter. People love Al Green. People love to two-step at cookouts. And people love to two-step to Al Green at cookouts. Don’t say you weren’t warned ahead of time, either.