I've always liked the piano-driven tune because it was so different from other pop songs from that era.
Gold, a multi-talented singer-songwriter, penned what appears to be a somewhat autobiographical tune about a boy who finds out that he's no longer an only child -- and has become a lonely child.
But two summers later, personal disaster strikes the boy as he learns that he has as sister. So his response is:
The boy leaves home when he's around 18, and later his sister becomes a mother. And the cycle begins:
Although Gold was born in the summer of 1951 and his sister in the summer of 1953, he said the song was not autobiographical and that he enjoyed a happy childhood, according to The Independent.
Gold is probably most remembered for "Thank You for Being a Friend," which was used as the theme song for the popular TV series, "The Golden Girls" from the 1980s.
Gold, who died in 2011 at the age of 59, should be given serious consideration induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But that's a post for another day.
"Lonely Boy" lyrics
Until the next time...