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Roger Penzabene

What a wonderful gesture of love whan a man writes a song about his woman for the world to hear.  Its apparent that while Roger Penzabene was working to pay the bills and make a good life for his wife, she got "attention" "deficit" "disorder (read through that one) and decided to reciprocate her love by spending time with another man.  When he found out, he forgave her and decided to keep on loving her and continue their marriage.  The wife finally left him in the end for the man she cheated on him with, a pain too great for Roger to bear. Since his songs were not heard by his cheating wife, he killed himself.  Out of the three historically true love songs he wrote to his wife, "Wish It Would Rain" still continues to project that grim pain that a man was going through after giving all he had to his woman...his heart, soul and ultimately his life.
No real rhyme why I posted this here.  I was just listening to this song and I remember the stories behind this song.  Just heartbreaking really.


Your'e My Everything
You surely must know magic, girl,
Because you changed my life.
It was dull and ordinary,
You made it sunny and bright.
I was blessed the day I found you.
I'm gonna build my whole world around you.
You're everything good, girl,
And you're all that matters to me.

When my way was dark,
And trouble was near,
Your love provided the light
So I could see, girl.
Just knowing your love was near,
When times were bad,
Kept the world from closing in on me.
I was blessed the day I found you.
I'm gonna build my whole world around you.
You're everything good, girl,
And you're all that matter to me.

Baby, you're part of every thought I think each day.
Your name's in every phrase my lips say.
Every dream I dream is about you,
Baby I couldn't live without you.
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby.
You're my everything.
You're my everything.

You're the girl I sing about
In every love song I sing.
You're my winter, baby,
My summer, my fall and spring.
I was blessed the day I found you.
I'm gonna build my whole world around you.
You're everything good, girl
And you're all that matters to me.
You're my everything.
You're my everything (fade out)

I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
Girl, I can't believe my ears.
Are you really telling my goodbye?
See, you've taken away my reason for livin'
And you won't even tell me why.
Before you walk out the door
There's something I want you to know.

That I could never, ever love another, after loving you.
Ooo-hoo
No other love will I share 'cause none could compare
After loving you.

It was only yesterday.
Your words are still fresh in my mind.
Baby, you said,
Long as rivers flow
Each day you'd love me more.
Now you wanna leave me behind.
Listen baby, I don't know what it's gonna take to make you stay.
I just know I've got to find a way.

'Cause I could never, never, never ever love another, after loving you.
Ooo-hoo
No other love will I share 'cause none, none could compare
After loving you.

So baby, please stay beside me.
I need your sweet love to guide me.
Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Ooo, after loving you.

(I could never love another, after loving you)

Baby, baby, baby
It was only, only, only, only yesterday.
Your words are still fresh in my mind.
I remember you said,
Long as rivers flow.
Each day you'd love me more.
Now you wanna leave, leave me behind.
Listen baby, I don't know what it's gonna take to make you stay.
I just know I've got to find a way.

'Cause I could never...
Never, never, never, ever love another, after loving you.
Ooo-hoo
No other love will I share 'cause none, none could compare
After loving you.

Ooo, baby.
On my bended knees
I'm begging you to stay here with me.
Oh, oh, baby, baby, baby, baby

I could never, never, never, never love another, after loving you.
Ooo-hoo
No other love will I share 'cause none could compare
After loving you.
Baby, baby, baby, baby.
(Never love another, after loving you)

I Wish It Would Rain
Sunshine, blue sky, please go away,
My girl has found another, and gone away
With her went my future, my life is filled with gloom,
So day after day, I stay locked up in my room

I know to you it might sound strange,
I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

Cause so badly
I wanna go outside (such a lovely day)
Everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
But listen, I got to cry, cuz crying, ooooooooh,
Is the pain, oh yeah

Yeah you know people, this hurt I feel inside,
Words, they, could never explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Oh let it rain, rain, rain, rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Ooooooh baby

Let it rain (rain, rain)
Oh yeah, let it rain

Day in day out, my tear stained face
Pressed against my window pane
I search the skies, well, desperately for rain
Cause rain drops will hide my teardrops and no one will ever know
That I'm crying (crying) crying (crying)
When I go outside

To the world outside my tears I refuse to explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
Rain, rain, rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
ooooh baby

Let it rain
I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes
Yeah, You know I'm a man, I ain't got no pride,
Til it rains, I'm gonna stay inside,
Let it rain, Let it rain
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...
Oh how I wish that it would rain...


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I know of all these great songs, but I never knew the story behind them -- until now. Sad.


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Damn! That almost broke me down. Whew, sad to say I know the feeling.


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ronaldl79 Wrote:
I know of all these great songs, but I never knew the story behind them -- until now. Sad.


The man was breaking down bit by bit.  He wrote it.  You think perhaps he was a man dealing with this feeling all his own?  Just imagine if he had guys like you around at the time?  Would the outcome be different?  Don't really know but it was on my mind.


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ManTruth Wrote:
Damn! That almost broke me down. Whew, sad to say I know the feeling.


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If you went through this in a similiar way....I can only imagine.  Have you evolved from your experience or are you in the midst of it now?


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ronaldl79 Wrote:
I know of all these great songs, but I never knew the story behind them -- until now. Sad.


The man was breaking down bit by bit.  He wrote it.  You think perhaps he was a man dealing with this feeling all his own?  Just imagine if he had guys like you around at the time?  Would the outcome be different?  Don't really know but it was on my mind.


I think it would have made a difference if he had a support system in place at the time,,,, I personally as well as many men know that feeling, this is one story.... many of men have went off the deep end fooling with emotions that have been toyed with by women.... at this point you actually see more men and women both going off that deep end, things really are more broken in this day and age, I wish they were not but they are.

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Private_twist Wrote:

ManTruth Wrote:
Damn! That almost broke me down. Whew, sad to say I know the feeling.


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If you went through this in a similiar way....I can only imagine.  Have you evolved from your experience or are you in the midst of it now?



Slowly evolving. Hey, thanks for asking.


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selfguided Wrote:

Private_twist Wrote:

ronaldl79 Wrote:
I know of all these great songs, but I never knew the story behind them -- until now. Sad.


The man was breaking down bit by bit.  He wrote it.  You think perhaps he was a man dealing with this feeling all his own?  Just imagine if he had guys like you around at the time?  Would the outcome be different?  Don't really know but it was on my mind.


I think it would have made a difference if he had a support system in place at the time,,,, I personally as well as many men know that feeling, this is one story.... many of men have went off the deep end fooling with emotions that have been toyed with by women.... at this point you actually see more men and women both going off that deep end, things really are more broken in this day and age, I wish they were not but they are.


You are right about how things are even more broken today - its ironic because we have more self-help books, support groups for everything and yet people have not felt so alone in their lives.  

Here is my thing, I have noticed that black men as a whole do not have too many support groups for anything.  Even today there are very few groups to deal with men's issues and then to be black on top of that I'm sure you can count those support groups on your hand.  I just found it a sad story behind a sad song.  Thx Self


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ManTruth Wrote:

Private_twist Wrote:

ManTruth Wrote:
Damn! That almost broke me down. Whew, sad to say I know the feeling.


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If you went through this in a similiar way....I can only imagine.  Have you evolved from your experience or are you in the midst of it now?



Slowly evolving. Hey, thanks for asking.


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Good to know.  One day at a time.


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Hello to all. I'm honored to be a new member. What prompted me to reply to this thread was that, i was watching someTemptations videos (being originally from Detroit the Tempts are my favs) on Youtube and saw the post about Roger Penzabene. Recently and coincidently i was telling a young co-worker about Mr. Penzabene which i had originally read in Otis Williams' book "The Temptations". Being a Singer/Songwriter, i was following that exact road he went down 6 years ago. Without getting into details, my situation was eerily similar to his. My only desire was to love her. Nothing else mattered. However, she couldn't see it. When i found out the truth about her seeing other men (i didn't find out until years later how many men she was involved with) i still didn't leave her. When i finally realized that the relationship was ending i began writing song lyrics (which i had been doing off and on since the 70's). One song i was working on while we were in our living room was called "You Still Don't Know How Much I Love You". I remember her asking me what i was writing. When she came over to take a look, she had a look of complete puzzlement on her face. Here was a song literally playing out right before my very eyes.

I eventually left because after we got back together she decided she no longer loved me; in fact she told me that she never loved me as much as i thought she did; Ouch! It was hard to smile after that one. I even caught her with the guy in a public place; but for the grace of God my hand was restrained. This is when i almost gave up on life and love. I wanted no part of either. That's when i knew it was time to leave. Many songs came out of that relationship which ended five years ago. I see her every now and again; sometimes with her new bo. Since it never phases me whenever i see them together, i know and thank God that i have gotten her completely out of my system. I have other things to look forward to. Some of the song titles from my first and second cd are "Return Your Heart To Me", "I Love You Babygirl", "Don't Play Hide and Sneak", "The Joy Of Loving You", "How Can this Be", "Now That You're Gone", "Let Me Be The One", "If Love Is Stricken" and "Love's Been Evicted" which is a song where i flipped the script to make it sound as if i were the unfaithful one when in reality it was her.

When i wrote these songs, i lived every word and every sentence. It was exactly how i felt at that time; a broken heart personified. I sung each one with all the passion i had inside. Here are some of the lyrics.

Return Your Heart To Me:

If you see me on the streets
with a look of complete despair
any kind of happiness honey
is really really rare.

The things that used to make me smile
no longer holds there joy
without you in my life
i'm like a child without a toy

Return your heart to me my darling
my mind is in a daze
Return your heart to me my honey
your touch is what i crave

I Love You Babygirl (these are the last verses)

i remember the day you kissed me ten-der-ly
i remember the way you loved me since-re-ly

I Love You Babygirl
You will always be a part of my heart
I love You Babygirl
Your beauty surpasses all art

I thought that my search for a lover was over
that my quest for love had reached it's end
then how could it be i'm alone again
wondering why love won't let me win

{When we were together my pet name for her was babyGirl. When she eventually heard this song, do you know that she asked me who was babygirl? Amazing!}

How Can This Be (on the second Cd)

Was i dreaming
when you said that my love was a bore
was i off into another world
when you said you didn't love me anymore

How can this be
That your heart wants to flee
How can this be
You can't see the love in me

How can you be so at ease
taking your love away from me
your love is fading as fast as can be
like waves flowing back into the sea

Love's Been Evicted (This is the song where i reversed the roles so every song wouldn't be about me being missused).

Time and time and time again
i run it through my mind
how i lost your sweet sweet love
a love i thought was mine

I played around with your heart
like an athlete plays a game
i used and abused your precious love
like a beast that can't be tamed

Love's been evicted
from a heart grown cold
love's been evicted
from a heart without soul

I know this is a long post. Sorry. But you can see Mr. Penzabene's indirect influence all over these songs. I say indirect influence because when i wrote these tracks, at no time did Roger nor the story behind the songs he wrote for The Temptations ever cross through my mind. Maybe it was a subconscious thing going on. Love is a hurting thing when you give all you have and never receive any in return. The songs on my next cd are much more positive. Even if they begin with a heart breaking theme, they all end with either finding love or never giving up on love or life.

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