Song of the Day: Leon Russell – “Back to the Island”

The world of music lost another important figure on Sunday with the passing of Leon Russell, who died in his sleep at age 74 in Nashville. Off his 1975 album Will o’ the Wisp, this song peaked at No. 53 on the U.S. charts. It’s a soothing song that feels as much of a fitting farewell as any for Russell:

And watch the sun go down
Hear the sea roll in
But I’ll be thinking of you
And how it might have been
Hear the night birds cry
Watch the sunset die
Well I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island

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