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This is the perfect song for late-night rumination. On par with Al Green's early-'70s classics, "So Very Hard to Go" marked the biggest hit of one of music's most respected outfits. It didn't come easily though. Shortly before the initial sessions for Tower of Power, lead singer Rick Stevens went away one day and never came back. The quirky-voiced and charismatic Lenny Williams took his place. Although a lot of the new material had to be reworked, this was written with Williams in mind. The story here is sad; it's about saying goodbye to a relationship. This works as a national anthem for those who had to exit a relationship a little sooner than they had planned. That point is driven home by Bruce Conte's Steve Cropper-like emotional and blues-based guitar fills. The horn chart here is also reminiscent of Al Green's "Tired of Being Alone." Later, band co-founder and saxophonist Stephen "Doc" Krupa stated that some of the lyrics had a double meaning for the departed group members. Whether this is an elegy for exiting bandmates or an unerring look at a relationship, "So Very Hard to Go" works to point of being a painful, emotional roller coaster of a listen.
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