“Blessed are the Believers”
Written by Charlie Black, Rory Bourke, and Sandy Pinkard
#1 (1 week)
June 27, 1981
Anne Murray followed the wedding standard “Could I Have This Dance” with another No. 1 single, and this one could be dedicated to the newly divorced.
In a way, “Blessed are the Believers” is the perfect counterpoint to “You Needed Me.” The latter classic has one of those titles and melodies that makes it sound like a heartbreak song, when it’s actually one of the most poignant love songs ever written.
“Blessed are the Believers” borrows from the New Testament as a devious misdirect, where the believers in love are rewarded with heartbreak and misery:
Blessed are the believersThey shall inherit a heartache Believing in you, babe That was my greatest heartbreak
Blessed are all the left-behindFor their hearts shall one day mend When loving those same sweet lies Make us believers again
The closing line of the second verse is especially brutal, as she caresses her cold coffee cup and ruminates: “Something you said rolls around in my head. Something that you didn’t mean.” But it’s all delivered with Murray’s understated grace, so you really do need to listen carefully to know for sure that she’s getting a raw deal here.
Murray released three additional singles from Where Do You Go When You Dream. The top twenty “We Don’t Have to Hold Out” was followed by the top ten “It’s All I Can Do” and the top five “Another Sleepless Night.” Her next album, The Hottest Night of the Year, produced an additional two top ten hits: a cover of Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby!” and “Somebody’s Always Saying Goodbye.”
We’ll see Murray again in late 1983 with a song that earned her her first CMA Award and another Grammy for her mantle.
“Blessed are the Believers” gets a B+.