No. 20 in Top 50 Bee Gees’ Songs 1966-72
By Robin Gibb
Lead Vocal: Robin
Album: Robin’s Reign 1969
“When you sleep, London streets are silent”
Coincidentally I reach this beautiful solo song of Robin’s just days before Saved by the Bell: the collected works of Robin Gibb:1969/70 is released.
Lord Bless All is a haunted three minutes.
Drum machine and orchestra feature in much of Robin’s Reign but here are silent. Instead, we have slightly dissonant organ, a solitary, ghostly backing vocal (which sounds, unnervingly, not quite like Robin) and a somewhat tentative, never-quite-resolved melody conjuring a Wintry feel of deserted night-time streets. From another place, the singer sends good wishes to an unnamed other asleep in this cloistered city.
Lord Bless All evokes a Dickensian mood of carols and God’s blessing at Christmas but these tokens of unity and goodwill highlight an overall bleakness. The sense of separation is palpable. A slightly premature ending adds to an unsettling mood.
Try listening to it on Christmas Eve.