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January 22, 2013

Unrelated Segments - Story of My Life (1967)

High school students Ron Stults and Rory Mack were separately in a handful of local bands, and briefly together in the Village Beaus, before finally combining their talents in this band, starting in November 1966. Rory, the band’s eventual lead guitarist, was forming a new group with rhythm guitarist and business college student John Torock when he called up Ron to see if he’d want to be their singer. Torock at the time had been taking a course in micro-economics that was teaching a lecture on unrelated segments. He took the idea to his bandmates and they all agreed to use it as their band’s name. Based in Taylor, Michigan, the group released three singles, the first of which, heard below, was the most successful. Their second single, released in September 1967 had the unfortunate outcome of being overshadowed by the aftermath of the 12th street riots and other race riots occurring in Detroit, Michigan at the time. Bad fortune struck again as their third and final release received very little help in the promotional department, because their label, Liberty Records, was in the process of being sold to United Artists Corp. Soon after, Rory gave his band the ultimatum to drop the drug use during practices and rehearsals or he’d walk. He walked and the band soon folded behind him.

This song, the group’s most successful song, was released in February 1967. As with all of the band’s songs, the music was written by Rory Mack and the lyrics were written by Ron Stults. Locally, it reached number nine on the charts and led to the creation of fan clubs in the area. Impressively, the song was completed after only the second band practice. Equally impressive was that the track was finalized after only three and a half hours in the studio.

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Unrelated Segments - Story of My Life (1967)

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Lyrics:

Hey!

Well now let me tell you, yes
The story of my life
I met this girl- this lovely girl
That I asked to be my wife

She said she would, but first of all
She’d want a shiny ring
Well, I got that girl that diamond ring
Well money never brings-

Well I said
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

Well I said (no)
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

No!

Well, she took my love and fought her own
And she took my money, too
When it was all but over
I was broke and feelin’ blue

Now, hear me friends, to which I say
Ask true and you will find
Some girl that’ll take your money
But she’ll never need your time

Well I said
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

Well I said (no)
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

Alright!
No!

Hey!


Now, hear me out and take advice
The words I’m gonna say
For if you don’t, you never know
Someday she’ll come your way

She’ll come to you with eyes of love
But still, you’ll never tell
For money can buy many things
But love, you just can’t sell

Well I said
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

Well I said (no)
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

No!

Well, this has been the story
Yes, the story of my life
You’ll never know the pain I feel
But I know it’s just not right

So wait until the right girl comes
The girl who needs just you
For if she needs your money
Then you tell that girl you’re through

Well I said
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

Well I said (no)
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

I’m sayin’
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

I’m cryin’
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)

I’m tryin’
No (no)
No (no)
You can’t buy love (no)…

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