"Lonely at the Top"
I wrote it for Frank Sinatra. There was a massive drive at Warner Bros.
Records to get Frank a hit. I thought – maybe stupidly – that he would be
ready to make fun of that leaning-against-the-lamp-post shit: "Oh, I'm so
lonely and miserable and the biggest singer in the world." I never bought
that part of him. I thought he'd appreciate that. I played it for him, at his
office on the Warner Bros. lot. His reaction? Nothing. He said,
"Next." I also played "I Think It's Going to Rain Today."
He said, "I like that one." But he couldn't hide his bitterness at
young people's music.