Laura Nyro

Stoney End

Composed by Laura Nyro

Song Review by

With its folksy charm and overall warmth and sense of craft, it's hard to believe that Laura Nyro was only in her late teens when she wrote this classic. A sort of combination of Nyro's ability to write autobiographical confessions coupled with her story/situation song talent, "Stoney End" is the tale of a young girl's journey through coming of age and early experience of heartbreaking romance. The lyrical anchors here are natural references to geographic, biblical, and weather phenomenon. Nyro captures her emotions with a remarkable sense of grandeur here, utilizing her gospel and Broadway influences with an explosive and emotional style. Of course, Barbara Streisand had a huge hit with the song in 1970, but Nyro's own excellent original is still the definitive version, available on Time and Love.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
More Than a New Discovery 1967 Rev-Ola Records 2:46
The First Songs 1973 Columbia 2:46
No Image 1980 Embassy
Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro 1997 Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution
Premium Best 1999 SME US Latin LLC 2:48
Time and Love: The Essential Masters 2000 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution
Collections 2006 Sony BMG 2:47
The Essential Laura Nyro 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment 2:46
Be My Baby, Vol. 2: More Music from the Girls of the Sixties 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:44
Playlist: The Very Best of Laura Nyro 2012 Columbia / Legacy 2:46
A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection 2017 Real Gone Music 2:48
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