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.