Jun 152003
 

From CAN’T SLOW DOWN
Written by David Foster & Lionel Richie

When David Foster and Lionel Richie both won the “Producer Of The Year” award, tied, at the 1985 Grammys, sure they were no strangers to each other. Foster co-produced one track, “The Only One”, on Richie’s mega seller, “Can’t Slow Down” while Richie co-wrote, with Foster and Bill Champlin, one song, “Please Hold On” (check that review in the archives) off the chart topper “Chicago 17”. Both these gentlemen are true kings of ballads, having written some of the all time best love songs and their collaboration is a winner.

“The Only One” is a typical Foster melody, with all its trademarks like the mini moog bass part and it sounds a lot like a Chicago/Foster collaboration. Listen to Lionel’s sweet vocals (helped by Richard Marx on the chorus) and Foster’s brief but effective piano solo, while the song ending reminds us of another “Foz” goody like “Hold Me ‘Til The Mornin’ Comes”. The “Can’t Slow Down” cd is filled with hits, famous songs like “All Night Long”, “Hello” and “Penny Lover” but our personal favorite is the r&b ballad “Love Will Find A Way”, a true masterpiece of class. This record is without any doubt the pinnacle of Lionel Richie’s career but he has kept (and still is) giving us great music and has collaborated with Foster in another couple of records, always with very good results, like the song “I Hear Your Voice” off his 1998 “Time” cd. On a final note, you can now buy a newly released, remastered version of this album with bonus tracks, it is especially interesting for Foster fans cause it has a demo version of “The Only One” but especially for the demo song “Tell Me” which is nothing else than Chicago’s “Please Hold On” with slightly different lyrics.


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Lead Vocals: Lionel Richie
Keyboards and Bass: David Foster
Drums: John Robinson
Guitar: Steve Lukather
Back Vocals: Lionel Richie & Richard Marx
Concertmaster: Israel Baker
Vocal Arrangements: Lionel Richie
Rhythm Arrangements: Lionel Richie & David Foster
String Arrangements: Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by Lionel Richie & David Foster


Lyrics

Let me tell you now
All that’s on my mind.
For a love like yours.
Is oh, so very hard to find.
I’ve looked inside myself.
now I’m very sure.
There can only be, you for me.
I need you more and more….

(chorus)
You, turned me inside out and you showed me.
what life was about.
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.
I wanna do all I can, just to show you.
Make you understand.
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.

When you’re in my arms.
When I’m close to you.
There’s a magic in your touch.
That just comes shining through.
Want you everyday.
Want you every night.
There can only be, you for me.
You make it seem so right.
Oh, girl, cause…..

(chorus)
You, turned me inside out and you showed me.
What life was about.
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.

In my mind, there’s no other love.
You’re the only girl my heart and soul is thinking of.
Only you, only me.
There can never ever be another.
That understands the way that I feel inside,
Cause….

(chorus)
You,turned me inside out and you showed me.
What life was about.
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.
Yeah, you, turned me inside out and you showed me
What life was about.
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.

(you stole my heart away)
You stole it. (you stole my heart away)
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.
Yeah you, (you stole my heart away)
Oh you stole it, ( you stole my heart away)
Only you, the only one that stole my heart away.
You stole my heart away.
stole it, (you stole my heart away)
Only you baby, the only one that stole my heart away.