Sep 212003
 

From EV3
Written by Dianne Warren

You may like her music or not but Dianne Warren sure is second to none when it comes to write a hit song. Warren has been on top of the charts many times and especially when her songs were arranged and produced by David Foster. They have teamed up for #1 hits like “Unbreak My Heart” for Toni Braxton, “Have You Ever” for Brandy and “Because You Loved Me” for Celine Dion. Warren’s perfect pop melodies and Foster’s inventive and exciting arrangements and production helped shaping the Top 40/A.C. style in the nineties almost the same way as Foster did with his work for Chicago, Kenny Loggins and Kenny Rogers in the eighties.

These two hit-makers have also worked, in 1997, with En Vogue, the successful, female, r&b group and the result of this collaboration is our song of the week, “Too Gone, Too Long”. It is a soul ballad with some funky overtones, its backing track almost completely played by Foster on synthesizers with just some guitar licks courtesy of Michael Thompson and Dean Parks and some jazzy piano touches always played by “Da Man”. Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron give their best with Foster in the control booth, carrying the song flawlessly in a vocal crescendo to its effective climax right before the end. This song has been a top 40 hit reaching # 33 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and it also went high on the r&b charts. There are another couple of songs that Foster and Warren co-wrote in recent years and that, even without being hits, deserve some close attention, one is entitled “After Tonight” and it’s a great ballad they did with Mariah Carey, the other is “I Hear Your Voice” and they wrote it with Lionel Richie. We suggest you to look for them and enjoy.


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All Vocals: En Vogue
Keyboards: David Foster
Electric Guitar: Michael Thompson
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Synclavier Programmer: Simon Franglen
Produced and Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Did I hear you say that
You want another chance
You need another try
You’re ready to reclaim your prize
So you want my love back
Why’d you let it slip away
Why’d you ever let me go
Your change of heart has come too late
Well the door is locked you can’t get in
The game has changed you’ve been

Too gone, too long baby
To ever get back again
In my heart
Too gone, too long baby
You’re too many tears too late
To ever get back to get back
In my arms
Been gone too gone too long

Didn’t you hear me say that
You’d be a fool to leave
You’d regret the road you chose
You’d come running right back to me
You had such a good love sugar
You never found in no one else
But what I knew all the time
You had to find out for yourself
But now you’ll never know
That love again
You’re on your own

Did you really think I’d take you back
Let you back in my life
Oh baby just like that
Someone new is loving me
Loving you is what used to be
Baby you’re too late to win my heart again