Oct 262003
 

From ALL I NEED
Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner & Donny Osmond

Here’s another gem that Foster and Graydon co-wrote in the eighties, this time around with the help of Steve Kipner and singer/actor Donny Osmond. We are almost sure that “Too Young” was written for a record that Graydon was preparing with Osmond around that time but which unluckily never saw the light of day. It is a good thing that at least we got this intense ballad recorded by Jack Wagner for his 1985 album entitled “Lighting Up The Night”, under the production of two good friends of mr. Foster, Glen Ballard and Clif Magness. These two gentlemen who started out as Quincy Jones’ protégés have developed an amazing career producing people like Alanis Morrissette, Wilson Philips and Michael Jackson (Ballard) and Streisand, Avril Lavigne and Clay Aiken (Magness).

“Too Young” was released as a single and peaked at # 52 on Billboard’s Hot 100, a bit of a disappointment cause it has all the right elements to be a winner, especially David Foster’s wonderful keyboards and synth playing, which was the key to many of his chart toppers and has helped shaping a whole genre that sounds fresh to this day and whose evolution has brought us Josh Groban. Jack Wagner does a good with this tune singing it with the right emotion, he had some success with his records back in the eighties, especially with “All I Need” whose parent album included another Foster composition, “Lady Of My Heart”. Later on her has started an acting career which goes on to these days appearing in many TV shows and TV movies.


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Lead Vocals: Jack Wagner
Drums: Mike Baird
Keyboards and Synth Bass: David Foster
Guitars: Dann Huff and Clif Magness
Synths: John Van Tongeren and Clif Magness
Produced by Clif Magness & Glen Ballard


Lyrics

Hello love it’s been way too long
Since I realized that you’re the most important thing in my life
I’ve gotta the need to tell you I know that I was wrong
Show you how I feel and what’s goin’ on
I don’t know what to say

Except I love that girl so much
But I didn’t show it
Started spreading myself too thin
Fool around thought she didn’t know it
Such childish games I played I fooled her with my touch
Time has taught me so much
I’m grown enough to say

I was too young but that’s no excuse
I had too much too soon I wanted more room
To please my restless youth
Now all this peace
I can’t feel your bliss
You treated me so kind, you were all mine
But I just walk away

That sweet smile and face
Hangs heavy on my mind
Is there a way that you can turn back the hands

The more love that precious time I let slip by
I can’t take much more of this
So I gotta try
To get you back and say

I was too young but that’s no excuse
I had too much too soon I wanted more room
To please my restless youth
Now all this peace
I can’t feel your bliss
You treated me so kind, you were all mine
And I just walk away

True love comes once in a lifetime
And if it’s true then you’ll be back in mine