Oct 092005
 

From ALL 4 ONE
Written by Frank J. Meyers & Gary Baker

“I Swear” was originally a 1994 chart topper for country superstar John Michael Montgomery. That same year, newcomers All 4 One worked on a remake of the song with David Foster that zoomed to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. “I Swear” kept the #1 spot for an astonishing 11 weeks, making it one of the most successful songs of the rock era. It was also a #3 adult contemporary hit, went platinum and brought All 4 One the Grammy for “Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.” Foster’s production and arrangement were flawless. He reworked the original melody and added his thumbprint to make it perfect stuff for r&b and pop listeners. The wonderful, high tech sounds, All 4 One’s sweet as candy voices, plus the song’s memorable lyrics made “I Swear” an instant favorite for listeners around the world. Through the years the song has become an evergreen, often used for weddings. It continues to be heavily played on radio. Let’s not forget that its parent album, titled “All 4 One,” went multi-platinum, selling over 4 million copies. It included another top 5 hit, “So Much In Love,” another example of the group’s outstanding vocal harmonies. There’s an additional David Foster production on the album, “Oh Girl.” It’s a nice, smooth r&b ballad whose qualities were overshadowed by the massive success of “I Swear.” The rest of the album is equally divided between light dance numbers and slow ballads.


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Vocals: All 4 One
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Produced and Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky
And I swear like the shadow that’s by your side

I see the questions in your eyes
I know what’s weighing on your mind
You can be sure I know my heart

`Coz I’ll stand beside you through the years
You’ll only cry those happy tears
And though I make mistakes
I’ll never break your heart

And I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky
I’ll be there
I swear like a shadow that’s by your side
I’ll be there

For better or worse, till death do us part
I’ll love you with every beat of my heart
And I swear

I’ll give you every thing I can
I’ll build your dreams with these two hands
We’ll hang some memories on the walls

And when just the two of us are there
You won’t have to ask if I still care
`Coz as the time turns the page, my love won’t age at all

And I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky
I swear (and I swear) like the shadow that’s by your side
I’ll be there

For better or worse, till death do us part
I’ll love you with every beat of my heart
And I swear

I swear (I swear) by the moon and stars in the sky
I’ll be there
I swear like the shadow that’s by your side
I’ll be there

For better or worse, till death do us part
I’ll love you with every (single) beat of my heart
I swear, i swear, oh… I… swear…