Dec 112005
 

From TWIST OF FATE (singles)
Written by Steve Kipner & Peter Beckett

“Twist Of Fate” was the smash hit from the soundtrack of the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John movie “Two Of A Kind.” The song reached #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the fall of 1983. It was co-written by long-time Foster and Newton-John collaborator Steve Kipner of “Hard Habit To Break” and “Physical” fame with Peter Beckett, the leader of the band Player that had a few good hits like 1978’s “Baby Come Back.” David Foster produced “Twist Of Fate,” putting his golden thumbprint all over this dance-oriented, edgy thing. The arrangement and overall sounds are very much a summary of the best high-tech productions of those days. The song was completely built around Foster’s keyboards and synthesizers coupled with the clever use of electronic drums exactly like the super-producer did that same year on Chicago’s “Along Comes A Woman.” Newton-John’s vocals are very effective here. She gave one of her most energetic performances to date, sounding smooth with a little grittiness sprinkled here and there. She’s truly one of the best pop voices of her generation and clearly benefited from Foster’s trained ear in the studio.


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Olivia Newton-John: Lead Vocals
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Guitar: Steve Lukather
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Do we deserve a second chance?
How did we fall into this circumstance?
We weren’t so straight and narrow
This is much more than we deserve

A higher voice has called the tune
Two hearts that lost the beat will now resume
The gift of life extension
By divine intervention

It’s gotta be a strange twist of fate
Telling me that Heaven can wait
Telling me to get it right this time
Life doesn’t mean a thing
Without the love you bring
Love is what we’ve found
The second time around

Don’t understand what’s going on
Woke up this morning, all the hurt was gone
This is a new beginning
I’m back in the land of the living

It’s gotta be a strange twist of fate
Telling me that Heaven can wait
Telling me to get it right this time
Life doesn’t mean a thing
Without the love you bring
Love is what we’ve found
The second time around

It’s gotta be a strange twist of fate
Telling me that Heaven can wait
Oh, I’m gonna get it right this time
Life doesn’t mean a thing
Without the love you bring
Love is what we’ve found
The second time around

It’s gotta be a strange twist of fate
Telling me that Heaven can wait
You know, I’m gonna get it right
I’m gonna make it work this time
Life doesn’t mean a thing
Without the love you bring
Love is what we’ve found
The second time around

It’s gotta be a strange twist of fate
Telling me that Heaven can wait

Life doesn’t mean a thing
Without the love you bring
Love is what we’ve found
The second time around