Nov 152009
 

From THE HEAT

Written by Diane Warren

Released in 2000, “The Heat” was Toni Braxton’s third album and another huge hit for the singer. It sold over six millions worldwide and was certified multi-platinum in the USA with over two million in sales. Musically, “The Heat” took the performer towards more urban/dance material like the first single, “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” co-written and produced by Rodney Jerkins.

Jerkins was among a list of big music makers involved with this project that also included Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Diane Warren and David Foster. Warren and Foster were already responsible for Braxton’s mega hit “Un-Break My Heart.” This time around, they worked on a couple of killer ballads that were firmly placed in Adult Contemporary territory. One of those songs, “Spanish Guitar,” was released as the third single from the album. Originally written for Céliné Dion who never recorded it, “Spanish Guitar” follows the musical footsteps of “Un-Break My Heart.” It’s a magnificent ballad, perfectly crafted by Foster and beautifully performed by the gifted singer. The song wasn’t commercially available in the U.S. and for this reason only reached #98 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It did make the top twenty on the Adult Contemporary chart and a dance remix of the song skyrocketed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. “Spanish Guitar” had good success worldwide making the Top 40 charts in several countries. The other Diane Warren written, David Foster produced ballad was “I’m Still Breathing.” Again, it is a great example of Adult Pop at its best.


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Lead Vocals: Toni Braxton
Keyboards: David Foster
Synclavier: Simon Franglen
Guitar: Dean Parks
Background Vocals: Sue Ann Carwell

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

A smoky room, a small cafe
They come to hear you play
And drink and dance the night away
I sit out in the crowd
And close my eyes
Dream you’re mine
But you don’t know
You don’t even know that I am there

I wish that I was in your arms
Like that Spanish guitar
And you would play me through the night
‘Till the dawn
I wish you’d hold me in your arms
Like that Spanish guitar
All night long, all night long
I’d be your song, I’d be your song

Steal my heart with every note you play
I pray you’ll look my way
And hold me to your heart someday
I long to be the one that you caress with
tenderness
And you don’t know
You don’t even know that I exist

I wish that I was in your arms
Like that Spanish guitar
And you would play me through the night
‘Till the dawn
I wish you’d hold me in your arms
Like that Spanish guitar
All night long, all night long
I’d be your song, I’d be your song

Te sientas entre la gente
Cierras tu ojos
Y suenas que soy tuyo
Pero yo no siquiera se que estas ahi
Me gustaria tenerte entre mis brazos amor

I sit out in the crowd
And close my eyes
Dream you’re mine
And you don’t know
You don’t even know that I exist

I wish that I was in your arms
Like that Spanish guitar
And you would play me through the night
‘Till the dawn
I wish you’d hold me in your arms
Like that Spanish guitar
All night long, all night long
I’d be your song, I’d be your song