Aug 052012
 

from NEVER SAY NEVER

written by Diane Warren

Brandy’s “Have You Ever” is a catchy pop/R&B ballad that was the third single released from young diva’s 1998, sophomore album, “Never Say Never.” Written by hit-maker, Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, “Have You Ever” reached the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single was also certified platinum and became one of the year’s best sellers.

Musically is the typical Foster/Warren affair with an impeccable production, a memorable hook and a superior vocal performance by the young singer who hits some remarkably high notes as the songs develops to its climax.
“Never Say Never” was also a huge best seller thanks to Brandy’s noteworthy skills but also for the all star cast of superproducers who supported her on the project. Big names like Foster, Rodney Jerkins and Dallas Austin helped her deliver perfect tracks like the aforementioned “Have You Ever” and the top dance hit, “The Boy Is Mine” that was also a Grammy winner.
Foster produced two other good songs for the album. One is a solid cover of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do I Do It For You” while the second is an inspirational tune with a strong gospel flavor entitled “One Voice.” “Never Say Never” was certified five times platinum and remains Brandy’s most successful record to date.


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Lead Vocals: Brandy
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Michael Thompson
Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Have you ever loved somebody so much
It makes you cry
Have you ever needed something so bad
You can’t sleep at night
Have you ever tried to find the words
But they don’t come out right
Have you ever, have you ever

Have you ever been in love
Been in love so bad
You’d do anything to make them understand
Have you ever had someone steal your heart away
You’d give anything to make them feel the same
Have you ever searched for words to get you in their heart
But you don’t know what to say
And you don’t know where to start
[Chorus]

Have you ever found the one
You’ve dreamed of all of your life
You’d do just about anything to look into their eyes
Have you finally found the one you’ve given your heart to
Only to find that one won’t give their heart to you
Have you ever closed your eyes and
Dreamed that they were there
And all you can do is wait for the day when they will care
[Chorus]

What do I gotta do to get you in my arms baby
What do I gotta say to get to your heart
To make you understand how I need you next to me
Gotta get you in my world
‘Cuz baby I can’t sleep
[Chorus]