Jul 072013
 

from BE THE MAN (single)

written by David Foster & Junior Miles

“Be The Man” is a power ballad co-written and produced by David Foster for international superstar Celine Dion. The song was originally conceived for a 1997Japanese TV drama entitled “EVE.” Foster composed the entire soundtrack for the Japanese TV movie. Among the many masterfully crafted instrumentals there was “Be The Man.”The lyrics for the song were written by renowned American businessman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. who, since the early Seventies, has had a parallel songwriting career with the alias Junior Miles. Bronfman and Foster also co-wrote “To Love You More,” also a big hit for Dion. In addition, they wrote with Bruce Roberts the R&B legend “Love, Love Again” for Smokey Robinson.

Dion’s version of “Be The Man” was included in the Japanese release of her album “Let’s Talk About Love.” It became the second single off the English and Japanese versions album and was eventually certified platinum. The song was also released in the UK as the b-side of the singer’s hit single, “The Reason.” With “Be The Man,” Foster gave Dion another perfect chance to showcase her peerless voice over an impeccable instrumental scenario. The song’s evocative refrain is extremely catchy and powerful, letting the singer soar beautifully in the best Foster/Dion ballad tradition. The production is obviously top notch with customary collaborators like Dean Parks, Michael Thompson and John Robinson adding their world-class prints to the final result.


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Lead Vocals: Celine Dion
Keyboards: David Foster
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Drums: John Robinson
Electric Guitar: Michael Thompson
Synths Programming: Felipe Elgueta
Backing Vocals: Kuk Harrell & Sue Ann Carwell

Strings Arrangement by David Foster & Chris Boardman
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

I would fight not to ever fall too deep
Never sure that love would grow
Now at night as I lay me down to sleep
I could never let you go
And lying here with you
I still can’t believe it’s true
Never thought that I would ever find a love
That lasts forever
Be the man that’s mine
Find the love that never goes away
Be the heart I know will be
The one that beats for me, be the man
Used to be scared if
I would ever get this close
I’m not afraid to touch you now
Long before I knewI’d be making love to you
I dreamed that maybe I would one day
Lose myself in someone, someday
Be the man that’s mine
I always try to find the love that never goes away
Be the heart I know will be
The one that beats for me, be the man
Take me where I have never been
I will follow you, you’ll never be alone
I will run, run to you
I never thought that I would ever find a love
That lasts forever
Be the man that’s mine
I always try to find the love that never goes away
Tell me we will always be together
Make us stay in love this way forever
Be the heart I know will be
The one that beats for me
Wherever you may be
Always be with me, be the man