Apr 122015
 

From TWO OF A KIND
Written by David Foster, Tom Keane & Paul Gordon

David Foster always had a superior knack for composing evocative instrumentals. He put a pin to “Our Romance,” a tender piece of music co-written with Tom Keane for Foster’s 1983 debut solo album The Best Of Me. Conceived for the Japanese market, The Best Of Me presented a series of great instrumentals that evolved into some of Foster’s most beloved pop hits including the title-track, “Mornin’,” “Through The Fire” and “Look What You’ve Done To Me.” Evidenced by its sheer beauty, “Our Romance” had an interesting artistic journey.

The song ended up on the successful soundtrack of the 1983 movie Two Of A Kind and was sung by the legendary Olivia Newton-John under the title of “Shaking You.” The platinum-certified Two Of A Kind soundtrack reached the Top 40 in the US , Canada , Australia and Japan. The soundtrack included more music sung by Newton-John and produced by Foster including the Top 5 hit “Twist Of Fate.”
“Shaking You” was a bittersweet love song that matches an achingly beautiful Foster melody with some tear-jerking lyrics courtesy of noted songwriter Paul Gordon. From the intimate, almost whispered intro to the powerful strength of the climax, “Shaking You” was a showcase for Newton-John’s pure and stunning pop voice. The legendary singer/actress sang the heart-wrenching lyrics beautifully and gave an emotionally charged performance accompanied by Foster’s gorgeous acoustic piano. The production was top-notch, as always, with an accurate eye to the lush orchestral sounds.

In 1985, “Shaking You” was covered by UK singer Elaine Paige on her Love Hurts album. Read our past article of this rendition here.


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Lead vocal: Olivia Newton-John
Piano & Keyboards: David Foster
Drums: John Keane

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Why do I have to care for you?
When I should have known to stay away
Why was I there for you?

I don’t know how I lost my touch
I never believed that I could ever want
Somebody’s love so much

Time can shake me loose from the blues
But who would know I’d be this slow shaking you

I don’t know what I’m looking for
I just let the arrows go and hope I find what I am shooting for

So don’t say that you’ll be there for me
If you don’t care for me, I’ll be gone
‘Cause I don’t have the strength to be this strong
Who knew that I’d take so long shaking you

Now I’m waiting to hit the ground
I’m painting my love for you in corners I know how to get around

Time can shake me loose from the blues
But who would know I’d be this slow shaking you

I don’t know what I’m looking for
I just let the arrows go and hope I find what I am shooting for