SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:51:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 DO YOU REMEMBER? http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/30/do-you-remember/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/30/do-you-remember/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:46:40 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5049 [...]]]>  From THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE

Written by Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka is a legend of American popular music. From his start in the fifties as a songwriter in the famed Brill Building in New York to his big hits of the sixties and the seventies, Sedaka has been a fixture of the international pop scene for nearly sixty years. Sedaka and Foster have been close friends since the seventies when the world-famous music producer played keyboards on classic albums like The Hungry Years and Overnight Success. Foster even produced some interesting material for the singer’s eldest daughter Dara including her beautiful 1982 album I’m Your Girlfriend. Foster also appeared as the musical director for Sedaka’s 2007 special concert for his 50th anniversary in show business.

In 2010, the singer released a comeback cd titled The Music Of My Life that presented eleven new compositions with his timeless pop flavor delivered to his faithful audience. Sedaka approached Foster and asked him to produce a song on his new album. Foster looked through the veteran singer’s new material and was inspired by the catchy, Latin-tinged “Do You Remember?.” Foster’s arrangement of the song is absolutely infectious with a Latin dance beat and a massive use of synth horns that give the song a Michael Bublé feel. Sedaka’s vocal was in the spotlight with his trademark crystal clear tenor being precise and quite effective. The revered singer/songwriter talked about his collaboration with The Hitman in an interview at the time of the cd release: “David was actually my piano player when he was 19! We did gigs together and he played on several of my records including [his 1975 chart-topping hit with Elton John] “Bad Blood.” I sent him a couple of new songs and he liked the salsa one.”

“Do You Remember?” was another good example of Sedaka’s superior artistry as a tunesmith that still sounds surprisingly current today. If you loved pop masterpieces like “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” “Oh Carol,” “Laughter In The Rain” and “Love Will Keep Us Together,” you will enjoy this new song that benefits of Foster’s state of the art production.


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Lead Vocals: Neil Sedaka
Keyboards: David Foster
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Do you remember
picnics in the park
Do you remember
Dancing in the dark
Do you remember
Lying in the sand
All these special moments
We had in wonderland
If I could take these precious moments
Put them in a box
If I could feel these times once more
I’d turn back the clock
Wouldn’t it be wonderful
The way that things were then
I would like to turn back time
Live it all again
Do you remember
Stealing that first kiss
Do you remember
Falling in love like this
Time goes by so swiftly
Time goes by so fast
I want our love to last
[Spanish section]
Do you remember
the meaning of romance
Do you remember
when we took the chance
Wouldn’t it be wonderful
Not to think of sorrow
I want all my yesterdays
To be my bright tomorrows
If I could take these precious moments
Put them in a box
If I could feel these times once more
I’d turn back the clock
Wouldn’t it be wonderful
The way that things were then
I would like to turn back time
Live it all again

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YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/23/youre-the-inspiration-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/23/youre-the-inspiration-2/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:51:51 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5041 [...]]]>  From YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION/ONCE IN A LIFETIME (single)

Written by David Foster & Peter Cetera

“You’re The Inspiration” was one of those classic songs that is a cornerstone in David Foster’s long and successful career. Co-written by The Hitman with Peter Cetera, this power ballad was released in October 1984 as the third single from the multiplatinum Chicago 17. “You’re The Inspiration” was the perfect follow-up to another masterpiece ballad, “Hard Habit To Break.” Like its predecessor, “You’re The Inspiration” jumped to #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and also reached the top of the Adult Contemporary chart. Listening to this magical ballad, it was easy to say all the names involved were at the top of their game. Cetera and Foster were on a collaborative roll and they co-wrote the musical structure of the song in just a few hours. The two music legends could do no wrong.

This tune became another of their winning melodies with a memorable hook, smart key changes and romantic lyrics. Cetera’s voice was in top shape, his high tenor sounded crystal clear and perfectly suited for this kind of emotional ballad. Foster skilfully gave one of his best productions to date with the support of Humberto Gatica who was a perfect counterpart to Foster’s artistry. The result, thanks also to Jeremy Lubbock’s top-notch strings arrangement, was a sonic delight. Rightly, both Foster and Gatica were awarded Grammys for their work on Chicago 17. Amusing to think that Foster and Cetera originally co-wrote “You’re The Inspiration” for Kenny Rogers. It was only after the veteran country superstar turned it down that this gorgeous composition was considered for Chicago 17. This tune has become one of the most loved wedding songs in history and one of Chicago ‘s most memorable hits ever.
In 1997, Cetera released a cover of “You’re The Inspiration” with guests Az Yet that became a minor hit at #77 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It lacks Foster’s lush touch that was heard on the original, but Cetera always makes for a great listen. You can read our past review of that cover here.


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Lead Vocals & Bass: Peter Cetera
Keyboards: David Foster
Drums: Carlos Vega
Guitar: Chris Pinnick & Michael Landau
Background Vocals: Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm & Bill Champlin
Arranged by David Foster & Peter Cetera

Strings Arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

You know our love was meant to be
The kind of love to last forever
And I want you here with me
From tonight until the end of time
You should know
Everywhere I go
Always on my mind
In my heart
In my soul
Baby

You’re the meaning in my life
You’re the inspiration
You bring feeling to my life
You’re the inspiration
Want to have you near me
I want to have you hear me saying
“No one needs you more than I need you”

And I know (And I know)
Yes I know that it’s plain to see
So in love when we’re together
Now I know (Now I know)
That I need you here with me
From tonight until the end of time
You should know (Yes, you need to know )
Everywhere I go
You’re always on my mind
You’re in my heart
In my soul

You’re the meaning in my life
You’re the inspiration
You bring feeling to my life
You’re the inspiration
Want to have you near me
I want to have you hear me saying
“No one needs you more than I need you”
(No one needs you more than I)
Want to have you near me
I want to have you hear me saying
“No one needs you more than I need you”
(No one needs you more)
You’re the meaning in my life
You’re the inspiration
You bring feeling to my life
You’re the inspiration

When you love somebody
Till the end of time
When you love somebody
Always on my mind, no one needs you more than I
When you love somebody
Till the end of time
When you love somebody
Always on my mind, no on needs you more than I

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SOLITUDE http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/16/solitude-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/16/solitude-2/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:21:23 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5033 [...]]]>  From MIKI SINGS BILLIE

Written by Duke Ellington, Eddie DeLange & Irving Mills

In 1992, famous R&B songstress Miki Howard portrayed the legendary Billie Holiday in Spike Lee’s movie Malcolm X. She performed the late jazz singer’s classic “I Cover The Waterfront” and covered Holliday’s “Good Morning Heartache” on her Femme Fatale cd. Apparently, her performances didn’t go unnoticed. A year later she went into the studio and recorded an entire cd of Holliday’s trademark tunes. The recordings were supervised by the renown team of David Foster and LeMel Humes and Miki Sings Billie was released on December 1993.

Foster and Humes each produced five tracks on the project. The Canadian Hitman was fresh off his triumph of Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable and he brought the same elegant approach to Miki Sings Billie. Foster crafted superb renditions of legendary Lady Day gems like “My Man” and “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” with sophisticated arrangements, lush orchestrations and superior vocal and instrumental performances. Ms. Howard shines on Miki Sings Billie with a respectful approach and the right dose of emotional command. She wisely let her own personality come out singing those evergreens and with Foster’s expertise in the control room the results were brilliant.

Years ago, Song of the Week reviewed Ms. Howard’s beautiful remake of “I’m A Fool To Want You,” perfectly modernized by Foster without losing an ounce of its sensuality and strength. You can read that review here. This time around, Song of the Week put the spotlight on the jazz/pop standard “Solitude.” Duke Ellington’s immortal melody was arranged by Foster with the same craft and musical bravura that brought Unforgettable to the Grammy podium. Ms. Howard’s vocal performance was subtle yet powerful. She sings the bittersweet lyrics surrounded by a sea of strings, silky support from the rhythm section, a tasteful piano playing in the background and some warm saxophone licks.

Miki Sings Billie might have only reached #72 on the R&B Album chart, but its lack of commercial success didn’t take anything away from the outstanding musical quality included on this project. Plus, Miki Sings Billie showcased Foster at his orchestral finest.


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Lead Vocals: Miki Howard

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

In my solitude
You haunt me
With reveries
Of days gone by

In my solitude
You taunt me
With memories
That never die

I sit in my chair
And filled with despair
There’s no one could be so sad
With gloom everywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad

In my solitude
I’m praying
Dear Lord above
Send back my love

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THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/09/the-colour-of-my-love-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/09/the-colour-of-my-love-2/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 18:17:56 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5024 [...]]]>  From SCREAM (unreleased)

Written by David Foster & Arthur Janov

Fairly often, we feel the need to rediscover the amazing vocal prowess of the late Warren Wiebe. Wiebe was an outstanding talent who, in the early nineties, became David Foster’s “voice” in the studio and for countless live events. This magnificent singer was also a troubled soul who sadly left us in 1998 at the young age of 45.

This week, the spotlight is on Wiebe’s original performance of the Foster classic “The Colour Of My Love.” Popularized by Celine Dion as the title-track of her 1993 multi-platinum album, “The Colour Of My Love” was originally co-written by Foster with noted psychologist Dr. Arthur Janov. Back in the day, the two worked on the musical Scream whose plot was based on Janov’s primal therapy. Foster wrote a number of great instrumentals to accompany Janov’s beautiful lyrics. Foster would demo many of the songs for Scream with Wiebe on vocals and “The Colour Of My Love” was one of those gems that never saw the light of day.

“The Colour Of My Love” is a tender ballad set in a gorgeous orchestral scenario with a melody that’s a true showstopper. Foster takes no prisoners here. He wrote one of his timeless instrumentals with the bonus of Janov’s romantic poem. Wiebe’s performance is absolutely flawless. The late singer caresses the lyrics with his silky tone that results in a true work of art. No wonder when Dion heard it, the Canadian superstar fell in love with the song. She loved “The Colour Of My Love” so much that it became her wedding song with Foster and Wiebe performing it at the ceremony. Given the special meaning of this song, our favorite super-producer wrote a little note about it. Here is what he kindly sent:

“We wrote ‘The Colour Of My Love’ for the musical Scream. I just loved Art’s lyrics, really brilliant in my opinion. I was also working with Celine at the time. She and Rene Angelil LOVED the song and really pushed hard cause they wanted it for Celine’s next record. I kept refusing cause I didn’t want to take any songs away from the musical, but they kept insisting and then finally Rene told me that if we gave the song to Celine they were going to make it the title-track of the album. He’s a man of his word, so the album came out and eventually sold, I believe, twelve million copies. I think this is the only song I have ever written where the song modulates DOWN instead of UP, but it still feels like a ‘lift.’ Very strange, but it worked perfectly. Art’s lyrics really inspired me and, of course, Celine sang it beautifully. Warren ’s original performance really inspired her and to this day, if you ask her, she will tell you that Warren is one of her favorite singers of all time!!”

So enjoy Warren ’s intense take on “The Colour Of My Love.” If you wish, you can also read our past review of Celine’s version here.


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Lead Vocal: Warren Wiebe
Keyboards: David Foster

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

I’ll paint my mood in shades of blue
Paint my soul to be with you
Ill sketch your lips in shaded tones
Draw your mouth to my own

I’ll draw your arms around my waist
Then all doubt I shall erase
Ill paint the rain that softly lands on your wind-blown hair

I’ll trace a hand to wipe out your tears
A look to calm your fears
A silhouette of dark and light
While we hold each other oh so tight

I’ll paint a sun to warm your heart
Swearing that well never part
That’s the colour of my love

I’ll paint the truth
Show how I feel
Try to make you completely real
Ill use a brush so light and fine
To draw you close and make you mine

I’ll paint a sun to warm your heart
Swearing that well never part
That’s the colour of my love

I’ll draw the years all passing by
So much to learn so much to try

And with this ring our lives will start
Swearing that we’ll never part
I offer what you cannot buy
Devoted love until we die

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START ALL OVER AGAIN http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/02/start-all-over-again/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/02/start-all-over-again/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:38:26 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5019 [...]]]>  From IN ONE EYE AND OUT THE OTHER (single)

Written by Ernie & Earl Cate

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The autumn of 1976 witnessed the release of the Cate Brothers’ sophomore album In One Eye And Out The Other. After the solid success of their 1975 self-titled debut album, Ernie and Earl Cate decided to keep the winning team of Cate Brothers with legendary guitarist Steve Cropper sitting in the producer chair. Cropper again enlisted some high-profile session guys including Cropper’s partner in Booker T. and The MG’s Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, drummers Ed Green and Mike Baird, sax virtuoso Jim Horn and David Foster on a variety of keyboards.

This talented combo injected a superior dose of groove into the duo’s funk/rock compositions. Cropper’s production is exceedingly elegant and enhances the catchy material included on the album. The two brothers gave very good performances throughout the collection with Ernie’s impressive lead vocals and Earl’s noteworthy guitar up front. 1976 was a good year for Cropper who also produced the critically-acclaimed album Hard Candy for Ned Doheny. Both records were fine examples of seventies soulful pop/rock, impeccably crafted and performed. Among the highlights on In One Eye And Out The Other were the funky title-track co-written by the Cate brothers with Cropper, the mid-tempo “Can’t Stop” with an atmosphere reminiscent of the best Memphis soul and “Where Can We Go,” an up-tempo soul/rock goodie with Foster on keyboards.
The Song of the Week is the pop/soul ballad “Start All Over Again.” A nice track with a catchy beat, “Start All Over Again” had a radio-friendly mood that was picked as the b-side of the title-track for the first single off the album. On this number, Ernie Cate’s gritty vocals were backed up by Foster’s captivating organ and Earl Cate’s tasteful guitar licks.
In One Eye And Out The Other wasn’t a commercial hit despite its musical quality. The tunes included have aged pretty well and can compete with the best stuff of legendary acts like The Doobie Brothers and Average White Band.


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Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric Piano & Elka: Ernie Cate
Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals: Earl Cate
Bass: Donald “Duck” Dunn
Drums: Michael Baird
Organ: David Foster
Percussion: Steve Forman
Backing Vocals: Albert Singleton, Steve Cropper & Terry Cagle

Produced by Steve Cropper


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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THE PRAYER http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/26/the-prayer-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/26/the-prayer-2/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:12:07 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5013 [...]]]>  From THE PRAYER (single)

Written by David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager
Italian lyrics by Tony Renis & Alberto Testa

The poignant ballad, “The Prayer,” holds the distinction of being the David Foster co-written song with the most covers. This evocative, orchestral tune was composed in 1999 by the Hitman with the legendary Carole Bayer Sager for the soundtrack of the animated movie,The Quest For Camelot. The original version was beautifully sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli and won a Golden Globe and received a nomination for an Academy Award.

“The Prayer” can boast dozens of versions worldwide. Among the most important renditions are the Josh Groban and Celine Dion version that made Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2008, the gospel-infused account by Donnie McLurkin and Yolanda Adams, a more traditional interpretation by Jackie Evancho and Susan Boyle, plus many, many more.
A 2004 cover of “The Prayer” by Australian singer Anthony Callea deserves Song of the Week attention. Not only did his rendition have strong musical value, it also achieved huge chart success. Callea, originally a contender on Australian Idol, performed “The Prayer” at the finale of the show. He might have only been a runner-up on that series, but his performance of the Foster/Bayer Sager classic was a true showstopper. His rendition of “The Prayer” was released as a single and became a smash hit on the Australian Singles Chart. The song zoomed to #1 where it reigned for a good five weeks, was certified four-times platinum and sold over 300,000 copies. Callea’s “The Prayer” went on to collect several awards, was named the fastest selling single by any Australian artist in history and eventually became the second highest selling single of the decade.

Callea’s take on this modern classic lacks a bit of the powerful grandeur by classically-trained superstars like Bocelli and Groban, but his tenor pop voice gives the song an interesting twist that results in an extremely pleasant listen. Callea is part Italian and handles the Italian lyrics, written by Tony Renis and Alberto Testa, pretty well. The song was produced by John Foreman who did a remarkable job with the orchestration performed by the renowned Sydney International Orchestra. “The Prayer” was also included on Callea’s self-titled, debut cd that also made it to #1 on the charts. In 2012, Callea performed the song with Australian superstar Tina Arena on her “Symphony Of Life” cd/dvd.


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Lead Vocals: Anthony Callea
Bass: Mark Costa
Drums: Gordon Rytmeister
Piano: Dave Pritchard-Blunt
The Sydney International Orchestra

Produced, Orchestrated & Conducted by John Foreman


Lyrics

I pray you’ll be our eyes,
and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
in times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer,
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place,
guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.
La luce che tu hai
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore resterà
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’è
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe
Sogniamo un mondo senza più violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace, di fraternità

La forza che ci dà
We ask that life be kind
È il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amor
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sé
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Need to find a place,
guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
È la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salverà.

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LET’S GROOVE http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/19/lets-groove/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/19/lets-groove/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:28:39 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5001 [...]]]>  From THE MANY SIDES OF DAVID FOSTER

Written by Maurice White & Wayne Vaughn

David Foster first stepped into the world of TV talent shows in 2001 with his appearance on Popstars, a U.S. TV show that discovered, among others, the now-famous Nicole Scherzinger. In the following years, Foster had guest appearances on American Idol and was a judge on the 2006 Fox show Celebrity Duets alongside Little Richard and Marie Osmond. Given Foster’s huge popularity in Asia and his unmatched expertise, the Canadian super-producer was asked to join the panel of judges for Asia’s Got Talent with former Spice Girl Melanie C., singer Anggun and singer/actor Vanness Wu.

The show first aired Spring 2015 with high ratings and great success. During one of the final shows, the four judges performed a new live version of “Let’s Groove,” the 1981 hit by Earth, Wind & Fire. That classic funk anthem originally reached #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and hit the top of the R&B chart. Foster even appeared on EWF’s Raise album that included the track “Let’s Groove.” He decided to reinvent that hit for the special occasion by producing and arranging a catchy rendition. Not a surprise that “Let’s Groove” was greeted with big praise on the show. A studio version of the song was recorded and released as a charity single to benefit Nepal after the April 2015 earthquake.
“Let’s Groove” was contemporized by Foster with a tight beat and the use of various synthesizers. The Hitman added a nice touch of using the vocoder to echo EWF’s original. Like he always does, Foster got good vocal takes by his fellow judges with just a little help from auto-tune. Yet, the new version can’t compare to Maurice White’s timeless performance.
For those interested, “Let’s Groove” can be found on a new best-of compilation of Foster’s hit work entitled “The Many Sides Of David Foster.” Along with some timeless Foster material, you can hear classics by Michael Bublé, Chicago, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston.
Here’s a little note that Foster sent regarding the new “Let’s Groove”:“I wanted to come up with a song that was fun to listen to and that all singers could handle. All my fellow judges loved the idea and it seemed just retro enough to do the job. The result got the place jumping at the finale of Asia’s Got Talent !”


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Vocals: Melanie C., Anggun, Vanness Vu & David Foster
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Let’s groove tonight
Share the spice of life
Baby slice it right
We’re gonna groove tonight

Let this groove get you to move
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Gonna tell what you can do with my love
Alright
Let you know girl
You’re looking good you’re out of sight
Alright
Just move yourself
And glide like a seven-forty-seven
And lose you’re self in the sky
Among the clouds in the heavens ’cause

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let me tell you what you can do with my love
Alright
Gotta let you know girl
You’re looking good you’re out of sight
Alright
Just tell the d.j. to play your favorite tune
Then you know it’s okay
What you found is happening now

Let this groove get you to move
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove get you to move
It’s alright (alright) alright yeah
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

You will find a piece of mind
On the floor take a little time
Come and see, you and me
Make a little sign
I’ll be there after a while
If you want my love
We can boogie on down
Down boogie on down
Down boogie on down yeah
Down boogie on down
On down
Boogie on

Let’s groove tonight
Share the spice of life
Baby slice it right
We’re gonna groove tonight

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let’s groove tonight
Share the spice of life
Baby slice it right
We’re gonna groove tonight

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

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