SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:55:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 WITHOUT YOU http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/16/without-you-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/16/without-you-2/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:53:27 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4749 [...]]]>  from ONE LOVE

written by David Foster, Richard Marx & Samantha Cole

Kimberley Locke is an American singer/model who became pretty well-known after her participation in the second edition of the extremely popular 2003 TV show American Idol. Locke gained a tremendously satisfying third place behind the two heavyweights of the competition – Ruben Studdard who won and Clay Aiken who came in a close second. Soon after the finale, Ms. Locke signed a recording contract with Curb Records and went on to released her first cd, “One Love,” in May 2004.

“One Love” was channeled into Kelly Clarkson’s musical territory with the help of young music-makers like Shannon Sanders and Shaun Shankel, but also veteran Guy Roche of Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion fame. This cd included “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a couple of classic songs originally performed by Locke on American Idol. However, the bulk of the cd was made of new songs tailor-made for the singer’s impressive voice and aimed mostly to teenager audiences. The debut single was a catchy, pop/dance tune titled “8th World Wonder” that became a good Adult Contemporary hit at #6 and was a best seller of 2004. “One Love” reached #16 on Billboard 200 and sold more than two hundred thousand copies.

One of the highlights of “One Love” was a rendition of “Without You.” This powerful ballad was co-written by David Foster, Richard Marx and singer/songwriter Samantha Cole who sang it back in 1997 under Foster’s production. Locke performed “Without You” as a duet with her former American Idol colleague Clay Aiken. Their song result is absolutely noteworthy. Both singers shine vocally and Roche’s expert production gives the song a perfect Adult Contemporary atmosphere.

Although Locke went on to release a couple more albums, she eventually started a good career as a model and TV personality.

If you wish to read a review of Samantha Cole’s original take of “Without You,” just click here.


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Lead Vocals: Kimberley Locke & Clay Aiken
Organ: Herman JacksonGuitar: Kamil Rustam
Programming: Guy Roche
Backing Vocals: Carmen Carter, Dorian Holley & Wendy Wagner

Produced by Guy Roche


Lyrics

Never even thought to cry
When I heard you say goodbye
Never said where you were going

There’s no laughter in the air
Only silence everywhere
And so much left unspoken

Since you’ve been gone
I haven’t been the same
I wish that i could see
Who’s to blame

Without you, where do I belong?
Without you, how can I go on?
And No love but yours will ever do
Tell me how am i supposed to live my life?
Without you

Was I lost in you and me
To the point i couldn’t see
That what we had was dying

Now it’s all that I can do
To see photographs of you
And stop myself from crying

I should learn to live without your love
Got so many memories
But it’s not enough

Without you, where do i belong?
Without you, how can i go on?
And No love but yours will ever do
Tell me how am I supposed to live my life
Without you?

I feel helpless and, oh, so all alone
Like I’ve never felt before
You made me feel alive
But I don’t remember what it’s like anymore

Without you, where do I belong?
Without you, how can I go on?
And No love but yours will ever do
Tell me how am I supposed to live my life
Without you?

Without you, where do I belong?
Without you, how can I go on?
Tell me how am I supposed to live my life
Without you?

Oh baby where do I belong?
Please tell how can I go on?
Without you…

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LOVE WON’T GET IN THE WAY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/09/love-wont-get-in-the-way/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/09/love-wont-get-in-the-way/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:25:19 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4739 [...]]]>  from ALL THE PIECES

written by Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart & Gavin Christopher

Today, let’s go back to the late ’70s and the fantastic funk/soul sounds of the Average White Band. In our opinion, there are three main reasons to again showcase the magic of these legendary Scottish funksters. First and foremost, AWB had strong songwriting skills and tight musicianship to support the stellar voices of Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart. They, along with their gifted bandmates, made Average White Band one of the top R&B weapons of the era. Secondly, the most important parts of the AWB catalogue were handled by iconic producers like the late Arif Mardin and the young and ridiculously talented David Foster. And third, the recent release of a spectacular box-set entitled “All The Pieces: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2003.”

This new compilation includes the group’s big hits including “Pick Up The Pieces,” “Cut The Cake,” “Queen Of My Soul,” “Let’s Go Round Again,” “Cloudy” and “A Love Of Your Own.” Going through this lavish nineteen cd collection, we stumbled upon an incredible number of fantastic lesser-known album tracks, high-quality b-sides and rare songs. One of these shining gems is “Love Won’t Get In The Way.”

Co-written by Gorrie and Stuart with R&B singer/songwriter Gavin Christopher, “Love Won’t Get In The Way” is a spectacular mid-tempo funk tune that sports an irresistible beat, enticing breaks and tantalizing changes. AWB’s trademark vocal blend is in the spotlight with in-your-face horns to put more pepper on this elegant funky jam. David Foster produced “Love Won’t Get In The Way” with his usual, rich approach that results in amazing ear-candy. The song was originally included on the 1980 “Volume VIII” album released by Atlantic Records that included four songs produced by Foster. You will find “Love Won’t Get In The Way” and many other Foster-related goodies on the aforementioned box-set. It offers music lovers a welcome opportunity to rediscover the greatness of AWB’s history. The group is still active today with concerts and recordings as is their former bandmate Hamish Stuart with his own band. Check out Average White Band to appreciate their timeless talents and legacy of great music.


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Lead & Backing Vocals: Alan Gorrie & Hamish Stuart
Bass: Alan Gorrie
Guitars: Hamish Stuart & Onnie McIntyre
Saxes: Roger Ball & Molly Duncan
Drums: Steve Ferrone
Keyboards: David Foster & Roger Ball
Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Ernie Watts & Bill Reichenbach
Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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SOMETHING http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/02/something/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/11/02/something/#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 09:41:50 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4735 [...]]]>  from FAMILY DINNER VOL. 1

written by David Foster & Brenda Russell

“It’s Something,” aka “Something,” was a tasteful pop ditty that was co-written in the early eighties by David Foster and singer/songwriter Brenda Russell for Russell’s 1983 album “Two Eyes.” Through the years, this breezy, mid-tempo gem has been covered by an assortment of singers including Leslie Smith, Donna Washington and the exceptionally gifted Lalah Hathaway on Hathaway’s 1990 debut cd. “Something” was the last single released from Hathaway’s cd and it made it to #21 on the R&B chart.

Last year, “Something” was wonderfully reworked by NY fusion combo Snarky Puppy with Hathaway again singing on lead vocals. This version was published on the group’s DVD/cd “Family Dinner – Volume 1.” The astounding rendition garnered lots of attention and praise worldwide while it brought Snarky Puppy and Hathaway a well-deserved 2014 Grammy as “Best R&B Performance.” This fantastic cover showcased the group’s superior musical gifts and highlighted their musical melting pot style where jazz, rock and R&B meet to give life to their personal technique. “Something” became a musical work-of-art with a special nod to Lalah’s out-of-this world performance. She truly owns the song and stage and gives a unique touch with her top-notch phrasing, amazing scat singing and exceptional ability to sing multiple notes at the same time. The triumph of “Something” brought Snarky Puppy’s career to a higher level. They released a successful new DVD/cd entitled “We Like It Here,” tour relentlessly and eventually scored a recording contract with the Impulse! Records label. It also gave Hathaway the full recognition that her talent deserved and established her as one of the leading names in modern R&B. Recently Hathaway kept busy working on several other high profile projects with Robert Glasper, Al Jarreau, Ruben Studdard and Diane Reeves. She also started a campaign to fund her forthcoming live cd and you can read all about it clicking here.


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Lead Vocals: Lalah Hathaway

Drums: Robert “Sput” Searight
Percussion: Nate Werth
Bass, Keybass, Acoustic guitar, & Baritone guitar: Michael League
Electric, Acoustic, & Baritone Guitars: Bob Lanzetti
Electric, Acoustic, & Baritone Guitars, Bass: Mark Lettieri
Organ, Fender Rhodes, & Keyboards: Cory Henry
Piano, Organ, & Fender Rhodes: Bill Laurance
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Jay Jennings
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Mike “Maz” Maher
Tenor Sax, Flute, & Bass Clarinet: Chris Bullock
Backing Vocals: Chelsea “Peaches” West
Backing Vocals: Katya Diaz
Backing Vocals: Rachella Searight

Produced by Michael League

Co-Produced by Snarky Puppy


Lyrics

Ooh, ooh, ooh, it’s something
You and I have something
How I long to be around when
When you can see that
You and I have something

In common, oh, oh, it’s something
You better believe it
And I’m sure of one thing
How I long to be around when
When you can see that
You and I have something

In common, it’s been a revelation, yeah
You’ve been an inspiration to me
And there is not one question, no
Where my heart will run to…

Oh, oh, it’s something
You better believe it
You and I have something
I don’t wanna lose this fun thing, babe
And hope you can see that
‘Cause you and I have something

In common, I can’t believe we’ve been so blind
Looks like we’ve wasted so much time
There’s not a note that rings untrue
Said when I’m with you

Oh, you and I got something
Come on, oh, oh, it’s something
Oh, you and I, we got something
Come on, oh, oh, it’s something

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NOBODY KNOWS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/26/nobody-knows/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/26/nobody-knows/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:17:20 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4727 [...]]]>  from MEASURE OF A MAN

written by Don Dubose & Joseph Richards

“Nobody Knows” is a wonderful ballad that was released by r&b singer Tony Rich on his 1996 debut album “Words.” This song became a worldwide pop/r&b hit and sold over one million copies in the US alone. Later that year, “Nobody Knows” also triumphed on the country charts by reaching #1 for four weeks with a beautiful cover by the late, talented singer Kevin Sharp. “Nobody Knows” belongs to the elite of catchy songs that were recorded for a specific music genre yet crossed over with great success to another music style with perfectly crafted renditions by different singers.

It takes a skilled ear to discover the crossover power of a song and David Foster is second to none in that department. Foster produced some textbook examples including All-4-One’s take on “I Swear,” originally a hit for country artist John Michael Montgomery and a take on the late Gerald Levert’s r&b cover of “I’d Give Anything,” a country hit for Boy Howdy.

David Foster was instrumental in bringing “Nobody Knows” to Kevin Sharp’s attention. Sharp met Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Canadian super-producer, obviously very impressed by the young singer’s talent, helped Sharp find a record deal with Asylum Records. The end of 1996 saw the release of Sharp’s debut cd, “Measure Of A Man.” That album took the country music world by the storm, became a top five hit and was certified gold in both the US and Canada. “Measure Of A Man” spawned three top five country hit singles. “Nobody Knows” was the first single and quickly became Sharp’s signature song. That song and the entire album were produced by Chris Farren, one of country’s top music-makers. Farren brought a special urban country feel to the plate that often borders with the best adult contemporary material. Foster played some keyboards on “Nobody Knows,” but he also kept an eye on the whole recording process. Foster went on to produce tracks for “Love Is,” Sharp’s sophomore release.

Kevin Sharp’s melodic approach on “Nobody Knows” adds emotional power to the bittersweet lyrics. His vocal performance was a show-stopper and stands out as the best testament of his superior talent. Sadly, Sharp died earlier this year at the young age of 43. Please take a listen to this gorgeous song to once again enjoy his crystal clear voice and celebrate his gift of song.

Rest in peace.


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Lead Vocals: Kevin Sharp
Bass: Joe Chemay
Drums: Paul Leim
Fiddle: Larry Franklin
Keyboards: John Hobbs
Additional Keyboards: Chris Farren & David Foster
Acoustic Guitar: Biff Watson
Electric Guitar: Dan Huff
Steel Guitar: Paul Franklin

Produced by Chris Farren


Lyrics

I pretend that I’m glad you went away
These four walls close in more every day
And I’m dyin’ inside
And nobody knows it but me

Like a clown I put on a show
The pain is real, even if nobody knows
And I’m cryin’ inside
And nobody knows it but me

Why didn’t I say
The things I needed to say
How could I let my angel get away
Now my world is just a tumblin’ down
I can see it so clearly
But you’re nowhere around

The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and
I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
And I’m missin’ you
And nobody knows it but me

(Music, hmm… Noone knows)

I carry a smile
When I’m broken in two
And I’m nobody
Without someone like you
I’m tremblin’ inside
And nobody knows it but me

I Lie awake
It’s a quarter past 3
I’m screamin’ at night
If I thought you’d hear me
Yeah, my heart is calling you
And nobody knows it but me

How blue can I get, you could ask my heart
Just like a jigsaw puzzle it’s been torn all apart
A million words couldn’t say
Just how I feel
A million years from now you know
I’ll be lovin’ you still

The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and
I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
And I’m missing you
And nobody knows it but me

(nobody)

Tomorrow morning
I’mma hit the dusty road gonna find you wherever,
Ever you might go
And I’m gonna let go of my heart
And hope you come back today

Nights are lonely, the days are so sad
(No one knows)
And I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
(Nobody knows)
And I’m missing you and nobody knows it but me

The nights are lonely, the days are so sad and
And I just keep thinkin’ about the love that we had
And I’m missing you and nobody knows it but me

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GOD ONLY KNOWS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/19/god-only-knows/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/19/god-only-knows/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:22:11 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4719 [...]]]>  from TRACKS OF MY YEARS

written by Brian Wilson & Tony Asher

In 1985, David Foster and Bryan Adams first collaborated on the famous charity song, “Tears Are Not Enough.” These two Canadian treasures would later touch base when Adams sang on Foster’s 1991 ” River Of Love ” cd and when Adams and Barbra Streisand sang together on the 1996 “I Finally Found Someone,” a duet produced by Foster. Fast forward to a couple of years ago. Foster approached the legendary rocker with a project he thought would be perfect for his friend. The idea was to record a bunch of covers of hits from the sixties and the seventies, songs that Adams loved back in his teenage years.

The initially reluctant superstar eventually agreed and their work on “Tracks Of My Years” started. It took three months of sessions spread over two years to give life to the “Tracks Of My Years” cd. The tunes were released on Foster’s Verve Records label just a few weeks ago. After a careful listen, we can’t help but agree with Foster’s concept. Adams is in exceptional vocal form, his voice shining throughout the material that includes hits by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson and many more. The arrangements are stripped down to cleverly leave the focus on Adams ‘ trademark rocking voice. Similarly, Foster produced the effort with an unusual restrained hand that works extremely well with the classic pop/rock material included here. “Tracks Of My Years” is split between catchy rockers and effective ballads that are all perfectly crafted by Foster, Adams, Bob Rock and their team. The instrumental parts are mostly performed by the singer and his band with Foster guesting on piano and keys and session ace Michael Thompson playing on guitar.

Among the many gems on “Tracks Of My Years,” we have picked “God Only Knows” as the Song of the Week. The feel-good Beach Boys masterpiece is reinvented by Adams and Foster as an intimate piano/voice ballad, very emotional with some beautiful guitar licks from Thompson. Adams ‘ intense vocal performance is nothing short of sublime while being backed up by the Hitman’s tender piano playing. Adams stated that Foster wasn’t really into covering this song, but he quickly changed Foster’s mind when the rocker suggested a rework that was inspired by the milestone Tony Bennett/Bill Evans collaboration. The late Evans, a giant of jazz piano, was one of Foster’s main influence and Evans’ inspiration was probably the key element to achieve this gorgeous rendition of “God Only Knows.”

“Tracks Of My Years” zoomed to #1 on the Canadian charts and debuted at #11 in the UK . Strangely enough, it was met with lukewarm reception in the US , yet its superior quality should eventually make it gain momentum and improve sales. Let’s add that this cd is the best showcase of Foster’s rock side since those classic Tubes albums in the eighties. Do yourself a favor. Buy “Tracks Of My Years.” It’s chock-full of legendary hits that are given a different twist. This cd has fantastic vocal and instrumental work and priceless musical value.


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Lead Vocals: Bryan Adams

Piano: David Foster
Electric Guitars: Michael Thompson
Programming: Jochem van der Saag
Produced by David Foster & Bryan Adams


Lyrics

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you

God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Well life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows what I’d be without you
God only knows
God only knows what I’d be without you

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WINTER GAMES http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/12/winter-games-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/12/winter-games-2/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:34:14 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4712 [...]]]>  from NO BOUNDS

written by David Foster

The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics brought us “Winter Games,” one of David Foster’s most famous compositions and an enthralling instrumental theme. That year, “Winter Games” became a hit in Canada , a #28 Adult Contemporary hit in the US and a minor entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 at #85. “Winter Games” has a catchy, rousing atmosphere that caught the attention of famed arranger/band leader Chris Walden.

Walden, a German-born, Grammy nominated musician, reworked this Foster classic for his big band by giving it an irresistible jazzy spin on his 2006 “No Bounds” cd. Walden, a big Foster fan, has been closely associated with the Canadian ‘Hitman’ for quite a few years. Walden created magnificent orchestral arrangements on many recent Foster productions including Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble and Jackie Evancho, just to name a few. Walden’s take on “Winter Games” is nothing short of brilliant. He enhanced Foster’s original composition with a fantastic, horn-driven arrangement that gives the superior musical piece new life as a modern day, big band classic. Foster was thoroughly impressed as he declared: “Chris’ arrangement of ‘Winter Games’ is both beautiful and inspiring. He thoughtfully and masterfully adapted my piece into an exciting genre that I never thought possible. Either he’s incredible or I’m a jazz musician after all – or both!!” This jazzed-up version of “Winter Games” features an amazing sax solo by Brandon Fields. It is performed by Walden’s Big Band that comprises some of L.A.’s most virtuoso musicians including Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Ken Wild on bass, Ray Brinker on drums and Brian Monroney on guitar. Take a listen to the entire “No Bounds” cd, not just for the Foster cover. It’s full of  other fascinating moments including an absolutely breathtaking title track that’s a Walden original and a joy to listen to.

Recently, Chris Walden and his Big Band released a new cd entitled “Full On!” Again, it is a showcase of Walden’s superior talent with a long list of guest singers and players to help him give life to his beautiful arrangements of evergreens and original compositions. Like its predecessor, “Full On!” is an absolute joy for the ears.


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Saxophone: Jeff Driskill, Kim Richmond, Rob Lockhart, Brandon Fields, Tom Peterson
Trumpets: Wayne Bergeron, Kye Palmer, Ron King, Kevin Richardson
Trombones: Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Arturo Velasco, Rich Bullock
Guitar: Brian Monroney
Piano: Alan Steinberger
Bass: Kevin Wild: bass
Drums: Ray Brinker
Arranged, Conducted & Produced by Chris Walden


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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I DON’T KNOW HOW I GOT BY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/05/i-dont-know-how-i-got-by/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/10/05/i-dont-know-how-i-got-by/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:18:02 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4703 [...]]]>  from THE FAMILY MAN OST

written by Diane Warren

Edwin McCain is an American pop/rock singer/songwriter and guitar player. Around the end of the nineties, McCain, scored two solid Top 40/Adult Contemporary hit singles with “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” Both songs were produced by Matt Serletic and were intense power ballads with rock overtones. “I’ll Be” was written by the singer while “I Could Not Ask For More” was delivered by supreme tunesmith Diane Warren. “I Could Not Ask For More” was also included on the soundtrack of the 1999 Kevin Costner movie, “Message In A Bottle.”

That soundtrack was released on 143 Records, David Foster’s old label. The Canadian music-maker played a big role in picking songs for that project and produced the bulk of the album.

The success of “I Could Not Ask For More” asked for a follow-up, so, one year later, Diane Warren came up with another killer ballad titled “I Don’t Know How I Got By.” This time around, Foster took the production himself and the result was a knock-out love song. “I Don’t Know How I Got By” sports a memorable melody and superb refrain with a rocking, guitar-driven atmosphere. McCain perfectly nailed his vocals under Foster’s expert touch. This rock ballad also presents a gorgeous orchestral background that adds even more emotional power to the tune. “I Don’t Know How I Got By” was included on the soundtrack of another high-profile movie, Nicholas Cage’s“The Family Man.” The song was also part of “The Best Of Edwin McCain,” released in 2010 and featuring the singer/songwriter’s most loved hits and album tracks.Like the vast majority of Diane Warren’s songs, “I Don’t Know How I Got By” also had its share of covers by country star Travis Tritt,UKtenor Russell Watson and pop singer Jake Simpson.


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Lead Vocals: Edwin McCain

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

How did I wake up each day
Before that moment I saw your face
Where was I before your touch
No where is where I was, without you
Without you in it
My life was just a lie
Before you I don’t know how I got by

Before I met you
Before I held you in the night
I don’t know how I survived
Before I found you
Before you made everything right
I was half alive
I wasn’t really living till you came into my life
I got through baby
But I don’t know how I got by

How did I get through those nights
Before that moment I held you tight
And where was I before your kiss
And how did I exist without you
Life had no meaning
No reason and no rhyme
And before you I don’t know how I got by

Before I met you
Before I held you in the night
I don’t know how I survived
Before I found you
Before you made everything right
I was half alive
I wasn’t really living till you came into my life
I got through baby
But I don’t know how I got by

I thank God when I wake each day
Awaking next to you
Don’t know what I was living for
Before you, before you ohhhhh

Before I met you
Before I held you in the night
I don’t know how I survived
Before I found you
Before you made everything right
I was half alive
I wasn’t really living till you came into my life
I got through baby
But I don’t know how I got by

Before I met you
I don’t know how I got by

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