SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 SHAKING YOU http://www.fozfan.com/2015/04/12/shaking-you-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/04/12/shaking-you-2/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:53:30 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4903 [...]]]>  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

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THAT SUNDAY, THAT SUMMER http://www.fozfan.com/2015/04/05/that-sunday-that-summer/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/04/05/that-sunday-that-summer/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 18:21:31 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4896 [...]]]>  From UNFORGETTABLE WITH LOVE

Written by George David Weiss & Joe Sherman

“That Sunday, That Summer” is a beautiful song that belongs in the classic American songbook. It was first popularized in 1963 by the late, great Nat “King” Cole who brought this gem to the top 15 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Co-written by George David Weiss and Joe Sherman, “That Sunday, That Summer” has been covered by a who’s who of pop and jazz music legends including Dinah Washington, Johnny Mathis, Betty Carter and Julie London.

In 1991, this gorgeous melody was recorded by Cole’s daughter Natalie for her sumptuous, seven time certified platinum album Unforgettable With Love. Showing the excellence of their collaboration on the multiple Grammy-winning title track, the updated version of “That Sunday, That Summer” was produced by David Foster and stands as one of the many highlights on this memorable project. The collective work of Foster with arranger-extraordinaire Johnny Mandel and Ms. Cole’s silky vocals resulted in a sublime musical affair. The iconic producer’s expert ear guided Ms. Cole to deliver a performance at the top of her vocal bravura. Foster put the lush, refined orchestration in the hands of world-class specialists including Mike Melvoin and Mike Lang on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Sol Gubin on drums, John Chiodini on guitar and a warm saxophone solo by the superb Pete Christlieb.

“That Sunday, That Summer” is a listening joy for the most refined music lovers and the entireUnforgettable With Love project was a turning point in Foster’s career. Here, together with fellow producers Tommy Lipuma and Andre Fisher, the Canadian super-producer crafted a masterpiece record that quickly became a trendsetter for years to come and one of the pinnacles of his amazing career.


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Lead vocals : Natalie Cole
Bass: Ray Brown
Drums: Sol Gubin
Guitar: John Chiodini
Piano: Mike Lang and Michael Melvoin
Saxophone: Pete Christlieb
Backing Vocals: Debbie Hall, Don Shelton, Donna Davidson, Gene Merlino, Kerry Katz, Rick Logan, Sally Stevens & Susan Stevens

Arranged by Johnny Mandel
Produced by David Foster


Lyrics

(If I had to choose just one day)
If I had to choose just one day to last my whole life through
It would surely be that Sunday; the day that I met you
Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a coming in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showing off their skills
Nodding all together, I can almost hear them whisper
Go on kiss him; go on and kiss him
If I had to choose one moment to live within my heart
It would be that tender moment recalling how we started
Darling it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that Summer

[Musical Interlude]

Go on kiss him; go on and kiss him
And if I had to choose just one moment
To live within my heart it would surely be that moment
Recalling how we started
Darling it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer
(If I had to choose just one day)

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INSIDE YOU http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/29/inside-you/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/29/inside-you/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:19:59 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4891 [...]]]>  From RIVER OF LOVE

Written by David Foster, Tom Keane & Will Jennings

December 1990 saw the release of River Of Love, David Foster’s fourth solo album. After delivering three beautiful, mostly instrumental solo records, the multi-Grammy winning music-maker formulated a Quincy Jones kind of project. Foster recorded a collection of original songs crafted in his catchy pop/rock style supported by an impressive cast of guest singers and players. Listening to River Of Love today, it feels like Foster wanted to give his devoted fans a compendium of the first successful phase of his career.

Foster offered a number of great tunes that contained echoes of the previous decade and showcased his platinum-plus work with acts including Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Kenny Loggins and The Tubes. River Of Love sports absolute gems like “This Must Be Love,” a soulful ballad that could have belonged on any EWF album, the title track which was a catchy rocker that would have been perfect for a singer like John Parr or a power ballad like “All I Ever Needed,” not too far from Loggins’ pop/aor territory. Among the long list of guests on the album were stars Bryan Adams, Mike Reno, Bruce Hornsby, Natalie Cole and Hamish Stuart. The Canadian super-producer also involved session aces Nathan East, Nigel Olsson, Mike Landau, Greg Phillinganes, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Robinson and Dean Parks. River Of Love became a showcase for an outstanding session singer Jeff Pescetto and the late, talented Warren Wiebe who can be heard on some of the album’s pivotal tracks. The result was top-notch and sonically impeccable with engineer supreme and Foster’s long-time collaborator Humberto Gatica taking the productive reins of the project.

The closing track of River Of Love was “Inside You,” a high-tech pop gem with rock overtones. “Inside You” was co-written by Foster with frequent partner in crime Tom Keane and renowned lyricist Will Jennings. The song was an elegant composition with a suggestive atmosphere enhanced by Hamish Stuart’s amazing vocal performance. The Average White Band’s former member takes no prisoners as his trademark tenor infuses feeling and soulfulness all over this tune. Keane and Foster crafted a sophisticated instrumental backup that relied on their keyboards and synthesizers with James Harrah adding some effective guitar licks throughout. “Inside You” had a catchy vibe that was little-known in those days, yet it stands clear as a bright jewel of Foster’s sumptuous songbook. Together with the whole River Of Love cd, Foster makes a pure statement of the best retro pop music.


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Lead vocal : Hamish Stuart
Keyboards & Bass : Tom Keane & David Foster
Guitars : James Harrah
Synth Programming : Tom Keane
Percussion : Rafael Padilla
Drums Overdubs : David Palmer
Background Vocals: Hamish Stuart & Warren Wiebe
Arranged by Tom Keane & David Foster

Produced by Humberto Gatica


Lyrics

What’s goin’ on there inside you?
How can you do this magic you do?
Show me the world there inside you
Open your eyes, let me come on through

Once I’m walking inside your dreams
I know I’ll see your mystery
Deep in your heart
I’ll find the place I wanna be
Everything I need is

Inside you
Nothing can hide you
When I’m inside you
Take me inside you

Girl, can’t you feel us moving as one?
(Oh baby)
In the hours so sweet, oh, how they run
Give us just a little time to
Let it go where it has to go
Wrapped in your soul
I’ll know the secrets that you know
Can’t you feel us flowing

Inside you
Nothing can hide you
When I’m inside you
Take me inside you

Oh, is it real, as it seems
Don’t wake up
Look for me there in your dreams tonight

Inside you
Nothing can hide you
When I’m inside you
Take me inside you

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BEAUTIFUL BOY http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/22/beautiful-boy/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/22/beautiful-boy/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:28:18 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4880 [...]]]>  From BEAUTIFUL BOY (single)

Written by John Lennon

Celine Dion’s song “Beautiful Boy” was another tasty result of her fruitful collaboration with David Foster. “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” was written by the late, legendary John Lennon and included on his now-classic 1980 album “Double Fantasy.” The former Beatle wrote the song’s sweet, loving lyrics for his son Sean and they perfectly fit the concept of Dion’s “Miracle” cd.

Produced and arranged by Foster along with the amazing Humberto Gatica as the engineer, “Miracle” was released in the fall of 2004. Both Dion and the Australian photographer Anne Geddes, famous worldwide for her gorgeous portraits of babies and motherhood, were credited on the cd. The concept record presented a series of sweet lullabies sung by the Quebecoise songbird as well as some of Geddes’ most beautiful photos. “Beautiful Boy” became the single off “Miracle.” Foster’s impeccable production and his catchy, understated arrangement of the song kept the Caribbean flavor of Lennon’s beautiful original. Foster also gave “Beautiful Boy” new life by leaning it towards the super-producer’s trademark and refined adult contemporary atmospheres. Dion’s singing is absolutely perfect and she delivers another memorable vocal execution. Her performance was deliberately restrained, yet she didn’t lose one bit of the needed intensity and strength.

“Beautiful Boy” was a Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit in the U.S. at #18. “Miracle” went platinum in the U.S. and reached the Top Ten in several countries worldwide. “Miracle” also set a record by spending 18 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Kid Album chart. “Miracle” was nominated as “Pop Album Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year” at Canada ’s 2005 Juno Awards.


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Lead Vocals: Celine Dion
Keyboards: David Foster
Additional Keyboards, Programming & Sound Design: Jochem van der Saag
Guitars: Dean Parks
Percussion: Rafael Padilla
Orchestral Arrangement: William Ross

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

close your eyes,
have no fear,
the monster’s gone,
he’s on the run and your mommy’s here,
(chorus)
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy
before you go to sleep,
say a little prayer,
every day in every way,
it’s getting better and better,
(chorus)
out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
to see you come of age,
but I guess we’ll both just have to be patient,
cuz it’s a long way to go,
a hard row to hoe
yes it’s a long way to go but in the meantime,
before you cross the street,
take my hand,
life is what happens to you,
while you’re busy making other plans,
(chorus)
before you go to sleep, say a little prayer,
ev’ry day, in ev’ry way
it’s getting better and better.
(chorus)

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MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE (THEME FROM “LAVERNE & SHIRLEY”) http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/15/making-our-dreams-come-true-theme-from-laverne-shirley/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/15/making-our-dreams-come-true-theme-from-laverne-shirley/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:38:50 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4872 [...]]]>  from MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE

Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel

In the second half of the seventies, David Foster’s keyboard playing became a fixture on hit records by superstars including George Harrison, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart. Although the list of artists he played for was impressive, the future Hitman could also be found tickling the ivories on  quite a few pop guilty pleasures. For example, Foster played keys on a string of TV theme songs written by his friend and compatriot Alan Thicke including “The Wheel Of Fortune” and “The Joker’s Wild.”

Foster and his cohort Jay Graydon were found all over the 1975 comedy album “Hi Guys!” by the late actor Ted Knight of The Mary Tyler Moore Show fame. Around 1976, Foster can be seen arranging a disco/pop single by future Charlie’s Angels’ star Cheryl Ladd and playing on the forgettable debut album of singer/actress Lisa Hartman. One of Foster’s first appearances on Billboard’s Hot 100 as a session player happened while playing the synthesizer on the 1976 #1 hit “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots.

Another Top 40 hit was “Making Our Dreams Come True” by newcomer Cyndi Grecco. In the summer of 1976, “Making Our Dreams Come True” reached #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 thanks to its exposure as the theme song of the popular TV show Laverne & Shirley. The song was co-written by the legendary and prolific songwriting team of Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. Fox and Gimbel co-penned other evergreens including “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and unforgettable TV themes for Happy Days and Angie. Foster played all the keyboards on “Making Our Dreams Come True” alongside other giant players including Mike Baird, Max Bennett, Victor Feldman and Ben Benay. The Fox-crafted tune was extremely catchy with a strong sixties feel and was mixed with a danceable beat fueled with strings, horns and ear-candy harmony vocals. Grecco’s cute voice handled the song reasonably well. Grecco went on to release a full album also titled “Making Our Dreams Come True” that featured a few interesting moments as well as a terrific cast of supporting musicians. Given the good potential of the album, it deserved better luck on the charts, but bombed like the follow-up single “Dancing, Dancing.” Grecco released another album in 1982, but couldn’t find additional chart success and quickly disappeared from the pop scene.


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Lead Vocals: Cyndi Grecco
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitar: Ben Benay
Bass: Max Bennett
Drums: Mike Baird
Percussion: Victor Feldman
Saxophone: David Luell
Flute: Clifford Shank & William Collette
Horns: Bobby Shew, David Luell, Dick Hyde, Phil Teele & William Peterson
Strings: Sid Sharp & His Magic Strings
Backing Vocals: Jim Haas, Ron Hicklin & Tom Bahler
Arranged by Charles Fox
Produced by Charles Fox & Janna Merlyn Feliciano


Lyrics

Give us any chance we’ll take it
Read us any rule we’ll break it
We’re going to make our dreams come true
Doing it our way

Nothing’s going to hold us back now
Straight ahead and on the track now
We’re going to make our dreams come true

There ain’t nothing we won’t try
Never heard the word impossible
This time there’s no stopping us
We’re going to do it

On your marks, get set, and go now
Got a dream and we must know now
We’re going to make our dreams come true

And we’ll do it our way, yes our way
Make all our dreams come true
When we do it our way, yes our way
Make all our dreams
Come true
For me and you

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HEAVEN HOLDS THE ONES I LOVE http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/08/heaven-holds-the-ones-i-love/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/08/heaven-holds-the-ones-i-love/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 18:23:33 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4866 [...]]]>  from ONE VOICE

Written by David Foster & Linda Thompson

For over twenty years, Nita Whitaker has been a fixture on many David Foster projects. This talented pop/r&b songstress began her career in the second half of the eighties with an appearance on the popular TV show Star Search. Winning the talent show and the subsequent grand championship, Whitaker was soon noticed by Foster and she flourished under his expert wing. In the early nineties, Whitaker worked with the Canadian Hitmaker as part of the vocal group Millennium which included the late, unforgettable Warren Wiebe, Wil Wheaton, Joey Diggs and Suzette Charles.

Envisioned by Foster as a modern version of The Fifth Dimension, Millennium recorded an album that was partially produced by Foster. Despite its superior musical value and the top-notch quality of the vocalists, the album never saw the light of day. It was buried in Foster’s vaults and remains one of Foster’s most sought after projects by hard-core fans. Ms. Whitaker went on to sing the original studio demos for many of Foster’s hits of the ninety’s including Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and “I Will Always Love You.” In 1994, Whitaker finally released her self-titled, debut cd. Through the years, the Louisiana-born singer kept working with Foster on dozens of live events. Whenever there’s a high-profile charity concert with Foster on board, there’s a good chance that Whitaker will be part of the line-up. Recently, Whitaker was featured on Foster’s “Hitman” and “Hitman Returns” DVDs. She was seen supporting the all-star casts with her amazing backing vocals.

Whitaker released her sophomore cd in 2001 titled “One Voice.” It was an elegant, mostly adult contemporary collection that presented a handful of original compositions written by Whitaker. One highlight of this collection was the beautiful “Heaven Holds The One I Love,” a powerful ballad co-written by Foster with his then-wife Linda Thompson. For the occasion, Thompson came up with truly inspirational lyrics that paired well with Foster’s gorgeous music. Foster’s grand production gave life to a remarkable work of art. Whitaker’s vocals on “Heaven Holds The One I Love” are completely on target. Her intense performance perfectly transmits the bittersweet, aching flavor of the song. Let’s round out this review with a comment that Foster dedicated to his good friend and collaborator:

“Destined for greatness. One of my favorite girl singers, and I’ve worked with them all.”

Take a listen to “Heaven Holds The One I Love” and we are sure you’ll agree with Foster’s statement.


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Lead Vocals: Nita Whitaker
Piano & Keyboards: David Foster
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Synthesizer Programming: Felipe Elgueta

String Arrangement by William Ross
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

I’ve spent my life building castles of dreams
Reaching for each distant star
As tears clear my eyes I finally realize
Happiness is where you are
And I’m still a part of you and you’re still a part of me
And I swear I’ll always celebrate your memory
You’ll live inside of me
Heaven holds the ones I love
I see your eyes twinkle in the skies above
My hopes are floating in the clouds
The wind repeats your name out loud

Ohhh

Heaven holds the ones I love
At times I’m unsure
Why our hearts must endure
All the pain and such great loss
Still look what I’ve gained
I feel your kiss in the rain
It’s your smile I miss the most
And I’m still a part of you
And you’re still the biggest part of me
And I swear I’ll always celebrate your memory
And trust what’s meant to be
Heaven holds the ones I love
I see your eyes twinkle in the skies above
My hopes are floating in the clouds
The wind repeats your name out loud

Ohhh

Heaven holds the ones I love
And in my grief and disbelief
One thing I know is true
Every breath I take
Brings me that much closer to you
Heaven holds the ones I love
I see your eyes twinkle in the skies above
My hopes are floating in the clouds
The wind repeats your name out loud

Ohhh

Heaven holds the ones I love
Heaven holds the ones I love

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THE CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/01/the-closest-thing-to-heaven/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/01/the-closest-thing-to-heaven/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:00:11 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4858 [...]]]>  from THE CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN (single)

Written by Diane Warren

When you find a song written by the hit-making pen of Diane Warren, crafted by super-producer David Foster and delivered by the legendary voice of Lionel Richie, good chances are that you are thrown into an elegant adult contemporary heaven. This was the case with “The Closest Thing To Heaven,” a sweet ballad included on the former Commodores singer’s 1998 cd “Time.” “The Closest Thing To Heaven” was a love song that reaffirmed Warren ’s uncommon ability to pair a gorgeous, catchy melody with an irresistible hook that was stuck in your mind the moment you hear it for the first time.

As usual, Foster added his superior musical artistry to increase the level of catchiness with his superb arrangement of acoustic and electric guitars, minimal keyboards and synths. For the occasion, Foster’s usual high-tech production is a bit more restrained with amazing results. The icing on the cake was Richie’s warm baritone slowly dancing on top of Foster’s instrumental background. The singer was second to none when it came to serenading listeners with his familiar voice and he delivered another killer performance. Cool vocal harmonies are a pleasure to the ear and provided with the support of Jeff Pescetto’s smooth tenor voice. The overall result wasn’t far from the successful acoustic soul productions of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds , another R&B superstar that was crafting around that same time. “The Closest Thing To Heaven” was released as the final single from “Time.” Although it had radio-friendly potential, “The Closest Thing To Heaven” never bloomed into a hit.

“Time” also included “I Hear Your Voice,” a great co-write by Foster, Warren and Richie that was an adult contemporary hit single that year. Previously reviewed, you can read all about “I Hear Your Voice” here.


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Lead Vocals: Lionel Richie
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Dean Parks & Michael Thompson
Synthesizers Programming: Felipe Elgueta
Drum Programming: Guy Roche
Backing Vocals: Jeff Pescetto

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

An angels kiss is the kiss you gave to me
An angels touch, has touched my heart
Your love is something, thats truly heavenly
Heaven is here in your arms

I couldn’t sleep at night and then you embraced my life
With your sweet, sexy ways, oh, now I can’t even think
What my life would be, to be without you even one day

You’re the closest thing to heaven in my world
Never take this heaven from my arms
Don’t take your love from me or you’ll take everything
You’re the closest thing to heaven that I’ve ever seen

You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are

My happiness is just being next to you
Your tenderness has touched my soul
Never knew someone had so much love for me
I’m never letting you

I thought no one could care, you answered all my prayers
With your sweet, sexy ways, oh, you made my life complete
When you made love to me thats why, I love you more everyday

You’re the closest thing to heaven in my world
Never take this heaven from my arms
Don’t take your love from me or you’ll take everything
You’re the closest thing to heaven that I’ve ever seen

You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are
You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are

The one love, I need in my life
The one touch, I need in night
You’re the answer to all of my prayers
Promise me you’ll always be there

You’re the closest thing to heaven in my world
Never take this heaven from my arms
Don’t take your love from me or you’ll take everything
You’re the closest thing to heaven that I’ve ever seen

You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are
You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are

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