Song Lyric Sunday | “If I Never Knew You” – Jon Secada & Shanice

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Duets.

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If I Never Knew You is sang by Jon Secada and Shanice over the end credits of  Disney’s 1995 animated feature film, Pocahontas. It was the second single released from the movie soundtrack after Vanessa Williams’ pop and R&B rendition of the Academy Award-winning Colors of the Wind.

The song was originally developed for the prison scene where Pocahontas visits Captain John Smith before he is sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Kocoum, Chief Powhatan’s warrior whom Pocahontas was supposed to marry. Composer Alan Menken decided it had to be cut because he felt that it slowed the pace of the movie and too closely followed another song.

If I Never Knew You charted on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, reaching #8 and #24, respectively. It also reached #51 on UK charts.

FUN FACTS

    • Performed by Mel Gibson (Captain Smith) and Judy Kuhn (singing voice of Pocahontas), If I Never Knew You was added to the tenth anniversary edition of Pocahontas in 2005, fully animated and integrated as a viewer option on the DVD.
    • In 2001, If I Never Knew You was covered by Michael Crawford and Sherie Rene Scott for The Disney Album.
    • Jon Secada has written songs for Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. He has toured with Luciano Pavarotti and recorded duets with Jim Brickman, Olivia Newton John, and Frank Sinatra, as well as winning two Grammys for his own music releases.
    •  Also an actress, Shanice became the first black performer to star in the role of Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway in 1997.  She also starred in the made-for-TV movie One Special Moment, an adaptation of Brenda Jackson’s 1998 novel of the same name. Shanice and her husband of twenty years, actor/comedian Flex, starred in their own reality show Flex & Shanice, for three seasons on OWN.

Filmed in New York City, the music video features Shanice and Secada performing the song with clips of Pocahontas being projected on buildings behind them.

I could listen to this song on endless repeat. And, maybe I have! 😀 😀 😀 😀

Enjoy!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

If I Never Knew You

by Jon Secada & Shanice

Songwriters: Alan Menken / Stephen Schwartz

 

If I never knew you
If I never felt this love
I would have no inkling of
How precious life can be
And if I never knew you
I would never have a clue
How at last I’d find in you
The missing part of me
In this world so full of fear
Full of rage and lies
I can see the truth so clear
In your eyes
So dry your eyes
And I’m so grateful to you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you
If I never knew you
I’d be safe but half as real
Never knowing I could feel
A love so strong and true
I’m so grateful to you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you
I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we made the whole world bright
I never knew that fear and hate could be so strong
All they’d leave us were these whispers in the night
But still my heart is singing
We were right
If I never knew you
There’s no moment I regret
If I never knew this love
I would have no inkling of
If our time has gone too fast I’ve lived at last
How precious life can be
I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we’d make the whole world bright
I thought our love would be so beautiful
We’d turn the darkness into light
And still my heart is singing
We were right
We were right
And if I never knew you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Empty as the sky
Never knowing why
Lost forever
If I never knew you

 

Song Lyric Sunday | “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry or including one of these names in the lyrics.

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Although she was responsible for writing the bassline and intended to play it on record, Genius of Love co-writer and lead singer, Tina Weymouth, had to wake up the assistant engineer – he was asleep under the console – when her right arm seized up in a terrible cramp during the abbreviated 1981 recording session. “Chris (Frantz) was mad, but I really couldn’t play; my hand wouldn’t even close. So we did what we had to do. These things happen.”

Genius of Love became a commercial success and reached number one on the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart, number two on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard), and number thirty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The lyrics and video imply that the singer is in jail although why she’s imprisoned is not explained. The singer tells her fellow inmates about her boyfriend whom she describes as the “genius of love”.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Genius of Love was the first song I danced to with my late husband, Dennis.
    • The lyrics pay tribute to many notable African-American musicians and singers, including George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, Hamilton Bohannon, and James Brown.
    •  In May 2016, a version of the song by Tinashe was used in a television advertising campaign for Target Corporation.
    •  Frank Zappa, in an interview with MTV, mentioned that the music video was his favorite at the time, due to it being “animated and clever.

Enjoy!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Genius of Love

by Tom Tom Club

Songwriters: Tina Weymouth / Christopher Frantz / Adrian Belew / Steven J.C. Stanley
What you gonna do when you get out of jail?
I’m gonna have some fun
What do you consider fun?
Fun, natural fun
I’m in heaven
With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend
There’s no beginning and there is no end
Time isn’t present in that dimension
He’ll take my arm
When we’re walkin’, rolling and rocking
It’s one time I’m glad I’m not a man
Feels like I’m dreaming, but I’m not sleeping
I’m in heaven
With the maven of funk mutation
Clinton’s musicians such as Bootsy Collins
Raise expectations to a new intention
No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson
Wailin’ and skankin’ to Bob Marley
Reggae’s expanding with Sly and Robbie
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama
All the weekend
Boyfriend was missing
I surely miss him
The way he’d hold me in his warm arms
We went insane when we took cocaine
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow
Who needs to think when your feet just go?
With a hippie-the-hip and a hippie-the-hop
Who needs to think when your feet just go
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
Who needs to think when your feet just go
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
James Brown, James Brown
James Brown, James Brown
If you see him
Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend
Well he’s the genius of love
He’s got a greater depth of feeling
Well he’s the genius of love
He’s so deep

Song Lyric Sunday | “This Step Alone” – Elliott Yamin

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top.

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Coming in third in American Idol’s season 5 didn’t stop Elliott Yamin from climbing the charts after leaving the talent variety show.

Less than a year later, Yamin’s 2007 self-titled debut album–later renamed Wait For You–debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums, number three on the Billboard 200, and included the Top Twenty single, Wait For You.

My selection is from Elliott’s second album, the 2009 Fight for Love.

This Step Alone is the eleventh of the album’s dozen songs, and while not released as a single, it still garners consistent airplay on adult radio stations.

The song is about a couple whose paths go in two different directions. He tried to stay hopeful but always knew she’d walk away. Still, it doesn’t keep him from wanting her by his side.

FUN FACTS

    • On May 16, 2007, Yamin performed his hit single, Wait for You, on the American Idol Season 6 Top 3 results show. The song jumped 60 spots on iTunes in a few hours as well as from 80 to 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the performance, sales of his self-titled album increased, jumping 47 spots on the Billboard 200, from 67 to 20.
    •  Elliott’s celebrity in Japan has outshone his U.S. fandom since almost from the beginning of his solo career. All of his music receives special releases in Japan and he was named one of the Best 3 New Artists (International) by the 23rd Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards along with Leona Lewis and Flo Rida.
    • Dropping out of high school in his sophomore year, Yamin later achieved a high school GED while working at Foot Locker (in their management program), a pharmacy, and as an on-air disc jockey for local R&B radio station WCDX/Power 92 FM, using the name E-Dub before auditioning for American Idol.
    • A history of ear infections as a child and eardrum replacement surgery at 13 left Yamin with 90% hearing loss in his right ear. He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 16 and wears an insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes.

 

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This Step Alone

by Elliot Yamin

Songwriters: Elliott Yamin / Dapo Torimiro / Alexander James / J. Abraham
It’s takin’ it’s toll girl
This silence is cold
We’re stuck at a dead end
I’m startin’ to wonder
Did I say something wrong?
I keep askin’ the question
Will you turn around and come with me?
Or should I read the signs and leave and let you be?
Now I’m standin’ at this roadblock
And there’s no way around it
I’ve been waitin’ for your mind to change
Cause I feel so one sided
I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone, alone
So give me a reason
Why you’re on the outside
When you should be in
When we’ll get together
So maybe it’s better
I walk alone but you’ll always be near
Now there’s no room for settlin’
I gotta do this, I need to
But this mirror I’m lookin’ in
There’s no reflection without you
Cause I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone
The sanctity I found deep in your arms
It was a false alarm and it burns yeah it hurts
I lie awake at night and think of what we could have been if it worked
Then we chose to go our separate ways instead of meeting each other halfway
And if I had to choose girl, I’d have you by my side
I saw us break
I watched us fall
It made no sense to me at all
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step alone
In my heart of hearts
I always knew
This jump was way too far for you
You say that you will
But then you don’t
So I’m gonna take this step
I’m gonna take this step alone, alone, alone
I’m gonna take this step alone, all alone

Song Lyric Sunday | “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” – The Boogers

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is La.

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I thought of this childhood jingle while my children were still here for the holidays. They dared me to use it. You’d think they’d know better by now.  😀 😀 😀

While the origins of this SLS selection are obscure, some evidence places its roots with vaudeville and theatre acts of the late 19th century and early 20th century popular in immigrant communities.

The indefinitely repetitive John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt shares many characteristics with My Name Is Jan Jansen, a song that can trace its origin to Swedish vaudeville in the late 19th century.

I remember my mom singing this song with my siblings and me and I sang it with my children, not to mention, we all sang it at school, summer camp, and while just hanging out with friends. The last line of the song was always La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la. Imagine my shock and surprise when Google searches led me to lyrics that included Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da.

I was flabbergasted!

Gobsmacked!

Confused!

Subsequent searches were absolutely and completely useless… until I clicked on a random link for children’s songs and I found my lyrics–of course, with no explanation or details.

I grew up in Michigan, and don’t know if the lyrics are regional or generational… but I found videos for both sets of lyrics.

Which lyric did you grow up singing?

FUN FACTS

    • By the mid-20th century, the song appears to have already become widely known.
    •  Versions of this song also appear in other languages, such as the Spanish rendition, Juan Paco Pedro de la Mar.
    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is the name of Robin Williams’ character in the 1995 movie, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.
    • A 1941 Milwaukee Journal article also refers to the song, with the same alternate spelling of “John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith“.

The first video is by The Boogers. Their version uses this week’s prompt–La–and is just as silly as their name.

The second video is a Muffins Song and I didn’t include it for it’s alternate lyrics, but for the DANCING!

Lyrics are in the videos!

Enjoy!

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