Song Lyric Sunday | “Show and Tell” – Al Wilson


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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.

This week’s theme is Different/Same.

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A man wanting the woman he loves to feel the same way about him is the theme of Show and Tell.

Written by Jerry Fuller and first recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1972, the song went to #36 on the Easy Listening chart.

Less than a year later in September of 1973, R & B singer Al Wilson released a cover of the song and took Show and Tell to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on January 19, 1974; it sold over two million copies and was named a Cash Box Number One Single of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the No. 15 song for 1974. Wilson’s version also made No. 10 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • Peabo Bryson had a No. 1 R&B hit with his version of the song in 1989. Bryson’s version did not chart on the Hot 100.
  • Jerry Fuller also wrote Travelin’ Man which was originally intended for Sam Cooke. Ricky Nelson recorded it instead and the record sold six million copies worldwide.
  • Fuller discovered Gary Puckett and The Union Gap  in a San Diego bowling alley lounge. He wrote and produced the group’s hits Young Girl (a UK No. 1), Lady Willpower, and Over You.
  • Al Wilson died on April 21, 2008, of kidney failure, in Fontana, California, at the age of 68. He was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside, California.

The video is from one of Wilson’s appearances on Soul Train.

Enjoy!

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Show and Tell

by Al Wilson

Songwriters: Jerry Fuller

These are the eyes that never knew how to smile
Till you came into my life
And these are the arms that long to lock you inside
Every day and every night
Girl, and here is the soul of which you’ve taken control
Can’t you see I’m trying to show love is right
Oh, show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, baby
These are the hands that can’t help reaching for you
If you’re anywhere inside (anywhere inside)
And these are the lips that can’t help calling your name
In the middle of the night (middle of the night)
Oh, and here is the man that needs to know where you stand
Don’t you know I’ve done all I can, so decide
Oh, show and tell
It’s just a game I play, when I want to say
I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, say you do
Baby, baby, baby
Here is the soul of which you’ve taken control
Can’t you see I’m trying to show love is right
Ooh, girl
Show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
Oh, I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, say you do, baby
Oh, show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
Oh, I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

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