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1 Great Song Lyrics that Touch Your Soul

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  • by Kingsley H. Smith
  • 05/02/2006

Great song lyrics and great poetry have one thing in common. They both touch your soul.

Listening to the radio recently, I heard a couple of masterpieces, and was struck by the power of the lyrics.

Linda Creed and Michael Masser, writers of the "Greatest Love of All," communicate a message just as relevant today as when they wrote the song.

As I heard the George Benson and Whitney Houston versions play back-to-back, I focused on the deep meaning of the words...

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well
And let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty
They possess inside
Give them a sense of pride
To make it easier
Let the children's laughter
Remind us how we used to be

 

Everybody's searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone
Who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me.

 

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadow
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I lived as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

 

Because the greatest love of all
Was happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
Is the greatest love of all

 

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well
And let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty
They possess inside
Give them a sense of pride
To make it easier
Let the children's laughter
Remind us how we used to be

 

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadow
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I lived as I believe.
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

 

Because the greatest love of all
Was happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
Is the greatest love of all

 

And If by chance that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

 

The "Greatest Love of All" was originally featured in the 1977 autobiographical movie about Muhammad Ali.

Now, the 2nd song...

Bob Dylan once called William "Smokey" Robinson the greatest living poet of our time.

We know why, as the images of "I'll Try Something New," written by Smokey, offer some creative "woman pleasing fantasies," guys dream up that the ladies love to hear...

I'll Try Something New
wrtten by William "Smokey" Robinson

 

I will build you a castle with a tower so high
It reaches the moon
I'll gather melodies from birdies that fly
And compose you a tune
Give you lovin' warm as Mama's oven
And if that don't do
Then I'll try something new

 

I will take you away with me as far as I can
To Venus or Mars
There we will love with your hand in my hand
You'll be queen of the stars
And every day we can play on the Milky Way
And if that don't do
Then I'll try something new

 

I will bring you a flower from the floor of the sea
To wear in your hair
I'll do anything and everything to keep you happy
Girl to show you that I care
I'll pretend I'm jealous of all the fellas
And if that don't do
Then I'll try something new

 

I'll take the stars and count 'em and move a mountain
And if that don't do I'll try something new
On the moon above it's you that I love
If it don't do I'm gonna try something new

 

Oh well, if at first I don't succeed
try again is what I'll do
Always trying something else
Always trying something that is new

These lyrics should inspire writers young and old, that the "quality of the craft" of song writing still matters.

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1 Comment

  • Leslie Sampson

    05/03/2006 10:17

    Hello: I came across this site while reading about Ms. Linda Creed, songwriter extraordinaire, who unfortunately left us way too early. I really like what you said about the "quality of the craft" of songwriting. This is so true. I'm 36 years old, and I must say, I absolutely despise a lot of the music these days. There's no skill, no thought, no feeling...everything these days is about "bling-bling" and sex - it makes me sick. There's no romance anymore. In any event, speaking of song lyrics, I'd like to briefly talk about one of my favorite songs of all time. It is from 1974; Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm". The words are so simple, yet so beautiful...

    Soft and warm
    A quiet storm
    Quiet as when flowers talk at break of dawn
    Break of dawn

    A power source
    Of tender force
    Generate and radiate and turn me on
    Turn me on

    Shower me with your sweet love
    I will bathe in every drop
    Through all the seasons
    Let it pour and never stop

    Quiet storm blowing
    Through my life
    Quiet storm blowing
    Through my life
    Blow baby

    When you sigh
    Weak am I
    A butterfly caught up in the hurricane
    Hurricane
    Lucky me, umbrella free
    Suddenly I'm caught up in your soundful rain

    Hail soft stones of love on me
    Let them play on my desire
    Kiss me softly
    Let your lightning light my fire

    Quiet storm blowing
    Through my life
    Quiet storm blowing
    Through my life
    Blow baby

    I love this song so much, and typed this from memory. I may have a word or two out of place, but it doesn't matter. They don't make songs like this anymore - these days they just come right out and say "girl let me hit it" or "shake your ass". Back then, artists like Smokey, Earth Wind & Fire and others sung about the moon, the stars, the trees, flowers... they talked about beautiful things that made you wonder about the romance that MIGHT happen... Thank you for letting me share my thoughts.
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