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SONG OF THE WEEK 10/31/14 "YOU ARE MY FRIEND"

Discussion in 'Music' started by Dennis, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Dennis Dennis Shook

    It's SONG OF THE WEEK at The Ultimate Patti LaBelle and this week is a VERY SPECIAL SONG. "You Are My Friend" I encourage you to read "about" this very beautiful song, that continues to touch peoples lives every time she performs it!

    "You Are My Friend" is a ballad co-written and recorded by American singer Patti LaBelle, released as the second single off her self-titled debut album, in 1978 on the Epic label. While it only reached as high as number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot-Selling Soul Singles chart upon its initial release, it has gone on to become one of the singer's signature anthems.

    Patti LaBelle ended an eighteen-year association with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash as their group Labelle had decided to break up. LaBelle reluctantly carried on with a solo career with the support of then-husband Armstead Edwards, who signed on as her personal manager. In the middle of recording her debut album in New Orleans with Chameleon producer David Rubinson, Labelle and Edwards wrote lyrics to a James "Budd" Ellison composition they called "You Are My Friend". The song was a tribute to the couple's only child, Zuri Edwards. The song was one of the last to be recorded for LaBelle's debut self-titled solo album.

    Lead vocals by Patti LaBelle
    Background vocals by James Gadson, Norma Harris, Ray Parker, Jr., Rosie Casals, Sherri Barman, Yvonne Fair, Cecil Womack, Curtis Womack, Friendly Womack, Julia Waters & Maxine Waters
    Lyrics written by Patti LaBelle and Armstead Edwards
    Music written and arranged by James "Budd" Ellison
    Produced by David Rubinson

    LYRICS:

    "You Are My Friend"

    You are my friend,
    I never knew it 'til then
    My friend, my friend

    You hold my hand,
    You might not say a word
    But I see your tears when I show my pain

    You're my, my friend
    I never knew it 'til then
    My friend
    I feel your love,
    When you're not near
    It helps me make it knowing you care

    The thought of you helps me carry on
    When I feel all hope is gone
    I see the world wit brand new eyes
    Your love has made me realize
    My future looks bright to me,
    Oh because you are my friend
    Da, da, da, da [ad lib]

    I've been looking around and you were here all the time.
    Da, da, da [ad lib]
    I've been around and around and around and around
    Da, da, da
    I've been looking around and you were here all the time

    ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMANCES OF THIS SONG I THINK THE FANS WILL AGREE #pattilabelle

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