Wednesday, December 28, 2011

waiting for a girl like you






Foreigner striped down to a quartet and had the biggest number two of all time with this sensitive ballad. 'Waiting for a Girl like You' was written by Mick Jones and Lou Gramm and opened up the band to pop and adult contemporary audiences. Original member Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood were ousted from the band so that Jones and Gramm could have more control of the direction of the music. The working title of their next album was 'Silent Partners', and the quartet brought in session players to fill in as needed. For the iconic synthesizer, they hired Thomas Dolby, who was still working on his debut album 'The Golden Age of Wireless'. 'Waiting for a Girl like You' was certified Gold in the US. The soothing love song was a departure from their hard rock sound and peaked at number one on the new Billboard Rock Tracks chart; but it was held for a record ten weeks at number two on the pop chart by Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical', which itself was a racy departure from her sensitive balladry, and then by Hall and Oates' 'I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)'. The success of the song helped to make the album '4' the band's only number one on the album chart in the US, where it sold over six million copies.







So long, I've been looking too hard, I've waiting too long
Sometimes I don't know what I will find
I only know it's a matter of time
When you love someone... When you love someone...
It feels so right, so warm and true, I need to know if you feel it too
(Aaah-aaah) maybe I'm wrong
(Aaah-aaah) won't you tell me if I'm coming on too strong?
(Aaah-aaah) this heart of mine has been hurt before
(Aaah-aaah) this time I wanna be sure
I've been waiting, for a girl like you
(Ooh-ooh-ooh) to come into my life (life)
I've been waiting, for a girl like you
(Waiting for a girl) and a love that will survive

I've been waiting (I've been waiting) for someone new
(New) To make me feel alive, ah-ah
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you (waiting for a girl) to come into my life
(Aaah-aaah... Aaah-aaah...)

You're so good, when we make love it's understood
It's more than a touch or a word we say
Only in dreams could it be this way
When you love someone... Yeah, really love someone...
(Aaah-aaah) now I know it's right
(Aaah-aaah) from the moment I wake up till deep in the night
(Aaah-aaah) there's no where on earth that I'd rather be
(Aaah-aaah) than holding you, tenderly

I've been waiting, for a girl like you
(Ooh-ooh-ooh) To come into my life (life)
I've been waiting, for a girl like you
(Waiting for a girl) and a love that will survive
I've been waiting (I've been waiting) for someone new
(New) To make me feel alive, ah-ah
Yeah, waiting (waiting) for a girl like you
(Waiting for a girl) to come into my life

Oooh-oooh, oooh-oooh, I've been waiting
Aaah-aaah, (waiting for you) oooh-oooh, oooh
(Aaah-aaah) oooh-oooh, I've been waiting
(Waiting) I've been waiting, yeah
I've been waiting for a girl like you, I've been waiting
Won't you come into my life? (Life?) My life?
(It's been so long) I've been waiting for a girl like you
I've been waiting, (I've been waiting) oh-oh



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