Thursday, May 24, 2007

Monumental Soundbyte - 7


The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

I will go out and dare anyone to deny the fact that this is one of the best love songs ever. Period!

A very short song - the orginal version is less than 3 minutes long but what a punch it carries....The lyrics are at the end of this post..

Interestingly, this song was recorded way before the Brothers did their version but their version is the best known especially after it was used in the movie Ghost. This song is often credited to just one member of the group - Bobby Hatfield who gained success as a solo act appearing on Had the time of my life - that so fabulous song from Dirty Dancing (wow, i think its time to re-watch these 2 movies).

When i did the soundbyte on Spandau Ballet's True, i mentioned that it was one of the most covered songs ever and Unchained Melody also shares this. This song has been covered by U2, Gareth Gates, LeAnn Rimes, Il Divo, Liberace and a whole bunch of other artists.

While this song is a commercial success and is a timeless classic, it makes my monumental song list for its sheer beauty, simplicity and eloquence on the topic of love. Ebnjoy!

*If you would like this song, leave an email address in the comments section*

Oh, my love, my darling
I've hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
And time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love
God speed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, wait for me, wait for me
I'll be coming home, wait for me

Oh, my love, my darling
I've hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
And time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love
God speed your love to me

6 comments:

Soul said...

hold on..
i thought the everly brothers had the best known version...
ohh thanks for the correction.

I can't listen to this song as much as I used to, some British actors covered it and hmmm...I just can't hear it like I used.

The Last King Of Scotland said...

one of the best soul songs ever period. was hooked when i heard it on 'ghost'. best version ever too.

Nyemoni said...

This is such a sweet moody song...did KD lang ever do it? It sounds so much like her thing, or maybe I'm just imagining things...

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

i never heard this song before... (at least i dont think so.. except i heard the british version soul is talking about.. lol)babe please send it to me... overwhelmednaijababe@gmail.com

Daddy's Girl said...

Ha Uzo, you don leave Japan go China, nawaya o. You dis globetrotting hot chick. This is a great song - and this version is definitely the best.

omohemi Benson said...

I love, love, this song!