Song Lyric Sunday – Endless Love

This week we have been prompted with these words for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams. “End, Finish, Over and Stop”. I found several that I really liked and decided to go with this wonderful song by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie. I have always been a huge Motown fan and this is an old favorite. I hope you enjoy it too.

This song was from the 1981 film of the same name starring Brooke Shields. The film, which was based on a best-selling novel of the same name, was not very successful, but the song received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and won a Marquee Award in 1982 for Best Original Song.

It ended up being one of the most popular songs of the ’80s, but it began with more modest ambitions. Lionel Richie had risen from saxophone player in the Commodores to lead vocalist and primary songwriter in the group. He was still with them when Endless Love director Franco Zeffirelli asked him to write an instrumental theme along the lines of Henry Mancini’s theme from the 1971 film Love Story. Richie, who was eager to add “film soundtrack” to his resumé, used a piece of music he had written for the Commodores but was never recorded. But then Zeffirelli decided he wanted lyrics. And that it should be a duet, maybe with Diana Ross. So Richie’s assignment went from devising an instrumental theme song to composing and performing on a fully-formed duet with the most popular female vocalist in America. He was up for the challenge. With lots of experience writing sentimental love songs, Richie penned some lyrics, using hyperbolic lines like “You’re every breath that I take,” befitting the movie title.

This was released on the Motown label, which was home to both artists (the Commodores were a Motown act, and Richie stayed on the label as a solo artist). Ross, though, left Motown two months before it was released, signing a $20 million deal with RCA. Motown made the most of what they had recorded from Ross, and included “Endless Love” on a Diana Ross compilation album called All the Great Hits, which was also released in 1981.

Getting the singers together to record this song was a challenge. They ended up meeting at a recording studio in Reno, Nevada in the early morning of May 8, 1981 following Ross’ concert in nearby Lake Tahoe (Richie came in from Los Angeles). The session began around 3:30 a.m. Less than two hours later, they had their vocals on tape.

Lionel Richie launched his solo career the year after this song was released. He leveraged the “endless love” theme on his first single, “Truly,” which finds him singing, “This love will last forever.” That was also a #1 hit.

Lyrics

My love
There's only you in my life,
The only thing that's bright
My first love
You're every breath that I take
You're every step I make

And I, I-I-I, I want to share all my love with you
No one else will do
And your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, they tell me how much you care
Ooh yes, you will always be
My endless love

Two hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun
Forever, ohhh
I'll hold you close in my arms
I can't resist your charms

And, love, oh, love, I'll be a fool for you, I'm sure
You know I don't mind, oh, you know I don't mind
'Cause you, you mean the world to me, oh
I know, I know I've found in you
My endless love

Ooh-whoa
Boom boom
Boom boom boom boom boom
Boom boom boom boom boom

Oooh, and, love, oh, love, I'll be that fool for you, I'm sure
You know I don't mind, oh, you know I don't mind
And yes, you'll be the only one
'Cause no one can deny
This love I have inside
And I'll give it all to you
My love, my love, my love
My endless love 

Written by Lionel Ritchie

Backstory and lyrics Courtesy of Songfacts

  24 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Endless Love

  1. May 23, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    They do such a good job on this song. It’s a song that has played at many a wedding I’m sure <3

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 8:59 am

      That’s for sure! Thanks Lisa 🙂

  2. Carol Anne
    May 24, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Love this song! Always have <3

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 9:00 am

      It’s lovely is it Carol Anne. I’m happy you liked it 😊

  3. May 24, 2020 at 3:28 am

    Excellent choice, Christine! I’m not the biggest Ross fan but I’ve always loved Lionel and this song helped “move her up” on my list. LOL!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Felicia! I love them both. I saw her in concert just a couple of years ago and she was still amazing. So much energy and still has this pipes! Lionel, well … what can I say? He can do anything! 🙂👍

  4. May 24, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Such a classic!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 9:07 am

      Yes I agree! Thanks Mel 🙂

  5. May 24, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Two beautiful people singing a lovely song, great choice Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 9:50 am

      I agree Jim. It’s a great song 😊

  6. May 24, 2020 at 10:09 am

    So perfect! Gave me goosebumps! Love them both and what memories as I was 14-15 living in a romantic hormonal bubble at the time. I love Lionel on American Idol which he got a little mention on my post today.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Oh yes, we were always so dramatic dealing with those hormones and we clung to every word of every song! 🙂. I always thought this song was so special. Thanks Lisa 🥰

      • May 24, 2020 at 7:23 pm

        That is an exact assessment of teenage youth. 😊

      • Christine Bolton
        May 25, 2020 at 9:16 am

        🙂

  7. May 24, 2020 at 11:18 am

    One of the best singers of the ’60’s combining with one of the best from the ’70’s. This was a great song…

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 11:51 am

      That’s for sure John. They are still terrific now after all those years 🙂

  8. May 24, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Love it… Sharing! <3

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Bette! Enjoy 🙂💕

  9. May 24, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    So romantic and beautiful! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Thank you! It is lovely 😊 I’m happy you liked it

  10. May 25, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Not one of my favourite songs but the backstory is very informative to someone like me who enjoys reading these kind of details. Thanks.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Dance Queen! 🙂

  11. May 26, 2020 at 4:28 am

    I saw the movie around 40 years ago. I did not remember who was in the movie but I did remember the song. Great choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 26, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Thanks! I didn’t see the movie, actually I don’t even remember there being one! I guess it was not as good as the song 🙂

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