Song Lyric Sunday | “It Would Take a Strong Strong Man” – Risk Astley

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is take/taking.”

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I referenced this song last week in a post about another song by Rick Astley, and this week I get to use it – YES!

From his breakout 1987 debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody, It Would Take A Strong Strong Man was released in November of 1988. It was another successful single for Astley, reaching number one in Canada, number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one for one week on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. It was not released in the UK and most of Europe and I just do not get that! The album sold over fifteen million copies worldwide, and was the seventh bestselling in the UK for 1987–and lead to Astley receiving a nomination for Best New Artist at the 31st Grammy Awards. Why wasn’t this single released accordingly? I’ll never understand record companies.

In 2007, Astley became the subject of a viral Internet meme known as rickrolling. In this prank, Web users are tricked into seeing Rick Astley’s video “Never Gonna Give You Up” when they follow a link that claims to be something else. Views of this video on various websites are now in the hundreds of millions. The phenomenon became so popular that on April 1, 2008, YouTube pranked its users by making every single featured video on its front page a rickroll.

FUN FACTS about Rick Astley

  • During the period between his debut release and his fifth single (It Would Take a Strong Strong Man), Astley outsold every other artist in the world.
  • In the UK, he was in the Top 40 every week for the first 6 months of his career
  • He met his wife, Lene, when she was working as a promoter with RCA in 1988
  • A member of several bands early in his singing career, Rick had to overcome extreme shyness when he began his solo career.

Enjoy!

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It would Take a Strong Strong Man

My heart starts breaking
When I think of making
A plan to let you go
I keep thinking maybe tomorrow
I’m gonna let you know
But I when I think about leaving
I think about losing
The only love I ever knew
Every time I think of you

My heart starts aching
My hands keep shaking
And you know, you know, you know

It would take a strong, strong man
To ever let you go (to ever let you go)
To ever let you go

My heart’s been hurting
When I see you flirting
Every night out on the floor
I keep thinking maybe tomorrow
You’ll grow to love me more
But whenever we’re together
I could leave you never
Even though you treat me cruel
Every time I look at you

My heart starts aching
My hands keep shaking
And you know, you know, you know
It would take a strong, strong man
To ever let you go (to ever let you go)
To ever let you go

I tried to resist you
When you’re gone, all I ever do is miss you
Anyone in love would know
Anyone with half a heart
Could never let you go

But I when I think about leaving
I think about losing
The only girl I ever loved
Can’t you tell me why do you hurt me
I guess some people never see
Especially a fool like me

My heart starts aching
My hands keep shaking
And you know, you know, you know
It would take a strong, strong man
To ever let you go (to ever let you go)
To ever let you go

To ever let you go
I’ll never let you go
(To ever let you go)

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

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