Song Lyric Sunday | “Waterfalls” – TLC

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell.

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I went a little left of center with the theme this week and chose the sophomore album of TLC, CrazySexyCool.

Released in November of 1994, CrazySexyCool was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200, where it spent over two years. It was certified eleven-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. CrazySexyCool has since sold over 14 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by an American girl group.

The album has since been featured on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and was listed as a “New Classic” by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. The album was also ranked as the seventh best diamond-certified album of all time by Billboard.

The album’s third release, Waterfalls, became TLC’s most successful song, spending seven weeks at number one. It was also the second-biggest single of 1995 according to Billboard, earning TLC two songs in the top three of the 1995 Billboard year-end chart. Internationally, the song reached the top five in several countries.

FUN FACTS:
  • At the end of the second verse, the group sings, “His health is fading and he doesn’t know why / Three letters took him to his final resting place.” Watkins said that it was important for the group to “get the message across without seeming like preaching.”
  • The song was performed at many awards shows, including MTV’s 20th Anniversary on August 1, 2001, making it Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ final performance with the group before her death in April of 2002.
  • CrazySexyCool was nominated for six Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards and ended up winning two awards, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Creep.
  • At the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, TLC won four awards for the video to Waterfalls, including Video of the Year and the Viewer’s Choice Award.

 

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Waterfalls

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

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