Song Lyric Sunday | “Hands to Heaven” – Breathe

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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  “Ankles/Hands/Feet/Fingers/Toes/Wrists.


Returning again to the days of old VH1 and VJs and music videos around-the-clock, and you guessed it, another song that remains on my oldies playlist!

Hands to Heaven was released by British group Breathe as their fifth UK single on 20 October 1987, and in January 1988 as the band’s second single in the US.

The song was a breakthrough hit internationally for Breathe. The ballad peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1988. That same month in the United States, it logged two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached No. 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The mister and I loved this song, not to mention the easy rhythm put our then three-year-old David right to sleep, but the video always felt off.

The official video is nice, but the lyrics make me feel as though the guy in the song should be military, headed for deployment, or perhaps relocating for a job, or even headed off to school… not falling asleep in the back of a taxi. Who thought this up? :D 😀 😀


  • The song was written by group members David Glasper and Marcus Lillington but they shared credit with the entire group.
  • According to Wikipedia, the music video features the group in a surreal dream sequence, with the lead singer falling asleep in a black London taxicab and waking at the end, being driven away by the driver. (And 32 years later I still don’t get it! 😀 )
  • Lead singer Glasper is now a 55-year-old grandfather! Feel old yet? 😀


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Hands to Heaven

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

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Hands to Heaven” – Breathe

  1. Ahhh, you gotta love 80s’ slow jams like this! I never heard of this song nor band but I am in love! Thanks for the awesome pick!


  2. Wow, I completely forgot about this song. First time seeing the video, though. In a way, it reminds me of Theory of a Deadman’s video for “By The Way” – The lyrics make it sound like he’s singing to a woman who’s still alive, but the video makes you wonder if that’s really the case.

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