Hello by Lionel Richie – Saturday Song

Hello by Lionel Richie

After writing “Goodbye, I don’t want to see you go!” yesterday, an alternate lyric, tonight’s Saturday Song was given. 

Hello by Lionel Richie from 1983. With that, by now, classic phrase “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”

A song and an artist who is part of my childhood. He was a favorite of my mother so I listened quite a lot to him as a child, and liked both the longing for love songs and the happy “dancing on the ceiling” type songs. However corny or cheesy my peers thought it was.

The music video, of a teacher pining for his blind student, is both creepy and cringe worthy. It was then and is even more so by today’s standard.
Decided to include it to show how it could look in an era when music videos where still called films and often aspired to emulate real ones.

Enjoy!


Hello – Lyrics

I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

I can see it in your eyes, I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted and my arms are open wide
‘Cause you know just what to say, and you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you

I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I’ve just got to let you know

‘Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

‘Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you
I love you
I love you

Is it me you’re looking for?
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

‘Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart, for I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you
I love you
I love you

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
Is it me, is it me, is it me
Is it me you’re looking for?
Is it me, is it me

Writer: Lionel B. Jr. Richie
Lyrics to Hello © Brockman Music, Brenda Richie Publishing
Source: Musixmatch

Hello by Lionel Richie

Goodbye, I don’t want to see you go! – Lyric


I’ve been in love with you for a long time
And in my mind I know such love, are hard to find
I wish I had my love more clearly shown
Goodbye, I don’t want to see you go!

I can feel it in my heart
How you want to be apart
You’re all I ever wanted, yet I wrecked and crushed your heart
Cause I know I let you down
And I know I betrayed your trust
When I should have shown you how much, I love you

I’ll miss the naughty sparkle in your eyes
It makes me cry hot tears to know I’ll never see your secret smile
I wish I could go back and let you know
Goodbye, I don’t want to see you go!

Cause I know I did you wrong
I can’t seem to make it right
You’ll leave me very lonely
I’ll never love someone like you
Tell me how to win you back
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you

Goodbye, I don’t want to see you go!
Cause I know I did you wrong
I can’t seem to make it right
You’ll leave me very lonely
I’ll never love someone like you
Tell me how to win you back
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you

©RedCat

Written for Hello, It’s Me You’re Looking For – Challenge #187 at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Where we’re asked to 

“focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share”

The song is Lionel Richie’s Hello, It’s Me You’re Looking For from 1983. Lionel Richie was a favorite of my mother so I listened quite a lot to him as a child, and liked both the longing for love songs and the happy “dancing on the ceiling” type songs. 

Listening to it as I took a walk this afternoon I got the idea to try to keep the same kind of longing, but flipping the script from an imagined love to one that is over. The inspiration for that comes from someone near who has made a mess out of his marriage and doesn’t know how to take even the first steps to save it.

After a few more repeats I got it into my head to try to keep to the melody and write an alternate lyric. It helps to know the song by heart, meaning I’m able to keep the melody in my mind and write line for line new ones. After very much debate I left the last two lines of the chorus as in the original, because frankly I couldn’t write anything better. 

I’ve included a link to an instrumental version for those that like to try and sing the lyrics!


Photo by Geran de Klerk on Unsplash.
Title – Lost in the woods.
Location – Nynäshamn, Sweden


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