♫ September ♫

I had a song picked out, but decided it was a bit on the dark side and we needed something lighter to cheer us today, so I thumbed through my playlist and settled on September by Earth, Wind & Fire.

The story of the song begins in 1978. Allee Willis was a struggling songwriter in LA — until the night she got a call from Maurice White, the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. White offered her the chance of a lifetime: to co-write the band’s next album.Willis arrived at the studio the next day hoping it wasn’t some kind of cosmic joke.

“As I open the door, they had just written the intro to ‘September.’ And I just thought, ‘Dear God, let this be what they want me to write!’ Cause it was obviously the happiest-sounding song in the world.”

There’s some interesting history about the month-long writing of the song on NPR if anybody is interested.

In July 2016, this song was used at the Republican National Convention, without prior approval, and Earth, Wind & Fire was none too happy, tweeting “Another unauthorized use (September) at the Republican Convention, against our wishes.” 

September
Earth, Wind & Fire

Do you remember the 21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away

Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away

Hey hey hey
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda, badu
Ba duda, badu, ba duda, badu
Ba duda, badu, ba duda

My thoughts are with you
Holding hands with your heart to see you
Only blue talk and love
Remember how we knew love was here to stay
Now December found the love that we shared in September
Only blue talk and love
Remember the true love we share today

Hey hey hey
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

There was a
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, golden dreams were shinny days

The bell was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy day

There was a
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

There was a
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, golden dreams were shinny days

Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya

Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya

Songwriters: Al McKay / Maurice White / Allee Willis
September lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Rhythm Records Inc D/B/A Steelchest Music

18 thoughts on “♫ September ♫

  1. Dear Jill,

    I was married, with a child and living in Cincinnati when I first heard this song. I remember dancing to it for ever. It helped keep me in shape.

    That seems like a life time ago. Thanks for the walk down memory land. It’s amazing how a song can bring them back.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I never knew you lived in Cincinnati! I live in the northern suburbs of Cincy! Small world. Yes, it is amazing how music has that power to transport us back to another time. I’m happy that you liked the song! Hugs!!!

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  2. This song always makes me smile and takes me back to long gone days. My Son was only a youngster when this was released. He loved it and went around singing the “ba de ya” part over and over again. When I asked him a question that he didn’t want to answer, he would say “ba de ya”…until, exasperated I asked him what was that supposed to mean? He smiled his impish little dimpled smile and guilelessly said : “Everything and nothing!” And so it remains to this very day! Thank-you!

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  3. Not even your Republicans usurping this song could turn me off it – it’s my absolute favourite! Just like every song they steal for their own purposes, I’m pretty sure they have no idea what it really means. Here’s to the happiest song in the history of song writing – Ba de ya!!!

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