♫ Just To See Her ♫

I haven’t posted a song for a couple of days … not because there was no song in my heart, but simply because I save this pleasure for the end of the day, when the comments are all answered, morning post written & scheduled, family finances taken care of … and the past two nights I have simply been too exhausted to do a music post.  Tonight, though, I am ahead of the game and that soul music is calling to me.  Actually, this one is classified R&B (rhythm & blues), but I still think of it as soul, as music that reaches deep down and pulls out something we may have forgotten existed.

The song written by Jimmy George and Lou Pardini in 1987 and recorded by none other than Smokey Robinson.  Smokey was in a bit of a funk … well, more than a bit, actually … at the time.  His last big hit had been Being With You in 1981, and then in 1984, his friend Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his own father.  Robinson was already addicted to drugs, and Gaye’s death just put the final straw on the camel’s back.  Then in 1986, he and his wife Claudette divorced.  But this record put him back on top.  Surprisingly, Robinson’s only Grammy win came for this song; he won for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.

Jimmy George and Lou Pardini would go on to join the band Chicago in 2009.

Apropos of nothing, but I found Smokey’s explanation of how he came by his name fascinating:

Smokey-4“My Uncle Claude was my favorite uncle, he was also my godfather. He and I were really, really close. He used to take me to see cowboy movies all the time when I was a little boy because I loved cowboy movies. He got a cowboy name for me, which was Smokey Joe. So from the time I was three years old if people asked me what my name was I didn’t tell them my name was William, I told them my name was Smokey Joe. That’s what everyone called me until I was about 12 and then I dropped the Joe part. I’ve heard that story about him giving it to me because I’m a light skinned Black man but that’s not true.”

Just to See Her
Smokey Robinson

Just to see her
Just to touch her
Just to hold her in my arms again one more time

If I could feel her warm embrace
See her smiling face
Can’t find anyone to take her place
I’ve got to see her again

I would do anything
I would go anywhere
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
Just to see her again

I can’t hide it no
I can’t fight it
It’s so hard to live without the love she gave to me

Doesn’t she know it
I tried hard not to show it
Can’t I make her realize that she really needs me again

I would do anything
I would go anywhere
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
Just to see her again
She brightened up my everyday
Made me feel so good in every way
If I could have her back to stay
I’ve got to see her again

I want to see her
(Just to see her)
Hold her hold her hold her
(Just to see her) see her
Just to touch her

Touch her
I would do anything
I would go anywhere
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
Just to see her again
She brightened up my everyday
Makes me feel so good in every way
If I could have her back to stay (today)
I’ve got to see her again

it would it would it would
(Just to see her) make me feel so good
(Just to see her)if I if I could only see her again
Just see her again
Just to see her theres nothin’ I wouldn’t do
Just to see her oh don’t you know its true
Just to see her (if I could only see her again oh)

Songwriters: Jimmy George / Louis Joseph Pardini
Just to See Her lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

9 thoughts on “♫ Just To See Her ♫

    • That’s odd, for as I told David, SongFacts or Wiki … I don’t remember which … said that it had reached the #1 spot in the UK and I thought I saw that it fared well in Canada also. Anyway, I’m glad you were able to view it and liked it. 😉

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      • I was actually surprised I was able to view it direct, it has been awhile. But while the song may have been popular in Canada, I had stopped listening to popular music by that time. I am a words guy, as opposed to a music guy, and at the time I could not understand the lyrics of over half the songs I was hearing on the radio, so I just shut it off. Yes, I cut off my ears to spite my brain, and missed a lot of good music because of it, but I didn’t miss the noise, and that was most of what I heard.

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          • Now, if only we had a path to the hidden gems. We don’t even have a music store where I live, though I guess that is not a necessity anymore, what with the internet. But I find that impossible to keep up with. That’s like looking for a stick of hay in a haystack. If you look at one, you have to look at them all. And after two or three, they all look the same.

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            • We have a few music stores here, mostly in malls, but I never go to them anymore, for I can go online and listen to samples, whole songs, buy or not buy, all from the comfort of my chair in my jammies! Besides which, I avoid malls for I usually end up with an asthma attack from people wearing perfumes. If I’m searching online, I usually have a particular artist in mind, so I Google his/her name and ‘songs’ and it gives me a whole list, then I can listen with just a mouse click.

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