♫ The Power of Love ♫

There are two distinctly different songs by this name … one, by Jennifer Rush, I played just about a month ago, April 10th.  The one I’ve selected for tonight is by Huey Lewis and the News, and was written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future. It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and their second number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart and as a Double-A side was just outside the top ten on the British Singles Chart, where it appeared on UK editions of the band’s fourth studio album, Fore!.

The film’s director Robert Zemeckis wanted Lewis to do the song – Huey Lewis & the News were rising stars with a modern sound that worked well in the movie, which takes place in both 1955 and 1985. Lewis had never done film work and hesitated at first, since he didn’t want to write a song called “Back to the Future.” When Zemeckis told him that the song didn’t have to be about the movie, Lewis accepted the challenge.

The song has a very universal message that works very well outside of the film. Lewis was newly married and had two young children when he wrote it with his bandmates Johnny Colla and Chris Hayes. His family provided inspiration for the lyrics.
Lewis was working on this song while the movie was in post production. By the time Lewis delivered the song, most of the scenes were mixed; the only place the song worked was the scene where Marty is on his skateboard going to school. This scene has nothing to do with the power of love, but music fits the vibe and works in context.

An early scene in the film has Marty McFly and his band The Pinheads auditioning for the high school dance. Lewis has an uncredited cameo in this scene, where he plays a teacher who is judging the auditions. The group plays the beginning of “The Power of Love,” but before Marty can sing a note, Lewis cuts them off, telling them, “I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud.”

The Power of Love
Huey Lewis and the News

The power of love is a curious thing
Make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a heart to a little white dove
More than a feeling, that’s the power of love

Tougher than diamonds, whips like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girls dream
Make a bad one good, mmm make a wrong right
Power of love will keep you home at night

Don’t need money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes
But it might just save your life
That’s the power of love
That’s the power of love

First time you feed it might make you sad
Next time you feed it might make you mad
But you’ll be glad baby when you’ve found
That’s the power that makes the world go round

Don’t need money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes
But it might just save your life

They say that all in love is fair
Yeah but you don’t care
But you know what to do
When it gets hold of you
And with a little help from above
You feel the power of love
You feel the power of love
Can you feel it?

Don’t take money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
You won’t feel it until you feel
You feel the power, feel the power of love
That’s the power, that’s the power of love
You feel the power of love
You feel the power of love
You feel the power of love

Songwriters: Huey Lewis / Chris Hayes / John Colla
The Power of Love lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

30 thoughts on “♫ The Power of Love ♫

  1. If memory serves me correctly, and I’m rather sure that in this case it does, it was a mere two weeks ago that you featured the Huey Lewis and the News song “This Is It”. It was also when I wrote in my comment about this song and the movie it was written for being hits with my then teenage Son. I also seem to recall mentioning Huey’s uncredited cameo in the movie as being told to me by my Son. Therefore, nothing more can be added by me. Thank-you!

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    • You are quite right! I believe you and David both mentioned this one that day, and I put it on my list at that time, but forgot to put any names by it, so I couldn’t remember who had suggested it. Belated credit goes to Ellen!!!

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      • Credit not needed! I had nothing else to offer and felt compelled to say something, but I had already said it and now said it again. Thank-you, anyway!

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      • Oh, in looking for the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song, which would not play on my tablet, Gail reminded me of Air Supply’s version of Jennifer Rush’s song, which led us to Laura Branigan and Celine Dion versions.

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            • Oh, so you remember the 78s, eh? Remember those little plastic thingies we put in the center of the 45s to make them fit on the spindle? And remember how every now and then the needle would get stuck and you’d have to give it a gentle ‘tap’ to move it along? Ah, the good ol’ days.

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                  • Portable, but also sub-standard. Or maybe just high standard cost too much, and profits are sub-expectations. As if the record companies don’t already make more money than the musicians they make sign exclusive contracts.
                    Music is a known money-maker, but quality is no longer a concern.

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                    • That, my friend, is the case with almost everything from music to clothing to cars to appliances. Quality is no longer that important, and I’m sure you’re aware of the term “planned obsolescence”. I had a clothes washer in the 70s that lasted nearly 20 years. Now, I’m lucky to get 3-4 years, and when they go down, we are told it’s cheaper to replace than repair.

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                    • Yup, been aware of that term since the 60s, but by the 80s it was widespread. It is no longer easy to find an appliance repairman, partly because once one system goes, others are right behind it. For the business people it might be easier to buy a new machine, most of them can afford them. But not everyone can afford them, and it is the poor who get stuck with substandard goods. The world has turned upside down.

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                    • Yep … I take care of things, hoping to make them last as long as possible … many of my pots, pans & cooking implements date back to before my marriage in 1970. But these days, no matter how well you take care of something, it breaks when the manufacturer intended it to. My policy is that if it breaks too soon through no fault of my own, I won’t buy that brand again, but sometimes that’s not practical. Cell phone batteries are no longer replaceable, and they are designed to begin failing after two years. Sigh. Corporate greed vs trying to survive for some of us.

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                    • When the elite have everything, and the non-elite have all died, greed will become meaningless. They will become the poor, because they will not know how to do for themselves.

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                    • Someone has to paint it. The elite love i terpreting paintings. Maybe they should interpret the picture I just painted. They might learn they are nothing without the poor people whose backs they stand on to support themselves.

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                    • True … but, they are blind when it comes to their own shortcomings and downfalls, so even if the picture were placed right under their noses, they wouldn’t understand.

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  2. Great song, Great Band. But, did you know there’s yet another record with the same name, by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. They were a leading and popular British Band but despite multiple high chart entries here, I don’t know how they fared in the US.Maybe you’ll see if you like that one enough too play just for the comparison.
    Cwtch

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    • No, I had no idea there was yet a third song by this name! In fact … I don’t recall ever having heard of the band “Frankie Goes to Hollywood”, so perhaps you’re right and for whatever reason they weren’t big over on this side of the pond. I will, however, check it out later today and if I like it, I will add it to the list. Thanks for the info!
      Cwtch

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