♫ Three Times A Lady ♫

Y’know how some nights you’re just in the mood for something and nothing else will do?  Like … cracked pepper potato chips, or jalapeño cheese dip … or Lionel Richie!  So, tonight I had a whole medley of Lionel going through my head, from Lady to Still, but of course I’ve already played most of the ones I heard in my mind.  The two I hadn’t played were Easy and Three Times A Lady.  I looked all around for a coin to toss, finally found a penny, tossed it, and it came up heads, and thus … you get this song tonight!

Three Times a Lady, released in 1978, was written by Lionel Richie who said …

“I wrote it back in 1978 and it was a very personal meaning to me. I attended the wedding anniversary of my parents and my father made a speech about how much he loved my mother and appreciated the way she had stood beside him for 37 years. It was beautiful and I started to think about my own life and how my wife stands by me, how she does so many things without being asked or thanked. So, I wrote ‘Three Times A Lady’ as a dedication to my wife and my mother. I think my next door neighbor summed it up when she said that if a man wanted to buy her a present, all he need do is buy her that record and he wouldn’t have to say anything else.”

Awwww … doesn’t it bring a tear to your eye?  Ladies, if you are ever lucky enough to have a man say that to you, hold him tight and never let him go, for he’s a keeper!

This was the first #1 hit Lionel Richie wrote, but far from his last: he wrote songs that were #1 US hits in each of the next seven years, giving him the record for most consecutive #1 songs by a songwriter who was never a Beatle (Paul McCartney wrote songs that went to #1 1964-1971).  In the UK, this was #1 for five weeks. It was the biggest UK hit for Motown Records.

Three Times a Lady

Thanks for the times that you’ve given me
The memories are all in mind
And now that we’ve come
To the end of our rainbow
There’s something I must say out loud!

Your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
Yes, your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!

You shared my dreams
My joys
My pains
You made my life worth living for
And if I had to live my life over again, dear
I’d spend each and every moment with you

Your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
Yes, your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!

When we are together
The moments I cherish
With every beat of my heart
To touch you, to hold you
To feel you, to need you
There’s nothing to keep us apart
You’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!
I love you !

Songwriters: Lionel Richie
Three Times a Lady lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

11 thoughts on “♫ Three Times A Lady ♫

  1. Jill, this a terrific song, which has been forever usurped by Eddie Murphy’s “Buckwheat sings” on Saturday Night Live which makes fun of the racist caricature in the TV show “The Little Rascals.” Keith

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