♫ What About Me? ♫

I was still debating, not quite sure if I was ready to do another week-long tribute or not.  It had been suggested by a couple of people, requests had rolled in, and before I fully finished pondering, our friend Ellen commented last night that she was looking forward to the week-long tribute.  So, I guess I have decided to do it!  I was all for it anyway, but I think I have a couple of readers who are not Kenny Rogers’ fans, but … you’ll just have to live with it, guys!  It’s only a week, eh?

This song was written by KennyRogers, noted producer David Foster, and singer-songwriter Richard Marx, who would later achieve superstar status as a musician with Right Here Waiting, and Now and Forever. It was the lead single from Rogers’s Platinum-plus 1984 album of the same name.

Rogers has described What About Me? as “like a three-way love song…Everybody involved said ‘Hey, what about me?’ I think it’s a beautiful record.” Originally the male and female parts not sung by Rogers were to be performed by Lionel Richie and Barbra Streisand, but after Richie backed out of the project, Streisand did as well. The second proposed trio of singers was Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, and Jeffrey Osborne, but Newton-John began working on a duet with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and decided not to do both projects simultaneously. Osborne had a conflicting schedule as well, so the line-up of Rogers, Kim Carnes, and James Ingram was ultimately the one that recorded the song.

What About Me?
Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, James Ingram

I see you here with me
I’ve waited all my life
For someone like you
Someone to give my heart and soul to

I look into your eyes
Your love for me
Was such a welcome surprise
I think at last I’ve found forever

Oh, what about me?
(I’ll always love you)
Oh, what about me?
(I’ll always need you)
You were my love before
But I need so much more of you

Time after time, I feel I’m losing my mind
Or maybe this is what lovers must go through
It never entered my mind, we could be wasting our time
What am I gonna do?
What about me? Oh, what about me?

No reason to pretend, true love affairs
Don’t have to come to an end
The moment we don’t
Have all the answers

I nearly go insane
(Oh, I go insane)
Each and every time
I hear you whisper my name
(I feel the same)
When I’m around you

But what about me?
(I’ll always love you)
Oh, what about me?
(I’ll always need you)
This is so hard for me
I wanted so much to be with you

Time after time, I feel I’m losing my mind
Or maybe this is what lovers must go through
It never entered my mind, we could be wasting our time
What am I gonna do?

Time after time, I’m losing my mind
It never entered my mind
We could be wasting our time
But what abut me

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: David Foster / Kenny Rogers / Richard Marks
What About Me lyrics © Chrysalis Music, Peermusic Iii Ltd, Chrysalis Music (digital Only), Peermusic Iii Ltd (df Account), Lionsmate Music, Co.

17 thoughts on “♫ What About Me? ♫

  1. Oh man, I so forgot this song. I loved it. My workout days in the 80’s. Lionel Ritchie, Madonna, Kenny Rogers, so many more. Thanks for not abandoning the world of music this week. In these times it is something that pulls people together like no other. Moments to remember, forget, and a kind reprieve from the intrusion of reality. Thanks!

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    • Oh, I couldn’t possibly have abandoned my music posts this week! For one thing, I would have been remiss not to memorialize one of my favourite artists (Kenny R), and for another, as you say, we need it now more than ever. ‘Tis the only reason I did my Saturday Surprise and Jolly Monday posts over the last week … I wasn’t really in the mood to be humorous, but … we need to smile in this crazy world we are living in at the moment! As the saying goes, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast”. Hugs, my friend!

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  2. An Excellent Choice! Have I ever mentioned in passing that this is one of my favorite Kenny Rogers songs? In the event that I somehow have not, allow me to now say…I LOVE this song! The video, though not of the best quality (not your fault), adds immensely to the enjoyment of the song. Kim Carnes is now the only surviving member of the threesome. You will, undoubtedly, recollect that James Ingram succumbed to brain cancer in January of 2019…another great voice indeed, as we have surely discussed on previous music posts. I will just say that I do appreciate your decision to have a week long tribute to Kenny and give this song another listen to as it never too often for me! Thank-YOU!!

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    • Oh bother! Correction on the last part…it IS never too often for me! I just returned from refilling my coffee cup having discovered that it is snowing here in Rhode Island at the moment. Not heavily, but covering the Forsythia shrubs’ newly opened bright yellow blooms that are on the hill beyond the stone wall in the backyard. Thank-you, again!

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    • Hmmmmm … it seems like either you mentioned it, else a little birdie sat upon my shoulder and whispered into my ear. Either way, yours was the first suggestion for this song, and since it was your lovely suggestion we have a Kenny Rogers’ week-long celebration of life! Actually no, I didn’t recall, if I ever knew, about James Ingram’s death. 😥

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