♫ The Next Time I Fall ♫

Some nights I struggle to find a favourite song that I haven’t already played, after over two years … 694 music posts thus far!  Other nights, though, a song pops into my head, I find I haven’t played it, and BINGO!  Tonight was one such night … Peter Cetera came into my head while I was working on the squirrels for Saturday Surprise, and by some miracle he was still there when I finished and got ready to start on my music post.

This was written by Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon.  They originally offered the song to Chicago, unaware that Peter Cetera had left the group.  Caldwell, a friend of Peter Cetera’s, then offered the song to him, and Cetera decided to perform it as a duet.  He decided that he wanted to help a young singer, somebody who hadn’t been used before. Amy Grant was relatively unknown at the time outside of the Christian music scene where she was known as the “Queen of Christian Pop.”  When Amy Grant was suggested Cetera had initial reservations because of her Christian music background, but he liked what she stood for and thought she had a great voice. Grant was grateful for the opportunity as it gave her an entry into the secular pop scene.

Bobby Caldwell is best known for his 1979 U.S. #9 hit What You Won’t Do For Love, which has subsequently had over 70 cover recordings and samples. These include Go West’s 1993 version, which peaked at #15 in the UK & #55 in the US and rapper Tupac Shakur who had a Top 30 hit in both the UK and US in 1998 with his version, Do For Love. Bobby Caldwell is even better known in Japan where in 1992, he received the nation’s equivalent of a Grammy as the “best international artist.”

Released in 1986, this song hit #1 in the U.S. and Canada, and #78 in the UK.  78???  C’mon, guys … it’s a good song!

The Next Time I Fall
Peter Cetera

Love like a road that never ends
How it leads me back again
To heartache
I’ll never understand
Darling I put my heart up on a shelf
‘Till the moment was right and I told myself
Next time I fall in love
I’ll know better what to do
Next time I fall in love
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
The next time I fall in love
The next time I fall in love
It will be with you

Now as I look into your eyes
Well I wonder if it’s wise
To hold you
Like I’ve wanted to before
Tonight oh I was thinking that you might
Be the one who breathes life in this heart of mine

Next time I fall in love
I’ll know better what to do
Next time I fall in love
Oh oh oh
The next time I fall in love
The next time I fall in love
(It will be with you)

Next time I’m gonna follow through
And if it drives me crazy
I will know better why
The next time I try

Next time I fall in love
I’ll know better what to do
Next time I fall in love
Oh oh oh
The next time I fall in love
The next time I fall in love
The next time I fall in love
the next time I fall in love

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: B. Caldwell / P. Gordon
The Next Time I Fall lyrics © The Music Force LLC

3 thoughts on “♫ The Next Time I Fall ♫

  1. I would say the Brits have better taste in music than us yanks, #78 on UK charts is generous. The singers are meh, they’re both too vanilla for my taste, lacking spirit… soul. Perhaps a different duo would do this song justice.
    The lyrics are rather generic, formulaic at best. This song is reminiscent of today’s fatuous pop music.

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