♫ Higher Love ♫

The inspiration for tonight’s song comes from Joe Biden & Kamala Harris’ victory speech earlier tonight from Wilmington, Delaware, where they played this after giving their speeches.  It seemed as good as any to celebrate what I see as a chance to restore unity, sanity and compassion to this nation.

Released in 1986 by Steve Winwood, Higher Love was written by Winwood and Will Jennings and produced by Russ Titelman and Winwood. The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.

This was Winwood’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one song, topping the chart for one week.  The song earned two Grammy Awards, for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It also peaked at number 13 in the United Kingdom, Winwood’s highest charting solo entry there, and reached number one in Canada for a week.

Whitney Houston covered the song in 1990, and in June 2019 Norwegian DJ Kygo reworked Houston’s cover into a tropical house track and it was released as a single worldwide.  On August 21, 2019, their version hit number one on Billboard magazine’s Dance Club Songs chart, making it Houston’s highest-charting posthumous release to date, and hit #2 in the Uk, even better than Winwood’s.

I like both the Winwood version and the Whitney Houston/Kygo one, so I thought I’d just play both and let you pick one or listen to both.

Higher Love
Steve Winwood; Whitney Houston, Kygo

Think about it, there must be a higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is wasted time
Look inside your heart, and I’ll look inside mine

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk the line and try to see
Fallin’ behind in what could be, oh

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love, oh
Bring me a higher love
Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?

That love, that love
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love
Bring me higher love, oh
That love, that love
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love
Bring me a higher love

That love, that love
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love
Bring me higher love, oh
That love, that love
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love
Bring me a higher love

Worlds are turnin’, and we’re just hanging on
Facing our fear, and standin’ out there alone
A yearning, yeah, and it’s real to me
There must be someone who’s feeling for me

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk the line and try to see
Fallin’ behind in what could be, oh

Bring me a higher love (oh my Lord)
Bring me a higher love, oh (oh)
Bring me a higher love (my Lord)
It’s that higher love I keep thinking of

That love, that love
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love
Bring me higher love, oh
That love, that love
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love
Bring me a higher love

oh, bring me love
(Bring me a higher love, oh) we need a higher love
(Bring me a higher love) bring me, bring me, yeah
A higher love I keep thinking of, oh

That love, that love (bring me a higher love)
Bring me higher love, love
That love, that love (bring me a higher love)
Bring me higher love, oh
That love, that love (bring me a higher love)
Bring me higher love, love
A higher love I keep thinking of

Bring me a higher love (that love, that love)
(Bring me higher love, love)
Bring me a higher love (that love, that love)
(Bring me higher love) oh

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Steve Winwood / Will Jennings
Higher Love lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

16 thoughts on “♫ Higher Love ♫

  1. Steve Winwood was fantastic and having Chaka Khan didn’t hurt. As Suzanne says it’s a foot tapper. The other version wasn’t bad, especially sing by Whitney but it wasn’t for me. Having the words up kind of reminded me how religious it’s meant to be, but fortunately more lighthearted.
    Cwtch

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    • I’m with you on that one … I listened to both, and while I love Whitney, Steve’s version was my preference this time. I almost didn’t play it because of the religious connotation, but I decided to overlook that and play it anyway, for it wasn’t overbearing.
      Cwtch

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  2. Jill, Steve Winwood has a long career of hits, but many of them were as part of a group – Blind Faith and Spencer Davis group, eg. He hit it big in the 80s as solo artist. What amazed me, he could play several instruments and was a lead singer at age 16. Keith

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      • Jill, he and his brother were part of the original “I’m a man” and “Gimme some lovin” were two big hits. He was in a group called Traffic before joining with Eric Clapton for Blind Faith. Two terrific songs are “Presence of the Lord” and “I can’t find my way home.” Clapton was a perfectionist, so he did not stay with one band long, but per his biography, he regretted leaving Blind Faith, as Winwood was very talented. Clapton decided “Presence of the Lord” needed Winwood’s higher voice and was correct, as it is one of my favorite songs. Keith

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        • I repeat what I’ve said before … you are a walking music encyclopedia!!! I do remember “Gimme Some Lovin'”, though not “I’m a Man”. So, Eric Clapton was also part of Blind Faith … I never knew. You give me much to look into here! Thanks, my friend.

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