♫ Words ♫ (Redux)

A  few nights ago, Keith and Clive were having a conversation in comments and Clive happened to mention that of the Bee Gees songs, Words was his favourite.  No problemo, I thought, since it’s one of mine as well.  I thought I had played this only once, back in late 2018, but further investigation shows that I reduxed it in July of last year!  Damn!  Well, tonight I am tired, running a few hours behind, and want to play this one, so a redux again, but I promise something all new, original content tomorrow, ‘k?  This one’s for you, Clive!


The Bee Gees were three brothers – Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. They wrote this after getting in a few arguments and realizing the power of words – how they can make you happy or sad.  What I did not know is that this song was written for a movie called The Mini-Affair. In England, the movie was titled The Mini Mob.  Never having heard of the movie, I was going to say it must have been a flop, but then a quick check on IMDB shows it with a 7.7 out of 10 rating, so … not a flop.

Released in 1968, Words was the Bee Gees third UK top 10 hit, reaching number 8, and in a UK television special on ITV in December 2011 it was voted fourth in “The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song”.

According to Barry …

“I remember the first session so clearly. Robin and I were in the studios at 9 o’clock in the morning, and Robin kept on falling asleep over the piano. I wanted him to write the piano part of the song and play it because I’m not much of a pianist, but he just couldn’t keep his eyes open, so I ended up doing it myself”.

Barry was the only Gibb to sing on this. It was the first Bee Gees single where only one brother sang.  Elvis Presley performed the song live as part of his concerts in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but you won’t find his version played here!  Elvis has done a few songs that I really like, but this ain’t one of ’em.

Words
Bee Gees

Smile an everlasting smile
A smile can bring you near to me
Don’t ever let me find you gone
‘Cause that would bring a tear to me

This world has lost it’s glory
Let’s start a brand new story
Now my love, right now
There’ll be no other time
And I can show you how, my love

Talk in everlasting words
And dedicate them all to me
And I will give you all my life
I’m here if you should call to me

You think that I don’t even mean
A single word I say

It’s only words, and words are all I have
To take your heart away

You think that I don’t even mean
A single word I say

It’s only words, and words are all I have
To take your heart away
It’s only words, and words are all I have
To take your heart away
It’s only words, and words are all I have
To take your heart away

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb
Words lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

26 thoughts on “♫ Words ♫ (Redux)

  1. Great, but not my favourite. I’m pretty sure I told you before I’m love I Can’t See Nobody best of all. It was the B-side to New York Mining Diaster 1941. I played it every day back then. I bet you can figure out what was happening in my life at that time it was out.

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      • You got that right. Was pretty obvious, wasn’t it.

        Meanwhile, I am getting sick of reading my replies. Spelchek is making mincemeat out of them. I proofread before posting as much as I can, but what appears on the comments pages is unlike what I type. Have you ever heard of Burtonwood Cummings. He sure as he’ll did not sing for the Guess Who. So what is Burtonwood that every time I write B-u-r-t-o-n I get Burtonwood!

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        • That is weird … your spell check seems to have a real problem, or a desire to drive you crazy! Why not just turn it off? That it keeps adding ‘wood’ to Burton is really weird.

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            • At least once a day I curse technology … yes, it’s wonderful that we can instantly communicate with friends thousands of miles away, and much much more, but damn … why do they have to make some things require a rocket scientist to figure out??? Sigh.

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