♫ I Want To Know What Love Is ♫ (Redux)

I last played this one a couple of years ago in April 2019, and for some reason it is in my head tonight and just won’t leave.  Last night, I played what I thought was a new one here, but it turned out I had played it only three months before, back in March!  That’ll teach me to trust my holey memory, eh?  So, apologies for that misstep!  Even though this is a repeat, I hope you’ll enjoy it, for it is one that I truly love.  And folks … feel free to toss me a few suggestions … if I don’t like them, I won’t play them, but if I do, you’ll be helping me out, for I’m running out of ideas here (obviously, given the number of recent reduxes). 


Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones wrote this song.

“‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ started off on more of a personal level. I’d been through a lot of relationships that eventually failed, and still searching for something that could really endure. And that sort of took a life of its own as well. It became more of a universal feeling. I adjusted that during the recording of it, and ended up putting a gospel choir on it. And you know, realized suddenly that I’d written almost a spiritual song, almost a gospel song. Sometimes, you feel like you had nothing to do with it, really. You’re just putting it down on paper, or coming up with a melody that will bring the meaning of the song out, bring the emotion out in the song.”

According to SongFacts …

Foreigner recorded for Atlantic Records, and their 1981 album 4 spent more weeks at #1 than any album released by the label. Ahmet Ertegun, who was the head of Atlantic, cried when he first heard this song. Mick Jones explains: “Part of my dream at the beginning was to be on Atlantic Records, because of the heritage: all the R&B stars of the ’50s, people like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. It meant so much to me and my growing up in music. So it meant a lot to have Ahmet Ertegun, who had been a part of that magical era and a person who I respected and looked up to, come into the studio. I took him aside and I said, ‘I have a song to play you, Ahmet.’ I took him into the studio, and we just sat there in two chairs, and I put the song on. Halfway through I looked over and indeed, there were tears coming out of his eyes. I thought, Whoa, this is a major moment for me. I’ve been able to impress this man who has heard some of the best, and produced some of the best music in the world. And here he is, and I’ve reached him emotionally. By the end of the song we were both in tears. Wonderful moments like that, they’re just very meaningful.”

You know a song is good when it tops the charts in so many nations, as this one did in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK and the U.S.

I Wanna Know What Love Is
Foreigner

I gotta take a little time, a little time to think things over
I better read between the lines, in case I need it when I’m older

Now this mountain I must climb, feels like the world upon my shoulders
Through the clouds I see love shine, it keeps me warm as life grows colder

In my life there’s been heartache and pain
I don’t know if I can face it again
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life

I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me

I’m gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me
I’ve got nowhere left to hide, it looks like love has finally found me

In my life there’s been heartache and pain
I don’t know if I can face it again
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far, to change this lonely life

I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me
I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
(And I want to feel) I want to feel what love is
(And I know) I know you can show me

Let’s talk about love, I want to know what love is
The love that you feel inside, I want you to show me
And I’m feeling so much love, I want to feel what love is
No, you just can’t hide, I know you can show me
I want to know what love is (let’s talk about love), I know you can show me
I want to feel it too, I want to feel what love is
I want to feel it too, and I know and I know, I know you can show me
Show me love is real, yeah, I want to know what love is

Songwriters: Michael Leslie Jones
I Wanna Know What Love Is lyrics © Somerset Songs Publishing Inc

25 thoughts on “♫ I Want To Know What Love Is ♫ (Redux)

  1. I once drove to work in the early AM. This song came on as I pulled into the parking lot. I sat and listened to it to the end. While I was listening, two co-workers parked their cars and sat in them. We realized when we got out of our cars, we were all listening to that song. Cheers and hugs,

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  2. This song just burrows in deep brings on shivers, tears, any cry of poignant emotions. Foreigner were never especially on my radar but this song has to rank as a classic.
    I always loved the part of the video which focuses on the choir; you can’t beat a good choir in full voice.
    Great share Jill

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  3. Jill, great song. While being a rock and roll band, many of its greatest hits were ballads like this one. Their lyrics are always thought provoking, even when the electric guitars are blaring. Keith

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