♫ That’s What Friends Are For ♫ (Redux)

I’m in a rather deep, dark rabbit hole tonight.  If you’ve read my morning post, you’ll understand part of it.  So, I decided it was time to treat myself to some Stevie Wonder, the man who can ALWAYS make me feel a bit better.  And when I was searching the archives for a Stevie song, I came upon this one that has not one, but four of my all-time favourite artists:  Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight.  And the theme … the lyrics … just the perfect thing to help bring me out of this funk!  And just as happened four years ago, it brought a smile, but strangely tears, too. Perhaps that was what I needed …


February 2019 …

As I was rolling cigarettes tonight, a name came to me: Dionne Warwick. A sometimes-overlooked talent, a beautiful lady with a beautiful voice. So, I decided tonight would be a song from Dionne Warwick, and after I finished rolling smokes, finished my Jolly Monday post, and folded a load of laundry, I sat down to decide which song it would be. I picked this one to listen to first, and at the 0:33 point, I felt tears welling behind my eyes. I have no idea why, but I knew then that I had my song.

This version is the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. This recording, billed as being by “Dionne & Friends”, was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the number-one single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. It raised over $3 million for its cause.

The song was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for the 1982 movie Night Shift, where it was recorded by Rod Stewart and played over the closing credits.

Hit the full screen button, turn the volume up, and just … enjoy … feel the love …

That’s What Friends Are For
Dionne Warwick

And I never thought I’d feel this way
And as far as I’m concerned
I’m glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe, I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try
To feel the way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Well, you came in loving me
And now there’s so much more I see
And so by the way
I thank you

Oh and then for the times when we’re apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
The words are coming from my heart
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling and keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
Cause I tell you, that’s what friends are for
Whoa, good times and the bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Songwriters: Burt F Bacharach / Carole Bayer Sager
That’s What Friends Are For lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

19 thoughts on “♫ That’s What Friends Are For ♫ (Redux)

  1. Just because I like what I said in 2019, I thought I would redux my comment from the original post too.
    “Great choice, Jill. Even though we may or may not have many friends in our real lives, here on Word Press we have found groups of like minded people from all over the world who have come to be or are becoming close friends in ways we cannot do in our own realities. Yup, a super good choice. Thank you. There is still hope for humanity, and for life.” (Slightly altered.)

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    • Thanks, rg. What you say is so true, perhaps even more so now than it was in 2019, as the pandemic has made us all more reclusive. The bulk of my friends are here on my blog, my blogging family as I think of you all. LuL

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