♫ After All ♫

As we’ve discussed before, understanding the lyrics to a song is not my strongsuit, for I am nigh on deaf.  For example, tonight daughter Chris was talking about a project she was going to start for Christmas gifts, handmade dishtowels.  She showed me the snowflakes she had designed to decorate a set of dishtowels, and then I thought she said she would be adding pineapples to them.  I was puzzled … snowflakes and pineapples, snowflakes and tropical fruit on the same pattern?  Turns out she said something about  ‘design apps’, not pineapples.

Anyway … I had a point … what was it?  Oh yeah, lyrics.  Do you know what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head for days and not know enough lyrics to even Google it?  If you have, say, a five-word string of the lyrics, Google does a fine job of finding the song.  But, when this first dropped into my head on Friday, I had nary a word.  I tried humming it for my resident musical expert daughter Chris, but she finally looked bewildered and asked if I was about to be ill, so I gave that up.  Eventually, over the course of the weekend, enough lyrics crept back into the brain that I was able to successfully Google and come up with this after all!  Yes, After All!

This was the theme song to the 1989 movie Chances Are, starring Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan O’Neal. The song was written by Dean Pitchford (lyrics) and Tom Snow (music), who couldn’t use the title Chances Are because it is the name of a famous Johnny Mathis song that I played back in February.

According to Pitchford …

“The movie was about a woman who falls in love with a man only to lose him. He gets killed, and then his soul migrates into another body and comes back in a younger man. And that soul is trying to reunite with her, but inevitably she ends up with a man who has been staying by her side all her life, and has been there for her. And that’s the soul match that was to have been made. So when she walks down the aisle at the end of the movie with Ryan O’Neal, it’s the end of a long journey. So I wrote ‘After all the stops and starts, we keep coming back to these two hearts. Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall.’ I thought that that was really the summation of the movie, because you get some scenes in Heaven, where the soul gets misassigned. And I always liked the idea of angels being rescued from the fall, and I also liked that ‘fall’ rhymed with ‘all.’ So I brought Tom the ‘After All’ concept of ‘we keep coming back to these two hearts,’ and that was the taking off point.”

The single peaked at number six in the United States and Canada. It also managed to enter some European charts, including Ireland, where it peaked at 24, and the United Kingdom, where it reached 84.

After All
Peter Cetera & Cher

Well, here we are again
I guess it must be fate
We’ve tried it on our own
But deep inside we’ve known
We’d be back to set things straight
I still remember when your kiss was so brand new
Every memory repeats
Every step I take retreats
Every journey always brings me back to you

After all the stops and starts
We keep comin’ back to these two hearts
Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall
After all that we’ve been through
It all comes down to me and you
I guess it’s meant to be, forever you and me, after all

When love is truly right
(This time it’s truly right)
It lives from year to year
It changes as it goes
Oh, and on the way it grows
But it never disappears

After all the stops and starts
We keep comin’ back to these two hearts
Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall
After all that we’ve been through
It all comes down to me and you
I guess it’s meant to be, forever you and me, after all

Always just beyond my touch
You know I needed you so much
After all, what else is livin’ for?

After all the stops and starts
We keep comin’ back to these two hearts
Two angels who’ve been rescued from the fall
After all that we’ve been through
It all comes down to me and you
I guess it’s meant to be, forever you and me, after all

Songwriters: Dean Pitchford / Tom Snow
After All lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Karen Schauben Publishing Administration