Wednesday, May 9, 2018

You're the Love by Seals and Crofts

You're the Love
Seals and Crofts
May 1978

In May of 1978 I was a High School senior, and pretty much indifferent to what I was going to do once I graduated in the following month. I had vague ideas of maybe going to college.....or maybe, just doing nothing much at all.

Such an attitude would be anathema today, but back in the 70s, well........ things weren't so heavily scripted as they are nowadays.

Anyways......... as the month rolled on, I became aware of a new single playing on FM radio, creeping in amidst the constant rotation of Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London. The new single was by Seals and Crofts...........and it was a disco song.


I was of course well aware of Seals and Crofts, who were - by the standards of 70s album-oriented rock - a bit too 'mellow' to be hip with the under 21 set.

But for these 'mellow' musicians to do a disco song was mind-blowing.........needless to say, in the aftermath of the success of Saturday Night Fever the previous Winter, everyone was doing disco, but the idea of Seals and Crofts doing disco was as utterly alien a concept as......... Debbie Boone doing a heavy metal tune.

But when you listen to You're the Love forty years later, it's a great song. It holds up as well as - or better than - many of the competing flash-in-the-pan disco songs of the late 70s.

Released in April of '78, You're the Love (a single off the album Takin' It Easy) eventually reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 in the Adult Contemporary charts. 

The video is here.

Well love, you came to my rescue. I knew the moment I met you.
Lonely and I was cryin'. Hurtin', I felt like dyin'.

Oooo. You're the love, you're the love in my heart and soul.
You're the dream, you're the dream, you're the dream in my life.
You're the way, you're the way, you're the way that my feelings flow.
Oh, my love loves you, girl. You, ah ah. You, girl, girl. You.

Showed me that I was someone. Gave me the strength to go on.
Now that I'm flyin' and free. Thank you for what you gave me.

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