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Barry Manilow – I Write The Songs

I Write the Songs” is a popular song written by Bruce Johnston in 1975 and made famous by Barry Manilow. Manilow’s version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1976 after spending two weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart in December 1975. It won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and was nominated for Record of the Year in 1977.
The original version was recorded by The Captain & Tennille, who worked with Johnston in the early 1970s with The Beach Boys. It appears on their 1975 album, Love Will Keep Us Together. Conversely, the first release of I Write the Songs as a single was by then teen-idol David Cassidy from his 1975 solo album The Higher They Climb, which was also produced by Bruce Johnston. Cassidy’s version reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart in August of that year. Johnston, has stated that, for him, the “I” in the song is “God” and that songs come from the spirit of creativity in all of us. He has said that the song is not about his Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson.

Manilow was initially reluctant to record the song, stating in his autobiography Sweet Life: “The problem with the song was that if you didn’t listen carefully to the lyric, you would think that the singer was singing about himself. It could be misinterpreted as a monumental ego trip.” After persuasion by Clive Davis, then president of Arista Records, Manilow recorded the song, and his version of “I Write the Songs” was the first single taken from the album Tryin’ to Get the Feeling. It first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 15, 1975, reaching the top of the chart nine weeks later, on January 17, 1976. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Barry Manilow – I Write The Songs Lyrics:
I’ve been alive forever.
And I wrote the very first song.
I put the words and the melodies together.
I am music.
And I write the songs.

[Chorus:]
I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special things.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.

My home lies deep within you.
And I’ve got my own place in your soul.
Now when I look out through your eyes.
I’m young again, even tho’ I’m very old.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special things.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.

Oh, my music makes you dance and gives you spirit to take a chance.
And I wrote some rock ‘n roll so you can move.
Music fills your heart, well that’s a real find place to start.
It’s from me, it’s for you.
It’s from you, it’s for me.
It’s a worldwide symphony.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special things.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special things.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.

I am music and I write the songs…
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