Song Lyric Sunday — Going Up?

Jim Adams threw me for a loop with this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. He tossed “elevator music” at us. And, as everyone knows, elevator music is recorded instrumental arrangements of popular songs often piped in as background music played in public places. The operative words are instrumental arrangements. Isn’t this Song LYRIC Sunday? And, by definition, instrumental arrangements have no lyrics. They are just bland versions of songs with just the music and no lyrics. Quite a conundrum.

So while this might not be what Jim had in mind for elevator music, I thought I should pick a song containing lyrics that are about an elevator. I found a few of those, but none really appealed to me. That’s when I remembered that the folks across the pond call an elevator a “lift.” So I broadened my search for songs to those that included the word “lift,” of which there are many. The song I ended up choosing is one of my favorites from back in the day: Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.”

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” is an R&B song covered by Jackie Wilson for his 1967 album Higher and Higher. Produced by Carl Davis, it became a Top 10 pop and number one R&B hit. It was originally written by Chess Records’ in-house writers and producers Carl Smith and Raynard Miner, and initially recorded by The Dells for the label, but it was not released. Another writer, Gary Jackson, made some changes to the song and pitched it to Davis at Brunswick Records.

When Wilson recorded his vocal track, Davis recalls, Jackie originally sang the song “like a soul ballad.” Davis felt that wasn’t right for the song and he encouraged Wilson to jump and go with the percussion. After hearing Davis’ advice, Wilson cut the lead vocal for “Higher and Higher” in a single take.

The song is an upbeat happy tale of a man who has finally found the love of his life and can’t help but tell her over and over how she has lifted him up higher and higher.

Here are the lyrics to “Higher and Higher.”

Your love, lifting me higher
Than I’ve ever been lifted before
So keep it it up
Quench my desire
And I’ll be at your side, forever more

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
Now listen

Now once, I was down-hearted
Disappointment, was my closest friend
But then you, came and it soon departed
And you know he never
Showed his face again

That’s why your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

I’m so glad, I’ve finally found you
Yes that one, in a million girls
And I whip, my loving arms around you
I can stand up, and face the world

Let me tell ya, your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on (love keeps lifting me)
Lifting me (lifting me)
Higher and higher (higher)

Now sock it to me
Hold me, you’re my woman
Keep my love going
Higher and higher
I said keep on lifting
Lift me up mama
Keep on lifting me
Higher and higher

As a bonus, here is Bruce Springsteen’s cover:

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Going Up?

  1. newepicauthor May 16, 2021 / 7:32 am

    Jackie Wilson had some really nice moves, but I don’t think that I would be caught dead in that red suit. Nice choice Fandango and thanks for including the Bruce version.

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  2. Carol anne May 18, 2021 / 9:16 pm

    wow that was a clever thing you did coming up with a song with the word lift in it! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  3. leigha66 May 22, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    The few places I go with elevators… as far as I can remember they don’t play any music. This was a good work around for the prompt!

    Liked by 1 person

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