Song Lyric Sunday — It’s True

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the theme words Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, and True. All sweet words to hear for any couple, right? I ultimately decided to take a detour from my classic rock time capsule and to pick the Eighties classic from Spandau Ballet, “True.”

“True” was a song by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet. It was released in April 1983 as the third single from their third studio album of the same name. The song was written by band member Gary Kemp. It was a worldwide hit, peaking at number one on the U.K. charts for four weeks. It was Spandau Ballet’s biggest hit and their only top ten hit in the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1983.

The lyrics for the song were inspired by a crush Kemp had on Altered Images singer Clare Grogan. “I was infatuated with Clare. I met her on Top of the Pops and, at one point, traveled up to Scotland to have tea with her and her mum and dad. Although my feelings were unrequited and the relationship was platonic, it was enough to trigger a song,” Kemp said. Some phrases in the lyrics (including the much-quoted reference to “seaside arms”) were adapted from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, a copy of which Grogan had given Kemp as a present.

Kemp wrote the song at his parents’ house while living there. It is a close to six-minute song that, in part, pays tribute to Marvin Gaye, who is mentioned in the lyrics, and the sound Gaye helped to establish. According to Kemp, “I think I wanted to write a song that was a bit like a Marvin Gaye, Al Green song, a blue-eyed soul song.”

“True” became a song about trying to write a love song to someone who didn’t know his true thoughts, and how difficult it is to spell out one’s feelings without seeming too foolish. Kemp said that he wrote the lyric, “Why do I find it hard to write the next line? I want the truth to be said,” because he didn’t want to write it down his intimate feeling, believing that there’s nothing more embarrassing when those feelings aren’t reciprocated.

Here are the lyrics to “True.”

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)

So true
Funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels, went toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be said

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

Always slipping from my hands
Sand’s a time of its own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
I want the truth to be known

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
Ooh, I know this much is true

I know this much is true

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be
I want the truth to be said

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

I know this much is true

This much is a true

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh
This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

There’s a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

This is the sound

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

I bought a ticket to the world

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

I bought a ticket to the world

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — It’s True

  1. willowdot21 September 12, 2021 / 6:17 am

    Great song and top of the pops today, I chose it too among others 💜

    Liked by 2 people

  2. newepicauthor September 12, 2021 / 6:33 am

    Spandau Ballet featured great harmonies and the world can always use another love song.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Taswegian1957 September 12, 2021 / 6:41 am

    That takes me back to the eighties although it wasn’t my favourite Spandau Ballet song it was interesting to hear the story behind the lyrics.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nope, Not Pam September 12, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    I remember this one, it certain,y resonated 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Marleen September 13, 2021 / 11:00 pm

    You’ve given me an appreciation for this song that I didn’t access before.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. aisasami September 19, 2021 / 2:42 pm

    Such a great song!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. leigha66 September 23, 2021 / 8:07 am

    I never actually paid attention to the lyrics of this song, That with the story behind them puts a new spin on the song. Nicely done!

    Liked by 1 person

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