Thursday Inspiration — Face It

For Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt this week, he gave us this photo of a pretty young woman and the word “face,” and invited us to run with it.

Jim’s Thursday Inspiration prompt always has a musical component to it, which I usually ignore. But not this week. This week, his prompt word and the photo he used immediately brought to mind the song, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack.

This 1972 breakout hit for Roberta Flack was written by folk singer Ewan MacColl in 1957. He wrote it for his lover, Peggy Seeger, who was in a play and phoned him for suggestions on a song for a romantic scene. MacColl wrote this on the spot in less than an hour, playing it over the phone for her to use in her play.

Roberta Flack was introduced to “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” when her singer friend, Donal Leace, played her the folk duo Joe & Eddie’s 1963 version. Flack, who was teaching at the time, fell in love with the song.

Flack said of the song, “It’s a perfect song. It’s the kind of song that has two unique & distinct qualities: it tells a story, and it has lyrics that mean something. Because of its meaningful lyrics, the song can be interpreted by a lot of people in a lot of different ways: the love of a mother for a child, for example, or that of two lovers. I wish more songs I had chosen had moved me the way that one did. I’ve loved most every song I’ve recorded, but that one was pretty special.”

Roberta Flack’s recording of the song won the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the number one Hot 100 single of the year for 1972.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

The first time ever I saw your face 
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command my love

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love

The first time ever I saw your face
Your face, your face

8 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration — Face It

  1. Nope, Not Pam September 10, 2022 / 3:52 am

    A gorgeous song and she sang it perfectly

    Liked by 1 person

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