And all I needed in my life was you
And baby it felt so right to me
Please make it like it used to be…
This used to be my shat! Ok, it still is. I decided to have an all Amerie morning after this randomly came on my shuffle. I know, I know–AMERIE? yes, Amerie. I’ve written about her BEST SONG EVER here, and I’ve admitted in previous posts that I am, well used to be a fan.
I’ve seen lots of people say she fell off after her first CD, and well I disagree. Touch, was pretty good–to me. I even dug the European release Because I Love It. but that last CD that came out last year (that I will not even name in this post)? no ma’am. Her career is done, son. So I decided to revisit some of my favorites. Most featured will not be from All I Have, because I’ll just say right here that its a banger from beginning to end and I love ALL of the songs.
I am very into lyrics–thats why I like Amerie’s songs. She is not that strong vocally, but the words and the production are what make them, for me. I think she and Rich Harrison were a powerful team. There are so many songs that I can relate to. If you don’t agree thats fine. This here is MY blog! lol. But leave a comment and tell me what you think either way…
Just Like Me: this is the song that solidified Touch for me. “I’d given up on love, I gave up on the chance that I’d ever fall head over heels. And all the stars I wished upon, I never thought that one would fall down on me. Ooh, it’s good to know there’s somebody somebody who feels like me…” released in 2005, it reminds me of the past, but the sentiment never changed, even as relationships are swapped out and people move on.
Need You Tonight: as soon as the beat drops, I’m all in. “See, See baby I-I ain’t makin no promises. It’s just a urgency I feel whenever you’re next to me it’s so real. And I-And I just can’t fight it no more, no more, no more…” I think we all have felt that lust for someone you had no business feeling it for–and gave in to it anyway. “I ain’t never felt this way, and tomorrow is just too late, so take my hand baby…”
Not The Only One: the cheater song. I mean it seems like everyone has one, but she says aha! game recognizes game “Why can’t you look me in my face, why can’t you say that you’ve been at her place. You hurry wash your clothes, the scent of her perfume. I already know ’cause I do it too…Sittin’ home alone waitin by the phone. Oh no, not me. You’re not the only one creeping…”
Can We Go: duet with Carl Thomas–I really like their voices together. I love Carl even though after awhile all of his stuff starts to sound the same. The message in this one is like so many other songs, similar to the “Like It Used to Be” featured above. “Trying to get past the things you said, holding on to all the love I thought we had. Wishing I could just replace trying to erase, all the pain so can we go back…”
Paint Me Over: this song actually makes me think of friendship; people growing up and growing apart. You evolve and those around you can’t appreciate that “change” in you…in this case its a relationship where a person gets lost in being a certain way for their SO and then its no longer good enough.
“I close my eyes and memorize the girl that I was before there was us. Hard to remember, it’s been so long since she’s been around, I gave up myself, and still I let you down…”
Rolling Down My Face: ok if for no other reason than the Roy Ayers “Searching” sample throughout, this bangs!!! the typical ‘break up/cant eat/cant sleep/can’t stop crying song’
Thats all I got. well I mean, not really. But I really wanted to point out my favorites from Touch, with a couple others sprinkled in. It was not a sophomore slump! I’ll end on a happier note. Ladies, you all know you danced to this joint hard in the club.