The Soundtrack of My Life

the music that keeps me going…

For once I can touch…

on December 20, 2010

what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it’s hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore…


good morning tweeps! on my commute this AM this song came on my ipod and it just made me smile. Stevie’s music has that affect on me often. Today was the first time I really sat down and listened to the words of this song–well in a long time anyway.

“For Once in my Life” is a song that has been covered by many many artists, Stevie Wonder’s version was recorded in 1967, around the same time that The Temptations and Tony Bennett versions were released, and was placed on his 1968 album of the same title.

I am pretty sure this song is about romantic love, but I think you can interpret the lyrics to fit many different situations. When I think of touching my dreams, I don’t really think of that in the sense of ANOTHER person providing that outlet, but moreso the opportunities in my life that have made way for those dreams to come true, while being optimistic that more great things are coming. “for once I have something I know won’t desert me…” for me, that something is inner joy. Which totally supercedes fleeting happiness. I know I wrote about that in another post before…

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can’t take it
As long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me…

when I heard this verse I immediately thought of For Colored Girls and “someone almost walked away with all my stuff.” Don’t sue me, I only saw the movie recently but “this is mine, you can’t take it” really stirred something in me! I had to run that song back just because of that one line. Stevie was maybe talking about a new love and/or new confidence, but this song put a pep in my step and inspired me to have a great day; to be excited about the future.

“For once in my life” should not be taken literal since  great things and not so great things have happened more than once in our lives and as circular as life is–they certainly will again. And as far as having someone who needs me–ehh, well one day I’ll have those sweet syrupy butterflies again…but you can’t help but feel good and optimistic when hearing this song!

peep a live duet with Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder below. Very nice, but I prefer the upbeat version myself….


3 responses to “For once I can touch…

  1. max says:

    I have a post-it that says “this is mine you can’t take it” on my mirror at home…I love that line. It’s what I say to myself when I set my sights on something and want to move boldly toward it. It’s a little corny, but it works.

  2. Lamide says:

    I really like this song, but I haven’t heard it in forever! Honestly never thought about the lyrics in any other way than romantic love, but your take on it makes a lot of sense. Here’s to having that untouchable inner joy!! #imcheesy

  3. MilanRouge says:

    I forgot how much I love this song! Gonna play it today! Those lyrics are WONDERFUL. So inspiring. Hope, Love, Joy, Peace…the best things in life. Great post!

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