"Tell Him" as written by and Lauryn N Hill....
Yo heh heh tell him it's like uhh you know uhh
Sweet sweet tell him

Let me be patient let me be kind
Make me unselfish without being blind
Though I may suffer I'll envy it not
And endure what comes
'Cause he's all that I got and tell him

Tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
And it'll be alright
Tell him tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
It'll be alright

Now I may have faith to make mountains fall
But if I lack love then I am nothin' at all
I can give away everything I possess
But left without love then I have no happiness
I know I'm imperfect (I know I'm imperfect)
And not without sin (and not without sin)
But now that I'm older all childish things end and tell him

Tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
And it'll be alright
Tell him tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
It'll be alright

I'll never be jealous
And I won't be too proud
'Cause love is not boastful
Ooh and love is not loud
Tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
Everything's gonna be alright

Now I may have wisdom and knowledge on earth
But if I speak wrong then what is it worth?
See what we now know is nothing compared
To the love that was shown when our lives were spared and tell him

Tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
And it'll be alright
Tell him tell him I need him
Tell him I love him
It'll be alright

Tell him that I need him
It'll be alright
It'll be alright see
It'll be alright see
When the evening comes
In the night time
In the morning
In the evening baby


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    My InterpretationI may be the only one who has this thought but here it goes!

    It sounds to me like the "Tell Him" chorus is more of a conversation than a simple declaration.

    If you can imagine Jesus on the Cross, his life, his walk, and his victory was the epitome of love...

    Jesus pleaded: Tell Him I need Him
    God declared: Tell Him I love Him
    then God whispered to Jesus: Everything's gonna be alright

    Meanwhile, the rest of the lyrics feel like they are Jesus' inner most thoughts leading up to the cross

    Though I may suffer I'll envy-eth not
    And endure what comes
    Cause He's [His Father in Heaven] all that I got

    While I don't think this is exactly what Lauryn intended to illustrate from this song, it speaks to me this way! :)
    Robinloveon February 01, 2014   Link
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    General Commentso much truth in it...
    ne.oneon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh my. she is singing that to me.
    cantankerouson May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey, is it just me, or does this song sound like it's about god? look at this line...

    "See what we now know is nothing compared
    to the love that was shown when our lives were spared
    and tell him..."

    that sounds like when jesus was cruxified. i dont know the history of this song, i just found it while downloading random songs by Lauryn Hill off of Kazaa. is it meant to be for/about god/jesus? or is it just me reading into it?
    Raul Joseon September 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if the song is ABOUT God or not, but that's certainly what she's talking about there. The entire song is a Bible reference, all being taken from Corinthians. To me, this song is a reminder of what love truly should be whether you're talking about the love of God or human love.
    lkslattson September 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti highly doubt its talking about god, i think its referring that there is love beyond what we know(to religious people)... She just means remember what has happened for us... but im pretty sure(besides that segment) that this song about someone she loves very much.
    EcHOinMYeARon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentoh yea umm lyric correction...

    I'll never be jealous
    I'll never be too PROUD ..

    instead of
    I'll never be jealous
    and i wont be too KIND..


    and another one is..

    Now I may have wisdom and knowledge on Earth
    But if I speak BOLD then what is it worth? (thats the right lyrics)
    EcHOinMYeARon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti feel that this song is about making an appeal to God to make sure the man she's in love with knows it and to bless the love.
    raburnson March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and the first time i heard it the vocal arrangement really struck me. Later on i found out that the lyrics are from 1 Corinthians 13 in the New Testament of the Bible. I took a a Bible as Lit class and had to memorize that chapter and realized that it's this exact song. Here are some parts of the song with parts directly from the bible:

    LAURYN: "let me be patient, let me be kind
    make me unselfish without being blind
    though i may suffer I'll envy it not
    and endure what comes"
    CORINTHIANS IN THE BIBLE: "Charity suffereth long [meaning that love is patient], and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up"

    LAURYN: "Now I may have faith to make mountains fall
    But if I lack love then I am nothin' at all
    I can give away everything I possess
    But left without love then I have no happiness"
    CORINTHIANS: "though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."

    LAURYN: "Now I may have wisdom and knowledge on Earth
    But if I speak wrong then what is it worth?
    See what we now know is nothing compared
    to the love that was shown when our lives were spared"
    CORINTHIANS: "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth" [which means to speak wrong doesn't do anything good]

    "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." [which means that knowledge on earth will fade away...]


    "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." [meaning what we know now isn't complete in comparison to the love that is shown to us]


    The song is surely influenced by religion, but i think it also transcends into a deeper and spiritual kind of love, something that's so profoundly unconditional. i adore this song.
    islandirieon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite lauryn hill song along with 'turn your lights down low'...and yes, I believe she's talking TO God but not about him/her...She's praying to god to give her strength with her unrequited love and for God to let this man know somehow that she loves him and to give her a chance because she can't go on much longer without him
    my_sharonaon December 25, 2006   Link

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