"I Write The Songs" as written by and Bruce Johnston....
I've been alive forever, and I wrote the very first song
I put the words and the melodies together
I am music and I write the songs

[Chorus:]
I write the songs that make the whole world sing
I write the songs of love and special things
I write the songs that make the young girls cry
I write the songs, I write the songs

My home lies deep within you
And I've got my own place in your soul
Now, when I look out through your eyes
I'm young again, even though I'm very old

[Chorus]

Oh my music makes you dance
And gives you spirit to take a chance
And I wrote some rock 'n' roll so you can move
Music fills your heart
Well, that's a real fine place to start
It's from me it's for you
It's from you, it's for me
It's a worldwide symphony

[Chorus x2]

I am music (music) and I write the songs


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"I Write the Songs" as written by Bruce Johnston

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    General Commentthis is my favorite b.m song.........
    Bryant the Greaton June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentALERT PLEASE READ
    when i first listened to this song, it was beautiful. after all, i'm a fan of old music. so i took the effort to listen to the lyrics, and then i got a partial shock. something was not right about the soothing melody and lyrics. and that's why i decided to warn you who decide to come here to analyse lyrics of songs.
    call me a fanatic or crazy oversensitive bored fella with mass paranoia...but listen. possibly, it's just a simple song about him writing songs. but my interpretation of this song, and true meanings of good songs always need some interpretation, is that this 'writer' of songs is the devil. rather, lucifer.

    i have been alive forever...lucifer was a fallen angel. technically wasn't forever because God was first. but lucifer existed long enough, before the world started, and forever refers to an extremely long period of time.
    i wrote the very first song...lucifer before fallen, was one of the 'greater' angels and he wrote the first song.
    the next 2 lines are him declaring it further.
    let me skip the chorus first.
    my home lies deep within you...yes he is in your heart because we as men are naturally prone to evil and in giving in to sin we have allowed him to live within us.
    I've got my own place in your soul...furthers that.
    Now when i look out through your eyes i'm young again even though i'm very old...lucifer is very old but he's seducing us with the world or in the case his music and taking his place in us.
    the music makes you dance, doesn't it? sometimes we don't even think...the rhythms and melodies just weave their way into us. gives you spirit to take a chance...to forget rationalism and makes us want to be fun. i wrote some rock and roll so you can move.
    Music fills your heart...yes emotions taking over...wel that's a fine place to start...ahh can u now see what i'm talking about? Isn't it really a good place for the devil to attack us from, or thru?
    It's from me, it's for you. His music, to fill you. to lie to you.
    It's from me, it's for me. See, it's for himself actually...it's stealing you and controlling you..
    it's a worldwide symphony. the world is engrossed in it and may not see it. even those who suspect are pushed by worldly pressure to see things the way the world sees it. the symphony is grand...if you've listened to symphonies not just on radios you know its effect.
    i am music...lucifer created music, he is music in that sense....and he writes the songs...these songs...

    the chorus is just furthering all these...

    see it from my perspective for a while...i urge you to be careful.

    make you fall asleep...just like lullabies? that's even more scary. disarming effects.
    MatthewPngon June 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmatthewpng, your ill-conceived theory is refuted by the line "I write the songs of love and special things." These are the enemies of the devil. As it says in the book of John, "God is love." God is the antithesis of the devil, and He is love.
    heartbeats_xxxon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...but he didn't write this one
    afropathon June 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOdd theory there Matthewpng. I think you are totally wrong. This isn't about a single person writing songs.

    This is a song about song writers... some of whom obviously existed thousands of years ago. Music transforms us and takes us to a different time and place. The writers of music want to take you to the same place they were when they wrote it. The songwriter could have been long deceased, but you are feeling the exact same thing he felt when the song was written, even though you may be 1,000 year younger. That's why he says "when I look out through your eyes, I am young again, even though I am very old." His songs never die, because they all take us to the place he created so long ago.

    We've all got the ability to be transformed by music, which is the 'place in your soul' he is referring to.

    A great song, which is inspiring to other songwriters.
    Freedom Loveron April 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually I think old Matt is on to something. I thought this song was cool, but just now reading the Lyrics I'm like Oh My God!!! This totally sounds like Satan. Then i read Matt's comments and saw I'm not the only one who has picked up on this. Why and how could music write the songs? It makes absolutely no sense that way. This song is very ambiguous but it does seem satanic and in nature. This song is about one song writer is saying he has been around forever, wrote the first song, etc alt the way up to rock and roll. Who could live that long on earth but Satan? Now as for heartbeats comments about love and special things being the antithesis of Satan that may be true. But the nature of Satan is also to deceive so he uses any and all purposes to deceive including love. Heck how many times has someone said I love you and then killed there partner or friend. That ain't love! You can say or write I love you 1000 times. It don't mean nothing unless it's followed by actions. Remember in the bible Satan often tempted people with the words of love. Satan used God's word against people by turning them around , taking them out of context ,or telling half truths. So yeah this song is actually kind of creepy when you think of it. Sort of a sugar-coated version of "Sympathy For The Devil".
    harlanlovestoneon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI had to come back and add more. I looked up the true meaning of the song and its actually a dedication to prolific songwriter and Beachboy Brian Wilson. But still if you ask me the way the lyrics play out it has a hidden sinister interpretation.
    harlanlovestoneon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo anyone who is thinking "He didn't write I Write the Songs",

    1.) It's about music writing the songs (It should be obvious by the line "I am music and I write the songs", but people still miss it)

    2) Even if it WAS about him, he did write some of his own songs. It's called I Write the Songs, not I Wrote this Song.

    Had to clear that up for the mor ignorant people who go to this song.
    Theikoson November 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti have to agree with MatthewPng totally. it was one of my favourite songs growing up during the '70's. But when i first read the lyrics for myself in 1991 i realized something was wrong. After also hearing an interview with Bruce Johnston (actual writer) said it took him 10 minutes to compose WORDS AND MUSIC for the songs.... 10min?
    there is something called 'automatic writing' happens mostly with books, but i believe the principle applies.
    in 'automatic writing' (from my understanding) a DEMON dictates to someone while they write. whatever is written, is not understood until they are finish and reviews what they wrote.
    with this kind of 'technology' 10min might even be too long. but let us remember music was involved.
    we really need to be aware of Satan's devices, this is his most sinister device MUSIC.
    rewesleyon May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe vanity on this web page truly amazes me. "ooh, look how good a Christian I am by finding a ridculously tenuous link to the devil in this song". Give it up, people! Your sort often seem to find the devil in things you don't like.

    Please get over yourselves. You give Christians a really bad name.
    FirstTimeCalleron June 06, 2008   Link

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