"The Promise" as written by Clive Farrington, Andrew Mann and Michael Floreale....
If you need a friend, don't look to a stranger,
You know in the end, I'll always be there.
But when you're in doubt, and when you're in danger,
Take a look all around, and I'll be there.

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,
I promise you, I promise you I will.

When your day is through, and so is your temper,
You know what to do, I'm gonna always be there.
Sometimes if I shout, it's not what's intended.
These words just come out, with no cross to bear.

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,
I promise you, I promise you

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me,
I promise you, I promise you I will.

I gotta tell you, I gotta tell you, I need to tell you

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,
I promise you, I promise you...

I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.
I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.
And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me,
I promise you, I promise you I will. I will. I will.


Lyrics submitted by numb, edited by michaeldentico

"The Promise" as written by Liz Story

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  • +3
    General CommentThis was my theme song when I was trying to get my wife to marry me. She was (and still is) sooo beautiful and was going to law school. I was just a nerd with an engineering degree. It worked. I made her laugh enough that she fell in love. Today we have three beautiful daughters. I found this web site searching for the lyrics to this song. Why? Because they LOVE the movie Napolean Dynamite. To me, the movie is too close to home ;-)
    wustyon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +3
    MemoryOne night for no reason whatsoever I left my house at 1am, went to a random club downtown Toronto, asked the DJ to play this song, and I 'danced' alone to it. Granted, I was on morphine and healing from a surgery, so I probably looked strange dancing slowly in a haze, but I had SO much fun! Not even sure why I chose this song but it sounded so good that night.
    brokentelephone78on August 08, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI see it as a very lovely song, a song about true love. I think it also paints a picture of the evolving relationship of the man and the woman he's singing to. It starts out with him being inexplicably attracted to this woman. He spends his days pining for her, but he's a very shy person, so he has trouble approaching her and telling her how feels. He's afraid she won't see him the way he sees her.
    The line "If you need a friend, don't look to a stranger, you know in the end, I'll always be there.", suggests that he is already friends with this woman, and wants to be more, but is too shy to tell her. This is what is meant by "I'm sorry but I'm just thinking of the right words to say...I'll make you fall for me...he's already fallen for her, but now he just needs to make sure she feels the same.

    Eventually, they do realize they are both in love with each other, and this is the part of the relationship where they are together and very happy, and wish things would stay like that forever. But then comes a stormy time in their lives. I believe that's what is meant by the line "Sometimes if I shout, it's not what's intended, these words just come out, with no cross to bear", this is where some people think it's negative, but I don't believe that is what's meant at all. The line that comes right before that is "When your day is through, and so is your temper, this implies that they are going through a more stressful time in their lives, and that when she comes home from work, she's so stressed out that she yells at him, and he yells back, but then regrets it because he never wants to hurt her feelings, even though she takes out her frustration and stress on him. It then goes back to the earlier lines of the songs, but now the words "I'm sorry but I'm just thinking of the right words to say are a promise to her, just like they were in the beginning, basically that they are in it for the long haul and their love is strong and unbreakable.

    His promise to her is that just like from when he first met her, he will always love her, even if she feels that her life is falling into shambles and that he feels her going apart from him, he still loves her deeply, and that promise is never broken.
    MurasakiGreyon November 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's 2004.
    a town like parison October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a nice song. me gusta mucho
    renoon January 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs...its just...BEAUTIFUL
    Eponaon January 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor a person who doesn't normally listen to 80s music, I was quite surprised by this song. It's very sweet!
    wickedred88on May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman, this song is hot. i remember skating to it at the local roller rink in 8th grade.

    christ. nothing like a song like this to make you feel ancient.
    roger wilcoon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song!!! especially the beginning...omg...it'll never grow old and i'll never be sick of it
    nelnelon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<3 i love this song.
    LulusXeon November 14, 2004   Link

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