"Killing Me Softly" as written by and Gimbel/fox....
I heard he sang a good song, I heard he had a style.
And so I came to see him and listen for a while.
And there he was this young boy, a stranger to my eyes.

Strumming my pain with his fingers,
(one time, one time)
Singing my life with his words,
(two time, two time)
Killing me softly with his song,
Killing me softly with his song,
Telling my whole life with his words,
Killing me softly with his song

I felt all flushed with fever, embarrassed by the crowd,
I felt he found my letters and read each one out loud.
I prayed that he would finish but he just kept right on.

Strumming my pain with his fingers,
(one time, one time)
Singing my life with his words,
(two time, two time)
Killing me softly with his song,
Killing me softly with his song,
Telling my whole life with his words,
Killing me softly with his song

(instramental interlude)
Strumming my pain with his fingers,
(yes he was)
Singing my life with his words,
Killing me softly with his song,
Killing me softly with his song,
Telling my whole life with his words,
Killing me softly with his song


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"Killing Me Softly" as written by Gimbel/fox

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this has got to be one of my favorite songs, not just because of what the lyrics are saying, but because of the emotion you can feel when she sings.

    The story of the song is quite simple: She hears of this young performer and his talents, so she goes to see him perform to see if he is as talented as she has heard. When she gets there, his songs are describing all of her emotions and feelings, almost as if he had somehow read a journal or diary of hers (I felt he found my letters; And read each one out loud).

    I think the last verse describes the song entirely:
    "He sang as if he knew me
    In all my dark despair
    And then he looked right through me
    As if I wasn't there
    But he was there, this stranger
    Singing clear and strong"
    LemonFreshPinsolon May 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpenny-lane has almost gotten it. The song is indeed about a moving performace at a Don McLean concert. Although the tune was made popular by Roberta Flack, it was actually written and first performed by a woman named Lori Lieberman:

    lorilieberman.com/music/…

    The "song" that she is referring to is Empty Chairs. Give it a listen; it is actually a very moving composition by one of the most under-appreciated American writer-performers of our time.
    ikeon August 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is very straight forward. She went to a concert of someone she had not heard much by. He sang and she related so well she became emotional, it hit home. Everyone at one point hears a song and it just really hits them, and this is what happened to Roberta Flack when she went to a Don McClain concert. When he sang a certain song (not sure on what song it was) she became very emotional and this is what she wrote about. And I think that the Fugees did a wonderful cover with much emotion and they owned the song.
    penny-laneon January 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbigjerty, hav you even read the lyrics beside the chorus cus its pretty obviously about a song by don mclean that reflected her experiences or a situation she had been in in her life
    floydslyricszeppelinsmusicon January 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy school jazz choir is doing this song... It's good to sing it, but the harmony...
    penwhaleon December 04, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is my all time fav. It's deffinatly one of the best songs, next to Peaches'n'Creme.
    StormyWatersAngelon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was written about Don McClean
    mulnixon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to like the old version you know by whatever her name is franklen but then i heard this song and it was like 120 times better. i guess newer is better. lol
    Jamieon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoberta Flack did the original version
    mulnixon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.. I'm singing it in a competition in three weeks.. the words and pitches are awesome.. it's one of my favs.
    megzon July 10, 2002   Link

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