I heard he sang a good song, I heard he had a style.
And so I came to see him to listen for a while.
And there he was this young boy, a stranger to my eyes.

Strumming my pain with his fingers,
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.

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,
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.

He sang it as 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.

Strumming my pain with his fingers,
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.

He was strumming there,
yea, he was singing my life.

Killing me softly with his song,
telling my whole life with his words,
killing me softly with his song


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    General Commentgreat song
    thegreatbob15on October 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song was originally done by Roberta Flack, and the song is about Don McClean
    xheartbreakerxon January 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyou really want people to know that, huh xheartbreakerx?

    ha
    DarkAntiCristaon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of friends who have died.. i dont know why but it does. and every time i have to sing it for either vocal training or even a show i find it hard not to cry as this is one of the songs that i would listen to if i thinking of those people. but also it is a kind of release for me and puts me at ease if i am feeling upset about the friends of mine who have before passed.
    x-miss-blonde-xon August 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I heard he sang a good song, I heard he had a style."
    -she is talking about how she goes to lik a poetry place,and everyone was telling her about this poet and how good he was

    "And there he was this young boy, a stranger to my eyes"
    -she is talking about how she had never met this guy b4

    "Strumming my pain with his fingers,
    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."
    -she is talking about how she was hearing his poem,and she related to the poem so much,she knew that poem was talking about her

    "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"
    -she was shocked by how much she related to the poem,that she felt he found her diary and read all her pages.she felt almost embarresed by it.

    "He sang it as 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"
    -she felt like he new her inside and out.she felt that he was there through all the good and bad times,yet she new he was just a stranger.she felt as if they new each other but he looked at her lik a stranger also

    overall one of my favorites!!!!
    14ballason February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti don't understand what the song is about but everytime i hear/sing it, i want to cry.
    Linda.Love.on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is my fav song of all time. i love to write poems and songs and get all my feelings out and this song meansto me that he is killing her softly because he knows her inner most secrets and feelings yet she has never seen him in her life. omg, i olve this song and her rendition of it and i get goosebumps everytime i hear it. or sing it.
    nicnadon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually this song was originally written and sung by Lori Lieberman. Roberta Flack covered it, and it became a hit.
    Insurance Fireson July 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this sooooong!!!!....its just one of a kind..its my all time favorite song.....this is a song I just want to sing along with....I luv it!!!!
    jessthemesson October 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much. i have been listening to it nonstop for like 3 days.
    dcmscheer12on October 10, 2009   Link

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