Yo
Tell him, mh (ooh)
It's like, uh
You know, uh
Sweet, sweet
Sweet (tell him)
Uh

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 (uh)
'Cause he's all that I got and tell him

Tell him I need him (yeah)
Tell him I love him (tell him, yeah)
And it'll be alright (it'll be alright)
Tell him
Tell him I need him (tell him, uh)
Tell him I love him (be alright)
(Tell him I love him)
It'll be alright

Now I may have faith (I may have faith)
To make mountains fall (to make mountains fall)
But if I lack love then I am nothin' at all
I can give away (I can give away)
Everything I possess (yo, uh)
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, uh)
But now that I'm older all childish things end
And tell him (tell him)

Tell him I need him (tell him I need)
Tell him I love him
And it'll be alright (it'll be alright)
Tell him, tell him I need him (tell him, tell him)
(Be alright) tell him I love him
(Tell him)
It'll be alright (ooh, yeah)

I'll never be jealous (uh, I'll never be jealous)
And I won't be too proud
'Cause love is not boastful (no)
Ooh, and love is not loud (no, no)
Tell him I need him (tell him I need him)
Tell him I love him (tell him I love him)
Everything is gonna (everything)
Is gonna be alright (everything)

(Alright, alright, alright, alright, oh)
Yeah, yeah, oh, yeah

Now I may have wisdom (I may have wisdom)
And knowledge on Eaarth
But if I speak wrong
Ooh, then what is it worth? (What is it worth? Nothing)
See what we now know is nothing compared
To the love that was shown when our lives were spared
And tell him (tell him)

Tell him I need him (tell him, ooh)
Tell him I love him (love him)
And it'll be alright (it'll be alright)
Ohh, tell him ((tell him)
Tell him I need him (I need you)
Tell him I love him (be alright)
It'll be alright, ohh (be alright, it's gonna be alright)

Tell him (it's gonna be alright in the morning)
That I need him (in the afternoon) (be alright)
(I need him, uh) ohh
(Be alright) it'll
It'll be alright (yeah, it'll be alright, see)
(Tell him) it'll be alright, see
Yeah, when the morning comes (be alright)
When the, when the, when the evening comes (be alright)
(Tell him) ohh, in the nighttime
(Be alright) in the morning
(Be alright) in the evening, baby
(Tell him) ohh, tell him
Yeah (be alright)


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  • +1
    General Comment

    I 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
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    I 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 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    so much truth in it...

    ne.oneon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    oh my. she is singing that to me.

    cantankerouson May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    hey, 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 Comment

    I 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 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    i 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 Comment

    oh 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
  • 0
    General Comment

    i 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
  • 0
    General Comment

    this 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 26, 2006   Link

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