Looking from a window above, it's like a story of love
Can you hear me
Came back only yesterday
I'm moving further away
Want you near me

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

Sometimes when I think of her name
When it's only a game
And I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It's getting harder to stay
When I see you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you

This is going to take a long time
And I wonder what's mine
Can't take no more
Wonder if you'll understand
It's just the touch of your hand
Behind a closed door

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew
Only you


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Only You Lyrics as written by Vince Clarke

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  • +7
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    Sheesh, kids these days...

    No, this song was NOT written for the movie Can't Hardly Wait, it was released by Yaz in 1982 on eighties classic "Upstairs at Eric's".

    No, his voice is not gorgeous, it was sung by Alison Moyet, who does admittedly have a deep voice, smokey for a woman, but is all female.

    genetruon June 15, 2007   Link
  • +4
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    This song is great, one of my favorites. It is a little difficult to attach a meaning to it simply because the meaning is different for everyone. Some people see this as a breakup song and to other's it is their wedding song and I think that is the beauty of songs like these. They have the ability of taking us back to that point in our lives when we felt heartache or joy.

    eloz24on July 04, 2009   Link
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    I remember the heartache after a break up back in the 80's and this song playing over and over on the radio and the tears just roliing down my cheeks again and again. Oh the pain fo being a teenager. This sure captured it.

    LolaBaton October 22, 2004   Link
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    u are sooo right genetru. kids these days think they know everything.

    by the way...one of the best songs ever written and may i add "midnight" is awesome too. vince clarke is a genius and alison moyet is a great vocalist!

    miyagyion August 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
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    No one is talking about the song meaning itself.

    michaelwesleyon June 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Even more beautiful when harmonized by The Flying Pickets.

    agmlegoon July 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
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    This song is about separation from your only love and the long and uncertain road back home.

    'Only You' came out in 1982, when I was in the third year of my relationship with my future wife. It has been 'Only Her' for 28 years. Now my chronic addiction is tearing us apart.

    We are recently separated: "I'm moving farther away, want you near me."

    My pleas to come back home are being met with tough liove: "Listen to what you have to say, it's getting harder to stay."

    I realize now: "This is going to take along time, and wonder what's mine, can't take no more. All I want is the touch of your hand behind a closed door."

    And as the reality sets in, the chorus keeps going through my head: "All I needed was the love you gave. All I needed for another day. And all I ever knew, only you."

    Why didn't I see this before? The past tense of the lyrics gives a sense of capitulation. But I am not giving up as long as I get sober.

    For another take on growing old and possibly alone, listen to Lukas Graham and his song, '7 Years,' which asks when we are 60, "Will I think the world is cold or will I have lots of children who can warm me?"

    Time will tell, one day at a time....

    Dgyazoo82on December 13, 2015   Link
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    firstly this reminds me of The Office as its played on the christmas special as Tim and Dawn finally get together! but it also has personal meaning for me theres this girl on my course at uni, a few months ago i used to really fancy her (but i had a rival mate who also did). i asked her out but she said no but we we remained good friends. i never lost the feelings though and she knew how much i liked her... for her 21st we went down to where she lives in surrey where we went out in the evening. at a nightclub she was dancing with my mate and they were kissing, passionately. i was very upset and broken! the night after she apolagised in a txt for her 'drunken insensitive actions' and how nothing more would happen as were both friends to her. 2 days later it was valantines day. i sent her a card, disguising my writing and not signing it. i also quoted lines from this song on the envelope.

    she worked out the card was from me, and said it was the most amazing card shes ever had, and its one of her favourite songs! i had no idea she even knew the song! so i'll always think of this song as something which helped me turn a really shitty weekend completely on its head and repair a strong friendship which really looked like it could be lost at one point.

    Paul_draperon March 28, 2005   Link
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    this is in the top 3 greatest 80s songs of all time. and this song is played at the end of "cant hardly wait" and it makes the movie perfect. this song reminds me of my love...we would play it over and over because its just one of those songs you cant get sick of ever. damn no comments. jeez 80s fans.

    Franniebaby23on April 05, 2005   Link
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    Are you mad? Only three comments? This is one of the greatest songs ever. I would like an explanation of the lyrics. I really don't understand the story. Sorry for my bad english.

    It was the song on my wedding. !

    catalunyaon January 26, 2006   Link

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