Saturday, April 10, 2010

Better than Florence

I remember hearing this song for the first time (a different mix) at the Graduation Ball on the night of my last exam of Finals. It was perhaps the elation of finishing five years of study or a heady Summer night at Ashton Court or maybe just too much champagne, but I remember an almost mystical fizz when, dancing with friends I realised the import of the words. Candi Staton means them and they are a prayer and they mean a lot to me.

Nice try Florence. Not a patch

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying Lord I just don't care
But you've got the love I need to see me through

Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then I feel that life is just too much
But you've got the love I need to see me through

When food is gone you are my daily meal
When friends are gone I know my Saviour's love is real
Your love is real

Every once in a while I say Lord I can't go on
Every once in a while I get to feeling blue
Every once in a while it seems like I am all alone
But you got the love I need to see me through

Time after time I say, "Oh Lord what's the use?"
Time after time I say, "This just won't do"
But sooner or later in life the things you love you lose
Just like before, I know I call you

Occasionally my thoughts are brave and friends are few
Occasionally I cry out Lord what must I do
Occasionally I call up Master make me new
You've got the love I need to see me through



Anonymous Ebo said...

Ahhh..1990 (or was it 91?) and i supplemented my daily crust by spining the decks at some studenty joints.

If memory serves me right, the track was one of Candi'S lesser know gospel tracks (a B side?)which initially came out as a bootleg with her vocals / lyrics and the Frankie Knuckles disco hit"Your Love" providing the tune.

The Source nabbed it, tweaked the piano loop a little and that's the version people remember most.

I always wondered how much the Psalms influenced it.

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