Lyrically Evocative (20)

Over a year ago, I included this song in my series ‘Significant Songs’. It was number 144, and a real favourite of mine. I recently saw it performed again, on TV, and realised that the lyrics were worthy of inclusion in a different post. Before you listen to the song, cast your eyes over what may be some of the best love song lyrics ever written. I have reprinted some of the information used on the October 2017 post.

Holly Johnson became famous as the front man and lead singer of the controversial group ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’. Although I was not a real fan of their music, Johnson’s powerful voice was an indication of real vocal talent. Released as a single from the top-selling album, ‘Welcome To The Pleasuredome’ in 1984, this track was very different to the commercial beats associated with them at the time. Written in part by Holly himself, and produced by the experienced Trevor Horn, this record enjoyed considerable success.

Here are the lyrics.

I’ll protect you from the hooded claw
Keep the vampires from your door
I, feels like fire
I’m so in love with you
Dreams are like angels
They keep bad at bay, bad at bay
Love is the light
Scaring darkness away, yeah
I’m so in love with you
Purge the soul
Make love your goal
The power of love
A force from above
Cleaning my soul
Flame on burn desire
Love with tongues of fire
Purge the soul
Make love your goal
I’ll protect you from the hooded claw
Keep the vampires from your door
When the chips are down
I’ll be around with my undying
Death defying love for you
Envy will hurt itself

Let yourself be beautiful
Sparkling love, flowers and pearls and pretty girls
Love is like an energy
Rushin’ in, rushin’ inside of me, yeah
The power of love
A force from above
Cleaning my soul
Flame on burn desire
Love with tongues of fire
Purge the soul
Make love your goal
This time we go sublime
Lovers entwine, divine divine
Love is danger, love is pleasure
Love is pure, the only treasure
I’m so in love with you
Purge the soul
Make love your goal
The power of love
A force from above
Cleaning my soul
The power of love
A force from above
A sky-scraping dove
Flame on burn desire
Love with tongues of fire
Purge the soul
Make love your goal
I’ll protect you from the hooded claw
Keep the vampires from your door

Songwriters: Brian Philip Nash / Holly Johnson / Mark William O’toole / Peter Gill / Rudy Perez

And here is Holly, singing them.

36 thoughts on “Lyrically Evocative (20)

  1. It was a good atmospheric production by Trevor Horn. It’s a pub quiz standard, one of three songs contemporarily released with exactly the same title. No googling! 😁
    Has it been recently covered by someone else? – I happened to hear another version in the car on Radio 1 this week.

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  2. Beautiful voice. I do not know this song. I really liked Relax.

    The Power of Love I know only from Jennifer Rush, but that`s another lyrics. I like to hear that – and is currently running in the background on youtube! 😉

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