Song Lyric Sunday | “Strawberry Letter 23” – The Brothers Johnson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “letters”. 

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This week’s pick was again handed to me by fate – the mister was singing it as he brought in and handed me the mail. LOL!

Strawberry Letter 23 was a cover of a 1971 Shuggie Otis original released by The Brothers Johnson in the summer of 1977. The funkier version by brothers George and Louis Johnson–also known as Thunder Thumbs and Lightening Licks (the name of a track from their debut album, Look Out For #1) for their stellar guitar skills–went all the way to number one on the soul charts and number 5 on Billboards Hot 100.

This song had epic staying power! The album Right On Time released in May of 1977 and Strawberry Letter 23 wasn’t released as a single until July, but the song could be heard at every party and school dance through spring of the next year when I graduated from high school.

Strawberry Letter 23 has been covered and sampled several times, but no version has been nearly as successful as The Brothers Johnson’s.

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Strawberry Letter 23

The Brothers Johnson

Written by Shuggie Otis

Hello my love, I heard a kiss from you
Red magic satin playing near, too
All through the morning rain I gaze, the sun doesn’t shine
Rainbows and waterfalls run through my mind

In the garden, I see
West purple shower bells and tea
Orange birds and river cousins
Dressed in green

Pretty music, I hear
So happy and loud
Blue flowers echo
From a cherry cloud

Feel sunshine sparkle pink and blue
Playgrounds will laugh
If you try to ask
“Is it cool?”

If you arrive and don’t see me
I’m going to be with my baby
I am free, flying in her arms
Over the sea

Stained window, yellow candy screen
See speakers of kite
With velvet roses diggin’
Freedom flight

A present from you
Strawberry letter 22
The music plays
I sit in for a few

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

A present from you
Strawberry letter 22
The music plays
I sit in for a few

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

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