Song Lyric Sunday | “Giving You the Best That I Got” – Anita Baker

 

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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 give/giving.”

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Giving You the Best That I Got was Anita Baker’s biggest hit, scoring #1 on both the Adult Contemporary and R&B charts, in addition to #3 on the Hot 100. A broad crossover song, it became a favorite of jazz, pop, and “light” radio stations.

The song’s writers (Randy Holland, Skip Scarborough and Baker) won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Song for their work on the track. Baker also won Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for both the song and album. The album also took three Soul Train Music Awards and made Billboard’s #1 album spot for December 24, 1988 through January 20, 1989. That breaks in between (prepare for mood dissonance) U2’s Rattle and Hum and Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel.

Giving You the Best That I Got is about unconditional devotion to your mate, but according to its co-writer Randy Holland, it didn’t start out that way. Holland says that he wrote the song after moving from Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career in music. He was “giving it the best that he got,” but things weren’t working out for him in the city. He later changed the song to be about his wife, Jennifer, and their special bond.

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Giving You the Best That I Got

Ain’t there something I can give you?
In exchange for everything you give to me
Read my mind
And make me feel just fine
When I think my peace of mind is out of reach

The scales are sometimes unbalanced
And you bear the weight of all that has to be
I hope you see that you can lean on me
And together
We can calm a stormy sea

[Hook]
We love so strong and so unselfishly
And I tell you now that I made a vow
I’m giving you the best that I got, baby
Yes, I tell you now
That I made a vow
I’m giving you the best that I got, honey

Everybody’s got opinions
‘Bout the way they think our story’s gonna end
Some folks feel it’s just a superficial thrill
Everybody’s gonna have to think again

We love so strong and so unselfishly
They don’t bother me so I’m gonna keep on
Giving you the best that I got, baby
They don’t bother me
Said I’m gonna keep on
Giving you the best that I got

Listen, baby
Somebody understands me
Somebody gave his heart to me
I stumbled my whole life long
Always on my own
Now I’m home

My weary mind is rested
And I feel as if my home is in your arms
Fears are all gone
I like the sound of your song
And I think I want to sing it forever

We love so strong and so unselfishly
And I made a vow so I tell you now
I’m giving you the best that I got

Listen, baby
I bet everything on my wedding ring
I’m giving you the best that I got
Giving it to you, baby

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.

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