Song Lyric Sunday 17th July

Jim Adams is back from his vacation and this week the theme is songs that hit the top of the charts.
I love close harmonies in a song and some of the boybands of the 90s could really deliver.
This is one of my favourites by Westlife. They topped the charts with several, but this has always IMO been the best.

Courtesy WIKI

The song was written by Wayne Hector and Steve Mac. In an interview with HitQuarters, Hector said the basic idea for the song came to him while on a break from working on a hip hop session with Ezi Cut in Los Angeles:

I came up with a couple of lines for the first verse and then phoned my mama’s house, left it on the answering machine, and said, β€œDon’t get rid of this!”

Upon returning to England, Hector went into the studio to work on the idea with long-time songwriting partner and producer Steve Mac. When the two discussed what the song was about they agreed that “this is about our wives. This is about the things that make our lives complete.” According to Hector the lyrics were completed in about half an hour. He added, “Flying Without Wings was a life-changing moment, and a song he says he is particularly proud of. A big moment for me was when Flying Without Wings came out, I’d had a few Number 1s at that point, but that convinced people I could write good pop songs. After that, I started working with bigger acts and over a more diverse range of genres, including country and rock, which helped me pick up some credibility.” The band’s manager later revealed the song had been planned as the first solo single for Boyzone’s Stephen Gately. “Stephen did the demo and he thought it was going to be his song,” Walsh recalls. “I’ll be quite honest, I missed it, but as soon as Simon heard it he just went bananas. It was really difficult because Westlife were on tour with Boyzone, as the support act.”

In a documentary aired on UTV called Westlife Back Home, band member Shane Filan said it is probably the best song of their career, while former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (band member Nicky Byrne’s father-in-law) revealed it is his favourite tune from the chart-topping band. The song also won the band their first of four Record of the Year prizes on the annual televised ITV music awards on 11 December 1999, scoring a total of 159,590 votes to beat Boyzone’s Ronan Keating to the title.

“Flying Without Wings”

Everybody’s looking for that something
One thing that makes it all complete
You’ll find it in the strangest places
Places you never knew it could be

Some find it in the face of their children
Some find it in their lover’s eyes
Who can deny the joy it brings
When you’ve found that special thing
You’re flying without wings

Some find it sharing every morning
Some in their solitary nights
You’ll find it in the words of others
A simple line can make you laugh or cry

You’ll find it in the deepest friendship
The kind you cherish all your life
And when you know how much that means
You’ve found that special thing
You’re flying without wings

So, impossible as it may seem
You’ve got to fight for every dream
‘Cause who’s to know which one you let go
Would have made you complete (Oh)

Well, for me it’s waking up beside you (Ah)
To watch the sunrise on your face (Ah)
To know that I can say I love you (Ah)
In any given time or place (Ah)

It’s little things that only I know (Ah)
Those are the things that make you mine
And it’s like flying without wings (Ah)
‘Cause you’re my special thing (Ah)
I’m flying without wings

And you’re the place my life begins (Ah)
And you’ll be where it ends (Ah)
I’m flying without wings
And that’s the joy you bring
I’m flying without wings


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 17th July

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I agree, a great song and Hubby really liked Westlife.. I would have liked to seen Ronan Keating get it though πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  2. This song says that the happiness you get from children, friendship and being with your lover is like flying without wings.

  3. Fandango says:

    A new one for me.

    • Seems its a new one for a lot of people Fandango. Westlife were very popular over here but like so many boybands, they split and I don’t know what they’re doing now.

  4. I’d never heard that song before, Di. The lyrics are beautiful and so positive. It was a wonderful listen for the start of my day. πŸ˜€

  5. It’s new to me also, but you’re right. Lovely ballad! Great choice! πŸ™‚

  6. Carol anne says:

    I love this song. Its my favourite westlife song!

  7. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I think the best songs are those which resonate, this one really hit the spot

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