Natalie Cole

I chose Natalie Cole, a solo artist, and her song “This Will Be,” from the album Inseparable, and released in 1975. The recording I listened to was made in the same year.

The lyrics are given below:


This will be an everlasting love
This will be the one I’ve waited for
This will be the first time anyone has loved me.

I’m so glad you found me in time
And I’m so glad that you recrefied my mind
This will be an everlasting love for me

Loving you is some kind of wonderful
Because you showed me just how much you care
You’ve given me the thrill of a lifetime
And made me believe you’ve got more thrills to spare, oh!

This will be an everlasting love
Oh, yes it will now!

You brought a lot of a sunshine in to my life
You filled me with happiness I never knew
You gave me more joy then I ever dreamed of
And no one, no one can take the place of you

This will be,
you and me,
yes sir-ee
Hugging and squeezing, and kissing and pleasing,
Together forever throughever whatever.
Yeah yeah yeah you and me

So long as I’m living true love I’ll be giving
To you I’ll be serving cause you’re so deserving
Hey, you’re so deserving, you’re so deserving
yeah yeah yeah Whoooaaah
Love [x18]
From now on [repeat till fade]

My analysis is likely to be off-key because I don’t often listen to non-classical music, but when I do, I prefer hard rap/trap. That said, This song was particularly intriguing to me not because it is about love, which is something (at least at this time) that I couldn’t care less about, but because it is about hope. Generally, I see hope portrayed as something that gives off a longing feeling, but that also gives off the idea that if you fail, the world will end. This song, on the other hand, gives off emotion of pure hope combined with joy. This joy is reflected in the piano playing in the background, with its upbeat gospel-style rhythm, and the clapping that accompanies the singing. The vocal performance, along with all the other instruments, reflects this upbeat style. The rhyme, in addition to the rhythm, that occurs throughout the song ties the lyrics together so as to make the song a single piece of work rather than it seem more like a set of disjoint phrases.
Although this song talks at length about an “everlasting love” and the expectations the speaker has for her love, that is not what interests me in this song. What interests me is, first, the use of hope combined with joy rather than a feeling of hope overlayed by the idea that failure will be a disaster, and, second, the idea that this hope applies to other aspects of life. The idea of hope with no fear of failure is something that I find very useful as I often find myself lacking in the confidence necessary to do things right, which is especially problematic when a lack of confidence directly results in failure in certain endeavors. It is more broadly problematic in that even if confidence doesn’t directly result in failure, it can often do so indirectly.

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