The Righteous Brothers – You’re My Soul and Inspiration!

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It’s hard to believe this song was released in 1966 and is still has the ability to bring butterflies to my stomach and make me fall in love with it over and over again! This song takes me straight back to my childhood, teen age years and growing up in a small country town with dirt roads and tumbleweeds. One of the most beautifully written songs of all time, this song peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 100. The Righteous Brothers had some of the most soulful vocals and used them to breath life into this song.  The duo’s voices could have blended in very well with a gospel choir.

With soaring vocals and a symphonic arrangement, this song bears a strong resemblance to the Righteous Brothers’ breakout hit, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.” That song was written by the Brill Building songwriting duo of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and produced by Phil Spector. When it became a #1 hit in 1965, Spector asked Mann and Weil to write another one, and they came up with “Soul And Inspiration.” They saw it as a carbon copy of “Lovin’ Feelin’,” however, and didn’t deliver it to Spector.

By 1966, The Righteous Brothers had signed a $1 million deal with MGM Records and needed a hit to please their new corporate overlords. Medley remembered the tune Mann and Weil had scrapped, and asked them to revive it. They reluctantly delivered the song to Medley, who produced it himself, using many of Spector’s techniques.

Released as their first single for MGM, “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” returned the duo to the top of the Hot 100, where it stayed for three weeks.

The song’s co-writer Cynthia Weil said of this song: “It will always be Lovin’ Feelin’ sideways to me.”

The listening public seems to agree: While the song remains a Righteous Brothers favorite, it never had a popular resurgence like “Lovin’ Feelin'” or “Unchained Melody,” and is rarely heard in movies, TV shows or commercials.

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Song Lyrics –

Girl, I can’t let you do this
Let you walk away
Girl, how can I live through this
When you’re all I wake up for each day?
Baby, you’re my soul and my heart’s inspiration
You’re all I’ve got to get me by
You’re my soul and my heart’s inspiration

Without you baby, what good am I?
I never had much goin’
But at least I had you
How can you walk out knowin’
I ain’t got nothin’ left if you do?
Baby, you’re my soul and my heart’s inspiration

You’re all I’ve got to get me by
You’re my soul and my heart’s inspiration
Without you baby, what good am I, oh what good am I?

SPOKEN: Baby, I can’t make it with out cha. And I’m, I’m tellin’ ya, honey-you’re my
reason for laughin’, for cryin’, for livin’, and for dyin’

Baby, I can’t make it without you
Please, I’m begging you baby
If you go it will kill me
I swear it, Dear, my love can’t bear it
You’re my soul and my heart’s inspiration

You’re all I’ve got to get me by
You’re my soul and my heart’s inspiration
Without you baby, what good am I, what good am I?
Mm-mm-mm Mm-mm-mm
Mm-mm-mm

Writer/s: BARRY MANN, CYNTHIA WEIL

13 thoughts on “The Righteous Brothers – You’re My Soul and Inspiration!

      1. Oh I know exactly what it is…Phil Spector…he had a style of producing called….”The Wall of Sound”….here is sounds good…some it can be overbearing but it fits the Brothers.

                    1. It’s hard. If we had a date…like I don’t know…Aug 25th then we would have some piece of mind…but the not knowing…really plays with your head.

                    2. Yes, I agree. The numbers keep going up and down, so many people are out of work, and unsure of what’s going to happen, and many just don’t know what to do right now. Those of us who are still working are truly blessed. This storm will pass eventually. Have a blessed weekend. Good night!