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Friday Cool - The Power of Love

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on December 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

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"The Power Of Love"


I'll protect you from the hooded claw

Keep the vampires from your door


Feels like fire

I'm so in love with you

Dreams are like angels

They keep bad at bay-bad at bay

Love is the light

Scaring darkness away-yeah


I'm so in love with you

Purge the soul

Make love your goal


(1) The power of love

A force from above

Cleaning my soul

Flame on burn desire

Love with tongues of fire

Purge the soul

Make love your goal


I'll protect you from the hooded claw

Keep the vampires from your door

When the chips are down I'll be around

With my undying, death-defying

Love for you


Envy will hurt itself

Let yourself be beautiful

Sparkling love, flowers

And pearls and pretty girls

Love is like an energy

Rushin' rushin' inside of me


[Repeat 1]


This time we go sublime

Lovers entwine-divine divine

Love is danger, love is pleasure

Love is pure-the only treasure


I'm so in love with you

Purge the soul

Make love your goal


The power of love

A force from above

Cleaning my soul

The power of love

A force from above

A sky-scraping dove


Flame on burn desire

Love with tongues of fire

Purge the soul

Make love your goal


I'll protect you from the hooded claw

Keep the vampires from your door


This year, the department store John Lewis has again opted for a cover version – Gabrielle Alpin's piano-led interpretation of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1984 hit The Power of Love. It's a soothing, pleasant enough version and good enough to make me download it from iTunes,  but there is something a little watered down, a tad lifeless about Alpin's version; a gentle offering of the song, its focus seeming to fall on atmosphere rather than the lyrical content. With Holly Johnson's version every syllable of the lyrics  claws its way into your soul, cleaning and purging all other words from your mind as you take in and assimilate the words. In truth this is why Aspin's version works better with John Lewis' Xmas video than the original would, as the atmosphere imbued into the song by her rendition compliments the visual delight of the advert. The song adds to the flavour but does not dominate the story unfolding in front of your eyes. With the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version, the song could dominate the image.


Without doubt the original in this case will always be the best, but credit to John lewis  Gabrielle Alpin's version works brilliantly with the very visual demonstration of love unfolding on screen as the Snowman's unboundless love faces down every peril in his quest for a gift for his beloved.


"I always felt like The Power of Love was the record that would save me in this life," Holly Johnson once said. "There is a Biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end." Something to ponder as we slide into the Christmas shopping frenzy. Is your demonstration of love going to measure up to the Snowman's this year?  Have you really gone that extra mile for that special gift? Shame on you if you haven't!


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