You Light Up My Life

For Alphabe-Thursday,  Letter Y. I think everyone is familiar with Debby Boone’s rendition of this inspirational song. According to Wikipedia,
“You Light Up My Life” is a ballad written by Joe Brooks, and originally recorded by Kasey Cisyk for the soundtrack to the film of the same name.[1] The song was lip synched in the film by its lead, Didi Conn.

There was a lot of drama over the recording of the song but eventually Debby Boone made it into a single.

Debby Boone, Pat Boone’s daughter, recorded the single, which became an enormous success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a (then) record-setting ten consecutive weeks. It became the most successful single of the 1970s in the United States, and set a new Hot 100 record for longest reign at No. 1. (Elvis Presley’s double-sided “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog”, then recognized as the longest-running No. 1 of the rock era, spent eleven weeks atop the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1956, before the debut of the Hot 100.) The record was matched in 1982 by Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”, but never surpassed until a 1991 change in chart methodology allowed songs to achieve longer reigns at No.1 (“End of the Road” by Boyz II Men set the new record, thirteen weeks). The single, which was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and reached #4 on the Country chart. The single peaked at #48 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Although it was written by Brooks as a love song, the devout Boone interpreted it as inspirational and proclaimed that it was instead God who “lit up her life.” This fact was later alluded to when the song appeared in the twelfth episode of the third season of The Simpsons.
Boone’s success resulted in Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female and Record of the Year and won her the 1977 Grammy for Best New Artist and the 1977 American Music Award for Favorite Pop Single. The song earned Brooks the 1977 Song of the Year Grammy (tied with “Love Theme from “A Star Is Born” (Evergreen)”) as well as the Best Original Song awards at the 1977 Golden Globe and Academy Awards.[1]
You Light Up My Life
So many nights
I’d sit by my window,
Waiting for someone
To sing me his song.

So many dreams
I’ve kept deep inside me.
Alone in the dark
But now you’ve come along.


And you
Light up my life.
You give me hope
To carry on.

You light up my days
And fill my nights
With song.

Rolling at sea,
Adrift on the waters.
Could it be finally
I’m turning for home?

Finally, a chance
To say, “Hey, I love you,”
Never again
To be all alone.

(Chorus x2)

It can’t be wrong,
When it feels so right.
‘Cause you…
You light up my…

9 Responses

  1. Great post for the letter Y 🙂

  2. Wonderful post for Y ~ so informative and such a beautiful song ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Yes, an excellent song wonderful!

  4. Lovely post – and a lovely weekend to you too!

  5. This is a nice song. Another song beginning with the letter Y, is “You”, by Keith Green. Are you familiar to this artist? He died when I was just a little boy, but even so he’s one of my favorite artists, and his music has followed me through my youth and still are in my adult life. If you not know him, I recommend you to look him up and listen. Maybe you like it!

    Happy weekend!

  6. It was the kind of song that made you feel better. I’m grateful to songwriters for what they do.

  7. I remember that song well. It was a fun song to be in love with at the time – LOL! Have a blessed weekend!

  8. I always liked that song and I don’t believe Debbie Boone had any other hits. At least none that I can think of right now. Lately she appears in TV commercials while that song plays in the background.

  9. I do remember that song.
    Thanks for all the information!

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