Song Lyric Sunday – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

It’s SLS time again and for this week Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me has picked Record/Jukebox/DJ/Radio as the theme. Make sure you click on Jim’s link to see other people’s take on the theme and/or to find out how you can join in the fun!

At first I wanted to do “Radio Gaga” by Queen; however, after seeing BoRhap twice, all the award shows, and songs flowing through my head I needed a Queen break. So, I decided to switch up the theme and instead of picking a song about the theme I would pick the most memorable jukebox scene in cinematic history (okay I may have exaggerated because it may be the only one but it is truly memorable).

Oh, yeah, my hubby just reminded me of a new memorable jukebox scene (spoiler alert) when Captain Marvel destroys one in the latest Marvel movie. But it doesn’t have a song attached to it!

Of course, I am talking about Top Gun and the steamy scenes between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. The Righteous Brothers’ version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” just added to the sexiness.

The movie came out in 1986 and had the hearts of probably every female who saw it skip a beat or two. I mean Cruise, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerrit – what’s not to love. The guys weren’t left out either. First, there is McGillis and then a bunch of planes and “macho guy stuff”. Critics weren’t so kind, but it was a box office hit with re-releases in the late 1990s in IMAX (which I saw) and in 2013 in IMAX 3D. It has become a cult classic and there is also a sequel in the works.

The song was written by Phil Specter, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil and recorded by the Ritcheous Brothers in 1964 with Specter producing. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1965 and was the fifth highest selling single of the year. There have been too many covers to list here; however, that is just another reason it has been discussed as one of the best pop songs of all time.

There is another song from the movie that deserves note as well. That is Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away, which won the Oscar that year for the best original song. But I would put money on the fact that the song that is most remembered from the movie is the Ritcheous Brothers’ one. (If you scroll to the bottom you will find a little bonus track!)

Lydia!

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips
And there’s no tenderness like before in your fingertips
You’re trying hard not to show it, [(baby)]
But baby, baby I know it

You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’
Now it’s gone… gone… gone… woah

Now there’s no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you
And now you’re starting to criticize the things I do
It makes me just feel like crying [(baby)]
‘Cause baby, something beautiful’s dying

You lost that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’
Now it’s gone… gone… gone… woah

Baby baby, I get down on my knees for you
If you would only love me like you used to do, yeah
We had a love, a love, a love you don’t find everyday
So don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t let it slip away

Baby (baby), baby (baby)
I beg of you please… please,
I need your love (I need your love),
I need your love (I need your love),
Well, bring it on back (So bring it on back),
Bring it on back (so bring it on back).

Bring back that lovin’ feelin’
Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’
Bring back that lovin’ feelin’
‘Cause it’s gone… gone… gone
And I can’t go on, woah

Writers: Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Lyrics: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Facts:  Wikipedia – song and Wikipedia – movie

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7 Replies to “Song Lyric Sunday – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”

  1. Great choice! I somehow forgot The Righteous Brothers song being in the movie – but definitely remember Take My Breath Away. I watched the movie plenty – I dated a guy that looked like a young Tom Cruise. Be still my heart.

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