Radio 52, side A, track 2: “Hello” by Lionel Richie, #73 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh, Lionel Richie, how in the hell could this have been the first song by you I ever taped off the radio?  By this time in my radio-taping career, I’d recorded over a thousand songs off the radio, and yet no Lionel Richie?!?!  That’s just cray-cray.  I was of course quite familiar with your work, since “Dancing On The Ceiling” was one of the first cassette tapes I ever bought when I joined the Columbia House Music Club.  In all honesty, the main reason I’d initially fallen in love with your music was because Rodney Dangerfield was featured on the video to “Dancing On The Ceiling”, which I somehow caught at some point.  I know, that’s a weird way to get acquainted with your music, Lionel Richie, but I really loved me some Rodney Dangerfield.  And of course, after I heard your music, I loved you, too, Lionel Richie.  I don’t know if this was the first time I’d heard this song or not, but I guarantee I was nodding my head in a knowing manner because OF COURSE they had to feature at least one of your songs on this countdown.  Obviously I’d have preferred “Dancing On The Ceiling”, but the countdown’s still pretty young yet, so I’ll hold out hope.  But even if this is the only song of yours that ends up representing your fantastic voice, it’s well-deserved.  Also, besides this being a fantastic song, it’s also one of our favorite wedding gifts:

hello is it tea you're looking for Lionel Richie

I know.  Amazing, right?  Two people actually bought this for us, but one of them thought it was so cool they kept it for themselves.  Not surprisingly.  It’s pretty fantastic.  And the great thing about it is that not only does it make me chuckle every time I see it, it also makes me want to sing this song.  So I’m a double winner.  Thanks for helping us fill out our gift registry, Lionel Richie, and thanks for being amazing.

“Hello”

<awesome Lionel Richie jam>

I’ve been alone with you inside myyyy miiiind

And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips

A thousand times

I sometimes see you pass outside myyyy doooor

Hello

Is it me you’re looking for

I can see it in your eyes

I can see it in your smile

You’re all I’ve ever wanted

And my arms are open wide

‘Cause you know just what to say

And you know just what to do

And I want to tell you so much

I love you

<awesome Lionel Richie jam>

I long to see the sunlight in your hair

And tell you time and time again

How much I care

Sometimes I feel my heart will overfloooow

Hello

I’ve just got to letchoo know

‘Cause I wonder where you are

And I wonder what you do

Are you somewhere feeling lonely

Or is someone loving you

Tell me how to win your heart

For I haven’t got a clue

But let me start by saying

I love you

<awesome Lionel Richie jam>

Hello

Is it me you’re looking for

‘Cause I wonder where you are

And I wonder what you do

Are you somewhere feeling lonely

Is someone loving you

Tell me how to win your heart

For I haven’t gooot a clue

But let me start by saying

I love yooooou

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