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Shirley Bassey - If You Don't Understand (1984 Recording) / La Passione (1996 Recording) DISCO

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Uploaded on Dec 17, 2010

1984 / 1996 - Two superb Disco tracks from Shirley Bassey, each recorded twelve years apart. Shirley's contributions to the Disco era are classy songs delivered with the Bassey formidable vocal style. In my opinion they are high above much of the electrified techno stuff which took a front seat while the singers took the secondary back ground role to much of what was released during the Disco period! It's unfortunate that these songs from Shirley Bassey were not released world wide, but thanks to Youtube people from around the world now have a chance to listen, and enjoy!

ABOUT If You Don't Understand:
Released 1984 on a single AND on the album I Am What I Am. Though the rest of the album had been recorded together with the London Symphony Orchestra and the CD inlay does not state anything different for this song, I suppose that this song is not from the same recording session. I believe that it has not been recorded together with the LSO - you can hear that if you compare the other songs orchestral accompaniment with the backing of this song. A fact that supports this idea is that this song was not on the LP version of the I Am What I Am album.

1885 a Towerbell maxi-single has been released with a "Special Dance Mix" of If You Don't Understand re-mixed by Robert Levy-Proven├žal (length 7:11).
1986 another Towerbell maxi-single has been released including "New recordings never previously available" of "To All The Men I've Loved Before" and also this song.
Shirley Bassey has also performed this song live in a few shows 1984 - 1987.

LYRICS - If You Don't Understand:
He can be the biggest heel that
human nature has invented
But I'd never change him if I could
And whenever he's away from me

I nearly go demented
I'd leave him if I could

He's the face upon the pillow

That I always want to turn to
But I never know how long he'll stay
You may ask me why I choosed to live this way
Well, I'm a woman

If you don't understand
You've never known a love that was real
You've never known the way that I feel

Each time he leaves me
If You don't understand
You've never known impossible dreams
You've never known the hell
that it means to be

Missing him
Wanting him

He can take me to the moon
each time he puts his arms
[ Find more Lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.org/JDUs ]
around me
Only he can take the moon away
And if I regret the day this
wayward lover ever found me
I'd be to proud to say
He can smile and I surrender
But I couldn't live without him
He's the loosing game I always play
You may ask me why I choosed to live this way
Well, I'm a woman

If you don't understand
You've never known a love that was real
You've never known the way that I feel

Each time he leaves me
If You don't understand
You've never known impossible dreams
You've never known the hell
that it means to be

Missing him
Wanting him

If you don't understand
You've never known a love that was real
You've never known the way that I feel

Each time he leaves me

If You don't understand
You've never known impossible dreams
You've never known the hell
that it means to be

Missing him
Wanting him

ABOUT La Passione:
La Passione is a 1996 album by Chris Rea, and the soundtrack for the movie with the same title, also written by Rea. Shirley Bassey provides vocals on two tracks

LYRICS - La Passione:
I stand alone
Without a care
Open the door
But no-one's there
The lonely night
My only friend
Love's wrongs are right
I can't defend
La Passione
La Passione
La Passione
La Passione

And now I know
What I've become
It haunts me so
[ Find more Lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.org/JDOt ]
But I'll go on and on
I know the pain inside
Is the price you pay to ride
Into the brightest flame
Never the same again

La Passione
La Passione
La Passione
La Passione

You dare to dream
Take the chance and go
Desire has taken hold
Now the passion haunts you so

La Passione
La Passione
La Passione
La Passione

Special Thanks to Pieter and Astrid from the Shirley Bassey blog and all those who have provided wonderful pictures of Shirley!

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