Song Lyric Sunday: User Choice – ‘If Paradise Is Half as Nice’

Jim’s given us a free hand for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday and that gives me an opportunity to exorcise my current earworm – although fortunately it’s one I don’t mind having at all.

It’s many years since I last heard this, but it cropped up (on Twitter, I think) recently. This song, recorded in 1968 but released in early 1969, was the first of about half a dozen top ten hits for Amen Corner (essentially a vehicle for the exceptional voice of Andy Fairweather-Low). It was originally written in Italian, but translated by Jack Fishman, who certainly deserves his writing credit.

Madame once told me that when she was at school she had ‘Amen Corner’ scratched onto her ruler, so this one is most definitely for her. In fact, it could be about her.

If paradise is half as nice as heaven that you take me to
Who needs paradise, I’d rather have you

They say paradise is up in the stars
But I needn’t sigh because it’s so far
Coz I know it’s where a heaven on earth
Will be where you are

A look from your eyes, touch from your hand
And I seem to fly to some other land
When you are around my heart always pounds
Just like a brass band

If paradise is half as nice as heaven that you take me to
Who needs paradise I’d rather have you
Oh yes I’d rather have you

If paradise is half as nice as heaven that you take me to
Who needs paradise I’d rather have you
Oh yes I’d rather have you

They say paradise is up in the stars
But I needn’t sigh because it’s so far
Coz I know it’s where a heaven on earth
Will be where you are

A look from your eyes a touch from your hand
And I seem to fly to some other land
When you are around…

Written by Lucio Battisti, Giulio Mogol and Jack Fishman

Song Lyric Sunday 9 October 2022

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One thought on “Song Lyric Sunday: User Choice – ‘If Paradise Is Half as Nice’

  1. Great choice I loved Amen Corner and Andy had such a distinctive voice…I met the group at top of the pops …good memories.
    Plus there is a place called Amen Corner not far from where I live ….constant reminder 💜

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