June 17.2015 – Story Behind “The Closer You Get” by Alabama

Alabama The Closer You Get

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“The Closer You Get” was written in 1980 by J.P. Pennington and Mark Gray, members of Exile. However, the song was not immediately recorded by Alabama. Two earlier versions were released as singles – the first by Exile (which failed to gain much attention) and singer Don King, whose version reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in October 1981. In addition, Rita Coolidge recorded the song for her 1981 album, Heartbreak Radio, and released her version as a single.

Alabama’s version differed substantially from King’s acoustic version. According to country music writer Tom Roland, the song featured “distorted guitars, a more elaborate arrangement and an altered vocal sound.”

The end result was Alabama’s 10th No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[4] In addition, “The Closer You Get” registered enough airplay on Top 40 radio stations to peak at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbR7mvOe1xs

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Lyrics:
The closer you get, the further I fall
I’ll be over the edge now in no time at all.
I’m fallin’ faster and faster and faster with no time to stall
The closer you get, the further I fall.

The things that you say to me
The look on your face
Brings out the man in me
Do I see a trace in your eyes of love

The closer you get, (oh baby) the further I fall
I’ll be over the edge now in no time at all.
I’m fallin’ faster and faster and faster with no time to stall
The closer you get, (em hmm) the further I fall

Could I be dreamin’
Is this really real
‘Cause there’s something magic
The way that I feel in your arms tonight.

The closer you get, (oh yeah) the further I fall
I’ll be over the edge now in no time at all.
I’m fallin’ faster and faster and faster with no time to stall
The closer you get, (em hmm) the further I fall.

Keep fallin’, oh, yeah, yeah, keep fallin’,
Mm, fallin’, oh, yeah, yeah, I’m fallin’.

Yes, I’m fallin’ (Yes, I’m fallin’ Yes, I’m fallin’)
Yes, I’m fallin’ (Yes, I’m fallin’ Yes, I’m fallin’)
Yes, we’re fallin’ (Yes, we’re fallin’ Yes, we’re fallin’).

The closer you get, (oh yeah) the further I fall (um hmm)
I’ll be over the edge now in no time at all
I’m fallin’ faster and faster and faster with no time to stall
(Um hm) The closer you get, (em hmm) the further I fall.

The closer you get, the further I fall
I’ll be over the edge now in no time at all.
I’m fallin’ faster and faster and faster with no time to stall
The closer you get, the further I fall.

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