What I Say
Freddy Fender Lyrics


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No New Year's Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring
No song to sing
In fact here's just another ordinary day
No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
No summer's high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies
No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
But what it is, though old so new
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, of my heart
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do




I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, baby of my heart

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Freddy Fender may seem simple at first glance but they are actually quite profound. The song opens with the lines "No New Year's Day to celebrate, no chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away, no first spring, no song to sing--in fact here's just another ordinary day." These lyrics describe how love doesn't depend on special occasions or events but is something that can be expressed any day of the year.


The second half of the song goes on to describe different times of the year when we might expect love to be expressed, such as weddings, summer days, or Christmas. However, the song suggests that these external events are not what truly matters, but rather the simple act of expressing love. The chorus repeats the phrase "I just called to say I love you" to emphasize this message. The song suggests that love is what makes life truly special, and that it's important to express this love to the people who matter to us.


Overall, the lyrics of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" are a powerful reminder of the importance of expressing love and how it's the little things that matter most.


Line by Line Meaning

No New Year's Day to celebrate
Today isn't a special occasion like New Year's Day usually is


No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
There's no Valentine's Day, no reason to give anyone candy hearts


No first of spring
There's no indication of the arrival of spring


No song to sing
There aren't any festive songs to commemorate an occasion, like Christmas carols


In fact here's just another ordinary day
This day isn't different from any other day, it's completely ordinary in every way


No April rain
There's no rain during April, which is usually a time of year when it rains heavily


No flowers bloom
There aren't any flowers blossoming, which is usually a sign of spring


No wedding Saturday within the month of June
June, which is usually associated with weddings, is absent of any weddings this year


But what it is, is something true
Despite the lack of special occasions, there's something real and genuine that's being expressed


Made up of these three words that I must say to you
The expression of love can be conveyed in only three simple words


I just called to say I love you
The singer phoned the person they love to express how much they love them


I just called to say how much I care
The artist wanted to convey how much they care for the person they love


And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
The singer is being completely sincere and genuine when expressing their love


No summer's high
The summer season isn't any more special than any other season


No warm July
July, which is usually a hot month, isn't warm this year


No harvest moon to light one tender August night
The harvest moon, which can be a romantic occasion, isn't present this year


No autumn breeze
There's no wind blowing during autumn, which is usually a time when cool winds start blowing


No falling leaves
The leaves on the trees are not falling this year, which is common during autumn


Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies
The birds aren't migrating to warmer climates yet, which they usually do around this time of year


No Libra sun
There's no emphasis on the astrological sign of Libra in the sky


No Halloween
Halloween, which is usually celebrated, is absent this year


No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
There's no specific day to give thanks for the happiness that Christmas brings


But what it is, though old so new
The message of love is a timeless and ageless expression


To fill your heart like no three words could ever do
The expression of love can fill the heart more than any other three words ever could


And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart, baby of my heart
The singer reiterates the sincerity and genuineness of their love to their beloved




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Written by: Stevie Wonder

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