bless the telephone
Labi Siffre Lyrics


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It's nice to hear your voice again
I've waited all day long
Even wrote a song for you
It's strange, the way you make me feel
With just a word or two
I'd like to do the same for you

It's nice to hear you say "hello"
And "how are things with you?
I love you"
But very soon it's time to go
An office job to do
While I'm here writing songs for you

Strange
How a phone call can change your day
Take you away
Away
From the feeling of being alone
Bless the telephone

It's nice, the way you say my name
Not very fast or slow, just soft and low
The same as when you tell me how you feel
I feel the same way, too
I'm very much in love with you





I'm very much in love with you

Overall Meaning

In "Bless the Telephone," Labi Siffre expresses how a simple phone call from a loved one can make all the difference in someone's day. He talks about waiting all day just to hear the voice of his loved one and even writing a song for them. The way they make him feel with just a few words is astounding, and he wants to reciprocate the feeling.


Throughout the song, Siffre talks about the beauty of hearing his loved one's voice say hello and tell him they love him. However, the sad reality is that the call eventually comes to an end, and his loved one has to go back to work. While they spend their time at work, Siffre is writing songs for them.


Thus, the song is a beautiful ode to the telephone and how it is a medium that can bring people closer and make them feel loved in a world where loneliness often creeps in.


Line by Line Meaning

It's nice to hear your voice again
I'm glad to have the chance to hear from you today


I've waited all day long
I've been anticipating this moment all day


Even wrote a song for you
I wrote a song to express how I feel about you


It's strange, the way you make me feel
I'm amazed by the impact you have on my emotions


With just a word or two
You have the ability to brighten my day with your words


I'd like to do the same for you
It would bring me joy to make you feel the same way


It's nice to hear you say 'hello'
I cherish hearing your greeting


And 'how are things with you?
I appreciate your interest in my well-being


I love you'
It means the world to me when you tell me you love me


But very soon it's time to go
Unfortunately, our conversation must end soon


An office job to do
I have work responsibilities waiting for me


While I'm here writing songs for you
I make time to compose music as a way to express my affection for you


Strange
It's remarkable how a single phone call can have such an impact


How a phone call can change your day
A simple phone call can transform your mood or outlook on life


Take you away
Transport you to a different emotional state


Away
Provide a temporary escape from loneliness or sadness


From the feeling of being alone
Relieve the emotion of isolation that can come with being by oneself


Bless the telephone
Expressing gratitude for the phone as a means of keeping in touch with loved ones


It's nice, the way you say my name
I find great comfort in the way you speak my name


Not very fast or slow, just soft and low
The pace and tone of your voice when you say my name is gentle and calming


The same as when you tell me how you feel
You use the same gentle voice when you're expressing your emotions


I feel the same way, too
I share the same emotions as you


I'm very much in love with you
I am deeply in love with you




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Written by: Labi Siffre

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Betania J.R Santana

It's nice to hear your voice again
I've waited all day long
Even wrote a song for you
It's strange, the way you make me feel
With just a word or two
I'd like to do the same for you
It's nice to hear you say "hello"
And "how are things with you?
I love you"
But very soon it's time to go
An office job to do
While I'm here writing songs for you
Strange
How a phone call can change your day
Take you away
Away
From the feeling of being alone
Bless the telephone
It's nice, the way you say my name
Not very fast or slow, just soft and low
The same as when you tell me how you feel
I feel the same way, too
I'm very much in love with you
I'm very much in love with you



All comments from YouTube:

Preston Hall

Our wedding song. Brings tears to my eyes.

Betania J.R Santana

It's nice to hear your voice again
I've waited all day long
Even wrote a song for you
It's strange, the way you make me feel
With just a word or two
I'd like to do the same for you
It's nice to hear you say "hello"
And "how are things with you?
I love you"
But very soon it's time to go
An office job to do
While I'm here writing songs for you
Strange
How a phone call can change your day
Take you away
Away
From the feeling of being alone
Bless the telephone
It's nice, the way you say my name
Not very fast or slow, just soft and low
The same as when you tell me how you feel
I feel the same way, too
I'm very much in love with you
I'm very much in love with you

anthony

In my opinion, this is the best song for a ringtone for a specific person

Inherit My Shoes

LUNÁTICO

It's crazy how he can sing and talk at the same time. Beautiful artist.

Marion Barton

Simply beautiful - one of my favourite songs when I hit 20. The words are so true....

Marion Barton

I first heard this song in 1971 (I'm 75 now) and still love it - yes, it is a poem. Wish there were more of them : simple and so true about a love relationship

Its Proxy

You've got great taste! Wonderful song.@Marion Barton

Michael Tavon

The most pleasant voice ever

Winston Webb

I heard his song My Song because of Kanye West. But listening his vast catalogue, today in 2023, his work is nothing short of mastery.

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