I Concentrate On You
Les Baxter Lyrics


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Whenever skies look gray to me
And trouble begins to brew,
Whenever the Winter winds become too strong,
I concentrate on you.

When fortune cries "Nay! Nay!" to me
And people declare "You're through!",
Whenever the blues become my only song,
I concentrate on you.

On your smile so sweet, so tender,
When at first your kiss I decline.
On the light in your eyes when I surrender,
And once again our arms intertwine

And so, when wise men say to me
That love's young dream never comes true,




To prove that even wise men can be wrong,
I concentrate on you.

Overall Meaning

The opening stanza of Les Baxter's song, "I Concentrate On You," showcases the theme of coping and finding strength amidst trying times. In times of trouble when the skies seem grey, and problems begin to brew or when the winter winds become too strong, the singer in the song states that they concentrate on their loved one. This refers to how the presence of a special person, a loved one, a partner, or a confidant, can help uplift someone's spirits and provide them with strength to continue fighting life's challenges.


The second stanza reiterates this point, but this time emphasizing how the singer of the song focuses on their partner whenever fortune and people alike seem to be against them. Through the blues and the lows in life, love becomes the anchor that grounds them. The use of the phrase 'concentrate on you' suggests a form of meditation or a technique of mindfulness in which the person focuses exclusively on their partner to the exclusion of all other distractions.


The lyrics towards the end of the song express the power of love, in which even when wise men claim that love's dream is unattainable, the singer still concentrates on their partner, who serves as their hope and inspiration. One can interpret the song as an ode to the transformative power of love during hard times. Love serves as a source of strength, inspiration, and joy that can help alleviate any pain or difficulty that one may face.


Line by Line Meaning

Whenever skies look gray to me
When everything seems dull and uninspiring


And trouble begins to brew,
And problems are starting to arise


Whenever the Winter winds become too strong,
When the coldness of the world is overwhelming


I concentrate on you.
I focus on the person who brings me happiness and light in the midst of darkness


When fortune cries "Nay! Nay!" to me
When luck is not on my side


And people declare "You're through!",
And others think that I am defeated


Whenever the blues become my only song,
When sadness becomes my constant companion


I concentrate on you.
I turn my focus towards the one who brings me joy and comfort


On your smile so sweet, so tender,
On the beauty of your kind and loving expression


When at first your kiss I decline.
Even when I resist your affection


On the light in your eyes when I surrender,
On the warmth that I feel when I finally give in to your love


And once again our arms intertwine
And we embrace each other fully


And so, when wise men say to me
When knowledgeable people inform me


That love's young dream never comes true,
That the hope and promise of love is merely a fantasy


To prove that even wise men can be wrong,
To demonstrate that even the most knowledgeable people can be mistaken


I concentrate on you.
I choose to fixate on the one that brings me joy and defies the perceptions of those around me.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Cole Porter

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