How Will I Know
Whitney Houston Lyrics


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There's a boy I know, he's the one I dream of
Looks into my eyes, takes me to the clouds above, mmm-hmm
Oh, I lose control, can't seem to get enough, uh-huh
When I wake from dreaming, tell me, is it really love?

Ooh, how will I know? (don't trust your feelings)
How will I know?
How will I know? (love can be deceiving)
How will I know?

How will I know if he really loves me?
I say a prayer with every heartbeat
I fall in love whenever we meet
I'm asking you what you know about these things
How will I know if he's thinking of me?
I try to phone but I'm too shy (can't speak)
Falling in love is so bittersweet
This love is strong, why do I feel weak?

Oh, wake me, I'm shaking
Wish I had you near me now, uh-huh
Said there's no mistaking
What I feel is really love

Ooh, tell me how will I know? (don't trust your feelings)
How will I know?
How will I know? (love can be deceiving)
How will I know?

How will I know if he really loves me?
I say a prayer with every heartbeat
I fall in love whenever we meet
I'm asking you what you know about these things
How will I know if he's thinking of me?
I try to phone but I'm too shy (can't speak)
Falling in love is so bittersweet
This love is strong, why do I feel weak?

If he loves me
If he loves me not
If he loves me
Ooh, if he loves me not
Hey, if he loves me
If he loves me not

Oh, how will I know, how will I know?
How will I know?
Hey, how will I know?

Ooh, how will I know if he really loves me?
I say a prayer with every heartbeat
I fall in love whenever we meet
I'm asking you 'cause you know about these things
How will I know if he's thinking of me?
I try to phone but I'm too shy (can't speak)
Falling in love is so bittersweet
This love is strong, why do I feel weak?

How will I know? (how will I know?)
How will I know?
How will I know? (I say a prayer)
How will I know?




Ooh, how will I know? (I fall in love)
How will I love, hey, how will I know? (I'm asking you)

Overall Meaning

In Whitney Houston's song How Will I Know, the lyrics talk about the struggles of falling in love and wondering if it's truly love or not. The singer in the song has intense feelings for someone and loses control around them. However, she is unsure if these feelings are real or if they are deceiving her. She is constantly questioning if this person truly loves her, and she even says a prayer with every heartbeat. The lyric "I'm asking you what you know about these things" shows that she is seeking advice from someone who may have more experience with love.


The chorus repeats the question "how will I know?" and warns against trusting just feelings because love can be deceiving. The singer is confused, but the intense feelings she has for this person cannot be ignored. Even when she tries to call him, she is too shy to speak, showing her vulnerability and insecurity.


The bridge of the song shows the singer shaking and wishing for the person to be near her, emphasizing the strength of her emotions. The repetition of "if he loves me, if he loves me not" shows the uncertainty that the singer feels in the relationship.


Overall, the lyrics of How Will I Know portray the confusion and insecurity that comes with falling in love and questioning its authenticity.


Line by Line Meaning

There's a boy I know, he's the one I dream of
I have feelings for a boy and I can't stop thinking about him.


Looks into my eyes, takes me to the clouds above, mmm-hmm
When I see him, I feel like I'm flying; he makes me so happy and I feel like I'm on top of the world.


Oh, I lose control, can't seem to get enough, uh-huh
I feel like I'm powerless around him; I can't get enough of him and I'm always wanting more.


When I wake from dreaming, tell me, is it really love?
When I'm not with him, I wonder whether what I'm feeling is love or just infatuation.


Ooh, how will I know? (don't trust your feelings)
I'm unsure whether what I'm feeling is really love or not and I need guidance to figure it out.


How will I know?
I need someone or something to help me determine if what I'm feeling is true love or just a passing feeling.


How will I know? (love can be deceiving)
I recognize that love can be tricky; it can be hard to tell if what I'm feeling is true love or something else.


How will I know if he really loves me?
I want to know whether he really loves me or not.


I say a prayer with every heartbeat
I'm so invested in this relationship that I'm constantly praying and hoping that it works out.


I fall in love whenever we meet
Every time I'm with him, I feel like I'm falling in love with him all over again.


I'm asking you what you know about these things
I need advice and guidance from someone who has experience with love and relationships.


How will I know if he's thinking of me?
I'm curious if he's thinking of me and if he feels the same way that I do.


I try to phone but I'm too shy (can't speak)
I want to reach out to him, but I'm too nervous and shy to do so.


Falling in love is so bittersweet
Although I'm happy about falling in love, it also comes with a lot of mixed emotions and challenges.


This love is strong, why do I feel weak?
Although my love for him is strong, I feel vulnerable and weak around him, as if I have no control over my feelings.


Oh, how will I know, how will I know?
I'm still searching for answers and guidance on how to determine whether this is true love or just a passing infatuation.


If he loves me
I'm curious if he loves me or not.


If he loves me not
I'm questioning whether he has feelings for me or not.


Ooh, how will I know if he really loves me?
I'm still searching for answers on whether he truly loves me or not.


(I say a prayer)
My feelings for him are so strong that I'm constantly praying for guidance and direction.


(I fall in love)
I'm constantly falling in love with him every time I'm around him.


(I'm asking you)
I need advice and guidance from someone who has experience with love and relationships.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Royalty Network
Written by: George Robert Merrill, Narada Michael Walden, Shannon Rubicam

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