One Moment in Time
Whitney Houston Lyrics


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Each day I live
I want to be
A day to give
The best of me
I'm only one
But not alone
My finest day
Is yet unknown

I broke my heart
Fought every gain
To taste the sweet
I face the pain
I rise and fall
Yet through it all
This much remains

I want one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

I've lived to be
The very best
I want it all
No time for less
I've laid the plans
Now lay the chance
Here in my hands

Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity

You're a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine

Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be
I will be
I will be free




I will be
I will be free

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Whitney Houston's song "One Moment in Time" express a desire to be the best and achieve greatness. It acknowledges the challenges and sacrifices that come with pursuing one's dreams, yet the ultimate goal is to have that one moment where everything falls into place and all the hard work and efforts pay off. The singer wants to feel a sense of eternity in that moment and to be free from any limitations or expectations.


The line "I'm only one, but not alone" suggests that even though she may be on her own, she is not the only one striving for greatness. The idea of being a winner for a lifetime if you seize that one moment in time implies that success is not just about the destination but also about the journey to get there. By giving the best of oneself in every day, the opportunity to achieve greatness will present itself.


Overall, "One Moment in Time" is an inspirational song that encourages listeners to pursue their dreams relentlessly and to cherish that one moment when everything falls into place. It reminds us that success is not just about the outcome but the journey towards it.


Line by Line Meaning

Each day I live
Every day that I am alive


I want to be
I aspire to become


A day to give
A day where I can give my all


The best of me
My absolute best self


I'm only one
I am just one person


But not alone
But I have the support of others


My finest day
My best day ever


Is yet unknown
Has not happened yet and is uncertain


I broke my heart
I put in a lot of effort


Fought every gain
Overcame every obstacle


To taste the sweet
To experience the rewards of success


I face the pain
I dealt with the hardships


I rise and fall
I experienced ups and downs


Yet through it all
Despite everything that happened


This much remains
There is still hope


I want one moment in time
I desire a specific moment


When I'm more than I thought I could be
When I surpass my own expectations


When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
When my aspirations are within reach


And the answers are all up to me
When I am the only one responsible for my success


Give me one moment in time
Grant me this specific moment


When I'm racing with destiny
When I am competing with fate


Then in that one moment of time
During that specific moment


I will feel
I will experience


I will feel eternity
I will feel as though that moment will last forever


I've lived to be
I have lived my life in order to be


The very best
The absolute top


No time for less
I cannot accept anything less


I've laid the plans
I have made the necessary preparations


Now lay the chance
Now give me the opportunity


Here in my hands
Within my own control


You're a winner for a lifetime
You are a lifetime winner


If you seize that one moment in time
If you grab hold of that specific moment


Make it shine
Make it spectacular


I will be free
I will experience liberation/deliverance




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Albert Louis Hammond, John Bettis

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@karawitsomapong4778

Each day I live
I want to be
A day to give
The best of me
I'm only one
But not alone
My finest day
Is yet unknown
I broke my heart
Fought every gain
To taste the sweet
I face the pain
I rise and fall
Yet through it all
This much remains
I want one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity
I've lived to be
The very best
I want it all
No time for less
I've laid the plans
Now lay the chance
Here in my hands
Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity
You're a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine
Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be
I will be
I will be free
I will be
I will be free



@ninamo7969

Tears in my eyes the first song i've heard from Whitney Elizabeth Houston and still tears fill my eyes 34 years later. 1 of Whitney's many talents is touching people's heart & soul with her amazing voice and performance.


The ✨Most Epic & Angelic✨ Live Performances forever belong to ✨Miss Whitney Elizabeth Houston!
Whitney's great personality and her background of Gospel, Soul, R&B, Opera etc set her apart from all the others.
Just a few of the countless 'out of this world live performances that Whitney left us to last forever!

Acapella - Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (Arsenio Hall Show 1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xduj-JONClo

Didn't We Almost Have It All (Saratoga Springs Concert 1987)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_4PlM85NJo&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz&index=10&t=0s

One Moment In Time (Grammy Awards, 1989)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L9EMe-7Z4w&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=73

He, I Believe (Wembley Concert, 1988)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagR_T3K3KY&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=26

I loves You ,Porgy / And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going / I Have Nothing (American Music Awards 1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hTu1coYMDA&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=100

Saving All My Love For You (Grammy Awards 1986)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EChcz8-Inrs&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=64

I Have Nothing (Billboard Music Awards 1993)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipQ0fE0MRWQ&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=33

Why Does It Hurt So Bad (MTV Movie Awards 1996)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF0j0WuOhDM&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=86

Star Spangled Banner (Welcome Heroes Concert 1991)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM9-DONjnTc&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz&index=10

The Greatest Love Of All (Live from the Arista Records 15th Anniversary Celebration, 1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrPpYbI8L1U
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoksq2 (full screen version, if link doesn't work/video is taken down for the millionth time😒🤐)
The Greatest Love of All and Battle Hymn of the Republic (Welcome Heroes Concert 1991)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDjqUZDrYsY&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=17

Home (Whitney's very first TV live performance at the Merv Griffin Show 1983 (19 years old) )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5CeQ3twVaI
https://vimeo.com/256231395 (full screen version, if Youtube link doesn't work/video is taken down for the millionth time😒🤐)

This Day (Rehearsal "This Is My Life” Special, 1992)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bflUJjH-puo&index=2&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz

A Quiet Place (Superstars and their moms 1987)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_swWLNcXXY&index=3&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz

Don't cry for me (Commitment for life AIDS Benefit 1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZMgsHVh6lE&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=51

La Donna E Mobile with Luciano Pavarotti & others (singing opera / highlights 0:42 - 0:52 and 1:38 - 1:49) & I Will Always Love You (Rainforest Benefit Concert 1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTk59cdfoyI&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz&index=27&t=0s

I Will Always Love You (World Music Awards 1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK4hweZRU0k&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=57

Have a little talk with Jesus (Just 12 years old in the New Hope Baptist Church 1975)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA97K6AxsQE&list=PLZYslmmRsoxfkXqkF-KeBJt1gtBdEuxg5&index=3

Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) ~ My Man ~ All The Man That I Need (Billboard Music Awards 1991) starts at 2:27
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPVXQdTZteY&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=94

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Live from the Arista Records 15th Anniversary Celebration, 1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSzmOKg1WIY&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz&index=27

Hold Up The Light (Arsenio Hall, 1989)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMRzg8sZGGQ&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=117

Do you hear what I hear (Jay Leno 1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQPcv66n2tg&list=PLZYslmmRsoxcH1W4thAM6sKQUiMQkjnpu&index=92

One Song (LaGuardia of performing & the Arts Video from 1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejj9B55M0_Y&t=0s&index=3&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz

Bridge Over Troubled Water (with Cece Winans, VH1 Honors 1995)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGL099t8i2s&index=4&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz

In Return (sick and still this great!) (Live in Japan 1991)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2vIpx6nDSw&list=PLZYslmmRsoxeRdJJ2CAvcv19jFhlWTXDz&index=41&t=0s

Jesus Loves Me (Santiago Chile, 1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHm9Ggdanyo&list=PLZYslmmRsoxfkXqkF-KeBJt1gtBdEuxg5&index=10&t=0s

Whitney Elizabeth Houston is a once in human existence miracle/gift that must be cherished for our future generations to hear and see what true greatness and vocal divinity sounds and looks like!



All comments from YouTube:

@charlesthorndike2702

If there was an Olympic Gold Medal for singing, Whitney would have won it with ease

@jamesfranklindasilva

I agree. However, she won many awards in her field, which was music, of course. Give it to Caesar, who is Caesar's.

@luludoris5278

And for the song, because it express the what sport means for the human soul

@DeborahLowe9

There will never be another Whitney R.I.P you left alot of your fans but your music will live on for generations 🎶

@floriander8574

Tessék, én nem vagyok angol!?

@charlesthorndike2702

@@floriander8574 Eredeti megjegyzésem azt mondja: "Ha olimpiai aranyérem lenne az éneklésért, Whitney könnyedén elnyerte volna"

(Remélem, hogy a Google Fordító elég jó munkát végzett)

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@irmageorge7473

This song is for all the underdogs of this world. It tells you that even though you feel down and hopeless your moment is coming and encourages you to keep striving. That one moment to shine awaits if you have the courage to go for it. Thanks to the writer and the great voice of Whitney to drive the meaning home.❤❤❤❤❤

@margaretmulligan799

What a beautiful , incredibly amazing human being you are 🤗😘 This world needs more beautiful people like you are xxx

@Patrickmorris80

Agreed ❤

@urj210478

Man this is deep.....❤

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