All Aglow

‘Dedicated to the One I Love’ is a song that was written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass and it made the charts for the North Carolina R&B vocal group the 5 Royales in 1958.  The Shirelles took it to #3 on the Hot 100 in 1961 and the Mamas & the Papas reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967 and they also reached #2 on the UK charts with this cover.  The Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’ kept the Mamas & the Papas from reaching #1.  The 5 Royales were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, but no members of the group were still alive at that time.  This song mentions that “the darkest hour is just before dawn”, which is an expression that Winston Churchill memorably used saying “the darkest hour” to describe the period of time Britain stood alone against might of the German and Italian armies in the early years of the Second World War.

This was an unusual song for the Mamas & the Papas, because Michelle Phillips sang lead vocals instead of their usual female lead vocalist, Mama Cass Elliot.  The Mamas and Papas version is much slower and that style really worked better for this song.  This song has become a symbol of love and hope for many people over the years, reminding anyone who can’t be with their loved ones of the strong bond they still share even across time and distance.  It is not easy on either party when one of them is away from their significant other, but if someone would whisper a little prayer for me and tell all the stars above that they love me, I would glow with warmth and excitement for them to return to me.

While I’m far away from you my baby
I know it’s hard for you my baby
Because it’s hard for me my baby
And the darkest hour is just before dawn

Each night before you go to bed my baby
Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
And tell all the stars above
This is dedicated to the one I love
(Love can never be exactly like we want it to be)

I could be satisfied knowing you love me
(And there’s one thing I want you to do)
(Especially for me)
And it’s something that everybody needs

While I’m far away from you my baby
Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
Because it’s hard for me my baby
And the darkest hour is just before dawn

If there’s one thing I want you to do especially for me
Then it’s something that everybody needs

Each night before you go to bed my baby
Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
And tell all the stars above
This is dedicated to the one I love
This is dedicated (to the one I love)
This is dedicated to the one I love
This is dedicated (to the one I love)
This is dedicated
This is dedicated

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Glow.

14 thoughts on “All Aglow

  1. Always loved this by the Mamas and Papas. Not too keen on the Shirelles version to be honest, and the footage made me feel quite nervous (especially the guy in the glasses). I was expecting the teacher to come along to separate those dancing too close and that was who they were all watching for!!

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