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Gloria

by

Laura Branigan



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This was originally an Italian Pop song recorded by Umberto Tozzi in 1979. Branigan covered it on her debut album. The song was written by Tozzi with the Italian composer Giancarlo Bigazzi. The Canadian songwriter Trevor Veitch, who wrote some of Sheena Easton's hits, worked on Branigan's version.
Branigan's version earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. She lost to Melissa Manchester's "You Should Hear How He Talks About You."
This song was very popular in many countries. In Germany, Branigan's version was #1 while the original Italian version was #2. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
The song was also recorded by Sheila B. in French. Interestingly, each version of the song (the original Italian, the Laura Branigan version and the Sheila B. all have somewhat different lyrical meanings, and are not literal translations. (thanks, Jeff - Scottsdale, AZ)
Branigan covered "Ti Amo," another Umberto Tozzi song, on her 1984 album Self Control. Again, the title was the same, but the rest of the words were translated (not literally). (thanks, Martin - Los Angeles, CT)
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Comments (35):

This incredible song,like much of her best work, details the emotions, experiences, and inner turmoil of an mk ultra (mind control) victim. "Gloria" is an alter that was created through Monarch type programming and ritual abuse. Listening to her sing it is a powerful experience every single time. Sick and beautiful.
- Emily, Chatsworth, CA
Oh, and to add:

She doesn't get call backs from the other guys she has dated, because they all figured out her game, which is marrying for benefit and not necessarily love.
- David, Irving, VA
The song is not about a prostitute. It's a pretty common theme and many artists/bands have sung about it. It's called a woman who is looking for marriage in a way that will benefit her, whether she really loves the guy or not.

Will he get this guy when he is doing well on his own, or does she get him after something bad and he is down and looking for comfort. If the guy isn't a person she really loves to be with, then she can always take another lover.
Hence the lyrics:
"Will you meet him on the main line, or will you catch him on the rebound?
Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon?"

The other lyrics suggest that she feels that she can get a guy she wants, even though she has been in the process a while and failed multiple times.
- David, Irving, VA
Can't believe no one realized this song is obviously about a Call girl/prostitute.
The "Voices in your head" are memories of all the men she slept with. The true meaning of the song is revealed in the 2nd verse

"Gloria - How's it gonna go down Will you meet him (THE CLIENT) on the main line
Or will you catch him on the rebound Will you marry for the money (meaning give him his fantasy for the money)
Take your lover in the afternoon. (another client) Feel your innocence slippin' away
Don't believe it's coming back soon (self explanatory) And you really don't remember (probably from being drugged a commonly used method for call girls)
Was it something that they said All the voices in your head (The many men she bedded)
Calling GLO-RI-A

and the chorus says "I think they got your number" meaning literally. "Think they got your Alias you been living under (Most call girls never use their REAL name, so Gloria was probably her Real name)

That's what I got out of it. Brilliant writing however. Back in the 70's and 80's people had to write in codes. it was not acceptable to just write a song about something so risque.
Read more at http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/138025/#Xqb5R9JRkYh2pTKS.99
- heaven, elmont, NY
@Mjn Seifer
Theme from Dempsey & Makepeace possibly?
- Robert, Newcastle, United Kingdom
I believe the movie this song was created,had the same name Gloria with Gena Rowlands,great movie,though
- Jorge, Bronx, NY
So...what is the song about? I don't get it! Who is Gloria and what's wrong with her?
- Nancy, Washington, DC
For some reason, when I listen to the song more closely, I am reminded of a female sports star, like a tennis player or a swimmer, or even a long distance runner.
The voices in her head could be the crowd cheering her on, "Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! go Gloria"
The singer could be a close girlfriend giving her a pep talk or something. "Gloria, go out there and do your best, but at the same time, be careful it doesn't all go to your head."
- Stephen, Melbourne, Australia
when I was little I used to think she was talking about all the voices in her head calling her name, her name being Victoria. Haha.
Then a few years back I heard the song on the radio, and due to my partial deafness I couldn't make out all of what she was saying, so I googled the phrase "all the voices in your head" and got the correct lyrics.
It was only then that I discovered that the song was called "Gloria", and this was the song the news media was referring to just after she died, saying how it was a big hit for her.
What a sad sad loss.
- Stephen, Melbourne, Australia
awesome voice;who cares what it means? and if it has to mean something to me at least it's always felt like someone is yearning for her (Gloria) but can't have her kind-of-thing
- Paula, Laredo, TX
This is my favorite Laura Branigan Song.Is this Gloria paranoid or a stalker or something? RIP-Laura,I love your songs.
- Jennifer Harris, Grand Blanc, MI
Carola made a very good swedish version
- Budoshi, Sandnessj√łen, Norway
When I first heard this song I was absolutely sure that it was ABBA.
- Paul, Washington DC, DC
Maybe all the voices in her head are her thoughts running around because she's blindly optimistic? I don't know. Seems like she has trouble trying to find someone because the lyrics have "will you meet him on the mainline or catch him on the rebound". I don't think she's psychotic or anything. Really good song though.
- Jessica, Tulsa, OK
I have never been able to listen to the lyrics of this song and figure out what it's about for the simple reason that I was always over-whelmed by the sheer power of Laura Branigan's voice. All I could do was marvel at the amazing sound I was hearing. Comparing Laura to the other top female vocalists of her day was like comparing a Ferrari to a Volkswagon. She could simply sing rings around the competition. What a tragic loss for her to die at such a young age.
- Daniel, FARMINGDALE, NY
i think this song was made out of revenge the the lady who wrote is saying haha.the song actually sounds like an argument gloria if they really want you why isn't anyone calling?
- andreq, mackinaw, IL
The song portends a woman who feels so persued that she has hidden herself from her surroundings, to the extent that she has even adopted an alias. Yet, in her mind, her paranoid,
obsession, of BEING STALKED, continues to plague her. I'm so sorry for you Gloria B!
- G-MAN,NJ, bradley beach,nj, NJ
It's a wonderful feel-good song with a very catchy synth hook. Could listen to it many more times.
- Soutiman, Mumbai, India
People are commenting on the words "all the voices in your head, calling Gloria"

There are a couple of things it could mean.

The first is - This woman thinks she's Go-d's gift, and now she's finding out she's not and she has to face what she is, or has become.

In this case, the voices are her imaginings of all the men she's met calling out for her, while facing the paradoxical situation of no one calling her on the phone.

Second, very similar actually, is that she has suddenly become very humble, for some reason, unmentioned, and she's hearing her conscince as it pokes and prods her. But if she was humbled by something, it must have been her behavior while thinking she was somethign special.

I believe the answer that makes the best sense is that this woman has done something and is suffering from the self recrimations of embaressment for past bad behavior.

Haven't you ever been embaressed or ashamed when you suddenly became (or were made aware of) your behavior? This isn't meant to demean anyone, it's just a sort of "ya know what I mean?" :)
- Kelley, 95060, CA
Laura Branigan also used the song Der Kommisar, as a tune. The lyrics were significantly changed, but if you were to read both sets of lyrics, they tell an interesting story.

I think this was on her second album.
- Kelley, 95060, CA
It is a luck they didn't translate literally this song from Italian. The original lyrics are made of isolated love thoughts about a woman called Gloria, some of which having no sense themselves. "Manchi a questa mano che lavora piano" = "This slowly working hand misses you". Horrible. Many of the early Tozzi's composition had good tunes and terrible lyrics.
- Stefano, Rome, Italy
Sorry...I forgot to add that it was Season 6 of CHiPs, episode #16. (1983) The name of the episode is "Fox Trap" She played "Sarah"
- Mary, Phoenix, AZ
Laura also appeared in an episode of "Chips"...as a singer. I'm not sure, but I do believe she sang this song.
- Mary, Phoenix, AZ
Ever felt nostalagic and didn't know why?

I *KNOW* this song sounds like the theme from a show that I watched as a kid (Or at least an "OST" From it) but I can't think which one!!
It's not the first time i've done this either ("Sunday Girl" by Blondie reminds me of a show called "Daphodil Farm" and a song by Bob Marley is like "Banana Splits")

But this is just a mystery and I can't sovle it :P
- Mjn Seifer, Not listed for personal reason, England
This song also appeared in the movie Flashdance.
- Lalah, Wasilla, AK
i heard this song when i was so young ,eventhough i don't know the lyrics or the meaning of this song at that age(6 or7) i heard it repeatedly so much i can't remember how many times .i just want to say it is still a best song.
may laura's soul rest in peace.
26:04:2006
j.s raja, tamilnad ,india
- raja, , TN
Why does she have voices in her head? Is gloria psychic or sumthin? Honestl, she dont remember, meaning she has amnesia. Paranoia, Psychic, and Amnesia. Sounds like me. Hook me up with this gloria.
- Jordan, Haddam, CT
Absolutely fell in love with this song and the singer.
- George, Richmond, VA
What? Is like laura trying to take some girl's ego down? Voices in her head? Paranoia I guess?
- Jesse, Haddam, CT
Our school system had a school spirit contest in 1985 to see who could fill out the most index cards saying - "______ has the most school spirit" (or something like that - where _____ was obviously the school name). Anyhow, we had teachers letting us spend the hour filling these index cards out and we blew away the other high schools in the area. Anyhow, the prize, offered by Y-100 and the school system was a Laura Branigan concert where she played in our Gym. Ah, those were such good times. She played this song three times and we all danced and got crazy!
- Mike, Warwick, RI
Does anyone know what this song is about? Someone who is desperate to find a man but are they schizophrenic as well?
- Jo, Sydney, Australia
While I was listening to Laura's greatest hits, I was reading the bad news on August 26, 2004. I was shocked and very sad.
She had come to Taiwan where I lived around 1985.
although I was 2 years old at that time. I was expecting her to come to Taiwan again but unfortunately, this become an impossible dream. Anyway, her songs are always with us.
- Tsung-tse, Taipei City, Taiwan
As good as Lauras was, Umberto Tozzi's version was superior. He also had another great song that got played a bit here called Ti Amo
- Joe, Adelaide, Australia
Rest in peace, Laura.
She was finally making a comeback, and had done well Off-Bway in "Love, Janis"
- James, San Bernardino, CA
Sadly, Laura had passed away in her sleep 26th of August 2004 of a Brain aneurysm.
- Ivica, Prague, Czech Republic
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