You're the Voice

Album: Whispering Jack (1986)
Charted: 6 82
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  • Chris Thompson, who was the lead singer in Manfred Mann's Earth Band, wrote the music for this song with Andy Qunta and Maggie Ryder. When he needed words, he called on Keith Reid, who is best known as the lyricist for Procol Harum.

    Reid told Songfacts: "Chris called me and said, 'I've got something and I don't know what to do with it lyrically. It feels as though it should be slightly political, but I don't know. Have a listen.' And we sat down, he played me the tune, and I got the title idea, 'You're The Voice.' It's an anti-war song in a way, but it was more of a 'make your voice heard' kind of thing. Wake up to your own power."
  • Thompson sang the original version of this song, which was released on Keith Reid's 2008 album The Common Thread. Thompson also recorded it for his 2006 album One Hot Night in the Cold, but it was Farnham who scored a massive hit with the song. As "Johnny Farnham," he was a teen idol in his native Australia and took over as lead singer of The Little River Band from 1982-1985. "You're The Voice" was his first solo release as "John Farnham," and it propelled him to stardom, at least in Australia where he became one of their most popular performers. The song was #1 in Australia and many European countries, but flopped in the United States.
  • This won the 1987 ARIA Award for Single of the Year.
  • This song contains one of the most famous bagpipe solos ever recorded (go ahead, name another bagpipe solo). It was played by a group of four pipers.
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Comments: 2

  • Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn I remember hearing this song in the late 80s and it was one of the few rock and roll songs to have the sound of bagpipes in the instrumental track.
  • Greg from Fort Wayne, InThis is such a great anthem, in a time, at least here in America, and around the rest of the world, where the regular people need to declare our feelings under no uncertain circumstances to the supposed, "World Leaders", that it's time that they realize that we're fed up with their crap, and that there needs to be put into place some sort of rules that limit the power they actually have over the very people who gave them their position. They need to be reminded that we are the employers, not the slaves to their every whim, and that we're not made of money for them to spend. They are only guardians, not Lords!!!!!
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