This song evokes the emotions you would feel after being separated or divorced when all the love you had for that person remains in your heart. Through all the pain and suffering, you fell that love will lead you back again.
Written by Diane Warren, it was the fifth #1 hit she wrote, and one of her favorite titles. Said Warren: "I like the idea of someone being strong enough to let somebody go, knowing in their heart they're going to come back. It takes a lot of strength, and I'm always attracted to songs with strong characters."
"Tell It To My Heart" was when Leslie Wunderman became Taylor Dayne, getting a deal with Arista Records just for the single. When the song became a global hit, Clive Davis and Arista put their promotional power behind her, and she delivered 3 more hits from her first album. For her second album Can't Fight Fate, Arista continued using outside songwriters, even though Dayne was anxious to be part of the process. In our 2010 interview, Taylor told us: "This was my sophomore record. That was 1989, so at that point you're talking 3 years of really understanding, seeing more publicly what really moves people. You're part of the machine, and the machine's moving with or without you, because I was in that pop world. But I also understood that a great ballad, a great song like that can touch millions of people in such a way that you'll never understand, you can't comprehend. Yet you can look at your own history, like myself personally, and think of the songs that have moved me. 'Love Will Lead You Back' was instant for me. I remember sitting there with Clive and he played me 'Love Will Lead You Back' and that's one of Diane's biggest gems. Just one of those incredible, incredible songs." Regarding Diane Warren, Dayne added: "Diane is probably one of the most passionate, involved songwriters I've ever met in my entire life. She was calling the studio on that first record. We had no idea who she was, we just knew that this girl was Tenacious D. That's what we call her. She is Tenacious D right there." (Check out our interview with Taylor Dayne.)
This clocks in at 4 minutes and 39 seconds. However, most radio stations resort to playing the single version, which clocks in at 4 minutes and 24 seconds. Six years later in 1995, the 4 minute and 24 second "Single Version" of the song was released again on Taylor Dayne's Greatest Hits. Then, to Taylor's surprise, five years later in 2000, R&B Soul diva Patti LaBelle released a cover version of this song as part of her album When A Woman Loves, an album of ballads and melodies composed by Diane Warren.
Smooth Jazz saxophonist Tom Scott recorded an instrumental version of this song, which was featured on the TV Show Melrose Place. Tom Scott's version appears on his album The Art Of Smooth Jazz, as well as the compilation album Midnight Romance: Smooth Grooves.
Johnny Mathis covered this song in 1999 as part of his album, Because You Loved Me: Songs Of Diane Warren. American Idol Contestants Carmen Rasmusen and Mikalah Gordon were also notable artists to cover this song.
Kent from Greensburg, PaI was just thinking. Could you imagine how great this song would be if Whitney Houston had done a cover version?
Annabelle from Eugene, OrI met Taylor Dayne at a concert, which my father and stepmother took me to see in Las Vegas in 2001. We met backstage in The Station, a small theater, where my Dad, Stepmom and I sat in the front row, and Taylor was literally a few feet away. I asked her about this song when she pulled me aside in the theater's lobby, to make a sweet comment on my singing voice. When I told her about how the song linked to a situation that recently happened in my life at home, Taylor told me the story of how the idea for the song originally came together. She even said to me that she knew Diane Warren, and that "Love Will Lead You Back" was actually a collaborative effort between her and Diane.
The idea for the song originally came from part of a farewell note that Taylor Dayne had written to her husband in 1988. As her debut album, Tell It To My Heart was making its way up the charts, Dayne had experienced some painful emotions when she and her husband separated in mid-1988. The cause of their separation was due to false accusations that Taylor had been messing around with another man. However, the tables had turned, when in fact, Taylor caught her husband in bed with another woman! As Taylor sat down and wrote a long farewell note to her husband, she included what would eventually become the lyrics to this bittersweet ballad of sadness and heartache. Taylor's poignant note tells her husband that saying goodbye is always the hardest thing to do, but in her heart, there's always hope that he'll tell her he misses her, and that one day he'll soon return home. Taylor was then taken to the house of Diane Warren, a songwriter from Los Angeles, who was staying in her vacation home, a beachhouse in New York City, before going on her way to Russia for the summer. As Diane sat down with Taylor, she, too, was saddened by these words, saying that she could feel Taylor's pain. Diane then sat down at the piano in her house, carefully reading Taylor's letter, and, although she admitted to Dayne that she had never been in love, let alone never been married, she agreed to perfect Taylor's idea into a suitable piece of music. Diane wrote down a perfected version, although not exactly verbatim, of the words that Taylor wrote, and, within a few short hours, she composed a beautiful but sad melody for the song that would later become Taylor's only #1 hit. However, the first run was not as good as the girls expected. The melody of this song was originally in the key of A-Flat Minor and E-Flat Major. When Taylor tried to match her voice with the recording, she looked over and said, 'Diane, this is pretty good, only there's something wrong with this picture. This song is too low for my voice range, since I have a higher voice, and a limited vocal range. I was wondering if you could please bring it up a couple of notches for me.' It was soon arranged, Diane made a new version, this time changing the key from A-Flat Minor and E-Flat Major, to D-Flat Minor and A-Flat Major. It is the D-Flat Minor and A-Flat Major keyed version that became the finished result of this song.
Diane Warren originally had Whitney Houston in mind to sing this song, but then she realized that the feelings came straight from Taylor's heart, so Dayne's version was the original recording of this song.
Beth from Pittsburgh, PaTaylor Dayne has an awesome voice..but this is the only song i really love hearing her sing. Maybe some of her emotions for her ex husband came thru..I don't know,... beautiful work..
David from Liverpool, EnglandAlthough a US No.1 this song was only a minor hit on the UK chart reaching No.69.