September

Album: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978)
Charted: 3 8
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  • Do you remember the 21st night of September?
    Love was changing the minds of pretenders
    While chasing the clouds away

    Our hearts were ringing
    In the key that our souls were singing
    As we danced in the night
    Remember how the stars stole the night away

    Hey hey hey
    Ba de ya, say do you remember?
    Ba de ya, dancing in September
    Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

    Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda, badu
    Ba duda, badu, ba duda, badu
    Ba duda, badu, ba duda

    My thoughts are with you
    Holding hands with your heart to see you
    Only blue talk and love
    Remember how we knew love was here to stay
    Now December found the love we shared in September
    Only blue talk and love
    Remember true love we share today

    Hey hey hey
    Ba de ya, say do you remember?
    Ba de ya, dancing in September
    Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

    And we say
    Ba de ya, say do you remember
    Ba de ya, dancing in September
    Ba de ya, golden dreams were shiny days

    The bell was ringing, oh oh
    Our souls were singing
    Do you remember? never a cloudy day, yow

    And we say
    Ba de ya, say do you remember?
    Ba de ya, dancing in September
    Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

    And we say
    Ba de ya, say do you remember?
    Ba de ya, dancing in September
    Ba de ya, golden dreams were shiny days

    Ba de ya de ya de ya
    Ba de ya de ya de ya
    Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya

    Ba de ya de ya de ya
    Ba de ya de ya de ya
    Ba de ya de ya Writer/s: Al McKay, Allee Willis, Maurice White
    Publisher: SONGS OF MOJO, LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 14

  • Paul from CanberraThis reminds me of family get togethers. A female cousin thought the lyric was Borneo.
  • Yul from CaliforniaRE the commenter who questioned Allee Willis’ account of Maurice White’s book recommendation: “The Greatest Salesman in the World” was first published in the 1960s. It was REISSUED in 1983. It would have been just the thing that one would look for in a “spiritual book store” in 1978.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, Bc, Canada The 21st of September is also the Autumnal Equinox (start of Fall); a date significant in pagan/Earth religions globally.
  • Dt from Perdido Beachjust an awesome R&B/pop standard. It will get people dancing
  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesThe Orginal is the coolest version!!!!
    Although I have Justin Timberlake version in "Trolls" movie lol If had time I will download the Orginal Version
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: www.legacy.com {12-25-2019}
    Allee Willis, songwriter who was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing the theme song to 'Friends', “I’ll Be There for You", passed away at the age of 72 on December 24th, 2019 in a Los Angeles-area hospital...
    She worked with Earth, Wind & Fire frequently, co-writing their hits including “September"*, “Boogie Wonderland,” and “In the Stone.” Willis won two Grammy Awards, one for co-writing the music and lyrics for the stage adaptation of “The Color Purple,” and the other for her work for the “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack, for which she co-wrote the Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance” and Patti LaBelle’s “Stir it Up.” Her other notable songwriting credits include the Pet Shop Boys’ “What Have I Done to Deserve This” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Got You on My Mind.” She was a 2018 inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame...
    May she R.I.P.
    * On April 4th, 1979 "September" by Earth, Wind, & Fire peaked at #8 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
  • Debra from WisconsinI always loved this song from its inception. Eerily enough, my soul-mate died on the 21st day of September, so even though it has no significance for the writers, it does for me. In fact, they also talk about December and my husband's birthday and mine were on the same day in December.
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaHow could Maurice have sent her to buy a book in the '70s that was not written until 1983?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 3rd 1979, "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire peaked at #8 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 12th, 1978 and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 (for 1 week) on January 7th, 1973 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Was track 2 of side 2 from the group's album, "The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1", the album reached #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #6 on the Top 200 Albums chart...
    Even though the song appeared on a 'Best of' album, it was not previously released as a single.
  • Phil Palma from Warner Robins, GeorgiaI am a white 52 year old singer, guitarist, writer, producer. I saw EW&F at Madison Square back in the late 70's. Changed my life. My band played serveral EW&F songs. At one gig, the owner of the club came in and said "want to meet Larry Dunn, of EW&F?" We were all blown away. In came Larry, dressed to the 9's.... and all gentleman! He gave us his time because we were young (19 & 20 year olds) musicians. Long live EW&F. God bless you all!
  • Lisa from Milwaukee, Wi, WiWhat a fun, upbeat song. My b-day is Sept. 21, so this is MY song!
  • Craig from Missoula, MtNice recent cover by Pomplamoose.
  • Linda from New York City, FlYES...I agree!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this song...fills my heart with happiness every time I hear it.
  • James from Hudson, FlI love this song! Who else agrees with me?
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