At Last

Album: At Last! (1961)
Charted: 39 47
  • At last my love has come along
    My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah
    At last the skies above are blue
    My heart was wrapped up clover the night I looked at you
    I found a dream that I could speak to
    A dream that I can call my own
    I found a thrill to press my cheek to
    A thrill I've never known, oh yeah
    You smiled, you smiled oh and then the spell was cast
    And here we are in Heaven
    For you are mine at last

Comments: 16

  • Sd Davis from SacramentoWhat "rights" does Etta have to this song. She is not the writer nor is she the "first" person to record it. The President has a right to chose whom "he" wants to sing the song he selected to dance with the women he loves. Etta go someplace and sit down and enjoy life. Stop being "Bitter Etta J".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 10th 1961, "At Last" by Etta James entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #47 and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1955 and 1978 she had twenty seven hits on the R&B Singles chart; with thirteen making the *Top 10 and one peaking at #1 ("The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" for 4 weeks in 1955)...
    R.I.P. Ms. James, Jamesetta Hawkins, (1938 - 2012)...
    * Four of her 13 records that made the Top 10 peaked at #6.
  • Joyce from Houston, TxEtta James in response to Beyonce' singing her song for the Prez. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adLJRKQWAO8
  • Budoshi from Sandnessjøen, NorwayEva Cassidy did a wonderful cover of this great song..:D A should hear..
  • Byamada from New York, NyDoes anybody know of a French Language version of this Etta James Classic?
  • Thomnesia from Cape Town, South AfricaI honestly love the song "at last". And my honest opinion, Beyonce Knowles is doing a great job on this song!!! I love listeing to this song, before i go to sleep i listen to this song, when i'm in the bath, in my car.... It's beautiful and relxing and it makes me fall more and more inlove with my partner. and this song is so true!! But all over Etta James is still the best!!!
  • Pala from Madison, Wi, WiI agree with Etta James in that "I can't stand Beyonce," either. Also I concur with Carlos that it wasn't cool that Beyonce did the song live at the Obama inaugural ball. It truly is a shame that Beyonce covered this wonderful, meaningful, classic love-at-first-sight song, because she doesn't have what it takes to do that song, Beyonce's version is weak, lifeless, vapid and completely without power or emotion. Whenever I hear her version on the radio (they play it on Smooth Jazz, unfortunately), I have to shut it off because I can't bear to hear her murder that beautiful song. As far as the writer who is enamored of Beyonce's singing, I've only heard her display some vocal ability on one song in her entire career; otherwise it is all 'whining' as the same writer said characterizes "most young women singers these days." One final comment: I've heard a couple other versions of "At Last" on Lounge radio where they play lounge standards, and there just isn't any comparison of any other version that can stand up to Etta James' landmark recording of it. Irregardless of her rude attitude or tacky comments or past problems, James completely nails that song to the wall like no one else ever could.
  • Jerry from Brooklyn, NyBeyonce, unlike the vast majority of young women who proport to be singers these days, actually can sing and she does it quite well. Most young women singers these days either whine or moan and they think that expresses emotion, and the mindless teeny-boppers gobble up this garbage and make these no talents into stars! Etta James' tirade showed a distinct lack of class, which I found both surprising and sad. Beyonce has shown herself to be a true talent. She's not Etta, but that's okay. No one but Etta is. But that does not mean that no one else ever can try to sing this song!
  • Carlos from Tampa, FlIt is a total shame that Beyonce sang this instead of Etta at the inauguration. Etta is a true legend with tons of class and "At Last" is always associated with her. Beyonce is a media hound with a weak voice who uses things like this for publicity. Why anyone can stand listening to her for more than 5 seconds is beyond me. I would be upset if I were Etta too.
  • Sarah from Las Vegas, NvPersonally, I just love her voice and the range on this song. It is truly one of those songs you can sing with all of your heart and soul in the car, and you don't care who sees you because it feels good. She could have been singing about cleaning toilets, and because of her voice I still would have loved it.
  • Julia from Knoxville, TnMy husband and I love to dance to this. We even did it one time when it was playing at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

    Chanddrikka, I got married exactly a month before you. But we did not use this song as our wedding song.
  • Kristin from Yaphank, NyThis is the best love song ever. It's so heavenly, with that whole concept about love at first sight, and that wonderful feeling one gets when they realize that they're in love.
  • Tanya from Los Angeles, Cayeah, I must admit, I love it so much that I used a snippet of it in my wedding!
  • John from Los Angeles, CaAt a recent performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Etta James introduced this song as "that song you've heard at every lame-ass wedding you've ever been to."
  • Jonnie from St. Louis, MoThe uniqueness of this song, the arrangement and Etta James' interpetation of it truly places it in the "classic" category. But James was SO versatile! If you want to really hear her "rock out" sometime, listen to her sing "Tell Mama"! And you will become a true believer.
  • Chanddrikka from Baton Rouge, LaI was married on April 10th of this year and this is the song that I used. Everybody love it.

    C. Fisher
    Baton Rouge, LA
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