I Want to Know What Love Is

Album: Agent Provocateur (1984)
Charted: 1 1
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  • I gotta take a little time, a little time to think things over
    I better read between the lines, in case I need it when I'm older

    Now this mountain I must climb, feels like the world upon my shoulders
    Through the clouds I see love shine, it keeps me warm as life grows colder

    In my life there's been heartache and pain
    I don't know if I can face it again
    Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life

    I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
    I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me

    I'm gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me
    I've got nowhere left to hide, it looks like love has finally found me

    In my life there's been heartache and pain
    I don't know if I can face it again
    Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life

    I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
    I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me
    I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
    (And I want to feel) I want to feel what love is
    (And I know) I know you can show me

    Let's talk about love, I want to know what love is
    The love that you feel inside, I want you to show me
    And I'm feeling so much love, I want to feel what love is
    No, you just can't hide, I know you can show me
    I want to know what love is (let's talk about love), I know you can show me
    I want to feel it too, I want to feel what love is
    I want to feel it too, and I know and I know, I know you can show me
    Show me love is real, yeah, I want to know what love is

Comments: 38

  • Wg Davis from Johnston Co., N.c.In the video a lady says "Let's Talk About Love", who did this part?? Sounds similar to Ms. Patti LaBelle.. W.G.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenJ. Garcia: Great story. I always thought this song had a strong spiritual feel to it, but now I will also think of your story whenever I hear it. Thanks for sharing.
  • J. Garcia from DallasIn November of 2015, I had a bad reaction to Doctor prescribed pills. The side effects of the drug caused insomnia, anxiety, claustrophobia, hot flashes and much more. The Doctor told me to stop taking the pills, but my life was quickly spiralling out of control. I could not work and stayed at home, fearing the end was near.

    My family did not understand what I was going through and thought I was just going crazy. When at the very bottom of my life and there seemed to be no way out, I turned to the Bible for answers (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Upon reading this verse my heart was suddenly filled with an overwhelming feeling of Love. A Love never felt before.

    Shortly thereafter, while watching music videos, this song played. This was my older sister's wedding song. I never really cared for this song, but in that moment, the words began to have a new meaning. As the song played, the Love again filled my heart. It was as if this song was a prayer to God. A person at the end of their rope, with no where else to turn. In that moment, that conversation with God, he finds Love.

    This song literally changed my Life and gave me Hope. This is my new favorite song. Thank you and know that every time I hear this song, through the tears, I get a little stronger and my heart fills with Love.
  • John from MichiganTom Bailey of The Thompson Twins played keyboards on this.
  • Anton from EarthI have a susceptibility to good gospel chorus singing. This song has always had a powerful emotional impact which has endured from first hearing. Yes, brings tears to eyes, still to this day. Reminds me of another song from way back to Woodstock era, Melanie Safka singing "Candles in the Rain". Either she, or some other inspired genius, got the Edwin Hawkins Singers to back her up on that song. Fifty+ years later, still get duckbumps and copious eye moisture listening to it. What other songs have similar effect?
  • David from Orlando, FlWhile the song can mean a number of things (the hallmark of a great song), I certainly sense spiritual overtones even in the lyrics alone. Climbing mountains, seeing love (perhaps in the form of the sun) shine through the clouds, the need to "read between the lines" for Biblical purposes, even knowing above all that the one and only God can truly show us what love is. Lou Gramm's passionate vocals and the keyboard melody add the artistic ingredients. While I do feel sorry for Gramm that he couldn't appreciate these types of songs, they fit me and other listeners like a glove. I used to think the lead character was simply begging his or her would-be love interest to give love in return, but careful listening and closer research revealed so much more.
  • Sean from Syracuse, NyPatti Labelle is not the soulful chick wailing on the end of this song. It is Jennifer Holliday.
  • Sheryl from Kennewick, WaAbsolutely love this song, such a classic I was in high when I first heard this song and now my fiance and I have marked it as our song!!!!
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlWhen I first heard this song..I liked it. Mariah Carey does a good version of it too
  • Scarfgoat from Buffalo, NyHearing the entire audience, which consisted of folks from 18 to 40+, sing the chorus of this song was POWERFUL and awe inspiring. Wow! I get duck-bumps just recalling it.
  • Paul from Detroit, MiI agree, Victor. Too bad their best song was shut out of the #1 spot for 10 weeks. But 10 weeks at #2 is one hell of an achievement.
  • Gilles from Hull, Canada, QcI remember listening to it in the new house we got in my new girlfriend and I on a saturday mornig with the sun rising in the windoe during the winter of 1984. Warm memories, we are stil together after 25 years. Guess it was a sing.
    Gilles, Canada
  • Adrian from Toledo, OhAn amazing song, that in my youth, like other's that have posted, I dismissed as "girly" or "too sappy". With time and experience I have matured. As part of this maturation process, I have come to recognize things I had written off in the past and have rediscovered them. I can honestly say that this is one of the most powerful songs that affects me almost to the point of haunting. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the eery, though happy enlightenment, that one who is Christian and seeking God's love and guidance can experience from listening and thinking about the lyrics. The subject is searching for divine love and what it feels like. In my interpretation, the subject is seeking a higher power to answer this. Quite a spiritual song for me. The wondeful choir reaffirms this emotion, and feeling, brilliantly in this song. Just my viewpoint of this awesome song.
  • Marcel from Singapore, SingaporeA great tune till I figured it was actually a "remake" of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. Try Gilmour solo at the end, and the end of I want to know what love is. Plus the intro sound and the tempo (starting with the cymbals) is just faster for IWTKWLI.
  • Martin from Los Angeles, CaGuy from Washington, that was Patti Labelle as I stated earlier.
  • Martin from Los Angeles, CaI love the Patti Labelle rift at the end of the song.
  • Debra from Lee's Summit, MoI think Lou Gramm's great voice and all the powerful, emotional singing keep it from being just another ho-hum love song. "Waiting for a Girl Like You" used to be my favorite, but, for me, this one has surpassed it. It cuts straight to the heart.
  • Pam from Circleville, OhLou Gramm is a GREAT SINGER.I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it and am still in love with it.Not a better song about what love is and how to find it than this one.
  • Deanne from Harrisonburg, VaI thought this song was sooooo sappy when I was a teenager (like Daniel from Springfield, MA). Then I grew up, got married and found out about being "in love". You have to face heartache & pain, and there are always mountains to climb. This song reminds me that love's a commitment, not a fairy tale, and now that I'm older I understand why Lou Gramm sings it the way he does. Blessings to all of us trying to figure out what love is..........
  • Susan from Westchestertonfieldville, Varighteous song, the first verse and first 2 lines for that matter set you up for a great song a comin!
    and yes, jukebox hero is a fist pumpin shoulder junting hit! love it!!
    oh and I hate Cold as Ice ( puke)
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceForeigner enjoyed a number of hits in the '80s, but none reached a level of over-the-top romantic longing as this keyboard-heavy love ballad. Guitarist Mick Jones has always been an underrated songwriter, and his command was never on finer display than when the calmness of this tune's verses explode into a crescendo of a chorus perfectly suited for Lou Gramm's impressively high vocal range. When the gospel chorus kicks in at the end, it's a perfectly appropriate topping for this confection.
  • Jovanka from New Orleans, LaI love this song so much I had it and it was destory in Hurraine Katrina,I was looking at cold case and this song was playing and it took me back in the days, and I said I have get this song again, Because its beautiful.

    Jovanka, N.O La./Duncanville Tx.
  • Dean from Plettenberg Bay, South AfricaSorry Tita...Tina Arena's version of this song was'nt bad......it was awfull !!!!!
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaSo, who's the woman who adds the vocal highlights, "Let's talk about love" etc? One of the New Jersey Mass Choir? She's the best part of the song. I hope she's been compensated accordingly.
  • Daniel from Springfield, MaMick Jones is a great tunesmiths. His sense of melody is simply impeccable, as is the raw emotion of his writing. I used to think this a cheezy love song when I younger, but I've come to revere Foreigner's songs with time. Only better-"Jukebox Hero", makes me cry like a girl.
  • Rhonda from Miami, FlThis song made me 'stop in my tracks' the first time I heard it back in the '80's, as it does today. The genius of the combination of words and music is magical; the rhythm and timing is from the heavens. It truly is 'other-worldly' to me and, hopefully, will be the finale song in play I'm writing. Dreamer, Rhonda, Miami, FL
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandAnd 'Cold As Ice' is the best foreigner song, in my opinion
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandHey Alex, if you're such a rock fan, why say "peace" like some chav hip hop fan?
  • Matthew from East Brunswick, NjThis song is amazing. This is arguable their best hit. In my life.
  • Jorge from Mexicali, MexicoThis song, a favorite of mine, is also the favorite of Bill Pullman's character in the 1996 comedy "Mr. Wrong", where at one point is sung in spanish by a kids' choir.
  • Alex from San Diego, CaI don't know what's wrong with you people, this is one of the greatest songs ever created. Just cause some people think it's a "cliche" to like this song are just being ultra-conforming robots who couldn't hit good music if they crashlanded in Robert Plants private collection.

  • Nessie from Sapporo, JapanTheir biggest hit. And their biggest steaming turd. Does no-one have any taste?
  • Merritt from Dublin, IrelandTom Bailey from Thompson Twins played piano on this UK No.1
  • Victor from Vienna, Vathis isn't the best song by Foreigner...it's "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
  • Janet from Perth, AustraliaIn my opinion "That was Yesterday" is a better song than "I Want to Know What Love is",equally dramatic but stronger.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiabig hit in Australia as well, they had another song similar called Live without your love , it was even soppier, but didn't chart that well in Ozz, film clip featured a young Ronald Reagan and some footage of Grace Kelly's wedding. It was a good song Lou Gramms got a great voice ,by the way Lous real surname was Grammatico.....
  • Nora from Richfield, MnTina Arena did an amazing cover of this song.
  • Tita from Bandung, IndonesiaDetective Dee Dee McCall sang I wanna know what love is in the tv serial Hunter in the 80s
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