The Promise

Album: When In Rome (1988)
Charted: 58 11
  • If you need a friend, don't look to a stranger
    You know in the end, I'll always be there
    But when you're in doubt, and when you're in danger
    Take a look all around, and I'll be there

    I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
    I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
    But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
    I promise, I promise you I will

    When your day is through, and so is your temper
    You know what to do, I'm gonna always be there
    Sometimes if I shout, it's not what's intended
    These words just come out, with no cross to bear

    I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
    I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
    But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
    I promise, I promise you

    I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
    I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
    And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me
    I promise you, I promise you I will

    I gotta tell you, need to tell you, got to tell you, I've got to tell you

    I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
    I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
    But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me
    I promise, I promise you

    I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say
    I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be
    And if I had to walk the world, I'd make you fall for me
    I promise you, I promise you I will
    I will
    I will Writer/s: Andrew Mann, Clive Farrington, Michael Floreale
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 14

  • Joe M. from El Paso Tx. I love the song i promise the vidio was excelent everything matches with the lyrics .
  • Joe M. from El Paso Tx. I love this song it has the meaning on how im feeling .an i also think the actress in the vidio is very pretty good pick guys .
  • Becky from Austinsteve from chino hills: one of the best, clearest, most succinct--simply one of the best--descriptions of napoleon dynamite! you crystalized my thoughts.
  • Josh from San AntonioMike- Her name is 'Stacey Mc Curr'
  • Gabiie from Hialeah, United KingdomThe Originals of songs are always better than the cover and New Found Glory Amberlin and the Eyeliners did a good cover but the original and remixs are the best!
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThe actress in this video is very beautiful. Does anyone know who she is?
  • R from Sydney, Australianew found glory has done a cover of this. usually i think the songs they cover are better by the original artists, but this one is better done by them i reckon.
  • Cecille from Cainta, PhilippinesThis song has been my favorite eversince.I was only teenager when i started to feel inlove with "The Promise"- Cecille Maynigo,Phils.
  • Logan from Troy, MtThis song has been covered by a Female punk band called The Eyeliners, and American alternative rock band Anberlin did a cover as well. I have yet to hear the Eyeliners version of the song, but Anberlin has it pretty good.
  • Sandra from Bogota, Chilei love this song and i don have it yet
  • Apb from Farmington, Ctyup this song is pretty cool but the drummer sucks
  • Steve from Chino Hills, CaThe movie Napoleon Dynamite relied more on the elements often overlooked to tell the story. The soundtrack and scenerey were used to give us clues about Napoleon. Napolean is oblivous to social norms and yet finds social acceptance and admiration in the end. This song, The Promise, the words almost sounds like he wrote them himself "I'm sorry, but I'm just thinking of the right words to say.I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be.But if you'll wait around awhile, I'll make you fall for me,I promise you, I promise you I will. "
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InI was a freshman in college when this was a hit, it is such a romantic love song in sort of a twisted way, but I have always liked it from day one. The whole album is actually really good. The soundtrack from Napolean Dynamite ROCKS too!!! I'm listening to it as I write this.
  • Ethan from Franklin, WiIt's really not that hard to understand, Victor.

    The Promise he is talking about is the promose to make her fall in love for him.
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