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Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon

Can't Fight This Feeling

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80s classic rock soft rock rock Power ballad


"Can't Fight This Feeling" is a number-one power ballad from REO Speedwagon about a man falling in love with a girl with whom he has been a friend for a long time. The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1984 album Wheels Are Turnin'. It was the group's second number-one hit on the U.S. charts (the first being 1981's "Keep on Loving You", also written by Kevin Cronin) and reached number sixteen in the UK. "Can't Fight This Feeling" has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums. It has also been featured on soundtracks of movies such as Not Another Teen Movie, Waiting..., and, most recently, Kickin' It Old Skool and Sex Drive. The song was also heard on the South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", the Fringe episode "Power Hungry" as well as in the Showtime hit series Queer as Folk. REO Speedwagon performed the song at the 1985 Live Aid concert and it was sung at the end of Horton Hears a Who!. It was referred to again recently in The CW show Supernatural (in the second season episode #5, "Simon Said", Jo Harvelle turns this song on for Dean Winchester in Harvelle's Roadhouse, later he sings it in the car claiming the song had stuck in his head). It was also featured prominently in advertising for the film Horton Hears a Who!, and sung by the major characters near the end of the movie as the titular character celebrates his vindication and his charges' salvation. It was also used in a Valentine's Day 2009 commercial for Hallmark Cards, and was sung in the hit show Glee. It was again featured in an early episode of King of the Hill when Dale marries Nancy. Two different music videos exist for the song. One is a basic video, appearing almost homemade, featuring the band in the studio. It begins with Kevin Cronin playing the piano, attempting to find the key in which he can best sing the song (starting off in G major, he later decides he can sing it better in A). After Cronin exchanges some laughs with his bandmates, the song officially begins; the video essentially consists of the band members lip-synching to the original track of the song. It then concludes with Cronin uttering the memorable line, "That warmed the cockles of my cockles!" The other version of the video is much more "professional," and makes various references to the life-cycle. Both videos have been shown at various times on VH1 Classic. Most recently, the song featured in a Muller Fruit Corner advertising campaign "Thank You Cows".


REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band from Champaign, Illinois. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity (1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group's best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and has charted thirteen Top 40 hits Show more ...

Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon

I can't fight this feeling any longer.
And yet I'm still afraid to let it flow.
What started out as friendship,
Has grown stronger.
I only wish I had the strength to let it show.

I tell myself that I can't hold out forever.
I said there is no reason for my fear.
Cause I feel so secure when we're together.
You give my life direction,
You make everything so clear.

And even as I wander,
I'm keeping you in sight.
You're a candle in the window,
On a cold, dark winter's night.
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might.

And I can't fight this feeling anymore.
I've forgotten what I started fighting for.
It's time to bring this ship into the shore,
And throw away the oars, forever.

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore.
I've forgotten what I started fighting for.
And if I have to crawl upon the floor,
Come crushing through your door,
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore.

My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw you.
I've been running round in circles in my mind.
And it always seems that I'm following you, girl,
Cause you take me to the places,
That alone I'd never find.

And even as I wander,
I'm keeping you in sight.
You're a candle in the wind,
On a cold, dark winter's night.
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might.

And I can't fight this feeling anymore.
I've forgotten what I started fighting for.
It's time to bring this ship into the shore,
And throw away the oars, forever.

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore.
I've forgotten what I started fighting for.
And if I have to crawl upon the floor,
Come crushing through your door,
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore.



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