About the song

Ah, yes, How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees. Released in 1977, this song is an undeniable classic, a cornerstone of disco music, and a timeless ballad that continues to resonate with listeners today. But its journey to becoming a cultural phenomenon is as fascinating as the song itself.

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The Bee Gees, already established hitmakers by the late 70s, were initially brought on to write and produce music for the John Travolta film, Saturday Night Fever. How Deep Is Your Love wasn’t even intended for the Bee Gees to perform! It was originally conceived for Yvonne Elliman, another artist on the soundtrack. However, when Elliman declined the song, the brothers Gibb – Barry, Robin, and Maurice – decided to record it themselves. This twist of fate proved to be a masterstroke.

How Deep Is Your Love stands apart from the more frenetic energy of many disco tracks. While it features the characteristic four-on-the-floor beat and smooth synthesizer basslines of the genre, the song’s true power lies in its emotional depth. The Gibb brothers’ signature falsetto vocals – a sound they had been perfecting for years – weave a tapestry of yearning and vulnerability. The lyrics explore the complexities of love, questioning its permanence and seeking reassurance of a partner’s devotion. Lines like “I know your eyes in the morning sun / I feel you touch me in the pouring rain” create a vivid picture of an intimate connection, while the pleading chorus “How deep is your love / How deep is your love, how deep is your love / I really mean to learn” captures the universal human desire for security and unwavering commitment.

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How Deep Is Your Love wasn’t an immediate chart-topper upon its release. However, its inclusion in Saturday Night Fever proved to be a game-changer. The film’s massive success propelled the song into the public consciousness, and it soon became a global phenomenon. It reached number one on the Billboard charts in the United States, becoming the Bee Gees’ biggest hit to date. How Deep Is Your Love transcended disco audiences, finding a place on playlists across genres and generations.

The song’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to tap into profound emotions. It’s a song about love, yes, but it’s also about the vulnerability that comes with loving someone deeply. The uncertainty, the fear of loss, and the constant desire for connection – these are themes that resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds. How Deep Is Your Love isn’t just a disco anthem; it’s a timeless ballad that speaks to the core of the human experience.

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Lyrics

“How Deep Is Your Love”
(from “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack)

I know your eyes in the mornin’ sun
I feel you touch me in the pourin’ rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I wanna feel you in my arms again

And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show
How deep is your love?

How deep is your love? How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re livin’ in a world of fools
Breakin’ us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

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I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my saviour when I fall

And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside that I really do
And it’s me you need to show
How deep is your love?

How deep is your love? How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re livin’ in a world of fools
Breakin’ us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

Na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na-na

And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show
How deep is your love?

How deep is your love? How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn (I really mean to learn)
‘Cause we’re livin’ in a world of fools
Breakin’ us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me
(Na-na-na-na-na)

How deep is your love? How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re livin’ in a world of fools
Breakin’ us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me
(Na-na-na-na-na)

How deep is your love? How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re livin’ in a world of fools
Breakin’ us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me