I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

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"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"
Song by Delirious? from the album Cutting Edge 2
Recorded 1995 (Cutting Edge Version)
2001 (Deeper Version)
Genre Worship
Christian rock
Length 6:09 (Cutting Edge Album Version)
5:29 (Deeper Album Version)
Label Furious? Records
Writer Martin Smith
Producer Andy Piercy
Delirious?
Cutting Edge 2 track listing
"Lead Me"
(5)
"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"
(6)
Deeper track listing
"Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?"
(1)
"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"
(2)
"I've Found Jesus"
(3)

"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" is a popular Christian rock and worship song by the English rock band Delirious?. The song's popularity has reached far beyond the band's; CCLI places the song among the 30 most-sung worship songs in the United States of America[1] and has been called a "modern worship classic".[2] According to Martin Smith, the author of the song:

"That song just wrote itself in about five minutes. The same chords the whole way through the song. I mean that's embarrassing really! It was just a little ditty. Did it at church. It was good but I don't think it really blew anybody away. It wasn't like, 'Oh Martin's written the most amazing song!' I still don't really think it is. But yes, that song, that moment changed our lives really. It's been one of the most sung songs in America and around the world. It's crazy really, this little ditty that we don't really do anymore. It's been great."[3]

Delirious? have released it several times in different forms. It was first recorded as the last track on Cutting Edge 2; in this incarnation, it was a six-minute soft pop song featuring extensive use of eBow and choir. Later, it was re-recorded for Deeper, the band's "d:finitive worship collection"; here, it became a full-blown rock ballad with gospel influences. A radio edit of this version was released as a single (see Single Release, below). A Spanish version of the original, translated as "Cantaré de Tu amor por siempre", appeared on the band's album Libertad. Yuuka Matsumoto sings it beautifully in Japanese.

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered numerous times, with variations in style and performance, particularly within the CCM genre. The most popular of these covers (most notably within the US) was by worship group Sonicflood. The song, which appears on their self-titled debut album, is a duet with Lisa Kimmey from R&B outfit Out of Eden. Alternately, the cross-over group Switchfoot (made up of Christian members) has also sung this song during various concerts. Christian singer tobyMac has also covered part of this song live after his hit, Lose My Soul.

Single Release[edit]

"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"
Single by Delirious?
from the album Deeper
Released 2001
Format CD
Genre Worship
Rock
Christian rock
Length 3:34 (Radio Edit)
5:29 (Album Version)
Label Furious? Records
Writer(s) Martin Smith
Delirious? singles chronology
"Waiting for the Summer"
(2001)
"I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"
(2001)
"Inside Outside"
(2004)
Alternative covers
CD2 Single

The single version of the song was released to the UK Singles Charts on 10 December 2001. As with most previous Delirious? singles, the song received no airplay on Radio One, the UK's largest pop station. It reached #37 in the midweek charts and hit an official peak of #40 on 17 December, making it the band's seventh Top 40 hit in a row.

Track listing[edit]

CD1

  1. "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" (Radio Edit) - 3:34
  2. "Everything" (Live USA Radio Session) - 5:40
  3. "Bliss" (Britrix Re:Mix) - 3:10
  4. "I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever" (CD-ROM Video)

CD2

  1. "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" (Full Version) - 5:31
  2. "American President" - 3:36
  3. Every Child Counts - HopeHIV (CD-ROM Video)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ Word Music Now - CCLI Top 100 chart
  2. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Delirious?". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 250–252. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ Delirious?: Martin Smith gives his most revealing interview ever; Cross Rhythms; Retrieved March 26, 2008