Words (F. R. David song)

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"Words"
Single by F. R. David
from the album Words
B-side "When the Sun Goes Down"
Released 1982
Length 3:31
Label Carrere
Writer(s) Robert Fitoussi
Marty Kupersmith
Louis S. Yaguda
Producer(s) Frédéric Leibovitz
F. R. David singles chronology
"Words"
(1982)
"I Need You"
(1983)

"Words" is a 1982 song by F. R. David, which sold eight million copies worldwide and peaked at number two on the British charts in spring of 1983. The song was originally released only in France and Monaco in the winter of 1981, later it was released in the rest of Europe. In 1983, it finally was released in America and the UK. It was a huge European hit, peaking at number one in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway. It also went to number one in South Africa in late 1982 and spent 25 weeks on the charts. The photography of the 7" vinyl was made by Vassili Ulrich.

Initial copies of the recording on both LP and single credit the composition of "Words" solely to Robert Fitoussi, which is the real name of F.R. David. All later reissues of F.R. David's original recording of "Words", as well as all re-recordings, credit the composition of the song to Fitoussi (music), and Marty Kupersmith & Louis S. Yaguda (lyrics).

In the 2000s, David released a French language duo version of the song with the singer Winda entitled "Words, j'aime ces mots". F.R. David and Winda included also an English version as a duo.

Cover versions[edit]

  • British pop band The Tremeloes recorded the song as a single on CBS in 1983; their version garnered considerable airplay in the UK, but narrowly missed the Top 75 after being swiftly eclipsed by the original.
  • Spanish singer Soraya Arnelas recorded a version of Words for her 2007 album La Dolce Vita. It was released as the second single, and reached number 6 in the Spanish Charts.
  • Finnish dance/pop band Hausmylly covered the song on their 1994 album "Peilipallo". The title of the song was "Jos" (Finnish for "If").
  • In 1999 by Zoom[1]
  • Ukrainian pop rock band Gouache recorded a jubilee version of Words for their album Simple Me. Version was presented in New Year Eve in December 2007.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Words" — 3:31
  2. "Dolce Vita" by Ryan Paris — 3:59
12" maxi
  1. "Words" — 3:31
  2. "When the Sun Goes Down" — 3:00

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Someone Loves You Honey" by June Lodge and Prince Mohammed
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
21 August 1982 – 4 September 1982 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"It Started with a Kiss" by Hot Chocolate
Preceded by
"Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
21 August 1982 – 4 September 1982 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single (first run)
30 October 1982 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single (second run)
13 November 1982 – 22 January 1983 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club
Preceded by
"Adios Amor" by Andy Borg
German number-one single
27 September 1982 – 6 December 1982 (11 weeks)
Austrian number-one single (first run)
1 November 1982 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Weil i di mog" by Relax
Preceded by
"Weil i di mog" by Relax
Austrian number-one single (second run)
1 December 1982 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Let's Dance" by David Bowie
"True" by Spandau Ballet
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
17 April 1983 – 1 May 1983 (3 weeks)
15 May 1983 – 23 May 1983 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"True" by Spandau Ballet
"Every Breath You Take" by The Police
Preceded by
"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago
Italian number one single
8 January 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Carletto" by Corrado
Preceded by
"You're in the Army Now" by Bolland
Norwegian number-one single
48/1982 – 8/1983 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Save Your Love" by Renée and Renato
Preceded by
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
South African number-one single
11 December 1982 – 22 January 1983 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant
Preceded by
"Amor de hombre" by Mocedades
"Amor de hombre" by Mocedades
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
"You Are a Danger" by Gary Low
Spanish number-one single
27 December 1982 (1 week)
10 January 1983 – 14 February 1983 (6 weeks)
28 February 1982 (1 week)
4 April 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Amor de hombre" by Mocedades
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
"The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson featuring Paul McCartney
"Maneater" by Hall & Oates
Preceded by
"Our House" by Madness
Swedish number-one single
8 March 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Young Guns (Go for It)" by Wham!
Preceded by
"I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida
Swiss number-one single
17 October 1982 – 21 November 1982 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners

Year-end charts[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"How 'Bout Us" by Champaign
1981
Belgian best-selling single of the year
1982
Succeeded by
"Stars on 45 Presents the Star Sisters" by Stars on 45
1983
Preceded by
"Stars on 45" by Stars on 45
1981
Swiss best-selling single of the year
1982
Succeeded by
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara
1983
Preceded by
"Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk" by Dr. Hook
1982
South African best-selling single of the year
1983
Succeeded by
"Red Red Wine" by UB40
1984

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