I Believe (Blessid Union of Souls song)

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"I Believe"
Single by Blessid Union of Souls
from the album Home
Released February 18, 1995[1]
Format CD, cassette
Recorded 1994
Length 4:27
Songwriter(s) Eliot Sloan
Blessid Union of Souls singles chronology
"Let Me Be the One"
(1995)
"I Believe"
(1995)
"All Along"
(1996)

"Let Me Be the One"
(1995)
"I Believe"
(1995)
"All Along"
(1996)

"I Believe" is a single by the American alternative rock band Blessid Union of Souls from their 1995 debut album Home. It is one of their most popular songs, and their highest-charting in the United States, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was written after vocalist Eliot Sloan's girlfriend "Lisa" was forced by her father to stop dating Sloan.

On the third verse of the edited version, the word "nigger" is replaced with "brother."[citation needed]

History[edit]

According to the "I Believe Story" from Blessid Union of Souls's compilation album Almost Acoustic (Volume 1), the song was written by vocalist Eliot Sloan in the early morning when he imagined the main piano sample which would be used in the song and then played it.

I always tell people, and it's the truth, 'I Believe' was written in the middle of the night at about three in the morning. I always used to live in downtown Cincinnati, a really cool spiral staircase up to my bedroom, which kind of ended up as my studio. I kept a piano there that my mother got me when I was nine. In the middle of the night I was hearing the melody and I thought, 'this is pretty.' I just had to get up and play it.

Eliot Sloan stated in an interview with The Celebrity Cafe that he wrote the song about his relationship with "Lisa", a girl he once dated. Lisa's father allegedly threatened to cut off her college tuition if she continued to see Eliot. They said good-bye and went their separate ways. He said that he still very much missed her, and placed a message in the liner notes of Home: "Lisa, give me a call sometime just to say hello, my number is still the same."[2][3]

Meaning[edit]

The song is about the lack of love in the world.[citation needed] In an interview with thecelebritycafe.com, Eliot Sloan said "when I sing 'Love will find a way,' I mean 'God will find a way,'" and that he has always believed that "God is love." While the song uses fairly subtle Christian themes, as do many of the band's songs, they tried to make it not sound too preachy.[4]

Well, it's like... when we did that song, we were just like... there were so many things going on in society. We just wanted to do something positive. We just wanted to touch on a lot of points that society seems to be having a little trouble with as a whole. Racism was one of the things we wanted to distill in the song. So we were like, wanted to mention something about a relationship that I was in that people could relate to. It's really cool because a lot of people have been really relating to that. A lot of people have been in relationships where their parents or their friends didn't want them seeing this other person for whatever reason, whether it was race, religion or background, or whatever. We just really believe that love is the answer to this stuff. Without it trying to sound hokey or whatever that's just the honest to good answer. I'm a witness to that. I get along with anybody who's open minded, and who has an open heart to things. That's the same with everybody in this band. We've all got different backgrounds and we all agree on the same things. This is just one of them. There doesn't have to be this much tension out there. There really doesn't. We feel like it's very unnecessary in a lot of situations. We just wanted to install some hope in people and hopefully people will listen to the lyrics and get that out of the song."

— Eliot Sloan, in an interview with the Celebrity Cafe.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for "I Believe". It shows the band members singing the song, interspersed with footage representing the ideas of the song.

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of Home by Allmusic, staff writer Tom Demalon said that the song "revealed the band to have more of a social conscience than similar acts such as Hootie & the Blowfish through the spiritually tinged lyrics."[8] In a review by Rolling Stone, staff writer Paul Evans called the song "all righteous, wide-eyed affirmation".[9]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single[10]

  1. I Believe (Radio Mix) - 3:45
  2. Heaven - 4:33
  3. I Believe (Original Version) - 3:45
  4. I Believe (Blessid Q Mix) - 4:02

US Cassette Single[11]

Side A

  1. I Believe (Original Mix) - 4:37

Side B

  1. I Believe (Album Mix) - 4:17
  2. Heaven - 4:33

Chart positions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ release date[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Miserandino, Dominick A. "Blessid Union of Souls Eliot Sloan". The Celebrity Cafe. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ Home liner notes
  4. ^ "T&T Management and Booking Agency - Blessid Union of Souls". T&T Management and Booking Agency. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Home > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Blessid Union of Souls – I Believe". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ Demalon, Tom. "allmusic (((Home > Overview)))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ Evans, Paul (February 2, 1998). "Blessid Union of Souls: Home : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Blessid-Union-Of-Souls-I-Believe/release/1117724
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Blessid-Union-Of-Souls-I-Believe/release/3410063
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Home > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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