Shine, Shine

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"Shine, Shine"
Barry Gibb Shine Shine.jpg
Single by Barry Gibb
from the album Now Voyager
B-side"She Says"
ReleasedAugust 1984
Format7", 12", CD single
GenreSynthpop, adult contemporary
LabelMCA (US)
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer
Producer(s)Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson
Barry Gibb singles chronology
"What Kind of Fool"
"Shine, Shine"
"Fine Line"

"Shine, Shine" is a song recorded and released by Barry Gibb. The first single from his debut solo album Now Voyager, it proved to be another hit single for Gibb, as he had previously released the US Top 10 singles "Guilty" and "What Kind of Fool," on both of which he had collaborated with Barbra Streisand. "Shine, Shine," however, was his first entirely solo hit single.


The selection was written and composed by Gibb, his brother Maurice, and George Bitzer. The song has a fast percussion beat and a relatively straight melody line. Though the date, in 1984, of its recording in Middle Ear Studios was undocumented as of late April 2015, it employed string arrangements which were added later in Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles.[1] Gibb also sings background and harmony vocals and played acoustic guitar on this track.

As its music video implies, the selection's lyrics are about a man who is watching a woman he loves marry someone else. It is also possible from my deeper study of the lyrics to say that he is singing about his daughter, and about how it is her wedding day and he is giving her away, in marriage to her husband. The song does not explicitly refer to the woman as his daughter, but the lyrics refer to the fact that a. no vows will be broken by the fact that he loves her. b. the fact that it was his love that made the woman, and in doing so, created a memory, or a memorial of himself, as children are memorials of their parents, which would not make sense if this was an unrelated woman, and since a person made from love, would have to be a son or daughter of his. And the love that I made was a symbol of the times A celebration of the wine I made a memory in you"

The first verse also refers to how she used to write letters to him. This makes sense in the context that the daughter as a girl would write letters to her father. As the lyrucs sa "I'll still be the reader of the letters you write, I'll never be lonely for the rest of my life

This implies that she would continue to write to him, and that he would not be lonely. This would NOT make sense if she was a former lover.

c.The second verse refers to the fact "I was born to be with you on the day you were born,A beautiful angel with her face in the sun She was searching for the moon in every sparkle in the spoon " This makes sense if it were his daughter, as a baby looking at spoons and seacching for the moon as a toddler would do. Also the reference that he was born to be with her on the day she was born, shows that she is his daughter. ( Dimitri Fernando, Colombo Sri Lanka) [2]

Release and reception[edit]

"Shine, Shine" was chosen as the first single to be released from Now Voyager, with "She Says" chosen as the B-side.[3] The song was charted in North America, Canada, UK and on other European countries. The song was released on PolyGram Records in Portugal. MCA also released a 12-inch single, but with the same versions of two songs. The extended version of this single was released only in the UK.[4] The horn section is featured in the instrumental break and on the coda of the song. The cover photograph for the single was shot by Annie Leibovitz.[4]

William Ruhlmann, at Allmusic, retrospectively described the song as "having an engaging chorus and Caribbean riff."[5] Rolling Stone described "Shine, Shine" as having a "new wave synth-pop bounce, a hopped-up reggae beat."[2]


Charts (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 87
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 29
Canada Adult Contemporary Charts (RPM)[6] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 53
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 45
Italy (FIMI)[6] 23
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 32
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 95
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 37
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[10] 8
US Cash Box[11] 39
US Radio & Records[6] 38


  1. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1984". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Barry Gibb, "Shine Shine"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Barry Gibb - Now Voyager".
  4. ^ a b "Barry Gibb - Shine Shine".
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Barry Gibb - Now Voyager". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Songs written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - page 4" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^ " - Barry Gibb - Shine Shine". Ultratop. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Barry Gibb - Shine, Shine". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  9. ^ artist=Barry+Gibb&title=Shine+Shine&country=nl "Barry Gibb - Shine, Shine" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Barry Gibb - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles". Cashbox. 6 October 1984. Retrieved 22 December 2014.