"For Once in My Life" is a swing song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records' Jobete publishing company in 1967 (see 1967 in music). The composition was originally recorded by Jean DuShon, while other artists, such as Tony Bennett and The Temptations, recorded slow ballad versions of the song. Jack Soo was the first male artist to record a version of the song—it never made it to any public market and the recording was permanently shelved in the Motown Records archives.
The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo arrangement by Stevie Wonder, recorded immediately after DuShon's original. Wonder's version (issued on Motown's Tamla label) was a top-three hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969.
For Once In My Life
For once in my life I have someone who needs me
Someone I've needed so long
For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I'll be strong
Loneliness, lonesomeness. Whatever. We all --or most of us--have love or the capacity for love &/or being in-love. We just need an obscure object of desire to become unobscured.
For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true
When dreams come true. Is that anything like: be catreful what you wish for? Or be careful what you dream? How can that be? Unless you buy into lucid dreaming theory.
For once in my life I won't let sorrow hurt me
Not like it's hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won't desert me
I'm not alone anymore
Well sorrow does hurt. But isn't it nice when it goes. When someone special dispells it?
For once, I can say, this is mine, you can't take it
As long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me
Wants & needs. Nurturning people need to be needed. Is that being too needy? We all have needs. Go out & get some...
--song written by Ron Miller & Orlando Murden
Clip of Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett on "Tony Bennett's American Classic." Awesome performance! One of the best duets ever..