Booging Down With Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions’s “Boogie Wonderland”
Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions's "Boogie Wonderland"

Booging Down With Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions’s “Boogie Wonderland”

This week’s #SongLyricsSunday is about “Air/Earth/Fire/Water”. Even though these words might not be this in classic band’s lyrics, I am going to choose a song by the legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire. Why? Because I love Earth, Wind & Fire, especially “Boogie Wonderland” (with the female vocal group The Emotions).

I especially love the 12-inch version of the classic disco song as there is more to party/dance with (even though it isn’t supposed to be a positive song, say what?!! But nevertheless, this classic 70s song is a fantastic classic tune that you will have you dancing!

(This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!)

The Story Behind “Boogie Wonderland”

 Allee Willis, co-writer for "Boogie Wonderland"
Allee Willis

“Boogie Wonderland”, a single released in 1979, was written by Allee Willis (who wrote a lot of songs like the Friends theme song, check this video out) and Jon Lind (who wrote Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last” and Madonna’s “Crazy for You”). When writing the classic tune, the duo was inspired by the movie Looking for Mr. Goodbar. In an interview with Songfact, Willis had to say about the lyrics and their inspiration:

“When I saw Mr. Goodbar, I got kind of fascinated with people who did go to clubs every night, whose life was kind of falling apart, but they lived for the nightlife, though it didn’t seem to be advancing them as humans in the end. So if you really look at the lyrics of ‘Boogie Wonderland,’ unlike ‘September,’ it’s not a happy song at all. It’s really about someone on the brink of self-destruction who goes to these clubs to try and find more but is at least aware of the fact that if there’s something like true love, that is something that could kind of drag them out of the abyss.

And [the tune] is a very different kind of disco song. It’s much more heavily orchestrated, chord structure’s different, lyrically it’s certainly different. So I think they were happy to have something that could pass in that genre, but really wasn’t of that genre.”

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/earth-wind-fire/boogie-wonderland

After reading this interview with Willis, all I have to say is Wow!. I always thought that this 70s tune was a happy one, but it is instead a dark one. Wow! However, I like the heavily orchestrated sound a lot. That is why “Boogie Wonderland” is my favorite Earth, Wind & Fire song.

Jon Lund, co-writer for "Boogie Wonderland"

Willis also said that the band almost passed up on the song:

“When Jon and I took that to Maurice, he didn’t take it for Earth, Wind & Fire. He was producing another group that was called Curtis The Brothers, and Earth, Wind & Fire cut the track, so it’s the exact track that you’re hearing on the Earth, Wind & Fire record, but someone else was singing it. And Jon and I were beside ourselves because Earth, Wind & Fire were so cool, and this other group was an unknown group who did an OK job, but we knew what Maurice White was going to sound like singing the lead. So we spent quite a few nerve-wracking weeks as we would beg him to keep the song for himself. And then finally he did. And then it was out in like two weeks, and that was it.”

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/earth-wind-fire/boogie-wonderland

What Do you Think?

Listen to “Boogie Wonderland” down below and let me know what you think of the tune in the comments. I also included some covers by other artists down below.

One of my favorite modern day jazz band Shakatak did a cover on their 1999 album Jazz in the Night. I looooooooooooooooooove Shakatak and smooth jazz (there are many haters out there but smooth jazz is so good):

The late Britney Murphy covered the tune for the 2006 movie Happy Feet:

It was covered in 1990 by the Japanese idol group Tokyo Performance Doll.

Allee Willis died last December at the age of 72. The American morning show Good Morning America remembered the songwriter:

Lyrics for Boogie Wonderland

Dance, boogie wonderland
Dance, boogie wonderland

Midnight creeps so slowly into hearts of men
Who need more than they get
Daylight deals a bad hand to a woman
Who has laid too many bets

The mirror stares you in the face
And says “Baby, uh, uh, it don’t work”
You say your prayers though you don’t care
You dance and shake the hurt

Dance, boogie wonderland
Dance, boogie wonderland

Sound fly through the night
I chase my vinyl dreams to boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland

All the love in the world can’t be gone
All the need to be loved can’t be wrong
All the records are playing and my heart keeps saying
“Boogie wonderland, wonderland”

Dance, boogie wonderland
Dance, boogie wonderland

I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
Dance, dance, dance, dance
Dance, dance, dance, dance

Wonderland, wonderland

All the love in the world can’t be gone
All the need to be loved can’t be wrong
All the records are playing and my heart keeps saying
“Boogie wonderland, wonderland”

Dance, boogie wonderland
Dance, boogie wonderland

I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
Dance, dance, dance, dance
Dance, dance, dance, dance


If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Booging Down With Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions's "Boogie Wonderland"

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jim Adams

    Nice post Amy, thanks for joining in again.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      No problem! I was busy last weekend, so I really couldn’t post.

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