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“Mated” by Jacki Graham and David Grant: One of the Best 80s’ Duet

Another week, another #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is to come up with a song that started with the letters M or A. The reason why, explained by Jim (the host of this prompt), as he tied in this week’s and last’s week’s prompt with movie ratings in the US: PG and MA. At first thought, I thought to use a song by the 90s German dance duo E-Rotic that has MA-rated lyrics, but that song is a bit too risque. So, I settled for something a lot more tamer: “Mated” by one of my favorite 80s’ singers Jacki Graham, from the UK, with David Grant.

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If Anyone Should Ask…

Jacki Graham with David Grant
Jacki Graham with David Grant

“Mated” was the first single off Jacki Graham’s second album Breaking Away, which was released in the autumn of 1986. This album is one of my favorites from the 80s as it features so many great songs like “Set Me Free”, “Step Right Up”, “Mated”, and “Breaking Away”. It is pretty solid from a really talented vocalist, Jacki Graham.

Hailing from Birmingham, this soul singer had a string of top ten hits in the 1980s. However, her biggest hit came in the 90s with her rendition of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”. It was a Number One hit in the US as well as other countries. She was signed to EMI Records in the 80s, the Japanese label Avex in the 90s (when they had a UK subsidy), and now on her own label. Fun fact is that Jacki Graham is even best friends with Michael McDonald.

But, let’s get back to “Mated”. This is actually a cover of the 1985 song by the American rock band Utopia, lead by Todd Rundgren. Featured on the band’s album P.O.V., “Mated” was written by a team of writers: Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell, Todd Rundgren, and Willie Wilcox (who were all part of Utopia).

I really enjoy the duet version with Grant and Graham more than the Utopia version. The reason is that I feel like this song is more suited as a duet. And also, that Jacki Graham’s and David Grant’s vocals are more suited for this song as they were soulful, heartful, and just full of beautiful tones! But, I might be biased because I love Jacki Graham, I think she is one of the best 80s’ female singers from the UK. Nevertheless, “Mated” by Jacki Graham and David Grant is such a wonderful duet!

How about you, what version do you prefer? Check out Jacki Graham’s and David Grant’s duet and the original version by Utopia and tell me what you think in the comments!

Here is the original version by Utopia:

Lyrics to “Mated” by Jacki Graham and David Grant

Everyone asks
Are we some kind of lovers?
Everyone asks what you’re doing with me
I know this is not what they want
They’re afraid you’ve been blinded
But I already know how it’s going to be.

If anyone should ask
Say we’re mated
As long as this life lasts
We are mated
Why else would I be here right now
And you know we’ll still be here tomorrow.

Nobody else understands what I’m doing
Nobody else makes me act in this way
And because they can’t comprehend
What we mean to each other
They won’t leave you alone
So you know what to say.

I hold you in my heart
‘Cause we’re mated
In a very special part
We are mated
Why else would I be here right now
And you know I’ll still be here tomorrow.

I see things far ahead, maybe light
Maybe beautiful children
I don’t have words I’m thinking of
But it’s way beyond what they call love.

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"Mated" by Jacki Graham and David Grant: One of the Best 80s' Duet

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    I hadn’t heard this song before now, but 80s music isn’t usually my favorite. But I bet my parents would know this one! Listening to both, I prefer the Utopia version. I couldn’t even tell you why, but that one stands out to me.

  2. Neely Moldovan

    I had not heard this before. I really love it

  3. Wow! This is such a beautiful composition! Love the lyrics as well. I have never heard of this song, but now, am in love with it ❤️ Thanks for sharing

  4. Christa

    I haven’t heard this song in ages! I forgot how good it is.

    1. Thanks for sharing this here, 1st time got to know the song & enjoy hearing it again & again , love the lyrics

  5. Renee

    I’ve never heard this song, thank you for sharing!

  6. Christine H

    I agree with you that the Jackie Graham and David Grant version us better. I have to admit that neither were familiar. Having heard one after the other, it does seem this should have originally for a duet.

  7. Ash B

    i am not too knowledgable on 80’s music but this was a great song! I’m going to explore more 80’s music now! Thank you for sharing!

  8. 80s music is (in my opinion) the best music – lyrics were so much better back then, they seemed to have a lot more meaning.

  9. Knycx Journeying

    Oh my, such a classic and I love the lyrics, the voice, the combo, the melody…. Everything!

  10. Lyosha Varezhkina

    never herd the song before! well, honestly that is something I write here often. You love for music is very deep

  11. pacioalita9

    I havent heard the song for a while until I read your blogpost. It is indeed a great duet.

  12. Fransic verso

    This is the first time to hear this song and it’s interesting that there is a meaning behind it.

  13. Bree been

    This song again after such a long time is magic. It’s been a while and now I’ve added it to my playlist.

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