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Minnie Riperton’s “Never Existed Before”: A Mellow Oldie For This Holiday Weekend

Cover art for Minnie Riperton’s Minnie

Happy #SongLyricsSunday and Fourth of July for those who live in the US. Even though I am American, I don’t really celebrate the Fourth here in Japan. It isn’t a major celebration among expats here as It is a normal day here. If this was a weekday, we would be at work like usual. I don’t even people would gather together to celebrate it after work.

Because today is the Fourth of July, the prompt for #SongLyricsSunday is to find a song by an American artist. While I was walking home from my fellow friend’s memorial service today, Spotify randomly played Minnie Riperton’s 1979 song “Never Existed Before”. This is mellow tune is a perfect one for today due to its nature, but also has a nod to the American holiday. Let’s find out more about the song together!

You Ask Me What I See

“Never Existed Before” is a track off Minnie Riperton’s 1979 album Minnie. It was released two months before her death, but her first one of Capitol Records (which when she heard the news she was signed to the label, she rushed to make this album). The track was written by Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph, and Bill Thedford.

The tune talks about how the main character experiences sights and sounds that she never saw before. The reason? Because she fell in love with the person whom she is singing to. The lyrics are set to a laid-back, summer-like R&B melody with flutes, strings, percussion, guitar, and a little hint of an electric piano. It is such beautiful, subtle instrumentation, but Minnie Riperton’s gorgeous voice is the main character in this tune. Minnie’s vocals were so infectious because they were full of beautiful tones, talent, and she had a wide range. Just listen to “Never Existed Before” to hear them and find out why they are so beautiful!

Listen to Minnie Riperton’s “Never Existed Before” down below and tell me what you think in the comments. Did you spot the Fourth of July reference?


Lyrics to Minnie Riperton’s “Never Existed Before”

So you ask me what do I see
When I look into your eyes
I see things that have never existed before

Shall I tell you all that I find
In those beautiful eyes I can try
But it never existed before

A silvery moon… a will in the park
The tunnel of love… a kiss in the dark
The light of the stars… the clouds in the sky
The fireworks on the fourth of july

And you ask me what do I hear
When you whisper my name
Music plays that has never existed before
Oh, and I don’t know why
But it’s there just the same
And it’s plain that it never existed before

The song of the rain on flowers in spring
The wind in the willow trees murmuring
The laughter that falls the children at play
Like church bells that call all the people to pray

So you ask me why do I glow
Well, I think you should know
I’m in love and I never existed before


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