Paul Young (No Parlez)

Official Album Cover
Official Album Cover

The Album

Paul Young (No Parlez) is the debut studio album by solo singer Paul Young. It was released on 22 July 1983 and reached the number one spot on the UK Albums Charts. Sales of the album exceeded 1.2 million copies and became quadruple certified. Featured here is the hit single “Love Of The Common People”.

Paul Young’s debut album “No Parlez,” released on July 18, 1983, is a timeless collection of soulful tracks that introduced the world to his exceptional vocal talent and laid the foundation for his successful career. This album stands as a testament to Young’s ability to infuse his music with emotion, and it remains a cherished gem in the landscape of 1980s pop and soul.

From the very first notes of “No Parlez,” it’s evident that Paul Young possesses a voice that demands attention. His soulful and expressive vocal delivery injects every song with a genuine, heartfelt quality. The album’s opener, a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home),” showcases Young’s ability to reinterpret a beloved song while making it his own. His rendition is imbued with raw emotion, setting the tone for the entire album.

“No Parlez” strikes a delicate balance between covers and original compositions. While Young’s interpretations of well-known songs like “Love of the Common People” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” bring fresh perspectives to these classics, it’s his original tracks that truly shine. Songs like “Come Back and Stay” and “Iron Out the Rough Spots” showcase Young’s songwriting abilities and reveal his capacity to craft soulful, memorable melodies.

Upon its release, “No Parlez” quickly garnered critical acclaim and commercial success. The album’s soulful sound, combined with Young’s charismatic stage presence, earned him a devoted fanbase. “No Parlez” reached the top of the UK Albums Chart and remained in the Top 10 for over six months. In addition, the album achieved multi-platinum status in the UK and several other countries.

The accolades didn’t stop there. Young’s distinctive cover of “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” became a chart-topping hit in the UK, further solidifying his position as a rising star in the music industry.

Conclusion

“No Parlez” is more than just an album; it’s a testament to Paul Young’s musical prowess and his ability to bridge the gap between classic soul and contemporary pop. Its enduring appeal is a testament to the timelessness of Young’s voice and the universal themes he explores through his music.

As we reflect on the impact of “No Parlez,” it’s clear that Paul Young’s debut album remains a remarkable achievement that continues to resonate with listeners across generations. The blend of soul, pop, and heartfelt lyrics creates an experience that is both emotionally resonant and undeniably enjoyable. Whether you’re a fan of 1980s nostalgia or a lover of soulful melodies, “No Parlez” is an album that continues to captivate and inspire, reminding us of the power of music to transcend time and connect us all.

Track Listing

  1. Come Back And Stay
  2. Love Will Tear Us Apart
  3. Wherever I Lay My Hat
  4. Ku Ku Kurama
  5. No Parlez
  6. Love Of The Common People
  7. Oh Women
  8. Iron Out The Rough Spots
  9. Broken Man
  10. Tender Trap
  11. Sex

Love Of The Common People

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Lyrics


Living on free food tickets
Water in the milk from a hole in the roof
Where the rain came through
What can you do? Mmm
Tears from your little sister
Crying because she doesn’t have a dress without a patch
For the party to go
But you know she’ll get by
‘Cause she’s living in the love of the common people
Smiles from the heart of a family man
(Ah, ah, yeah)
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can
(So cold)
And she can
It’s a good thing you don’t have bus fare
(It’s a good thing, ouch)
It would fall through the hole in your pocket
And you’d lose it in the snow on the ground
(Ow, ah, ah, yeah)
You gotta walk into town to find a job
(What’s it now?)
Trying to keep your hands warm
(It’s so cold)
When the hole in your shoe let the snow come through
And chill you to the bone
(Brrr, cha)
Somehow you’d better go home where it’s warm
Where you can live in a love of the common people
Smile from the heart of a family man
(Ah, ah, yeah)
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can
(So cold)
And she can
Living on a dream ain’t easy
But the closer the knit, the tighter the fit
(The closer the knit)
And the chills stay away
(Ow, ah, ah, yeah)
Just to take ’em in stride for family pride
You know that faith is your foundation
(Ooh, now, ooh, now, ooh, now)
With a whole lotta love and a warm conversation
But don’t forget to pray
(Forget to pray)
Just making it strong where you belong

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And we’re living in the love of the common people
Smiles from the heart of a family man
(What’s it now?)
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can
(You’re so cold)
And she can

Yes, we’re living in the love of the common people
Smile’s from the heart of a family man
(Ah, ah, yeah)
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can
(You’re so cold)

Living in the love of the common people
Smile’s from the heart of a family man
(What’s it now?)
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can
(You’re so cold)

Living in the love of the common people
Smile’s really hard on a family man
(Ah, ah, yeah)
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Mama’s gonna love you just as much as she can
And she can

Reference

No Parlez – Wikipedia