You Send Me – Sam Cooke

December 24, 2021

“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke is a well-known gospel-pop song from the 1950s. Sam Cooke created the path for all gospel-pop artists during this period in musical history.

Fun Facts

  • Sam Cooke and his brother Charles, whose father was a minister, started by singing at their church they attended growing up. They called themselves “The Singing Children.”
  • Cooke was originally signed to a gospel record company that was called Specialty Records.
  • It’s said that Sam added the E to his last name to avoid bad luck.
  • Sam Cooke used songs like “You Send Me” and “Sad Mood” to blaze a trail when it came to mixing gospel and pop music.
  • Not only did Cooke use songs like “You Send Me” and “Wonderful World” to build a bridge between soul and pop, but he was also enjoyed by both the black and white communities.
  • Before passing away in 1964, Cooke became a published author and opened his own recording studio.
  • “You Send Me” was Cooke’s first number one hit. It hit the top charts in 1957. This single was recorded with Keen Records.
  • Cooke came to a tragic death in 1964, where he was shot by a hotel manager after some conflict. 
  • When Cooke refers to “You Send Me” in this song, he is really saying, “you excite or thrill me.”
  • If it wasn’t for the Soul Stirrers asking Cooke to join their group, he might not have been given the chance to master his skills. This gave him the chance to create his music for the world.

Lyrics:

(LyricFind)

Darling, you send me

I know you send me

Darling, you send me

Honest, you do, honest, you do

Honest, you do, whoa

You thrill me

I know you, you, you thrill me

Darling, you, you, you, you thrill me

Honest, you do

At first I thought it was infatuation

But, woo, it’s lasted so long

Now I find myself wanting

To marry you and take you home, whoa

You, you, you, you send me

I know you send me

I know you send me

Honest you do

Whoa-oh-oh, whenever I’m with you

I know, I know, I know when I’m near you

Mm hmm, mmm hmm, honest, you do, honest, you do

Whoa-oh-oh, I know-oh-oh-oh

I know, I know, I know, when you hold me

Whoa, whenever you kiss me

Mm hmm, mm hmm, honest you do

At first I thought it was infatuation

But, woo, it’s lasted so long

Now I find myself wanting

To marry you and take you home

I know, I know, I know you send me

I know you send me

Whoa, you, you, you, you send me

Honest you do

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