ONE SWEET DAY by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

October 5, 2022

Today’s song of the day, “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boys II Men, is one for the books. This song is a sentimental ballad about losing a friend and hoping to meet them again in the future. 

“One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men was released on November 14, 1995, after the recording portion was done in February of the same year. The hit single was part of the Daydream album, Mariah Carey’s fifth studio album released by Columbia record label company. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four months straight and held that title for the next 23 years. Very few hit singles have achieved this success since. 

Here are a few reasons why it caused such a stir.

Fun Facts

  • Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men released the song ‘”One Sweet Day” on November 14, 1995
  • Both Mariah and Boys II Men collaborated to write the lyrics to the song “One Sweet Day.”
  • The song was dedicated to Carey’s friend, David Cole of C&C Music Factory, who died of AIDS complications. The song was intended to help comfort those who had experienced loss from the AIDS epidemic 
  • “One Sweet Day” was nominated for six Grammy Awards but did not win any of them.
  • This turn of events left a sour taste in Mariah’s mouth, which prevented her from performing at the Grammy until 2006.
  • “One Sweet Day” held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for sixteen consecutive weeks.

Lyrics 

Sorry I never told you all I wanted to say…

And now it’s too late to hold you

‘Cause you’ve flown away so faraway ay-ay-ay-ay

Never had I imagined your living without your smile…

Feeling knowing you hear me it keeps me alive alive…

And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven

Like so many friends we’ve lost along the way

And I know eventually we’ll be together

Together

One sweet day…

Loving you always and I’ll wait patiently to see you in heaven

Darlin’ I never showed you

(I never showed you)

Assumed you’d always be there (always be there)

I thought you’d always be there

And I… I… I take

(Taken for granted) your presence for granted

But I always cared

But I always cared

And I miss the love we shared

And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven

Like so many friends we’ve lost along the way

(Lost along the way)

And I know eventually

(I know I know) we’ll be together

We’ll be together

One sweet day…

And all that I know is I’ll wait

(W-h-o-a…) patiently to see you in heaven

Although the sun will never shine the same

I’ll always look to a brighter day…

Y-e-a-h… yeah Lord I know when I lay me down to sleep

You will always listen as I pray…

And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven

Like so many (like so many) friends we’ve lost along the way

And I know (yes I know) eventually (I know) we’ll be together

Together

(Y-e-a-h…) One sweet day

(One sweet day one sweet day)

Oh, yeah…

And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven

I’ll see you eventually

Like so many friends we’ve lost along the way

I know you’re lookin’ down from heaven

And I know… I… know eventually we’ll be together

(Ooh-ooh) Yes we will

One sweet day…

One sweet d-a-y…

Patiently to see you in heaven

Sorry I never told you (ooh-ooh)

All I wanted to say…

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