CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE by UB40

December 3, 2022

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” is one of the most popular choices for couples at their wedding’s first dance and themed date nights. It was UB40’s biggest hit, rising to # 1 in the US charts for seven weeks. 

Fun Facts:

  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was originally written as part of the Blue Hawaii soundtrack, which starred Elvis Presley. 
  • After the movie’s release in 1961, the song rose to the #1 spot on the US charts and remained there for a record 20 weeks. This record was broken by Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album, Rumors, in 1977.
  • The song was written partly by Lyricist David George Weiss, a military bandleader in World War II.
  • Since the 1960s, this pop ballad has been used as an anthem by various English football clubs, including Hull City, Huddersfield Town, Sunderland, and Swindon Town.
  • Elvis Presley’s version topped the British charts in 1962 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA, selling more than one million records.
  • UB40 formed in 1978 in Birmingham as friends who went to school together. The name references attendance cards for those claiming unemployment benefits—Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. 
  • UB40 recorded their version of the song for the film Honeymoon In Vegas.
  • Their version was listed among the greatest songs by Rolling Stone, ranking #403 in the 2012 edition.

Lyrics 

Wise men say only fools rush in

But I can’t help falling in love with you

Wise men say only fools rush in

But I can’t help falling in love with you

Shall I stay would it be a sin

But I can’t help falling in love with you

As the river flows

Gently to the sea

Darling so we go

Some things were meant to be

Take my hand take my whole life too

But I can’t help falling in love with you

As the river flows

Gently to the sea

Darling so we go

Some things were meant to be

Take my hand take my whole life too

But I can’t help falling in love with you

I can’t help falling in love with you

I can’t help falling in love with you

I can’t help falling in love with you

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