EXHALE (SHOOP SHOOP) by Whitney Houston

February 6, 2023

“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” was written and produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Babyface and performed by American recording artist and actress Whitney Houston. 

It was the lead soundtrack for the American romance film, Waiting to Exhale, which was released on November 7, 1995.

In the song, Whitney concludes that personal development is essential in overcoming unfavorable aspects of your love life.

Fun Facts:

  • “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” scooped a Grammy for the Best R&B Song category at the 39th Annual Grammy Award ceremony in 1997, following four nominations, including the Song of the Year. The hit song also won four other awards, including a Soul Train Music Award.
  • Among the Grammy Nominations for the single, Babyface got three nominations-Song of the year, Best R&B Song, and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture. At the same time, Houston received a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
  • While writing the song, songwriter Babyface based the lyrics on his romance and heartbreak experiences.
  • Whitney Houston is one of the only artists with seven consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. 
  • “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” was Houston’s 11th (and final) #1 single.
  • The song was later certified platinum by the RIAA. 
  • She has over 200 million sales worldwide. 
  • Whitney Houston began singing in her church choir before becoming a background vocalist for the Sweet Inspirations. 
  • As a teen, she was one of the first black models to be featured on the cover of Seventeen
  • Whitney Houston also ventured into the world of acting, with her most notable role coming from The Bodyguard. Despite poor reviews, the film became the tenth-highest-grossing film at that time. 
  • Houston died on February 11, 2012. She was found at the Beverly Hilton after accidentally drowning. Heart disease and cocaine contributed to her death. 

Lyrics 

Everyone falls in love sometime

Sometimes it’s wrong

And sometimes it’s right

For every win

Someone must fail

But there comes a point when

When we exhale (Yeah, yeah, say)

Shoop, Shoop, Shoop

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Yeah)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop

(All you got to say is shoo be doop)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo be doop)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop

Shoo Be Doo

Sometimes you’ll laugh

Sometimes you’ll cry

Life never tells us

The when’s or why’s

When you’ve got friends to wish you well

You’ll find a point when

You will exhale (Yeah, yeah, say)

Shoop, Shoop, Shoop

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo shoo shoo huh)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo be)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Say shoop say shoo be say shoo be)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Say shoo-hoo say sho)

Shoo Be Doo (Be doo oh)

Hearts are often broken

When there are words unspoken

In your soul there’s

Answers to your prayers

If you’re searching for

A place you know

A familiar face

Somewhere to go

You should look inside yourself

You’re halfway there

Sometimes you’ll laugh

Sometimes you’ll cry

Life never tells us

The when’s or why’s

When you’ve got friends to wish you well

You’ll find a point when

You will exhale (Yeah, yeah, say)

Shoop, Shoop, Shoop (Shoo Be)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo Be)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo Be)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo-hoo-hoo be)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo be doop doop doop hoo hoo hoo)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Do do shoo be shoo be feels alright)

Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (You can say oh)

Shoo Be Doo

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