The Greatest Love of All

“Greatest Love Of All” – Whitney Houston

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

“The Greatest Love of All” is written by composers Michael Masser and Linda Creed.

 

“The Greatest Love of All” was written as the main theme of the 1977 film “The Greatest” a biopic of Muhammad Ali. Michael Masser wrote the music; he was later accused by Gordon Lightfoot of plagiarizing 24 bars of his 1971 hit “If You Could Read My Mind”. (Specifically, the part of the song that begins “I decided long ago…” bears a marked compositional similarity to Lightfoot’s passage in “If You Could Read My Mind” that begins “I never thought I could feel this way…”) Lightfoot eventually dropped the suit out of respect for singer Whitney Houston.

Linda Creed wrote the lyrics in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The title “The Greatest Love of All” refers to one’s love for oneself. Nine years after the song was written, Creed ended up being the victim of cancer and she died on April 10, 1986 at the age of 37.

The meaning of this song is self love helps you carry on the life when it becomes rough when noone but you understand your situation. Self love makes you stronger and confident in what you believe.

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