Killing Me Softly With His Song - Charles Fox

Killing Me Softly With His Song
(Charles Fox)

Killing Me Softly
With His Song
by Charles Fox

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Killing Me Softly With His Song ” is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The lyrics were written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman after she was inspired by a Don McLean performance in late 1971. Lieberman released her version of the song in 1972, but it did not chart. In 1973 it became a number-one hit in the United States and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart. The song has been covered by many artists; the version by Fugees won the 1997 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Lyrics

Killing Me Softly With His (Her) Song

I heard she sang a good song, I heard she had a style.
And so I came to see her and listen for a while.
And there she was this young girl, a stranger to my eyes.

Strumming my pain with her fingers,
Singing my life with her words,
Killing me softly with her song,
Killing me softly with her song,
Telling my whole life with her words,
Killing me softly with her song

I felt all flushed with fever, embarrassed by the crowd,
I felt she found my letters and read each one out loud.
I prayed that she would finish but she just kept right on.

Strumming my pain with her fingers,
Singing my life with her words,
Killing me softly with her song,
Killing me softly with her song,
Telling my whole life with her words,
Killing me softly with her song.

She sang as if he knew me in all my dark despair
And then she looked right through me as if I wasn’t there.
But she just came to singing, singing clear and strong.

Strumming my pain with her fingers,
Singing my life with her words,
Killing me softly with her song,
Killing me softly with her song,
Telling my whole life with her words,
Killing me softly with her song

Songwriters: Norman Gimbel / Charles Fox