I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)

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"I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)"
Song by Stevie Wonder
from the album Talking Book
Released October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)
Recorded 1972
Genre Soul
Length 4:53
Label Tamla
Composer(s) Stevie Wonder
Lyricist(s) Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder

"I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" is a soul song co-written and performed by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Yvonne Wright, for Wonder's fifteenth studio album Talking Book (1972). The song features in the 2000 comedy-drama High Fidelity starring John Cusack and Jack Black, and is included on its soundtrack.

E'voke version[edit]

"I Believe"
E'voke - I Believe.jpeg
Single by E'voke
B-side "It's My Life"
Released 1994
Format CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, Digital download
Genre House music
Length 5:41
Label FFRR
Pinball Records
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Barry Leng & Duncan Hannant

This song was also recorded by E'voke in 1994 as their debut single (with the title being shortened to "I Believe"). A B-side to the track entitled "It's My Life" written by E'voke producers Barry Leng and Duncan Hannant was recorded. Though the track was not a commercial hit (it reached #79 in the UK charts and no video was filmed for the track), it was a club hit and E'voke moved on to FFRR's sister label Ffrreedom for their next single "Runaway". The CD single release of the track was released digitally by Pinball records in 2011.


  • Edited version 4:03
  • 12" mix 5:38
  • A Tin Tin Out mix 7:38
  • Tall Paul mix 6:39
  • The Gems for Jem mix 7:51
  • "It's My Life" (B-side) 5:25

Cover versions[edit]

In the spring of 1974 a rendition by Songbird - entitled "I Believe" - was the second single release on the Mushroom label and became the label's first charting single reaching #75 on the Canadian chart (despite its low peak, the single reportedly sold close to 30,000 units). (Songbird was a studio group consisting of producer Mike Flicker, Howard Leese and Rob Deans).[1] Also in 1974, Colleen Hewett had an Australian single release of the song - entitled "I Believe When I Fall in Love"; issued in July 1974 Hewett's rendition charted nationally with a #51 peak and was featured on Hewett's album release M'Lady.

The song was also covered by Peter Frampton in 1973 on his Frampton's Camel album, by Sérgio Mendes in 1975 on his album Sergio Mendes, and by Tina Arena on her debut album Strong as Steel. In 1994 Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her 1994 album Kate Ceberano and Friends, and Mike + The Mechanics included it on their 1995 release Beggar on a Beach of Gold. Petra Haden and Bill Frisell covered it on their 2003 collaboration album Petra Haden & Bill Frisell. It was also covered by Art Garfunkel on his 1975 album Breakaway and by Michael McDonald on his 2003 album Motown. Icelandic singer Friðrik Ómar included an Icelandic version of the song on his 2006 album Annan Dag, under the title Þvílíkt líf.

A live performance of the song by George Michael was featured as the b-side to his 1991 hit with Elton John Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me. It was later included as a bonus track on the 2011 remastered edition of Faith.

Josh Groban covered the song for his album All That Echoes, released in 2013 and released as a single that entered the Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at #20.

Lee Mead covered the song for his Love Songs album released in 2012. Clair Marlo released her version of the song on her 1989 album Let it Go. Portions of the song are sampled in "Don'tcha Wanna" by Anastacia from the album Freak of Nature (2002).

June 4, 2012 saw this song also covered by Darren Percival during Episode 13 of The Voice (Australia season 1).

In January 2014 this song was covered by X Factor (UK) finalist Daniel Evans on his official website.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Billboard vol 86 #49 (7 December 1974) p.63

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