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“Dedicated to the One I Love” is a classic song by the American folk rock group The Mamas & the Papas. It was released in 1967 as a single and later appeared on their album “Deliver.” Here are some details about the song:

1. Songwriters: “Dedicated to the One I Love” was originally written by Ralph Bass and Lowman Pauling. It was first recorded in the early 1950s by The “5” Royales as a rhythm and blues song. The Mamas & the Papas adapted it and gave it their folk-rock treatment.

2. Genre: The song is primarily classified as folk rock and pop, reflecting the signature sound of The Mamas & the Papas.

3. Chart Performance: The Mamas & the Papas’ version of “Dedicated to the One I Love” was a commercial success, reaching the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

4. Musical Style: The song features lush vocal harmonies, a hallmark of The Mamas & the Papas’ music. It has a gentle and melodic sound with acoustic guitar and percussion.

5. Lyrics: The lyrics of “Dedicated to the One I Love” convey a message of love, devotion, and the desire to express feelings of affection and dedication to a loved one. The song’s title and lyrics emphasize the notion of dedicating one’s love to someone special.

6. Impact and Legacy: The song is considered one of The Mamas & the Papas’ signature songs and is often regarded as a classic of the 1960s folk rock era. It played a significant role in popularizing their music and is still widely associated with the group.

7. Covers and Influence: The Mamas & the Papas’ version has been covered by various artists over the years, and it remains a favorite for musicians looking to capture the nostalgic sound of the 1960s folk rock scene.

“Dedicated to the One I Love” continues to be celebrated for its beautiful vocal harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and its place in the cultural and musical landscape of the 1960s. It remains a beloved classic in the folk rock genre and is often included in retrospectives of the era’s music.

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Lyrics

While I’m far away from you, my baby,
I know it’s hard for you, my baby,
Because it’s hard for me, my baby,
And the darkest hour is just before dawn –

Each night before you go to bed, my baby,
Whisper a little prayer for me my baby.
And tell all the stars above
This is dedicated to the one I love.

Love can never be exactly like we want it to be.
I could be satisfied knowing you love me.
There’s one thing I want you to do especially for me –
And it’s something that everybody needs.

While I’m far away from you, my baby,
Whisper a little prayer for me, my baby,
Because it’s hard for me, my baby,
And the darkest hour is just before dawn.

If there’s one thing I want you to do especially for me
Then it’s something that everybody needs…

Each night before you go to bed, my baby,
Whisper a little prayer for me, my baby,
And tell all the stars above –
This is dedicated to the one I love.
This is dedicated (to the one I love)
This is dedicated to the one I love
This is dedicated (to the one I love)
This is dedicated…

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