Foreigner

Say You Will

Composed by Lou Gramm / Mick Jones

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As Foreigner progressed into the 1980's, the guitar-heavy style of their early work gave way to slick arrangements that pushed electronics to the fore. A good example of this balancing act was "Say You Will," a hit from Inside Information that tempered its rock guitar edge with an array of electronic textures. The lyrics take on a macho tone as they present a would-be romeo demanding to know if he stands a chance with a hesitant lover: "Say you will, say you won’t/Make up your mind tonight/Say you will, Say you will/Be my guiding light." The music adds the appropriate amount of drama by combining churning verse melodies that ebb and flow in a rhythmic style with a bombastic chorus that pushes forward its soaring phrases in a similarly rhythmic fashion. It seems like the perfect setup for a pure hard-rock outing but Foreigner’s recording of "Say You Will" adds a hefty dose of pop-flavored ear candy in the form of an electronic-tinged arrangement: Mick Jones’ chugging guitar lines and Lou Gramm’s quasi-operatic vocals are tempered by thick layers of chiming synthesizers that soften the sound’s overall edge. The result was a song that put the ‘pop’ back in pop-rocker and fit the mood of its times perfectly with its high technical gloss. Thus, it was no surprise when "Say You Will" became another top-10 hit for Foreigner and helped pump up the sales of Inside Information. It remains one of their highlights of their 1980's output and a staple of Foreigner compilations.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Inside Information 1987 Atlantic 4:12
The Very Best...And Beyond 1992 Atlantic 4:11
The Very Best of Foreigner 1992 Atlantic
Rock, Vol. 2 [Sounds Direct] 1994
Various Artists
Sounds Direct
Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989: #1 Radio Hits [1996] 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 4:15
Sounds of the Eighties: The Late '80s Take Two 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:15
18 Rock Classics, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels / Warner Bros.
Rockin' 80's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:14
Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology 2000 Rhino 4:14
The Platinum Collection 2001 Warner Music 4:13
Complete Greatest Hits 2002 Rhino 4:14
Definitive 2002 Rhino/Warner Bros. 4:15
All the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music
Absolute Rock Classics, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Eva 4:12
Hot Blooded and Other Hits 2004 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 4:15
The Essentials 2005 Warner Music 4:13
Definitive Collection 2006 Rhino 4:11
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:15
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: High Enough 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner 2008 Rhino 4:16
Live on Air 2008 Image / Image Entertainment
Foreigner [Madacy] 2008 Madacy 4:15
Live: Soundstage 2009 Koch
Can't Slow Down 2009 Atlantic / Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Feels Like the First Time 2011 Razor & Tie 3:26
I Want to Know What Love Is: The Ballads 2014 Razor & Tie 3:27
The Hits Unplugged 2014 Razor & Tie 3:26
The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991 2014 GC / Rhino
Best of Foreigner 4 & More 2014 Sony Special Products
Playlist: The Very Best of Foreigner 2016
Awesome 80s Hits: 15 Original Hits of the 80s
Various Artists
Green Hill / Green Hill Music 4:15
Modern Rock [Warner]
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:16
No Image Ear Music
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