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
Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989: #1 Radio Hits [1996] 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI / Essex 4:15
Sounds of the Eighties: The Late '80s Take Two 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:15
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 Bros. / Warner Music 4:11
Hot Blooded and Other Hits 2004 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 4:15
The Essentials 2005 Warner Music 4:13
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:15
15 of the Best: The 80's 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:12
The Very Best of Chicago & Foreigner 2010 Rhino / Wea UK 4:13
Feels Like the First Time 2011 Razor & Tie 3:26
I Want to Know What Love Is: The Ballads 2014 Razor & Tie 3:28
The Hits Unplugged 2014 Razor & Tie 3:26
40 2017
40
Atlantic / Rhino 3:28
Modern Rock [Warner]
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:16