"More Than Words Can Say" is a power ballad by Canadian rock band Alias. It went to number two in the United States and number one in Canada in 1990.
Composition and inspiration
"More Than Words Can Say" was written, arranged and co-produced by former Sheriff
vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi. At the time, their dissolved band had hit number one with "When I'm With You
," and the other members had refused to come back together. Sensing the need to follow up the hit, Curci and DeMarchi joined ex-Heart
members, guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve Fossen, and drummer Mike Derosier to form Alias. This tune bearing striking similarities to "When I'm With You" (including a sustained last note) was a result.
The verses contain a repeated reference to "six o'clock in the morning." A sheriff's badge is present on the self-titled album cover, presumably in reference to the former band of members Curci and DeMarchi, Sheriff.
This song is often mistakenly attributed to Winger or Firehouse and is often mistakenly referred to as the song titled "I Need You Now", a phrase repeated in the lyrics.
"More Than Words Can Say" was released as their first single of Alias' self-titled debut album. It entered the Hot 100
at #84 and reached the Top Ten four weeks later. On November 24
, it peaked at number two, kept from the top spot by Mariah Carey
's "Love Takes Time
." It also peaked at number two on the adult contemporary
chart and at number 13 on the Mainstream rock
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
||2 (1 week)
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
|RPM Canadian Top 100
- Feldman, Christopher (2000). The Billboard Book of Number Two Hits. ISBN 0-8230-7695-4.
- "Billboard" Billboard Hot 100 airplay and sales charts. Retrieved June 11 2006.