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Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody - Lyrics Meaning

Unchained Melody was written back in the 1950s with the music created by Hollywood composer Alex North with the song's beautiful lyrics crafted by Hy Zaret. The song was written for a Hollywood B movie, known as Unchained which explains where it got its unusual title. On its release, Unchained Melody enjoyed some success and many cover versions were released, although no particular artist ever succeeded in making the song their own.

All this changed in 1965, when talented yet controversial record producer

Phil Spector released his version of the song that whilst credited to the Righteous Brothers, was actually performed as a solo by Bobby Hatfield, a duo member. The song made it to number four in the US Billboard charts in 1965, its greatest commercial success up to that point.

However Unchained Melody enjoyed a second round of success in 1990, as it played a prominent part in the hit movie Ghost starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

The theme of the song is about a man who is prevented from physical contact from his loved one, in its original context by being in prison, and in Swayze's role by being a ghost.

The classic line in the song is " Oh my love, my darling, I hunger for your touch"


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