"You and I' By Frank Myers

“My wife (Belinda) and I lived in an apartment in Antioch. We had one car and she worked  second shift at the bank. I was with Eddy Raven and he was a new artist. So he wasn't playing a lot, so there wasn't a lot of money. She started worrying about things and I kept saying, 'We'll be all right. We'll be all right. Don't worry' So when Eddy and I wrote the song 'Changes' with Tanya Tucker, there's a line that goes “Neither one of us will ever change/we're both the same and that's a shame/Cause when we were together it was right/We had it all, you and I'  For some reason, ‘You and I’ always stuck in my head as a title.  


So, I'm sitting around the apartment before she went to work one day, with my guitar. I was trying to write a song, trying to get an idea or something.  
She asked me what I was doing and I said 'Trying to write a song.' She asked, 'What kind of song?' I answered, 'A country song honey. We're in Nashville now. I gotta write something country. We're not in Ohio anymore.'  


She said, ' Well, that hasn't been working out real good.” I said 'Well, we just got this Tanya Tucker cut.” She said 'Yeah but there's no money coming in.’ She said 'I know you're trying to write a country song but why don't you write me a Lionel Richie, Commodores type song.’ And so I took her to work, came home and got my guitar. This melody started coming to me and I thought about that title ‘You and I’ and I wrote the song in a couple of hours. I picked her up that night, brought her home and played her the song. She was all teary-eyed.  


It wasn't written as a duet, Crystal Gayle had just come to Elektra Records, where Eddie Rabbit was. They cut the song and David Malloy called me and asked me if I could write another verse. They thought the song was too short. So I wrote about 4, 5 or 6 verses and he hated  
every one of them. I  believe it was because it was meant to be done the way it was done. So, Crystal was in the studio learning the song and she started answering Eddie.  


David was listening to what she was doing and he said 'That's it, that's how we'll do it.” That's how it became a duet and then they changed the tagline, because it wasn't written as a duet. It was kind of an encouragement song to my wife that we'll be all right.  
If you listen to the ‘You and I’, it says  'We'll be all right, just you and I At the end of the duet it says  'And now, your love is my reward /And I love you even more/Than I ever did before/We made it, you and I'  well the original line, that no one has ever heard, unless I am playing live is 'And now your love is my reward/And I love you even more/And you'll never have to cry/cause we'll make it, you and I ! 

Frank & Belinda have been married 37 years. 

He still loves her even more.....

You And I

Just you and I 
Sharing our love together 
And I know in time 
We'll build the dreams we treasure 
And we'll be all right, just you and I 

Just you and I 
Sharing our love together 
And I know in time 
We'll build the dreams we treasure 
We'll be all right, Just You and I 

And I remember our first embrace 
That smile that was on your face 
The promises that we made 
And now, your love is my reward 
And I love you even more 
Than I ever did before 

Just you and I 
We can entrust each other 
With you in my life 
They'll never be another 
We'll be all right, just you and I 

And I remember our first embrace 
That smile that was on your face 
The promises that we made 
And now, your love is my reward 
And I love you even more 
Than I ever did before 

We made it, you and I

written by Frank Myers

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