For Your Love

The Yardbirds

About For Your Love

"For Your Love" is a rock song written by Graham Gouldman and recorded by English group the Yardbirds. Released in March 1965, it was their first top ten hit in both the UK and the US. The song was a departure from the group's blues roots in favour of a commercial pop rock sound. Guitarist Eric Clapton disapproved of the change and it influenced him to leave the group.


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For your love
For your love
I'd give you everything and more and that's for sure
(For your love)
I'd bring you diamond rings and things right to your door
(For your love)
To thrill you with delight,
I'd give you diamonds bright
Double takes I will excite,
Make you dream of me at night
For your love
For your love
For your love
For your love,
For your love
I would give the stars above
For your love,
For your love
I would give you all I could
(For your love)
(For your love)
I'd give the moon if it were mine to give
(For your love)
I'd give the stars and the sun for I live
(For your love)

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The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over Under Sideways Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top five of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton at No. 2, Page at No. 3, and Beck at No. 5). A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, the Yardbirds had a hand in many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, "fuzztone" distortion and improved amplification. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were "the most impressive guitar band in rock music". After the Yardb… more »

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Written by: GRAHAM GOULDMAN

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12 facts about this song

Song Origin
"For Your Love" was first written and composed by a then 17-year-old Graham Gouldman before it was famously covered by The Yardbirds and later Eric Clapton.
Performances
The song was performed live by The Yardbirds when Eric Clapton was still a member of the band, further boosting its popularity.
Chart Performance
"For Your Love" was a chart-topping hit for The Yardbirds in the UK and U.S. It reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Unique Sound
The song was known for its unique blending of blues and rock elements, a sound that would later become synonymous with Eric Clapton's style.
Impact on The Yardbirds
The shift toward a more pop-oriented sound, as evident in "For Your Love", led to Eric Clapton leaving The Yardbirds as he was more blues-focused.
Cover Versions
"For Your Love" has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Fleetwood Mac, Bobby Curtola, and Chilly.
Instrumentation
The song is remarkable for its use of a harpsichord, played by session musician Brian Auger, which gives the song its distinctive sound.
Controversy
The song has sparked some controversy due to its complex rhythmic structure, which differs from the standard blues format Eric Clapton was known for.
Legacy
Despite the controversy it stirred at the time, "For Your Love" remains a classic hit and a staple in the discographies of all the artists involved.
Accolades
In 2005, "For Your Love" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, reinforcing its status as one of the most influential songs of the rock era.
Songwriting Talent
Graham Gouldman, the song's writer, later founded the band 10cc and continued to prove himself as a talented songwriter with hits like "I'm Not in Love" and "Dreadlock Holiday". "For Your Love" was his first big breakout as a songwriter.
Concert Staple
Even after Clapton's departure, "For Your Love" remains a concert staple for The Yardbirds up to this day.

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