The Voice Within (Video + Lyrics)

The Voice Within (Video + Lyrics)

“The Voice Within” is a song written by Christina Aguilera and Glen Ballard, with production by Ballard. It was released as the fifth and final single from Aguilera’s second album, Stripped on December 23, 2003. The single peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Aguilera’s seventh Top 40 hit. The single also peaked at #9 in the UK and #8 in Australia. The single is most known for its simplistic, but critically acclaimed music video that was filmed in black and white as a single continuous camera shot.

“The Voice Within” was written by both Aguilera and Glen Ballard, and was produced by the latter. The album version extends the song about five seconds and blends it with the next track, “I’m OK”. An alternate edit clocking in at 4 minutes and 26 seconds appears on the compilation album Totally Hits 2004. Aguilera did not want “The Voice Within” to be released as the fifth single. She was lobbying for “Impossible”, a track from Stripped, which was produced by Alicia Keys, as she felt it would help her break into the urban market. RCA Records wanted to release a big ballad during the holiday season like they did the year prior with “Beautiful” and felt that ‘The Voice Within’ was the perfect candidate. Eventually, Aguilera’s label made the final decision and the idea of ‘Impossible’ being the final single was scrapped.

The song’s music video was directed by David LaChapelle and produced by LaChapelle Studio and MMG. It opens with a close-up of Aguilera and zooms out to her wearing a slip and sitting in an abandoned prop room. In one continuous black-and-white shot, Aguilera walks through several rooms, exits the building, and finally lays on a light box. The video was filmed at a deserted theater in downtown Los Angeles, California. It is inspired by neorealist works.[1] “The Voice Within'” was the eleventh video for Aguilera to appear on TRL. The video hit number one twice and spent thirty-seven days on the countdown. The video was nominated for three 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, Best Female Video, Viewer’s Choice, and Best Cinematography.

The Voice Within Lyrics

Young girl don’t cry
I’ll be right here when your world starts to fall
Young girl it’s alright
Your tears will dry, you’ll soon be free to fly

When you’re safe inside your room you tend to dream
Of a place where nothing’s harder than it seems
No one ever wants or bothers to explain
Of the heartache life can bring and what it means

Chorus:
When there’s no one else, look inside yourself
Like your oldest friend just trust the voice within
Then you’ll find the strength that will guide your way
You’ll learn to begin to trust the voice within

Young girl don’t hide
You’ll never change if you just run away
Young girl just hold tight
Soon you’re gonna see your brighter day
Now in a world where innocence is quickly claimed
It’s so hard to stand your ground when you’re so afraid
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/christina-aguilera-lyrics/the-voice-within-lyrics.html)
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
When you’re lost outside look inside to your soul

Chorus
When there’s no one else, look inside yourself
Like your oldest friend just trust the voice within
Then you’ll find the strength that will guide your way
You’ll learn to begin to trust the voice within

Life is a journey
It can take you anywhere you choose to go
As long as you’re learning
You’ll find all you’ll ever need to know

(be strong)
You’ll break it

(hold on)
You’ll make it

(be strong, hold on)
Just don’t forsake it because
No one can tell you what you can’t do
No one can stop you, you know that
I’m talking to you

Chorus
Young girl don’t cry
I’ll be right here when your world starts to fall…

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