Lionel Richie: Love Will Conquer All

Cover of "Dancing on Ceiling"


I'm a huge fan of Lionel Richie and yes, I happen to have his book from Hal Leonard in my music library. Lionel Richie Anthology (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook)

There's many arrangements that I love, so it's difficult to choose a favorite. Maybe someday we'll do a marathon post of his top hits. Are you familiar with the song, Love Will Conquer All?

"Love Will Conquer All" is a track from Lionel Richie's 1986 album "Dancing on the Ceiling". The song was written by Richie along with Greg Phillinganes and Cynthia Weil.

Oh, and awhile back I listed the chords to another cool song of Lionel's that I like, Jesus Is Love



Here's the chord chart I found online and then I'll do a chord breakdown for you. I believe the song is played in the Key of F.

Fsus2        Gm7     C7      Fsus2      A7sus4    A7    Dmaj7
             oooo    ooo     oooooo      whoa     whoa   whoa


Gm7     C7      Fmaj7     Dm7    A7sus4  A7    Dmaj7
oooo    ooo     oooooo    oooo   whoa    whoa  whoa


(Drums begin).....fade in synth on Fsus2

Gm7  C7  Fsus2
Here we  are

A7sus4   A7     Dmaj7   D6
Out here me and you

F#+5/Ab  Gm7         C7          Fmaj7  Dm7
            Reaching out to each o-o-o  ther

   A7sus4   A7     Dmaj7
Is all that we can do

D7+5    Gm7  C7 Fmaj7
        Here we stand

A7sus4  A7     Dmaj7  D6
Trying  not to fall

F#+5/Ab  Gm7         C7      Fmaj7    Dm7
          There's no need to wo-o-o-r ry

A7sus4    A7      Dmaj7
Love will conquer all

       Dm7          Gm7
Do you really wanna know

C11      C7             Fmaj9
Just how long love will last

Am7-5      D7           C7sus4/G
All of the bad times, is past

C11        C7          Fmaj9     Am7  D7-9
How can we make things right

          Gm9  Bbmaj7/C        Am7    Am7-5
(ooh) And why, why is the world so un kind

    D7-9      D7            Gm7
We surely can find peace of mind

      C11  C7      F       F  C/F
If we only see the light

Am7        D7+5
    Can we see that

Gm7  C7 Fmaj7
here we are


A7sus4   A7     Dmaj7   D6
Out here me and you

F#+5/Ab  Gm7          C7          Fmaj7   Dm7
             reaching out to each o-o-o-  ther

   A7sus4   A7     Dmaj7    Dm7
Is all that we can do

Gm7  C7 Fmaj7
Here we stand

A7sus4  A7     Dmaj7  D6
Trying  not to fall

F#+5/Ab  Gm7         C7      Fmaj7    Dm7
          There's no need to wo-o-o-r ry

A7sus4    A7      Dmaj7
Love will conquer all

        Dm7       Gm7
Can somebody tell me why

C11         C7       Fmaj7
Why do our dreams go wrong

Am7-5        D7     Gm7
Why can't we all belong

C11                 Fmaj9
(ooh) where we do we start

Am7          A+5/B Gm9
Oh, and tell me    when

C11          C7   Am7-5
When will we ever learn

                D7          Gm7
There's nowhere else we can turn

    C11      C7     F       F   C/F
The truth is in our heart

Am7           Dm7
Here we are together


Gm7     C7      Fmaj7       A7sus4    A7    Dmaj7   D6
oooo    ooo     oooooo      whoa     whoa   whoa


F#7+5/Ab  Gm7     C7      Fmaj7     Dm7    A7sus4  A7    Dmaj7   Dm7
(baby)    oooo    ooo     oooooo    oooo   whoa    whoa  whoa


Gm7     C7      Fmaj7       A7sus4    A7    Dmaj7   D6
oooo    ooo     oooooo       ohh      ohhh   ohh




F#7+5/Ab  Gm7     C7      Fmaj7     Dm7    A7sus4  A7    Dmaj7
          oooo    ooo     oooooo    oooo   whoa    whoa  whoa


                      Bb            C/Bb      Bb      C/Bb
                      Sometimes the road gets hard to travel
bass notes  G Ab A Bb

Gm7               Am7                Dm7
    Sometimes the pain's too much to bare

Bb             C               Am7
Sometimes when life seems to unravel

            Gm7 Gm9          Am7
That's the time,      oh I'm saying

   Dm7           Am7  Bbmaj7     Am7
We gonna make it any  wa-a-a-ay

       Dm7 D7+5
Can we see that

Gm7  C7  Fmaj7
Here we  are

A7sus4   A7     Dmaj7  D6
Out here me and you

F#+5/Ab  Gm7         C7          Fmaj7  Dm7
            Reaching out to each o-o-o  ther

   A7sus4   A7     Dmaj7   Dm7
Is all that we can do

F#+5/Ab Gm7  C7 Fmaj7
        Here we stand

A7sus4  A7     Dmaj7  D6
Trying  not to fall

F#+5/Ab  Gm7         C7      Fmaj7    Dm7
          There's no need to wo-o-o-r ry

A7sus4    A7      Dmaj7   Dm7  D7+5
Love will conquer all

You'll want to play this piece with a moderate tempo, 4/4 time signature.

G/FBbD   Here

C/EGBbC  we

F/CFA   are,

E/DA   out here,

A/C#G  me and

D/F#C#

D6, Ab7+5, Gm7

G/FBbD  Reaching

C/GCE    out to

C/ADF    each

F/GCE    oth-

Bb/FAD  er is

E/DA     all that

A/C#G   we can

D/ADF#   do.

Am7add4, Ab7-5

G/FBbD    Here

C/EGBbC   we

F/ACFG    stand

E/DA      tryin'

A/C#A   not to

D/F#C#  fall.

D6, Ab7+5

G/FBbD  There's no

C/GCE   need to

F/GCE  wor-

 Bb/FAD  ry.

E/DA  Love will

A/C#G  conquer * last time to coda

D/AF#   all. Do you really want to

G/DFBbD  know

C/FBbD  just how long

C/FBbDE  love will

F/EAC   last?  Will

A/EbGC  all of the

D/CF#D   bad times

G/BbDF   pass?

G/BbDF   How can we

C/BbDF   make things

F/EAE     right?

DC/EGF  Ooh, and

G/FABbF  why,

C/FBbDF why is the

C/FBbDE  world, C/EGD so un-

A/EbGC  kind? We

D/GACEb  sure-ly can

D/F#CF  find peace of

G/FBbD  mind if we

G/DFBbC  only

C/BbDFG  see the

F/ACG   light.* repeat to beginning

Coda

E/DA  ooh,

A/C#G  ooh,

D/DF#

If you're wondering what keys to play in the chords, Am7add4 or Ab7-5 play:

A/GCD, then Ab/GbCD

Love Will Conquer All

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