EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘(If Paradise Is) Half of Nice’ – Amen Corner

What was the number one song in the UK on 5th February 1969?

British rock band, Amen Corner were number one for 2 weeks with (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice.

Originally written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti, (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice was translated into English and offered to The Tremeloes. Lucky for Amen Corner, they rejected it. It’s a gorgeous love song that brings much joy. The la-la-la-las are catchy too. I also like the Aztec Camera version that they did for the 1992 Ruby Trax NME charity album. A lot of the No.1 songs that I review on these here pages feature on this album, so is worth checking out.

Lyrics

If paradise is half as nice as heaven that you take me to
Who needs paradise I’d rather have you
They say paradise is up in the stars
But I needn’t sigh because it’s so far
‘Cause I know it’s worth a heaven on earth
For me where you are
A look from your eyes, a touch of your hand
And I seem to fly to some other land
When you are around my heart always pounds
Just like a brass band
If paradise is half as nice as heaven that you take me to
Who needs paradise I’d rather have you
Oh yes I’d rather have you
If paradise is half as nice as heaven that you take me to
Who needs paradise I’d rather have you
Oh yes I’d rather have you
They say paradise is up in the stars
But I needn’t sigh because it’s so far
‘Cause I know it’s worth a heaven on earth
To me where you are
A look from your eyes a touch of your hand
And I seem to fly to some other land

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