Yamin, Elliott - A Song For You Lyrics

I’ve been so many places in my life and time
I’ve sung a lot of songs, and I made some bad rhymes
I‘ve acted out my life on stages, with ten thousand people watching
But were alone now, and I’m singing this song to you.

I know your image of me is what I hope to be.
I’ve treated you unkindly, but darlin’ can’t you see.
There’s no one more important to me, baby can’t you see through me.
Cuz were alone now, and I’m singing this song to you

You taught me precious secrets, Of a true love, with holding nothing.
You came out in front when I was hiding.
But now I’m so much better, and if my words don’t come together
Listen to the melody, cuz my love is in there hiding

I love you in a place, where there’s no space or time.
I love you for my life, you’re a friend of mine
And when my life is over, remember, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song to you.

I love you in a place, where there’s no space or time.
Said I love you for my life, you’re a friend of mine.
And when my life is over, remember, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song to you.

We were alone and I was singing this song to you. [2x]
Singing this song to you.

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Yamin, Elliott A Song For You Comments
  1. Mike Hunter

    Elliot Yamin's version of a song for you was just as good as Donnie Hathaway I think he's on the same level as Donnie Hathaway Donnell Jones version of a song for you was just as great they all up there on a higher scale as Donnie Hathaway they all equal to me.

  2. Julie Marie Murray

    Your woman says it’s her sister not that treated her unkind you didn’t give her pain her sister did not you she had it with her just as she was going to tell you it never you

  3. blah blah

    2019, love this man

  4. Miss Selina


  5. Jasmine Pitts

    Just strolling through for some real music, circa 2019

  6. RespectYGO Official

    Where can i get the instrumental?

  7. TheBrenda259

    Still listening. Best version ever. Hope you are well and happy.

  8. Mark Dansby

    Amazingly beautiful..

  9. Ashwan Khairi

    I've been so many places in my life and time
    I've sung a lot of songs
    I've made some bad rhymes
    I've acted out my life in stages
    With ten thousand people watching
    But we're alone now
    And I'm singing this song to you
    I know your image of me is what I hoped to be
    I treated you unkindly
    But darling can't you see
    There's no one more important to me
    Baby can't you see through me?
    'Cause we're alone now and I'm singing this song to you
    You taught me precious secrets
    Of a true love
    You wanted nothing
    You came out in front
    When I was hiding
    But now I'm so much better
    And if my words don't come together
    Listen to the melody
    'Cause my love is in there hiding
    I love you in a place
    Where there's no space or time
    I love you for my life
    You're a friend of mine
    And when my life is over
    Remember when we were together
    We were alone
    And I was singing this song to you
    I love you in a place
    Where there's no space or time
    I love you for my life
    You're a friend of mine
    And when my life is over
    Remember when we were together
    We were alone and I was singing this song to you
    We were alone
    And I was singing this song to you
    We were alone and I was singing this song
    Singing this song to you

  10. gwcharlton

    Oh contraire. This is very nice but the master was Mr. Donnie Hathaway. I assume this version was after Donnie. No disrespect.

    Serah Olivia

    It is after Hathaway's version

  11. Patrick Wilkerson

    Dude just put out some music on any platform.

  12. Gary Gregory

    Fantastic voice

  13. Keith Banks

    What about Karen Carpenters version of this it is really awesome too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Myla Smith

    Wedding song

  15. Blanca Oliveras


  16. Lanta ChiDc

    Incredible and flawless voice. Owns this song

  17. Jasmine Luft

    I love hes voice so much I hope I get that good like him

  18. Jmahr Primm

    Hes an amazing artist. He needs someone to put him out there bc who ever have isn't doing the job.

  19. Ms.Twanii

    A man I loved sent me here

  20. LaTonya Holmes

    Amazing!!!!!!! Voice what a gift and talent god gave him.

  21. Mrs. Simms

    Sorry to everyone who ever did this song before but this.... The desperation in his voice strikes me in my heart every single time.

  22. TailorK9

    Majestic. My favourite american idol as a teenaged Canadian as it appeared live.

  23. Tonya Wooddall

    Regardless of what version, or who sang it first or who sang it better, fact is this man did the damn thang. He is spectacular and brilliant doing his rendition of this song.

  24. Honur lee Stephens


  25. Kelly

    I Loves his Voice!!! That’s awesome.

  26. melinda bassett


  27. grytlappar

    This is the perfect song for Elliott and he's the perfect voice for this song. ❤️ It makes me cry too, Paula.

  28. Barry Katz


  29. Sol Rodrigues

    Que linda música!! Amo <3

  30. Perry Mathis

    Donny was in a class of his own you can’t compare not only did he write a lot of his music he played and performed his music as well he was a musical genius

    William Demas

    He didn't write this though.

  31. Giuseppe Tassone

    This first 3 seconds of the piano sounds like an intro to another song but I can't put my finger on it. Hope someone else thinks the same and remembers the song!

  32. Trev Maxwell

    2:38 - the boy is singing his heart out! Damn.

  33. Anna Yuen-Nasario

    Beautiful song!

  34. Antoinette Hicks

    goosebumps anyone?

  35. Kenjoneslee

    Very similar to Donny's version. Donny has a clearer/crisper vocal quality. Elliott's is a bit rougher/hoarser but still soulful.

  36. Ulreka Mitchell

    I love this verison. It takes me back to Idol's hayday.

  37. Carmella Miller

    Absolutely love his unique voice. he deserves more credit than what he got

  38. Jamilia Jackson

    Omg this is my first time hearing Elliott Yamin I need to get his cd ❤❤❤❤

    Jose Valentin

    Jamilia Jackson I got the CD when it first came out n still listen to it to this day!

  39. The One Where I Say

    Why isn't Elliott everywhere! This man should be selling out concerts. I love his voice. I'm still listening to him music after all this time.

    astrid andriati

    The One Where I Say agree!!!

    Captain West

    People like non singing pop artists and mumble rappers

  40. Noelle Norris


  41. TailorK9

    in my oppinion, the best American idol contestant. that season was stacked this man topped it for me.

    Jose Valentin

    TailorK9 agreed

  42. Thiago Jr

    simply a work of art!

  43. Paraíba

    Hands down. This is the best rendition of this song!!!

    Kevin Maloney

    Braussie khem...Ray Charles!?


    I just listened it again! I wish to reiterate my comment!


    Braussie christina aguilera did a good version too, the studio version

    David TOLSON

    Karen Carpenters' is the definitive version. This man is otherwise probably the most underrated male singer of the last 20+years : )

  44. L. Alexander

    Love Elliott Yamin! Great Singer, but no version is better than Donny Hathaway's, let's not kid ourselves folks...

  45. BroWash24

    I love to hear him sing. Such a soulful voice.

  46. Tyisha Timmons

    this will be played at my future wedding. i love Elliot and this cover. I sing this to myself all the time

  47. toastie postie

    One of my favorite American Idol contestants. He has a wonderful voice.

  48. Eric Ritch

    Elliott is an amazing artist! Still think he has never gotten the credit or fame he deserves. Simply Beautiful.


    I agree 100%

    Queen Soniah

    Eric Ritch agreed


    This cat can flat out sing.....damn shame he never got the air time he deserved

  49. Blair Davis

    Elliott yamin covers it a million times better. granted, bey could stomp his ass on other stuff but this song goes to elliott. period.

  50. Cindydst81

    I so love this dude!!

  51. Mister Privacy

    Best cover! Well neck and neck with Christina Aguilera.

  52. Johnathon McDonald


  53. Tracy Wishom


  54. Marva2552

    best voice from AI, hands down!

    Jermaine Reynolds

    +Marva2552 what about daughtry, david cook and david archuletta. I would say one of he best. Im a huge fan and in part because of his heart! He is believable in everything he sings.


    @Jermaine Reynolds
    they are ok singers, nothing to do with him.

  55. TCjsmom

    Best next to Donnie Hathaway


    TCjsmom ahhhh nottttt.

    Rebecca Geiser

    Yes! Donnie's voice is like velvet. Still love Elliot though.

  56. Chariel Dye

    I love his version but I love Donny Hathaway's version better!!


    Well Jesus, what do you expect?

    Tammie Terrell

    Chariel Dye Yes. Nobody can sing it like Donny Hathaway.

  57. sirprincenginger

    that run that starts at 239 is so GOOD!!!

  58. Eileen Bento

    I voted for him..sounds like Danny Hathaway...Love him..

  59. GeorgeH VG

    I listen to the song by Elliot repeat and repeat again with amazing

  60. MzGala

    Amazing!!!! I recently lost my fiancé and this song hits home!! I love it!

  61. Adam Johnson

    I gotta say, no one does this like Elliot.  He has an amazing voice for this style of music!

    Loddy Dah

    I mean....I STILL come back to this. Why? Cause it's so good. 🔥

  62. DancingAnisiA

    Half of views are mine

  63. miamiinmeka

    Great great great talent

  64. Maruf A

    agreed. let's just enjoy this awesome music :).

  65. Robert Rodriguez

    Who gives a shit who wrote it. Say good job or go on that other page and write your freaking sour puss comments. Geeezzzuusss ffaaagggssss

    Rebecca Geiser

    Leon Russell wrote it and it's important because it is a beautifully crafted song. The singers bring it to life and Elliot did it great justice. But so did Donnie years before. All should be appreciated.

  66. Rita Coleman

    I love His Version He Did A Very Good Job On This One But Donny Hathaway Is Still On Top!!!!

  67. januari liliYana

    Love it

  68. RICHMOND94114

    such an under rated talent. elliot is a super star.

  69. VallyreMusic

    Nice song....

  70. Awkward Kiddo

    The best cover of this song! Amazing!

  71. dpm3740

    Its not callous - its just that its not right. Its wrong to give writers credit to someone who didn't write the song. Donny's version was pure brilliance. Yamin's version is good too, although not on the same level. Yamin even gave credit to Hathaway on national television, that's just ignorant. If you wrote it, would you care at all if someone gave writers credit to someone else on national television? But I do appreciate your point of view. Thanks.

  72. lozoft9

    I know I'm going to seem callous and mean but the reality is that everyone assumes Donny Hathaway wrote it because his is the most technically proficient version out there and the easiest to listen to. All Along the Watchtower is the most famous song written by Bob Dylan but Jimi who was a more skilled guitarist (and by far a better singer) gets all the fame. Is that a bad thing? Not in my opinion. Donny carried the song farther and Leon still gets a majority of the royalties.

  73. Rosalynd Doneghy

    He does a good job with this.

  74. dpm3740

    This is indeed a terrific rendition, but would people PLEASE stop calling this a Donny Hathaway cover. Mr. Hathaway did an amazing job with this song but HE covered a LEON RUSSEL song. Mr. Russel deserves writers credit as much as any artist.

  75. Shae Myles

    Love this song :) so beautiful

  76. Trev Maxwell

    This is right up there with Donny Hathaway's version. It might even be better.

  77. Ninalo06

    OMG!!! J'ai découvert cette chanson en allant voir ROCK THE BALLET 2... Beautiful version!!!

  78. mhmurray35

    I love this version of the song... He sing it with so much emotion

  79. Latanya Miller


  80. Tyisha Timmons

    He sang this song so amazingly.

  81. John Gerhard

    Listen to Lawrence Brownlee please. You will love him!

  82. Deandre Latimore

    This song hit the spot. This guy is the next generation of soul music. A+++++++++

  83. Shron Wesley

    im sorry..... i love adam lambert but he is WAY better!!

  84. Shron Wesley

    his voice is so amazing... all his songs make me cry

  85. ticeshia mcpherson

    He is not Donny,that's hard to top, but this is a beautiful version. He's voice is awesome

  86. wildrideron

    I loved this guy on idol. Think about it though. Those who say he should have won. I love it that he did not win. That way he got to go out and sign and make the music HE wanted to make, not what idol producers wanted him to make. So for me, he did win.

  87. Mia Yellowroses

    why isn't he super famous???

  88. Debra Johnson

    He lost on Idol cuz most of US is tone deaf. He has a gift.

  89. TitiAnita7

    I really like this guys voice. It's like he's singing directly to you.

  90. tonya johnson

    Sing it Boi!!! where R U. come on back and do your 'thang'.

  91. Amanda Hernandez

    Amazing voice...

  92. eumaroca


  93. Carolina Fernandez

    That was the only season of American Idol I followed entirely. Only for Elliot Yamin. He should have won, surely. Great voice, great colour and versatility. He should be playing a bit more soul or jazz... but Elliot: you have a precious voice and you use it wonderfully. Love, from Argentina.

  94. ben wang

    leon's got's-to-be proud.....

  95. knp814

    Best Version of this song I have EVER heard

  96. pinoyassassin69

    In what way? Certainly not technically; aesthetics are subjective.

  97. Seqoya Reedus