Brother to Brother

Song Notes

TK/Liz Vidal
©1988

–My late friend Dan Howell gave me the opportunity to write this one after he saw an advance screening of the movie “Twins.” I was working long hours on my second PolyGram album at the time, with just one day off each week, and I told Dan I was too swamped to do it. Then he told me the film was a promising comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as unlikely twin brothers separated at birth! Furthermore, he said that he’d arranged for me to work with a lyricist named Liz Vidal, who had been to the screening of the film. So on my day off Liz and wrote the whole song, and the next day we talked my producer into letting us demo it immediately. A few days later the Spinners recorded it, and the movie became an international hit!

Brother to Brother—something in the blood
Brother to Brother—united us as one
One to another, like no other
Brother to Brother, Brother to Brother

I never knew that you existed
I never saw you in my dreams
If there were signs I must have missed ‘em
Who would have believed?

Now all of a sudden
We’re sharing this skin
And like a shadow you stick to me
Through every jam I’m in

Brother to Brother—something in the blood
Brother to Brother—united us as one
One to another, like no other
Brother to Brother, Brother to Brother

I went half of my life feeling
I was up against the wall
And the other half I’ve waited
For the other shoe to fall

Now no one else can tell me
There’s nothin’ to this plan
Cause you came along and showed me
The kind of man I am

Brother to Brother—something in the blood
Brother to Brother—united us as one
One to another, like no other
Brother to Brother, Brother to Brother

In the end there’s nothing to it
But an answer to the call
Someone’s gonna love you
Like a brother through it all
Like a brother through it…

Brother to Brother—something in the blood
Brother to Brother—united us as one
One to another, like no other
Brother to Brother, Brother to Brother

words & music: Tom Kimmel & Liz Vidal
©1988 Criterion Music Corp/Morrissette Music/Fully
Conscious Music/Universal Music (ASCAP)

(Demo)
Featured in the motion picture Twins, as performed by the Spinners

Produced by Steve Hillage & Guy Roche
Recorded & mixed by Guy Roche at Criterion (Los Angeles)

TK – vocals
Walker Igleheart – harmony vocals
Joel Hirsch – harmony vocals
Steve Hillage – guitars
Guy Roche – keyboards, bass & percussion
Jimmy Z – saxophone

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