It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)

Per Gessle – Tits & Ass Demo, 14 April 1987

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Recorded at Tits & Ass Studio (1), Halmstad, Sweden on Tuesday, 14 April 1987 by Mats “MP” Persson
  • Lead Vocals: Per Gessle
  • Keyboards: Mats “MP” Persson
  • Programming: Per Gessle and Mats “MP” Persson

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Per: Yea, this is the original demo to “It Must Have Been Lunch”. EMI Germany asked us to make a xmas record. – “It’s gonna be easier for you guys to get airplay in this market”, they said. Danke Schön. So I wrote “It Must Have Been Love” and made this slightly clumpsy demo. We then recorded it properly with Marie & Clarence at the brand new digital Audio Sweden Studio in Stockholm, released it in Sweden and had a huge xmas hit! Germany? Nah, they didn’t want it! No release there. Sorry guys, next time… Then of course, after we had made it in the US with “The Look” and “Listen to Your Heart” etc, we got invited to write a song for the Pretty Woman-movie (it was called something else at the time, can’t remember what…). But I didm’t have any time left since we were busy doing promo all over the world so we offered them “It Must Have Been Love” with slightly new lyrics /xmas day became winter’s day etc/. Life was never the same again.

– Roxette Facebook, Sunday, 29 September 2013

Roxette – Original Version 4:48

Lay a whisper on my pillow
Leave the winter on the ground
I wake up lonely there’s air of silence
In the bedroom and all around
Touch me now I close my eyes and dream away

It must have been love but it’s over now
It must have been good but I lost it somehow
It must have been love but it’s over now
From the moment we touched ’til the time had run out

Make-believing we’re together
That I’m sheltered by your heart
But in and outside I’ve turned to water
Like a teardrop in your palm
And it’s a hard Christmas Day I dream away

It must have been love but it’s over now
It was all that I wanted now I’m living without
It must have been love but it’s over now
It’s where the water flows
It’s where the wind blows

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Produced by Clarence Öfwerman
  • Recorded at Audio Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden in May 1987, June 1987 and August 1987 by Alar Suurna and at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in May 1987, June 1987 and August 1987 by Alar Suurna
  • Mixed by Per Gessle, Alar Suurna and Clarence Öfwerman at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
  • Drums: Pelle Alsing
  • Guitar: Jonas Isacsson
  • Keyboards: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Programming: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Synclavier: Alar Suurna and Clarence Öfwerman

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Roxette – It Must Have Been Love [Original Version] 4:17

Lay a whisper on my pillow
Leave the winter on the ground
I wake up lonely there’s air of silence
In the bedroom and all around
Touch me now I close my eyes and dream away

It must have been love but it’s over now
It must have been good but I lost it somehow
It must have been love but it’s over now
From the moment we touched ’til the time had run out

Make-believing we’re together
That I’m sheltered by your heart
But in and outside I’ve turned to water
Like a teardrop in your palm
And it’s a hard winter’s day I dream away

It must have been love but it’s over now
It was all that I wanted now I’m living without
It must have been love but it’s over now
It’s where the water flows
It’s where the wind blows

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Produced by Clarence Öfwerman
  • Recorded at Audio Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden in May 1987, June 1987 and August 1987 by Alar Suurna, at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in May 1987, June 1987 and August 1987 by Alar Suurna and at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday, 2 August 1989 by Anders Herrlin
  • Mixed by Humberto Gatica at Ground Control, Santa Monica, United States of America in 1990
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
  • Drums: Pelle Alsing
  • Guitar: Jonas Isacsson
  • Keyboards: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Programming: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Synclavier: Alar Suurna and Clarence Öfwerman

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Per: It must have been lunch, but it’s over now… Marie: This is a fantastic song… I love it… one of the best we’ve ever done… but I like the original title more. Per: … “Christmas for the Broken Hearted” … yeah, it was EMI Germany who said they could get us on the radio if we could come up with an intelligent Christmas-single. It was a massive hit in Sweden, but nothing happened elsewhere. It wasn’t even released in Germany, not until the Pretty Woman-soundtrack came out a few years later and the song just exploded everywhere. Marie: Our third #1 in the US… not bad for a song that was lying around, gathering dust. But the video was a weird experience. The director wanted all movements in slow motion, so I had to lip sync the vocals in double speed. My first lesson in how to sing an emotional ballad Mickey Mouse-style. A strange way to make a living.

– Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! liner notes, 1995

Everybody’s favourite Roxette track, and the group’s third US hit. Spent two weeks as #1 on the Billboard chart in 1990, and has been played more than 3 million times on American radio over the years. First released as a Swedish Christmas single in 1987, three years later a global hit thanks to slightly altered lyrics and strategic position on soundtrack to romantic comedy Pretty Woman.

– The Ballad Hits liner notes, 2002

Roxette – It Must Have Been Love [L.A. Version] 4:45

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles, United States of America in March 1992 by Mike Ross and Rail Rogut and at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in May 1992 by Alar Suurna
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
  • Acoustic Guitar: Mats “MP” Persson
  • Backing Vocals: Mia Lindgren and Staffan Öfwerman
  • Bass: Anders Herrlin
  • Drums: Pelle Alsing
  • Electric Guitar: Jonas Isacsson
  • Harmonica: Per Gessle
  • Keyboards: Clarence Öfwerman
  • Pedal Steel Guitar: Greg Leisz
  • Tambourine: Alar Suurna

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Roxette – It Must Have Been Love [Live / L.A. Version] 7:08

  • Recorded at Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago, Chile on Saturday, 25 April 1992 by ?
  • Lead Vocals: Marie Fredriksson
  • Piano: Marie Fredriksson

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Roxette – No sé si es amor [Original Version] 4:41

Es como amor pero no lo sé
Sabe a besos mi almohada
Madrugada y él no está
Solitaria en mi cama
Si él me ama por qué se va

Es amor o no es amor
No lo sé

No sé si es amor pero lo parece
Con él soy feliz pero vivo sin él
No sé si es amor pero crece y
Crece tan dentro de mi que
Se ve a flor de piel

¡Qué curioso!
Siempre juntos
Él con nadie
Yo con él
Y se me escapa entre los dedos
Medio angel, medio cruel

Eso es amor o no es amor
Yo no lo sé
No sé si es amor pero lo parece
Y me temo que yo estoy loca por él

No sé si es amor
Todo pude ser…
Es algo cálido
Es algo íntimo

No sé si es amor pero lo parece
Con él soy feliz pero vivo sin él
No sé si es amor pero crece y crece
Tan dentro de mi
Que se ve a flor de piel

No sé si es amor pero lo parece y me temo
Que yo estoy loca por él

No sé si es amor
Todo puede ser…
Es algo cálido
Es algo íntimo

  • Words by Luis Gomez Escolar
  • Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music

Roxette – It Must Have Been Love [Live at Night of the Proms, Rotterdam, 2009] 4:17

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Roxette – It Must Have Been Love [Live at Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile on 5 May 2012] 5:38

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Per Gessle feat. Helena Josefsson – It Must Have Been Love [Live at Gamla, Borgå, Finland on 26 August 2017] 4:52

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