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Cherish
1966 Terry Kirkman
A pop music song written by Terry Kirkman and recorded by The Association in 1966. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in September of that year and remained in the top position for three weeks.

Recording sessions
1967 June 13-29: New York RCA Studios
Cherish is a word I use to describe
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside

You don't know how many times I wish that I had told you
You don't know how many times I wish that I could hold you
You don't know how many times I wish that I could mold you
Into someone who could cherish me as much as I cherish you

Cherish is a word that more than applies
To the hope my heart each time I realize
That I'm not gonna be the one to share your dreams
That I'm not gonna be the one to share your schemes
That I'm not gonna be the one to share what seems to be the life
That you could cherish as much as I do yours

I'm beginning to think that man has never found
The words that could make you want me
That have the right amount of letters just the right sound
That could make you hear and make you see
That you're driving me out of my mind

Oh I could say I need you but then you'd realize that I want you
Just like a thousand other girls who say they love you
With all the rest of their lies
But all they wanted was to touch your face
Your hand and gaze into your eyes

Cherish is a word I used to describe
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside

You don't know how many times I wish that I had told you
You don't know how many times I wish that I could hold you
You don't know how many times I wish that I could mold you
Into someone who could cherish me as much as I cherish you
And I do cherish you and I do cherish you

Cherish is a word

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)