Song of the Day #3,549: ’23’ – Shakira

I believe today’s track is the first straight-up love song in the ’31 Numbered Songs’ series, and it’s a beauty. Shakira wrote ’23’ for her partner and the father of her two sons, Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, who she met when he was 23. She was a decade older.

It’s nice to see a celebrity pairing where the woman is older, even if Shakira could still pass for 25.

’23’ features Shakira’s typically oddball wordplay (how many songs can you name that include the word “agnosticism?”) and demonstrates once again how gifted she is at crafting melodies.

Is it possible to be both an international superstar and underrated?

[Verse 1]
Everybody needs an anchor
A little something that makes you stay
An incentive, someone to fight for
Cause no one really needs so much space

A couple years ago I was lonely
I used to think that there was no God
But then you looked at me with your blue eyes
And my agnosticism turned into dust

[Pre-Chorus]
How well you know me
That I don’t care if the rest don’t
It doesn’t matter to me, no ohh
Oh-oh-oh and as long as you love me
As long as we still have each other

[Chorus]
I knew we had something
From the moment I met you
I knew we had something
No one thought it could be true
Hey do you believe
Do you believe in destiny?
Cause I do as I did then
When you were only 23

[Verse 2]
God knows that I’m a good dancer
My feet can move to the music he plays
But there were times I asked for an answer
When he was acting in mysterious ways

There were nights that I stayed up crying
Cause I was certain that things wouldn’t change
But then you came and I saw you smiling
Just like an angel, so beautifully strange

[Pre-Chorus]
And then you touched me
It’s like you were made for me, oh-oh
Like it was all meant to be, oh-oh
And I was sure that you would love me
And that we’d always have each other

[Chorus]
I knew we had something
From the moment I met you
I knew we had something
No one thought it could be true
Hey do you believe
Do you believe in destiny?
Cause I do as I did then
When you were only 23

[Bridge]
Always thought that I was fine but I was wrong
It was you, that one piece I was missing
And I could do without you but, it’d be no fun
I found you and life was suddenly easy
There ain’t no worries now
There ain’t no feeling down

[Chorus]
I knew we had something
From the moment I met you
I knew we had something
No one thought it could be true
Hey do you believe
Do you believe in destiny?
Cause I do as I did then
When you were only 23

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,549: ’23’ – Shakira

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Sweet song and video. I don’t think Shakira is underrated as much as she has detractors who are not as high on her songwriting and voice as you are.

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