Blessid Union of Souls formed in 1990 in Morrow, Ohio with guitarist Jeff Pence, vocalist/pianist Eliot Sloan, keyboardist C.P. Roth (who had been in Ozzy Osbourne's touring band) and drummer Eddie Hedges. Sloan and Hedges had previously played together in a band in the 1980s called The Movies. The band's name originated from an episode of the TV series M*A*S*H.
The band was heavily influenced by the cowpunk scene that was burgeoning around the time they formed. They spent several years honing their craft in Newport News, and their song "Oh Virginia" is a tribute to their "second home".
In 1992, the band sent a demo to EMI Records who immediately offered them a contract and spread the word about them.
Taking their name from a line in an episode of M*A*S*H (and misspelling the first word to ensure correct pronunciation), Blessid Union of Souls recorded a demo tape in 1992 that found its way to EMI Records, which immediately offered the group a contract.
Their debut album, Home, took over two years to craft properly, and was finally released in March of 1995; it was an immediate success, thanks to Cincinnati deejays who had already begun playing the then-unreleased lead single, "I Believe," and spread the word about the band.
"I Believe" eventually reached number eight on the Billboard singles chart and became one of the most played songs of the year; like many of Sloan's songs, the lyrics reflected subtly Christian sentiments, but which never became overbearing or preachy.
The follow-up, "Let Me Be the One," also reached the Top 40 and was featured prominently in the soap opera All My Children.
After EMI went under, Blessid Union of Souls switched over to Capitol, also adding full-time bassist Tony Clark in 1996.
Walk blindly to the light and reach out for his hand
Don't ask any questions and don't try to understand
Open up your mind and then open up your heart
And you will see that you and me
Aren't very far apart
1-'Cause I believe, that love is the answer
I believe, love will find a way
Violence is spread worldwide and
There's families on the street
We sell drugs to children now
Oh why can't we just see
That all we do is eliminate our future
With things we do today
Money is our incentive now, so that makes it okay
(rpt 1, 1)
I've been seeing lisa now for a little over a year
She says she's never been so happy
But lisa lives in fear
That one day daddy's gonna find out
She's in love with a nigger from the street
Oh how he would lose it then
But she's still here with me
Cause she believes that love will see us through
And they'll understand
He'll see me as a person and not just a black man
(rpt 1, 1...)
Let Me Be the One
So you're scared, to show your feelings
Baby, I do understand
Well, I don't make a promise I can't keep
And I vow to be a real good friend
In those big green eyes I see a glow of love
I just hope that I'm the one you're dreaming of
1-Let me be the one to love you
Let me be the one to care
Let me be the one to light your flame
Oh, baby, oh, baby, let me be the one
We spend all our time together
We can't stand to sleep alone
When you say you have to leave for now
I miss you before you're gone
2-All along we thought this was absurd
Every moment that we spend goes by too fast
Darling, darling take this chance with me
'Cause I have eyes only for you
(rpt 1, 1)
Don't be scared to show your feelings
'Cause, baby, I do understand
I don't make no promises that I can't keep
And I vow to be a real good man
(rpt 2, 1)
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Oh, let me be the one
'Cause I love, I love, I love, I love you, baby