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Songs You Forgot You Loved: Lila McCann’s ‘I Wanna Fall in Love’

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We’ve all been there before. That dead zone between affairs where nothing seems right, when you don’t really miss the last person, but so far nobody you’ve met since seems like the right fit. Or, maybe you haven’t even met that person yet. You just know that life is good — but it’d be better if you fell in love. Lila McCann‘s “I Wanna Fall in Love” is the new soundtrack of your life.

Lila McCann was only sixteen when she made her country music debut with the song “Down Came a Blackbird.” It was the first single from her 1997 album Lila, the best-selling album for a debut country artist. It went platinum. The album earned her a comparison to LeAnn Rimes, both young singers whose songs seemed too mature for them.

It was just the first of twelve singles McCann would net on the Billboard country chartsHer most successful was “I Wanna Fall in Love,” which peaked at No. 3. on the US country charts and No. 1 in Canada. She followed it up with the 1999 song “With You,” which also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for pop music. However, the third and fourth singles from the album,  a cover of Sheena Easton’s “Almost Over You” and the Mark Spiro-Andrew Gold team-up “Yippy Ky Yay,” did not perform as well on the charts. McCann returned with Something in the Air (1999) and Complete (2000), and released her 2018 album Paint This Town independently.

McCann also has an credit got some time on small screen as Kelly Wyman, a struggling country singer in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. It’s easy to see how McCann won so many people over in the music video for “I Wanna Fall in Love.” We watch a series of families, couples, and individuals get their photos taken on a set. As Lila invites a lover to find her, a forlorn young man waits for someone to take a photo with him. In spite of the lyrics, Lila seems to be having fun on her own and the pair never meet.

“I Wanna Fall in Love” Lyrics

Look at me now
Won’t you listen to my heart?
Cryin’ out loud
I’ve been standing in the dark

I want someone to show me the way
I’m lost on a lonely road
There must be a light at the end of the tunnel
Before I go out of control

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that rush
Runnin’ into my heart, shakin’ up my soul
Feelin’ like I’ve never felt before

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that touch
I’ve only dreamed about it
I’ve been livin’ without it
And that ain’t good enough
I wanna fall in love

Somewhere out there
Someone else is searchin’ like me
And I know he must be hurtin’

Maybe tonight he’s walkin’ down
The same road I’ve been takin’
And we’ll meet up without even talkin’
And he’ll know what I’m sayin’

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that rush
Runnin’ into my heart, shakin’ up my soul
Feelin’ like I’ve never felt before

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that touch
I’ve only dreamed about it
I’ve been livin’ without it
And that ain’t good enough
I wanna fall in love

Maybe tonight he’s walkin’ down
The same road I’ve been takin’
And we’ll meet up without even talkin’
And he’ll know what I’m sayin’
I wanna fall

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that rush
Runnin’ into my heart, shakin’ up my soul
Feelin’ like I’ve never felt before

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that touch
I’ve only dreamed about it
I’ve been livin’ without it
And that ain’t good enough

I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that touch
Oh, I wanna fall in love
I wanna feel that rush

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Songs You Forgot You Loved: Lila McCann’s ‘I Wanna Fall in Love’