It Might Be You – Stephen Bishop | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#25) and Adult Contemporary (#1); 1983

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Stephen Bishop broke into the movie business with these immortal words: “I gave my love a cherry/That had no stone/I gave my love a chicken/That had no bones/I gave my love a story/That had no end/I gave my… ” Alas, his song is ended when Delta House fraternity brother John “Bluto” Blutarsky smashed Stephens’s guitar to bits. Bishop also turned in a cameo as a police trooper in another John Belushi film, Blues Brothers. By then he’d managed to place several of his songs on the pop and adult contemporary charts – Save It For A Rainy Day, On And On, and Everybody Needs Love – as well as the title tune from the aforementioned Animal House. Three years later, Bish made his biggest big screen splash to date when he sang the theme to Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman. It Might Be You was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. Unfortunately for Stephen, he didn’t write it. He did, however, compose Separate Lives for White Nights, which also received an Academy nod.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Dave Grusin

Lyrics Written by:

  • Dave Grusin
  • Alan & Marilyn Bergman