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The songs of the soaps.

Soap operas change their opening credits various times throughout the years but there are some theme songs that are recognized even after all this time. Soaps.com has compiled a few of them for such soaps as Another World, Edge of Night, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Passions, Search for Tomorrow, and The Young and the Restless. While most of the videos include the lyrics, a few are simply the musical versions. Take a listen back in time then vote in our poll on which of the below is your favorite.

Another World

(You Take Me Away To) Another World
Written by John Leffler, Ralph Schuckett and performed by Crystal Gayle, Gary Morris

I’ve always seen myself as a reckless gambler
Risking all that I have whenever I could
But then one day it happened
You appeared like from a dream
And we moved in sync like dancers
With our hearts in harmony

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

All my life I’ve been called a hopeless romantic
Waiting for my prince to take me away
But when I found you I felt different
Than I’d ever felt before
Suddenly I was taking no chances
By walking through your door

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

You are my way (you are my way) to another world
You are the one that lets me fly so high
You are the rain when my spirits run dry
You give my life (you give my life) a hope that’s real
Cos when I’m with you, you take me away to another world

Edge of Night

Edge of Night
Artist unknown

Seem as though a harmony is hard to find, always on my mind.
And frustrated days pass without sight.
The Edge of Night, half dark, half light.

As we watch our hearts tryin’ to hold a tenderness that we once had
Halfway glad, and halfway sad.
The Edge of Night, half dark, half light.

And do you think we might wake up some day?
And be aware of all the games people play.
Living circles of unendin’ strife, as we look for life.
And nothin’s wrong, and nothin’s right.

The Edge of Night, half dark, half light.
Watchin’ all the lonely hearts passin’ out of sight.
The Edge of Night.

Guiding Light

Hold on to Love
Composed by Rob Mounsey, lyrics by David Bushkin, Abra Bigham

When we are soul-to-soul, lost in each other
Baby don’t worry, it’s gonna be alright
Hold on to love ’cause love is all we have
And love will find a way to see us through the night

And when we’re far apart
Torn from each other
Keep thinking of me
You know we must be strong
Hold on to love ’cause love is all that we need
And love will find a way if we just hold on

And I know somehow some way
Our day will come
Never give in to the darkness
‘Til the dawn
Hold on

And if we lose our way
We’ll find each other
I reach out and touch you
And all my fear is gone
Hold on to love ’cause love is all that we need
And love will find a way if we just hold on

Guiding Light

Only Love
By Kati Mac

Everybody wants truth, everybody wants hope
Everybody clings to sex like soap on a rope
Everybody gets low, everybody gets high
Everybody’s feet are on the ground and head’s in the sky

Try letting go Try letting go

Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
We know

Everybody feels good, everybody feels bad
Nobody wants to loose what they’ve already had
Take it on faith, take it on loan
Take it any way you get it, who wants to be alone

Try letting go Try letting go

Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
We know

You’ll never know till you try, open your heart let your spirit fly

Only love can save the world Only love can save the world
Only love can save the world Only love can save the world

One Life to Live

One Life to Live
By Peabo Bryson

Here’s what you do when you don’t find the rainbow’s end, this time
Here’s where you go when it looks like the rain won’t end, don’t cry

There’s always tomorrow, where you can have a second chance
And after tomorrow, all that you have to remember

Here’s what you do when you think nobody cares, for you
Look in my eyes and see there’s an answer there, it’s true

We’ll find tomorrow, a place for us, I know because
Time only knows how long forever’s going to last
And we don’t even need to ask

Let’s live today and find someone to share it with
‘Cause we only have one life to live

I’ll give you tomorrow, let me be the one to share it with and each day that follows
‘Cause we only have one life to live

One life to live, one turn around
One life, one life to live, one turn around
One life, one life to live
One life to live, one life

Passions

Breathe
By Jane French

I would hold the hand of the one who could lead me places
And kiss the lips of the one who could sing so sweet
And I would fly on a wings of a bird I knew could take me highest
Breathe in, breathe out
You keep me alive, you are the fire burning inside
Breathe in breathe out
You keep me alive, you are my fire, my passions for life

I would dance with the feet I knew could always follow
And take the road that had the straightest line
You do all of these things for me
You are all, and then some

Breathe in, breathe out
You keep me alive, you are the fire burning inside
Breathe in breathe out
You keep me alive, you are the fire burning inside of me, you are my passion for life

Search For Tomorrow

Artist unknown

When tomorrow comes, what will it bring?
Will it be winter, or will it be spring?
Will a prayer be answered?
Will the sun rise for you?
Be it pleasure or sorrow, we’ll search for tomorrow.

Tomorrow, tomorrow.

Young and the Restless

Nadia’s Theme
Music composed by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.

Gone, dreams of the past, gone with a love that moved too fast
Gone, bright shiny days, gone in a young and restless haze
Why did we love, then run away, so little time, so much left to say
And now, it’s gone

Young and restless friend, you’ll never pass this way again
So drink, the summer wine, reach for the stars
While you have time
Your restless heart, it will lead the way
So dream your dreams and live for each day while you are young

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