Meaning of “Two Occasions” by The Deele (ft. Babyface)

“Two Occasions” is one of the more memorable love songs of the 1980s, in that its hook revolves around a sweet metaphor that’s quite creative yet easy to understand. What that metaphor points to, even more simply put, is the addressee always being on the vocalist’s mind.

So as far as the verses go, they serve the purpose of illustrating a concept along the lines of romances tending to be gratifying at first, but such temporal pleasure is not indicative of it being one that will actually last. 

So as put forth in the second verse, what the vocalist is celebrating is now being in a relationship which is proving more serious and long-term than a seasonal fling. Or put otherwise, being that this is a love song and all, the addressee has effectively edified the vocalist’s life, so Babyface and the Deele gang are expressing an emotional dependency on her.

“I only think of you on two occasions
That’s day and night
I’d go for broke if I could be with you
Only you can make it right”

Released Date of “Two Occasions”

On December 23 of 1987, “Two Occasions” officially hit the airwaves. The song was released through Solar Records as a single from the The Deele’s 3rd studio album with the title “Eyes of a Stranger”. The following songs were also released as singles from the said album:

  • “Can U-Dance”
  • “Shoot ‘Em Up Movies”


“Two Occasions” was composed by multiple Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds with some help from band member Darnell “Dee” Bristol and Sid Johnson.

In addition to contributing to the composition and performance of the song, Babyface collaborated with American record executive L.A. Reid in overseeing its production.

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