"More Than I Can Say" is a song written by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison, both former members of Buddy Holly's band the Crickets. They recorded it in 1959 soon after Holly's death and released it in 1960. Their original version hit No. 42 on British Record Retailer Chart in 1960. It has been notably performed by singers Bobby Vee, Leo Sayer, and Sammy Kershaw.
Sayer has stated that while looking for an "oldie" to record for the Living in a Fantasy album, he saw a TV commercial for a greatest hits compilation album by Vee, and chose the song on the spot: "We went into a record store that afternoon, bought the record and had the song recorded that night."
Although the album was not a huge commercial success, the single that it spawned, a cover version of Bobby Vee's "More Than I Can Say", spent five weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1980 and January 1981. Sayer's version of the song was certified a gold record by the RIAA. It also spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, while it spent two weeks atop the Kent Music Report in Australia.