♫ I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore ♫

I was planning to play a song for a special friend tonight, but … first off, I realized I had played it just a few months ago, and secondly, this one came up on my playlist as I was doing house chores and listening to music this afternoon, and as often happens, it got stuck in my head … and I was whistling it, humming it, and occasionally bursting out in song with the few parts of the lyrics I actually know … or think I know!

Released by REO Speedwagon in 1984, this song was given the John Lewis Christmas advert tribute for 2019 in the UK.  But what of the song’s origins?

The ballad was written by REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin, who also penned other hits by the band including Keep on Loving You.

When the band struggled to come up with songs for their Wheels Are Turnin’ album, they each took time off they could write alone.

Cronin travelled to Molokai, Hawaii, and he played around with a song that he first wrote 10 years earlier but never finished. It evolved into this.  According to Cronin …

“Really, what the song is about was about my inability to have the courage to express myself. I was brought up in an Irish-Catholic family, and you were taught to always keep a bright face, always act like everything was OK, even if maybe everything on the inside wasn’t so OK. So that’s something I’ve struggled with, and over the years have gotten better at.

At that time, the only way I knew to express those feelings was to write songs about them. I’ve learned over the years that it works better to talk to people!  You can actually become closer to other human beings when you are vulnerable and express yourself and are free to tell the truth and to be honest and to be up front with your feelings. It does work. Back in those days, the best that I could do was write a song about it.”

While only a #16 hit in the UK, the song gave REO Speedwagon its second #1 hit in the U.S. in 1985.

Now, I mentioned above that it was the John Lewis Christmas advert in the UK this past year.  The John Lewis & Partners Christmas advert is a television advertising campaign released by British department store chain John Lewis & Partners, and since 2007 has become something of an annual tradition in British popular culture.  I mention this only because I checked it out, and while the quality of the music is not up to the standards of the original by REO Speedwagon, it is a fun, cute video, so I am playing it, too, along with the original!

Can’t Fight This Feeling
REO Speedwagon

I can’t fight this feeling any longer
And yet I’m still afraid to let it flow
What started out as friendship has grown stronger
I only wish I had the strength to let it show

I tell myself that I can’t hold out forever
I said there is no reason for my fear
‘Cause I feel so secure when we’re together
You give my life direction, you make everthing so clear

And even as I wander, I’m keeping you in sight
You’re a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter’s night
And I’m getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can’t fight this feeling anymore
I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for
It’s time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

‘Cause I can’t fight this feeling anymore
I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor, come crashing through your door
Baby, I can’t fight this feeling anymore

My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw you
I’ve been running round in circles in my mind
And it always seems that I’m following you, girl
‘Cause you take me to the places that alone I’d never find

And even as I wander, I’m keeping you sight
You’re a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter’s night
And I’m getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can’t fight this feeling anymore
I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for
It’s time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

‘Cause I can’t fight this feeling anymore
I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor, come crashing through your door
Baby, I can’t fight this feeling anymore

Songwriters: Cronin Kevin
Can’t Fight This Feeling lyrics © Fate Music

25 thoughts on “♫ I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore ♫

  1. Namaste, Miss Jill! It’s me again, Benjamin! I’m having a Gem Sleepover tonight. I didn’t have one for a long long time. We played lots of games and stuff. We fed peanuts to the squirrels and Lily Bob-Tail came. I worry about Lily Bob-Tail cause she doesn’t have a long fluffy tail to keep her warm and it is snowing at Gem’s. Is it snowing at your house too? I have something to tell you. This is the bestest video ever! I love dragons just as much as dinosaurs. Did you know that some dinosaurs had wings just like dragons? My Auntie H has a zillion dragons cause she loves dragons more than any other thing in the world. Maybe not more than her dog Harley. I’ll have to ask her about that, okay? Gem saved this letter from you just for me and Auntie H. She promises to keep it forever. Then I can watch every time I come to Gem’s. We are going to watch the dragon again. Bye and thank you! I love you and I miss you!

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    • Namaste Benjamin!!! I’m so happy you’re having a Gem sleepover tonight. I know you didn’t have one for a long time because Gem got hurt, but she’s getting better now, and I bet having you sleepover tonight will make her feel happy happy happy!!! It’s great that you got to see Lily Bobtail again … I was afraid she might be in hibernation. It snowed at my house, but then it melted, but it is going to snow some more tonight, so they tell me. Gem told me about Auntie H’s dragon collection, and you know what? I wrote a post about the tiny pocket dragons just this morning. If you have time before you go home, ask Gem to show it to you … it’s called “Saturday Surprise — There Be Dragons”! I posted lots of pictures of cute pocket dragons, maybe even some just like the ones Auntie H has! I love you and miss you too, my young friend!

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  2. I have always held a warm place in my heart for REO Speedwagon and loved how they came up with the group’s name…do you how? On the early albums the name appeared a R.E.O. Speedwagon so that each of the letters would be enunciated, as opposed to being said as one word. This song is a favorite of mine. Whilst the singing on the advert is not the best, I LOVE IT…and watched it three times already!!! I cannot wait to show this to Benjamin and to his dragon loving/collecting Auntie H too!! Thank-YOU!!

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    • Really? Somehow I didn’t think REO to be your style … guess I still have much to learn, eh? I felt the same as you … the quality of the singing on the advert was not as good as REO’s, but oh, that li’l dragon just captured my heart!!! I’m glad you’re going to share it with Benjamin and I hope he loves it! Let me know! And, I hope Auntie H loves it … I owe her one!

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  3. The Jury’s still out on this one. The advert was passable knowing that Christmas would soon be over and next year (if John Lewis survives)they’ll splash a lot of money on reviving an old song. As for REO themselves well, te song didn’t make my ears bleed as some do but it was instantly forgettable too. If my wife was around I’m sure she would have known this an liked it because I’m sure she was a fan and I might have to listen to more of their work till the blood stopped me hearing or until I liked them. She caught me with Chris de Burgh like that.
    Cwtch..

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    • Please check tomorrow’s music post, and I think the jury will quickly reach a verdict. I won’t promise not to play more by REO, but I’ll try for ones that don’t cause bleeding in the ears or … swelling in the leg.
      Cwtch

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