♫ The Power Of Love ♫

Yesterday’s song, Because You Loved Me, went over well with most, but our dear friend David did not care for it.  He mentioned another song, and since I like the one he mentioned, although I had never heard this version, I decided to try to redeem myself and play this tonight.  Now, I had heard this song by others, but never by Jennifer Rush, and frankly, when I heard this version, I can see why David prefers it to the others!

The song was co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984, though it has been covered by many others including Air Supply, Celine Dion, and Laura Branigan. Rush’s original version, released in her native United States at the end of 1984 and in Europe during 1985, went to number one in the United Kingdom in October 1985 and became the biggest-selling single of the year in that country. It was also a number one single in several other European countries, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dion’s version went to number one in the United States, Canada and Australia in 1994.

CBS held off on releasing The Power of Love in North America feeling the disc was too European, though I’m not quite sure what that means. It finally saw release in the United States and Canada in January 1986 but despite rising to number one in Canada, The song failed to become a significant US hit, stalling at number fifty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jennifer Rush says she wrote the lyric about her boyfriend, the Harvard graduate Steven Engebretson. She said he was just her second boyfriend; the couple was still together long after the song was released.

The Power of Love
Jennifer Rush

The whispers in the morning
Of lovers sleeping tight
Are rolling by like thunder now
As I look in your eyes

I hold on to your body
And feel each move you make
Your voice is warm and tender
A love that I could not forsake

‘Cause I’m your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I’ll do all that I can

Even though there may be times
It seems I’m far away
Well, never wonder where I am
‘Cause I am always by your side

‘Cause I’m your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I’ll do all that I can

We’re heading for something
Somewhere I’ve never been
Sometimes I am frightened
But I’m ready to learn
Of the power of love

The sound of your heart beating
Made it clear suddenly
The feeling that I can’t go on
Is light years away

‘Cause I’m your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I’m gonna do all that I can

We’re heading for something
Somewhere I’ve never been
Sometimes I am frightened
But I’m ready to learn
Of the power of love
Ooh, the power of love

Songwriters: Wolfgang Detmann / Jennifer Rush / Mary Susan Applegate / Gunther Mende
The Power of Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ How Am I Supposed To Live Without You ♫

This was the song that launched Michael Bolton’s singing career.  Laura Branigan took this song, written by Bolton and Doug James, to #12 in 1983, but Bolton himself did not release it until his 1989 album, Soul Provider.  Before Branigan recorded it, it was supposed to have been recorded by Air Supply, but when Arista President Clive Davis asked for permission to change the lyrics of the chorus, Bolton refused, and Davis let go of the song.

How Am I Supposed to Live Without You
Michael Bolton

I could hardly believe it
When I heard the news today
I had to come and get it straight from you
They said you were leavin’
Someone’s swept your heart away
From that look upon your face, I see it’s true

So tell me all about it
Tell me ’bout the plans you’re makin’
Oh, tell me one thing more before I go

Tell me how am supposed to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I supposed to live without you?
And how am I supposed to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone

I’m too proud for cryin’
Didn’t come here to break down
It’s just a dream of mine is coming to an end
And how can I blame you
When I build my world around
The hope that one day
We’d be so much more than friends
I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming
Oh, even now it’s more than I can take

Tell me how am supposed to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I supposed to live without you?
And how am I supposed to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone

Now I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming
Oh, now that your dream has come true

Tell me how am supposed to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I supposed to live without you?
And how am I supposed to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone

Songwriters: Doug James / Michael Bolton
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

♫ Even The Nights Are Better ♫

Air Supply is the winning combination of Graham Russell’s guitar and songwriting, matched to Russell Hitchcock’s distinctive vocals.  This is one of my favourites of their songs, and since I can’t seem to find much (read any) information about the background or origins of the song, you will just have to listen and enjoy …

Even the Nights Are Better
Air Supply

I, I was the lonely one
Wondering what went wrong, why love had gone
And left me lonely
I, I was so confused, feeling like I’d just been used
Then you came to me and my loneliness left me

I used to think I was tied to a heartache
That was the heartbreak, but now that I’ve found you

Even the nights are better
Now that we’re here together
Even the nights are better
Since I found you, oh
Even the days are brighter
When someone you love’s beside ya
Even the nights are better
Since I found you

You, you knew just what to do
‘Cause you had been lonely too
And you showed me how
To ease the pain and
You did more than mend a broken heart
‘Cause now you’ve made a fire start
And I, I can see that you feel the same way

I never dreamed there’d be someone to hold me
Until you told me and now that I’ve found you
Even the nights are better
Now that we’re here together
Even the nights are better
Since I found you, oh
Even the days are brighter
When someone you love’s beside ya
Even the nights are better
Since I found you

I never dreamed there’d be someone to hold me
Until you told me and now that I’ve found you

Even the nights are better
Now that we’re here together
Even the nights are better
Since I found you, oh
Even the days are brighter
When someone you love’s beside ya
Even the nights are better
Since I found you

Songwriters: J. L. Wallace / Kenneth E. Bell / Terry Skinner
Even the Nights Are Better lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

♫ Lost In Love ♫

A week or so ago, I had a request for a song by Air Supply — any song, my choice.  Well, this is my favourite of Air Supply’s repertoire, so this is my choice!

Graham Russell, Air Supply’s guitarist and song writer, says he wrote this song in 15 minutes …

“‘Lost In Love’ is such a simple song. I think about the songs before I start to write them, and I think about where they’re going to go. I’m very aware that when that inspiration comes, it comes very quickly: it’s like a dart, and it doesn’t last a long time, that real initial impulse. So when it comes I know that the thoughts are going to be scattered, and they’re going to come really fast, and I need to get them down quickly, so I need to think about the song first when I know it’s coming. When a song is coming I get a weird feeling, and then I kind of drift somewhere on my own to think about it. But when I actually play the piano or pick the guitar up, it’ll come really quickly. But my songs, too, are very simple. I mean, I’m not into jazz, and I’m not into fusion or anything like that. My songs are really straight ahead, real simple chords, the simpler the better. So a song like ‘Lost In Love’ with four chords, there’s only two parts to it. There’s really no chorus. There’s just a verse and a bridge. So something like that shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes to write, you know.”

The legendary record man Clive Davis is famous for developing the careers of Whitney Houston, Aerosmith and Alicia Keys, but Air Supply was one of his greatest success stories. “Lost In Love” was a hit in the group’s native Australia in 1979, but Davis released it in America and unleashed Air Supply on an international audience.

Here you go, SoundEagle …

Lost in Love
Air Supply

I realize the best part of love is the thinnest slice
And it don’t count for much
But I’m not letting go
I believe there’s still much to believe in

So lift your eyes if you feel you can
Reach for a star and I’ll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to show me

You know you can’t fool me
I’ve been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on

Lost in love and I don’t know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I’m back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted

So lift your eyes if you feel you can
Reach for a star and I’ll show you a plan
I figured it out
What I needed was someone to show me

You know you can’t fool me
I’ve been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on

Lost in love and I don’t know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I’m back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted

You know you can’t fool me
I’ve been loving you too long
It started so easy
You want to carry on

Lost in love and I don’t know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I’m back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted

Now I’m lost, lost in love, lost in love, lost in love
Now I’m lost, lost in love, lost in love, lost in love
Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love
Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love

Songwriters: Timothy Hawes / Pete Kirtley / Kimberley Gail Marsh
Lost in Love lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group