♫ 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