Let’s Get Lyrical #26 – Ken Lee

There were some pretty epic love songs released in the seventies, but one of the best has to be Nilsson’s Without You, a track which tells of love inexplicably lost. Seriously, at no point does he even vaguely hint at what went wrong with this relationship. I’m not actually convinced the partner definitely left.

No, I can’t forget this evening,
Or your face as you were leaving.
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes,

Actually, that’s demonstrably untrue. Most people can’t remember the facial expressions of loved ones a week later, never mind holding onto an image of their pouty visage until Alzheimer’s kicks in. You will forget this evening, Nilsson, and you will forget his or her face. Unless you’ve been doing a bit of secret filming.

You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows.
Yes, it shows.

OR, maybe your love interest is actually fine, and you’re being paranoid.

No, I can’t forget tomorrow,

Do you know why that might be, sir? That’s right, because it hasn’t happened yet. Do you think that you are alone with this affliction? NOBODY IN THE WORLD CAN FORGET TOMORROW. Except maybe Doctor Who, but I don’t think he ever really forgets completely.

When I think of all my sorrow;

Oh, man up. You should get a load of this guy before you tell folk you’ve got it bad.

When I had you there but then I let you go.

That can only be a good thing. Holding people against their will rarely ends well, relationship-wise.

And now it’s only fair that I should let you know,
What you should know.

OK, if you think it’ll help.

I can’t live if living is without you.

You seem to be doing OK so far. You’ve written and recorded this song, for a start.

I can’t live, I can’t give any more.

But you can though. Look at you go!

I can’t live if living is without you.
I can’t give, I can’t give any more.

Alright, fine. We’ll have to agree to disagree.

Then the whole thing repeats again, but gets increasingly more drawn out and dramatic. Lyrically dubious but AMAZING to sing along to when you’ve had a couple of gins too many. Or, a way of teaching yourself English:

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