Thursday, December 1, 2016

565 – Percy Sledge – When a man loves a woman (1966)

Escrita por Calvin Lewis e Andrew Wright, foi gravada por Percy Sledge, em 17 de fevereiro de 1966, nos Norala Studios, em Sheffield, Alabama. Foi lançada em março de 1966 num compacto que tinha Love me like you mean it.

Chegou ao número 1 nos charts pop e nos charts de R&B. Chegou também ao número 2 no Reino Unido. É a música de número 53 da lista da revista Rolling Stone das 500 maiores canções de todos os tempos.

Bette Midler regravou-a em 1980 e em 1991 foi a vez de Michael Bolton, ambos tambem com sucesso de charts.

Foi também regravada por The Spencer Davis Group, por Burton Cummings, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Butler, Jerry Lee Lewis, Art Garfunkel e muitos outros artistas.

A letra:

When a man loves a woman,
Can't keep his mind on nothin' else,
He'd change the world for the good thing he's found.
If she is bad, he can't see it,
She can do no wrong,
Turn his back on his best friend if he put her down.

When a man loves a woman,
He'll spend his very last dime
Tryin' to hold on to what he needs.
He'd give up all his comforts
And sleep out in the rain,
If she said that's the way
It ought to be.

Well, this man loves you, woman.
I gave you everything I have,
Tryin' to hold on to your heartless love.
Baby, please don't treat me bad.

When a man loves a woman,
Down deep in his soul,
She can bring him such misery.
If she is playin' him for a fool,
He's the last one to know.
Lovin' eyes can never see.

When a man loves a woman
He can do her no wrong,
He can never want
Some other girl.
Yes,When a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels,
'Cause baby, baby, you're my world
When a man loves a woman....

A versão de Percy Sledge:

A versão de Michael Bolton:

A versão de Bette Midler:

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