When I Need You, Lagu Cinta Yang Abadi

Ada yang bertanya: When I Need You sebetulnya siapakah yang menyanyikan? Leo Sayer, Rod Stewart, atau Celine Dion?
 
Jawabnya: salah semua! 


Lagu ini ditulis Albert Hammond bersama Carole Bayer Sager dan menjadi judul album Hammond yang diluncurkannya pada tahun 1976. Ide lagu ini berangkat dari pengalaman pribadi Hammond sendiri. Sementara Carole Bayer Sager dikenal sebagai pencetak hits. Tak heran jika lagu ini sukses di pasar musik. Tapi...lagu ini sukses lewat suara Leo Sayer. Versi Sayer rilis bersama album Endless Flight tahun 1977. When I Need You langsung menjadi jawara di tangga lagu Amerika Serikat maupun Britania Raya yang selalu menjadi patokan industri musik.

Selain tiga nama di atas yang banyak disebut, sebetulnya When I Need You dibawakan oleh cukup banyak penyanyi lain. Sebut saja di antaranya Owen Gray, Luther Vandross, Perry Como, Barry Manilow, Julio Iglesias, Cliff Richard, hingga Clay Aiken.

When I Need You

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so wanna give you
It's only a heartbeat away

When I need love
I hold out my hands and I touch love
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day
Miles and miles of empty space in between us
The telephone can't take the place of your smile
But you know I won't be travelin' forever
It's cold out, but hold out, and do I like I do

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so wanna give you, babe
It's only a heartbeat away
It's not easy when the road is your driver
Honey that's a heavy load that we bear
But you know I won't be traveling a lifetime
It's cold out, but hold out, and do like I do

Oh, I need you

[Instrumental Interlude]

When I need love
I hold out my hands and I touch love
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day

When I need you
I just close my eyes
And you're right here by my side
Keeping me warm night and day
I just hold out my hands
I just hold out my hand
And I'm with you darlin'
Yes, I'm with you darlin'
All I wanna give you
It's only a heartbeat away

Oh, I need you darling

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