.“When a Man Loves a Woman” was released after being featured in Oliver Stone's Vietnam War film, “Platoon” in 1987 and reached No.2 in Britain. Michael Bolton topped the charts in the 1990's with a cover version and Rolling Stone magazine later ranked it No. 53 on its list of the greatest songs of all time. The composition of the song has long been a mystery. Some thought that Percy Sledge wrote it himself...Sledge said he was inspired by a girlfriend who left him for a modelling career after he was laid off from a construction job in1965...but he gave the songwriting credits to two 'Esquires' bandmates ...bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright...who helped him with the song.
He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993
and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in2007.
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The first time I heard this love ballad, was sung by Michael Bolton...whose rendition with humble heart and desperate love, emotionally touched my heart-strings. Following, are Micheal Bolton's lyrics:
When a Man Loves a Woman
When a man loves a woman, can't keep his mind on nothin' else
He'd trade the world for a 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 puts her down.
When a man loves a woman; spends his very last dime
Trying 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 give you everything I got (yeah)
Trying to hold on to your precious love.
Baby, please don't treat me bad.
When a man loves a woman...deep down in his soul,
She can bring him such misery if she is playing him for a fool.
He's the last one to know…
Loving eyes can never see.
When a man loves a woman,
I know exactly how he feels
'Cause baby, baby, baby...
I am a man
When a man loves a woman.
A few years ago, I viewed the movie, Don Juan de Marco starring Johnny Depp.
This movie depicts a psychiatrist who must cure a young handsome patient
who presents himself as Don Juan...the greatest lover in the world!
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
(This memorable classic at the end of the 1994 movie was sung by Bryan Adams)
To really love a woman
To really understand her ~ you gotta know her deep inside.
Hear every thought ~ see every dream
'N give her wings when she wants to fly.
Then when you find yourself helpless in her arms
Ya know ya really love a woman!
When you love a woman you tell her
That she's really wanted.
When you love a woman, you tell her she's the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her
that you'll always be together.
So, tell me...have you really,
Really, really ever loved a woman?
When you love a woman
Let her hold you
'Til you know how she needs to be touched.
You've got to breathe her...really taste her...
'Til you can feel her in your blood.
'N whenyou can see your unborn children in her eyes
Ya know you really love a woman.
You got to give her some faith...some light...
A little tenderness...gotta treat her right.
She will be there for you, takin' good care of you.
You really gotta love you your woman!
Scripted by Merle Baird-Kerr...April 16, 2015