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Without You ~ Badfinger - Harry Nilsson - Mariah Carey - Air Supply ~ Acoustic Cover w/ Bluesharp

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

(c)1970 Words & Music Pete Ham - Tom Evans
Arr. stagwolf
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Well, I can´t forget this evenin´ & your face when you were leavin´
But I guess that´s just the way the story goes.
You always smile, but in your eyes your sorrow shows, yes, it shows
No, I can´t forget tomorrow when I think of all my sorrow
I had you there, then I let you go
And now it´s only fair when I should let you know, what you should know
I can´t live, if livin´ is without you, I can´t live, can´t give any more
I can´t live, if livin´ is without you, I can´t give, I can´t give any more.
No, I can´t forget tomorrow when I think of all my sorrow
I had you there, then I let you go
& now it´s only fair when I should let u know, what u should know [solo
I can´t live, if livin´ is without you, I can´t live, can´t give any more
I can´t live, if livin´ is without you, I can´t live, can´t give any more [solo to fade
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Badfinger members Peter Ham and Tom Evans wrote this. Ham had written a song called "Is This Love?," but wasn't happy with the chorus. Evans came up with the "I cant' live if living is without you" chorus, but had no verses for it, so they put the 2 songs together as one.
Nilsson first came across this song at a Laurel Canyon party in 1971 and thought it was a Beatles song. Badfinger was signed to Apple Records, The Beatles' label. The story did not end well for Badfinger: Both Ham and Evans became despondent when they encountered various legal difficulties and committed suicide. Ham hanged himself in 1975 and Evans did the same in 1983.
Nilsson's version added an orchestra and gave the song a dramatic production. When Nilsson recorded it, he initially played the song slow and dark, accompanied only by piano. Producer Richard Perry recalled to Mojo magazine April 2008 that he had to persuade an unwilling Nilsson to record it as a big ballad: "I had to force him to take a shot with the rhythm section. Even while we were doing it, he'd be saying to the musicians, 'This song's awful.'"
Mariah Carey's version debuted at #1 in the UK in 1994 and hit #3 in the US. Nilsson died of heart failure on January 15, 1994 - the same day Carey's version was released in the US. Later in 1994, Nilsson's version was reissued to take advantage of the renewed interest.
This won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal in 1973.
Soft Rock group Air Supply did a popular cover of this song.

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