Rock Ballad of The Week: The Eagles “Love Will Keep Us Alive”

 

I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide

Lost and lonely
Now you’ve given me the will to survive
When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive

Don’t you worry
Sometimes you’ve just gotta let it ride
The world is changing
Right before your eyes

Now I’ve found you
There’s no more emptiness inside
When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive

I would die for you
Climb the highest mountain
Baby, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do

Now I’ve found you
There’s no more emptiness inside
When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive

I would die for you
Climb the highest mountain
Baby, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do

I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide

Lost and lonely
Now you’ve given me the will to survive
When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive

When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive
When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive

Songwriters
VALE, PETER/CAPALDI, JIM/CARRACK, PAUL

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Love Will Keep Us Alive” is a song written by Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack, and Peter Vale. It was first performed by theEagles in 1994, during their “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour, with lead vocals by bassist Timothy B. Schmit.

According to the liner notes that accompanied their 2003 greatest hits CD, this song was written when Carrack and Schmit were planning to form a band during the late eighties or early nineties. This never materialized, so Schmit proposed the song for the Eagles’ reunion album.

Although the song was never formally released as a single in the US, and thus was not eligible to appear on theBillboard Hot 100 under the rules then in place, it did spend three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in early 1995[1] and was No. 22 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay chart. In the United Kingdom, “Love Will Keep Us Alive” was issued as a single and peaked at No. 52 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Aside from being on the album Hell Freezes Over, the song appears on the Eagles’ box set, Selected Works 1972-1999 and the 2003 compilation album, The Very Best Of.

Paul Carrack recorded the song for his 1996 album, Blue Views; it also featured on his 2006 compilation album,Greatest Hits – The Story So Far.

In 2011, Paul Carrack and Timothy B. Schmit recorded the song in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and released it in the UK on the Carrack label.

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