Rock Ballad of The Week: Sheriff “When I’m With You”

I never needed love like I need you
And I never lived for nobody, but I live for you
Oooh, babe, lost in love is what I feel when I’m with you

Maybe it’s the way you touch me with the warmth of a sun
Maybe it’s the way you smile, I come all undone
Oooh, babe, lost in love is that I feel when I’m with you

Baby, oh I get chills when I’m with you
Baby, my world stands still when I’m with you
When I’m with you

I never cared for nobody like I care for you
And I never wanted to share the things I want to share with you
Oooh, babe, lost in love is what I feel when I’m with you

Baby, oh I get chills when I’m with you
Baby, my world stands still when I’m with you
When I’m with you

Baby, oh I get chills when I’m with you
Baby, my world stands still when I’m with you
When I’m with you
When I’m with you
When I’m with you…

Songwriters
COMEAU, CHARLES-ANDRE/STINCO, JEAN-FRANCOIS/BOUVIER, PIERRE/LEFEBVRE, SEBASTIEN/LANNI, ARNOLD DAVID

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When I’m with You” is a power ballad by Canadian arena rock band Sheriff. The song first appeared on Sheriff’s self-titled debut album (the group’s only album, to date), released in 1982. A top ten hit in Canada in 1983 (and a minor US hit at the same time), the song later hit number one in the United States—in 1989, four years after the band separated.

This song is also notable that it was one of the few #1 hits not to have a promotional video during the MTV era.

Sheriff’s keyboardist Arnold Lanni wrote the song after meeting Valeri Brown and falling in love with her. ‘I sat down, put my coffee on the piano, tinkled some ivories, and four minutes later 80 percent of the song was written. On Valentine’s Day I played the song for Valerie and said, “I don’t have anything, this is all I can give you right now. It’s yours.” Valeri loved the song; two years later she married me.’

Lanni also played the song to his bandmates in Sheriff. “The band really liked it, so we started playing it live. That was one of the last songs we recorded when we did the record. The producer said, ‘Is there anything else?’ I said, ‘There’s this song we play, it’s kind of a wimpy song.’ So we played it for him and he said ‘Yeah, that’s kind of nice.’

 

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