Clyde McPhatter in 1957
Through the Years:
Jay and the Americans
Song Genre Rhythm and Blues
to love for tomorrow
Is the wisdom of a fool,
is promised to no one.
Love is that wonderful thing
That the whole world needs plenty of.
If you think for one minute
that you can live without it
I like to tell you something
That happened to me just the other day.
I was filled with despair
now they are gone.
And I looked at my life,
it was barren and so bare
nothing at all.
Without Love I had nothing
Without Love, I had nothing, nothing at all.
I had conquered the world
Without Love, I had nothing at all.
And I just could not see
My Experience in Sharing this Song
Without love, I had nothing, nothing at all–I consider this as gospel truth. Many lives have been broken due to a lack of love in between relationships. Not money, not fame, not power. It is only the power of love that can make life meaningful.
In one of the New Testament Epistles, 1 Corinthians 13, the author explicitly mentioned how love is over and above all things, like:
- If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
- If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
- If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
- Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
- It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
- Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
- And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We can say that love conquers all. It doesn’t destroy any individual, it doesn’t teach a wayward life. It molds an ethical wholistic being men and women, children and adults.
This song, “Without Love”, I think belongs to the genre of Rhythm and Blues, though a secular one conveys a deep theological assertion on a God-human relationship bound by love as the very essence of a strong, meaningful and dynamic mutuality.
I feel the driving touch and impact on how Tom Jones sings it. This is a good choice for a wedding ceremony, maybe on the part where the bride and groom sign the Certificate of Marriage.
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