Without Love-I Learned to Love Review

WITHOUT LOVE

Author                             

Danny Small

Originally Recorded       

Clyde McPhatter in 1957

Through the Years:

Ray Charles
Elvis Presley
Jay and the Americans
Oscar Tony

1969

Tom Jones

Song Genre            Rhythm and Blues

The Lyrics:
To live for today and
to love for tomorrow

Is the wisdom of a fool,
because tomorrow
is promised to no one.

You see
Love is that wonderful thing
That the whole world needs plenty of.
If you think for one minute
that you can live without it
Then you are only fooling yourself.
Listen
Please
I like to tell you something
That happened to me just the other day.
I awakened this morning
I was filled with despair
All my dreams turned to ashes,
now they are gone.

And I looked at my life,
it was barren and so bare
Without Love, I had nothing,
nothing at all.
Refrain:
Without Love I had nothing
Without Love, I had nothing, nothing at all.
I had conquered the world
But what then did I have
Without Love, I had nothing at all.
I once had a sweetheart
Who loved only me
There was nothing that she would not give
I was blind to her goodness 
And I just could not see
That a heart without love cannot live.


My  Experience in Sharing this Song

I remember in the 1990s when I was invited by the Christian Youth Fellowship to be one of the group facilitators in a conference-wide activity held somewhere in Nueva Vizcaya.
Part of my sharing is to sing the song above, “Without Love”. Although I’m not a good singer I memorized the lyrics and sung it with all my heart.
After my part as a facilitator, I did not hear any remarks or feedback about the song. It’s only when all the delegates had gone home that the feedback came to me. They questioned why I have sung a secular song in a religious gathering. Meaning, to them it is forbidden, it is inappropriate.

My Review

Without love, I had nothing, nothing at allI 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.

 

“I once had a sweetheart who loved only me, there was nothing that she would not give. I was blind to her goodness, and I just could not see, that a heart without love cannot live.”
When I sing this part I would think that God is the lover that gives everything because of his/her great love. Since his/her creation of the universe, everything came out of that love and that love is forever sustaining all the creations.
Yahweh has portrayed this love in the book of Hosea chapters 1 to 3. Yahweh instructed Hosea to take a wife of a harlot and every time the wife commits infidelity Hosea has to buy her back.
In the Song of Solomon. This book has been canonized as a part of the Holy Scripture, even it does not contain and say anything about God, it is accepted and interpreted that God is allegorized as the husband and lover of Israel, his people, who were the bride. More so, the passages contain a romantic scene to the extreme.


Conclusion

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.

Thank you for reading and contemplating on my article. I would request you to leave a comment to register your affirmation, contention, or suggestion if there are any. I assure you it will be a part of this post when updated.


Enjoy playing

6 thoughts on “Without Love-I Learned to Love Review”

  1. Many thanks to you for sharing such a beautiful article with us .I read a lot of articles every day but first read an article today with a song written on love and it feels really good. A really great article .The title of the song and the beautiful “Without Love” .I agree with you because without love nothing is possible .In fact, love is a matter of patience, there is no jealousy or envy .Best of all, it does not offend anyone and holds no record of wrongdoing .And when we think we all see love, love is everywhere .I want love to remain intact and good to everyone .Love alone where there is nothing negative about that article can come to my head. Looking forward to more .

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    • Thank you very much, Shanta, for your affirmation of love the one ingrained by the song. You see, love is neither a secular nor a religious only but the inherent aspect of our being as humans.

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  2. This is a very deep song, with a lot of truth in it! This would have been a great song for our wedding, we went with a little Frank Sinatra to walk down the aisle to. There are some big names that have sang this song, my mother was a big fan of Elvis so I would probably enjoy that version the most, but Tom Jones voice is perfect for this, and I am sure Ray Charles does an excellent job as well. Thank you for sharing, this is a great way to start the day!

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    • Thanks, Travis. Now I know you are fond of music. As the years go by different singers had their own variations in tune. I like Elvis Presley’s version than others but Tom Jones has the best rhythm and tune.

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  3. Thank You for writing on a great topic. It is well written, easy to understand and very informative. After reading the article, it lifted my spirits, calmed me, gave me hope and made me happy. It’s almost as if something magical had just happened. Love is the most powerful and wonderful feeling humans have and I just can’t understand why we as a human race can’t be like that all the time. Please keep up the good work.

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    • Thanks, Zack. This attribute is an instinct in human beings even in other living things. Only when clouded by the personal interest that we abuse this amazing value in us. 

      I hope every one of us shares the power that transforms life into a dynamic and meaningful one.

      Thanks for dropping your comment.

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