Song Lyric Sunday – Be Without You

This week Jim Adams has given us the following prompts for Song Lyric Sunday. I/Me/Them/Us/You/We. It was more difficult than I thought! In there end I settled for “Be Without You” by the fantastic Mary J. Blige. I hope you enjoy it.

Be Without You” is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Blige for her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough. Produced by Cox and Ron Fair, it was released as the album’s first official single in late 2005.

Ranking among the most played songs on US radio in the year 2006, the single was certified double-platinum by the RIAA in 2007. In March 2017, Billboard Magazine ranked “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop Song of all time. It is also one of Mary J. Blige’s most successful singles to date, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year and won the Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance categories at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Lyrics 

"Be Without You"

I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)
Oooo (oh, oh, oh, oh) oooo

Chemistry was crazy from the get-go
Neither one of us knew why
We didn't build nothing overnight
Cuz a love like this takes some time
People swore it off as a phase
Said we can’t see that
Now from top to bottom
They see that we did that (yes)
It’s so true that (yes)
We’ve been through it (yes)
We got real sh** (yes)
See baby we been...

Too strong for too long (and I can’t be without you baby)
And I’ll be waiting up until you get home (cuz I can’t sleep without you baby)
Anybody who’s ever loved, ya know just what I feel
Too hard to fake it, nothing can replace it
Call the radio if you just can’t be without your baby

I got a question for ya
See I already know the answer
But still I wanna ask you
Would you lie? (no)
Make me cry? (no)
Do somethin’ behind my back and then try to cover it up?
Well, neither would I, baby
My love is only your love (yes)
I’ll be faithful (yes)
I’m for real (yes)
And with us you’ll always know the deal
We’ve been...

Too strong for too long (and I can’t be without you baby)
And I’ll be waiting up until you get home (cuz I can’t sleep without you baby)
Anybody who’s ever loved, ya know just what I feel
Too hard to fake it, nothing can replace it
Call the radio if you just can’t be without your baby

See this is real talk
I’m always stay (no matter what)
Good or bad (thick and thin)
Right or wrong (all day everyday)
Now if you’re down on love or don’t believe
This ain’t for you (no, this ain’t for you)
And if you got it deep in your heart
And deep down you know that it’s true (come on, come on, come on)
Well, let me see you put your hands up (hands up)
Fellas tell your lady she’s the one (fellas tell your lady she’s the one, oh)
Put your hands up (hands up)
Ladies let him know he's got your love
Look him right in his eyes and tell him
We’ve been...

Too strong for too long (and I can’t be without you baby)
And I’ll be waiting up until you get home (cuz I can’t sleep without you baby)
Anybody who’s ever loved, ya know just what I feel
Too hard to fake it, nothing can replace it
Call the radio if you just can’t be without your baby

Heeeeeeeeeeeey Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh
Heeeeeeeeeeeey Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh

I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you
I wanna be with you, gotta be with you, need to be with you

Written by:
Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Mary J. Blige

  20 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Be Without You

  1. February 8, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    OMG, how much do I love this song?! Excellent choice, Christine!! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      February 9, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Yay! I’m so happy you like it. I’ve always loved it too ❤️

      • February 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

        Mary J. is one of those artists who only get more amazing as she ages. 👍

      • Christine Bolton
        February 9, 2020 at 8:59 am

        Yes she does! I agree

  2. February 9, 2020 at 7:56 am

    There’s just something ‘royal’ about everything Mary J touches.Excellent choice!

    • February 9, 2020 at 8:08 am

      Absolutely Ace💜💜

    • Christine Bolton
      February 9, 2020 at 8:21 am

      Yes Violet … I agree with you. She’s amazing!

  3. February 9, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Absolutely Ace!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 9, 2020 at 8:23 am

      Yes! 🙂

      • February 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

        😁

  4. February 9, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I must be from a different planet, as I have never heard of Mary J. Blige before, but honestly I really don’t keep up with all the contemporary music. Thanks for adding this song Christine, so I cold learn about and listen to this fantastic artist.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 9, 2020 at 8:58 am

      She is amazing. 🙂

  5. February 9, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Great song Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 9, 2020 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Di 🙂

  6. February 9, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    New one for me – I’ve heard of this singer but not familiar with her work. Gorgeous voice! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2020 at 7:21 am

      Happy you liked it! ☺️

  7. February 9, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Excellent choice. Mary J is fantastic!!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2020 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Jilly

  8. February 10, 2020 at 2:12 am

    Love the artist and song. Great choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 10, 2020 at 7:15 am

      Thank you. Such a great song 🙂👍

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