Can't Stop Loving You

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Well, there’s a hello and there’s a goodbye. People come and go in our lives. They said hello toward us and eventually will say goodbye. However, there are some people in our lives who said hello, but never actually say goodbye to us. They come, but never actually leave. Perhaps a goodbye always means separation, yet separation doesn’t always mean they’re gone, like forever. People may leave, but somehow the feeling will remain. Most women feel that. Even men feel that too. Even at times, a man could be more melancholy than a woman when it comes to a goodbye. They might be looked just fine on the outside, yet they’re devastated in the inside. As today’s song for Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man, here is the song about the feeling of a man who faces a goodbye with his beloved one: “Can’t Stop Loving You” by Phil Collins. For there’s no goodbye that’s not painful, even for the toughest man in the world, indeed.

So you’re leaving in the morning on the early train. I could say everything’s alright, and I could pretend and say goodbye. Got your ticket, got your suitcase, got your leaving smile. I could say that’s the way it goes, and I could pretend, and you won’t know that I was lying.” –Phil Collins, Can’t Stop Loving You

Released on October 28th 2002, “Can’t Stop Loving You” was served as the lead single taken from the seventh solo studio album of English singer Phil Collins, “Testify”. The album is the final album to feature original material by Collins, before retiring in 2011. The song is a cover of Leo Sayer’s 1978 hit titled “I Can’t Stop Loving You (Though I Try)”.
There’s no goodbye that’s not painful. Most of all, when we have to say goodbye towards the person we hold most dear. Even when we know that we have to say goodbye for the sake of that person’s good, still it’s hard to do. Lyrically, “Can’t Stop Loving You” is a song about saying that goodbye, from the perspective of the person who is being left behind; the person who have to let go. I’ve let go so many times before, yet it was never easy to do it in the next time. “So you’re leaving in the morning on the early train. I could say everything’s alright, and I could pretend and say goodbye. Got your ticket, got your suitcase, got your leaving smile. I could say that’s the way it goes, and I could pretend, and you won’t know that I was lying.” The art of letting go is never easy, I always say that. Probably you’ve got bored of that sentence already, but that’s true, so I keep saying it. We fake smiles, we force a laugh, and we try so hard to steady our voices, so that it won’t break, so that the tears won’t stream down, so that we won’t crumble apart.
“We took a taxi to the station, not a word was said. And I saw you walk across the road for maybe the last time, I don’t know. Feeling humble, I heard a rumble on the railway track. And when I hear that whistle blow, I’ll walk away and you won’t know, that I’ll be crying.” At times, separation doesn’t change anything regarding to feeling. No matter how hard we try to keep it together, eventually we will crumble apart after that person leaves. Until we meet again; those words are hopeful yet painful at the same time, because we never know when that time will come. However, still, we can’t help but keeping the feeling. Separation doesn’t change anything when it comes to love. “Cause I can’t stop loving you. No I can’t stop loving you. No I won’t stop loving you. Why should I even try?” For the person who is being left behind, there is nothing left but waiting. We keep on waiting while longing, longing while waiting, all over again. “I’ll always be here by your side. I never wanted to say goodbye. I’m always here if you change your mind.”
“Can’t Stop Loving You” was written by Billy Nicholls. Collins re-arranged it into a pop rock track for his version. The song received commercial success. The youngster generation even knows this song as an originally Collins’, including me. I’ve just known that this song is a remake after digging some information for this post. What a generation gap.

We took a taxi to the station, not a word was said. And I saw you walk across the road for maybe the last time, I don’t know. Feeling humble, I heard a rumble on the railway track. And when I hear that whistle blow, I’ll walk away and you won’t know, that I’ll be crying.” –Phil Collins, Can’t Stop Loving You




“So you’re leaving in the morning on the early train
I could say everything’s alright, and I could pretend and say goodbye
Got your ticket, got your suitcase, got your leaving smile
I could say that’s the way it goes, and I could pretend, and you won’t know that I was lying

‘Cause I can’t stop loving you, no I can’t stop loving you
No I won’t stop loving you, why should I?

We took a taxi to the station, not a word was said
And I saw you walk across the road for maybe the last time, I don’t know
Feeling humble, I heard a rumble on the railway track
And when I hear that whistle blow, I’ll walk away and you won’t know, that I’ll be crying

Even try, I’ll always be here by your side
Why, why, why, I never wanted to say goodbye
Why even try, I’m always here if you change, change your mind

So you 're leaving in the morning on the early train
I could say everything’s alright, and I could pretend and say goodbye, but that would be lying

Cause I can’t stop loving you, no I can’t stop loving you
No I won’t stop loving you, why should I even try?”

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