How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Okay, basically I don’t like desperate things, yet pardon me because the title up there sounds so desperate; how am I supposed to live without you? Well, why do I hate desperate things? Because desperate things are identical with women, and I hate that perception. Men can be so desperate too, even more than women, at times. Why cannot men be desperate? They’re human too, after all. The legendary American singer-songwriter, Michael Bolton, proved that through his hits titled “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. The idea of love itself is desperate. The more people love, the more they got desperate. Those who love more, they got desperate more. Moreover, it’s when the love is unrequited. Perhaps that’s the most desperate form of love; unrequited ones. It’s funny how people can’t live without the person who can live just well without them. It’s ironic how people can’t stop loving a person who doesn’t love them back. How desperate that is, isn’t that? Here is today’s song for Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man: “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, performed by Michael Bolton.

I could hardly believe it when I heard the news today. I had to come and get it straight from you. They said you were leaving; someone’s swept your heart away. From the look upon your face, I see it’s true. So tell me all about it. Tell me about the plans you’re making, then tell me one thing more before I go. Tell me, how am I supposed to live without you?” –Michael Bolton, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” was written by Michael Bolton himself along with Doug James in 1983. Since then, the ballad track has been recorded by many artists around the world, in several languages, becoming something of a modern pop standard. Bolton recorded his own version of the song for his sixth studio album, “Soul Provider”, which was released on June 19th 1989. On January 2nd 1990, the song was released as the second single taken from the album. Bolton’s own rendition became his biggest hit, reaching number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in 1990.
Lyrically, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” speaks about someone who lost their love to someone else. “I could hardly believe it when I heard the news today. I had to come and get it straight from you. They said you were leaving; someone’s swept your heart away. From the look upon your face, I see it’s true. So tell me all about it. Tell me about the plans you’re making, then tell me one thing more before I go. Tell me, how am I supposed to live without you?” Have you ever had an unrequited love? Well, it sucks. You can’t just stop the feeling. You can’t help but keep on hoping. You can’t just confess the feeling. You can’t help but being hurt and disappointed. Most of all, there’s no one left to blame but yourself. Because when it comes to unrequited love, it’s every man for himself. You have to deal with your own feelings. It kills you, yet you can do nothing about that. “I didn’t come here for crying, didn’t come here to break down. It’s just a dream of mine is coming to an end. And how can I blame you, when I build my world around the hope that one day we’d be so much more than friends? And I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming, when even now it’s more than I can take.”
Is there really no free lunch in this world? Is everything coming with a price to pay? People say that love is a pure thing. Is it still that pure when there’s a price to pay for that? For every unrequited love out there, there’s a broken heart to pay for it. “And I don’t wanna face the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming. Now that your dream has come true.” I think it’s funny how at some point, some people find their hearts are broken while at the same time love is blossoming for other people. Perhaps that’s the price for an unrequited love. For every love that comes true, there’s a broken heart out there. “Tell me how am I supposed to live without you, now that I’ve been loving you so long? How am I supposed to live without you? How am I supposed to carry on, when all that I’ve been living for is gone?” I also think that it’s funny how a certain person could become the world for someone, while at the same time that someone doesn’t even mean anything for that certain person. Unrequited love is a dangerous thing, indeed; sharper than a knife, and crueler than a killer. Moreover, when that unrequited love has been lasting for so long. It could kill faster and would take away the world, making us feel like dying.
Michael Bolton became the first foreign legend that has made an appearance in the South Korea’s entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”. He appeared as the legend on episode 169. The Michael Bolton special episode was broadcasted by KBS television station on October 18th 2014, and by KBS World channel on November 8th 2014. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” was one of the songs in the playlist, performed by male soloist, Moon Myung Jin. Moon’s soulful R n’ B rendition of the song mesmerized not only the audience but also the legend himself. What a beautifully heart-wrenching performance!

I didn’t come here for crying, didn’t come here to break down. It’s just a dream of mine is coming to an end. And how can I blame you, when I build my world around the hope that one day we’d be so much more than friends? And I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming, when even now it’s more than I can take.” –Michael Bolton, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You



“I could hardly believe it when I heard the news today
I had to come and get it straight from you
They said you were leaving, someone’s swept your heart away
From the look upon your face, I see it’s true
So tell me all about it, tell me about the plans you’re making
Then tell me one thing more before I go

Tell me how am I supposed to live without you, now that I’ve been loving you so long
How am I supposed to live without you, how am I supposed to carry on
When all that I’ve been living for is gone

I didn’t come here for crying, didn’t come here to break down
It’s just a dream of mine is coming to an end
And how can I blame you, when I build my world around
The hope that one day we’d be so much more than friends
And I don’t wanna know the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming
When even now it’s more than I can take

And I don’t wanna face the price I’m gonna pay for dreaming
Now that your dream has come true”

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