When You Say Nothing At All

Friday, October 30, 2015

People say that soul mates are connected by hearts. Somehow, they seem to be able to read each other’s mind; a special and rare connection we can find. I myself am not a person of words when it comes to a face-to-face communication with the person I love. Instead, I’m more a person of action. I show my affection through actions. Therefore people used to say that I’m acting like a boy when it comes to that matter, because mostly, boys are the people of action. They talk less and do more. Okay, back to the ‘connection’ thing, two people who are connected by hearts don’t need many words to say between them. Sometimes, gestures are enough. This is in today’s song for Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man, “When You Say Nothing At All”, performed by Irish singer-songwriter and Boyzone frontman, Ronan Keating.

It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart. Without saying a word, you can light up the dark. Try as I may, I could never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing.” –Ronan Keating, When You Say Nothing At All [OST. Notting Hill]

“When You Say Nothing at All” was released as the debut solo single by Ronan Keating. The song was recorded in 1999 especially for the soundtrack to the film “Notting Hill”, with the single was released on July 26th 1999. The soft rock track is a cover of Keith Whitley’s country song released in 1988. It was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz.
Have you ever felt this kind of connection, the inexplicable one, like when your gaze meets someone’s among the crowd and then suddenly you just feel like you’ve known that person for a long time, while matter of fact, you don’t even know that person yet? Well, I have. And when you get to actually know that person, everything is just exactly like you’ve been feeling. And that feels amazing. “It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart. Without saying a word, you can light up the dark. Try as I may, I could never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing.” Lyrically, “When You Say Nothing At All” speaks about that kind of connection between two people. It’s amazingly rare, when you meet someone through a gaze and time feels like just freeze at the moment. “All day long I can hear people talking out loud. But when you hold me near, you drown out the crowd. Try as they may, they can never define what’s been said between your heart and mine.”
At times, silent speaks louder than words. I’ve mentioned before that when you get to actually know the person you feel connected to, everything is just exactly like you’ve been feeling; it feels like you’ve known that person for a long time already. That kind of connection builds a comfort. When two people are comfortable with each other, sometimes there are no words could be found to define what they feel. “The smile on your face lets me know that you need me. There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me. The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall. You say it best when you say nothing at all.” Perhaps their souls have already known each other since the life before them. Perhaps they’re two separated entities that have finally found each other. They speak with their minds. They communicate with all their bodies. They can read each other’s signs without missing anything out. That thing is rare, so when you find it, don’t let go.
Keating’s version of “When You Say Nothing At All” later became a part of his first studio album, “Ronan”, which was released on July 31th 2000. Beside Keating’s and Whitley’s version, one of the most popular covers of the song is also the one performed by Alison Krauss. Indeed, a beautiful and sincere song will always find its way in the world to be remembered.

All day long I can hear people talking out loud. But when you hold me near, you drown out the crowd. Try as they may, they can never define what’s been said between your heart and mine.” –Ronan Keating, When You Say Nothing At All [OST. Notting Hill]




“It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart, without saying a word, you can light up the dark
Try as I may, I could never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking out loud, but when you hold me near you drown out the crowd
Try as they may, they can never define what’s been said between your heart and mine

That smile on your face, the truth in your eyes
The touch of your hand, lets me know that you need me
You say it best when you say nothing at all”

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