When I Need You


Songwriters: Albert Hammond, Carole Bayer Sager
Performer: various
Category: 70s, Contemporary

Albert Hammond first recorded this tune on his 1976 album of the same name. The next year, Leo Sayer brought it into the spotlight where it hit number 1 in the UK and US. If the main melody line (the "hook") reminds you of another song, you're not wrong - it's the same melody as in Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat" AND in Elton John's "Little Jeannie."

Celine Dion also covered this, though it appears to only have been released in, of all places, Brazil. As well, Luther Vandross, Perry Como, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Julio Iglesias, Cliff Richard and Clay Aiken sang it (as did a few others).


Sheet music - Celine Dion version (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)
Sheet music - Rod Stewart version (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)


LYRICS

When I need you
I just close my eyes
And I'm with you. And all that I so wanna give you
It's only a heartbeat away.

When I need love
I hold out my hands
And I touch love. I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day.

Miles and miles of empty space in between us
The telephone can't take the place of your smile.
But you know I won't be traveling forever.
It's cold out
But hold out
And do like I do.

When I need you
I just close my eyes
And I'm with you.
And all that I so wanna give you babe
It's only a heartbeat away.

It's not easy when the road is your driver.
Honey that's a heavy load that we bear.
But you know I won't be traveling a lifetime.
It's cold out
But hold out
And do like I do.
Oh
I need you.

When I need love.
I hold out my hand
And I touch love.
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day.

When I need you
I just close my eyes
And you're right here by my side.
Keeping me warm night and day
I just hold out my hands
I just hold out my hands
And I'm with you

Darling.
Yes I'm with you
Darling
All I wanna give to you
It's only a heartbeat away.
Oh I need you
Darling.


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