‘When a Man Loves a Woman’

It has got to be one of the most honest and genuine, yet under-rated, and lately an almost ‘endangered’ kind of emotion from mankind.

Its a general perception that women tend to be more emotionally mature than men and are therefore naturally inclined to provide selfless love in most cases, which is true, but in an age of fast-track relationships and numerous counts of infidelity by both sexes you would be lucky to find a genuine one fitting the description, almost deprecating the idea to the realm of impracticality. Its strange that even in such an environment we do hear random cases of selfless love, and especially when it is from a man towards a woman it can form the foundation of a beautiful and incorruptible relationship which can definitely go the distance.

As was stated in the tagline of the movie When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) starring Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan

“Through the good times. Through the bad times. When a Man Loves a Woman its for all times.”

Here is the song from which the movie’s name was inspired. The original hit was written and performed in 1966 by Percy Sledge. You can watch a video of Sledge rendering the song in his voice by following the link. Here I’ve shared a video of Michael Bolton performing the song. The lyrics, well, speak for themselves.

“When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothing else
He’ll trade the world
For the good thing he’s found
If she’s bad he can’t see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
If he put her down
When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Tryin’ to hold on to what he needs
He’d give up all his comfort
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that’s the way it ought to be
Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Tryin’ to hold on to your precious love
Baby, please don’t treat me bad
When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool
He’s the last one to know
Lovin’ eyes can’t ever see
When a man loves a woman
He can do no wrong
He can never own some other girl
Yes when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
‘Cause baby, baby, baby, you’re my world
When a man loves a woman…..”

8 thoughts on “‘When a Man Loves a Woman’

  1. Hey Nikhil, nice post…kahan se mila song..nice song…nice lyrics…but does this thing really holds now a days, I doubt…

    • @Sneha

      I came across this song in the movie by the same name and then searched up the lyrics. Wonderful movie and wonderful song too!

      This thing has held true forever. The issue is that such incidences are so few and far between in a ‘practical’ world that, as I said, the idea has been regarded as being stuff of legends. Its difficult but also can be beautiful and rewarding, similar to how tough it can be to remain honest!

  2. Nice post. The lyrics is good, but too free flowing- must have been a challenge to the composer.
    On Satish Rajwade’s FB profile, he recently posted a few quotes on Love (advt really for his upcoming movie) and boy, what a crowd puller, the response was in thousands.
    Love in all forms will “always” be personal and dear to all – successful or infidel.

    • Thanks! Yes I agree, the lyrics are great in terms of meaning but are also sort of odd to pour music into. Its a peculiarity of a lot songs during the 1960’s-70’s Rock ‘n Roll times. Some Beatles songs too have similar tough-to-compose-music lyrics.

      I did not have access to his FB profile, but I can guess how solid the response must have been. Love, as an emotion, can be expressed in lovely ways if you are honest about it. 🙂 There have been hundreds of quotes about it and yet each one seems to touch a different aspect (or shade) of the emotion. The quote you’ve shared is nice, and true! 🙂

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