Talk:When a Man Loves a Woman (song)

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Lyrics

The lyrics of the bridge are difficult to understand, and the lyrics sites on the Web provide lyrics that don't seem to match what I hear on my headphones (with the use of special software to slow down the recording and to clean it up). This is what I hear (although it's not backed up by any site out there); words/letters in parentheses are virtually inaudible...

   Well, your man loves (you), woman
   I gave you everything I ha(d)
   Tryin' to hold onto your heart that long
   Baby, please don't treat me bad

Is this what others hear as well? Other sites give lines like "tryin' to hold onto your hot blood long," which just doesn't make sense, or "... to your precious love"; neither matches the original recording very well. As well, the first line of the bridge is often cited as "Well, a man loves a woman"; again, this isn't quite what I'm hearing, and it doesn't match the rest of the lyrics in the bridge.

rAS


I'm not trying to rewrite history, but here's an opinion. A quick search shows this is what people hear:
  • precious love
  • costless love
  • backwards love
  • hot blood long
  • heartless love
  • heart that's gone
  • restless love
  • high class love
  • hot first love
  • (her) kind of love
Here's how it seems to me:
  • Starts with 'h'
  • Does not end with "love"
  • "heart (th)at's gone" is a terrible fit
So of some combination of these, "hot blood love" seems to work best, though it may not seem to make sense

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Whiter Shade of Pale[edit]

If someone wants to do some (unoriginal) research, there is an contriversial but uncited claim in this article. The connection between this song and Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is, we are told, that this song is the "instrumental basis" for Procol Harum's song. Actually, if I am not mistaken, Sledge and Procol Harum both independently lifted the same riff from Johann Sebastian Bach. But someone probably needs to find the specific Bach composition. Timothy Horrigan (talk) 19:47, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

I am moving that claim to here for further discussion.
It is the instrumental basis of the 1967 song A Whiter Shade of Pale.

Song by Ray Charles[edit]

This song is sung by a Ray Charles too and it is never mentioned in this article what is bad treatment to that one of musical geniuses of our time ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.198.215.200 (talk) 21:56, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Covers[edit]

It seems odd to mention some of the covers in the main section and others under the appropriate heading. Shouldn't we tidy this? Król Maciuś II (talk) 07:23, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

Crying game[edit]

Should there be also not a mention of this being the theme tune to said film — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wangersnmash (talkcontribs) 02:22, 2 March 2015 (UTC)