I Don’t Think That I Could Love You More If I Tried #RomanticTuesday

In a different era, we would look at today’s artist as one of the queens of R&B. She would be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greats of yesteryear: Phyllis (Hyman), Stephanie (Mills), Natalie (Cole). But, in today’s world, where R&B is mostly hip-hop in the mainstream, she doesn’t fit in the box. She’s more of a singer’s singer; soulful and talented. I’ve been waiting to feature a song from her, and I chose one of my favorites for #RomanticTuesday.

Today’s song is “More,” by Lalah Hathaway.

Much like Cole, Hathaway had to deal with living in the shadow of a famous father who was successful in music. Hathaway’s father was Donny Hathaway, one of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s, and a frequent duet partner with Roberta Flack (“Where Is The Love,” “The Closer I Get To You,” “Back Together Again”). Also like Cole, she avoided singing any of her father’s music, preferring to be their own artist. As she aged, and made her own footprint in the industry, she made her peace with his legacy and music.

From her album Outrun The Sky, here is “More.” I’ll use the lyrics to finish the post. I hope you enjoy today’s entry for #RomanticTuesday, and appreciate the gifts of Ms. Hathaway. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

You don’t know what you do to me
For your love I’d do anything
You have shown what true love can be
By giving me more
It’s funny how your feelings change
The more you know the more things stay the same
And I love you in so many ways
I couldn’t love you more
No
More and More [Repeat]
Oh, oh yeah
You just don’t know
All this love I have for you yeah
More and More
Keep giving me more and more
I don’t think I could love you more if I tried
No,
Darling I, I need you to know
I’ll be by your side wherever you go
And never question this love I have for you
I couldn’t love you more
It’s funny how your feelings change
The more you know the more things stay the same
I love you so many ways
I couldn’t love you more
Oh no, my darling. (More and more, keep giving me more, more and more)
Baby, you just don’t know
Give me more (More and more, keep giving me more, more and more)
I don’t think that I could love you more if I tried
No no no whoa give me more more more
Keep giving me more
Oh yeah yeah
You got to give me more
You just don’t know
For your love
I’d go anywhere
Keep giving me more
Oh I Oh I
Keep loving me more and more and more
You don’t know
Oh no no
For your love sweet darling
You don’t know
Yeah Yeah Yeah
I’d go anywhere for ya

And just for fun, here’s “When Your Life Was Low” a song she performed with Joe Sample. This one is a favorite of my mother’s, as well as mine.

21 Replies to “I Don’t Think That I Could Love You More If I Tried #RomanticTuesday”

    1. You’re welcome, Susan. Lalah has been around now almost thirty years; her first album was released way back in 1990-91. Actually, he had two daughters; Lalah is the oldest and Kenya is the younger sister. I think you’ll enjoy Lalah’s music; she has a fantastic voice, and her talent stands on its own merits. She recently did a live cover of her father’s “Little Ghetto Boy,” is you would like to hear her sing something from her dad’s musical legacy.

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  1. Lalah is what I hear in my head when I think of a Jazz Club. What cream diffusing into rich coffee would sound like, if we could hear it. Maybe that 70’s R&B sound is Lalah stepping out of Dad’s shadow, the best of a bygone era, revived. πŸ™‚

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  2. Lovely post! So nice to hear a song from a beautiful, soulful singer like Lalah. I miss these types of songs from the women you mention, plus Anita Baker, Sade, Patti Austin, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott – I could go on…

    Sort of a digression, but I love Rihanna’s new song “Love On The Brain” and so do some other middle-aged friends like me who recall the 70s soulful R&B vibe of the song. Alas, the song appears to have peaked at #5 on the stupid Billboard Hot 100, when I thought it would be spending many weeks on top, so I’m guessing it didn’t resonate with teens as much as her stupid song “Work”, which spent 8 or 9 weeks at #1.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I also like “Love On The Brain”, even with my misgivings when it comes to Rihanna. She gives a good performance of the song, but I often wonder how much better it would sound had one of the artists we’ve previously mentioned had gotten hold of it.

      “Work” is definitely an annoying song. Not even putting a go-go beat (popular in Washington DC area) underneath it could save it.

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