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I Love You by Climax Blues Band

Album: Flying The FlagReleased: 1980Charted:
12
  • When I was younger man I hadn't a care
    Foolin' around, hitting the town, growing my hair
    You came along and stole my heart when you entered my life
    Ooh babe you got what it takes so I made you my wife

    Since then I never looked back
    It's almost like living a dream
    And ooh I love you

    You came along from far away and found me here
    I was playin' around, feeling down, hittin' the beer
    You picked me up from off the floor and gave me a smile
    You said you're much too young, your life ain't begun, let's walk for awhile

    And as my head was spinnin' 'round
    I gazed into your eyes
    And thought ooh I want you

    Thank you babe for being a friend
    And shinin' your light in my life
    'Cause ooh I need you

    As my head was comin' round
    I gazed into your eyes
    And thought ooh I want you

    Thanks again for being my friend
    And straightenin' out my life
    'Cause ooh I need you

    Since then I never looked back
    It's almost like livin' a dream
    Oh I got you

    If ever a man had it all
    It would have to be me
    And ooh I love youWriter/s: DEREK JOHN HOLT
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 29

This song reminds me of grade school there was this girl named Stephanie I liked and after 2nd grade at Sweeny Elementary I never saw her again, not sure if she moved or what.John - Kansas City
This is one of my favorite songs and like most of the comments below, it fit perfect into my life. I use tell my girlfriend who later became my wife that I wish I had the talent to have written such an amazing song. Unfortunately she has passed at the age of 43 and I often play this song and it brings back fond memories with a tear or two. Thank you Derek for creating such a beautiful song, may it live on and be discovered by generations to come.John - New Jersey
I was 27 in 1981. This song fit perfectly with me and my wife. Reading Derek's story made it we even more special. I'm usually not so sentimental, but this is my favorite love song ever. Bar none. Whenever I hear it out brings a tear to my eye. Longing for that special time. Thank you Derek. AWESOME SONG!Chuck - Houston Tx.
"When I was a younger man" gets me every time.Jack - Gotham
One of the most beautiful love songs ever. It is heartrending in its sweetness and simplicity and never fails to bring a lump to my throat. "If ever a man had it all, it would have to be me. And ooooh, I love you". :)Lisa - Atlanta, Ga
On February 15, 1981, "I Love You" by the Climax Blues Band entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #80; and on June 14th it peaked at #12 (for 1 week) and spent over a half-year on the Top 100 (27 weeks)...
Between 1977 and 1981 the quartet had four Top 100 records; with "Couldn't Get It Right" being their biggest hit, it reached #3 (for 1 week) on May 15th, 1977.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I love this song. Just heard it on Pandora. I'm wondering though if he's still with this woman. He states above that this was about meeting his "first wife" which tells me that they may no longer be together. Divorce or did she pass on?Jon - Midland, Mi
I have the original print 45; SOOOO glad I do!Karen - Manchester, Nh
One of the greatest love songs ever written and performed. The lyrics are such that most anyone can relate to how they meet someone who comes into their life as a friend and over time helps change them into being a better person. As years go by, we need to forever thank that special person for the impact they've made. At more than 30 years since it's releast, "I love you" by the Climax Blues Band is still top material. Derek Holt, you did well!Keith - Bear, De
A very beautiful song that brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.Lisa - Atlanta, Ga
I love this song why can't I purchase it for my Zune :)Jill - East China, Mi
I know Derek Holt personally. He's a genuine and really nice man and, I think, couldn't have written this song unless he was. I really admire his exceptional abilities. Readers might like to know that Derek still makes good music and hasn't lost the gift of writing lyrics that stop you in your tracks. As someone said to me "What woman wouldn't go weak at the knees if they heard this?"Roy - Southall, United Kingdom
One of my favorite songs of all time. I downloaded the song to my iPod free from limewire.comDan - Orange County, Ca
This song has such wonderful memories of my first and only true love. Every time I hear it it takes me back to the most memorable times of my life. It's really too bad this song is not available for purchase.Renee - Lapeer, Mi
I absolutley love this song. This was our Wedding Song and it was almost like the song was written for us and our Wedding. We have been married for over 25 years and I listen to the song when ever I can.Pat - Oshawa, On
I first heard the song in the summer of 1981. While vacationing with my parents in Ocean City, Maryland that July (I was 16 at the time), I met a girl who I instantly started liking, and the radio station we had on at the cottage frequently played "I Love You", making that song, all the way to this day, remind me of her whenever I hear it!Timothy - Aston, Pa
Watch this rarely seen video of this great song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx3V18-KTdA
Jeffrey - Brooklyn, Ny
Everything Steve has written is True. It was the best song ever made. I do still Love him with all my heart. This song is so meaningful to us. I did not hear it much in my travel's and time away from him. But if I had I would have remembered this special song made just for us.
I remember the part where he picked me off the ground at the skating rink. I will never Love Like I have him. Thank you for bringing this special song into our lives. It means so much to Steve and I. Thank you CBB
Carla - Oklahoma City, Ok
This is the best song ever for two people truly in love. I first heard this song in 1980 at the skating rink where I met my first true love and high school sweetheart Carla. This became our song. We didn't end up together like we should have but everytime I'd hear this song I'd think about her and wonder where she was and why we broke up. 25 years after we last seen each other we got back in touch and it's like we never broke up. Our feelings are still there and as strong as ever. We are now planning on getting married. So thank you Climax Blues Band for this beautiful song and especially thank you Carla for still loving me because I still Love You.Steve - Muldrow, Ok
I have this on an old K-tel LP from 1981. It's in the house somewhere.LOL I saw the band as the middle act in a concert headlined by Bachman Turner Overdrive back in 75. They were awesome and stole the show.Fred - Birmingham, Al
Great song! The first time I heard it, I thought it was Paul McCartney. I've read some of Derek Holt's comments and it's really sad that his bandmates were so petty about the song.Sam - Lincoln, Ne
This song word for word described my relationship with my fiance. When we met he was an alcholic who was down and out. I actually did tell him he was much too young and if he kept living that way he would die. He always said I took him by the hand and brought him back to life. He recovered and became a hard working man, who did ask me to be his wife. We had the world and enjoyed it fully and it was like a dream. But like most dreams you wake up. I lost the love of my life on July 1, 2007, God called him home. We played this song at his memorial, not a dry eye was there. Everyone said this song was us, and I thank this group every day in prayer for giving me such a wonderful reminder of my life with Joey.J-ana - Waco, Tx
I was 15 and my husband was 17 when we started dating in 1981. The day we knew it was forever was the day he put the song on the stereo and he took my hand and we danced while he sang this song in my hear. Afterwards, he told me the song said everything he was never able to say himself and that I was going to be his forever. Well, it's 2007 and we have been together for 26 wonderful years and married for 21 years. Every anniversary my husband puts this song on and we dance and he sings it to me just like he did on that day back in 1981. To this day, anytime I hear "I Love You" I will cry no matter where I am (I even have tears in my eyes as I write this). This has been the best song that has ever been written and released. Thank you Climax Blues Band ..... I Love You!!Mary - Kissimmee, Fl
A absolutely beautiful song.I remember it quite well in the early summer of 1980.James - Yucaipa, Ca
This is one of my favorite songs, and I'm really surprised the band themselves didn't much like it. It's not just a sappy ballad, but very Beatle-esque in its sound, reminding me especially of George Harrison's music.N.i. - Baltimore, Md
Such a beautiful, simple tune. I have that CD compilation that Andrew mentions, and I cherish it. Truly a classic love song!

"Since then, I?ve never looked back, it?s almost like living a dream, oooh, I got you!
If ever a man, had it all, it would have to be me, and oooooooooh, I love you!"
Michael - San Diego, Ca
This song is now available on CD. There is an import from an independent label that has done a greatest hits package of the Climax Blues Band entitled "25 Years: 1968-1993". This greatest hits package is two CD's long, and does contain the song I Love You. Available at Amazon.com, and other online retailers.Andrew - Hatfield, Pa
This really is the greatest song. It was in heavy rotation in Chicago for years in the 1980s when I was in highschool and I think it definitely influenced my life in a postive way in terms of expectations and understandings of what relationships can be about and like. It is a crime it's never been on a compilation. It must have made all of the members in the band money, how after all these years can they be opposed to that? I remember driving around and my best friend flipping between the 60+ radio stations in Chicago so we could listen to it almost continuously.Jaibe - Carol Stream, Il
One of my all time favorite love songs! I wish I could hear it more often!Chris - Chicago, Il
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