To Love Somebody

Album: The Bee Gees 1st (1967)
Charted: 41 17
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  • There's a light
    A certain kind of light
    That never shone on me
    I want my life to be lived with you
    Lived with you
    There's a way everybody say
    To do each and every little thing
    But what does it bring
    If I ain't got you, ain't got?

    You don't know what it's like, baby
    You don't know what it's like

    To love somebody
    To love somebody
    The way I love you

    In my brain
    I see your face again
    I know my frame of mind
    You ain't got to be so blind
    And I'm blind, so, so, so blind
    I'm a man
    Can't you see what I am?
    I live and I breathe for you
    But what good does it do
    If I ain't got you, ain't got?

    You don't know what it's like, baby
    You don't know what it's like

    To love somebody
    To love somebody
    The way I love you

    You don't know what it's like, baby
    You don't know what it's like

    To love somebody
    To love somebody
    The way I love you

    You don't know what it's like, baby
    You don't know what it's like
    To love somebody Writer/s: Barry Alan Gibb, Robin Hugh Gibb
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 15

  • Steven Phillips from MaineOne of the greatest songs ever written
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaLove, love, LOVE the Beegees -- such range. Compare this soulful ballad with the bopping Stayin' Alive. . . I love them both! & 'most everything in between. Kawa from Tokyo: You make a fair point &, yes, definitely a clever idea if it was the reason. (it worked, didn't it?)
  • Tom from U.s.In an interview The Bee Gees stated that the song was written for Otis so it’s more than legend
  • Arthur from New JerseyThe Bee Gees performed the song with Helen Reddy on "The Midnight Special."
  • Romanong Kurong from PhilippinesMichael Bolton's version in the 1990s is a soulful rendition. Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, I could not just forget such cover and be convinced that Bee Gees first sang it. After all, isn't the challenge or even the prerequisite for a cover is to surpass the original?
  • Kawa from Tokyo, JapanI think that the first idea of the lyrics of the song, To Love Somebody, came form the tittle of the song, Somebody To Love, by Jefferson Airplane, Because its tittle is very similar to Jefferson's. I think that it was one of the Bee Gees' strategy that they used to use at that time. Because they were not form US or UK, but from Australia. I also think that they thought it was very disadvantage for them to make a big hit in the US at that time and was not difficult for them to use that way to make a hit. So they'd been trying to do it in 60s. If you doubt it, try to check where those ideas of their big hit songs in 60' came from. They'd been trying to write songs in which people living in the US had known.
    It is very smart way, isn't it!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 9th 1967, "To Love Somebody" by the Bee Gees entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #79; and on August 20th, 1967 it peaked at #17 (for 1 week) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #6 in Australia and #9 in Canada...
    Was track three of side two on the trio's third studio album, "The Bee Gees' 1st", and the album peaked at #7 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (peaked at #14) and "Holiday" (reached #16)...
    R.I.P. Maurice (1949 - 2003), Robin (1949 - 2012), and Barry will celebrate his 68th birthday this coming September 1st, 2014.
  • Enrique from Lima, -The live version of this song that appears in the album HERE AT LAST... is, IMHO, better than the studio recording. Played a little slower makes it even more beautiful than it already is.
  • Don from Sevierville, TnMichael Bolton also recorded this song. What's interesting was that Bolton started off playing hard rock. I think early B0lton sounded a lot like Foreigner or Rainbow (Joe Lynn Turner era).
  • Rick from Belfast, MeA good song....why wasn't the song "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights'" included here? the song says..."lonely days, lonely nights, where would I be without my woman?"...a true classic
  • Tyler from Waterbury, Ct"To Love Somebody" was in the 1971 British film "Melody" (U.S.) "S.W.A.L.K." (UK) starring the famous child actors Mark Lester, Jack Wild, and Tracy Hyde. It was about puppy love between two pre-teens and how they ran away to get married. All songs for this film were by the Bee Gee's except "Teach Your Children" which was by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Other Bee Gee songs in this film were "In the Morning", "Melody Fair", "Give Your Best", and "First of May".
  • Boomer from Oklahoma City, OkActually, To Love Somebody isn't the song that was intended for Otis Redding, but another Bee Gees song titled End Of My Song (offcially unreleased by the Bee Gees but has been available on bootlegs). Redding was still living when the Bee Gees's own version had been recorded and released as a single in the summer of '67. Redding's death in a plane crash took place in December of that year. To Love Somebody is one Bee Gees song shown as being written by Barry and Robin Gibb, yet some releases of the song by other artists add Maurice's name to the writing credits. The brothers often spoke of the song as being written by all three rather than what's shown on the labels.
  • P.a. from Paris, FranceThere is also covers by Rod Steward, Leonard Cohen, I saw Damien Rice and Ray Lamontagne perform it live in a French TV show, each one playing on an acoustic guitar: great...
  • Farrah from Elon, NcHow sad that Otis Redding died before he had the chance to record this fabulous song. He would have been perfect for it.
  • Robyn from Belmar, NjThe Bee Gees originally wrote this song for Otis Redding but he died in a plane crash before he had a chance to record it.
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