When I Need You

Album: Endless Flight (1977)
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  • When I need you
    I just close my eyes and I'm with you
    And all that I so want to give you
    It's only a heartbeat away

    When I need love
    I hold out my hands and I touch love
    I never knew there was so much love
    Keeping me warm night and day

    Miles and miles of empty space in between us
    The telephone can't take the place of your smile
    But you know I won't be travelin' forever
    It's cold out but hold out and do I like I do

    When I need you
    I just close my eyes and I'm with you
    And all that I so want to give you babe
    It's only a heartbeat away

    It's not easy when the road is your driver
    Honey that's a heavy load that we bear
    But you know I won't be traveling a lifetime
    It's cold out but hold out and do like I do

    Oh, I need you

    When I need love
    I hold out my hands and I touch love
    I never knew there was so much love
    Keeping me warm night and day

    When I need you
    Just close my eyes
    And you're right here by my side
    Keeping me warm night and day

    I just hold out my hands
    I just hold out my hand
    And I'm with you darlin'
    Yes, I'm with you darlin'
    All I want to give you
    It's only a heartbeat away

    Oh I need you darling Writer/s: Albert Hammond, Carole Bayer Sager
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Kev from Hong KongThe version without the saxophone is also available on the Love Songs CD from 1991: https://bit.ly/3xZPPlb
  • G from Somewhere Inn, CanadaThe original album version of "When I Need You" that doesn't have the annoying saxophone was available on the Love Ballads CD in 1991 from Japan. I haven't seen the original version anywhere else on CD. Check Discogs for sellers that have this CD: https://www.discogs.com/Leo-Sayer-Love-Ballads/release/4416736
  • Hans from SwedenI have the version without the sax solo, on the LP "Leo Sayer" (SHM 3118). That solo still sounds out of place to my ears.
  • Adrian Chan from MalaysiaThe closest similarity with this song would be Richard Marx's Right Here Waiting...the pain on being separated from loved ones.
  • Jack from Mesa, AzI really like this song but I think it's about um, pleasuring one's self?
  • George from Minneapolis, MnJust located the saxless version on a YouTube video. Unfortunately, the audio ends just a second or two prior to the full fade. Still, good to hear: http://youtu.be/AwYmj4idbDM
  • George from Minneapolis, MnIn 1976 when "Endless Flight" was first released, I was a DJ at a top 40 radio station in Decatur, Alabama. We got a lot of our records...wonderful vinyl... from a local record store to play on the air. We grabbed a copy of Leo's new album probably within a couple of weeks after it was released. The version on that album of "When I Need You" did not have the sax solo. Every single copy of the song I have ever heard since that super early store bought copy of the album has had the sax. Would LOVE to have a copy without it now, as, it simply was a better version, IMHO.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhI'm not sure why, but for me, many songs to seem to have a little nuance towards the end, which is what makes you listen to it the whole way thru: to hear that little tweak that makes the tune memorable. In this song, it's the subtle way Leo sings the last couple lines: ".....and aaaaall I wanna give you......it's only a HEART beat away...." The way he slightly changes the cadence of 'heart beat' ~ just some kind of very contained passion, and almost like his own heart is skipping a beat to make a point. I didn't realize till reading the above about this song that Sayer had so many hits. What a babyface he was!
  • Bobby from Carbondale, PaI had the album in the 1970's. The album version did not have the sax solo, I heard it was added later, to release it as a single. The radio stations probably played it from the album.
  • Jim from Hanford , CaI too used to hear the version without the sax solo on KRTH 101 in Los Angeles. I haven't heard it since the 70s. I'd certainly like to get a copy as some of my music "expert" friends think I'm just making up a story.

    Jim Dudley...Hanford, CA
  • Charles from Lincoln, NeI was wondering about a radio copy of "when I need you" w/o the sax solo. The sations here in Lincoln,Ne. played this version on all AM stations. Does anyone know what this copy was & was it a Warner Bros. realase ? I perchased a few radio copies on line & all have the sax solo on them. Where does this album or 45 originate or where would be a good place or person to contact about this mystery ? Thanks & have a great week ahead. chas.
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