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Can't Stop Loving You

Phil Collins Cover | BBC Live Lounge (2019)

“Can’t Stop Loving You” is a song written by Billy Nichols and made popular by British singer-songwriter Phil Collins. Taylor performed it during her performance at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. It was released on September 2, 2019.

Background and Release

During an appearance at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, which was recorded in New York, Taylor offered her intimate version of the emotional Phil Collins song “Can’t Stop Loving You.” At the session, she also performed several songs from her seventh studio album, Lover (2019), and reimagined her RED (2012) deep cut “Holy Ground” as an acoustic piano ballad.

She told host Clara Amfo that she spent a long time trying to select which song she should cover for the live session. “For this cover song I wanted to choose a song that I felt really expressed an interesting, beautiful, exquisite type of love,” she explained. She continued:

«I love this song so much. I remember driving around Nashville when I first had my driver’s license just screaming the words to this song.»

Taylor Swift
Taylor’s cover was released on BBCRadio1’s YouTube channel on September 2, 2019 – shortly after her album Lover dropped. Taylor and her band’s warm rendition of the romantic ballad even got the seal of approval from Phil Collins himself. “Such a beautiful voice, she absolutely nails it,” he wrote in the comments section on YouTube (yes, really). “Lovely to hear it.”

Lyrical Theme

“Can’t Stop Loving You” is a song dedicated to a lover who’s leaving. The narrator in the song is devastated to see the other person leaving but confesses his/her never ending love. Taylor described the song’s meaning as follows:

«The type of love that this song sings about is unconditional love. I think true, unconditional love is like, do you love someone so much that you would even love them if they didn’t love you anymore? That’s what this song sings about. It’s literally the most sad, beautiful song ever.»

Taylor Swift
Phil Collins’ version, released in 2002 on his album Testify, is also technically a cover. The original track was written by Billy Nicholls and first released by Leo Sayer on his 1978 self-titled album.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
So you’re leaving in the morning on the early train
I could say everything’s alright
And I could pretend and say goodbye
Got your ticket, got your suitcase, got your leaving smile
And I could say that’s the way it goes
I could pretend and you won’t know
That I was lying

[Chorus]
‘Cause I can’t stop loving you
No, I can’t stop loving you
No, I won’t stop loving you
Why should I?

[Verse 2]
We took a taxi to the station, not a word was said
And I saw you walk across the road
For maybe the last time, I don’t know
I’m feeling humble, I heard a rumble on the railway tracks
And when I hear that whistle blow
I’ll walk away and you won’t know
That I was crying

[Chorus]
‘Cause I can’t stop loving you
No, I can’t stop loving you
No, I won’t stop loving you
Why should I?

[Bridge]
And I’ll always be by your side
‘Cause I never wanted to say goodbye
And I’ll always be here, be here if you change, change your mind
And I’ll always be by your side
And I never wanted to say goodbye
And I’ll always be here, be here if you change, change your mind

[Verse 3]
So you’re leaving in the morning, on the early train
And I could say everything’s alright
I could pretend and say goodbye
But that would be lying

[Chorus]
‘Cause I can’t stop loving you
No, I can’t stop loving you
No, I won’t stop loving you
Why should I?

[Bridge Reprise]
And I’ll always be by your side
And I never wanted to say goodbye
And I’ll always be here, be here if you change, change your mind
‘Cause I can’t stop

[Outro]
I’ll always be here by your side
I never wanted to say goodbye
I’ll always be here if you change, change your mind
Why should I? Why should I even try?
I’ll always be here by your side
I didn’t wanna say goodbye
So why should I even try?

General Information
Associated Era Lover Era
Released September 2, 2019
Recorded 2019
Written 1978
Venue BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge
Genre Soft Rock
Length 5:17
Songwriter Billy Nichols
Producer BBC Radio
Live Performance
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