About the song

Ah, yes, The Righteous Brothers’ “I Still Love You”. This 1965 classic is a cornerstone of blue-eyed soul, a subgenre that emerged in the early 1960s and blended elements of R&B, gospel, and pop music. While the term “blue-eyed soul” might conjure images of white singers appropriating Black musical styles, The Righteous Brothers were one of the few exceptions. Their sound was deeply respectful and authentic, drawing heavily on the gospel roots of both Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield.

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“I Still Love You” perfectly encapsulates the raw emotional core of blue-eyed soul. The song opens with a simple piano figure, setting the stage for Medley’s achingly beautiful vocals. The lyrics paint a picture of a love that endures heartbreak. The narrator watches as their beloved goes from relationship to relationship, only to return to them when things fall apart. Despite the pain this cycle inflicts, the narrator’s love remains constant: “When somebody puts you down / And your hearts gets kicked around / Every time you love and lose / You run to me with your bad news”

The emotional intensity builds throughout the song. Medley’s voice cracks with vulnerability in the lines “I don’t wanna see you cry anymore / I don’t wanna see the tears in your eyes anymore” Here, we see the narrator’s internal conflict. While they yearn for a permanent commitment, they also can’t bear to see the one they love suffer. This selfless devotion adds another layer of depth to the song’s emotional resonance.

However, “I Still Love You” isn’t all about sorrow. The driving beat and soaring harmonies, particularly in the unforgettable chorus “I still love you (I still love you) / I still need you (I still need you) / And I still want you (I still want you) / ‘Cause you’re my baby (I still love you)” inject a glimmer of hope. The narrator’s love, though tested, remains strong. Perhaps this enduring love will eventually be reciprocated, leading to a lasting connection.

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The success of “I Still Love You” cemented The Righteous Brothers’ place in music history. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965 and has since been covered by countless artists. It’s a timeless ballad that continues to resonate with listeners of all ages. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of soul music or simply appreciate a beautifully crafted song about love and loss, “I Still Love You” is a must-listen.

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Lyrics

“I Still Love You”

(Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
(Ooh-ooh, oh, yeah-yeah)
(Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah)

Ain’t it strange how he called out your name?
I’m in silence again, can’t remember when
I lost my will with it, guess too bad, is it?
But I’m letting go, I’m givin’ in

‘Cause I still love you (Please come back to me)
I still love you (He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you
I still love you (Please come back to me)
I still love you (He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you (You)

I need to breathe, I need you to succeed
I’m in silence again ’cause this love within
I can’t hurt the same, I’m immune to pain
If you break these chains, help me live again
If I’d known you could shoot, I would’ve said it was you
But you gave up soon, you made it seem true
I would risk my high if you risk yours again
Boy, I’m lettin’ go, I’m givin’ in

‘Cause I still love you (Please come back to me)
I still love you (He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you
I still love you (Please come back to me)
I still love you (He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you (You)

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No one ever wants to say goodbye
We shoulda gave ourselves another try
Shoulda only be one thing, us against the wind
Now I only have myself to blame
And I cry beside this thing called rain
Wish our feelings never changed
But I’m lettin’ go, I’m giving in

I still love you (Please come back to me)
I still love you (He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you
I still love you (Please come back to me)
I still love you (He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you (You)

I still love you (Please come back to me)
Love (He’s everything I need)
(You make my life complete)
I still love you, baby
Woo (Please come back to me)
(He’s everything I need)
I still love you (You make my life complete)
I still love you, you