Foreigner

I Don't Want to Live Without You

Composed by Mick Jones

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By the mid-1980's, Foreigner was better known for their ballads instead of the the rock songs that had won them their initial fame. This trend was maintained on Inside Information, a very slick effort whose major hit was the keyboard-dominated ballad "I Don’t Want To Live Without You." The lyrics of this song take on the pop ballad format in a direct style, playing out as a first-person pledge of devotion: "I’m longing for the time/I’m longing for the day/When I’ll be giving you this heart of mine/Believe me when I say/I don’t want to live without you." The music backs these lyrics up in a soulful but understated style, building from gentle, yearning verse melodies that ebb and flow their way up to an ethereal chorus. Foreigner’s recording of "I Don’t Want To Live Without You" wraps the song in a sleek, electronically-dominated arrangement that layers washes of synthesizer over a steady midtempo beat that is fleshed out by some meditative electric piano riffs. Lou Gramm contributes a lead vocal that avoids histrionics in favor of an emotional but very smooth delivery and his efforts are ably bolstered by some lush backing vocals. The end result lacked the distinctive rock touches of past Foreigner ballads but its combination of down-to-earth sentiment and slick craftsmanship helped "I Don’t Want To Live Without You" to become a top-ten hit for Foreigner. It remains a favorite on oldies radio, where its slick electronic sound conjures up fond memories of the 1980's for many a listener.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Inside Information 1987 Atlantic 4:52
The Very Best...And Beyond 1992 Atlantic 4:53
The Very Best of Foreigner 1992 Atlantic
Sounds of the Eighties: 1988 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:54
Sweet Love [Warner Special Products] 1996
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:56
Only Love 1985-1989 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 4:24
Rock On 1988: Endless Summer Nights 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Soft Love [Warner Special Products] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:56
Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology 2000 Rhino 3:58
Burning Hearts: Best Sad Songs for Your Soul 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Polygram
The Platinum Collection 2001 Warner Music 4:53
Complete Greatest Hits 2002 Rhino 3:57
Definitive 2002 Rhino/Warner Bros. 3:59
The Essentials 2005 Warner Music 3:56
Definitive Collection 2006 Rhino 3:57
Prime 17: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:57
No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner 2008 Atlantic 3:57
Foreigner [Madacy] 2008 Madacy 3:58
The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991 2014 Rhino
40 2017
40
Atlantic / Rhino 3:36
Awesome 80s Romance
Various Artists
Green Hill / Spring Hill Music 3:57
No Image
Various Artists
Chanel
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
I Don't Want To Live Without You Rhino 3:36
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