Song of the Day #4,817: ‘It’s Only Love (Live)’ – Bryan Adams

Today’s random iTunes selection comes from the second disc of a 30th anniversary edition of Bryan Adams’ 1984 album Reckless. That disc is a recording of a live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1985.

‘It’s Only Love’ first appeared on Reckless as a duet with Tina Turner, and was later performed live with Turner on her own world tour. That’s the “couple of weeks ago at Wembley” Adams refers to when introducing the song.

‘It’s Only Love’ was one of six singles from Reckless, a real juggernaut of a rock-n-roll album. It’s hard to deny the mid-80s appeal of ‘Somebody,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ ‘One Night Love Affair’ and ‘Run To You.’ Most albums are lucky to produce two or three memorable singles.

Like most things, this song is improved by the presence of Tina Turner, but Adams does it justice on his own.

[Note: Frequent commenter Dana mentions playing this song with his college band… well, here’s a clip of them doing just that. I give you.. The Generics!]

When the feelin’ is ended
There ain’t no use pretendin’
Don’t ya worry – it’s only love

When your world has been shattered
Ain’t nothin’ else matters
It ain’t over – it’s only love
And that’s all – yeah

When your heart has been broken
Hard words have been spoken
It ain’t easy – but it’s only love

And if your life ain’t worth livin’
And you’re ready to give in
Just remember – that it’s only love

You can live without the aggravation
Ya gotta wanna win – ya gotta wanna win

You keep lookin’ back in desperation
Over and over and over again

Yeah – oh yeah
It’s only love – Baby
Oh baby babe – it’s only love, love, love
Love, Love, love
When your world is shattered
Ain’t nothin’ else matters
It ain’t over – it’s only love

If your life ain’t worth livin’
And you’re ready to give in
Just remember – that it’s only love
Ya – that’s all

Ya it ain’t easy baby
But it’s only love – and that’s all

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,817: ‘It’s Only Love (Live)’ – Bryan Adams

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This takes me back to my days playing with my college band The Generics, as this was a staple song in our set. Somewhere there exists a recording of our band playing this at the Hogsbreath Saloon in Gainesville. 😀

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