Billy Joel – To Make You Feel My Love (Official Video)

Music video by Billy Joel performing To Make You Feel My Love. (C) 1997 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

LYRICS:

[Verse 1]
When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

[Verse 2]
When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

[Verse 3]
I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong

[Verse 4]
I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawling down the avenue
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

[Verse 5]
The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You haven’t seen nothing like me yet

[Verse 6]
I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
To make you feel my love

 

Make You Feel My Love” is a song written by Bob Dylan from his album Time Out of Mind (1997). It was first released commercially by Billy Joel, under the title “To Make You Feel My Love“, before Dylan’s version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry, Kelly Clarkson and Ane Brun. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats.[1] Dylan eventually released the song as a single.

Billy Joel version

Billy Joel covered the song as “To Make You Feel My Love” for his compilation album Greatest Hits Volume III (1997). It was released as the album’s first single and reached number 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2] Joel’s single pre-dated Dylan’s release of the song by one month.

Chart history

Chart (1997)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3]90
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4]99
US Billboard Hot 100[5]50
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks9
US Billboard Hot Singles Sales53

Garth Brooks version

Garth Brooks covered the song as “To Make You Feel My Love” in 1998. It appeared on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats, along with a cover version by Trisha Yearwood as the first and last tracks. It was included first as the bonus track on Fresh Horses for Garth’s first Limited Series box set and then included on all later pressings of that album. Brooks’ version resulted in a nomination at 41st Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and a nomination for Bob Dylan for Best Country Song.

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1998)Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6]22
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7]7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8]8
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9]1

Year-end charts

Chart (1998)Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[10]63
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11]32
Preceded by
I Can Still Feel You
by Collin Raye
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

August 1, 1998
Succeeded by
There’s Your Trouble
by Dixie Chicks

Adele version

In 2008, British singer Adele recorded “Make You Feel My Love” for her debut studio album 19 (2008). It was released as the album’s fourth and final single on October 27, 2008, both on CD and vinyl, originally peaking at number 26.[13] The largest sales of her recording, however, came during 2010–11 when it peaked at number 4.

After the song was performed on the seventh series of The X Factor, it re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 24. The song then surged to number four after a second performance. Following a third X Factor performance and heavy use in the Comic Relief 2010 television, it spent three more non-consecutive weeks in the top 10. In early 2011 the song returned to the top 40 again, at number 34, after it appeared in the 2011 series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Adele’s version features in the soundtrack of the 2010 romantic comedy film When in Rome. Her cover version was also featured in the compilation album for the benefit of those affected by Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines entitled Songs for the Philippines.[14] In October 2013 the song was used in the third week of Strictly Come Dancing as part of the “Love Week” theme. In January 2013, Heart Radio listed Adele’s recording as the UK’s number one song of all time in its Hall of Fame Top 500.[15]

At a concert at London’s O2 Arena on March 22, 2016, the day of the Brussels bombings, Adele dedicated a performance of the song to the victims of the attacks.[16]

Arrangement

According to Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy, the version expresses Adele’s affection for the song, “with just piano as backing, her dreamy, passionate vocals are allowed to shine”.[17] According to The Guardians Dave Simpson, with her “hushed delivery”, Adele makes the song “her own”.[18]

Music video

The song’s music video features Adele singing the song in her apartment.

Television and film

In other television appearances in the UK and US, the song was used in:

In addition, Adele’s video of the song, directed by Mat Kirby, was released on music channels in late September 2008 and continues to be featured on her website.[19]

The Adele version was used in the 2010 movie When in Rome.[20]

List of recordings

Digital download (version 1)

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” – 3:32

Digital download (version 2)

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” – 3:32
  2. “Make You Feel My Love” (video) – 3:32

CD single

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” – 3:32
  2. “Painting Pictures” – 3:33

19 version

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” – 3:32

19 Deluxe version

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” (live at Hotel Cafe) – 3:52

Chimes of Freedom live version

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” (recorded live at WXPN) – 4:04

Live at the Royal Albert Hall live version

  1. “Make You Feel My Love” (Live) – 3:48

Weekly charts

Chart (2009)Position
Dutch Singles Chart[31]7
Chart (2010)Position
UK Singles Chart[32]48

Certifications

Other versions

“Make You Feel My Love” has also been recorded by:

Josh Kelley‘s version appeared on A Cinderella Story: Original Soundtrack[54]

 

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