Jul 262009
 

From BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME (single)

Written by Diane Warren

“Because You Loved Me” was the debut single off Celine Dion’s 1996 multi-platinum album, “Falling Into You.” This nostalgic ballad was featured in the blockbuster movie “Up Close And Personal” starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Written by hit-maker Diane Warren, “Because You Loved Me” was perfectly produced by David Foster.

The single was released in February 1996 and became an out-of-the-box, worldwide smash. In the U.S. it owned the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 6 weeks. It set a new record by staying at the top of the adult contemporary chart for a whooping 19 weeks. “Because You Loved Me” sold over a million copies and was also certified platinum. Diane Warren received a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The song went on to garner three more nominations as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance and it was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Dion’s performance is a milestone of her career, giving her absolute best under Foster’s expert direction. The keyboard-based, radio-friendly arrangement enhances the song’s sweet melody and evocative lyrics. Through the years “Because You Loved Me” has been covered by singers including Johnny Mathis, Clay Aiken, Joseph Williams and Michael Ball. Recently, Foster and Dion performed the song live for the “Hitman: David Foster & Friends” cd/dvd.


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Lead Vocals: Celine Dion
Keyboards: David Foster
Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen
Guitars: Michael Thompson
Backing Vocals: Sue Ann Carwell, Carl Carwell, Kofi, Terry Bradford, Alex Brown, Philip Ingram, Maxann Lewis, Will Wheaton, Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont, Alanna Capps

Background Vocals Arranged by Sue Ann Carwell, Carl Carwell & David Foster
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I’ll be forever thankful baby
You’re the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You’re the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I’m grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don’t know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You’ve been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

I’m everything I am
Because you loved me