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Written by Carole Bayer Sager, Marc Shaiman & Anita Baker

“When You Love Someone” is a very special collaboration between Anita Baker and James Ingram, two of the most distinctive and unique voices in the history of R&B music. This gorgeous ballad, co-written by Baker with Academy Award winner Carole Bayer Sager and soundtrack maestro Marc Shaiman, was included in the 1995 hit movie, “Forget Paris,” starring Debra Winger and Billy Crystal. The soundtrack for this romantic comedy featured evergreens by Billie Holiday and Louis Prima plus a couple of good instrumentals by sax legend David Sanborn. “When You Love Someone” was superbly produced and arranged by David Foster and was the single off the soundtrack. It received a Grammy nomination as “Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television.” Foster’s contributions follow the lines of his most successful productions for big movies like “Sleepless In Seattle” and “Pretty Woman.” The impeccable arrangement enhances the two singers’ performances as they blend beautifully, trading lines in the soft, musical scenario that Foster created for them. “When You Love Someone” is probably not as well known as other works Foster has contributed to the movies, but the strength and class of Baker’s and Ingram’s vocal performances paired to the flawless quality of the production makes this song a must for lovers of quality Adult Contemporary music.


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Lead Vocals: Anita Baker & James Ingram
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Were we ever, did we use it up too fast
Our great moments never met to last
And the last thing that I want
Is to ever make your smile go away

Keep the memories take the best of what we had
I can’t stand to watch what once was great go bad
And if I can’t be with you
Then I rather just remember what we knew


When you love someone
And you love them with your heart
And it doesn’t disappear if you’re apart

When you love someone
And you’ve done all you can do – you’ve done all you can
When you set them free
And if that love is true
When you love someone
It will all come back to you

Nights I wondered was I too much that we gave
If we gave in more could we have both been saved

And I guess we have crossed the line
Never knowing what was yours
And what was mine


And through it all, I still have no regrets
Just promise me – promise me
You never will forget – you never will forget

When you love someone
And you have done all you can do
And you set them free and if that love is true
If you love someone, it will all come back to you