38: I Love the Way You Love Me

38: I Love the Way You Love Me

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music

I Love the Way You Love Me

Story by Victoria Shaw

Song written by Victoria Shaw and Chuck Cannon

Recorded by John Michael Montgomery and Boyzone

I started “I Love the Way You Love Me” while driving to a gig in Pennsylvania from New York City. The first six lines, with music, popped into my head, which was pretty unusual. Then I was down in Nashville and wrote with Chuck Cannon for the first time. But writing it with him was what made this whole song explode. I brought it out to him and he totally got it and we just clicked. We both were in love (with other people), so we could draw from our own lives. That song was one that took under four hours to finish.

Gary Morris, who was my publisher at the time and also a successful artist, really liked it and was interested in recording it, but he wanted us to change something — I can’t remember now what it was. Even though I had no success as a writer, there was something inside me that knew it was right just the way it was. I told him I’d like to leave it as is, and he did.

A little while later it was pitched to John Michael Montgomery and it was his first #1 and Chuck and I won the ACM award for Song of the Year for it.

I always have people tell me that it was their wedding song and I say to them “It was mine too!” Somehow the song got pitched to Boyzone, who are huge in the UK, and it became an international pop hit, too.

I Love the Way You Love Me

I like the feel of your name on my lips

And I like the sound of your sweet gentle kiss

The way that your fingers run through my hair

And how your scent lingers even when you’re not there

And I like the way your eyes dance when you laugh

And how you enjoy your two-hour bath

And how you convinced me to dance in the rain

With everyone watching like we were insane


But I love the way you love me

Strong and wild

Slow and easy

Heart and soul

So completely

I love the way you love me

I like to imitate old Jerry Lee

And watch you roll your eyes when I’m slightly off key

And I like the innocent way that you cry

At sappy old movies you’ve seen hundreds of times



And I could list a million things

I love to like about you

But they all come down to one reason

I could never live without you


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