“Be With You”

“Be With You”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Enrique Iglesias
“Be With You”

Written by Enrique Iglesias, Paul Barry and Mark Taylor
Recorded by Enrique Iglesias

I was in England finishing my first fully English speaking album, Enrique, recording in a studio on the outskirts of London. I was almost done with the album; this was the last song I wrote for it.

It was one of those times when everything was going so fast. Record companies were fighting to sign me, the record company I signed with wanted an album fast, there was lots of hype, it was very chaotic.

I was in my hotel room really late on a Monday night (really early Tuesday morning). I always listen to other people’s music and get inspiration from them. I was listening to Tom Petty that night. Often I’d wish that I’d written a song like the one I was listening to.

I was thinking about someone I missed a lot and wished were there with me. This is autobiographical, as are most of my songs. If a story is real, the lyrics always come out a lot easier. I finished this song that night.

I never told the person I wrote it for that she was the subject. In fact, I’ve never told anyone I’ve written about them or that a song was inspired by them. That’s probably why I write. It’s a way to express myself whether I’m happy, angry, sad. However, I mostly write when I am sad or lonely, as I was the night I wrote this song. It seems that the sadder you are, the better the song.

I started writing when I was 14 or 15, which is a very tough age for anyone. It helped a lot. The same has carried over in my adult life. My writing has saved me a lot of money with psychologists in therapy!

The morning after I wrote “Be With You” I went to the studio and sang it for my producers — Mark Taylor (who co-wrote the music) and Brian Rawling. It got a great reaction. It has turned out to be my favorite song on the record.

“Be With You”

Monday night, and I feel so low,

I count the hours, but they go so slow.

I know the sound of your voice, can save my soul.

City lights, the streets are gold.

Looked down my window to the world below

Move so fast, but it feels so cold.

And I am all alone,

Don’t let me die, I’m losing my mind,

Baby, just give me a sign.

And now that you’re gone,

I just wanna be with you.

(Be with you)

And I can’t go on,

I wanna be with you.

Wanna be with you…

I can’t sleep, I’m up all night.

Through these tears, I try to smile.

I know, the touch of your hand, can save my life.

But don’t let me down, come to me now,

I got to be with you some how.

And now that you’re gone,

I just wanna be with you.

(Be with you)

And I can’t go on,

I wanna be with you.

(Be with you)

Wanna be with you.

Don’t let me down,

Come to me now.

I got to be with you some how.

And now that you’re gone,

Who am I without you now?

I can’t go on, I just wanna be with you.

And now that you’re gone,

I just wanna be with you.

(Be with you)

And I can’t go on,

I wanna be with you.

(Be with you)

Wanna be with you…

(Now that you’re gone)

Just wanna be with you…

And I can’t go on,

I wanna be with you.

Oh…

Just wanna be with you, just wanna be with you.

Words and Music by Enrique Iglesias, Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. © 1999 EMI APRIL MUSIC INC., ENRIQUE IGLESIAS MUSIC and RIGHT BACK MUSIC, INC. All Rights for ENRIQUE IGLESIAS MUSIC Controlled and Administered by EMI APRIL MUSIC INC. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used by Permission.

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