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I Can't Stop Loving You
Ray Charles Lyrics


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(I can't stop loving you)
I've made up my mind
To live in memories of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday
(Dreams of yesterday)

Those happy hours that we once knew
Though long ago, they still make me blue
They say that time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we've been apart, yeah

(I can't stop loving you)
I've made up my mind
To live in memories of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday

(Those happy hours)
Those happy hours
(That we once knew)
That we once knew
(Though long ago)
Though long ago
(Still make me blue)
Still make me blue
(They say that time)
They say that time
(Heals a broken heart)
Heals a broken heart
(But time has stood still)
Time has stood still
(Since we've been apart)
Since we've been apart

(I can't stop loving you)
I said I made up my mind
To live in memories of the lonesome times (sing the song, children)

(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life of dreams of yesterday
(Of yesterday)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Ray Charles's "I Can't Stop Loving You" express the pain and longing of a broken heart that cannot be healed. The singer admits to himself that he cannot stop loving the person who has left him, no matter how much time has passed. He acknowledges that memories of the past still make him sad, and that he will continue to live his life dreaming of the happy moments they shared. He realizes that it is useless to try and deny his feelings and that he must accept them in order to move forward.


Throughout the song, the recurring phrase "I can't stop loving you" serves to emphasize the singer's sense of hopelessness and despair. He has made up his mind that he will never be able to let go of his love for this person and that he will have to live with the pain of missing them for the rest of his life. The lyric "They say that time heals a broken heart, but time has stood still since we've been apart" encapsulates the idea that even though time may pass, the pain of lost love may never truly go away.


Overall, the song is a poignant exploration of the enduring power of love and the deep sense of loss that can accompany its absence. Charles's soulful delivery only serves to heighten the emotional impact of the lyrics, making it a timeless classic that has resonated with countless listeners over the years.


Line by Line Meaning

(I can't stop loving you)
I am unable to cease loving you


I've made up my mind
My decision is firm and final


To live in memories of the lonesome times
I will cherish the moments of sadness we shared together


(I can't stop wanting you)
My yearning for you is unending


It's useless to say
There's nothing worth mentioning


So I'll just life my life in dreams of yesterday
Only stay in the world of reminiscing the past events


(Those happy hours)
Those moments we enjoyed


(That we once knew)
Which are now long gone


(Though long ago)
Despite how much time has passed


(Still make me blue)
They still make me sad


(They say that time)
People say that over time


(Heals a broken heart)
The pain of a broken heart will eventually go away


(But time has stood still)
But it stays the same


(Since we've been apart)
Since the time when we got separated


(I said I made up my mind)
I made an earlier statement regarding my decision


(Sing the song, children)
Start singing the song right now


(Of yesterday)
Reflecting back on the past




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Don Gibson

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Comments from YouTube:

@parmjr1

I would like to pay tribute to young people aged 15 to 20 who come here to immortalize the songs and dances of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Congratulations to everyone who has good taste !!

@anisBasEdanwkwkwk

Even i do,a teen age from far away in Indonesian..

Even i'm in 40s now 😎

@parmjr1

@Udin Maung
Congratulations Udin, we share the same thought. Funny, before the pandemic, I was planning a trip to Indonesia and Thailand, unfortunately it was not possible, but for sure, I will still visit this paradise. Cheers my friend !

@anisBasEdanwkwkwk

@Paulo Junior

Have a nice travel later then.... 🍻

@parmjr1

@Udin Maung Thanks a lot Udin...cheers!

@prajwalpurohit7298

This is my first time listening to actual blues and I'm mesmarised.

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@francespilley6524

Truly a unforgettable classic soul sound still in 2023!❤️❤️❤️👍🏾

@mcl8182

ABSOLUTELY❤🎶🎹

@johnburkert7343

Ray Charles was, is, and always will be the greatest talent we will ever see. The word "genius" doesn't even do this man justice.

@whiteywalker4567

O.G TUNE SLAYER 🎶♎

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