Clay Aiken – Watching From Afar!

Darren Hayes  is an Australian singer/songwriter who is most famous for being the frontman and lead singer of the pop duo Savage Gardens. In 1997, their album Savage Garden propelled them to stardom. The duo followed the success of their debut album with Affirmation, in 1999, which also produced several hits. Savage Garden sold more than 23 million albums worldwide before parting ways in 2001.

Rick Nowels has been writing songs since he was 13 years old. Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area he was weaned on late sixties eclectic rock from listening to the radio

In 1997… Rick met Madonna and they ended up writing 9 songs together. He also won a Grammy that year for Celine Dion’s Falling into You.

Since then, Rick has written and/or produced hits for Dido, Fleetwood Mac, N’SYNC, Jewel, KD Lang and many others.

In 2002, Darren Hayes and Rick Nowels collaborated to write a Pop song called “When You Say You Love Me.”   As the fourth track on Clay Aiken’s CD, “Measure Of A Man”, the song was a light hearted song that was popular on Clay’s tours.

When You Say You Love Me – Clay Aiken

I’ve been watching you from afar
And the way you make your way around the bar
You laugh like you’re really entertained
And you smile like it’s your favorite game
Now you’re moving closer to me
And our eyes connect emotionally
I’m not looking for a one-night stand
Or a place for a broken heart to mend

I know ev’rybody here wants to hold you
I know what it’s like ’cause I feel the same
When you look in my eyes
There’s a part of me that’s still afraid

And when you say you love me, do you mean it?
Baby, when you hold me, do you feel it?
Should I believe the magic in your eyes?
I would wait until the end of time
To hear you say you love me like you mean it
Baby, when you hold me, make me feel it
All I want to do is make you mine
I’ve been hurt way too many times

It’s an uncomplicated song and the lyrics are not too complex, but for some reason, Clay seemed to have trouble getting it right.  Maybe he was concentrating on his dancing!

The following video is a concert montage from some of Clay’s concerts.   It’s a great remembrance of a fun time.

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8 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Watching From Afar!

  1. So much fun – crazy excitement – I remember this Concert Tour so well! Loved this song – one of
    my favorites on the first CD!!!

  2. Oh my word! That is darling!!!! I've never seen this video before. Thank you so much and I loved Savage Garden back in the day 🙂 However I love Clay today and always!

  3. That was adorable, it looked like it was so much fun, and the audience were enjoying it, good clean fun, the kind of concert I would love to go to, thank God for Clay, he's a good guy, always enjoy watching him and listening to his music.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I never saw it before. Did attend this concert so many years ago, but do not remember Clay asking folks to dance. Of course, I was so excited at the time, I don't recall much of that evening! That's why we need clack. The first time I head this song on the CD, I felt as though it was not a song story that fit Clay very well. I couldn't imagine him sitting in a bar and waiting for some girl to choose him from the crowd.

  5. Clay's ability to take pleasure in the achievements of other people; share his stage; and highlight his background singers is one of the many things that I love about Clay!

  6. I am ecstatic about the Atlantic City Concert~ dont think Illbe able to sleep tonight! dont leave house much so starting now I have to build up my strength.can hardly wait for my dream to come true.I can thank him in person for everything he does.

  7. That song always puts a smile on my face and makes me want to get up and dance. Clay was always so cute when he'd forget the words or mess up the dance steps.

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