Clay Aiken – “I Can’t Make You Love Me…”

I Can’t Make You Love Me

Turn down the lights, turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head
Lay down with me, tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don’t patronize – don’t patronize me

Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I’ll feel the power
But you won’t, no you won’t
‘Cause I can’t make you love me, if you don’t

I’ll close my eyes, then I won’t see
The love you don’t feel when you’re holding me
Morning will come and I’ll do what’s right
Just give me till then to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight

Have you ever heard this pensive song?  It is a beautiful combination of heartfelt lyrics and loads of passion.

The songwriting team of Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin wrote this classic love song.  Reid said that he got the idea for the song when he read a newspaper article about a man who shot up his girlfriend’s car.  When asked by the judge what he had learned the man replied,

You can’t make a woman love you if she don’t.

Bonnie Raitt recorded this song in 1991 for her album Luck of the Draw. Mojo magazine voted “I Can’t Make You Love Me” #8 on its The 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list in August of 2000.  Right now, the song is ranked #339 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Clay Aiken sang this song on his Jukebox Tour during the summer of 2005.  It was a huge hit and I wonder if we will ever hear Clay sing it again sometime.

Did you have a chance to hear Clay sing this song?

If not, the following video will make you tear up!

Get out the tissue!

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7 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – “I Can’t Make You Love Me…”

  1. Love Clay’s rendition of this song. One can hear and sense the heartbreak in his performance! Thank you, CANN for sharing! Pray for those In the path of Hurricane Ida during and after the devastation this storm has caused!

    • This song is a sad and heartfelt song, and Clay makes you feel the sadness that is a true artist .

  2. Yes, I was in the audience when Clay sang this moving song on the Juke Box tour many years ago. The audience was so quiet while Clay sang his heart out and Ben’s piano arrangement was brilliant.

  3. Thank you for the pictures and the video. One of my favorite songs. The video shows the heart break. Clay has a great voice. I was not there to see Clay sing live. Thank you CANN.

  4. It’s nothing new that Clay has a most beautiful voice – but his passion is simply
    amazing. I did hear Clay sing this song one hot summer night in Cleveland. One of his best concerts – there is no way he will ever stop singing – music is his life!
    Thank you for the video and wonderful pics, CANN.

  5. Yes, I attended the Jukebox Concert in Boston. Loved every minute of it. When I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME started. The woman next to me yelled I will Love you CLAY!! Also in front of me their was three deaf children bouncing to the beat of each song!! Makes me cry with joy, just thinking about it!!’

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