NOTHING COMPARES 2 U - Real Audio 28.8
from "The Family" (1985)


It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and I sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you've been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whoever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing - I said nothing
Can take away these blues
"Cos nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

It's been so lonely without u here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby, where did I go wrong
I can put my arms around every girl I see
But they only remind me of u
I went to the doctor, guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said "Boy, you'd better try to have fun
No matter what u do", but he's a fool
'Cos nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

All the flowers that you planted, mama
In the backyard
All died when u went away
I know that living with u baby was sometimes hard
But I'm willing to give it another try
'Cos nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u.





The Family was a band that had everything. Looks, talent and Prince's guiding hand.Besides an original tune penned by the latter, their excellent album had at least three more songs that could have been hits : "Screams of Passion", "River Run Dry" and the gorgeous "Desire".Unfortunately, the album didn't sell and the band disbanded.To this day, Eric Leeds still works with Prince, playing and writing horn arrangements; Jellybean Johnson plays guitar for Janet Jackson and co-wrote her hit "The Pleasure Principle" from the album "Control" (1986); Jerome Benton, half-brother to Terry Lewis (one half of Jam & Lewis production team) was also in The Time - other Prince-related band; singer and multinstrumentist St.Paul went solo, having released three albums since and Susannah has been singing backup with The Artist himself, Seal, Wendy (Melvoin, her other sibling) & Lisa and recently penned "Candy Perfume Girl" with Madonna, included in the latter's excellent album "Ray of Light".
Sinead O'Connor covered "Nothing..." five years later and it became a No.1 everywhere. She does a good reading of it, as well as its original creator in a rousing duet with Rosie Gaines - but the original recording is, in my opinion, far superior than both and its definitive version. A true masterpiece.

The Family (part of St.Paul's site)

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