One Of The Most Beautiful Songs Ever Written – “I Who Have Nothing!”

One of the most beautiful songs ever written and covered by some of the greatest singers who poured their emotion and passion into the lyrics making the song their own. The first video is the original which was sang and recorded by Joe Sentieri Uno dei tanti in 1961. The song is pure and relaxing as said by someone in the comments.

I love the original, even though I can’t understand it. There is just something about that opening selection, and how the singer belts out the song with passion. How can you deny that it is one of the best openings to a song ever? I have posted the videos of the songs that truly touched my heart below. I will always love Dame Shirley Bassett’s and Jordan Sparks copies and list them as my favorites.

Below you will find my favorite versions of this great song that one day I would love to cover myself!

This song about unrequited love is featured on The Sopranos soundtrack. >

The song’s melody was based on an Italian song, “Uno Dei Tanti,” (English: “One of Many”), which King had heard in Italy. King’s producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller translated the lyrics into English.

Other versions of King’s melodramatic soul hit that reached the Billboard charts were performed by:
1966 Terry Knight and the Pack (who later became Grand Funk Railroad) in 1966 (#46)
1970 Liquid Smoke (#82)
1970 Tom Jones (#14)
1979 Sylvester (#46)

In the UK Shirley Bassey’s George Martin produced version, which peaked at #6 in 1963, is the best known.

The song is a favorite for music-based reality show contestants. American Idol contests who have performed the song include Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks in the Top 3, Season 10 contestant Haley Reinhart in the Top 4, and season 12 winner Candice Glover in the final.

Some critics believe that part of the song’s melody was later copied for the Moody Blues’ 1967 hit “Nights In White Satin.”

Song Lyrics –

I, I who have nothing
I, I who have no one
Adore you and want you so
I’m just a no one with nothing to give you but, oh
I love you

He, he buys you diamonds
Bright, sparkling diamonds
But, believe me, dear, when I say
That he can give you the world but he’ll never love the way
I love you

He can take you any place he wants
To fancy clubs and restaurants
But I can only watch you with
My nose pressed up against the windowpane

I, I who have nothing
I, I who have no one
Must watch you go dancing by
Wrapped in the arms of somebody else when, darling, it’s I
Who loves you

I love you
I love you
I love you

Credit: music in Italian by Carlo Donida and lyrics by Giulio “Mogol” Rapetti and rewritten in English in 1963 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for Ben E. King

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