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Bryan Ferry - Slave to Love

Tell her I'll be waiting in the usual place
With the tired and weary and there's no escape.
To need a woman you've got to know
How the strong get weak and the rich get poor.
Slave to love
Slave to love.

You're running with me
Don't touch the ground.
We're the restless hearted
Not the chained and bound.
The sky is burning
A sea of flame

Though your world is changing I will be the same.
Slave to love
Slave to love.

Slave to love
Slave to love

No
I can't escape
I'm a slave to love.

The storm is breaking or so it seems

We're too young to reason to grown up to dream.
Now spring is turning your face to mine

I can hear your laughter
I can see your smile.

Slave to love
Slave to love
.. .
Slave to love
Slave to love
.. .
Slave to love
No
I can't escape
I'm a slave to love.
Siave to love. No. I can't escape. I'm a slave to love.

“Slave to Love” is the first single released from former Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry’s 1985 album, Boys and Girls, The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 10 weeks in the UK charts in 1985 and peaked at number 9. It was featured on the movie Nine 1/2 Weeks where the entire song was played in one of the scenes. This is an achingly beautiful ballad. The music has a Latin flair, a melancholy — if not downright sad — melody against a lazy, swaying samba beat. Ferry’s unique flutter of a voice is reminiscent of old-time jazz-age singers and post-war tenors. The song clearly has a 1980s aura to it, yet “Slave to Love” was not a slave to the gimmicks of the era, sounding more timeless and classic than other radio hits from the mid-’80s. 

The dark tone of the song reflects the inner struggle that the narrator feels, helpless and bound to passion for a woman he fears he is losing: “You’re running with me/Don’t touch the ground/ We’re the restless hearted/Not the chained and bound/ The sky is burning/A sea of flame/ Though your world is changing/I will be the same¨. ” It’s a heartbreaking lyric that Ferry caresses with an intimate delivery. Featured in the 1985 movie -- 91/2 Weeks with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. It's diffcult to comprehend that the Mickey Rourke in 91/2 Weeks and the Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler are one and the same. Also watch for it in the movie "Bitter Moon".

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