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ITunes Festival London 2011 (ADELE)
Adele
Writer(s) Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin
Length 3:34
ITunes Festival: London 2011 track listing
"Rolling in the Deep

"I Can't Make You Love Me" is a 1991 popular song, written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her Luck of the Draw album from that year. In August 2000, Mojo magazine voted "I Can't Make You Love Me" #8 on its The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time list. The song is ranked #331 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [1] The song was later performed by British pop singer Adele at the iTunes Festival London 2011 during her Adele Live tour. It was also featured on Adele's first DVD/CD live concert album, Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

BackgroundEdit

When performing the song at the iTunes Festival, Adele said it was one of her favorite songs and described it as "perfect in every way". She added that Bonnie Raitt has a "stunning voice" and went on to compliment the lyrics, calling them "mind-blowing". [2] Adele talked about the song more when she performed at the Royal Albert Hall, saying, "It blows me away" and further adding that she thought the song was "incredibly moving". Adele commented on the emotions the song gives her, saying, "It makes me really, really happy and really, really devastated and depressed at the same time. It makes me think of my fondest and best times in my life, and it makes me think of the worst as well, and combined, probably is a recipe for disaster, but I do love this song. It's just fucking stunning." [3]

Live performancesEdit

The song was added to the setlist for the Adele Live tour in July of 2011 and was often performed in replacement of "Daydreamer", although the two songs appeared at different locations in the setlist.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak

Position

UK Singles Chart 37
Ireland (IRMA) 78

LyricsEdit

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 holdin me
Mornin 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.

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.

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