Foreign Affair/ Tina Turner

Live From Earth/ Pat Benatar

ASK ME HOW I FEEL

Writers: Holly Knight/Albert Hammond

 

Oh I’m waiting in the storm

Ask me how I feel

When things are goin’ wrong

why don’t you ask me how I feel

The night is awful cold

Ask me how I feel

You’re much too loose to hold

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

 

I close my eyes to follow you

to my surprise you’re so untrue

And  I’m crying I’m dying

 

Oh I’m waiting in the storm

Ask me how I feel

And when you keep me hangin’ on

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

The waters run so deep

Ask me how I feel

When I don’t get any sleep

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

 

And when you’re down

You lean on me

You’re a fool too blind to see

That I’m crying I’m dying

 

Oh I’m waiting in the storm

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

What the hell is going on

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

When you stay out late at night

Ask me how I feel

When you think that I’m uptight

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

Oh oh oh

 

You don’t treat me tender

No matter what I do

But I’m the great pretender oh oh oh oh

I’m waiting in the storm

Come on and ask me how I feel

When things are going wrong

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

The night is awful cold

Ask me how I feel

You know you’re much too loose to hold

Why don’t you ask me how I feel

I’m waiting in the storm

Ask to me how I feel

What the hell is going on

When you stay out late at night

You never ask me how I feel

You just say that I’m uptight

When you’re down I do for you

And now I find that you’re untrue

oh oh oh oh oh

 

I’m waiting in the storm

Ask me how i feel

When things are going wrong

Come on an’ ask me how I feel

The night is awful cold

Ask me how I feel

You know you’re much too loose to hold

Come on and ask me how I feel

 

 

 

 

 
Lyrics

1. ASK ME HOW I FEEL
 

BE TENDER WITH ME BABY

Writers: Holly Knight/ Albert Hammond

 

You’ve got the right to tell me it’s all over

It isn’t like me to be begging you

Don’t let go, don’t let go

just stay with me another day

And when I’m not myself

please understand me

I’m so confused I don’t know what to do

but don’t give up, don’t give up

it just may take a little time

 

Be tender with me baby

I’m so afraid you’ll go away

Be tender with me baby

Always, always

 

I know that you’ve been patient

with my weakness

and that you hate to see me cry

but I know, yes I know

it doesn’t hurt to be this way

and I’m so lonely I could die

 

Be tender with me baby

I’m so afraid you’ll go away

Be tender with me baby

Always, always

 

Why does my heart keep on hurting

why do I feel, feel like I do

I hope you see this is

not really me

and it’s just a phase that I’m going through

Be tender with me baby …

 

Be tender with me baby

I’m so afraid you’ll go away

Be tender with me baby

Always, for always …always

 
Lyrics

2. BE TENDER WITH ME BABY
 

YOU CAN'T STOP ME LOVING YOU

Writers: Holly Knight/ Albert Hammond

You can run and you can hide

You can tell me you’re untrue

You can play around with my feelings

Say you found somebody new

But there’s one thing you can’t do

You can’t stop me loving you

 

Oo you know I love you baby

Oo why do you treat me this way

Oo I don’t deserve this kind of treatment

when I’ve been so good like a lover should

And I’ve loved you in every way

 

You can run and you can hide

You can tell me you’re untrue

You can play around with my feelings

Say you found somebody new

But there’s one thing you can’t do

You can’t stop me loving you

 

Oo you’re gonna drive me crazy honey

Fool why are you so blind

Cool oh you think you’re so cool now baby

But you just can’t see all the love in me

that I give you all the time

 

You can run and you can hide

You can tell me you’re untrue

You can play around with my feelings

Say you found somebody new

But there’s one thing you can’t do

You can’t stop me loving you

 

Oo I know I’m gonna be fine

You ain’t gonna pull my chain

I ain’t gonna change my mind

 

Oo how do you feel now baby

Oo I bet you feel real tall

Oo where did you leave your manhood, honey

When I give you love and it’s not enough

And you try to make me look small

 

You can run and you can hide

You can tell me you’re untrue

You can play around with my feelings

Say you found somebody new

But there’s one thing you can’t do

You can’t stop me loving you

 

 

 
Lyrics

3. YOU CAN'T STOP ME LOVING YOU
 

THE BEST

Writers: Holly Knight/ Mike Chapman

 

I call you when I need you

and my heart’s on fire

Come to me come to me wild and wired

You come to me

give me everything I need

You give me a lifetime of promises

and a world of dreams

You speak the language of love

like you know what it means

And it can’t be wrong

take my heart and make it strong babe

 

You’re simply the best

Better than all the rest

Better than anyone

Anyone I ever met

I’m stuck on your heart

I hang on every word you say

Tear us apart

baby I would rather be dead

 

In your heart I see the start

of every night and every day

In your eyes I get lost

I get washed away

Just as long as I’m here in your arms

I could be in no better place

 

You’re simply the best

Better than all the rest

Better than anyone

anyone I ever met

I’m stuck on your heart

I hang on every word you say

Tear us apart

baby I would rather be dead

 

Each time you leave me I start losing control

you’re walking away with my heart and my soul

I can feel you even when I’m alone

oh baby don’t let go

 

You’re simply the best,

Better than all the rest

Better than anyone

Anyone I ever met

I’m stuck on your heart

I hang on every word you say

Tear us apart

baby I would rather be dead

You’re the best

 

 

 
Lyrics

4. THE BEST
 

‘The Best, is one of my most recognizable tunes as well as my biggest earner.  Mike Chapman and I knew it was a hit song, but I don’t think either one of us ever imagined it would do as well as it did. Also known as ‘Simply The Best’, we originally wrote the song for Paul Young, a British pop star, but his manager passed on it. Bonnie Tyler recorded the tune next, and it was on the same record as another tune I cowrote, ‘Hide You Heart’, but the record met with mild success. Just after her album came out, my publishers played the song to Tina who fell in love with it. She and her manager Roger Davies called me to tell me she really wanted to record it, but felt it was missing a bridge and key change after the bridge. Mike and I had gone our separate ways for a while, and I had signed to  EMI Publishing. We hadn’t worked together in a while, but the rewrite on the tune brought us back together, and the rest is, as they say, history. Oddly enough, The Best didn’t chart higher than #12 in the U.S., but it went through the roof to number one all over the rest of the world. It became one of Tina’s biggest and well loved tunes, and when asked in interviews if she had to pick one tune she would want to be remembered by, she has said, The Best.

I know she loves the positive message and doesn’t want to sing depressing tunes.When I’ve seen her in concert, it is an incredible rush to see 20,ooo people singing the lyrics along with her – there is nothing like it. As for Ms Tina, I guess I don’t have to tell you , she is an amazing performer and singer. She is as iconic as one can get. This tune belongs in my top ten of favorite songs I wrote.

Foreign Affair ended up being an especially great project for me, Tina recorded four of my tunes on it. Besides The Best, Tina recorded three tunes I cowrote with another talented writer, Albert Hammond. I had only met Albert recently on a songwriters project that took fifty writers to Russia. Upon our return to the US we started collaborating and many tunes we wrote during a two month period got recorded by several artists. As far as Foreign Affair, Tina called to tell me she was in town, that she loved the new bridge to The Best, and asked if I had any other tunes to play her. I threw four tunes on a cassette and went to visit her in her hotel. She picked three of the tunes and said she wanted to record all three. I had to pinch myself, this would make six tunes of mine she had cut to date, and I was overjoyed.

The fourth tune on the tape was Love Touch and she ended up recording that one as well for another record later on. Tina has been the biggest lucky charm on my bracelet’. – HK

 

  • Was licensed by HBO as their theme for a year
  • Became the national theme song for the Australian Rugby Team
  • Has appeared on every Tina Turner Greatest Hits record, and performed on every Tina Turner tour.
  • Licensed by Celebrity Cruises and Toyota for national TV campaigns.
  • Been recorded by Wynona Judd , Her Story/Scenes From A Lifetime
  • Been recorded by Bonnie Tyler and sung by Celine Dion
  • Vice President Joe Biden used Turner’s recording as the theme song for his  2008 campaign for the presidency
  • Jim Carrey performed the song ‘a capella’ in his tribute speech to Meryl Streep during her AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony in 2004.
  •  Tina Turner’s combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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