Luther Vandross - When I Need You Lyrics

No one knows the side of you that I know
No one gets to see, to feel you
To hear you when they call
I'm the only one you answer
Because I know what to do
I know what to do

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so want to give you
Is only a heartbeat away
When I need love
I hold out my hand and I touch love
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day

Miles and miles of empty space in between us
A telephone can't take the place of your smile
But I won't be traveling forever
It's cold out, but hold out
And do like I do

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so want to give you
Is only a heartbeat away

It's not easy when the road is your driver
But honey that's the heavy load that we bear
But I won't be traveling a lifetime
It's cold out, but hold out
And do like I do
When I need you

But I won't be traveling a lifetime
It's cold out, oh honey, hold out
And do like I do

When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you baby
And all that I so want to give you
Is only a heartbeat away

When I need love
I hold out my hand and I touch love
I never knew there was so much love
Keeping me warm night and day
Honey, when I need you

I'm in a cloud and I'm holding my hand out to you
Holding my hand out to you
Holding my hand out for you

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  1. Renly Yohanis Rampi

    Hands down my favorite version of this song.

  2. Usic Chamagua


  3. Front Desk

    2020 im here

  4. Billie Brooks

    One of the most heartfelt songs I've ever heard,💘💘💘💘that's 4 u (rubb)...

  5. Detroitman.

    What man was thinking about?

  6. Tina Branch

    My beloved this is so sad of a love story but it has a Happy ending in heaven with the Lord

    Kiyotaka Ayanokōji

    This song was used on an end credit.

  7. Tina Branch

    My beloved I truly miss you but it's better in the heaven round we r two in the spirit in God's grace

  8. Nolwazi Shamase

    first time hearing this in 2019

  9. Tina Branch

    I never new why u was holding out your and now I understand you were holding it out for me wow thank you

  10. Tina Branch

    My beloved I no your the only one that nos me and am the only one that nos you I am sorry I drove you around in my car and it was uncomfortable for you cause I am your lover I truly love you my beloved

  11. Dell Oppong

    My all time favorite 😘😘😘😘

  12. thierry bouyssie


  13. Nomzamo Sivomo

    2018? This is the best...

  14. Betty Mccain


  15. W B

    OMG the most romantic song ever! And oh how I miss Luther...RIP

  16. Bob James

    Amazing Songs !!! 💞

  17. Tom Murphy

    Slaughters Leo sayers version!!!!!

  18. marcia borges costa

    Um deus !

  19. Stanley TryHard

    Hey! He put the soul into this song I knew I was missing! This is now a true 'missing you' song.

    Stanley TryHard

    Leo Sayer, if you're out there, stop in and let us know how much you love the emotion here.

  20. Loyiso Sipuye

    Absolute Bedroom Classic. Feel like crying every time i listen to this song.

  21. Chris Berry

    The sax on top of the vocals was amazing.

  22. James Gordon

    INDEED "

  23. ryder 19

    when i need you luther , you r there in my heart,rest i heavenly peace

  24. Will Steen

    I wish this received more radio play. This is Luther at his vocal best.

  25. Tiffoney Hayes

    I love it!

  26. Denise Daynisay

    Can you please please upload this clip again?

  27. Tiffoney Hayes

    Ahhhhhh!!! :) I love this one... I say Ahhhh but truthfully I wouldn't freak. I don't think there's a person live that I would freak out over we are all human, some just have better jobs than others... Jesus is the only one I'd freak out over... :) But I sure do love this song

  28. Keith Gardner

    yes Luther vandross. had some wonderful background singers. they were awesome. I think Aretha Franklin and Patti labelle are using them now

  29. Carlos Lozano

    que voz impresionante y que sentido.

  30. Val Jemmott


  31. Ana Cardoso

    Lindo !

  32. Tenardwoman

    Luther's music always puts me in "the mood"!  His sexy, warm voice will make anyone fall in love all over again!  His background vocals were dream job back in the day was to be a Luther Vandross background singer! lol

  33. Trina Dee

    Luther's background singers were the best in the business.

    Deborah Patterson

    They sure were. Best dressed, best singing and then Nat Adderly Jr .....WOW fireworks were made.

    linda smith

    Trina Dee

    Phillip DuRousseau

    Lisa Fischer was one of them. She is incredible!

  34. robert joseph

    there are two voices in this world that can just soothe your soul and they are Luther Vandross and Karen Carpenter

    Derrick Hopkins

    Love her too!

  35. Rhonda Edwards

    I love this song!!

  36. Mike Sanchez

    Is there anybody out there listening to this right now .

    Erik Lind

    Mike Sanchez Nope Mike two years later.

    Jacqueline Dodd

    Yes, it's the best version ever, I am loving it

  37. JoJo Allen

    Is only a heart beat away... When I need love hold out my hand and I touch love. Never knew there was so much love keeping me warm night and day.

  38. TKorian Mosley

    I just close my eyes and I am with you

  39. Natasha Edgerson

    hey there love you guys.!?

  40. elizeth leitao

    excelentíssima voz tiro o chapéu

  41. araci scarpa

    Showwwwww ...

  42. MrBlactye

    We've had some great singers in the world. But Luther is just in a league of his own.

  43. Stephen Edmond Jr

    R&B music is my inspiration. Making great music is my passion. Check out my videos.


    Forever in my heart and soul, Luther's music shall always remain. Miss you deeply.

  45. Clarissa Russell

    Some artists will never leave you because of the impact they had on you thru their talent and He was definitely one. I truly miss him! After a hard day and missing my late husband today I just remember my husband singing Luther's song to make me smile and feel better. A down day for me and I miss him(james) greatly

  46. Tiffoney Hayes

    Ohhhhh!!! Melt my Heart!!!

    Evelyn Lewis

    Tiffoney Greene

  47. Meflah Latifa

    top fort depuis toujour unique qui peux me faire evader mon expris jolie merci

  48. MajinJury

    They will never be another voice like Luther Vandrass! Never! Love You Luther. Gone but not Forgotten. Rest In Peace

  49. Sueli Santos

    Grande voz!!!

  50. BeLoved Midget


  51. Uzoma Iwuagwu

    Another beautiful song by the late, great Luther Vandross. The music at the end (starting at 6:29) is a beautiful and somewhat emotional piece to listen to.

  52. S Reynolds

    Brings tears to my eyes! Luther, you were truly amazing! RIP

    tonya shipley

    This a beautiful and heartfelt peace no one can take you places with there. Music i came up listening to his music another one of the greats love you luther rest in peace and his music will be listened to. Long after we are gone

  53. Walterene Morgan

    Leo Sayer did this when I was in High School....I thougt it was the best in the world....Luther just took it over and made it his own! #HeartSkipsBeat #Melted

    Mr. Harley

    +Walterene Morgan
    Your Absolutely correct both great..

  54. Tiziana Manfredi

    beautiful voice! I love him!

  55. Fernando Barreira

    trop fort j'adore...

  56. Andrew McLaughlin

    this amazing man takes any ordinary song .... and makes it ..... extraordinary ... miss you Luther

    J I C

    Andrew McLaughlin, agreed! He could sing simple ABC song and still take my breath... 😘

  57. Rodman Moreira

    Luther cantava como ninguém um dos melhores interprete .

  58. Zakes Mabonda


  59. Thelma Pugrad

    When I Need You

    Thelma Pugrad

    Just close your eyes and am with you!!!!

  60. Marinell Aballe

    teary eye here...

  61. Kerwyn Jones

    one of his best was sung by others such as Celine Dion.

  62. Melodic Mandy

    Beautiful song ......;)

  63. Sweet Love * Nini M.

    (¯`´♥(¯`´♥.¸ doces ღ☆ღ beijinhos .☾☆¸.•*¨*★☆☾Com amor da Nini ☾☆¸.•*¨*☾♥ ☆★☆┊ ☆┊☆┊☆
    ☆┊☆┊☆┊  ♥ ☾ ☆ ★ ♥ LINDAAAAAAAAA 

    Silvio dos Santos

    Música para ouvir com o coração, linda mesmo.

    Sweet Love * Nini M.

    @Silvio dos Santos 

    (¯`´♥(¯`´♥.¸ doces ღ☆ღ beijinhos .☾☆¸.•*¨*★☆☾Com amor da Nini ☾☆¸.•*¨*☾♥ ☆★☆┊ ☆┊☆┊☆
    ☆┊☆┊☆┊  ♥ ☾ ☆ ★ ♥

    Sweet Love * Nini M.

    @weslande sweet ♥☾☆★¸¸.•*¨*••.¸¸☾☆★¸¸.•*¨*••.¸¸☾☆¸.•*¨*★☆☾
    (¯`´♥(¯`´♥.¸ doces ღ☆ღ beijinhos .☾☆¸.•*¨*★☆☾Com amor da Nini ☾☆¸.•*¨*☾♥ ☆★☆┊ ☆┊☆┊☆
    ☆┊☆┊☆┊  ♥ ☾ ☆ ★ ♥ 

  64. Debilní holka UDH

    supr hlas krasny

  65. Leadeashia Haggard

    another day, another song that is given new beauty because of a beautiful man with an amazing voice. i could listen to you all day everyday. You are a blessing to me and countless millions.

  66. Keoagile Lesejane

    we miss u Luther, what a great musician

  67. Falcon X

    I love  all of luther songs

  68. Gerlaine Gauthier

     truly missed

  69. Zeey _An

    BREATH TAKING.....<##3

  70. john gibson

    I remember Leo Sayer  singing this track there both great mind the hair lol

    john gibson

    ha ha ye defo afro !

  71. Phethang Mpota

    Its really so amazing when I need u

  72. Diana Kanaan

    so so wonderful and romantic and soft <3 forever

    Diana Kanaan

    his my favorite singer VIP

    Diana Kanaan

    thanks Pedro tell me if i can chat with you somewhere eles because i am not here to often i have an email [email protected] i like to hear from you soon

  73. SuperSilence73


  74. Antonio David

    Does anyone know which album this song is on?

    Wiley Jones

    This is off the I know Album that came out in 1998

  75. Antonio David

    Classic Luther

    David Gayle

    Antonio some time ago i tried counting and i lost count. but i know some great singers have done justice to this song. Celene Dion, Julio Iglesias,Shirly Bassy to name a few. I if one of the greatest classics of all time and with Luther doing it only cemented it inthe halls of time.

  76. Helmut Scheinert

    Great - and sooo romantic...

  77. Savi

    songs that never get's old! :)

  78. Lorrain Adams

    A Master!!, who knows what you feeling! No one can sing like Luther Vandross!

  79. Laura Breeze

    Luther you made me cry when I saw you in manchester and listening now you make me cry again you are sorely missed one of the greats for real god keep you safe beautiful man.

  80. totorhinna187

    u left us to soon but ik know ur waiting above on us , and u will sing with ur angels like u allways did .rest in heavenly peace

  81. Diamondlady7

    ¯`•.•´¯) ♥♥♥♥ Meu querido amor David ILY forever September 7th 2013 ¯`•.•´¯) ♥♥♥♥ ur the most precious thing ever happened to me ¯`•.•´¯) ♥♥♥♥ Amen

  82. Cristiane Rodrigues Ribeiro

    It's a due with Celine Dion! Would do we a version like Unforgettable? Celine in duet with Luther?

  83. Natalie Morley

    This man literally makes love to you with his singing! wow

  84. linda lane

    lovely words

  85. clare louise

    amazing is the only word for this song x

  86. monica48572

    Eu amo Luther Vandross!!!!!

  87. Andrew Flood


  88. Rollex Tennant

    Wow!!! What a powerful song. So much passion and meaning in the words. We all have that special someone.

  89. Aggy Njogu

    mmmmmm..that's all I can high..

  90. Geo Nora

    Love this song<3

  91. james Woods

    Real talk !!

  92. desireewilliams46

    when I hear this song I think of the special man in my life, when he is not with me all I have to do is close my eyes and I can fell him here with me.. I can smell him, feel his touch and know that no matter where he is he is always here with me. Luther you are truly missed by me. your songs have helped me through some rough times..Thank you for knowing how to touch peoples lives with such amazing songs. nobody does it better than you.. R.I.P you great song maker.

  93. propz Tv

    uau ! this man kills me !

  94. laz nac

    you are the best luther

  95. Ciudadano Torres

    luther vandross the best songs¡¡¡¡¡

  96. Phyllis Davis

    OOOH SO SPINE TINGLING, so miss his heavenly voice. thank you