When it comes to a song about love and heartbreak, there’s a pretty stereotypical mold for the type of singers who performs these. We usually expect these emotional pieces of music to be sung by boybands or solo female singers, but our modern society is all about shaking things up (which we love) so it’s time to expect the unexpected.
It’s taught us not to judge a book by its cover!
If you saw a bearded man with tattoos on his face, you’d probably expect him to be in a rock band. But Teddy Swims is a different kind of musician. The YouTube sensation has earned millions of fans by producing covers of emotional ballads, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever heard before.
One of Teddy’s most popular uploads saw him receive over 15 million views, and all for good reason. The bearded, tattooed man covers the touching song, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” and the sheer emotion of the song is causing people all over the world to shed a tear.
A country classic
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” is considered a classic, and the romantic tune was first written by by country songwriters Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, and recorded by Bonnie Raitt.
Although the song didn’t do well when it was first released, it has since been covered by the likes of George Michael and Adele, and now holds a place in many listener’s hearts.
A soulful rendition
Teddy’s cover certainly offers something unique to the track. His deep, soulful voice is like music to our ears, and it’s surprising how much emotion this man with his tough exterior can bring to the song.
If you’ve not heard the song before, some of the heart-wrenching lyrics include:
“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 holding me.”
Emotional, right? So much so, that as Teddy comes to the end of the song, he can’t help shedding a tear!
Then there were tears
As he wipes his eyes, Teddy jokes, “There’s sweat in my eyes, I’m not really crying.” We think we’re getting a touch of allergies ourselves after listening to Teddy’s performance!
People took to the YouTube comments to express their love for the video:
“Pure heartbreak. He brought me to every moment I’ve ever experienced when your heart realizes that your relationship is breathing it’s last breaths, that gut wrenching moment. Every. One. Of. Them. This is what God intended for his life and I hope he is able to achieve his dreams. So beautiful.”
“Teddy absolutely owns this song and we are able to feel every emotion that he is feeling. He puts his heart and soul into this and creates magic.”
“Accidentally stumbled across Teddy on Facebook, and I’m so glad I did, his voice is my go to chill out when I am stressed from the days events, thank you for bringing yourself to the forefront Teddy, you rock.”
It’s easy to see why Teddy is loved by people far and wide. Not only is he a brilliant singer, but he also seems like a genuinely nice, down to earth guy. Watch his touching performance before, and remember those tissues!
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