Feel (2002) – Robbie Williams

Feel is the second song to appear here from Robbie Williams. Like the previous entry Angels this was a worldwide commercial hit and still widely played. It peaked at number one in many countries and in the top five of many more. Feel was the lead single on his fifth studio album Escapology. Most of the vocals are from the original demo recording from 1999, as Williams felt unsatisfied with the re-recorded vocals. He commented, “I just couldn’t sing it as well as I did on that day.“.

Come and hold my hand
I wanna contact the living
Not sure I understand
This role I’ve been given
I sit and talk to God
And he just laughs at my plans
My head speaks a language
I don’t understand

I just wanna feel
Real love feel the home that I live in
‘Cause I got too much life
Running through my veins
Going to waste

Robert Williams was a former member of the group Take That. I really liked their song ‘Back For Good‘ because it reminded me of a Yorkshire lass who flew back to her homeland carrying my heart with her. Williams was just 16 years old when he joined the group, but wasn’t happy as he felt his musical ideas weren’t being taken seriously. Williams of course had a lot more success as a solo act. He lived many years in Los Angeles, but moved back to England.
According to wikipedia: His next door neighbour in London is Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.. Page delayed Williams’ plans for an underground swimming pool in 2018, stating construction work would damage The Tower House, Page’s home since 1972: a listed Victorian-era town-house.

Like Angels, these days I am not as enamoured with Feel as when I first heard it, but it’s still a damn good song. The original black and white video below showing Robbie in a cowboy like lifestyle gained attention in the United States thanks to Daryl Hannah’s appearance as Williams’s love interest. The other video I liked is the slightly lesser known live version at Knebworth in 2003.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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