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Revisiting Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”

Happy #SongLyricsSunday! Today’s prompt is to find a theme song for a movie that was a hit. The ’90s were filled with amazing movie songs that were chart-toppers. It was so hard to choose a song because there was a lot of great songs like “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion (I got a beautiful behind-the-scenes book about the Titanic today), “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, and “Colors of the Wind” by Vanessa Williams.

It was so hard to pick just one because there are so many great songs that are also my favorite. But, since I had to choose one song, I choose “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston from the 1992 film The Bodyguard. Let’s take a closer look down below.

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“I Have Nothing” was released as the third single off the movie’s soundtrack in 1993. It was written by the former husband-wife team David Foster and Linda Thompson. Everyone will know David Foster’s music as he has written so many chart-topping, award-winning songs since the 1970s. You might not know his name, but you have listened to one of his songs. He can be a friend or an enemy, just go ask Chicago (and if you don’t get that, just watch Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago.)

The track was a hit as it peaked #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It also had a number-one peak on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It was nominated for many awards, including Academy Award for Best Original Song (but lost out to Aladdin’s “A Whole New World”).

This power ballad is my favorite of The Bodyguard soundtrack. I even love it more than “I Will Always Love You” (don’t shoot me, it is a great song but just overplayed). “I Have Nothing” features Houston’s incredible vocals that start off soft at first then explode with big energy by the end. It is such a powerful yet passionate tune!

What do you think of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”? Listen to it down below and let me know in the comments!


Lyrics For Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”

Share my life, take me for what I am
‘Cause I’ll never change all my colours for you
Take my love, I’ll never ask for too much
Just all that you are and everything that you do

I don’t really need to look very much further
I don’t wanna have to go where you don’t follow
I won’t hold it back again, this passion inside
Can’t run from myself
There’s nowhere to hide

Don’t make me close one more door
I don’t wanna hurt anymore
Stay in my arms if you dare
Or must I imagine you there
Don’t walk away from me…
I have nothing, nothing, nothing
If I don’t have you, you, you, you, you

You see through right to the heart of me
You break down my walls with the strength of your love
I never knew love like I’ve known it with you
Will a memory survive, one I can hold on to
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I don’t really need to look very much further
I don’t wanna have to go where you don’t follow
I won’t hold it back again, this passion inside
I can’t run from myself
There’s nowhere to hide
Your love I’ll remember forever

Don’t make me close one more door
I don’t wanna hurt anymore
Stay in my arms if you dare
Or must I imagine you there
Don’t walk away from me…
I have nothing, nothing, nothing…

Don’t make me close one more door
I don’t wanna hurt anymore
Stay in my arms if you dare
Or must I imagine you there
Don’t walk away from me, no
Don’t walk away from me
Don’t you dare walk away from me
I have nothing, nothing, nothing
If I don’t have you, you
If I don’t have you, oh, ooh, ooh


The Rules for #SongLyricsSunday

(This challenge is currently hosted by the generous Jim Adams.)

Anyone can participate in #SongLyricsSunday, even if you aren’t a music blogger! If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Pingback to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Revisiting Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing"

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. CARAMEL

    I love love love this song!!! I listened to it last night and even after all this years it still gets me. <3

  2. newepicauthor

    The world was blessed to have Whitney Houston, even though her life ended too soon. Great selection Amy.

  3. Susan St.Pierre

    The depth of this song is nearly overwhelming. Once Whitney Houston applied her powerful voice to it, it’s an out of body experience. Thanks for this!

  4. Renee

    I love all Whitney but always found this extra touching!

  5. Fatima Torres

    I’ve been on a Whitney Houston binge this week and I think I’ve listened to this song at least 20 times already! Love her she’ll always live in my heart.

  6. What a great song! I haven’t listened to it in a long time. Whitney Houston has great songs with amazing lyrics that are timeless!

  7. Following the Rivera

    I have nothing is such an iconic song. Whitney was really one of a kind, I miss her voice and music.

  8. it’s interesting to listen to the ‘classic’ old songs again. I mean I don’t actually remember when it was the last time I heard “I have nothing” but I can sing it in my head in no time. It’s nice to compare how I feel about the song and what it means to me now

  9. marjiemare

    This is one of my favorite song ever. Whitney was such a legend, her voice can reach you so deep.

  10. Fransic verso

    This is interesting, Whitney has great songs with amazing lyrics. This is a great idea and other bloggers can particiate as well.

  11. bye:myself

    I’ve loved this long before – and Ms Houston takes it up a notch. Ever since I’ve seen some documentaries about her life and career, I have a soft spot in my heart for her. Such a wasted life and talent – so sad!

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