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The Hollies — The Air That I Breathe
Album: Hollies
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Released: 1974
Length: 4:02
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If I could make a wish
I think I'd pass
Can't think of anything I need
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to read
Making love with you
Has left me peaceful warm and tired
What more could I ask
There's nothing left to be desired
Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel go to sleep
Sometimes all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel go to sleep
Sometimes all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Sometimes all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
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 chinacat wrote:

I really like this song. I also really like K.D Lang's cover which I would have never heard if not for RP.



this is one of my all time favorite songs. KD's version puts me to sleep. something is lost in that one for me. but this one, and the maverick's version - sweet.
I really like this song. I also really like K.D Lang's cover which I would have never heard if not for RP.
 mrtuba9 wrote:

Is the dude in the lower right high or what??


He's breathing the air, man!
Love everything about this song, just wonderful!
Lyrics for the ultimate lovesong?
Love that George Harrison-like early 1970's guitar sound. Brings back great childhood memories cruising in my Mom's boyfriends 1966 cherry-red GTO on El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego with his 8-track blaring 
 topcat99 wrote:
Same chord progression, almost identical melody. Definitely an "inspiration" :) 

Yes,  the chord progression is essentially the same in the verses - not the choruses - (and the Hollies' song has a pre-chorus), but the melodies are not even close to being "identical".
 mrtuba9 wrote:

Is the dude in the lower right high or what??




Hahaha! I thought he was having a seizure!
 P2A wrote:

reminiscences of the beginning in Creep (of Radiohead), it seems to me...?


"Turns Out Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ Was Lifted from a 1972 Song by The Hollies"
 P2A wrote:

reminiscences of the beginning in Creep (of Radiohead), it seems to me...?



Same chord progression, almost identical melody. Definitely an "inspiration" :) 
reminiscences of the beginning in Creep (of Radiohead), it seems to me...?
Timeless. Thank you RP!
The ever-so-slightly colorized eyes on the album art are kinda creepy.
Pure cheese.
Delicious, irresistible, sing-along cheese. 
 jagdriver wrote:

The Hollies were done after Graham left. 

Not really, though I always felt that Nash's best work was when he with The Hollies.
 vanillagorilla wrote:

I have always loved this song...it is corny but such a good melody

I liked k.d.lang's version quite a lot

 nitsirk90 wrote:

Sometimes, all I need  is "The Air that I Breathe"




ya...more than ever ...NOW please God...  ...2021
wow... I'm 2 yrs old again!!!
Is the dude in the lower right high or what??
The epitome of MOR music.  Fits here perfectly.... .
 jagdriver wrote:
The Hollies were done after Graham left. 
 

Apparently not.
Remember 1974 ?
Sometimes, all I need  is "The Air that I Breathe"
What's not to love?
 
Beautiful music, and lyrics that unwrap a long ago, warmly remembered summer.
 
Close your eyes, inhale slowly, and just feel......
 
Used to think this was a 9; now realise it's a 10.
 
:-)
An all time classic.
Bus Stop ?  Love that song
Such a signature guitar.... echo of a distant time and memories...
I have always loved this song...it is corny but such a good melody
So hard not to sing along, sounded like just what I needed, headphones on and trying to work... my office mates would think me even madder than usual. I was biting my lip. Thanks for the play!
 scarletdancer wrote:
Still one of my favorite songs ever.  Thanks, Bill!  {#Music}
 
Ditto!
Still one of my favorite songs ever.  Thanks, Bill!  {#Music}


The HOLLIES in 1974

Tony Hicks - Terry Sylvester - Bobby Elliott - Bernie Calvert - Mikael Rickfors



{#Crown} 
 ziggytrix wrote:

yeah, there were enough similarities that legal action was threatened and Radiohead was like "fuck, well, dang, I guess we have to give you the credit and royalties" and now they're doing the same thing to Lana Del Ray... https://pitchfork.com/news/radiohead-sue-lana-del-rey-for-allegedly-copying-creep/

 
Hm. I love Lana but her song really sounds a lot like Creep... to me more so than Creep sounds like The Air That I Breathe... I mean it's not like those "same 4 chords" that make up 50% of all pop songs, these are quite distinct harmonies happening in the exact same sequence. "Inspired" would be a nice way to describe the similarity.
Takes me back to Ocean City MD 1970's. This song played at the boardwalk amusement park.
Me a girl and the beach at night. 
Amazing.  The only Radiohead song worth a crap was a ripoff.  Weak.
Ah, nostalgia.
 jmsmy wrote:
Doesn't the Music remind you of Radioheads "Creep" ?

 
yeah, there were enough similarities that legal action was threatened and Radiohead was like "fuck, well, dang, I guess we have to give you the credit and royalties" and now they're doing the same thing to Lana Del Ray... https://pitchfork.com/news/radiohead-sue-lana-del-rey-for-allegedly-copying-creep/
Supergrass to Lennon to The Hollies - very nice
Great pop song!!!!!! Love how the verses lead into the release of the chorus. Not to mention the guitar and strings.

    Gr8 song!!!
I love this so much.
 Foot wrote:
 Agreed, I little too much sugary sap for RP here. 
 
So you believe that you're a better judge of what belongs on RP than Bill?

Perhaps you should've just stuck to "I don't like this".
 Agreed, I little too much sugary sap for RP here.  Follow the 2 & raise you a 1...

Skydog wrote:
yesterday Brewer & Shipley and now this?{#Ask}
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hey, just sayin' 
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 EdEastridge wrote:

I would think that would likely be the other way 'round… Doctor Who jokes aside, of course.

 
Wikipedia: "Creep" shares a chord progression and melody with "The Air That I Breathe", a 1972 song recorded by the Hollies. The song's writers Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood sued and received cowriting credits and a percentage of the song's royalties.According to Hammond, "Radiohead agreed that they had actually taken it ... Because they were honest they weren't sued to the point of saying 'we want the whole thing'. So we ended up just getting a little piece of it."
 jmsmy wrote:
Doesn't the Music remind you of Radioheads "Creep" ?

 
I would think that would likely be the other way 'round… Doctor Who jokes aside, of course.
Wow....heard this one live in the shadow of Mt Egmont, at New Plymouth New Zealand....1976!!{#Daisy}
omg...one of my alltime favorites ever.

the mavericks version is great, too.

just found out preston was in on writing this. nice.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Whoah...I recall hearing this the summer I was 12 years old, playing with my friends David and Roger, and all of us breaking into full-throated song with the chorus as it came on David's sister's radio that we could hear from her window...Heady times, indeed! (That clanging, mournful guitar, especially the intro, reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot's masterpiece 'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,' too...) 

 
Such a radio hit and that high guitar solo, so identifiable... triggers some memories for sure.
 mrtuba9 wrote:

WLS 890. Falling asleep to this {#Sleep} and waking up to Animal Stories {#Music}

 
YES!! Same here. Larry Lujack and Lil' Snotnose Tommy.

Man, I miss grade school.
thanks RP!  Some stuff needs to be dusted off and replayed from time to time.  
Doesn't the Music remind you of Radioheads "Creep" ?
 aspicer wrote:
Ingrained in my consciousness - classic (but not in the best of ways)  {#Ask}

 

Yup.  Love the Hollies but this one.....
{#Umbrella} love this version, pretty sure lee hazelwood wrote it
Never noticed a bit of a Bowie-esqe vibe at the beginning....
yesterday Brewer & Shipley and now this?{#Ask}
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hey, just sayin' 
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Terry sylvester was a family friend brilliant top track
 strangestairway wrote:
Just realized that this song must have inspired "Creep". Kind of an eye-opener!

 
After a lawsuit, the writers now share royalties. Links to more info below
 mrtuba9 wrote:

waking up to Animal Stories {#Music}

 
THAT'S RIGHT, little snot-nosed mrtuba9!
 treatment_bound wrote:
Where's Graham?

 
The album pictured above (and this song) came out about five or six years after Nash left the band.  It would be cool to hear some of The Hollies tunes from his era here.
Just realized that this song must have inspired "Creep". Kind of an eye-opener!
 IndyDoug wrote:
Reminds me of the times as a child riding in the family car listening to AM radio and this song was playing.

 
WLS 890. Falling asleep to this {#Sleep} and waking up to Animal Stories {#Music}
love the simply red version of this song too ...I was 12 when this song came out...wow!  iconic.
One of the few songs that gives me a frisson
Reminds me of the times as a child riding in the family car listening to AM radio and this song was playing.
Where's Graham?
yoinks!     '74  jeez   (I kind of like it  ; )
oldie but goodie
Wow, first time i hear this on RP. Normally on German radio stations 1 time a day!!{#Cheesygrin}
Wow, all the good tunes this morning.  Rocking at my desk.
Such a great song and so many good covers such as k.d. lang, The Mavericks, Simply Red and Phil Everly.

Few music lovers are aware that it was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood and originally recorded by Albert Hammond who also sang "It Never Rains In Southern California."
A perfect sampling of the mood of the time.
Yes, the Hollies did survive after Nash's departure.  Very differently, but still pretty good.

At least an 8 ... 
 Interesting. My favorite Radiohead song. 

yofitofu wrote:
A fascinating look at how Radiohead's Creep directly plagiarized this song. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XbogWA-riU 

 

A fascinating look at how Radiohead's Creep directly plagiarized this song. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XbogWA-riU 
Absolutely stunning harmonies to this song.  I first heard this when I was 3.....yes 3, and I still remember where I was when I first heard it!!
The power of powerful music!! {#Clap} 
What a wonderful, surprising choice.
 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Whoah...I recall hearing this the summer I was 12 years old, playing with my friends David and Roger, and all of us breaking into full-throated song with the chorus as it came on David's sister's radio that we could hear from her window...Heady times, indeed! (That clanging, mournful guitar, especially the intro, reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot's masterpiece 'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,' too...) 

 
The intros to both tunes start with an Asus2 to some variant of a G chord - though I think Gordo used a capo up two frets.  This tune was written a couple of years earlier.
This was just what i needed right now! 

Thank you so much *walkinghomeinthwrainafterabigfightwithmylove* 
 lemmoth wrote:
Back to back lawsuit radio great job bill
 
Now if he plays Creep...
You guys are killing it tonight!
 
Back to back lawsuit radio great job bill
Whoah...I recall hearing this the summer I was 12 years old, playing with my friends David and Roger, and all of us breaking into full-throated song with the chorus as it came on David's sister's radio that we could hear from her window...Heady times, indeed! (That clanging, mournful guitar, especially the intro, reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot's masterpiece 'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,' too...) 
My favorite hippie song
The Hollies were done after Graham left. 

No Graham songs from The Hollies here at RP.

Ho 'bout some "Carry Anne' or "Bus Stop" to remedy that problem?


 jmsmy wrote:
Follow this up with Radiohead's Creep.

 

 
Dude, you read my mined....FYI, KD Lang does a great cover of this.
Follow this up with Radiohead's Creep.

 
Indelible 70s. Special memories. Good call, Bill. You must be playing what you like too… 
... hats off Bill - you are the best, Whoda thought we would hear this on RP?
Ingrained in my consciousness - classic (but not in the best of ways)  {#Ask}
 jmsmy wrote:
try playing Radiohead - Creep right after this.

Awesome Song 

 
Radiohead had to pay the composers for the little melody that they er.... borrowed
Wow, my favorite song from the Hollies!  Never thought I would hear this on RP.  Haven't heard it in years.  Thanks, Bill!  {#Daisy}
I like this song but I don't remember it from the 70's.
One of the most perfect pop songs ever!
I kind of remember it, and then the chorus kicks in.  Yep, I remember it.
One of my all-time favs..
try playing Radiohead - Creep right after this.

Awesome Song 
Never thought I would hear this on RP.

Nice.
Bill, I love you!!!