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Wales "Only love can hurt like this"
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This (single cover)
Own Eurovision Song Contest 31 entry
Country Wales
Artist(s) Paloma Faith Blomfield
As Paloma Faith
Language English
Composer(s) AC Burrell
Kyle Townsend
Finals performance
Semi-final result 4th, 100 points
Final result 2nd, 195 points
Appearance chronology
◄ Change your life (30)   
Sgwenna dy stori (33) ►


"Only Love Can Hurt Like This" is a song by English recording artist Paloma Faith, written by Diane Warren. Released as the second single to promote her third studio album, A Perfect Contradiction, on 11 May 2014, it was promoted on shows such as Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

The song peaked at number 6 in the United Kingdom, making it Faith's highest charting single to date, surpassing her 2012 single "Picking Up the Pieces". It made its Australian chart premiere on 21 July 2014 after being used on a high profile TV advertisement for Channel 7's drama series Winners & Losers. It reached the number one position on the Australian ARIA charts on July 26. It has also peaked at number 3 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, marking Faith's first top ten and highest peaking single there to date.

The song participated in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 31 for Wales, contest held in Skopje, Macedonia. The song received a total of 195 points and was the runner-up.

Background and compositionEdit

"Only Love Can Hurt Like This" was written by Diane Warren, who has previously written songs for Whitney Houston, Cher, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Warren has also written a song with a synonymous title, "Nothing Hurts Like Love", sung by Daniel Bedingfield. The song "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" was premiered in a stripped back acoustic version on Amazon.com, and was later performed at a Burberry fashion show in February 2014; later this performance was made available on the iTunes Store.

The song has been described as a Motown-influenced sixties-style ballad and is a largely acoustic song featuring just piano and drums, expanding to include backing vocals and heavy use of violins in the final choruses.

Unlike other songs produced by AC Burrell or Kyle Townsend, "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" is not tuned to the widely used concert pitch of A=440 Hz. Instead, it was recorded about 35 cents sharp, about one-third of the way to the next semitone. None of the other songs on Faith's album A Perfect Contradiction stray from standard concert pitch.

Track listings and formatsEdit

  • Digital download
  1. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" – 3:52
  • Digital download – Live Performance for Burberry
  1. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" (Live for Burberry) – 6:19
  • Digital download – remixes
  1. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" (MS MR Remix) – 3:34
  2. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" (Adam Turner Remix) – 6:53


ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia 1
Ireland 26
New Zealand 3
Scotland 5
United Kingdom 6


LyricsEdit

I tell myself you don't mean a thing,
And what we got, got no hold on me
But when you're not there I just crumble
I tell myself I don't care that much,
But I feel like I die 'til I feel your touch,

Only love, only love can hurt like this,
Only love can hurt like this
Must have been a deadly kiss
Only love can hurt like this

Say I wouldn't care if you walked away,
But every time you're there I'm begging you to stay,
When you come close I just tremble
And every time, every time you go,
It's like a knife that cuts right through my soul

Only love, only love can hurt like this
Only love can hurt like this,
Must have been a deadly kiss,
Only love can hurt like this,
Only love can hurt like this

Your kisses burn into my skin,
Only love can hurt like this
But it's the sweetest pain,
Burning hot through my veins,
Love is torture makes me more sure
Only love can hurt like this

Only love can hurt like this,
Only love can hurt like this,
Must have been a deadly kiss,
Only love can hurt like this,

Only love can hurt like this,
Your kisses burn into my skin,
Only love can hurt like this,
Only love can hurt like this,
Save me, save me,
Only love, only love,
'Cause only love can hurt like this
And it must have been a deadly kiss

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Points awarded to WalesEdit

Points awarde to Wales (Semifinal 2)Edit

12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 points

Points awarde to Wales (Grand Final)Edit

12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 points

See alsoEdit


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