"I never wanna live without you, baby / I wanna be your lady / Love is so amazing"
One of the standouts on an already stellar album, "I Never Wanna Live Without You" is amongst a handful of tracks that can be considered Mary J. Blige's best songs ever. True story. If you don't love this song, then I truly wonder about you. Produced by the winning trifecta of Herb Middleton, Chucky Thompson and Sean "Puffy" Combs and co-written by Mary, Big Bub of Today fame and Faith Evans, who also held down background vocals with MJB, this song is as close to perfect as they come. Yes, Mary J. managed to sing about the same topic throughout the majority My Life, yet no two songs sounded alike nor were we tired of hearing her lamentations. Mary sings "I Never Wanna Live Without You" as if she's waiting for the other shoe to drop.
This is the man she's wanted for so long. This is the man who she's prayed for. This is the man with with warm embrace and sweet, sweet taste. This is The One. But she's losing sleep. She can barely eat. She doesn't want to be alone. She wants to weather the storm. Are her feelings in vain? Because to hear her tell it, "I know someday you're going away." Damn. This track explores the intricacies of a relationship that may or may not last, despite her best efforts to love as hard as she can. And we could all relate, which was no surprise because in so many ways Mary's "My Life" held a mirror up to our lives.