True to the evolution of Santana music during the beginning of this millennium, “I’m Feeling You” — a collaboration with Michelle Branch and her partner in The Wrecking Crew, Jessica Harp — takes Carlos away from his classic Latin sound, and into mainstream pop.
This song appears as the lead single of All That I Am, the follow up to Shaman, and Supernatural before it. However, the collaboration process which worked so unbelievably well for Supernatural (9 Grammies, 25 million albums sold and counting) has been so watered down and processed by this third album in the series that it’s hardly recognizable as Santana music.
(Unfortunately, Carlos’ excellent band, with Raul Rekow on congas, Karl Perazzo on timbales, and Dennis Chambers on drums, doesn’t get heard much in the mix. The producers apparently opted for a simplified pop feel, rather than the enhanced rhythmic structure Latin percussion provides.)
Written by Branch, along with pro song-smiths Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, I’m Feeling You is quite similar to Shaman’s “Game of Love,” the previous Michelle Branch/Carlos Santana song. It’s in a major key (D) from which it never strays, contains a pleasant enough, albeit forgettable melody, and includes lyrics guaranteed to offend no one.
As is so often the case with his later material, Carlos plays smoothly and fits in well in between the cracks of the vocals. His guitar licks never stand out enough to be called hooks, though, and certainly don’t define the song the way they did in “Smooth” and “Maria Maria.” I’m Feeling You is really just an alternate version of it’s predecessor, “Game of Love,” without that song’s catchy refrain.
The production is smooth and modern, and Branch’s and Harp’s voices blend in typically harmonious fashion. As a result, this song reached number 55 on the Billboard Ht 100 chart, and number 5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. While it will never be remembered as a classic Santana song, it’s certainly a well-recorded pop ditty.
I’m Feeling You Lyrics
Sometimes, I imagine the world without you
But most times, I’m just so happy that I ever found you
It’s a complicated web, that you weave inside my head
So much pleasure with such pain
Hope we always, always stay the same
I’m feelin’ the way you cross my mind
And you save me in the nick of time
I’m ridin’ the highs, I’m diggin’ the lows
‘Cause at least I feel alive
I’ve never faced so many emotional days
But my life is good
I’m feelin’ you
I’m feelin’ you
You go, and then I can finally breathe in
‘Cause baby I know, in the end you’re never leavin’
Well we’re rarely ever sane, I drive you crazy and you do the same
But your fire fills my soul
And it warms me up like no one knows
I’m Feeling You Chords
Intro / Verse / Guitar Solo
D – Em (repeat)
Bm – G (3x)
D – Em – G – A (2x)
Em – G – Em – G
D – G
D – Em – D – Em