‘My Life’ At 15: ‘Don’t Go’


Words such as “pleading,” “longing,” “desperation” have been used thus far to describe Mary J. Blige‘s seminal opus, My Life. You may be tired of reading such descriptions. I’m here to tell you that reading the rest of this post isn’t going to be any easier for you if you fall into this category. “Don’t Go” is…just…so…damn pathetic in its pleading that it rivals Lenny Williams‘ “Cause I Love You” with its woeful tale of how planets will smash into each other and Armageddon will begin if, boy, you just can’t get it into your thick head that you can’t leave me. Previous to this song in the tracklisting, Mary has sung of wanting to save herself even though she really wants to stay with the man she rightfully knows is hers. This is the one song that so unapologetically lets the floodgates open so that every bar is awash with tears. The sucker punch is that the song is set to the beat of Guy‘s “Goodbye Love.” Aaron Hall may have been attempting to be classy and sing his way out of your heart, but Mary simply won’t stand for it. Out of all the songs on this album, this is the song I always come back to. Yes, the track is hot melodically, but it’s a great reminder of where I’ve been and that I never have to feel that way again. Hopefully, it’s the same experience for you.
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