Love in the Natural Way

Song written by Kim, Ricky and Marty Wilde. Fourth track of the album Close. Released as the fifth and last single from the album.


There are three versions of ‘Love in the Natural Way’: the album version, the extended version and the video edit. The latter track was released on cd for the first time in 2013, when Universal re-released ‘Close’ as a 2cd set.


The single was released on 7″ single, limited edition 7″ single with poster sleeve, a 12″ single and a CD-single.
See also this page in the discography.

Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Neil Thompson.
Go to this page for more information.

Live performances

‘Love in the Natural Way’ was performed live during the Bad Tour in 1988, the Hits Tour in 1994, the Live 2009 Tour, the Snapshots & Greatest Hits tour in 2012 and during Christmas gigs in December 2013.

Kim about ‘Love in the natural way’

This was the fifth and final single from Close and one of my personal favorite love songs. I often still sing this today in an acoustic set at my concerts; the melody and sentiment still as potent as they were back in ’88… perhaps even more so. (1)


Keyboards & programming: Ricky Wilde, Tony Swain
Guitars: Steve Byrd, Ricky Wilde
Produced by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain
Engineered by James Richards.
Mix engineered by Richard Lengyel

Highest chart positions

Ireland: 26 (2 weeks)
United Kingdom: 32 (6 weeks)

Interview source

(1) Facebook Track by Track commentary, published 3 September 2013


Well it sounded like a whisper
But soon became a cry
And the moment that I touch you
I know the reason why – we got love
No union is stronger than a woman with a man
I’m gonna give love in the natural way
With everything I can
Never mind if things go wrong
You and I will still be strong
And how I love you now

Oh baby, we’re here tonight
We can make it last forever
Wen can make it last for life
Oh, baby, no matter what
I’m gonna give love in the natural way
With everything I got

All times it can be gentle
And at times it can be cruel
It can treat you like a stranger
It can treat you like a fool
But tonight I wanna hold you
Cos tonight you’re gonna see
I’m gonna give you love in the natural way
And keep you here with me
Lovin’ like you’ve never known
Now at last We’re on our own
And I still love you now

Oh, baby, we’re here tonight
We can make it last forever
We can make it last for life
Oh, babe, it’s me and you
And it’s a natural reaction
When you feel the way we do
What is left that’s still unknown
Let’s discover on our own

Cos when love’s the culmination
Of everything you feel
Well it’s the only thing that’s precious
It’s the only thing that’s real