Editors’ Notes My Life is extraordinary because it expresses elation, desperation, affection and depression—often in the same moment. The album’s songs refer to different segments of soul music history. “Mary Jane (All Night Long)” blends elements of the Mary Jane Girls and Teddy Pendergrass; “You Bring Me Joy” samples Barry White; the title track borrows from Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”. The lyrics were penned entirely by Blige, and the album’s story of a relationship at its end is told in her performance. She conveys emotion with such nakedness and intensity that it often feels like we are sharing her experiences in real time.

SONG
Intro
1
1:04
 
Mary Jane (All Night Long)
2
4:39
 
You Bring Me Joy
3
4:13
 
Marvin Interlude
4
0:36
 
I'm the Only Woman
5
4:30
 
K. Murray Interlude
6
0:22
 
My Life
7
4:17
 
You Gotta Believe
8
5:02
 
I Never Wanna Live Without You
9
6:17
 
I'm Goin' Down
10
3:42
 
My Life Interlude
11
1:15
 
Be With You
12
4:26
 
Mary's Joint
13
5:02
 
Don't Go
14
4:59
 
I Love You
15
4:31
 
No One Else
16
4:14
 
Be Happy
17
5:49
 
(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman (Bonus Track)
18
2:57