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Monday, September 05, 2005

Best Love Song(s)

What is your all time favorite love song?
For me, it's an easy answer. "In My Life" by The Beatles (Rubber Soul album) is the all time best love song ever written. It's understated simplicity makes it that much stronger. The song basically is saying I've had a lot of lovers, and I've loved them all but in my life, I love you more. No one compares with you.

Anyhow, it's simple yet profound. My second favorite love song is "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys. I don't think I've ever listened to it without tearing up. Again, the lyrics are simple, but oh so direct. And the harmony...sweet harmony.

I admit, with very little shame, I am a sentimental sap, and it doesn't take much to make me cry romantic tears. I still can't get through Casablanca without crying. Which of course reminds me of the beautiful, "As Time Goes By."

So, fess up. What does it for you?

29 Comments:

Blogger Kat Coble said...

Accidentally Like A Martyr--Warren Zevon

7:33 AM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

"Annie's Song" by John Denver means the most to me. It actually brings me to tears because I really do love my wife that much. In fact, on my computer and on the CD's that I have it on, I renamed it "Sanna's Song" after my wife Sanna.

It also makes me think of my Dad, because my Dad was a John Denver fan and the song accurately describes his relationship to my mother. Particularly the part where he says "let me die in your arms". My dad died of cancer in 1980 when I was only ten years old and the last words he ever said was "I love you" to my mother. He was lying there ready to pass away, when he suddenly woke up, looked at my mother and said "I love you" and then died.

Sorry for getting so deep. The song just means a lot to me and I had to share it.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

It's a toss-up between Little Milton's "Grits Ain't Groceries" and the original "What a Man." I can say for certain that the day someone's "got me doing a James Brown every time I get on my feet" is the day I know the man for me.

8:01 AM  
Blogger dolphin said...

I love the Indigo Girls' "Power of Two." Often thought I'd have it performed at my wedding.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Peter Gabriel's "in you eyes" and Marvin gaye's "sexual healing" Woo hoo

12:51 PM  
Blogger melusina said...

Crazy Love - Bryan Ferry

2:07 PM  
Blogger John H said...

'God only Knows' is the most beautiful..

I'm a sucker for harmony also - Beachboys set the standard. Putting the lyrics together with truly divine harmony..

gotta be God only Knows..

3:50 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" -- although, I have to admit that I like Billy Joel's version better.

6:25 PM  
Blogger P. K. Nail said...

I have to second luna's choice of Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love."

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Well, this is embarrassing. There were several songs listed above which I have not heard. I'll be d/l them from Napster this morning so I know what you all like!

Glen...I remember seeing John Denver on Carson...he was guest hosting, the first time he sang that song. He talked about falling in love with him wife again, and that he wrote it for her.

It's a beautiful song, and your story about your father is amazingly beautiful. Sounds like your parents had a nice life. And I think it's extra cool that it reminds you of your wife, too.

Aunt B! Glad you made it over here. See? It's not scary at all!
(Though I admit one of the songs I don't know is one you chose)

11:45 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Glad to be here. And I promise you, either one of those songs will have you dancing around the house with that "woo-hoo, I'm going to see my man/woman again!" feeling.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

I really like "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera. That one and the sappy Sammy Kershaw song, "Love of my Life" are two good ones.

Also, I have to admit I love this song by Sixpence None the Richer called "Us" that really, for me, sums up what I hope a good relationship/marriage would be all about.

I will also say that Colin Raye's "Really Not that Different" is another great love song.

7:01 AM  
Blogger HUCK said...

"Wonderful Tonight"
-Clapton

10:53 AM  
Blogger HUCK said...

My personal all-time favorite. So cheesy, yet so satisfying:

"I Love You"
-Climax Blues Band

10:58 AM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Huck...How did I leave off "Wonderful Tonight?" Yet another one so simple but so absoultely beautiful, much in the way "In My Life" is. Patti Boyd must be some woman! She had George Harrison write "Something" for her, and Clapton write "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight" for her." That is one inspiring woman. Hey...I'm looking for a male Patti Boyd! Make me write songs like that!

Michael, what a wonderful choice. Did you see PFTO when it was at TPAC is 02? I also saw the recent film, and thought it was well done. I always liked the Phantom, which is pretty consistant with my dysfunctional choices in men. Beautiful song, though!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

I can't believe that with all of these diverse tastes and interests not one person has selected "Smack My Bitch Up"

6:54 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

LOL Katherine!

7:11 PM  
Anonymous jw said...

"Marie" - Randy Newman

"A Prairie Wedding" - Mark Knopfler

8:45 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

There is something so beautiful about the Tom Waits rendition of "Somewhere" from West Side Story, but I'd have to go with either "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding or any number of songs by Al Green.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

"Try A Little Tenderness" is amazing. Have you seen the performance by Otis right before his plane crash? It's great.
And Al Green. Good heavens. A woman can get pregnant just listening to him! Anything by Al and Marvin Gaye playing in the background can be very lovely.

1:05 AM  
Blogger Shaula Evans said...

"Fourty-five years" by Stan Rogers, on his album "Fogerty's Cove"

If you meet someone who can sing that song about you, marry them on the spot.

I don't expect you know it, Sharon. I hope you can find it on Napster and I'd love to hear what you think of it.

11:23 AM  
Blogger HUCK said...

Oh wait! I almost forgot 'Something in the Way She Moves' by James Taylor.

Now that's some sweet, sweet luv music...

8:45 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

'Something in the Way She Moves' by James Taylor.

Shouldn't that be by George Harrison, sung by James Taylor?

/george fangeek

1:34 PM  
Blogger HUCK said...

Perhaps. I never knew...

1:37 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

George wrote that song for his wife Patti, who was also the subject of Eric Clapton's "Layla".

He talks about the song in this interview.

Frank Sinatra called this the greatest love song of all time.

I used to think so, until I heard more of the backstory. Now it just strikes me as incredibly sad.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

Or not.

Just decided to research to back up my assumptions, and it looks like James Taylor's is a totally different song.

I hate to admit when I'm wrong, but I will.

I was wrong.

So now I have to go listen to the James Taylor song.

Sorry, Huck. Guess what I get for assuming......
My world still revolves around George Harrison, I guess.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

And more to my everlasting shame, further research reveals that George wrote HIS song after hearing James Taylor's song.

So he stole the line from him.

George. You bastard.

3:02 PM  
Blogger HUCK said...

You should have gone with it. I believed you.

I probably would have never found out.

...until one far off day while listening to the rhythms of my artificial respirator juxtaposed with the friendly nonsensical gibberish of Casey Kasem's great-grandson as he dj's my nursing home's Musak station...

3:49 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Shaula,
Now I am curious. I haven't heard it, but I am going to look for it!
Thank you for the heads up on this song.

Sharon

1:24 AM  

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