I had a conversation with Blending Ame about love songs—the most pathetic ones of all time, in particular. She asked me what I thought the greatest ones were, so I’m going to dedicate a post or two on the topic. I think it’s a worthy idea – beauty in the time of war.

Let me start with a gem—“You Are My Shining Star” by the Manhattans (1980). It’s filled with the uplifting, the positive, and the healthy: love is lofty emotion and it deserves no less.

“You Are My Shining Star” by The Manhattans (1980)

 

Honey you are my shining star, Don’t you go away
Wanna be right here where you are, Until my dying day

So many have tried, Tried to find a love like yours and mine
Girl don’t you realize how you hypnotize
Make me love you more each time

Honey I’ll never leave you lonely
Give my love to you only
To you only, to you only

Honey you are my shining star
Don’t you go away
Wanna be right here where you are
Until my dying day

Feels so good when we’re lying here next to each other lost in love
Baby when we touch, love you so much
You’re all I ever dreamed of

Honey I’ll never leave you lonely
Give my love to you only to you only
To you only, to you only

Honey you are my shining star, Don’t you go away girl
Wanna be right here where you are, Until my dying day

Honey you, you are my shining star, Don’t you go away

Let’s face it—romantic love is rare. And those who find it are the chosen ones…they receive a gift. They walk in silence, knowing how lucky they are.

We might be happy alone, content in the daily activities. But everyone is looking, searching; they’re hoping that it’s not bullshit. That someday – far into the future, they’ll fall asleep in the arms of a perfect somebody.

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37 thoughts on “What’s the Greatest Love Song of All Time? (1st Edition)

  1. “Let’s face it—romantic love is rare. And those who find it are the chosen ones…they receive a gift. They walk in silence, knowing how lucky they are.

    We might be happy alone, content in the daily activities. But everyone is looking, searching; they’re hoping that it’s not bullshit. That someday – far into the future, they’ll fall asleep in the arms of a perfect somebody.”

    – – –

    okay … that’s beautiful. do you write songs, too?

    _____________________________________________________

    my 17 year old daughter picked “Just A Kiss” by Lady Antebellum

    1. LADY ANTEBELLUM LYRICS
      “Just A Kiss”

      Lyin’ here with you so close to me
      It’s hard to fight these feelings when it feels so hard to breathe
      Caught up in this moment
      Caught up in your smile

      I’ve never opened up to anyone
      So hard to hold back when I’m holding you in my arms
      We don’t need to rush this
      Let’s just take it slow

      Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
      Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
      No I don’t want to mess this thing up
      I don’t want to push too far
      Just a shot in the dark that you just might
      Be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life
      So baby I’m alright, with just a kiss goodnight

      I know that if we give this a little time
      It’ll only bring us closer to the love we wanna find
      It’s never felt so real, no it’s never felt so right

      Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
      Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
      No I don’t want to mess this thing up
      I don’t want to push too far
      Just a shot in the dark that you just might
      Be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life
      So baby I’m alright, with just a kiss goodnight

      No I don’t want to say goodnight
      I know it’s time to leave, but you’ll be in my dreams

      Tonight
      Tonight
      Tonight

      Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
      Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
      No I don’t want to mess this thing up
      I don’t want to push too far
      Just a shot in the dark that you just might
      Be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life
      So baby I’m alright, oh, let’s do this right, with just a kiss goodnight
      With a kiss goodnight
      Kiss goodnight

      1. me, too. i’d not paid attention to the lyrics before, but when i asked about fav/great love songs, my daughter mentioned this one. she said she liked it b/c it didn’t go beyond kissing and was pure. (and my Momma’s heart soared!!! 🙂 )

      2. In my opinion, we have to be very careful because many of these songs our children are exposed to, since, many will sneak an immoral line or two into the verse, bridge, or chorus.

        Case in point is “Cheerleader” by Omi. Take a look at the third line of the bridge, which is inserted into an otherwise straightforward love song.

        “Do you need me?
        Do you think I’m pretty?
        Do I make you feel like cheating?
        I’m like no, not really ’cause”

        These songs are aimed at women, particularly young women, who listen to words more accutely than the male listener. This was brought up by songwriterr (and ASCAP vice president) Ralph Stanley when he said “50 percent of songs are written by men for women; the other 50 are written by women to women.”

      3. “50 percent of songs are written by men for women; the other 50 are written by women to women.”

        this is a tragic commentary on women in our time and culture. wow.

      4. That is a quote from Harlan Howard, the man who wrote the country hit “Tiger by the Tail” (among countless others). He believed that it was pointless to write for men, since they never bought records. So he would write for women, and write from the viewpoint of a woman; this is how he got so many hit songs.

        His philosophy is the unspoken rule-of-thumb for country and pop; in short, tell women what they want to hear so that you can make money off them.

        I guess that’s ok, by and large. But when they start selling women shitty advice (glorifying disgusting behavior, for example) then certain ethical lines are being crossed.

      5. “His philosophy is the unspoken rule-of-thumb for country and pop; in short, tell women what they want to hear so that you can make money off them.

        I guess that’s ok, by and large. But when they start selling women shitty advice (glorifying disgusting behavior, for example) then certain ethical lines are being crossed.”

        wow. i probably should have guessed this, but i didn’t. i kept wondering why men would sing songs that cater to women. sigh.

        do you think it’s always been that way? if not, where, in time, do you see that it changed? i’d like to write a post on this and link here – is that okay with you?

      6. “do you think it’s always been that way? if not, where, in time, do you see that it changed?”

        Well, the American songwriting industry has only existed for around one hundred years – since the advent of radio, more or less. And you had Tin Pan Alley with the likes of Gershwin. Those original songs, to my knowledge, were not as tainted since radio was not as tied to record sales (it was more of a stand-alone entertainment piece).

  2. i asked my husband b/c he knows a lot of music and has a great memory. his first pick is Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love:”

    ELVIS PRESLEY LYRICS
    “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

    Wise men say
    Only fools rush in
    But I can’t help falling in love with you
    Shall I stay?
    Would it be a sin
    If I can’t help falling in love with you?

    Like a river flows
    Surely to the sea
    Darling, so it goes
    Some things are meant to be
    Take my hand,
    Take my whole life, too
    For I can’t help falling in love with you

    Like a river flows
    Surely to the sea
    Darling, so it goes
    Some things are meant to be
    Take my hand,
    Take my whole life, too
    For I can’t help falling in love with you
    For I can’t help falling in love with you

  3. my husband’s second pick: “Like A River to the Sea” by Steve Wariner:

    STEVE WARINER LYRICS
    “Like A River To The Sea”

    You look like you did back then
    You kiss me like you did back when
    You and I first fell in love
    Time has been good to you
    I said I always knew it would
    You’re more lovely every day.

    Just like a mighty river runs to the sea
    My love for you keeps growing
    It was meant to be
    It will never go away
    It’s deeper and stronger every day
    Like a river to the sea
    You know you can count on me.

    These hands on the clock should know
    That time just can’t pass this slow
    When I’m away
    But I’ve got my job to do
    Then I’ll hurry home to you
    I’m waiting for the day.

  4. another good one: “Close to You,” by The Carpenters:

    THE CARPENTERS LYRICS
    “(They Long To Be) Close To You”

    Why do birds suddenly appear, ev’ry time you are near?
    Just like me, they long to be close to you.
    Why do stars fall down from the sky, ev’ry time you walk by?
    Just like me, they long to be close to you.

    On the day that you were born the angels got together.
    And decided to create a dream come true.
    So, they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold,
    And star-light in your eyes of blue.
    That is why all the girls in town follow you all around.
    Just like me, they long to be close to you…

    On the day that you were born the angels got together.
    And decided to create a dream come true.
    So, they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold,
    And star-light in your eyes of blue.
    That is why all the girls in town follow you all around.
    Just like me, they long to be close to you…
    Just like me, they long to be close to you…

  5. we’ve had fun with this in our home. here’s another one:

    DIANA ROSS LYRICS
    “Endless Love”
    (feat. Lionel Richie)

    My love
    There’s only you in my life
    The only thing that’s right

    My first love
    You’re every breath that I take
    You’re every step I make

    And I
    I want to share
    All my love with you
    No one else will do

    And your eyes
    They tell me how much you care
    Oh, yes you will always be
    My endless love

    Two hearts
    Two hearts that beat as one
    Our lives had just begun

    Forever
    I’ll hold you close in my arms
    I can’t resist your charms

    And love
    I’ll be a fool for you
    I’m sure
    You know I don’t mind
    Whoooooa, you know I don’t mind

    ‘Cos you
    You mean the world to me
    Oh, I know
    I know I found in you
    My endless love

    [Instrumental Interlude]

    Oooooooh
    And love
    I’ll be that fool for you
    I’m sure
    You know I don’t mind
    Whooooa, you know I don’t mind
    And yes
    You’ll be the only one
    ‘Cos no one can’t deny
    This love I have inside
    And I’ll give it all to you
    My love
    My endless love

      1. Guitar primarily, but I also can play several stringed instruments like the banjo, uke, etc.

        I defer to Mark Twain though: “A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo but doesn’t.”

  6. Unchained Melody needs to be on the list:

    THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS LYRICS
    “Unchained Melody”
    (originally by Tom Duncan)

    Oh, my love
    My darling
    I’ve hungered for your touch
    A long, lonely time

    And time goes by so slowly
    And time can do so much
    Are you still mine?

    I need your love
    I need your love
    God speed your love to me

    Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
    To the open arms of the sea
    Yes, lonely rivers sigh, “Wait for me, wait for me
    I’ll be coming home, wait for me”

    Oh, my love
    My darling
    I’ve hungered, hungered for your touch
    A long, lonely time

    And time goes by so slowly
    And time can do so much
    Are you still mine?

    I need your love
    I need your love
    God speed your love to me

  7. beautiful but sad:

    DAN FOGELBERG LYRICS
    “Same Old Lang Syne”

    Met my old lover in the grocery store
    The snow was falling Christmas Eve
    I stole behind her in the frozen foods
    And I touched her on the sleeve

    She didn’t recognize the face at first
    But then her eyes flew open wide
    She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
    And we laughed until we cried

    We took her groceries to the checkout stand
    The food was totaled up and bagged
    We stood there lost in our embarrassment
    As the conversation dragged

    Went to have ourselves a drink or two
    But couldn’t find an open bar
    We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
    And we drank it in her car

    We drank a toast to innocence
    We drank a toast to now
    And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
    But neither one knew how

    She said she’d married her an architect
    Who kept her warm and safe and dry
    She would have liked to say she loved the man
    But she didn’t like to lie

    I said the years had been a friend to her
    And that her eyes were still as blue
    But in those eyes I wasn’t sure if I
    Saw doubt or gratitude

    She said she saw me in the record stores
    And that I must be doing well
    I said the audience was heavenly
    But the traveling was hell

    We drank a toast to innocence
    We drank a toast to now
    And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
    But neither one knew how

    We drank a toast to innocence
    We drank a toast to time
    Reliving in our eloquence
    Another ‘auld lang syne’

    The beer was empty and our tongues were tired
    And running out of things to say
    She gave a kiss to me as I got out
    And I watched her drive away

    Just for a moment I was back at school
    And felt that old familiar pain
    And as I turned to make my way back home
    The snow turned into rain

  8. *Sorcerygod enters, blue-black cloak flapping, and sits down*

    THIS is the best love song of all time:
    All For Love By Michael Bolton

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