Blending Ame has started a competition with me…the search for a greatest love song. As an example, I mentioned “You Are My Shining Star” by The Manhattans. She countered with some great selections of her own: “Close to You” by The Carpenters and “Endless Love.”

Let me throw another song in the mix. It’s by Joan Manuel Serrat, a Spanish writer that few Americans know. His song is called “The Woman I Love.” Lyrically…it’s perfect; it captures the lofty heights of emotion:

“The Woman I Love” by Joan Manuel Serrat: See Video for Music

The woman I love, doesn’t need to
bathe herself each evening in holy water.
She has many flaws, says my mother,
and too many bones, says my father
But she is more true than bread and earth.
My love is a love from before the war
in order to know it…
The woman I love, doesn’t need to
pluck the petals of a daisy every night.
The woman I love, is a succulent fruit
rooted in my soul just like anything else.
My friends want her to cheat on me
and my enemies’ lives are embittered…
because without intention, her lullaby envelops you
and against her warmth, pride is lost
and shame…
The woman I love, is succulent fruit
happily ripening, sweet and conceited.
The woman I love, tied me to her yoke,
in order to sow the field from end to end
from a love that speaks to us with the sage’s voice

and has a woman’s skin and lips

They’re all gone my previous companions…
My dog, my Scalextric and my lovers.
Poor little Juan!
The woman I love, tied me to her yoke:
but, please, don’t say anything to her.
We see the influence of Neruda: the focus on the sensual, the sacred connection between body and mind. And the Spanish language is perfect for the music – melodious and fluid. Can you feel this way? Do you still have it in you?
There’s a big difference between being sexual and being sensual – and we need more of the latter.
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13 thoughts on “What’s the Greatest Love Song of All Time? (Episode 2)

  1. this is beautiful:

    Somos Novios (It’s Impossible) Lyrics
    Artist: Andrea Bocelli (Buy Andrea Bocelli CDs)
    Album: Amore

    (Armando Manzanero Canche)

    Somos novios
    Pues, los dos sentimos mutuo amor
    profundo
    Y con eso
    Ya ganamos lo más grande
    de este mundo

    Nos amamos, nos besamos
    Como novios, nos deseamos
    Y hasta veces sin motivos,
    sin razón
    Nos enojamos

    Somos novios
    Mantenemos un cariño limpio y puro
    Como todos
    Procuramos el momento más oscuro

    Para hablarnos,
    Para darnos el más dulce
    de los besos
    Recordar de que color
    son los cerezos
    Sin hacer más comentarios
    Somos novios

    It’s just impossible

    Nos amamos, nos besamos
    Como novios, nos deseamos
    Y hasta veces sin motivos,
    sin razón
    Nos enojamos
    sin motivos, sin razón

    Somos novios
    Mantenemos un cariño limpio y puro
    Como todos, como todos
    Procuramos el momento más oscuro

    Para hablarnos,
    Para darnos el más dulce
    de los besos
    Recordar de que color
    son los cerezos
    Sin hacer más comentarios
    Somos novios

    Somos novios
    Siempre novios
    Somos novios

    English translation:
    We Are A Couple

    We are a couple
    because, we both feel mutual profound
    love
    And with that
    We have won the biggest thing
    of this world

    We love, we kiss each other
    Like a couple, We desire each other
    And some times without reasons,
    without motive
    We get angry

    We are a couple
    We maintain a clean and pure affection
    Like everyone
    We look for the darkest moment

    To speak to each other,
    To give each other the sweetest
    of the kisses
    To remember what color
    are the cherry trees
    Without making further comments
    We are a couple

    It’s just impossible

    We love, we kiss each other
    Like a couple, We desire each other
    And some times without reasons,
    without motive!
    We get angry
    without reasons, without motive

    We are a couple
    We maintain a clean and pure affection
    Like everyone, like everyone
    We look for the darkest moment
    To speak to each other,
    To give each other the sweetest
    of the kisses
    To remember what color
    are the cherry trees
    Without making further comments
    We are a couple

    We are a couple
    Always a couple

      1. no, i had not heard that one before. beautiful, sad. real.

        “I’m in between of who I am and who you want me to be” … that’s a pretty powerful lyric.

        ——————————————-

        It Was You

        Versions: #1#2
        It was you
        To have you was your pictures in my wallet
        A kiss and seeing you disappear on the road,

        Yours was the intermittent and the melancholy
        Mine was to accept everything because I loved you
        Seeing you arrive was light, seeing leave was blues

        It was you
        It goes without saying that needless to say, so many things
        learn to love the thrones or don’t accept the roses
        I never told a lie, or created a blackmail
        The gray clouds also form part of the scenery
        Don’t look at me like that, if there was a guilty one here
        It was you.

        **
        how easy was it touch the sky the first time
        when the kisses where the motor of ignition
        that turned on the light, that disappears

        That’s how love disguises it’s self for it’s convenience
        Accepting everything without asking questions
        And letting time, be the final death

        Nothing more to say,
        just to insist
        Say it….

        It was you,
        The neon lights in the street, know how tired I am
        They have seen me walk barefoot at dawn

        I’m in between of who I am and who you want me to be
        Wanting to wake up, thinking how I really don’t want to
        Don’t look at me like that, if there was a guilty one here
        It was you.

        **how easy was it touch the sky the first time
        when the kisses where the motor of ignition
        that turned on the light, that disappears

        That’s how love disguises it’s self for it’s convenience
        Accepting everything without asking questions
        And letting time, be the final death

        Nothing more to say,
        just to insist

        **how easy was it touch the sky the first time
        when the kisses where the motor of ignition
        that turned on the light, that disappears

        That’s how love disguises it’s self for it’s convenience
        Accepting everything without asking questions
        And letting time, be the final death

        Nothing more to say,
        just to insist
        It was you.

        ————————————

      2. Yes, sad…but I think in a beautiful way. Just two people that tried to fit together, work sometimes, but inevitably were fated not to be. It happens….

        I love the chorus on that song.

  2. “There’s a big difference between being sexual and being sensual – and we need more of the latter.”

    Right on! There’s more power to sensuality, anyway. Sexuality is the sledgehammer; sensuality the whip.

  3. Listen Ma.Ss — Major Styles — I have been neglecting you something horrible. I am going through some serious turbulence in my life. We’ll hook up soon enough. Be patient with me, and I’ll be patient with you.

    — Sorcerygod

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