Love. About 95% of all songs ever written are based on love. The percentage might even be higher than that. Love, or some response to it…or the loss of it…or the absence of it…or the betrayal of it. Sadly, the word “love” itself is a bugger to rhyme. It works with dove, or glove, or above…but really, how conversational is it to end a sentence with any of those words? So we songwriters are left to find other words for love.
When you’re a writer you listen to songs sort of the same way an architect looks at buildings or a chef eats a meal. Not that I’m always analyzing songs. But if I really like a tune I find myself pondering the structure and the patterns and the word usage, as well as how the music fits in all of it. So through the years I have studied popular love songs, especially in the country/folk genre, and here’s what I discovered:
Most love songs either spill out emotions or rattle off reasons why someone loves someone else. They feel warm and fuzzy and they work. But I started wondering if the love I wanted, and the love I had, fit all that. I mean, this wasn’t always going to work for us:
I can feel the magic floating in the airBeing with you gets me that wayI watch the sunlight dance across your face and I'veNever been this swept away“Breathe”
I'm sold on the lady in the second rowShe's an eight, she's a nine, she's a ten I knowShe's got ruby red lips, blonde hair, blue eyes,and I'm about to bid my heart good-bye.“Sold”
...or when Alzheimer’s takes away that intellectual brilliance…
...you run the risk of losing that love.
So I wrote this song:
I.Some speak of love and all that it costsHow it’s tenderly won and painfully lostHundreds of reasons for loving, for leavingAre written in songs every dayBut I don’t see love in that way
PRECHORUS: Cuz once you need reasons for lovingThen you could find reasons to goSo when you ask why I love youHere’s what I want you to know
CHORUS: I’m yours in the sweet, in the bitterI’m yours if you soar, if you fallLove keeps no account of the winnersAsk why I love you, I’ll tell youThere’s NO REASON at all
II.After all of these years I’m still crazy in loveAnd if you want reasons there’s more than enoughBut time’s going to change them, and life rearrange themBut one thing will always be trueThat’s the way my soul rises to you