"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

great love song lyrics, a song and patti boyd envy

I have had a couple of music snippets stored under "drafts" for quite a while now.  Not quite knowing what to do with the love songs and lyrics, I thought using them this evening would not be a bad idea.  Off the top of my head I have made a quick list of my favourite love songs and their lyrics.  Please bear in mind that these are love songs that woman want to hear.   I would like to have had more time to compile the list but I have been hooked on the penultimate episode of Masterchef, trying to watch the announcement of the Springbok team and also get this post up this evening.  So here goes:-

10.  VAN MORRISON - Have I told you lately

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one above you
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away my sadness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do
Oh the morning sun in all its glory
Greets the day with hope and comfort too
And you fill my life with laughter
You can make it better
Ease my troubles that's what you do
There's a love that's divine
And it's yours and it's mine
Like the sun at the end of the day

Something about the saxophone, his voice and the words of this song that always hits the spot.
9.  AEROSMITH - I don't want to miss a thing

Lying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I'm wondering what you're dreaming
Wondering if it's me you're seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we're together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

I don't wanna close my eyes
I don't wanna fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you, babe
And I don't wanna miss a thing

Probably a controversial choice.  Lyrics are all important to me and whenever I hear this song, I think "Oh my word, imagine not wanting to fall asleep because you are going to miss your "babe"."  The "babe" word does not really do it for me either as I always have thoughts of that cute little pig, but each to his own.  But the romantic side of having a man watching you sleep is pretty awesome (and pretty unbelievable).  The thought of waking up and seeing Steve Tyler (he is the lead singer, Mom) watching over you is also awesomely, unbelievably scary.

8. BILLY JOEL - Just the way you are

Don't go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore
I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

Don't go trying some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don't want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are

You can't go wrong with this one. 

7.  NAT KING COLE - Unforgettable

Unforgettable, that's what you are
Unforgettable though near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more

Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that's how you'll stay
That's why, darling, it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

Again, the voice together with his incredible timing when singing the lyrics makes this one "stand the test of time".

6.  THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS - Unchained Melody

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
Lonely rivers sigh wait for me wait for me
I'll be coming home wait for me

Problem with this one is that every time I hear it I cannot get Patrick Swayze's face out of my mind.  How did they ever cast him in Ghost?  It had the makings of an amazing movie.  Great song though. RIP Patrick (no offence)

5.   LONESTAR - Amazed

I don't know how you do what you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you

The smell of your skin
The taste of your kiss
The way you whisper in the dark
Your hair all around me
Baby you surround me
You touch every place in my heart
Oh, it feels like the first time, every time
I want to spend the whole night in your eyes

Every little thing that you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by

I am leaving myself wide open now for some serious abuse from my sons.  But herein lies a lesson for them.  These words are what 97% of woman would like to hear.  What ever happened to Lonestar?

4.  SOMETHING - George Harrison

Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me

I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me

Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe her now

You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around now it may show
I don't know, I don't know

I have always loved this song.  As much as I love the Beatles for their melodies the words of most of their songs do not really tug at my heart strings.

3.   BOB DYLAN - Love minus Zero
 My love she speaks like silence,
Without ideals or violence,
She doesn't have to say she's faithful,
Yet she's true, like ice, like fire.
People carry roses,
Make promises by the hours,
My love she laughs like the flowers,
Valentines can't buy her.

In the dime stores and bus stations,
People talk of situations,
Read books, repeat quotations,
Draw conclusions on the wall.
Some speak of the future,
My love she speaks softly,
She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no success at all.

The cloak and dagger dangles,
Madams light the candles.
In ceremonies of the horsemen,
Even the pawn must hold a grudge.
Statues made of match sticks,
Crumble into one another,
My love winks, she does not bother,
She knows too much to argue or to judge.

The bridge at midnight trembles,
The country doctor rambles,
Bankers' nieces seek perfection,
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring.
The wind howls like a hammer,
The night blows cold and rainy,
My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing.

Sorry had to print all the words.  This song is right up there for me.  I love the harmonica and it is so pure and simple and at the same time so typically Dylan (who was not pure and simple)

"Some speak of the future, My love she speaks softly"

Greatest line ever

2.   STING - Fields of Gold

You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in fields of gold

So she took her love
For to gaze awhile
Upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold

Will you stay with me, will you be my love
Among the fields of barley
We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we lie in fields of gold

See the west wind move like a lover so
Upon the fields of barley
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth
Among the fields of gold

I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in fields of gold
We'll walk in fields of gold

Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
Among the fields of gold

I have always loved Sting.  I had an enormous wall poster of him once upon a time (like the one below).  No list of mine would be complete without including a song of his.

1.  ERIC CLAPTON - Wonderful tonight

This one you have to listen to as well.  I found this gem recorded live with Mark Knopfler and I am sure you will love it.


It's late in the evening; she's wondering what clothes to wear.
She puts on her make-up and brushes her long blonde hair.
And then she asks me, "Do I look all right?"
And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight."

We go to a party and everyone turns to see
This beautiful lady that's walking around with me.
And then she asks me, "Do you feel all right?"
And I say, "Yes, I feel wonderful tonight."

I feel wonderful because I see
The love light in your eyes.
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don't realize how much I love you.

It's time to go home now and I've got an aching head,
So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed.
And then I tell her, as I turn out the light,
I say, "My darling, you were wonderful tonight.
Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight."

Pattie Boyd recalled to The Guardian December 13, 2008 that Clapton "was sitting round playing his guitar while I was trying on dresses upstairs. I was taking so long and I was panicking about my hair, my clothes, everything, and I came downstairs expecting him to really berate me but he said, 'Listen to this!'" In the time she had taken to get ready Clapton had written this song.
This brings me back to the title of this post.  How did Patti Boyd get it right.  Married to George Harrison who wrote "For you Blue" and "Something" (see above) for her.  She then moved on to Eric Clapton and he wrote "Layla" and "Wonderful tonight" about her.  Clapton and Harrison remained good friends, and Harrison even played at their wedding in 1979.  Mick Jagger also tried to make a move on her and she had a brief liaison  with Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood.  Not really jealous of the men in her life but how did she get it right to inspire such wonderful love songs.

She's <b>Pattie Boyd</b>

Early Days

With George Harrison
<b>Pattie boyd today</b> images
Some years later

Go Patti. Very surprised she has not released her signature fragrance.

Good night. 



  1. What is it about Pattie Boyd. She was just as guilty of fooling w/ men's lives.....we all have our weaknesses and her's were nothing new

    1. She may have fooled with their hearts but she must have something really special to have inspired these men. She was not unlike Scarlett Johannsen in her looks, don't you think?