Guest Author - Chris Curtis
It's interesting, when you search for love songs, so many of them involve the pain of loss; yet, love is romanticized in our hearts and we search for it our whole lives. One lesson I have learned in my life is that love begins within us. I have also learned that love comes in all sizes and shapes and from many people in our lives. It isn't exclusive to a one on one relationship but found among our family and friends.
Each of these songs speaks to romantic love between a man and a woman.
Love Hurts – Emmylou Harris / Gram Parsons
This is one of Emmylou's signature songs from her days with Gram Parsons. The title tells the whole of the story, if you open your heart to love with it often comes pain. It is a sad lament.
Cruel War – Dolly Parton
Thought to be a civil war tune, the woman begs to join her betrothed in battle so as not to be separated from him. She pins her hair up, dons a soldier's uniform and marches into battle with the man she loves.
I'll Never Find Another You – Seekers
This woman speaks of her one true love that can never be replaced by another. She desires a lifetime journey to the Promised Land with him by her side holding her hand.
But You Know I Love You – Alison Kraus
In this tale, the pressures of earning a living is keeping this woman from the one she loves. She longs for a simpler time before the road called her away. While away, she hopes her sweetheart knows that she loves him.
Forever – Eva Cassidy
We don't know where this woman's heartthrob is but she claims she will never be alone because she has his love in her heart and his heart in her soul.
Only A Woman's Heart - Mary Black
The strength of a woman to carry on is enormous even in the face of heartbreak. Yet, she feels the pain of her loss so deeply.
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton
Classic love song was written by Dolly Parton and popularized by Whitney Huston. This woman recognizes that she is not what her man needs. Despite her undying love, she wishes him joy, love and happiness.