In honour of St. Valentine’s Day, here are five of my favourite love songs. Of course, if you asked me tomorrow, some of them might change.
1.) Believe me if All Those Endearing Young Charms
This is a classic Irish ballad. I first heard it as an instrumental on a recording by the Salvation Army Vancouver Temple band, of which my grandfather was a member. Vancouver Temple was also the church my dad grew up in.
Here is a piano and flugel horn rendition.
These are the lyrics:
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow, and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy-gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear
That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear;
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose.
2.) Tonight I Celebrate My Love to You
Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson. Nothing more needs to be said.
3.) Love Me Tender
Elvis at his best.
4.) Io L’ho Perduta oh Potenza Suprema
A song of love lost from Verdi’s opera Don Carlo, sung by the incomparable, Jussi Bjoerling.
5.) Did You Fall in Love With Me
A soulful song of longing from Prairie Oyster.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.