Pure love…

I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard fan but I’ve loved quite a few of his songs since his 1971 solo album, “Every picture tells a story” with songs like Maggie May and Reason to believe and there was also his cover of Etta James/Chicken Shack’s I’d rather go blind. and I always consider his I  was only joking as some sort of a biography of mine in more ways than one…

I’m never too fond of that karaoke favourite, Sailing, but I did like I don’t wanna talk about it when it was first released and his more recent Have I told you lately that I love you has always been in my repertoire. There are others that I like, of course, including one that many probably do not know that he sang it first – the very popular That’s what friends are for featured in the movie Night Shift and later became a monster hit for Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

He did have some kind of a jazz or big band album somewhere along the way but I’m never crazy about that genre so I did not pay much attention to it but recently, after some 20 years, he released a new album entitled Time and from that particular album, I quite like the song It’s over but it was this one that touched me deeply…

This is about a father-daughter relationship and the lyrics are simply beautiful, I must say:

If an old friend lets you down
And a true love can’t be found
Till the blue skies come around
I’ll be right by your side

Journey far and travel safe
Make this world a better place
And keep that smile upon your face
I’ll be right by your side

There may be oceans in between us now
But I think about you every living hour
No, don’t forget me now that we’re apart
Just open up that great big loving heart

And you’ll always be
You’ll always be
You’ll always be a part of me

Take your time to embrace romance
Teach your children how to sing and dance
Love may hurt but it’s worth the chance
I’ll be right by your side

Try to be the best you can
Show compassion to every man
And always take the higher ground
I’ll be right by your side

I hear your laughter echo through this house
I miss you, all of this there is no doubt
I wasn’t perfect, this I would admit
I was always trying to make the pieces fit

Don’t ask me now where all the time has gone
I’ve loved you since the minute you were born
So many times we have laughed and cried
I see you now – it fills my heart with pride

My girl

…and unashamedly, I would admit that it moved me to tears…for obvious reasons. Excuse me, pass me the tissue, please! Sobssss!!!