Love songs contain some of the most popular expressions of the myriad feelings that being in love evokes. Ranging from desire and affection to hope and even despair, songs tell you how it feels to be in love. Both music and lyrics are an integral part of love songs - while the music often lingers in the ears, the words remain deeply embedded in the soul. Here are some of the best love quotes from songs which have touched generations of lovers to the very core.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end”
The words are from the song Closing Time" sung by American alternative rock band Semisonic. It was released in March 1998 as the lead single from their album Feeling Strangely Fine. While the song is ostensibly about the end of a relationship, the quote can also temper the euphoria of a budding romance, since it reminds one that someone somewhere has recently been hurt at the breakup of a relationship. One of the band's most popular songs, ‘Closing Time’ was written by Dan Wilson and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1999 besides reaching number-one on the Modern Rock Tracks.
“Because you're mine, I walk the line”
This quote is from the song I Walk the Line, one of the biggest hits of Johnny Cash. On the obvious level, the song is about a guy who loves a woman so much, that he doesn't so much as even look at other women. He is completely happy and satisfied with this one person and never thinks of straying from his loved one. The words can however be also interpreted as Johnny Cash's way of talking about his careful walk between the chasms of good and evil. Wanting to be a good sober individual, but often feeling conflicted with his worldly lifestyle, drug addiction and career in show business.
“You know I'd walk a thousand miles if I could just see you tonight, if I could just hold you tonight."
These words from the Vanessa Carlton number A Thousand Miles may seem rather sappy at first but are then sure to grow onto you. For long distance lovers especially the words highlight the thing that pains them most – the separation measured in terms of miles. Sentimental and simplistic though the words may be, they seem to express what is exactly in your heart.
“Don't go changing, to try and please me, You never let me down before”
These lyrics are from the song, Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel and make a touching quote about the uniqueness of love. No matter how you look, talk and how much money you make, a true partner will love you for who you are and not try and change you into something else or even apparently better. Billy Joel wrote this song about his first wife, Elizabeth and gave it to her as a birthday present. This song also won Grammys for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year in 1978.
“Why does the rain fall from above, Why do fools fall in love”.
Love is not without some occasional moments of regret and this feeling is perfectly expressed in these words from the song Why do fools fall in love by Frankie Lemmon & The Teenagers. Who among us has not wondered what would have happened if only we had not picked on that stud from the football and got to know the shy guy in the library instead. Or gone out with the receptionist in the floor above the office and not settled for a long distance relationship. Life would have been so much easier had you done that. But then it wouldn’t have been love, would it?
“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling”
This 1965 classic by Righteous Brothers effortlessly captures the first hint of a break in the relationship. This is the moment at which you no longer close your eyes during a kiss or catch the eye of a lover over a shared joke. Rarely has the pain of a breakup ever been more beautiful than in the voices of the Righteous Brothers and it is no wonder that the single went on to become a number-one hit single in the United States and the United Kingdom the year after its release
“No, it won't all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good."
This quote from a lovely song by John Mayer is just what you need to cheer yourself up when things don’t seem to be going right in a relationship. You know that love means sacrifices and adjustments but it also brings pleasure and happiness in a way that little else can.
“Now I wind up staring at an empty glass...Cause it's so easy to say that you'll forget your past."
This quote from The Breakup Song is irresistibly catchy and heartbreaking at the same time. The song evokes the typical numbness in the aftermath of a relationship coming to an end, this breakup classic was recorded by the Greg Kihn Band in 1981 and went on to reach number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 5 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, besides being featured films like Let Me In (2010) and The House of the Devil (2009).
“I’ll be there forever and a day - Always / I’ll be there till the stars don't shine / Till the heavens burst and / The words don't rhyme”.
Iconic rock singer Jon Bon Jovi does not seem like the kind of a guy that spends time waiting on a girl, but in the song "Always" he promises to do just that. Released as a single from the 1994 album, Cross Road, the song went on to become their best selling single, with 1.5 million copies sold in the U.S. and more than 3 million worldwide. This song mainly succeeds due to its powerful lyrics and soulful performance by Bon Jovi who soars through the realms of emotions of pain and passion.
“Though my heart is breaking, I will love again/ Stronger than before again even if it takes a lifetime to get over you heaven only knows/I will love again”.
This dance pop number by Belgian born singer Lara Fabian became a huge hit in the club circuit. the words of the quote are hugely inspirational in theme and tells of the heart’s determination to rise in love even after it has been hurt and broken in a past relationship.
“When you're soarin' through the air, I'll be your solid ground. Take every chance you dare, I'll still be there, when you come back down.”
These words from the song When you come back down by Nickel Creek celebrate such a love that is supportive of a
partner’s dreams and ambitions, So put away your tears and regrets and take inspiration from the song which cherishes a love that is supportive and willing to let the other person grow.
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”
These words are still quoted as one of Beatles' most celebrated and memorable lyrics. It refers to the universal laws of love, that you take out what you put in a relationship. the words are from the number The End, which was the last song recorded collectively by all four Beatles – though Let It Be was the last album they released, but it was recorded earlier. The End and especially this quote is essentially the Beatles closing statement – the song ends with a 30 piece orchestra and the words make up the last lyrics on the last album they recorded, standing as an apt farewell from the band to their legion of fans across the world.