Lyrics of Love

It’s no secret that Mother Goose is feeling the love. With Valentine’s Day only twenty days away, I’ve got hearts in my eyes.

The eye of Mother Goose, courtesy of Frescoes

Yes, it’s certainly time for making our preparations. Have you made your dinner reservations yet? Maybe you’re a stay at home traditionalist when it comes to Valentine’s Day? What’s on your menu? Have you spent any time perusing the Valentines in the card aisle of your favorite mart? Browsing the flowery bouquet websites? And what about the chocolates? It’s time, folks.

Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest

No matter who you love or who loves you, this is your holiday. Our lovers, our boyfriends and girlfriends, our spouses, our children, even our pets come to mind when I think of Valentine’s Day. It’s actually one of the last remaining universal holidays that’s appropriate for everyone — who gets offended by celebrating love?

In honor of this loverly holiday, Mother Goose will spend some time examining some outrageous love song lyrics. We’ve been singing love songs all of our lives, haven’t we? (Is this starting to sound a little bit familiar…like the expose` Mother Goose conducted in the fall? 🙂 ) Together let’s take a closer look at some of those love songs to determine just what exactly we promised with those sweet, sentimental, and sometimes sappy lyrics.

Truly some of the songs will bring a tear to your eye. Be prepared for that and have your tissues handy. Other songs will simply rock your socks off. We will laugh and sing and muse together, dear and gentle readers. Shall we begin?

Our first outrageous love lyric comes from the song, “Me and Bobby McGee”. Written by one of the greatest songwriters of our time, Kris Kristofferson, it just goes over the top if you ask this goose.

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the train,
Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained;
Took us all the way to New Orleans.
I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
And was blowing sad while Bobby sang the blues.
With them windshield wipers slappin’ time,
And Bobby clappin’ hands,
We finally sang up every song that driver knew.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing’ left to lose:
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free.
Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues.
Feeling good was good enough for me;
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.

From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun,
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Standin’ right beside me, Lord, through everything I’ve done,
Every night she kept me from the cold.
Then somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away,
Lookin’ for the home I hope she’ll find.
And I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday,
Holdin’ Bobby’s body next to mine.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing’ left to lose:
Nothin’ left is all she left for me.
Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues.
Buddy, that was good enough for me;
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.

Wow! Did you see that line? “I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday, holdin’ Bobby’s body next to mine.” That’s just outrageous LOVE. Have you been loved like that? Who loves like that? Trading away all of our days, our whole futures just to get one yesterday back. To relive one day in the arms of a lover and never have anymore days. How much love is that? Can the heart of this goose even fathom love like that? I think not.

How many tomorrows would you sacrifice just to have one yesterday back? It’s a heartbreaking thought, and Mother Goose is going for a tissue now…

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 19:35:50

    Love that song – love Kris Kristopherson. And this song reminds me of some yesterdays of my youth…with a guy who looked a bit like a younger Kris….the summer I was 17…. Now I’m heading for the tissues.

    And yes, that is SOME love expressed in that one lyric.


  2. Bunn
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 14:43:37

    Kris wrote that song? I had no idea.


  3. yearstricken
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 17:34:56

    I loved hearing Janis Joplin sing that song but never knew Kristofferson wrote it. Thanks for sharing the lyrics. Sometimes it’s just nice to read them.


  4. ElizOF
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 07:17:27

    Talk about eye candy! love the heart shape iris. 🙂


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