“Lovesong” by The Cure is a simple, heartfelt, beautiful song. And though band leader Robert Smith may scare Joanna a bit when she sees the video below, I hope she’ll understand how much the words resonate with me and our relationship. Every line is nearly perfect.

“Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again.” Yes. Though we have never had to experience the long periods of separation common to some couples, but wherever I am — if my wife is there — is “home.”

“Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am whole again.” We all suffer pain and loss. And though I’ve suffered far less than most, Joanna has made it so much easier to overcome what I have suffered.

“Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am young again.” Joanna might kid that this is true because of our age difference, but in fact — though we have friends of all ages — we have trouble thinking of ourselves as any particular age. Birthdays catch us by surprise mostly because we are then forced to do math that seems to add up to an impossibly high number.

“Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel like I am fun again.” Not just when we’re alone, either. We like to play, with each other and with others. Once our 4-year-old grandson greeted us at the door with the words, “Grandpa, can we get crazy?” You bet, Joe, that’s my job — and grandma encourages me in it.

With all of the above, then, the chorus has to be true:

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you

Lovesong” (sometimes written even by the band as “Love Song,” has also been covered by 311 (the bar in the video is reminiscent of the cave in the video below), by Adele and by several lesser-known artists. If Johnny Cash were still with us, I can imagine him doing an amazing stripped-down version of the song, something like what he did with Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails.

Complete lyrics here, with video below.

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