Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Luckiest

I realize that for anyone to say that anything is the "best" is always arguable. If I said the best baseball player of all time is Albert Pujols, someone could give me stats to argue otherwise. If I said the best restaurant in the mid-west is Olive Garden, others with different tastes would say that it's actually Red Lobster or [insert your favorite restaurant here].

You see my point.

And I realize I've only been on this planet for 30 years, and I've not heard every love song that was ever written. I do love the classics like Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers or a more modern classic like Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion (man, I loved that CD).

But a few years ago my sister introduced me to a song by Ben Folds. I can't remember why, maybe there was a winter guard who did a show to this song or maybe it was on her playlist for future show ideas. When I heard it, I fell in love with it. I couldn't stop listening to it. In just the right circumstances, it makes me cry.

I'm not sure if it's the melody, the beautiful piano, the arrangement, or just the lyrics (pretty sure the lyrics are what get me...especially the end) but it's brilliant. I have never heard a song with words that give me the sort of imagery that this song does. Not the usual words used for a love song I suppose, but it just gets to me.

So while your favorite love song might be [insert favorite love song here] I'd like to share with you my favorite and tell you that I think it is the best. Ever.

The Luckiest by Ben Folds

I don't get many things right the first time
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls
Brought me here

And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

What if I'd been born fifty years before you
In a house on a street where you lived?
Maybe I'd be outside as you passed on your bike
Would I know?

And in a white sea of eyes
I see one pair that I recognize
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you

Next door there's an old man who lived to his nineties
And one day passed away in his sleep
And his wife; she stayed for a couple of days
And passed away

I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong
That I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest


Ashley said...

I wrote awhile ago about how this is my favorite love song too! We're so much alike! :0)

Anonymous said...

Ben Folds is an unbelieveable talent. Now, if you heard the first two Ben Folds Five albums you'd realize that he went an entirely different direction artistically as a solo artist.

A gorgeous song. Nice call.

Chrissy said...

I've heard that about him...I'll just enjoy the fact that he wrote an unbelievable love song that tugs at my heart! :o)

Glad you like it, too, Anonymous.

Chrissy said...

Oh, and yes, Ashley...I remember your blog about it and couldn't believe we had the same favorite love song!

SonjaMichelle said...

I heard that song one of my first couple years in college and then Josh V had Ozark do it for a winter guard show!

Love this song!

Susan said...

yes, sonja and I were going to do it for a show..John S. was at my house..we played it and he did like it...then Josh did a show ummmmm wondered about that!!!

valerie said...

That is a very beautiful song. Has a feel of the Beatles to me.

Btw, previous comment by makuahine, that was me... oops :)

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