‘If music be the food of love, play on’, wrote The Bard in one of his most famous comedies, The Twelfth Night. And few would know the depth of these words than those in a long distance relationship. So when you are missing your beloved like crazy and nothing else seems to make sense in this world, here are ten songs to show that you are not alone and that when you do come together, the meeting will be far sweeter than anything experienced before.
A Thousand Miles
This Vanessa Carlton number may seem rather sappy at first but is then sure to grow onto you. Best of all it highlights the thing that obsesses all long distance lovers – 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, "You know I'd walk a thousand miles if I could just see you tonight, if I could just hold you tonight."
"I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You"
Performed by Savage Garden, this is practically an anthem for those who first get to know each other on the internet and then maybe meet in real life. It's a great song for long distance relationships, as it speaks of love experienced in a much deeper way rather than the daily meetings or ordinary dates that most young lovers take for granted.
“Can’t hurry love”
This number sung by The Supremes says it all for lovers who have just begun a long distance relationship – especially the need to let love take its own time and follow its own course. How many times have budding relationships withered untimely on being hastened or forced to flower before they are ready! The words of the song too have something similar to say, "You can't hurry love. No, you just have to wait. You got to trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes."
“No matter what you do”
This soulful number by Olivia Newton-John seems to express perfectly the unconditional love that is necessary for any long distance relationship to survive. Even though this song from her album ‘Gaia’ was actually written as she was recovering from breast cancer, the message of strength and hope that it unfolds works as well as for lovers who are being tested in their long distance relationship.
“Why do fools fall in love?”
Indulge in some occasional regret by asking with Frankie Lemmon & The Teenagers, “Why does the rain fall from above, Why do fools fall in love”. Couldn’t you have dated the stud from the neighborhood gym or gone out with the receptionist in the floor above your office? Life would have been so much easier had you done that. But then it wouldn’t have been love, would it?
“The Heart of Life”
After you have had washed away all the regret with buckets of tears, it is time to cheer yourself up with this lovely song by John Mayer. You know that love means sacrifices and adjustments but it also brings pleasure and happiness in a way that little else can. The thrill of receiving a mail of a letter from your beloved or the wonderful uplifting that your heart feels when you hear his/her voice on the phone is aptly described by the words of the song, "No, it won't all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good."
“When you come back down”
Look at it this way – your separation might even be there for a good reason. What if either of you needs to chase dreams and establish yourself? There may be a whole lot of good coming out from your separation and the words of the song celebrate such a love that is supportive of a partner’s dreams and ambitions, “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." 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.
“Turn, turn, turn! To Everything there’s a Season”
When you are not feeling particularly altruistic or generous towards your partner, take heart from this peppy number by The Byrds. A contemporary take on the maxim of “this too shall pass”, it is particularly inspiring for lovers who are running out of patience in a long distance relationship and wondering where it is all going. Perhaps it is now your "season" to be apart but then every season must change sooner or later and give way to a new phase. So as the song says: "To everything, turn, turn, turn, there a season, turn, turn, turn and a time to every purpose under heaven."
“Right here waiting”
This beautiful number by Richard Marx sends a strong message about the quite power and tenacity of love that is not afraid to stand the test of time. It is a testimony to the patience and commitment of a lover who is ready to wait as long as necessary for the person he/she loves. The song is about true love and commitment, two aspects crucial for the survival of any long distance relationship and thus truly appropriate for those who are separated by distance.
After days and even months of being apart from each other, finally you are about to meet. Give in to the rolling waves of joy in your heart with this melodious number by Ella Fitzgerald. The bubbling sensations of love and ecstasy when you are about to behold your lover after all this while have rarely been better expressed than by the mood of the song, "At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, and life is like a song. Oh yeah.” and even if you don’t expect to see your beloved any time soon, imagine feeling like that someday and enjoy while you hum along.