If you’ve read my website bio, then you know I’m overly familiar with unrequited love (until I met my husband, anyway).  One-sided love yields a bittersweet pain, which can cling to the rejected lover for quite a long time.  Perhaps that’s because the one in-love typically has some kind of close relationship with the object of his or her affection (friendship, colleague, etc.), so it is hard to let go and move on.

Of course, many song-writers have addressed this experience with far more eloquence than I can quickly muster for this blog.  When I first heard Sara Bareilles’ Gravity, it felt as if she’d reached into my head and heart to steal my thoughts and feelings.  Of course, this song could also be interpreted to be relate to an on-again/off-again type of romance, but I prefer the unrequited association.  Just like with last week’s song, the imagery of these lyrics grab me.  I especially love the first two lines of the second verse, but the entire song is simply gorgeous.

“Gravity”

Something always brings me back to you.
It never takes too long.
No matter what I say or do,
I’ll still feel you here ’til the moment I’m gone.

You hold me without touch.
You keep me without chains.
I never wanted anything so much
than to drown in your love and not feel your reign.

Set me free,
leave me be.
I don’t want to fall another moment into your gravity.
Here I am
and I stand so tall,
just the way I’m supposed to be.
But you’re on to me
and all over me.

You loved me ’cause I’m fragile.
When I thought that I was strong.
But you touch me for a little while
and all my fragile strength is gone.

Set me free,
leave me be.
I don’t want to fall another moment into your gravity.
Here I am
and I stand so tall,
just the way I’m supposed to be.
But you’re on to me
and all over me.

I live here on my knees
as I try to make you see
that you’re everything I think I need
here on the ground.
But you’re neither friend nor foe
though I can’t seem to let you go.
The one thing that I still know
is that you’re keeping me down, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
You’re on to me, on to me, and all over…

Something always brings me back to you.
It never takes too long.

Not only are these words beautiful, but the melody and Sara’s vocals match the promise of her lyrics.  Take a listen:

This may be one of my all time favorite songs.  Have you ever loved someone who couldn’t love you back?  Does this song resonate with you?  Got any similar songs to share?

Xo-jamie