Retro Reminiscing: Rod Stewart – Have I Told You Lately

It is that sweet mixture of pain and serenity – the deep dichotomy of them – that leaves such scars on your soul.
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The Rod Stewart version of this song might not be the original, but it is my favorite and the one I decided to use here. Whatever version you like, you’d have to have a heart of stone to not be touched by the sentiment. Of course, I’m one of those people who can be dissolved to tears by a sappy song or a sad book or movie. So, maybe it’s just me:  

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Have I told you there's no one else above you?  

Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness, 

Ease my troubles, that's what you do.Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately? - MTV Unplugged

There was another piece of me that couldn’t deny the more divine aspect of this song:

There’s a love that’s divine

 And it’s yours and it’s mine, like the sun.

And at the end of the day. We should pray To the one, to the one.

No matter what your personal beliefs are, you it’s impossible to deny the writer’s intent with the lyrics. To that person the song is about a perfect love. But this feature has always been about what the music is to me, despite the penned meaning.

When this song came up in rotation on the iPod the other day, I was reminded how fragile life is. It’s human nature to not tell people how much you value them. Too often, when people move out of our lives we regret what we never said so much more than what we did.

The part of me that constructs a story is often pinged by a song that touches on human emotion, and it immediately brought to mind a character from a story I’ve been working on. Said character feels like she’s drowning and has suffered a lot of lost, and the song called up the emotions needed to write her view point. (As soon as I had paper and pen in hand I scribbled to add it to the playlist that is becoming the soundtrack of that story.)

Love and loss are two emotions that so often are woven together. It is that sweet mixture of pain and serenity – the deep dichotomy of them – that leaves such scars on your soul. For me, this song serves as a reminder to honor those who touch your heart, by keeping them close and letting them know. Don’t let the regret of what you never said haunt you, not when it’s so easy, especially given the numerous ways of instant communication we have at our fingertips, to tell all the special peope in your life how much you love them.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve heard the song, check out this video presentation from an episode of Unplugged from MTV.