Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The Soundtrack to my Life - Bonnie Raitt & The Pretenders

Long ago when the summers were hot and people still left their front doors unlocked, Britsinbosnia tagged me with a stories and music meme.  Well, I've finally caught up with it and have thought long and hard about songs that mean something special to me.  I'm going to start off with these two, and I might return to this as and when the inspiration strikes.  Hope you enjoy!

Bonnie Raitt - I can't make you love me
This song struck me like a bolt out of the blue.  I had been in a turbulent, on-off relationship with a charming but distant Irishman for 9 years and was at a stage where I felt, stupidly, that I loved him so much and had invested so much of my time with him that I had to stick it out.  He, on the other hand, was impassive.  He was happy for me to be around as long as I wasn't too demanding.  The day I first heard this song I was shopping in Woolies of all places and as soon as I heard it I was rooted to the spot for the length of time it took to play.  I knew, there and then, that my relationship was over.

Bonnie Raitt's voice is so emotionally loaded in this song, and I still cry when I hear it.

"I'll close my eyes and then I won't see
The love you don't feel, when you're holding me
Morning will come, and I'll do what's right
Just give me till then, to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight
'cause I can't make you love me if you don't
I can't make your heart feel something it won't "

I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders
I've been a fan of the Pretenders for many years, but it was only when I had my own children that I realised the power of this song's lyrics.   I'm sure Chrissie Hynde must have written this for her own children as this sums up the mothering instinct beautifully.

"And when the night falls on you
and you don’t know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less
I’ll stand by you
I’ll stand by you
Won’t let nobody hurt you
I’ll stand by you"