♫ Have I Told You Lately ♫

This song was originally written and recorded by Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison for his nineteenth studio album Avalon Sunset (1989).  Although he would later rerecord the song with The Chieftans in 1995 which would go on to win a Grammy, Van Morrison’s original recording wasn’t wildly popular, ranking only at #12 in Ireland and the U.S., and #74 in the UK.

In 1991, Rod Stewart covered the song for his album Vagabond Heart.  When the single was released in 1993, it made the big time, charting at #1 in Canada, #5 in both the U.S. and the UK.  I didn’t recall Van Morrison’s recording of it, but I well remember liking Rod Stewart’s back in the day.

The song has been covered by many including Della Reece, Engelbert Humperdinck, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, and Barry Manilow.  Admittedly, I did not listen to the rest, so I cannot speak of them, but I did listen tonight to Van Morrison’s and Rod Stewart’s versions.  My preference is Rod Stewart, but I offer both so you can decide for yourself!

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Rod Stewart

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
You fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

For the morning sun and all it’s glory
Greets the day with hope and comfort, too
You fill my life with laughter
And somehow, you make it better
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

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 give thanks and pray
To the one, to the one

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
You fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

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 give thanks and pray
To the one, to the one

And have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
You fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

Take away all my sadness, fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do
Take away all my sadness, fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Harold Rome
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You lyrics © Chappell & Co., Inc., Barrule Uk Ltd

20 thoughts on “♫ Have I Told You Lately ♫

  1. Sorry, but Van the Man wins this one hands down for me. His version is full of the heart and soul of the man who wrote and lives in the lyrics, whereas Rod’s is, for me, a bland cover with no sense of feeling.

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