♫ Still ♫ (Redux)

I’ve only played this one once, back in 2018, but it seemed to somehow fit in with my earlier morning post, On Friendship.  And who better to sing a sad song and yet bring a smile than Lionel Richie, right?

This was written by Lionel Richie for a couple who decided to end their marriage in order to save their friendship. Commodore’s member Lionel Richie got the idea for this song from the failing marriage of his childhood friend William “Smitty” Smith. After Smith’s marriage broke up the two buddies had a long conversation from 9:00 pm to sunrise in which they agreed that it’s better to divorce as friends rather than stay married and hate each other.

This song charted at #2 in Canada, #4 in the UK, and #1 in the U.S.

Lionel Richie

Lady, morning’s just a moment away
And I’m without you once again
You laughed at me, you said you’ve never needed me
I wonder if you need me now
We played the games that people play
We made mistakes along the way
Somehow I know deep in my heart, you needed me
Remembering the pain, if I must say
It’s deep in my mind and locked away
But then most of all, I do love you

Those memories, times I’m sure we’ll never forget
Those feelings we can’t put aside
For what we had, sometimes I try to understand
But it’s so heavy on my mind
So many dreams that flew away, so many words we didn’t say
Two people lost in a storm, where did we go, where’d we go?
Lost what we both had found, you know we let each other down
But then most of all, I do love you

We played the games that people play
We made our mistakes along the way
Somehow I know deep in my heart, you needed me
‘Cause I needed you so desperately
We were too blind to see, but then
Most of all, I do love you

Songwriters: Lionel Richie
Still lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

15 thoughts on “♫ Still ♫ (Redux)

  1. I am tempted to rewrite the same comment as I did the first time you posted this song in Sept. 2018. But what would be the point. Need is how we are taught to love when we are young. To need, to feel like you cannot go on without a certain person in your life. As we grow older, and more experienced, we learn “need” is a destroyer of love. Love because you want to, not because you need to!

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    • Perhaps even at the ripe ol’ age of 71 I’m still naive, but I still believe that sometimes love just happens despite the most unlikely of circumstances. I also believe that some people make the mistake of “looking for love in all the wrong places” and mistaking lust for love.

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    • Sometimes it isn’t, but then I look at people like my friends Roger & Sheila who just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary … and I think that sometimes love truly does “make the world go ’round”. BTW — I took your advice for the music post later this morning … I hope you like it!

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      • Like everything, it depends on what you make of it and of what you expect. The less you expect but welcome what you get, the more you will get and then love can never run out.
        Wow, awesome. I will head over soon 😊

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        • Well, what you say is true … if you have low expectations, then it doesn’t take much to exceed them. But, on the other hand, doesn’t that make you willing to settle for less? I had a professor once who explained it thusly:

          “If I strive to accomplish 100 things and I only accomplish half of them, then I accomplished 50 things. However, if I strive only to accomplish 5 things and I accomplish even 80% of them, I only accomplished 4 things.” I always took that to heart … I have high expectations for everyone, but higher ones for myself. Does that make any sense?

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          • Oh, yes, it absolutely makes sense! The lower the bar, the lower the result. I always tried to aim at 100% to reach as high as possible. But I think in relationships it depends. If it is about expecting to find happiness through the other person, those expectations won’t have the same effect. Trying to push someone to give more than they are able or willing to may end in a disaster. But treasuring what the person is able and willing to give without showing or having expectations, might even make that other person reach deeper.

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