Ep. 21: Song “The One I Love” (Influenced by The Beach Boys)

When I married my wife, Melissa, 10 years ago, I wrote this song and performed it on our wedding day at the reception. 6 years later, I recorded it for our anniversary.

The production elements, such as the thick harmonies with ohs and ahs, sleigh bells, vibraphone, and cello,¬†are influenced by the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album.

For the lyrics and melody, I was trying to create something along the lines that the Swell Season would write (which are Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, famous from the movie “Once”).

Most of the lines of this songs are quite literally about events in our relationship. For example, “Valentine’s Day I was so anxious that I sighed” refers to the day that I proposed.

The line that says “Did you keep all the letters that I wrote while I was away?” refers to when we wrote each other while I was a missionary in New York.

“Do you remember the Rose Gardens at Thanksgiving Point?” refers a date we went on where the gardens were closed but we snuck in and it was just us alone.

It’s a special and personal song to me so I hope you enjoy it.

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Photo by: Ashley Beal Photography

Lyrics:
Valentine’s Day I was so anxious that I sighed
I’ve never seen a face so beautiful
It’s like the day that we first met
There’s not a chance that I’ll forgot the way
The way you had that look in your eyes

You are the one I love
I want to spend the rest of my life living by your side
You know that you are the one I love
And every single day I try to give my heart away to you

Did you keep all the letters that I wrote while I was away?
There are so many things for me to say
Do you remember the Rose Gardens at Thanksgiving Point?
Oh I never will forget that night

Don’t be afraid
I’ll keep you safe

You are the one I love
I want to spend the rest of my life living by your side
You know that you are the one I love
And every single day I try to give my heart away to you

I do

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