For Lovers (Song + Lyrics + Video + Story)

For Lovers

I found my dream within a soul

And she found hers within my own

She makes me blind within my head

I do not think, I feel instead

And I cannot wait to see her again, to touch her face, by God

When I thought I was in love

I never cared for what it was

I never knew how I could feel

I chose to give it up until

I noticed you, your warmth, how I made you feel

Because it’s killing me like it’s killing you

But it’s all my life I’ll give

We walk as though we understand

We value everything we have

We lost our minds without a care

And when she leaves, she’s still right there

With all my love, and I walk below this pain

Because it’s killing me like it’s killing you

But it’s all my life I’ll give

This world will wait for lovers, for lovers

Because time was made for the walking dead, not lovers, not lovers

Because time will wait for you

This world will wait for lovers, for lovers

Because time was made for the walking dead, not lovers, not lovers

Because time will wait for you, for you

We all must wait for our world to change

You will believe me when you see her face

The wait was killing me like it’s killing you

Now it’s all my life I’ll give

 

The Story Behind the Song

I was living in an apartment with my best friend Sean when I wrote this song. The two of us ventured down to Orlando, Florida to go to audio engineering school. While living in that apartment, he and I composed and formed the foundation of the album “This War is Love” to be released under our band name, Alexander the Ghost. This was about 2002 when the song was composed, and it was an incredible time for me as a songwriter. Sean and I will always be brothers, united by music. We are currently, albeit in a slow manner that is entirely my fault, working on new music together. I just wanted to give the quick background, as it is the foundation of the vast majority of the music I will present on here. If you want to check out the entire album on your own, you can look up Alexander the Ghost on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, and there ya go…listen for free. I have no idea where the meager royalties for number of plays are going at this point.

Anyhow…

While pursuing a certificate in audio engineering, I was living apart from my then-girlfriend (now wife of ten years!), Margie. We did our best with the distance. She stayed behind in Ohio while I spent a year and a half across the country. We had to use calling cards back then to cover long distance costs (there, I have effectively aged myself). “For Lovers” is an obvious love song, and it was written for Margie (as quite a few of my songs are). I remember feeling the confusion of needing to keep someone close to me although they were far away. I remember needing her near me, but not having a strange, desperate, urge to give up on what I was doing just to satisfy a need for proximity. We needed to wait, to see what would happen. We spent as much time as we could using our calling cards and making occasional trips up and down the country together, but we were able to wait…and that felt important.

The song is basically about not knowing what we were doing as young lovers, but still having patience and trust in our relationship. There was no need to count the hours; we were in love. Time is for the walking dead, not lovers. Time will wait for us. Love is timeless. We are going to be okay. We love each other. We will always love each other, so time means nothing. That’s what I was trying to say with this song.

And fifteen years later, I still play it for her every so often. The difference in playing it now is that my performance is typically interrupted by one of our children.

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