You Have Been Loved

Album: Older (1996)
Charted: 2

Songfacts®:

  • George Michael wrote this song about his lover, Anselmo Feleppa, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1993. The beginning of the song describes Anselmo's mother, who visits his grave, while passing by the school he attended. The first chorus has Anselmo's mother saying goodbye, telling him "You have been loved." The ending chorus has Anselmo dying, telling George, "You have been loved." The line, "If I was weak, forgive me; but I was terrified," refers to the trauma George felt during Anselmo's decline in health.

    While an intense song about grief and death, it also involves a spiritual struggle - while Anselmo and his mother both say that God is not dead, George counters their comments, challenging God, "What's the use in pressing palms, if you [God] won't keep such love from harm? It's a cruel world. You've so much to prove." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Stephanie - Naselle, WA

Comments: 2

  • Victoria Ana-tolian Semenenko 02.10.1976 from UkraineAccording to George's MTV interview in 2004 this song was written about his own family story where his uncle named Colin being gay in 50s suicided himself the day George was born. That story was told George by his mother.
  • Viktoria Semenenko from UkraineIt's strange why he never was so much upset for my pregnant sister knife attack organized by his beloved russian friends. That happened end of October 1998.
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