Love Is

Album: Another Country (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • At age 70, Stewart released this song, where he shares his reflections on love. He is something of an expert on the subject, having been in and out of love some many times (he was married and divorced three times) and documenting these experiences in a lifetime of songs. However, as Stewart points out, he is still mystified. He told Rolling Stone: "This is me passing along, to anyone who will listen, a few nuggets of wisdom acquired from my dippings into life's chocolate box down the years. Believe me, though, I still don't understand the chemistry of love and why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."
  • In the second verse, Stewart sings about his first love, a girl "I dreamed I would wed" but told him "We're far too young for that."

    This alludes to an art student Stewart met when he was 17 named Susannah Boffey. They had a daughter together, who they gave up for adoption because the couple was in no condition to raise a child. Stewart and Boffey split up, but she remained entrenched in his memory. Their daughter, Sarah, later established a relationship with Stewart.

    In his 2013 song "Brighton Beach," Stewart also sings about this relationship.
  • This was the first single from Stewart's Another Country album. Before the album was issued, a video was released where Stewart is seen performing this song with a full band at the famous Capitol Records building in Los Angeles (Stewart was signed to the label).
  • This song has a Celtic sound, with fiddles and a hammered dulcimer among the instruments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Real or Spinal TapMusic Quiz

They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.

Victoria WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

Despite appearances on Carson, Leno and a Pennebaker film, Williams remains a hidden treasure.

Song Titles That Inspired MoviesSong Writing

Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.

Meshell NdegeocelloSongwriter Interviews

Meshell Ndegeocello talks about recording "Wild Night" with John Mellencamp, and explains why she shied away from the spotlight.

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.

Songs Discussed in MoviesSong Writing

Bridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka - just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.