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In My Life I Loved You More

I was going to write that Sean Connery’s spoken version of this beautiful and poignant song was in my humble opinion a better rendition than the Beatles (sacrilege!).  Then I found this on  You Tube but promise me you will watch and listen  before you read the lyrics of this Beatles song. The clip cleverly uses a juxtaposition of Sean Connery’s perfect narration with the Beatles original release of the track. It was used as the final closing moments to Sky Sports coverage of one of the most memorable football matches that has ever taken place.

It was an emotional roller coaster of an evening that 2005 night in Istanbul when Liverpool won the European Cup for the fifth time setting a British record and one that even Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United could not and never will  emulate. 3 – 0 down at half time I believed we were down and out. Only pride to play for in the second half. Then the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was sung with real emotion by the travelling Reds’ fans before the players of LFC and AC Milan walked back out on to the playing arena.

A Steven Gerrard goal (who else?) inspired a fight back that saw us at 3 – 3 on the 90 minute mark. Extraordinary! A goalless extra time period thanks to Jerzy Dudek’s miracle saves brought penalties to decide the outcome. By then I was seriously thinking it’s ours because the footballing gods were smiling down on us. I was right. The Cup with the “big ears” was ours once more and as tradition dictates it was ours to keep forever.

Even prior to that night “My Life” was always a favorite of mine. Savor the lyrics. Sing them softly or mouth them slowly to yourself. Relax and let them trickle into your inner being. Reflect on your life.

“In My Life”

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

These lyrics combine so many emotions for me. They encapsulate a love of Liverpool Football Club, the City of Liverpool and my own often troubled and turbulent past love life and relationships. I am also reminded of people I loved dearly who can no longer pick up a telephone if I call their number, unless they have phones in heaven.  I am truly grateful to now have a rock in my life. A lodestar through whom I navigate the rest of my life. I love you more.

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

I am also grateful for the genius of Lennon and McCartney for providing me and no doubt millions of others with a reason to reflect on our own lives and transgressions by listening to and learning from their amazing lyrics.

My aim as a writer is to inform and entertain you. On occasions I also like to tug at your heart strings. To share my emotions with you. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed crafting it. Please come back for more.

In My Life Love You More!

Dedicated to Zabrina

2 Comments

  1. Very nice, Steve. I suppose I’m more of a Beatles fan than a Connery fan (though I liked his performance in “Finding Forrester”).

    I’m now now hearing the original tune, aaaand: instant earworm (“All my liiiiiife though some have changed…”)

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