'I'd Rather Live in His World Than Live Without Him in Mine'

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Feb 14, 2007 2:28 PM

From the N.Y. Daily News. Which of the 100 Greatest Love Songs is your favorite? (H/t Betsy)

Some of mine, although my mostest  favorite is No. 51, "Midnight Train to Georgia":

6. "In My Life" The Beatles

7. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Roberta Flack...

10. "I Can't Stop Loving You" Ray Charles...

20. "Save the Last Dance for Me" The Drifters...

30. "I Got You Babe" Sonny and Cher...

34. "When a Man Loves a Woman" Percy Sledge...

39. "Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet" Henry Mancini...

49. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder...

67. "Moon River" Henry Mancini

There are several, "what were they thinking?" picks, but my personal issue is with Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." I know it's a gorgeous song, but somehow, the thought of putting my drunky man to bed after a party-- no matter how sweet his slobbery sentiments-- just doesn't do it for me. I know that's blasphemy to some, but it's always bugged me.

And, through the wonder of YouTube, you can enjoy some of my favorites right now. Take it away, Gladys!


 [# More #] "In My Life," The Beatles:


 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," an "American Idol" version that leaves something to be desired:

"I Can't Stop Loving You," Ray Charles:


"Save the Last Dance For Me," The Drifters (live):

"I Got You, Babe," Sonny and Cher:


"When a Man Loves a Woman," Percy Sledge:


"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet," Henry Mancini:


"You Are the Sunshine of My Life," Stevie Wonder (a duet, 1974):


"Moon River," Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. I understand the lyrics were written by Mercer about the Savannah River in his hometown-- Savannah, Ga. I've visited Mercer's grave in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. His gravestone is a bench for folks to sit on while they enjoy the Spanish moss, muggy air, and water view of one of the South's most beautiful cities. If you ever get a chance, and that kind of thing doesn't creep you out, I highly recommend it. I go by Bonventure every time I'm in Savannah:


Enjoy, and have a great Valentine's Day.