We were in a decent restaurant somewhere outside of Barcelona. It was the first time we had seen each other in 4 months. Aside from that we had only seen each other for one weekend. We met in a bar. I, an American dressed up on Halloween in London, in a bar of less interested suits and ties watching a football game. He approached me and we talked about plans and dreams after 20 minutes. The night ended without exchanging numbers or last names. But by the end of the next day, he found me again and we were set up to meet over the weekend. Two days later, I was on plane back to the States indefinitely.
1,521 messages later, we bought tickets to meet in Barcelona. Back in the restaurant, we drank and asked each other all of the little questions you do on a third date. Then we got to the big one “What is your favourite love song?” This is an important question. It reveals how the person feels about love. The one song that says ‘this means love’ in their minds and could be tied to another lover or their broken heart.
He seemed to be taken back when my answer was (and always will be) Wicked Games by Chris Isaak. “That is a sad song.”
That is difference between him and I. A love song doesn’t mean happy. It doesn’t mean poppy. It should capture love and that is exactly what this song does. If you ever find yourself on a third date and asking this question, you will find the answer of your potential suitor to vary. Love is hard. And tragic. And beautiful. And when you find yourself reminiscing about a former flame or in the beginning of a new, I hope loves feels like this song.
I suppose in the context of this relationship, this song was most fitting.
This was a production from Parra for Cuva which uses a version sung by Anna Naklab. The end result is a mix of airy vocals and a tune to fall in and out of love to.
The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you”