"You Have Been Loved" as written by David Austin and George Michael....
She takes the back road and the lane
Past the school that has not changed
In all this time
She thinks of when the boy was young
All the battles she had won
Just to give him life

That man
She loved that man
For all his life
But now we meet to take him flowers
And only god knows why

For what's the use in pressing palms
When children fade in mother's arms
It's a cruel world, we've so much to lose
And what we have to learn, we rarely choose

So if it's god who took her son
He cannot be the one living in her mind

Take care my love, she said
Don't think that god is dead
Take care my love, she said

You have been loved

If I was weak, forgive me
But I was terrified
You brushed my eyes with angels wings, full of love
The kind that makes devils cry

So these days
My life has changed
And I'll be fine (and I'll be fine)
But she just sits and counts the hours
Searching for her crime

So what's the use in pressing palms
If you won't keep such love from harm
It's a cruel world, you've so much to prove
And heaven help the ones who wait for you

No, I've no daughters, I've no sons
Guess I'm the only one
Living in my life

Take care my love, he said
Don't think that God is dead
Take care my love, he said

You have been loved


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"You Have Been Loved" as written by George Michael David Austin

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    General CommentI think this is very very sad song that can make me cry. It's about death and people struggling with dealing with the death of a loved one. In this case, George's partner and his partner's mother who has lost her son. I especially like "If it's God who took her son he cannot be the one living in her heart", because it shows how people can struggle with their beliefs after the death of a beloved one, especially a child who has died before their parents. So sad. It has a lot of religious undertones, but only in the way that people tend to contemplate what comes after when they are faced with death.
    hilarainbowon June 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf I was weak, forgive me

    this song breaks my heart with every consequent listen. Hilarainbow nailed it, i think. Thank you very much.

    "These days my life has changed" I remember putting this song on the first disc I made for my ex-girlfriend. Of course, she liked it a lot but she rarely ever spoke of it. "my mother had a brother" is another great G.M track with similar sound but this one nails it.
    benighted2006on November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much. My fave one of George Michael - definitely.
    Sunnyon July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthilarainbow, great explanation. The ironic thing is that I was listening to this song when my mother died. I received a phone call and the bad news came. It's in fact a sad song. So sad is the feeling of this song that my favorte line is: "The kind that makes devils cry". As we all know devils and demonds are the root of evil. They rejoice in misery, but the sadness is so much and so deep, that even they get sad. This song will be part of my film "Only To Be With You".
    1991-1993on May 04, 2007   Link

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