If you're down and confused
And you don't remember who you're talking to,
Concentration slips away
Cause you're baby is so far away

[Chorus]
Well there's a rose in the fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love honey
Love the one you're with, Love the one you're with,
Love the one you're with, Love the one you're with.

Don't be angry, don't be sad
Don't sit crying over good times you've had
There's a girl right next to you
And she's just waiting for something to do

[Chorus]

Love the one you're with,Love the one you're with,
Love the one you're with,Love the one you're with,

Turn your heartache right into joy
Cause she's a girl and you're a boy
Get it together, make it nice
You ain't gonna need anymore advice

[Chorus]



Lyrics submitted by hari66

"Love the One You're With" as written by Clifton George Bailey, Stephen A. Stills

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +1
    General Comment:Great description of ths song tikbalang. Too bad Melanie's 'answer song' never got released...it's called "I Just Can't Do It If I'm Not In Love (And I'm Not In Love With You")! Smack!
    JDeanBon February 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Tom Rapp (of Pearls Before Swine) also wrote and recorded an answer song called "Love/Sex":

    I want to meet somebody,
    That I can talk to.
    I want to meet somebody,
    I can make love with, not to.
    Bodies on bodies
    Like sacks upon shelves.
    People are using each other,
    To make love to themselves.

    And we all use our bodies
    As a place to hide
    And meet all the other bodies
    With people hiding inside.
    If all that is touching,
    Is just what you wear,
    I guess that not sharing,
    Is the only thing we share,
    Somewhere.

    Somewhere we lost real love,
    Somewhere along the line.
    They say get it while you can,
    Get it while you can,
    But don't get left behind.
    And if you don't love
    The one that you're with
    Why don't you just
    Wait for the one that you love?
    And she'll love you, too.

    Today I met somebody
    That I can talk to.
    Today I met somebody
    I can make love with, not to.
    She says love will get you
    Through times of no sex
    Better than sex will get you
    Through times of no love.
    We wrote that on the wall,
    We wrote that on the wall,
    We wrote that on the wall,
    And why don't you
    Write that on your wall, too.
    JDeanBon February 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is about not seeing something that's right in front of you.

    The Eagle flies with the dove. Through pain, there is pleasure.
    degree7on February 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is also about the 'social animals' that human beings are.

    According to a recent study by the NY Times

    "Loneliness, as the researchers note, is a greater risk for morbidity and mortality than cigarette smoking. So if you can’t talk with the ones you love, talk to the ones you’re with."
    degree7on July 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I could find value in this song if it hinted at irony or anything more complex than pandering to baby boomer decadence. Instead, it's a shrill pat on the back to an economically well-off youth-obsessed generation, steeped in drugs, smug protest and pre-AIDS epidemic promiscuity.
    tikbalangon January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i personally dont like the meaning of this song.
    if you love someone, shouldnt you try your best to make t work.
    and not deal with the one your with?
    getitdogon November 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I get two meanings. One being well-they aren't around so I'll just move on and
    be with who ever is right next to me. And the other that the grass isn't always
    greener on the other side-stick it out and love the one your with. ;)
    Thia007on December 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I hate this song. I was in a very emotional long distance relationship once, and it ended with me being completely faithful and working 60+ hours a week saving up every penny to move there, only to have her decide that she'd rather just "love the one (she's) with" - and it didn't last either, she wanted me back after just a month. I bet it's just about Stephen Stills wanting to get into someones pants whose lover was fighting in the War.
    Icklejabobon May 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is also about the 'social animals' that human beings are.

    According to a recent study by the NY Times

    "Loneliness, as the researchers note, is a greater risk for morbidity and mortality than cigarette smoking. So if you can’t talk with the ones you love, talk to the ones you’re with."
    degree7on July 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It sounds to me like the song is about how you should stop chasing the dreams you have about your ideal person and be more open and accepting of alternative options. It does kind of sound depressing that you can't be with the one you want. But if you think about it, it is sort of like a message to move on, to get your head out of the clouds and be with someone real.
    XJ28on March 18, 2014   Link

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