"D'Arline" as written by Joy Williams and John Paul White....
D’Arline, hope this finds you well
There’s so much I’m dying to tell, but oh
That’s how it goes
Little things left unsaid
That I can’t keep in my head but oh
Just so you know
You’ll always be the only one
Always be the only one

D’Arline, what do I do now?
Can’t live with you or without, but oh
That’s how it goes
Though I could get over you
But please don’t ask me to
Just so you know
You’ll always be the only one
Even when you’re not
You’ll always be the only one
Even when you’re gone

You always said you want me to be happy
And happiness was having you here with me
You’ll always be the one that’s standing in my way
And that’s okay

You’ll always be the only one
You’ll always be the only one

D’Arline, if I only knew
Where to send this letter to


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"D'Arline" as written by Joy Williams John White

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    Song MeaningThis song was inspired by a love letter Richard Feynman wrote to his wife two years after her death.

    The letter can be seen here:
    lettersofnote.com/2012/02/…
    wobblewobbleon August 23, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is probably one of my favorite songs by The Civil Wars. Recorded on an iPhone or not, it just has this really heartfelt beauty to it.

    One of the best things about this song is that it uses the line, "That's how it goes". The singer seems to accept the way things have gone for him, not because he's moved beyond it, but because he knows "that's how it goes". Sometimes you get dealt a shitty hand in life, and there really is nothing you can do to change that.

    Also, "You always said you want me to be happy, but happiness is having you here with me" is another great set of lyrics.

    This entire song could be seen in two ways, in my opinion. It could be seen as a person writing to someone they had a relationship with who left them, or it could be to a person who had died. Either way, they don't know where to send this letter of theirs.

    This song right up there with Poison and Wine, and My Father's Father for me. I kinda wish more people liked it as much, but still, it's a great piece.
    Barracudaon September 21, 2014   Link

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