"The Promise You Made" as written by and Peter Kingsbery....
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    General CommentBeautifull song. Even after all these years....
    Frankie71on May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat!!!??? No comment at all for this testament to love?
    Probably one of the best "love songs" I've heard, with a great combination of lyrics, music and specially delivery... Not particulary excelling in any one of those, it reaches a great balance between them.

    Sometimes, when you utter 'I'll love you forever' you're not just giving a compliment; you're just stating a fact, for better or for worse.
    Prometeoon November 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot especially liking the untrue part. Otherwise, nice love song..
    denise1671on August 04, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me the lyrics are quite ambiguous. Who has made what promise to whom?

    As in real life, we make a number of “promises”, some which we decide to keep and some we decide are unimportant or no longer relevant.

    At face value the promise is to be there in someone’s hour of need. And why does the singer feel the need to remind the person to whom the song is sung of the promise, other than the fear that the promise won’t be kept?

    The singer wants to be rescued from the life he/she leads - and seems desperate to convince the other person to keep the promise to rescue them. This desperation hints that the other person is reluctant. A rash promise? Does the other person fear rather than “lifting up” the singer”, they will end up being dragged down to that level?

    The verse sung by Anna LaCazio in particular is open to a number of interpretations. She talks about “giving her soul” and being “found untrue”. Is she asking her “lover” to save her from an unhappy marriage (“help me out of the life I lead”)? Has her lover promised her to do that? And when Peter Kingsbery sings back “remember the promise you made”, is that a reference to her marriage vows - and is he singing that line in the role of the lover or the soon to be jilted husband?
    Valdemaron August 23, 2018   Link

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