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"With Love, On Valentine's Day"

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I would like to write about historical love songs. One of the greatest ways that couples tell each other “I Love You” is through music. Many times, the most popular love songs have been written during times of war because they were reminders. Reminders of what? Reminders to soldiers and their sweethearts at home that their love, though tested, could and would endure. We, the generation of today, are here because their love stood the test of time. Not just their love for each other, but their love of freedom, and their country prevailed, giving us what we here in America enjoy today.

So, here are a few random love songs from three periods-World War 1, World War 2, and Korea. Enjoy!

If You were the Only Girl in the World was written by Nat D. Ayer and Clifford Grey. It was first sung at the Alhambra Theater, London, England in 1916 by Sir George Edward Wade or more commonly-George Robey. This song became a popular tune among soldiers in the trenches of France.

If you were the only girl in the world

And I were the only boy


Nothing else would matter in the world today

We could go on loving in the same old way

A garden of Eden, just made for two

With nothing to mar our joy


I would say such wonderful things to you

There would be such wonderful things to do

If you were the only girl in the world

And I were the only boy

Fast forward fifteen years later, another romantic song-composed by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt with lyrics by Gus Khan, became an instant hit-Dream a Little Dream of Me: While it was introduced in 1931, this song was extremely popular in the Second World War when soldiers, sailors, and airmen longed for their sweethearts back home.

Stars shining bright above you

Night breezes seem to whisper, I love you

Birds singin' in the sycamore trees

Dream a little dream of me

Say nighty-night and kiss me

Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me

While I'm alone and blue as can be

Dream a little dream of me

Stars fading but I linger on dear

Still craving your kiss

I'm longin' to linger till dawn dear

Just saying this…

One last classic that was introduced at the beginning of the Korean War- 1951-Unforgettable. Irvin Gordon wrote it and Lee Gillette produced it, but it was Nat King Cole that made it famous. It was one of America’s favorite pop-singles.

Unforgettable, that's what you are

Unforgettable though near or far

Like a song of love that clings to me

How the thought of you does things to me

Never before has someone been more


Unforgettable in every way

And forever more, that's how you'll stay

That's why, darling, it's incredible

That someone so unforgettable

Thinks that I am unforgettable too


Unforgettable in every way

And forever more, that's how you'll stay

That's why, darling, it's incredible

That someone so unforgettable

Thinks that I am unforgettable too

These and so many more songs are Unforgettable. Sometimes the oldies really are the goodies as they have stood the test of time still bringing love and joy to all who hear them. However, even more enduring than their songs is the legacy of those who came before us. Their legacy of love of family and of country have given us the freedom we enjoy every day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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