Love song from a parent
Sometimes songs can have more than one meaning
Scott Dunlop
There’s one song that gives me the arm-hair chills: ‘The first time, ever I saw your face’, by Ewan MacColl (recorded by over 60 artists).

It reminds me of my Mum, who used to sing to me, and of my children, to whom I would sing in secret as I rocked them to sleep.

The lyrics are meant to describe a great romance, but to me, they describe the love between a parent and a child.

You’ll probably never hear me perform it on a stage, in my shower-croak of a voice, but it’s a song I’ll happily sing in  private concert to my children, and I hope, through the haze of childhood memories, they’ll remember it.

Try this experiment: Think of your favourite love song, and then sing it as if to your child. You may be surprised at the way the lyrics come alive in a different context.

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love
It would last till the end of time my love

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