What came to mind for me was a song by Jackson Browne. While looking at some old photographs of his wife (or girlfriend?) he came across one of her. What he saw was unexpected. He noticed that, at the instant he took her picture, there was a trace of sorrow in her eyes.
In his song, Browne realizes that what he was seeing wasn’t what was happening at all. For a while, their relationship had such promise to it, but then he notes that “when you see through love’s illusions, there lies the danger, and your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool. So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger….” I mean, who hasn’t done that?
Then, in what to me is a profound observation that many couples feel when their relationship starts to unravel, Browne writes,
“Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams
But that magic feeling never seems to last
And while the future’s there for anyone to change, still you know it seems
It would be easier sometimes to change the past”
Jackson Browne’s “Fountain of Sorrow” is one of my favorite songs from that artist. It’s a rather melancholy song about the promise of love going unfulfilled. But I would venture to say that few people who have suffered from a love lost can’t relate to the theme of the song.
Here is the song.
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge and for today’s WordPress Discover Prompt, “song.”