Yesterday I heard for the first time a song, that not only was pleasing to my ears but touching to the depths of me. I found it slightly alarmed me how deep this song touched me. ‘For all we know’ by Donny Hathaway. 3 minutes and thirty seconds of a profession of love. The lyrics are so simple and yet the complexity of the feeling behind them seem almost incomprehensible to even those who have felt this love Mr. Hathaway so smoothly renders vocally. After listening to this song non stop for about 5 hours on repeat today I found myself breaking down the pieces of the song. Trying to understand why I found myself on the brink of tears while listening to it. Each piece had a meaning far deeper than the lines them selves portrayed.
” For all we know
We may never meet again
Before you go
Make this moment sweet again
We won’t say goodnight
Until the last minute
I’ll hold out my hand
And my heart will be in it
For all we know
This may only be a dream
We come and we go
Like the ripples of a stream
So love me
Love me tonight
Tomorrow was made for some
Tomorrow may never come
For all we know”
“For all we know” he says “we may never meet again”. That moment, this love that he speaks of , is so perfect and rare, that there is no way they can pass it up. That they could never see each other again, that this love, the moment of blessed perfection where two hearts crossed paths and matched up so perfectly at frayed and crooked edges that they could not walk away expecting for it to happen again.
” Before you go. make this moment sweet again” Before the moment passes and life may take us our separate ways lets make this moment beautiful. A memory worth smiling about. We may not know if we will have each other again, if we will meet again so now in this moment. .Let us love with every ounce of us, one another, together… Because for all we know, we may never meet again.
“We won’t say goodnight ,Until the last minute” If we have to say goodbye, and we know the end of our journey together must end, and we must part ways… let us not say good bye until we absolutely have to. Until the very last moment. As if every moment, minute, second, millisecond that I could experience of our love I did. Not a moment wasted, not a second spared. But every drop of us together, I got.
” Until the last minute” We could never walked away before we had to because “For all we know” it could be the last time.
“I’ll hold out my hand,And my heart will be in it” Not only will I love you, enjoy you with all I have today because it may be our last but I will extend my heart to you. I will not wait for you to love me first and then give you my heart because u gave me yours. No! I will extend my heart in an open hand to you, trusting you to take it with loving arms because I cannot wait for tomorow to love you because “For all we know” this is all we have.
“For all we know ,This may only be a dream” This love may not even be real, it can be some whimsical fleeting dream… but if it is a dream I will keep my eyes shut and dream until I must wake. Live in what could possibly end today because a love like this cannot be waited on. I want to live in this love even if its not real because “For all we know” It could fly away, it can leave, this moment can vanish.
“So love me,Love me tonight,Tomorrow was made for some,Tomorrow may never come,For all we know” Some people can wait to love tomorrow. Some people can invest tin the chance that tomorrows love will exist, that they will get the chance to love . So they wait. They put away some of their love because ‘later’ they can release it all. But because tomorrow may never come I cannot chance it, can not hope that tomorrow I can get the chance to say I love you, to give you all of my heart, to try to make us great today, because tomorrow may not come. It may not exist. ” For all we know” Today is all we have.
When I listened to the words of this song, it took my breath away. It is a feeling I have always felt about love. I have always wondered why people use adages such as ” If its meant to be , it will be ” But what if its meant to be.. but u wait for tomorrow to show your love… You may never get tomorrow.. We are all only promised the moment we will live in. So why not love with every ounce of passion we have?With no restraints or holds barred… Love with an intensity to rival all loves. Because the greatest gift we have been given is love… to wait until tomorrow is throwing it away.
I find it so funny when some people say you love too hard, or too strong… but if you feel it . Express it…live it… pursue it… Use today to fix what is broken..because you may not get a chance tomorrow. Maybe in a society where divorce is more popular than marriages its okay to walk away or hide some love for later… because we see it as okay for love to not be powerful… worth fighting for, worth putting your all into. So many people live in love as if we get a chance down the road to make things right… but we only get one moment… one blissful insane heavenly moment at a time… So why wait to experience it betting on a day that may never come.
“For all we know” This is all the time we have left to love.