Can anybody find me somebody to love?

Ah, it’s Valentine’s Day, and Queen’s Somebody to Love is the first song on “Elise’s Vday Mix.” This seems like the best hugot song for single people, isn’t it? But here’s the thing: I’m really not looking for “somebody to love” at all. I’m extremely happy with my single-ness at the moment. But there are times, like on Valentine’s Day of course, when I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have a significant other. One thought leads to another, and the idea of maybe never finding my somebody to love and having inevitably to die alone starts creeping up on me. But when Freddie Mercury sings the lines Got no feel, I got no rhythm, I just keep losing my beat. I’m okay, I’m alright, I ain’t gonna face no defeat, I believe I too will find someone to love, maybe not right now, but one day, when the time is right. I’m okay, I’m alright, I ain’t gonna face no defeat. Freddie Mercury has my back.

I just gotta get out of this prison cell, someday I’m going to be free, Lord…find me somebody to love. Yes, Freddie. You will find somebody to love, and so will I. Next song.

There were bells on a hill, but I never heard them ringing. No, I never heard them at all, till there was you.

Till There Was You by the Beatles. From a longing single person song to one of the most timeless love songs ever. Every time I play this song I feel like I’m listening in on something intimate. It’s like the singer is taking a walk with his loved one, hand in hand, musing how much more lovely and pleasant life seems to be now that he has her. It’s soft, sweet, simple, and real, like a love letter one would write to her first love. When I listen to this song, I feel like I’m taking a walk, too, surrounded by the trees and the birds, feeling all the love this song conveys to the listener, wondering why I don’t have anyone holding my hand. Eew. Gross.

There was love all around, but I never heard it singing. No, I never heard it at all, till there was you. My heart is all warm and fluffy now. Next.

Huwag kang matakot, ‘di mo ba alam nandito lang ako sa iyong tabi? ‘Di kita pababayaan kailan man.

Haaay, Huwag Kang Matakot by the Eraserheads. Probably my favorite Eheads song of all time. The beat is energetic, the melody is catchy, and I love how it’s such an uplifting and reassuring song. The message isn’t even exclusively romantic, it’s also about friendship and the willingness to jump into literal and figurative ditches to catch your berkada if they fall. At kung ikaw ay mahulog sa bangin, ay sasaluhin kita. Being there for each other, hyping each other up, having a shoulder to lean on, or cry on, and motivating each other to reach your full potential; this song is about  the purest kind of love, the kind we need more of in this world.

‘Di kita pababayaan kailan man. Amen. What’s next?

Ooh, you make me live. Whatever this world can give to me, it’s you, you’re all I see…Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had.

It’s hard for me to find the words to describe You’re My Best Friend by Queen. I’ve listened to it countless times, and it never fails to give me a warm and tingly feeling in my heart. John Deacon, Queen’s bassist, wrote this song for his wife when they were just newly married, and the love he had for her back in 1975 is still palpable when I listen to it more than 40 years later. Ooh, I’ve been wandering ‘round, but still come back to you. In rain or shine, you’ve stood by me, girl. I’m happy at home. Sigh. Do I even need to elaborate why this is the kind of relationship I want in my future? Having someone to come home to, someone who loves and accepts every part of you?

You’re my best friend. Sigh. I want to be someone’s best friend too, one day. Anyway, next!

They say we’re young and we don’t know, we won’t find out until we grow.

Well I don’t know if all that’s true, cause you got me, and baby I got you

This is my mom and dad’s song. When I asked them separately what their favorite love songs were, I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher was both their first answers, and if that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is. This song is one of the most realistic yet incredibly romantic songs I have ever heard. While singing about people who don’t approve of their pairing and having trouble paying the rent (They say our love won’t pay the rent. Before it’s earned, our money’s all been spent) they also sing lines like I guess that’s so, we don’t have a pot. But at least I’m sure of all the things we got.

“At least I’m sure of all the things we got.” Mama, daddy, this is an excellent song. Their love, and yours, makes me have hope of getting into a relationship that’s at least as beautiful.

I got you to hold my hand 

I got you to understand

I got you to walk with me

I got you to talk with me

I got you to kiss goodnight

I got you to hold me tight

I got you, I won’t let go

I got you to love me so

I got you babe.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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