Song of the Day #3,391: ‘At Last’ – Etta James

Here we are, in the final week of the 30 Day Music Challenge. I’ve really enjoyed seeing everybody’s personal picks for each of these categories. It illustrates the many ways music touches all of our lives.

Our task for Day 26 is to name ‘A Song That Makes You Want To Fall In Love.’ I decided to avoid any personal connections for this category, so you won’t see Toad the Wet Sprocket or Indigo Girls’ ‘Galileo’ or any of the other specific songs to which I fell in love with my wife in the early 90s.

Instead, I wanted to go with a song that simply oozes romance from its pores.

And what better choice than the timeless classic ‘At Last’ as performed by Etta James? From the opening lines, this song just stops me in my tracks and, yes, makes me want to fall in love.

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song
At last the skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped in clover the night I looked at you
I found a dream that I can speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill I’ve never known
You smiled and then the spell was cast
And here we are in Heaven
For you are mine at last

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song
At last the skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped in clover the night I looked at you
I found a dream that I can speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill I’ve never known
You smiled and then the spell was cast
And here we are in Heaven

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8 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,391: ‘At Last’ – Etta James

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    The first two songs to come to mind were our official wedding song “Our Love is Here To Stay” and our unofficial wedding song “Moondance.” It’s the unofficial one that makes me feel more like falling in love.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Think I have to go with “our song” Close to You by Frank Sinatra (of course)

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Clay, I always think of the Obama’s dancing to “At Last” on his inauguration night. How I miss them 😩

  4. Maddie says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gevER2R7pkc time for a little Jukebox the Ghost 🙂 Thanks for all the challenges, this has been fun!

  5. Amy says:

    I just went down a very entertaining rabbit hole. In deciding which song to choose, I thought about some of the songs I most associate with falling in love due to their connection to a particular love story. Like Clay, I wasn’t thinking personally as much as songs that have that association for me. The one I thought of first, despite the fact that it was featured in a television show that hasn’t aired since the early 90’s, was “Broken Arrow,” a song by Robbie Robertson that accompanied the love story of Melissa and Leo in thirtysomething. When I went in search of a video of it, I found a link to this very blog – song #80 – when I shared in the comment section my love for the song from that episode.
    https://meetinmontauk.com/2008/10/12/song-of-the-day-80-broken-arrow-by-robbie-robertson/
    That was almost ten years ago, and it still came to my mind today, so it must have REALLY made an impression on me. 🙂
    Still, since that song has been featured, I thought of another similar search I went on because I loved a song associated with a fictional love story. The one I’ll feature today is from the alternative ending of The Bourne Identity. I loved that film and especially the very romantic alternative ending, so I went on a quest to find the song. Here it is – “in the Sun” by Joseph Arthur. Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan of where the series went from here!

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