Song of the Day #3,803: ‘I Honestly Love You’ – Olivia Newton-John

In 1974, it was possible for a song as earnestly romantic as ‘I Honestly Love You’ to reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. The most recent similar hit I can find is John Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ which spent some time at #1 in May of 2014.

In ’74, other love songs to reach #1 included ‘The Way We Were,’ ‘Annie’s Song’ and ‘Time in a Bottle.’ This year, Drake has occupied the top spot for 29 of 48 weeks. A different musical world, for better and worse.

‘I Honestly Love You’ was co-written by Peter Allen, “the boy from Oz.” This verse has been interpreted by some as a reference to his homosexuality: “If we both were born
in another place and time, this moment might be ending in a kiss.”

Maybe I hang around here
A little more than I should
We both know I got
Somewhere else to go

But I got something to tell you
That I never thought I would
But I believe you really ought to know

I love you
I honestly love you

You don’t have to answer
I see it in your eyes
Maybe it was better left unsaid

This is pure and simple
And you must realize
That it’s coming from my heart
And not my head

I love you
I honestly love you

I’m not trying to make you feel uncomfortable
I’m not trying to make you
Anything at all

But this feeling
Doesn’t come along everyday
And you shouldn’t blow the chance
When you’ve got the chance to say

I love you
I honestly love you

If we both were born
In another place and time
This moment might be ending in a kiss

But there you are with yours
And here I am with mine
So I guess we’ll just be leaving it at this

I love you
I honestly love you
I honestly love you

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,803: ‘I Honestly Love You’ – Olivia Newton-John

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ll take the music of ‘74 over today. Does that make me old and unhip? I honestly don’t care.😊

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Give me any Sinatra love song and I’m happy 😊

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