When You’re Gone

Today’s selection was featured on our wedding CD mix, and the liner notes for the song say, “1998 and 1999 were really tough years as we moved into a new relationship and home together, through financial hardship and which led us to seek out work wherever it could be found. At one point, that meant Steve training in Calgary for three weeks, which felt like an eternity to us. This song recalls some of the memories of that time, as well as the similar sentiments felt when a variety of challenges brought on conflict and a different type of distance. A good song to play when in the midst of feeling separated from someone deeply loved as it evokes the strength that we are together.  Oh, and great to dance to, also.”

“When You’re Gone” has become for us another one of our stop-what-you’re-doing-and-dance songs whenever it plays (we have a few of them, including Annie Lennox’s “Stay by Me” from January 21, 2020). 

The tragic death of The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riodan in 2018 added another layer to our sentiments behind the song, reminding us of the fragility of life and the importance of love in it, and what a blessing it is to have the love between us and with our dear family and friends.

It’s a fantastic song, with its refrain of “do-be-da” opening over a single guitar chord and repeating throughout the song.

“And in the day
Everything’s complex
There’s nothing simple
When I’m not around you”

(from “When You’re Gone,” by Dolores O’Riordan)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. 

Here’s the official video from The Cranberries’ YouTube channel:

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