My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love
Written by Tony Hatch
Sung by Petula Clark, released 1965
You’re gonna hate me, but misery loves company and I relish the fact that I can now torture many of you with this song giving you at least a day, maybe more, where you cannot get it out of your head. When our washer broke down, and the guy at the laundromat plays mostly oldies, that got me started.
I should probably be careful here. Music is intensely personal and one man’s like can be another man’s torture. This song was obviously loved by many when it first came out, staying at #1 on the charts for 13 weeks in early 1966. But for me and my taste, it was more like torture to hear this song again. It’s just not my style, and it’s one of those songs you can’t get out of your head. I’m on Day 3 now.
The first day, I had the words were all mixed up. For a while there, my love was deeper than the brightest star and softer than the sky, until I finally had to look up the lyrics so I could at least have them straight as the song played on mercilessly in my head. If you really want to torture yourself, you can click here for a YouTube video of Pet Clark in a television lip sync version.
So what do you do when this happens? Well I found out I could turn it into a worship moment, and imagine the words were from God. After all, Paul prayed that we might “have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is” (Ephesians 3:18). That’s pretty close to the deepest ocean and widest sky.
But the best part by far is the last line: “And there is nothing in this world that can ever change my love.” That would be Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And from Romans 8:38, “nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.” God loves you the way you are, and nothing is ever going to change that. You are loved, wanted and planned for from the dawn of time, and your place in God’s family is sealed for all time and eternity. If you can let those thoughts rule in your mind, and this song helps that along, who knows, I might just be doing you a favor here.
I’ve been reading the letters Bobby and I wrote each other when we were dating 55 years ago, and I came across the lyrics to what was ‘our’ song. “Longer than always is a long, long time, but far beyond forever, you’ll be mine.” (More by The Young Rascals) I found it on YouTube and cried as I listened and thought of those two teenagers that pledged eternal love. Now that music is in my head when I wake up and throughout the day, and it comforts me. I picture Bobby playing that organ break on his mom’s Hammond. Music is a powerful force and I know it’s important to God. There was a time when music was played non-stop in the Temple. (Psalm 134)
Your scriptural points are well taken. Honestly, I first learned this song in a youth group setting, with “God’s love” substituted for the “my love” in every instance. So when I hear it, I still hear it as a Christian song…and I love to sing it and finger pick it on the guitar.
I remember that song very well and a few years later country singer Sonny James also had a hit with this song. I believe its God’s love that is like that so much thru his son Jesus Christ and we all should think about that always, and never forget his love for all of us.
All I had to do was to read the first line as I opened my email, and I was instantly transported back and I felt the warmest glow in my heart. Thank you for that! And, probably a week from now I’m gonna have to listen to something else to get rid of the ear worm. Until then, God bless.
I’m certain your opinion about what you say, John, is a torturous song wasn’t meant to disparage Petula Clark herself.
I happen to like the song and also admit I had a schoolboy crush on Petula Clark, so anything she sang was “music to my ears!”
I ran across this snippet of a 1955 BBC TV program (Television Tea Party) of Petula singing a song that she had first performed publicly several years earlier (when she was eight years old) during the Blitzkrieg over London.
A little background:
In 1941, Petula Clark joined other children to record messages with the BBC to be broadcast to members of their families in the armed forces.
When air-raid sirens went off, the children were upset and a call went out for someone to step forward and sing to calm them.
Eight-year old Petula volunteered and they liked her voice so much, in the control room they recorded her. Her song was “Mighty Lak a Rose”.
Then, in 1942, the now nine-year-old Clark made her radio debut while attending a BBC broadcast with her father but that broadcast was delayed by another air raid from the Luftwaffe.
During the bombing the producer requested that someone perform something to settle the jittery theatre audience. Little Petula volunteered, singing “Mighty Lak a Rose” which received an enthusiastic response.
She then repeated her performance for the broadcast audience which, afterwards, launched a series of some 500 appearances in programs designed to entertain the troops.
Wow. I had no idea. What a legacy.