Monday, March 4, 2013
Blessed Is the Pair of Lovers Who Works Through Dysfunction (Video Soul)
Marvin Gaye's song "Just to Keep You Satisfied" is one of the best tunes ever written about the break-up of a marriage. It's believable that these people were at one point in a loving relationship, and it also conveys the pain of leaving while knowing that leaving is all you can do.
I have a friend who tells me that people who were really in love still love each other on some level even when they part. Going by my friend's assessment then, when the song's speaker tells his estranged wife that if she ever needs him, he'll be by her side, he is revealing just how deeply he has loved her. He wants no harm to come to her. If she needs him, he'll be there to help her. That's the line that tells her what they had was real. He is a mature, loving man, not just someone who gave up when the going got tough. He left because he couldn't think of a way to solve the dysfunction in a relationship that's become too painful to bear.
If you've ever had anyone love you that way, then you've experienced having someone really love you. Those who did not love you that deeply were mere impostors, and how sad to discover that you were married to an impostor.
"Just to Keep You Satisfied" is both painful and beautiful, just the way true love or star-crossed love often seems to be. Too bad they couldn't work through the pain.
Blessed is the pair of lovers who can work through the dysfunction and stay together; they shall inherit bliss. That's the most romantic thought I've had in three years, I think.