Get Here (If You Can)…

May 23, 2009 by  
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Many of us over forty will  recall this melodic plea made by Oleta Adams several decades ago.  The lyric suggests from one lover to another, that  they must be together by any means necessary … no matter what it takes:

          “ You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway

          You can reach me on an airplane, you can reach me with your mind
          You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man
          I don’t care how you get here, just- get here if you can … ”

                                                                               (Songwriter, Brenda Russell)

Undoubtedly, an all-time favorite for me, the theme is not hard to miss … it’s about expediency   it’s about connecting (for those well under forty, it’s about “hookin’ up”) … it’s about now.  Notice the lyric ascribes to making that “connection” not just mechanically, but mentally. Personally, I interpret it on yet another level, a level of spirituality.

Love is not just about being with someone or thinking of being with someone … it’s that and more.  It’s about being about the other being (you may want read that to yourself?).  It’s about setting no limits or boundaries on your kindness and compassion, your generosity and commitment, your support and care.  It’s like water, you can’t live without it.  So matter how you do it,  that love can be flown in, emailed in, called in, thought in; whatever the method, the intended recipient will get it, every time. 

No matter what the distance is or no matter how much time there is between you, when love is sent, it is received.  So with that said, I would suggest to the songwriter that (If You Can) as part of the title is more than parenthetical, it is truly unnecessary.   No airline, no law, no misunderstanding, no one … can stop love from being given to you or being offered by you.

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