Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

For the morning sun in all, it’s glory Meets the day with hope and comfort too You fill my life with laughter, somehow you make it better Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

There’s a love less defined And it’s yours and its mine Like the sun And at the end of the day We should give thanks and pray To the one, to the one  

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

There’s a love less defined And it’s yours and its mine Like the sun And at the end of the day We should give thanks and pray To the one, to the one

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

Take away all my sadness, fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles, that’s what you do

A love that’s shared with a person, whether it’s a love for a family member or something romantic is a deep connection that a bit hard to put into words. It is sturdy and true and attaches deep into the soul. This is why if that person we love passes away from this good earth, the pain and the trauma could be immensely unbearable. This is why people who know better make it to a point to tell their loved ones how much they love them every single day. We never know when our time will come so it’s best to let the person we love the most, know that he or she is loved, loved every single minute of every single day. This is what the song Have I  Told You Lately by the performing legend himself Rod Stewart wants to convey. The world can never get enough of songs of love, especially as sweet as this one.

The intense adoration expressed in the song is quite something to behold. This kind of love that’s something else can be found in the simple lines of “…You fill my life with laughter, somehow you make it better/ Ease my troubles, that’s what you do.” Such is love and affection, it is simple yet striking enough to warm the soul.

One recurring symbolism that’s mentioned quite repeatedly in the song is the sun. We hear it mentioned at the beginning, where the “… morning sun in all it’s glory/ Meets the day with hope and comfort too” and near the chorus when it’s mentioned that there’s “.. a love less defined/ And it’s yours and its mine/ Like the sun”.  This is a truly compelling allusion to the very thing that gives everything life. Imagine a love so powerful, you compare it to the very thing that makes plants grow, that gives warmth to the body, the flaming star that rejuvenates the soul every sunrise; such is the sun and such is the love for the speaker to the person. There are not many things that can be compared to the sun itself, that’s why whoever you give love to must have this powerful effect on your very life such that if this person goes away for good, life ceases to be.

Have I Told You Lately is a perfect expression of one’s love for another and it can be a great funeral song for our dearly departed. The song surely can bring back memories of how happy they made us feel, the impact they made on our lives and how fortunate are we who were graced with their presence on earth. There is so much joy and so much meaning to be had from somebody who loves us truly.  So if you are looking for the right words to say at a memorial service, then this song could help you find them.

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