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Love the One You're With
Stephen Stills

If you're down and confused
And you don't remember who you're talking to
Concentration slips away
Cause you're baby is so far away
Well there's a rose in the fisted glove
And eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love honey
Love the one you're with
Don't be angry - don't be sad
Don't sit crying over good times you've had
There's a girl right next to you
And she's just waiting for something to do
Doo doo doo doo
Turn your heartache right into joy
Cause she's a girl and you're a boy
Get it together come on make it nice
You ain't gonna need anymore advice
Doo doo doo doo From: Barney Martin

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  • U
    UnregisteredJun 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    There is passion to be had right in front of your face. Grab it and stop worrying about what was and is gone or what never was. Life's too short to pine away for some other relationship that wasn't meant to be.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    This song speaks of a man loving a woman who is almost unreachable, he can't have her. But there's another woman that wants him and is willing to be there. This song is basically saying get over the past love and love the one you're with.. Or the available one. Don't hang on to something you can't have when another person has been there all along.
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    UnregisteredJun 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    The lyrics speak of love's many conflicts. The rose is the symbol of love: beautiful and pure, vivid yet delicate. But love is not without its flaws; like a rose, love is wrought with thorns. What someone might love about another can change completely, as the first stanza alludes. Alternately, this part can be interpreted as someone no longer feeling as they once did towards the one they once loved, finding a new lover. The rose in the fisted glove similarly has multiple meanings: it symbolically serves as a warning to handle the hazards of love with care; it also can warn that shielding oneself from the potential pains of love also prevents one from being able to experience the full feeling of love. Finally, the fisted glove can also be a metaphor for a hardened heart, wherein can lie the affection (the rose) one has for someone; no matter how much they attempt to conceal or numb it, the rose will remain. The next line similarly is ambiguously symbolic--the dove, representing peace, and the eagle, representing war, can mean that you stay with your lover in good times and bad. Taken collectively with the other previous parts of the song, the eagle flying with the dove means one experiences a rush of conflicting emotions, as the rose of love struggles from within the clenched fist that tries to suppress it. Adding to it the rest of the chorus: "if you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with;" a conclusion can be made that the conflicting emotions are due to not being able to be with the person someone loves. This too, however, can be ambiguously interpreted--the obvious conclusion that the person who is dealing with love's conflicts is trying to weigh two completely different relationships with two completely different people against each other. The possible alternative is that the conflicted individual is torn not between two totally different lovers, but a single person, whose nature is one of the rose kept in the glove, at once able to make their relationship like a dove or an eagle. Ultimately, the singer's advice for the troubled person is to realize their relationship is as good as they make it: "love the one you're with. "
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    Too often we spend too many moments wishing, wondering about the love that was or could have been. Make it happen, live in the now. Don't fret. Try love again!!
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    UnregisteredApr 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    Loved my husband who is not here with us anymore... As hard as it's been.. Have to live in the moment and love the one i'm with now..

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